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Mudroom Update with DIY Storage

Do you ever have one of those projects that just seems like it keeps bugging you that it needs tweaking? Well, one of the best things about our home is the storage. Our home may be on the small side, but it is tweaked out for storage. A favorite feature is our mudroom. Today, I’m going to share (yet another) mudroom update. This is the third time around, but it’s high time we get it right!

Messy Mudroom Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t go judging me, k? This mess is after I already took apart the stuff in here. To get a true view of where we started, head HERE to see what our first mudroom update looked like back when we moved in 16 years ago. Then, I did another update when I changed up the lighting added some decor and painted some more – take a peek HERE.

Mudroom Closet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This is the surplus of “stuff” we need to dress a family of 8 for four seasons. Just think about that for a minute…we’re talking play shoes, sports shoes, dress shoes, and work shoes for four seasons. Then we have all the gear: purses, backpacks, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, rain coats, spring, summer, and winter gear for play and for “nice”.  And even our dog makes this his dog cave. Yup, that’s a bunch of “stuff”.

DIY TIME

First, I take out the boxes that were stacked on the hat shelf. As you can see it’s not making my organizing heart pitter-pat. One of the keys to staying organized is having a crew that also has such goals. ahem.

Mudroom Hat Shelf Before | prodigalpieces.com

When my kids were little I was able to use this basic plastic shelving to hold their tiny little shoes with one set in front of the other. Fast-forward a few years and now I have giant feet and lots of ’em!

Shoe Storage Shelves Before Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As much as my kiddos would try to be neat, you can imagine how frustrating it would be to have to keep tucking in shoes and pulling them out. I had wanted this space renovated by last winter, but our kitchen remodel was still going strong. Since then we’ve also tackled our family room, which is nearly done too. However, we have sidetracked for a reason. (I’ll explain in a second)

ONE MORE TIME

This time around in our mudroom update, we’re focusing on replacing the floor that we put down in our first makeover. It’s not that old, but we had enough hardwood left over from our family room that it just made sense (hence the deviation from finishing the family room). Also, JC and I are aiming to up our shoe storage game and restore sanity to our mudroom.

Here we are with just the shoes left…see what I mean? Our shoe storage ain’t cuttin’ it. You can view our video tour below.

Mudroom Shoe Storage Before Update | prodigalpieces.com

Mudroom Shoe Mess Before DIY Storage | prodigalpieces.com

BARE MINIMUM

Then, I took out the shoes and shelves. We are starting with the floor demo first.

DIY Shoe Storage Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mudroom Closet Floor Before | prodigalpieces.com

JC and I chose to divide up jobs to get this project done in a timely manner. Just for a second, imagine where all the mudroom stuff went. eep! It’s all over my family room and this mama wants it put back pronto. We even ended up getting nailed with a stomach virus mid-remodel that knocked us out for two weeks. Yeah, that was fun.

STARTING

First, JC used our Sawzall to chip off not only the tile we put down, but also the linoleum flooring we covered up. The video shows this process best.

Removing Tile Layers with Sawzall | prodigalpieces.com

Mudroom Update with Replacing Floor | prodigalpieces.com

Mind you, we only get one Saturday a week and maybe an evening during the week to get this work done. It’s slow, but we are steady and always working. Once the old floor was off, we were able to put down the underlayment and get the hardwood floors on.

Placing Underlayment on Mudroom Floor | prodigalpieces.com

Installing Hardwood Floors in Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

HARDWOODS

While JC worked on that end of the project, I focused on changing up the storage. The hat shelf needed to be a spot of less frustration for me. Dragging out boxes to dig through was a huge hassle. My goal is to create less fuss and add style too. I wanted to find wire baskets initially, but found they were over $12 a piece – too expensive for 8 of us. However, when I went in to the dollar store to see what I could find. I was just about to succumb to buying plastic (I never do that – blucky!), when I looked up. Here is what I saw…{{angelic music playing}}

Dollar Store Galvanized Buckets for Mudroom Storage | prodigalpieces.com

PERFECT!! Those galvanized buckets are durable, big enough for what I need, and have the vintage-y vibe I adore. Plus, they were only $5 a piece – less than half of the price of wire baskets. Needless to say I did a happy dance right there in the store. Ain’t no shame in my game!

What’s even better is I headed to the thrift store after that to see if I could find anything else to help, and I got these for a couple of bucks. YASSSS!!!!

Thrifted Wire Baskets for DIY Mudroom Storage | prodigalpieces.com

PAINTING

I ended up sewing reinforced ticking liners for the wire baskets, which I’ll show you in a bit. Meanwhile, the only thing the buckets needed were some personalized touches. With eight people, we needed to be able to tell whose was whose. I taped of a spot on each one and then used my Stubby Brush and flat black paint to make a chalkboard-type look.

