Thursday, October 19, 2017

One Room Challenge: Mudroom Makeover - Week 3

Welcome back everyone to the #oneroomchallenge, an online event put on by Linda from the blog, Calling it Home and her media partner @housebeautiful. And guess what?! I can't even believe it, but it is already week 3 which means we've reached the half way mark!!!?? No way! And you guys, im trying my best not to freak out. 

Of course the room is not even close to being done, so this week will be pretty intense, at least I hope it is so that I can take a big leap forward. I know because this is a mudroom and not very big, Its about 6'x5' , it shouldn't be too hard to complete in 6 weeks. BUT with 4 kids, one who is extra clingy these days and pretty much my worst sleeper and napper to date, he's 10 months old, I'm feeling like I have no time to work on the room.

Thankfully we made some progress since last week.

Here are the links to  
if you'd like to get all caught up and see the "before" and design plan.

Last week I wasn't sure what wallpaper to get but was leaning towards the grasscloth, which by the way - THANK YOU to all of you internet helpers, I really appreciated your thoughts here and on Instagram. But I ultimately decided to stick with it and pulled the trigger yesterday and placed my order. I also found the same, or what looks to be the same paper on Joss and Main for a better price so that was exciting.

Hopefully it will turn out wonderful in this little, but highly used space. 

So I had my wonderful Dad come over last week and we came up with our measurements and this little sketch for the built in and bench we are planning on putting into the mudroom. It was SO helpful to talk it through with someone who has done this before. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but I quickly realized I was forgetting things like how the width of my shelves would have to be figured into my spacing for how high I wanted each one to be. Make sense? Probably a rookie mistake, and who knows when I would've realized it, but thankfully my dad always has my back.

Then on Saturday we were able to get started, definitely not in my Dad's timeline, he's not really following the 6 week challenge and didn't see why I wanted to rush, but he was so so sweet and changed his plans for me, Love you Dad!

 He even went to the store and bought my lumber that morning, which was only two sheets of plywood. (so far anyway) One sheet with both sides looking pretty and the other with just one side looking nice (that piece will go against the wall and saved me a few bucks.)

Can you see the wood grain? this one was the cheaper plywood, where the picture above this one was the more expensive. Different types of wood so the grain looks a little different, but you'll never know because most of it will be painted white.

 First we needed to build the carcass, by cutting the 2-8 foot tall pieces, and then we measured and routed where we wanted the shelves, cut the shelves and then assembled. Sounds so simple, and it was because we had a pro helping us.
And believe me, what took us probably a couple hours to build would've taken my husband and I probably 2 days. I'm positive we would've run into little hurdles or have to go buy more lumbar from mistakes. Thankfully we were able to avoid that with the help of a master craftsman.

 This is where the carcass was looking like a coffin. Who knew these words would be used to build my built-in?

Starting to make sense now.

This is the back, where we ended up adding some left over bead board that my Dad had left over from his own projects.

Then later that night we brought it home, I cleared out the space for the first time since moving in a little over a year ago, and now the room looks SO BIG... to me anyway.

And voila! We still need to get it actually built-in, painted, faced, and then start on the bench and hopefully another shelf, but it was so fun seeing it in the space.  It definitely helped me realize visually how much space we'll have and STORAGE space, what we need most.

Each of the kids were SO excited and were calling dibs on which shelf would be theirs. 

So what do you think?

Like I said, half way?! The room has a lot farther to go. I'm getting really excited though that we are SO CLOSE to having a finished functional space, but will we finish by week 6?

We better! If you are loving following along, like I am, with all of the room makeovers click over here to see all of the other guest participants, I'm sure they are doing better than I am with their time schedule.

Also if you'd like to see even more you can follow along with the 20 selected professional participants here who update on Wednesdays. So many inspiring designers, and spaces.

And Thank You for stopping by, hope you come back next week when hopefully much much more progress will be made. And I will definitely post more updates this week on Instagram if you'd like to follow along.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One Room Challenge Mudroom Makeover - Week 2

Here we are at week 2 of the #oneroomchallenge. Just a quick reminder that we have Linda from Calling It Home who is hosting and responsible for this fabulous biannual event! I've been loving all of the participants that I have been able to check out so far. Definitely have chosen a few favorites to follow. You can check out the other guest participants, like me, here

And here is a link to week 1 if you'd like to see the space we will makeover.

And if you didn't know, there are 20 professional bloggers that have been chosen to participate and they update every Wednesday, you can check them all out here, and you guys... They are all SO good! Actually I'm so so excited about who was chosen this time ( The Makerista, The Painted House, Little Green Notebook, Old Home Love, ...just to name a few) and can't wait to see how their rooms turn out.

Unfortunately not much has happened in the actual space to give you a picture update. I did have the rug I ordered show up, its a beauty but now I'm second guessing if its actually going to work with my existing floors.

My sweet Dad ordered some old hooks for me off of eBay. I was telling him what I wanted, he showed me some and I said "yeah like that" and then next thing I know he ordered them for me. Can't wait to see them, hopefully soon! I'll definitely update you on my Instagram if you want to follow along.

So now lets get into the inspiration pics that I promised you. 


Our mudroom needs lots of storage, something our whole home is lacking, but especially important in the mudroom where all of the kids drop everything when they come home.

We are going to have a similar set-up with a built in bench and built-in on the left side to hold baskets that will hide all of the necessary mess we create each day. I'm really loving these new leather handled baskets at target.

We will also be doing the same shiplap we put on our office ceiling, here in the mudroom, on the back wall where the bench and hooks will be. Because we had some leftover and wanted to tie it in throughout the house. (we have a little on our kitchen island and the fireplace.)

