Sunday, January 8, 2012

The REAL inspiration for J’s Laundry/Mudroom

So I pinned my son down for a planning session of the laundry/mudroom the other night.

Let me tell you, it’s not his favorite thing to do…you know, look at pictures and decide what you like and don’t from them. 

In so many ways he is still that little boy who wouldn’t do his homework  I remember from so many years ago. ;)

I, on the other hand, was happy to go on and on (and on and on) over the different options available,  poring over each picture’s minute details and dissecting it.

You might recall my last post full of inspiration photos for the space?  Well we went through each one picking and choosing the elements desired.

Yep, fun for me, not so much for him.

An hour and a half later I wrap up the session with, “OK, buddy, I think we got a good idea what you want.  Just one last thing, you need to get everything out of the area you don’t want me to show on my blog. I’m starting first thing in the morning and will be taking pictures.”

Oh boy, that took me right back to the old days when I would say  '”Clean your room before you can go out to play.”  Luckily he’s a good sport and spent the rest of the night moving everything out of the way, probably grumbling every minute.

First thing Friday morning I show up and get my first photo.  This is the space we are working with. 



Now picture it with about a hundred pairs of shoes on the floor.

I kid you not, see this next picture?  The blue recycle bins are chock full of shoes that came out of that space!


I really took this picture not to bust on them about the shoes, but to show you the curb shopped piece that started the whole idea to redo this laundry/mudroom.

You should know by now that I don’t do anything without incorporating some of my curb finds into the plans. 

Heck, curb shopping is usually what gives me the idea for a project!

Case in point;  See the big white entertainment center?  It was at the side of the road oh, maybe 2 years ago… before I started blogging.

I saw it, stopped and looked at it, noted the solid wood construction, and the fact that it was a MONSTER of a piece.  It’s 36” wide, 24.5” deep, and 6 feet high not including the crown trim. It was in really great shape, but I racked my brain furiously for something I could use it for and came up with nothing at all.  I simply had no need for a piece of furniture this size. Sigh. 

I drove away, saddened to leave such a cool piece behind.


I remember calling my sister and discussing it with her as I was driving away.  Together we still couldn’t find a use for it.

Well the next day it was still there.  And I still couldn’t think of anything.

Later on a thought hit me…wouldn’t that be cool in the kid’s house if we took out that awful space wasting closet in their back entry?

They have similar cabinets in their kitchen, it would blend in with them. (kitchen cabinet picture below)


Why I could make a mudroom locker to go with it…oh yeah, the idea sort of sprang to life in my head all at once.  I could see it all so clearly.

So the next day I went to get it, hoping it was still there, thinking if it’s not then that’s that.  It wasn’t meant to be.

It was!

So I take it to the kid’s  house, get J to help offload it into the garage, and proceed to explain my plans for their laundry room.

I showed them some pictures from Pottery Barn and Ballard Design catalogs of mud room lockers

J and Yurah both agreed it would be nice to change that space up, so it went on the “to do someday” project list for their house.

And so the monster TV cabinet sat for 2 years taking up lots of space in J’s garage.  Space he could have used for more important storage.

I’m guessing the thought crossed his mind more than a few times that he should just throw it away, after all  Mom will never remember it’s here.

Good thing for me that he’s patient.  After making him wait so long, I know I have to make this project turn out extra special.

I’m so excited to finally get to work on it!

Here’s a few before photos to give you a good idea of the current space.


They really hated these bi-fold doors.  Check out what’s behind them,  one little dinky shelf in the entire closet! 

Talk about a waste of space!

They have a closet in the kitchen for the washing machine, as this space is not currently heated so water can’t be run out there. (something we will soon change)

Oh yes, after living with this room for nearly 3 years, the kids were more than ready to make a big change.


We are going to pack a lot into this little room, you wait and see!


I had to laugh when I saw this chalkboard window turned coat rack  I had made them when they first moved into the house.


The little bench was an old piece I gave them early on to fit in the space too.


Say goodbye to all of it kids, as we are about to begin………..



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  1. Yay! I'm so visual! Great to see pics of the room before! :)
    I'm so anxious to see you work your magic. That inspiration piece is awesome! curbed? oh my! You know how much money it would take to build that!! You're one smart mamma to grab that up!
    sitting on the edge of my seat to see the progress!

  2. cant wait to see what you do with this space, my laundry/scullery is in dire need of rearranging and redoing so i wait with bated breath for some inspiration

  3. ooo...what a great space!! ...and WHAT a curb find - how fabulous!! I cannot WAIT to see what you do with it all!

  4. Rose what an exciting project. I'm so glad you are taking us along with you! Love the before pics and the inspirations pics and that cabinet! So let it begin!! hugs, Linda

  5. Thank you for the before and after pics. I'm anxious to see how this turns out.

  6. On the edge of my seat waiting...

  7. What a great find! I can't wait to see what you do with it


  8. Cool curbside find! It will look great and it's fun to see the finished room! LOL...I think I want to put folding doors on my foyer closet as they have sliding doors now and you can only get into one side of the closet at a time...

  9. Great curbside find. And you're right...what a wasted space. You gonna move the washer out there now? Can't wait to see the finished room...I know it's gonna be great ;)

  10. Rose, I have to say, you are one brave girl. You never cease to amaze me with your talents. I would be standing there scratching my head right about now.

    I like those closet doors... they look better than the plain slabs that I have.

    Can't wait to see what you do in there. I am sure it is going to look amazing.

    BTW, love the curb find... wow. I can't believe what people throw away there. You don't find anything but garbage at the curb in my neck of the woods. Believe I

    Have a great week... ttys.

    Hugs, Deb


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