Adding Personalized Names to Galvanized Buckets | prodigalpieces.com

Painting Galvanized Buckets for Chalkboard Effect by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, after two coats cured, I added each of our names to the front using my transfer technique. Once done, I used a spray poly to seal it all in.

Galvanized Storage Buckets for Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

BUILT TIME

Okay, so we’re finally getting somewhere with our mudroom update. Next, we needed to build the new shoe storage. That meant a whole lotta cutting with our miter saw. Even our Kreg Jig and drill definitely got much use.

Stack of Wood for DIY Shoe Storage Shelves | prodigalpieces.com

Assembling DIY Shoe Storage Shelves for Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

JC took care of the assembly of the shoe storage. Meanwhile, my turn came to break out my favorite HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Sprayer. This beauty of a tool works for paint (you can see in these past posts) as well as stain and poly. I am in LOVE!

Using the HomeRight Finish Max Extra to Stain DIY Shoe Storage for Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’ve shared how easy it is to use in my video below, but also have this video tutorial on how to set it up and use it HERE.

SWEET

Now that’s some storage, isn’t it? We built two of these bad boys so two pair of adult shoes could fit toe to heel from front to back. Essentially, we will have 3 shelves this size if you count the floor. Yahoo!

DIY Shoe Storage Shelf Assembled and Ready for Stain and Poly | prodigalpieces.com

Now…raise your hand if you would like to use a brush to tackle these beasts. {{the sound of crickets}}. See all those slats? Ain’t no way I’m going to spend hours brushing. I’m delighted to have the Super Finish Max to help me knock each shelf out in 5 minutes…no joke, 5 minutes!!

Spraying Stain on DIY Shoe Storage with HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra | by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #storage

I am using my favorite Early American stain to contrast the light hickory flooring. Just look at how the Super Finish Max Extra sprayer gets into the slats (see video for demo). It versatile to change from vertical, to horizontal, to a round spray with the flick of a nozzle.

Staining DIY Shoe Storage Shelves with HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra as shown by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home

Cleanup is simple. When done, empty the canister and fill it with a bit of mineral spirits and spray the head clean. Next, I wipe my stain down and allow it to cure. Then, I fill the sprayer up with a satin poly and apply two coats. Guys, I had these shelves done in a afternoon. The longest time was the cure time in between coats. You can’t beat it!

Finished DIY Shoe Storage Shelves for Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


MORE PAINT

In between working on the shelving, I begin work on refreshing the paint in the mudroom. As you can see below, the original paint is a slightly different color, but now also looks much dirtier. eeewww.

Painting Mudroom Wall with a Fresh Coat of Paint | prodigalpieces.com

Old vs. New Paint in Mudroom Update | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, it’s time to see it all come together. We used wall cleats attached to the studs to mount the first shelf. Isn’t it a beaut?

First DIY Shoe Storage Shelf Installed in Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #storage #home

Then, it was time for the second tier of shelving to go in. See the wall cleats and the reinforcing spacers we were adding? Those are temporary for now, but will eventually have a permanent spot.

DIY Shoe Shelf Assembly in Mudroom Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home

At last, all is assembled and ready for our “stuff” to go back in. How would you handle having this laying about your living space for over a month? {{eye-twitching}}

Reality Shot of Family Mess During Remodel | prodigalpieces.com

Truth be told, this “mess” means I have my loves and if this is the worst thing we have to deal with, then bring it on. I love it!

FINAL REVEAL

Finally, it’s time to show you the end result before we load it up proper. What a difference!

Farmhouse Style Mudroom Updated with Hardwood Flooring and DIY Shoe Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #storage #homeimprovement #homedecor #farmhouse

DIY Farmhouse Style Mudroom Storage with DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #storage #farmhouse

My hat shelf now has those perfect galvanized pails to keep everything in its place and looking good too. I replaced the back upper shelf with a thicker board and then, of course, all got a fresh coat of paint. Also, we kept the lighting and are still enjoying the fresh feel it provides.

The highlight of it all for us is the shoe storage and new floor. Can you hear the angels singing? It all feels so fresh and SANE now. Yahoo!!

New Hickory Hardwood Flooring Installed in Mudroom Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #storage #homeimprovement #homedecor #farmhouse

Even our game closet got purged and reorganized with those wire baskets I found at the thrift store. No more half-torn cardboard boxes for us!

