Mudroom Makeover ~ Budget-Friendly Improvements

Do you ever leave a project unfinished and it irks you that you never got it done? That’s me, at least when it comes to our mudroom. A few years ago I remodeled that space, but injured myself while doing so. I got done as much as I could and then stopped, planning to get back at it. Well, babies and life happen and time slips away. So…today I’m getting back in there and doing a mudroom makeover. Plus, we have two winners for last week’s giveaway AND kicking off a new giveaway today. Yay!!

First, let’s take a look at this project. This was our mudroom in the true before.

First Look at Dark, Dated Mudroom by Prodigal Pieces |

I won’t reiterate what I already wrote about in my other post that has all the juicy details how we got the mudroom to look like this…

Mudroom Makeover with Barn Wood and Budget-Friendly Tips by Prodigal Pieces |

Now, remember we are a family of 8 living in Ohio. That translates to 4 seasons worth of stuff – 4 season of shoes, coats, hats, etc. So you know we have a whole truck load, right? Here is the mudroom in real-life today…

Closet Mudroom Before Simple Updates by Prodigal Pieces |

Not bad, right? But to me I didn’t get it finished. For one, I am using rugs that I found curbside or already here when we moved in 14 years ago. That in and of itself is totally fine with me, but it’s been too many years to count and time for new.

Mudroom Rug Before | Prodigal Pieces |

Rubber Boots and Shoes in Mudroom | Prodigal Pieces |

Did you notice I’m still using the ammunition box for my toddler’s shoes? She loves it so and it was such a fun project you can read about in this post.

The other thing I didn’t finish was the game closet at the end of the mudroom. Take a peek.

Toy Closet Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

This is also where our beloved Teddy calls home (our miniature schnauzer). He loves his little cave – (and no, we don’t shut the door on him. tsk) it’s open all the time and that is what I have to see on a daily basis. Plus, my kids are constantly in here pulling stuff out. The fact that I never got it painted drives me nuts. In my first mudroom post I mention how buzzing your fingers on a table saw will cause you to not get it done. ouch.

Okay, let’s get that mudroom makeover done, shall we?

Budget fix #1: First order of business was to yank everything out and get that toy closet refreshed. Easy fix with a couple coats of paint.

Painting Toy Closet | Prodigal Pieces |

Ta Da!! Refreshed and so much easier to see what you’re looking for in there. whew!

Toy Closet Gets Makeover with Paint by Prodigal Pieces |

Update Toy Closet in Mudroom | Prodigal Pieces |

Budget Fix #2: Next, you’re going to laugh. ahem. When we redid our first renovation of the mudroom we were on a very tight budget and were mainly concerned about having enough light in this somewhat dark spot. I drilled through the center beam and added another light to our shelf area. We bought a simple fixture and it did the job.

No one sees in here but us, however, it was only weeks after installation that dreaded term “boob light” hit the internet. I could never look at that thing the same way again. I was determined to get rid of the “boob” next chance I got. Down it goes. Sorry if I just ruined it for you. Join the support group (or lack thereof for us in aged chest group – ha!)

Dreaded Boob Light Fixture Goes Bye-Bye | Prodigal Pieces |

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I went to a local home improvement store online and found a fixture that would work, but it wasn’t locally available and I needed it quick. Plus, the price wasn’t quite what I wanted to spend since I’m replacing a perfectly good light. So, I hop onto eBay and found the exact same fixture for $30 less and had free shipping. {{happy dance}} I can’t tell you how many times I find deals in different places simply because I take the time to look. If you love this fixture, you can find it here reasonably priced.

New Mudroom Light Fixture | Prodigal Pieces |

Budget Fix #3: Last, but not least were the rugs. They still have use and will go out to my workshop. Since I was wanting to not only update, but also create an inviting space for us. I went to my go-to resource for rugs – Rug Expedition. When we got our gorgeous jute rug for our family room update, I knew I would be back to get more (and I’m not done yet!)

First, I needed a rug pad. This mama doesn’t need 6 kids slipping all over the place. To go on top, I chose this gorgeous runner and area rug made of a cotton blend since I’m all about natural fibers.

Braided Rug Runner for Mudroom | Prodigal Pieces |

Area Rug in Mudroom | Prodigal Pieces |

I even added this cute jute poof for a spot to set my things on or take my boots off. I love it! (psstt…I may even move it to my family room…don’t tell the kids!)

