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Welcome to week five of our laundry room makeover. This week is all about DIY laundry room storage. I am a guest participant for the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge, and I invite you to visit all the other participants’ makeovers.

One Room Challenge

This has been the week with the most challenges, but we are moving forward, and I am so excited to see it all coming together.

My laundry room is the hardest working room in our house. It is a mudroom, utility room, pantry, storage room, command center, and hallway; hence my small laundry room design ideas must include storage, command center, organization, and functionality. Did I mention I had to stay on budget? Therefore, my plan must include inexpensive laundry room ideas too. This is going to be fun!

Remember where this makeover begins?

Laundry room before photo

Laundry room before the makeover

Unsightly, unorganized, and downright scary!

 DIY Laundry Room Storage Ideas

We enter our house through the laundry room; for this reason, I would like to add a mudroom hall tree that I have designed. Adding a mudroom in the laundry room with a DIY hall tree will help everyone stay organized. The DIY hall tree plan includes a bench, cubbies with baskets and hooks. When I started dreaming about building a hall tree, I turned to Pinterest, the Holy Grail for DIY’ers, to get some inspiration. There are so many gorgeous mudrooms and hall trees, but which ideas are right for our needs? I want it all, but I started by listing our needs for the mudroom hall tree, so I could stay on budget and get our must-haves.

Mudroom Hall Tree Must-Haves

I was drooling over some of the gorgeous grandiose mudroom and laundry combinations I found on the internet; however, even with my small space, I could have some of those custom elements too.

  • Storage for tote bags, backpacks, lunch boxes, purses
  • Mudroom Coat Hooks
  • A place to sit to put on shoes
  • Baskets for mittens, scarves
  • Beautiful bench cushion
  • Custom pillows made with luxurious fabrics
Storage baskets for mudroom organization

Storage baskets for mudroom organization

Hall Tree Bench Plans

The hall tree bench will be the perfect place to sit and lace up your shoes. I will be learning how to build a hall tree this week. You might not believe that my favorite part of the entire project is sewing a cushion cover with piping and a zipper. Don’t stop there since I adore pillows. I mean lots of cozy, comfy down-filled pillows made with luxurious fabrics provided by one of my project sponsors, Fabricut. The fabrics they provided are the nicest fabrics I have ever worked with. I will be making pillows with cording, pillows with two fabrics, and I hope I have enough fabric to make a faux Rome shade too.

Luxurious Fabricut Fabrics for Foam Cushion and Pillow

Fabricut fabric Cartouch in color blackstone. For a pillow.

Fabricut fabric Cartouch in color Blackstone. For a pillow.

Velvet fabric from fabricut in pattern Scarab in the color rust for a pillow

Velvet fabric from Fabricut in pattern Scarab in the color rust for a pillow

This embroidered fabric by Fabricut is Kismet Moderno will make a gorgeous bohemian pillow

This embroidered fabric by Fabricut is Kismet Moderno will make a gorgeous Bohemian pillow.

Seat cushion fabric is Lineation in color spring by Fabricut Fabrics

The seat cushion fabric is Lineation in color spring by Fabricut Fabrics

Laundry Room Storage Cabinets

Organized storage was missing in the original basic laundry room design, and now the new cabinets have added a ton of organized storage. The water heater enclosure cabinet has a large storage area above the water heater. There are so many options for storage I am in storage heaven. The water heater cabinet doors arrived this week, so I primed and painted them. I need to add the handles too.

Laundry room storage - Hot Water Heater Cabinet Doors Installed

Laundry room storage – Hot Water Heater Cabinet Doors Installed

Command Center Storage and Organization

The command center is the brain of the home, and ours has been untidy and underutilized for years, but that is changing this week! We had file holders overflowing with mail, an out-of-date calendar, and a tiny magnetic board for messages. The laundry was so uninviting no one wanted to be in there, so we all ran through it.

Command Center Must-Haves

I ordered a key holder made of iron that should look great with the lip brackets we use for the open shelving. The mail sorters I will be using are the same file holders we have, but I will add some fun with custom labels. We need a message center to pin to-do lists and leave messages; additionally, we like a grocery list for adding items we are out of or running low on. I will be shopping for the message center, and I might DIY something too if time permits.

File holder

File holder

Laundry Room Art Display

No room would be complete without art. We are a family of four creatives, and we always enjoy crafting, building, taking photos, sewing, and more together. I wanted to add some color and fun to the plain white walls of the laundry room, and what better way to add our own creations? We took a Batik fabric-making class as a family, and I want to use the Boho vibe fabrics we created together. Not sure exactly how to display them, but they will be part of our laundry room mudroom.

Batik fabrics for laundry room art

Batik fabrics for laundry room art

The laundry room makeover has many projects left to complete, and I am confident we can meet our deadline. See the other weeks below. We will have to organize everything this week, put everything away using our new laundry room storage, finish all projects, and decorate.

Take a look back:

This makeover has been a challenge since we are doing all the work ourselves, and we went of town for my class reunion in the middle of the project, but we love to DIY, build, craft, and decorate, so we are excited about seeing it through to the reveal next week. Please see our progress below.

Week one was laundry room ideas.

Week two, I share my laundry room design.

Third-week installing cabinets and building an enclosure cabinet for the water heater.

Week four Diy laundry room makeover building more cabinets and installing washer and dryer, tiled the backsplash.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you found some inspiration. Please visit the other participants of the One Room Challenge too. You will be glad you did!

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Have a wonderful day,


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Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Looking great! I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.


Thursday 7th of November 2019

It’s really coming together nicely! I can’t wait to see the hall tree.

Jill Ragan Scully

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Awesome Fabricut fabrics! Banana leaf baskets are the most versatile baskets for the home, in my opinion, they make organizing a breeze!

Botanic Bleu

Friday 1st of November 2019

Kippi, Your laundry room is looking great! Enclosing your hot water heater and gaining storage space was a wonderful idea. I love how clean and bright everything is looking, and your wooden work space over the washer/dryer is another great addition to your space. Looking forward to seeing the final reveal next week.



Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Judith, Thank you so much for visiting today. I am super excited to be on the final countdown to finished room. I cannot wait to see yours finished too. Happy Thanksgiving, Kippi

Rebecca Celhar

Friday 1st of November 2019

The room is looking fantastic! Love how bright it is!

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