The best DIY projects not only add beauty to your home, they also add functionality and improve your daily life. This DIY mudroom makeover certainly fits those requirements! In this post, I’ll show you how to create a functional mudroom space from a cramped closet.

Before, this space was in sorry shape. There were broken bifold doors, cluttered shelves, and only a tiny space to hang coats. Shoes, coats, backpacks and snow gear more often than not ended up piled in front of the laundry machines along with laundry baskets.


It also needed some style help. Old linoleum, textured walls, and dark trim added up to make a depressing space. We had to open the wall to wire for the new laundry room upstairs and so we left the wall open for a while. Doing laundry is hard enough, it doesn’t help when it’s an ugly space!

Functioning Storage Ideas

The built-in bench provides a perfect space for the kids to hang up their coats and backpacks. We did two levels of hooks, which proved to be a good decision once they were hauling an extra tote bag with snow clothes back and forth to school. In the summer, I can store hats and mittens in the handy baskets up above.

Divided Beadboard Wall Treatment

For the walls, I see-sawed between board-and-batten (like the adjoining Powder Room) and beadboard for this mudroom makeover. I decided on a hybrid. Beadboard on the walls ensured that Mack didn’t have to spend as much time making sure the drywall was perfect and the 1×4 horizontal boards provided a flat space to install the hooks.

Overall, having a space for a drop zone is a huge improvement. The fact that this DIY mudroom makeover is so pretty doesn’t hurt either! Tap to read more and follow me on instagram @ninahendrickhome for more! 

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