I'm flummoxed with these two rooms- help me

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

Stage-Show-Sell, LLC is working on another Estate.  This one happens to be in my home town of Bloomfield Hills.

We specialise in homes where the families generally live out of state and can't do the work that's necessary to get the home on the market.

Many of the rooms look "normal" with tons of wallpaper and old paint.   These two rooms are a bit of a challenge.

1960's Laundry room


This is the first floor laundry that's trapped in the 60s.   The wall paper is now gone and I'm working on a new laundry cabinet & sink and floor. The cabinets above are small and not really appealing.  We can paint the cabinets white or toss them out. My problem is that they are small.   The lower cabinet will hold a large can of soup.  The upper would hold two cans of soup back to back.  Am I better off painting them or tossing them and putting in two plain shelves to hold the cleaning supplies?


mud room gone amuck

I've seen this kind of hording before with this generation of owners.  They have been through two recessions and several depressions and can't throw anything away.

The paper, flooring and cabinet have now been tossed out.  The room is next to the laundry and garage.  A door where I'm standing with the camera and one on the left going into the garage.

What do I put in there to show that it's a mud room?  A catchall for coats, boots and other outdoor gear? This house has 5 bedrooms so I'm assuming that buyers would need such a roomThe fix would have to be economical and most of it removable to keep the costs down.


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Comments (20)

Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

In the laundry room just remove those awful cabinets and put in some shelving.  For the mud room, I would take everything out, paint it a nice neutral color and hang some hooks for coats. Period.

Oct 14, 2009 09:59 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Yep... i'm in agreement with removing the cabinets and adding shelving - simple shelving... maybe with some nice baskets on them.

for the mud room... remove the cabinets, add a bench and some coat hooks... keep it simple and classy...

Oct 14, 2009 01:58 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

You've rec'd some great suggestions here.  Keeping it simple, clean, and freshly painted is always best!

Oct 14, 2009 02:40 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I hope your budget allows new lighting too!

Oct 14, 2009 03:21 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Thanks for the suggestions.   I'm thinking of tearing out the cabinets and putting in some floating shelves to hold what ever

Luckily there is room in the budget for new lighting.


I'm off to Ikea for my treasures

Oct 15, 2009 12:54 AM
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Add the wire-bracket shelving...one long wall-to-wall one.  Make sure the height is not too tall....Good luck!

Oct 15, 2009 01:45 AM
Joel Posner
Bridgeway Real Estate Services - Adrian, MI

Call HGTV quick!!!!!!!   They will know what to do!!  just kidding

Oct 15, 2009 01:59 AM
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

Hey Virginia! If I'm not too late, I would highly recommend shelving too. However, I think in this area of the home, making it adjustable would be key. Melissa's suggestion of baskets is a great one as well. Let us know how the rooms turn out.

Oct 15, 2009 05:40 AM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

It all depends on your budget.  I think for the first picture you would want to remove all the cabinets (above the laundry and those to the left of the laundry).  If storage is an issue in this home, you could install some plain oak cabinets over the laundry (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=188852-59890-W3630.BDR.UF&lpage=none)  and an tall cabinet to the left (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=288973-59890-U182484L.BDR.UF&lpage=none) and tie them together.

If you do not want to spend too much money, you could go with a simple shelf installed over the entire laundry area and a small oak cabinet (pre-made) to the left of the laundry from either Lowes or Home Depot.

For the second picture, I wood look for a square mirror with coat hooks underneath it.  If this is a mudroom, it will be used to hang jackets and make sure your hair is not standing up. Once the room is cleaned out and painted, it will look fantastic.  If you have the money, you could put one of those benches with spots for your shoes below and above has the coat hooks.  It all depends on how the rest of the home looks too.

Let us know how it turns out.

Oct 15, 2009 06:13 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

You could also try a simple piece of furniture specifically made for mudrooms, if it's in the budget:  Example:  http://tinyurl.com/yjej7sg

Oct 15, 2009 07:43 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Beth, that is such a great idea.  Thanks for the link.

Today I spent hours walking around Ikea looking for ideas for this house.

I was so tired that I walked out with my list of goodies and will have to go back another day

Oct 15, 2009 09:38 AM
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

Virginia - looks like you have gotten some great advice above so I don't see a need to add anything.  I just wanted to let you know that I love the word "flummoxed"!  Can't wait to see the after photos.  I am sure they will look great.

Oct 16, 2009 11:25 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Wanda, it will be a couple of more weeks before the after photos are here.   I look forward to seeing the final product myself

Oct 18, 2009 01:10 AM
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Hi Virgina, shelving definitely vs old cabinets.  Mudroom, you can find and assemble on your own hall trees with built in benches.,very inexpensive add lots of style and interest.  They have storage and hooks and some have mirrors which would help widen space.

Oct 18, 2009 03:17 PM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

When I moved into my fixer, the owner had lived here for 35 years with NO SHELVING in the laundry.  No cabinets, no shelves, no nothing...I couldn't imagine...two LONG wire shelves, placed over the whole washer/dryer/and little extra on the end space, allows for hanging off the wire shelves for air drying, and a small "laundry style" display of antique irons on my top shelf...Open shelving, is the way to go, makes the room feel bigger!

Oct 22, 2009 05:46 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

It looks like you have had some doozies lately.  Great advice above, these ought to be great before and after shots.

Oct 23, 2009 04:59 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Glad I'm not the only one who gets these fun projects!  Here's a recent shot.  Sorry you can't tell what type of room it is -- I couldn't even make it into the room!

Oct 24, 2009 11:08 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Margaret it looks like a moldy closet to me.  Is that the fuse box on the left?

Make it a broom closet :-)

Cindy, all mine are doozies.    Stage-Show-Sell specializes in estates and right now the family members that are passing away are the generation of "Don't Throw Anything Away"    you never know when you might need it again

Oct 25, 2009 12:31 AM
Kelly Townsend
Coldwell Banker - Santa Rosa, CA
CDPE, Realtor

I agree with open shelves and using a bench and hooks in the mudroom. Good luck and would love to see pictures when it's done.

Nov 07, 2009 11:23 AM