Natural Jute Ottoman | Prodigal Pieces |

Up overhead I took a piece of barn wood and used my transfer method to make this whimsical sign. It adds that cozy touch I feel our mudroom makeover was needing.

Handmade Reclaimed Barn Wood Homestead Sign by Prodigal Pieces |

There is one last fix that I need my partner, and best husband ever, to help me with. Our goal is to design better cubbies for our shoes. We have a plan in mind and will share when we get to it, but he is still working on our kitchen. More on that coming soon.

Mudroom Makeover After Budget-Friendly Changes by Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you enjoyed my mudroom makeover and will consider giving your home a second look. Do pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try.

Don't Let a Budget Get in Your Way of Making Updates. Simple Fixes Can be Done! Mudroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I’ll be sharing some updates on our kitchen and some other fun. Don’t forget to stop by my shop to see what’s new!

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  • Janice

    Love rug in No. 1. It’s a classic. Great job on the mudroom/closet.

    January 24, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Saweet! Thank you, Janice.

      January 24, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Ali

    I would choose rug #1. Great job on the mudroom….the ‘Haynes’ sign you made is the frosting on the cake!

    January 24, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! I love the addition of the sign for our fun. Thanks!

      January 24, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    I would choose the first rug, it would compliment most any decor. Love your site, so much good information!

    January 24, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jewell. I try to help any way I can. 🙂

      January 24, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I would chose the Joy Blue rug. It’s really pretty and would work well in one of our bedrooms.

    January 24, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That one is a beauty! Though I have to say making a choice is hard because there are sooo many choices.

      January 24, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Louise

    I would choose a red or orange shag for my mid mod family room.

    January 24, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    Top left! Your mudroom looks great 🙂

    January 24, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! The choices aren’t limited to those in the graphic, the site has 1,000’s to choose from. 😉

      January 24, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Lori

    I would choose Milan Ivory/Slate from their website. Thank

    January 24, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh..that one is one I had as a choice for our family room. Good eye!

      January 24, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Amber

    I would choose the Sedona Gray rug. So cute!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet pick for sure.

      January 24, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Hollie

    Quilters choice by colonial mills is my choice 🙂

    January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good one! Love the colors in it.

      January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
  • Leona Gibbs

    Looking for a new rug for my covered front porch. Love the Kicks Cove Bright. Thanks for posting about this company. Bookmarked it so I can find it again. Loved the makeover in your mud room as well as all your others.

    January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear, Leona. Thank you!

      January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
  • Brandi Bryant

    I love the rug you got, but I think I would get it in green. Easton leaf is the name of it, I think. Thanks for the giveaway. As usual your prefects turn out great.

    January 24, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I had a hard time deciding. So many choices over there!

      January 24, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
  • Leona Gibbs

    Shared your photo to pinterest.

    January 24, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
  • lois wears

    eaton red q the one you chose love it!

    January 24, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It comes in a wonderful size arrangement. So nice to have choices!

      January 24, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Laura

    I would pick one of the shag rugs, probably the teal!!

    January 24, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oooh…that’s a sweet one! You go girl.

      January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Ainsley

    Haha boob light! I think we have three in our house! I’m now going to have replace them soon.?

    January 24, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…sorry to ruin it for you! Had to be done though for me. Reconstructive surgery for sure!

      January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Leona Gibbs



    January 24, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, your mudroom update looks great, especially the new light fixture, replacing the boob, LOL! I can’t believe how many rugs are available at Rug Expedition.! I would replace the rug in my front entrance with a Black Fleur de lis Aubusson rug.

    January 24, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait until we complete it all, but I am happy I can do those small things to make an improvement. That’s a sweet pick, Kaycee!

      January 24, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Elaine

    I love a natural look, and with three big dogs tracking in sand, their Loloi jute rug would be my first choice for looks AND durability.

    January 24, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the one we got for our family room for the same reason. 6 kids, a dog, a cat, etc. It is awesome!

      January 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    Your choice of Easton Red Q would look great in front of the washer and dryer located in my garage – adding warmth especially on cold days. Would have passed it without seeing your photo.

    January 24, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It seriously is so soft and cozy. Much better than our other one. You will love it!

      January 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, I pinned on Pintrest!

    January 24, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Jayme C

    My favorite is Essence Ivory/Grey 55820-190 –

    January 24, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good one! It’s so hard to choose from their 1000’s.

      January 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Mary Mayo

    I would choose the Roma stream for my front entry

    January 24, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It would be lovely for you, Mary! Thanks for stopping by.