DIY Farmhouse Style Mudroom with Built-In Game Closet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homeimprovement #homedecor #farmhouse

Wire Basket Liner ~ DIY Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #storage #home #homedecor #handmade #farmhouse

If you’re wondering how I lined them, it’s pretty straightforward. I made a ticking liner for each one and used my industrial snap press (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that thing) to add snaps so I could remove the liner for washing. I have used my snap press for making cloth diaper covers and soooo many other projects. Remember my motto since a child: #toolsoverjewels. Also, for a supportive bottom layer, I cut hardboard as a base.

OTHER SIDE

If you turn back the other way, you’ll see we added extra wire hooks for bag and purses. The bench seat is a such a blessing because now we can have a spot to take off our shoes. Just envision 8 of us coming in and trying to work past each other to get our shoes off and put away. It can be chaos! No more.

Custom Built Farmhouse Style Mudroom Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #storage

Last, it’s time to load ‘er up! Reality has to set in some time, right?

DIY Farmhouse Style Mudroom Storage on a Budget by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #homeimprovement

Custom Built-In Farmhouse Style Shoe Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #storage #farmhouse #homedecor #homeimprovement

We donated bunches, took out unnecessary stuff and it FEELS SO GOOD! Notice even my big footed folk now have 3 tiers of storage and can place shoes toe to heel again.

Updated Farmhouse Style Mudroom Storage with DIY tutorials by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #storage #homeimprovement #homedecor #diy

The slats afford easy wipe-down cleaning and keep dirt from building up too. Another bonus is the added hooks. Before our bags and purses were hung with our coats on the other side. However, now they are out of the way affording more space for coats. {{huge sigh of relief}}

Subscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun | prodigalpieces.com

DIY Farmhouse Entry Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #storage #homeimprovement #diy

BIT O’ FUN

One last feature of our mudroom update that I didn’t mention before was the louver door that kept this spot enclosed. Even when folded shut, it would stick out into our entry space so that when you came in the garage door you had to step around it. We all agreed to remove the door and add something easier to maintain.

Open Burlap Coffee Sack Mudroom Curtain by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

No problem as I had the perfect rustic touch to add…a burlap coffee sack curtain! tee hee. It easily slides out of the way and ties back with the curtain tie I made from scrap burlap.

Burlap Coffee Sack Curtain for Farmhouse Style Mudroom Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Since it’s normally open, the coffee sack makes for a fun visual when company is visiting. Funny thing is we don’t have a lick of coffee around here.

Now my crazy mama organizing heart is happy. I not only have my mudroom update complete, but my family room is emptied and back to GAME ON for our remodel completion. Yippee!

GIVEAWAY

It’s time for some amazing DIY fun for you! HomeRight and I are all about empowering you to learn and get the job done right. We’re giving away a Super Finish Max Extra to one of you. Yahoo!!

Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even for more entries). Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified via email and has to respond within 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!!

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Do pin and share our mudroom update to inspire others to give DIY a try. It’s easier and more affordable that most think.

A must see! Check out this farmhouse style mudroom update complete with custom built-in DIY shoe storage Full video tour and DIY steps for you by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #storage #homedecor #homeimprovement

Up next…What will this vintage washboard and old silverware box become? tee hee. See the end result HERE.

Vintage Washboard and Silverware Box Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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103 replies on “Mudroom Update with DIY Storage”

I love the shoe storage shelving! Looks so fresh and tidy! I have so many projects that need a new coat of paint… I think I would begin with painting a stool and a dresser that has been primed (months ago) and now needs its final costs of paint. Thank you for the chance to win this paint sprayer!
You inspired me with all your creative projects.

Are you sure that is the same room? 🙂
That update/make over looks great. Love that bench seat/shoe storage unit. Great job
All neat and tidy with a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.

The make over looks great! You always provide so many inspirational ideas to keep in mind while we work on our home. And dang…so many shoes! Lol!

I love your creativity! Your style of updating is simple but at the same time adds the punctuations needed to make the statement understood. Thank you!
May you and your family continue to be blessed, happy and healthy.

Looks amazing! Fantastic vision, planning and implementation. I would tackle my 3 sons area in the basement with these new tools ☺

Amazing makeover. So pretty and functional! That slatted shoe shelf is a great idea. You are so creative!! I know your family loves the makeover and organization.

Phheeewww Larissa, Look at all that work you guys have accomplished through these closet renovations! Sliced fingers, boob lights, viruses yet nothing stopped you for too long! I love everything about your new closet, especially all that shoe storage! We’ve got the same challenges here with shoes for every season and reason under the stars, lol!!! The buckets are super cute and so functional too!! Way to go guys!!!

i so admire you! such an inspiration! and im totally stealing “tools before jewels” love it! thats me as well 🙂

Wow! Love everything about your mudroom! I’d spray the shelving units I’ve been building for sewing and craft storage – have been tediously painting by hand forwhat seems like forever!

