Last week I shared with you my unorganized, unsightly mudroom. As a One Room Challenge Linking Participant, I decided to attack that room head-on and transform it in six weeks. (If you haven’t checked out the official One Room Challenge designers, be sure to check them out over at Calling it Home— trust me, you’ll be inspired!).
The first step was to find out what exactly was crammed in those bench baskets. I also thought I should go through the numerous purses and diaper bags and eliminate what I don’t use. Same with the coats and mound of shoes.
I feel that to really help this room, I need color. And not that sherbert green I have on the coat wall. Off to Home Depot to ponder “Mickey colors” (my son calls the paint sample cards Mickey colors because Home Depot used to carry a Disney paint line and the cards were shaped like Mickey. So we go to the “Mickey color store” to get “Mickey colors”. I digress.)
I wanted a shade of blue, since that is primarily the color I’m using on the first floor of the house. I didn’t want a blue with a lot of green in it, or one that was too purple-y. My mom suggested choosing one with some grey, and I actually listened to her.
I have to admit, the fact that it is called Blue Willow had me at hello.
We have beautiful crown moulding throughout the house, and it was a total pain to tape up. I thought that because the room was so small it would be a breeze. It took me two days to tape in between re-taping where my youngest was peeling the tape off, and, well, everything else that goes on in a typical day here.
After I put the boys to bed last night, I got to work! Here’s a peek:
I learned that painting at night, and with a glass of wine, yields spotty results. Literally. It looked great last night – I finished the whole room, my husband looked it over as another set of eyes, I was happy. Little paint monsters must have appeared while I was asleep. In daylight I could see little spots where the coverage wasn’t great, and a place where *gasp* the paint ran. Ugh. So, tonight you know what I’ll be doing. I just can’t paint during the day — instead of paint monsters causing trouble, it would be two little boys. So, I marked all the spots that need help, and I’ll hopefully fix everything tonight.
I feel like the painting is the biggest task in this room. Once I finish that, I’ll feel a ton better!
Next up I’ll be picking a new fabric to recover the bench seat, installing a window shade, and a few other surprises (I can’t tell you everything! The reveal wouldn’t be as fun!).
Back to work!!!
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