      January 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Judy Newell

    I would choose the Terrace Vine Marine. i would love to have a large outdoor rug for my new patio and pergola area. I love your posts and look forward to seeing them every day!

    January 24, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be wonderful! I would love to have one too. hmm…

      January 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Carol

    I like rug 1, very pretty.

    January 24, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
  • Terry McIntyre

    I love #3! And, also,I have mudroom envy!

    January 24, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee hee. I had fun and love that we have this space. Makes up for our lack of other space. 😀

      January 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    It looks so great girl

    January 24, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! If feel much better boobless. 😉

      January 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Brooke Poole

    I love the serendipity in all the colors..I think my fav is the dove grey! So classic!

    January 24, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Julie

    Lol, boob light, I am cracking up. I would love to try a jute rug to cover my 100 and some year old wood floors because at that age if you are still working you just need a little wig to get through many more years of wear?

    January 24, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be sweet. Love your “Wig” idea. ahahahaha….

      January 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Meghan Seyller

    What a cute mudroom! I love your family sign I’ve been wanting to make one of those for awhile. I would love the adorable o1 grey for our bedroom.

    January 24, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Meghan! We couldn’t live without that space. It is essential to this family, let me tell ya. Thanks for lovin’ on my sign. It was a fun pieces to add.

      January 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Nancy Walden

    I’d choose the Giza 01 Natural by nuLoom. They price for the 9 x 12 is really good!!

    January 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      There prices are hard to beat, especially the free shipping. Hope you win!

      January 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Brenda

    I love your mud room I would choose the anatolla0679 rug thanks

    January 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear! Thank you, Brenda.

      January 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    The Rallye Wheat really fits with my style.
    Your mudroom looks so fresh now. I am ramping up to redo mine, so thanks for the push!

    January 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • Rebekah B.

    I think I would definitely be interested in the jute pouf. Lovely! Otherwise, any naturally colored rug would be my choice.

    January 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That thing is awesome! I may even use it as a nightstand.

      January 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • Rickie Engelsman

    You always make me smile. Never thought of the last fight fixtures as boob lights and there are 2 in our house – thankfully not in the same hall!! I would pick rug #1 since it would match the dog fur that accumulates in our home! Your mud room is great – love the rugs. Perfect choice for a family of 8 and the dirt that gets tracked in. Thank you for the good blog!

    January 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! That is hilarious! My pleasure to share and thank you for the love.

      January 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • Charlenev

    I love “Blue Sophia” for my kitchen and “Capri Criss Cross Cool Grey” for my front patio. The colors tie in with my entry and with the exterior colors I already have in place. I LOVE your ideas and you do a fantastic job with the talents God has given you. Thanks for sharing with us.

    January 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are making me ready to shop for spring! Thank you for your kind words and love, Charlenev.

      January 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I would choose rug # 1! 🙂

    January 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    I really do like your mudroom make-over. I have 2 of those “boob” lights at my house but I’ve never heard that expression before. I would love to have a new rug for my dining room from Rug Expedition and my favorite is the Ocracoke Blue V by Capel. Thanks for the chance to win a new rug!

    January 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sorry to ruin it for you! 😀 That one would be beautiful.

      January 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Patti

    I love the first rug! It’s beautiful and stylish! Glad you replaced the “boob” light. Ha ha I never realized that it looks like one. 😉

    January 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I didn’t either, but that’s what happens when you read the internet. Ha!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Cindy Nistor

    We have 2″boob” lights (kitchen and bathroom) . My husband put them up when I wasn’t home and I have been trying to get rid them ever since!! I would choose an indoor/outdoor rug that was just titled Ivory 2266W. It’s got a beautiful border!

    January 24, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Maybe sneak them out? hahaha…thanks for stopping by!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • Michelle G

    #1 is beautiful!

    January 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply
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    January 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • susan d

    We recently bought a new rug for our dining room. After we got it home, we looked at each other and said, “What were we thinking?!” We can’t justify replacing it yet, but if I could, I love the Home Town Bella Claret! It would be perfect! Who knows; maybe we’ll hit the lottery. Love your mud room redo!

    January 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Been there done that and no fun. Kinda that sinking feeling. :/ Hope you find one you are looking for…they have thousands!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Jonell Winters

    Great transformation! Doesn’t it feel great to finally finish something you’ve put off?! Lol. The light fixture you chose is fantastic! I think my favorite rug is the 3rd one (bottom left). Right up my alley. ?

