I have to acknowledge my husband’s creative side.  All too often I use him to haul around my vintage finds, and I don’t tap into his creative visions.  So, this is an opportunity for me to applaud a project he recently undertook!

We’ve all seen desks like this.

A very cool vintage find, in and of itself.  My husband picked up a few of these desks a couple of years ago, and was holding onto them until the boys were older.  Well, Big Boy just turned four.  I’m not sure where the last four years have gone, but they did go, and quickly.  Big Boy is creative and thoughtful, and amazes me every day.  Every day, I see a bit more of myself in him (the good and the bad!), so I knew he’d love my husband’s idea to transform this desk and give it to him for his birthday.  When I was younger, I would spend hours at a similar vintage desk.  It was filled with sticker sheets, construction paper, glue and markers.  Oh, the masterpieces I created!  You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my stick figures!

My husband got to work, and I had nothing to do with it!  I was thrilled when he came home with this:

Vintage School Desk Red

He cleaned up the wood, and painted the metal a bright red and put a clear coat on the whole thing.  It is a red, shiny, happy desk!  And, best of all, Big Boy loves it!  Way to go hubby!

Now, what other projects can I put him to work on?



Remember this?

Chinese Chippendale Chair

I picked up this Chinese Chippendale chair awhile back.  I painted it.  I decided on fabric.  And now it’s complete!

Chippendale Chair w: Cushion

A dear family friend, Teresa of Windows Etc., Inc., is incredibly talented with all things fabric.  I brought her the old cushion on my last visit to the Chicago-land area.  Teresa worked her magic, created this beautiful cushion, and then my mom brought it back out here to DC, packed among all the toys she brought for her grandsons.

Doesn’t it look terrific?!

I’m just loving it!  Thanks for all the advice along the way in regards to chair color, fabric choice, and painting tips.  And thanks to Teresa for transforming the ugly old cushion into this little gorgeous monkey-love cushion!

Chinese Chippendale Chair Monkey Cushion

I’m feeling like I’m really on a roll lately – finishing the mudroom makeover and this chair.  What’s next??!  Oh wait, ha!  The holidays!  Guess that’ll keep me busy!

Are you feeling good about finishing any big (or small) projects lately?




Ding ding!  Time’s up!

Today is week 6 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event.  That means it is Reveal Day!  I can’t even believe how quickly six weeks went by.  There were challenges, but it has all been worth it.  My husband was a real trooper, helping out much more than I originally thought I would need (silly me thought I could do it all on my own!).  I owe him a huge thanks, especially for his patience as he lived with the mess that lived outside the mudroom while inside the mudroom was being made all pretty.  And, of course, a huge Thank You is due to Linda for hosting this event at Calling it Home.  Be sure to visit and check out all of the participants.

If you’re here for the first time, you can see the progression of the mudroom makeover from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.

Let’s see what we started with:

Mudroom - left wall

Mudroom – left wall

A messy messy mudroom!

Mudroom - Right wall

Mudroom – Right wall

Bathroom access is also through the mudroom.


What is all that STUFF?!

And now, here’s what we’ve got!

Mudroom w Chandelier

Mudroom 2

Mudroom Gallery Wall

We reused our old hooks, but my husband added another layer to the trim under the hooks to dress it up a bit.  I hemmed and hawed about how to hang the boys’ art, but finally decided to cover the interior of some black frames with burlap and use pushpins to hold the art.  We mounted the frames using Command Velcro Strips, so they hang flush against the wall.

Mudroom Backpacks

We added a lower piece of moulding with hooks so the boys can hang their own backpacks and coats.  Hopefully they will, after a bit of training!

Mudroom Chandelier

I purchased the natural fiber roman shade for the window, which was really needed to help complete the space.  We reused our old dining room chandelier to replace the Schoolhouse Electric one.  I love it because it is so unexpected!  But really, every room needs a chandelier, right?!

Mudroom Bench

I reorganized the bench – and slid the boys’ shoe basket into the middle opening.  The side baskets hold all the ball caps and winter gear.  I also covered the cushion in a fun pinkish fabric.  I cleared off all the clutter, went through the diaper bags, and consolidated down to one purse.  WooHoo!  Confession here: I stole the pillows off my living room sofa.  At the last minute I thought pillows would really help the bench situation (and help cover the imperfections in my sewing!). I’ll either look for a different set of pillows for the sofa, or a different set for the bench.  Decisions!

Mudroom Pillow

We kept the same piece of art on this wall – a painting of an old Washington, D.C. gas station my husband remembers from “back in the day”.

Mudroom Bath Door

Mudroom House Art

On the other wall I had a local artist, Neil M. Shawen, paint the exterior of our home.  It was an anniversary gift for my husband this year, and we had it framed and hung for the mudroom makeover.

Mudroom Hall View

Here’s what the room looks like as you enter from the back door.  So much better!


I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  The main objective of the makeover was to be budget-friendly.  I reused a lot (the rug, chandelier, the bench and baskets) and gave somethings a facelift (the cushion, painted the walls and ceiling) and purchased a few things (the window shade, the lower row of hooks, the new art, the kids’ art gallery frames).  The biggest cost was time and patience, but it was well worth it.  I now feel like we have a room that stands up to the rest of the house.  It is finally presentable to guests, an important thing since it is one of the first rooms people see when they enter our home.

Now, let’s just see how long we can keep it looking like this!  That is the true challenge!

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Now I’m off to check out all the other great One Room Challenge linking reveals!