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Mudroom Makeover at The Schmidt Home


You guys, I’ve been waiting two weeks to show you this room.

My friend Megan has been working around the clock to get it photo-ready, and oh my goodness, it’s totally worth it.

She started with a closet.

And she ended with this!

You’re going to love it!

Hello! I’m Megan from I am so thrilled to guest post on Lela’s blog today and share this awesome mudroom makeover with you all! I hope you find a little inspiration or nudge for that project, big or small, that you have been wanting to get working on and for whatever reason haven’t started yet.

My husband and I have been wanting to add a mudroom to our back entry for a couple years and we are so happy to finally have it looking the way we want it!

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This space previously had bifold closet doors. These doors drove my husband crazy because a certain someone (me) was not very good about closing them. If the closet doors were open the back door was blocked making it impossible to come in.

This is the best picture I could find of the closet before. We had already taken off the doors and trim by this point.

Our Mudroom Must-Haves:

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1. We needed shoe shelves, open and simple. I was not interested in cupboard doors because I need quick and easy access to grab and put away shoes. It may not ‘hide’ all the shoes, but it does mean that they will at least get put away. Any attempt at hiding our shoes behind some kind of door would result in piles of shoes blocking the hallway. My own shoes included in the mix. Dang. Open shelving for us yespleasethankyou!

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2. We also wanted hooks, at least one per family member so that each person will have their own space (we bought a few extra hooks in hopes that a few more littles will join our family one day).

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3. My recent obsession with the TV show Fixer Upper has convinced me I need shiplap in my life, so I added that to the list a few months ago. Can I just say – this was SO much fun to put up! I will have a tutorial on my blog coming soon.

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4. I also wanted a dark back door. This door leads to our garage and gets all sorts of scuff marks, dirty finger prints, and dirt. I am hoping the darker color will help the door look cleaner, longer.

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5. We needed baskets for our cubbies. These were already built in from the closet before. I need a space for all the random items that float around my house, but really belong by the garage. I know I can’t be the only one who always has a pile of ‘things to return’. Friends accidentally leave something at our house, we borrow an item, I purchased something that didn’t work out… I need a whole basket for this category. I also wanted a basket for ‘outings’. In the winter this will mainly consist of knit gloves and hats. In the summer I like to have a pair of Sunglasses for me (and if I have one, the kiddos all want one too – so make that 3 sunglasses), sunscreen, a few snacks, extra socks (so random but needed over here), and a water bottle, to grab and go on a walk or to run errands.

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I found these baskets at Hobby Lobby and they fulfilled all my wildest dreams for a cubby basket… except they only had two :(. I am busy calling all Hobby Lobby’s in the state of Utah to track down another two of this discontinued basket. If you happen to see one, do a girl a favor and snag it for me! 😉

I would love to have another basket for items to donate. This is another one of those ‘piles’ laying around my house. It needs a spot by my back door.

I will likely fill the 4th basket with extras for my girls, diapers, wipes, spare clothes, baby shoes, baby headbands, etc.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post sparked a few fun ideas for you. Now go have some fun project-ing!

Stay tuned for tutorials on this space on my blog. Hop onto Instagram or Facebook to be notified on my latest posts and projects! I hope to see you soon!

Megan Signature

This closet turned mudroom is absolutely gorgeous with shiplap and cubbies for every family member


  1. Hi, it all looks great. Just wondering what color stain you used on the bench.

  2. This is beautiful! Can you share how you installed the bench and shoe shelf? Are there brackets holding them up? I don’t see any, so I’m curious to know how you achieved such a streamlined look. Thanks!

    • Thank you for sharing! I am obsessed with your mudroom! I’m sure my husband is thrilled by how much I love it, because it has just became #3 on my must haves list. Just a lot more work for a busy man’s life.
      I would also like to more information on the bench/ shoe rack. Love the clean lines of your design! I’m all about simple lines and no clutter.
      Did you include a space for your keys? I’m going to need a place for hubby’s keys,coins/change,wallet and shoes.
      Thanks again for sharing!

      • Lela Burris

        Hi Annie! This mudroom belongs to Megan, who shared this post as a guest. You can check out her website that’s linked in the blog post for more info on her projects.

  3. Lela and Megan,
    What a great transformation for the closet. Hooks, shelves, bench… love it all.


  4. Lovely post! Megan, you make mudroom remodels look so easy! That is a lovely remodel. =) Thanks for sharing!

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