    January 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Absolutely, yes! So glad to have it done.

      January 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    I rwally like rug number 1!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    I would choose the Silkshine white & Aqua rug!! Love the subtle pattern & color!!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…good pick, Sherry!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Pinned the giveaway & your mudroom to my board!! Your mudroom looks awesome! Love the light!! We used to have a boob light in the kitchen & laundry room! They were the first changes after I moved in!!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    I have spent hours in the past looking (and ordering) one of their rugs. A really cute one I just found is the blue/ivory Ocean Surprise. They have SO many to choose from, even in the Under $99 category!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is seriously addictive to shop there!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Sherry Simpson

    Eeeewww, I look at some of my lights differently now. I NEED to replace some of my “boobs”!

    January 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sorry! Had to do it. 😀

      January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Shared it on my Pinterest page.

    January 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Shannon Zarn

    I really like the Manchester Series. I am not 100% sure of the color I would purchase, there are so many great ones to choose from!

    January 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is so hard to pick only one!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Leah Gael-Tomlinson

    Love the update to your mudroom, so bright ! I really like the rug under the canopy bed, guess that is number 3. I would pick that one because it would be great in my bedroom that I am trying to update.

    January 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, I hope you win so you can have that fresh feeling. Yay!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Love what you did to your mudroom. I have no mudroom but I’d settle for a nice Tiburon indoor/outdoor rug as I also have two big dogs who are like the postman: neither sleet nor rain…. And where I live in Canada we also have all kinds of weather. Today it’s freezing rain.

    January 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ugh…I hear ya. What a trade though, right?

      January 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Brandy Jones

    Unfortunatley, our home has several of the ‘boob’ lights. The one on the second floor in the stairwell irritates me the most. The Regal Silver rug I gorgeous ours- neautral, yet would provide visual interest.

    January 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Those are the worst! Take a slingshot, maybe? hee hee hee…just kidding. 😉

      January 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Lol, I haven’t heard it called a boob light but I can see why now!! To funny and I love the makeover, great job!!

    January 25, 2017 at 3:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just had to get it gone, girlfriend. Sorry!

      January 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Wow, fantastic job on your mudroom! I’m working on turning our too-small attached garage into a entryway/mudroom so I’m looking for ideas! I LOVE your sign!
    Whoa! I’m overwhelmed by the rug options! I really like the design on the Farahan Ivory though! It’d look great in my living room. : )

    January 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you! I’m sure it will be awesome when you’re done. If you interested in a sign, just let me know! 😉

      January 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

    I envy you that super mudroom. What a blessing with a large family. I am excited about Makamani in the burned orange. Perfect for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing your down to earth experiences with us.

    January 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is such a blessing, indeed!

      January 26, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply

    I saved on pinterest in my Home Dec folder. Thanks.

    January 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Karen

    I love your mudroom! Definitely I would go for the Ivory Multi AF-01 by Loloi, it has a worn vintage look and seems like it would blend well with many colors and styles. Your finger buzz accident is a reminder to me to let my darling run the saw…LOL! Pinned and Tweeted 🙂

    January 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! hahaha…too funny on the fingers. 😉

      January 26, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
  • jenny

    Your mudroom looks fab! I love the rag rugs & pouf that add that personal element & the removal of said boob light. I swear I won’t ever look at those lights the same & neither will my husband lol! I looked at the rugs & my pick for my new to me house would be Fantasy 16 Chocolate. I am an aqua/mint colored girl & this one has both! I look forward to your posts & especially am looking forward to the reveal on the long awaited kitchen. Blessings, Jenny

    January 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee. That thing had to go to ease my mind. Sorry! 😀

      January 26, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Karyn

    I think the Milan/Ivory Slate would be perfect for my living room which is in dire need of a makeover!

    January 25, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I wasn’t sure if you meant for us to choose one of the 4 in your picture, or one from the website, so I’m doing both!
    I like number 3 in your pic. the muted colors are great. From the website, like the Mint Firenze. That pattern is gorgeous! Thank for the giveaway!

    January 26, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Wehaf

    Your mudroom looks great! I love the Petra Nain rug in grey.

    January 31, 2017 at 3:02 am Reply
  • Rachel

    It looks terrific! I love the new rugs and the sign. They make it so cozy.

    January 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Rachel. 😀

      January 22, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply

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