Hi Larissa! Wow, that is a lot of shoes my dear. You are so creative in your organization. That could easily become one hot mess but it seems your children do try to help. I would absolutely love to win this sprayer but I have issues when i have to enter the URL or “Website”. I’m not sure what that means so could you please help me so i do have a chance at this?

Amazing how you manage to make storage for a family of 8 look so simple! I’ve managed finally now (only 2 of us!) to complete that task but back when my kiddos were still living with us I always struggled. Not only is your room organized it’s beautiful! I still haven’t managed that lol!

I love the shoe racks! They are absolutely awesome for finding storing shoes! Also, when there are so many kids at home anymore, it will be a great place for mom and dad to take there shoes on and off. Great idea!

My favorite part is we can store off-season shoes in the back and current season in the front. Makes it so much easier. We are trying to design for us current, future, and for possible new owners. Kinda makes you think outside the mudroom. haha!

That job looked daunting and it came out wonderful! Beautiful mudroom–I’m jealous (but only a little–my four have moved out now, so I don’t have as much mess as I once did).

We kinda were like… “why are we pulling up a perfectly good floor” But, we had a 3/4″ gap from the new wood to the tile and we had enough left that it made sense. So glad you like it.

Those shoe racks are an awesome idea.
I thought my next project would be new floors in our home but as of a few days ago I discovered I’ll be turning a guest room into a nursery instead so that sprayer would definitely come in handy.

Such awesomeness! Your DIY Mama skills and “go for it” attitude are mighty inspiring. Thanks for a chance to win.

That’s a lot of organization and I love the budget consciousness of your efforts!!
You have a great family and I love how you work together on projects, from the oldest to youngest throughout your blog posts. Family is Huge and brings joy! Thanks for you tutorials & and inspiration.

I told ya I’m a nut that way. hee hee! The messes around here during remodel have been all I could handle. I hope for sanity in the entire home soon and just have “normal” mess. ha!

What a wonderful upgrade! There’s just two of us at home now and it feels like we stumble over that many shoes every time we walk into the house. Ugh! Thanks for the inspiration!

I need to get organized like this. Thanks for the update. I remembered your earlier post with the “Goodbye Boob” picture!

Your mudroom looks fantastic. What a great job you guys did. If I won that HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer and Spray Shelter, the first thing I would use it for it a tea trolley that really needs updating. I love it but I keep it covered with a cloth. How nice it would be to get it uncovered.

BEEEEautiful! I have 9 kids (all living at home) so i KNOW how much stuff if takes to keep a crew alive, haha! We deliberately don’t have extras (2-3 pairs of shoes per kid, one coat…) and the pile is STILL overwhelming! You’re right, I’m so blessed and happy to have them… and all their gear! 😊 We had a TINY attached garage that we were able to turn into a big beautiful entryway with a “stall” for each of the 11 of us. I tell you, we’re gonna have “stalls” like this in heaven some day. 😃 Life is SO much easier with space to put all the things! …and room to get in the door, haha!
Hey, you could probably use a sprayer to refinish a deck, right?!?! We’re not doing that again until we’re finished paying off the house (2 years, God willing), but still… I can make plans!
Your “new” mudroom is LOVELY!!! I’m sure you want to sing every time you pass it!

You are so on the same level…it can be crazy! But oh so worth it. We too, are on a debt mission and hope to be done soon. God is good! And yes…this is the perfect sprayer for most any project. I have videos to prove it! 😀

Fantastic job Larissa! You have the best ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to win the sprayer. I desperately need one to paint many pieces of furniture. 😉

Love this so much! I would love a mudroom for all my girls clutter! Sooo many projects in my future when we move, no idea where I’ll start!

So nice! It is so hard to stay organized! Papers are the worst for me. I would love to be able to spray paint instead of brush paint my projects!

It is nice to be able to see everything now and not be so worried about messes. I’m sure we’ll have to purge again at some point, but we are definitely better off now than before. You will love this sprayer for sure.

I have a closet with my grandkids Legos, matchbox , etc… you can only imagine the mess ! I would love to have a sprayer that would help me paint the closet and hopefully some cute shelving ! Btw, I love your posts about your projects and how cool that your kids are learning such great life skills !!!

I pinned this! Our mudroom is the bane of my existence…a space similar to yours long and narrow and 11 of us living on a farm using it. I will be using some of these ideas when we re-do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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