This next image is one of my favorites and I can't get it out of my mind. I LOVE so much about it, but especially want to recreate the wooden pegs, and hopefully the leather cushions, if not for this challenge then some day in the future.


I also love the dark built-ins with the leather pulls, but for our mudroom we need to keep it bright and open, and I want it to flow better into our kitchen and great room which is very light and bright.  So we are going with white.


But don't worry there will be some color that I'll pull in from the wallpaper.
I'm so excited about this you guys! However I can't decide if I want to play it safe with something subtle because I have plans for something more bold and whimsical in the adjoining laundry room, or use a pattern that would be more interesting and fun.


Here are a few wallpapers I am debating. (By the way, all of these are peel and stick, so they are easy to install, not messy, and easily removable when I decide to change things up)

blue grasscloth , chevron lines (don't judge at "chevron", this is a good one, I promise),

Please let me know what your favorite is. 

I think it will really help freshen up my rug, if I keep it, the ivory background turned out looking more muddy :( but it really is a great quality and beautiful rug. It may just be my gray laminate wood floors that make it appear "muddy". 

So what do you think? Hopefully this gives you a better idea of where I'm going with this. And the projects are finally starting tomorrow, lumber and paint here I come. Hopefully I can make those trips without all of my kids this time around. :) 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge - Mudroom Makeover

Week One

And we're back with another One Room Challenge! Thankfully last spring when I convinced my husband to let me participate as a guest participant, we made over our home office, and even though it was a whirlwind of fun, stress, and exhaustion he ended up loving the space! We all did. So we wanted to do it again.

If you haven't heard of the One Room Challenge that Linda from Calling it Home created you can learn more about it here, and even join in, there is still time! Its a design challenge where you only have 6 weeks to completely overhaul a room. I love it and look forward to it every spring and fall. Its so fun to follow along with everyone and get inspiration, learn from their mistakes and triumphs, and when you participate you get so much support and encouragement from this community and even make new friends.

Because we built this house just over a year ago we have plenty of rooms to choose from, but we chose THE MUDROOM. And mostly it is because its completely lacking function right now. And this family of 6 needs function.

We moved in over a year ago and you would think by now I would have some sort of hook hung up in there or basket... but we don't. And I'm feeling it you guys. This room has become such a PAIN, especially to keep clean and when it is clean it doesn't even look clean. So its time for that all to change and I'm so excited to get started.

Here are the "before" pictures

The mudroom is pretty open to our main living space. in fact it opens right up into the dining and kitchen area. 

But its not too bad right? ... wait for it.

 There it is, I didn't clean it first but this is definitely a "good day" for the mudroom. It can get overwhelmed with shoes and now jackets which will soon be coats gloves and hats too. So we will definitely be adding more storage. 
 It will also forever be a drop zone for my diaper bag (while we are in that stage anyway), thankfully the baby is 9 months old now so we aren't lugging the car seat in quite as often.
We will keep this old metal cabinet but not in here. I've been wanting to strip the paint off  and uncover its true beauty but its not suited for this room, and the kids love that it holds their little games and activities so they have easy access.

 This builder grade light will definitely be replaced.
And here is the most functional part of the room. 
Our key hooks will most likely stay. The "Hello" sign was made at Pinners conference last fall and although it is fun I'm ready to move it out. And I think you'll like the replacement. The door to the left leads to the garage and the door to the right is our laundry room. 

Join me next week to see my game plan/ mood board and inspiration behind my design.
And follow me on  instagram to see any updates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge: Home Office week 6

It's here, week 6, which means we are supposed to be done and revealing our finished space. And thank goodness I finished... just barely.

Just for fun here is how it looked just 6 short weeks ago:

and here it is now!

Don't you love it?!!!

I'm sure I'll do some fine tuning on those long shelves, but for now I'm happy with it and  I just love how much better the room looks and feels.  Actually we all love it, the kids have been so sweet and complimentary and they have even been bringing home art projects and saying, "lets put it in the new room" which I love, because now I know they don't hate that we poured so much time and energy into this room, but they are also proud to have it and use it too.

Also if this is your first time stopping by you can catch up on the previous weeks here:

Lets get back to pictures, I know that's why you are here. :)

Here is the view from the front door

I wish I could've also included the entryway in this challenge because it is basically part of this room, but thankfully most of what we have in here will stay so I was able to coordinate the two spaces so that they feel like one.

And this shiplap ceiling was by far the project that took the most time, but was SO worth it, right?

The shelving wasn't a fast project either, but thankfully we got those up pretty quick. I'll tell you more about that later - this was supposed to be a quick reveal and then I was going to get some much needed sleep, but I can't help but explain these photos.

Thankfully at the last minute, before my sunlight was gone, I was able to finally get my artwork in the frames. (I've learned my lesson) But maybe you hadn't noticed :) sources to come on those too.

And there it is, our Home Office.

Even though the last 6 weeks were CRAZY busy, especially the last 3, it was definitely worth it... However I will never do the ORC with a 4 month old baby again, not saying that opportunity may come, but if it does I hope I remember to think twice, haha. Trying to keep a napping schedule when all your baby wants to do is cat nap and nurse made timing a whole lot harder.
But I'm so happy the home office is actually finished. It's so beautiful and cozy, and we all want to spend time in there, even the cat has been in there all day.

So thank you Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this awesome blogger event and challenge. And House Beautiful  for being a media partner.

And I can't wait to catch up, and you can too, with all of the other guest participants and their finished spaces. And if you didn't catch the 20 featured designers you should, so inspiring you guys!

And thank you for stopping by and supporting me through all of this. It's great to hear feedback and get great ideas from you, and please please come back soon especially if you are interested in any sources from my One Room Challenge, or follow me here to know when they are posted.

In case you missed my daughter's room that I did for the One Room Challenge click here.