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A Small Mudroom with Laundry Room (on a budget!)

Take a tour of a small mudroom and laundry room with navy cabinets. This mudroom laundry combo was completed on a budget, is stylish, and packed with storage!

Stuck with a small laundry room closet in a hallway, it took some creativity to carve out a mudroom laundry room layout. But, it worked, and with a little ingenuity, you might be able to create a mudroom and laundry room in your home, too!

mudroom and laundry room makeover

Mudroom Laundry Room Layout

Our washer and dryer are located off the garage, in a closet with bi-fold doors. There is a small entry hall (approximately 4 ft x 5 ft) between the laundry closet and the garage door.

When the bi-fold doors are open, the guest bath door is partially blocked. It’s the only bathroom on the main level, so it’s used frequently. Therefore, the bi-fold door can only be open when loading/unloading the washer or dryer. The doors must stay closed the rest of the time in order to provide access to the bathroom.

Here’s a (very yellow) before photo that shows how the laundry closet doors block the bathroom door.

laundry room before

No good, right? So the first decision we made was to remove the closet doors.

Next, we reimagined the space as a mudroom laundry room combo. Instead of simply treating the entry as a hallway, we converted it into a mudroom by surrounding the space with functional double wall hooks.

The below layout shows how the floor plan changed. It may not look that different, but it feels so. much. bigger.

With the layout nailed down, I moved onto the design. The mudroom laundry room combo is visible from the kitchen, living room, and guest bath. It’s in a prime location. Therefore, our small laundry room had to be big on style and organization.

Small Laundry Room & Small Mudroom Ideas

First, we replaced the peeling linoleum with an affordable wood-look tile and installed a DIY board and batten treatment on the walls.

gray wood look tile with a rag rug

board and batten wall treatment in a mudroom laundry room combo

Plenty of antique brass hooks provide ample hanging space. We bring the kids in from the snow, the pool — or any other messy adventure — and have easy access to hang clothes or throw them in the washer.

double wall hooks in a mudroom laundry room combo

I’ve said it before, always consider how you will use a space before decorating it.

  • If the kids’ clothes are stained, we’ve got stain stick in the laundry cabinet.
  • When their shoes are wet, it won’t damage the tile.
  • If we’re loading up for a road trip, the hooks are handy for totes and bags to-go.

Even small spaces can be incredibly practical. 

Always consider how you will use a space before decorating it.

Still, “practical” doesn’t have to mean “lacking in style.” I’ve filled the room with vintage floral paintings, mixed metals and deep navy to coordinate with the adjacent guest bath. Even though you are walking by a utilitarian washer and dryer on the way to the bathroom, the mudroom laundry room is cohesive with the rest of our home.

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

 

 

If you’ve been around here long, you know that I’m a navy girl. From our master bedroom to the guest bath vanity, you’ll find navy. It’s no surprise, then, that I incorporated the navy version of my Laundry Guide and Stain Removal art prints. I like the mix of modern graphic art, paired with vintage florals. Plus, it provides me an at-hand resource for stains and clothing care.

laundry room and stain removal art print, laundry room artwork

Organizing a Small Laundry Room

canvas laundry bag, also featuring laundry care symbols, hangs on a hook by the dryer. I stick dirty dishcloths here until I have a load of linens to wash. The bag was a clearance find that I couldn’t pass up since it matched perfectly with the Laundry Guide print.

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

That laundry bag is just the start to the variety of laundry-focused storage in the space.

  • A swing-arm drying rack (which was still in its vintage packaging!) is handy for drying delicates.
  • The laundry cabinets are packed full of both laundry and cleaning supplies.
  • A towel bar, attached to the base of the left cabinet holds hangers and keeps them within easy reach.
  • We even had enough extra space to tuck in a slim laundry cart between the washer and dryer.

If you’d like to take a closer look at all the laundry room storage ideas, visit this post with 7 laundry hacks and tips.

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

Small Laundry Room and Mudroom Makeover. Navy Laundry Room Renovation. Mudroom Renovation. Laundry Room and Mudroom Design. by @CraftivityD

Mudroom Laundry Room: Sources

So, would you like to recreate this look? Here are sources (or similar options) for most items in my mudroom and laundry room combo.

Walls, Cabinetry, & Floors
Decor & Accessories

Renovate a Mudroom and Laundry Room on a Budget

Our mudroom and laundry room makeover was budget friendly. Smart decisions such as:

  • affordable tile flooring,
  • DIY board and batten,
  • painting the original laundry cabinets,
  • vintage art from thrift stores and,
  • printable laundry art

saved tons of money! Small spaces are great candidates for affordable makeovers. So, if you’re itching to redecorate, consider a laundry room or mudroom.

Tell me, do you have small laundry room? Does it feel cramped or packed with style and function? Let me know what you love — or hate — about your laundry room, and maybe we can solve a design problem, together!

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Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

Friday 23rd of September 2016

I love that you carried the navy color into the laundry room. I've been wanting to re-do my laundry room/mudroom for a long time and I hope to get started this fall. First thing we're doing is taking down the plain wire shelf that came with the house and putting up cabinets for more concealed storage space.

Chelsea Wolf

Monday 19th of September 2016

Love the blue cabinets and vintage drying 'rack'! Definitely more stylish than my current laundry situation. Can't wait to read how you organized it all!

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Wednesday 21st of September 2016

Thanks! It's nice to do laundry in a pretty space.

Sarah

Friday 16th of September 2016

I love how the space turned out, Lora! The board and batten looks so nice and everything is so functional. Great job!

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Friday 16th of September 2016

Thanks, Sarah!

Kelly

Friday 16th of September 2016

Wow this loos great! What color and type of paint did you use for the navy cabinets? I'm thinking about repainting some bedroom furniture navy... 😊 Best, Kelly

Kristina

Thursday 15th of September 2016

Love the navy paint colour you chose!

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Thursday 15th of September 2016

Thanks, Kristina!