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Find Weekend Inspiration with this Mudroom Makeover!

Watch how this mudroom goes from mess to makeover in just one weekend! Replacing inefficient structures, paint, flooring and labeling bins are just a few of ideas to inspire your next entryway project!

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Before and After

Every makeover must have a before and after photo and this small mudroom makeover is no exception!

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Any project that involves moving everything out of the room creates the perfect excuse to evaluate your stuff. Try to downsize before putting it all back in. When was the last time you used that camping lantern? Is it outdated, broken, or not a good fit anymore? Take this opportunity to toss, donate or sell used goods online. Here’s a list of organizations that would love to help you get rid of your extra stuff.

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Graph & Plan

Before diving in, take a moment to jot down wants and needs for the space, and measure and graph to scale what that might look like. This will help you visualize the project, make a shopping list and make sure your highest priorities are met. Check out these clever measuring tips and techniques for DIYers.

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Paint & Flooring

Small areas like mudrooms and closets are perfect opportunities to use leftover or mis-mixed paint that is sold at a deep discount. Here, a locking, floating laminate floor was installed directly over outdated vinyl sheet flooring. The new floor gives the space a more modern and functional feel. Wondering how to choose the right laminate? Here’s what you need to know.

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Check for Rebates

Sometimes it pays to upgrade to more efficient appliances and environmentally-friendly products. This mudroom makeover included the replacement of a 40-year-old chest freezer. With the new, smaller freezer the homeowner got a rebate check from their energy company! Looking for more ways to save on energy costs? Here are 50 simple ideas to consider.

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Shoe Spot

Mudrooms and entries are notorious for mountains of shoes, that never seem to have two of the same show. To keep shoes tidy, make a designated space for each pair as was done with the massive shoe rack shown here. Laminate wood shelves can be customized to fit your space and shoe collection. Use a variety of shelving sizes to accommodate different types of shoes, boots and sandals.

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Hang on the Go

Whether your space doesn’t allow for a closet rod, or you need additional space for hanging coats and bags, rows of inexpensive coat hooks can be an easy, effective solution. Try mounting multiple hooks to a 1-inch x 4-inch board first, then installing the board on the wall, drilling into the studs. Go vertical with this sleek and simple DIY coat rack.

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Tidy Kids

If your family includes little ones, you know how quickly a mudroom can come undone. Designate a specific spot that’s within reach for each child. Use labels to make clear where items belong and encourage them to take pride in returning items to their “home.” Organize your child’s bedroom, too!

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Furry Family

Don’t forget furry family members need a space, too! Inexpensive hooks and wire baskets mounted near the exit door are a great catch-all for leashes, collars, bags and treats. Here, the broom closet serves as storage for large bags of dog food and grooming supplies. Does your pet need even more love? Check out these 40 projects that show your pet how much you love them.

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Cleaning Up

A simple wall mounted broom holder can keep your cleaning tools organized and off the floor. A wall-mounted plastic bag dispenser works to make rags easy to grab when needed.

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Label, Label, Label

The easiest way to stay organized (or at least look like you are!) is to label – everything. This ensures each item has a place to begin with, and helps all family members to know where it belongs. There are many ways you can label bins, shelves or hooks, but one is to print on blank inkjet sticker paper and cut to size. Other options include chalkboard stickers, dry erase markers, white contact paper or an old-fashioned label maker.

Looking for more labeling ideas? Here are our top 12 labeling hacks.

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