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!




Welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, hosted & created by Linda at Calling it Home.  If you’re new to Pursuing Vintage or need a refresher, you can check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.

Last week was rough, and I thank you all for your kind comments, and all the great ideas.  Everyone here seems to be on the mend.  My hubby ditched the crutches and Big Boy’s last day of antibiotics was yesterday (woohoo!).

This week I had to chuckle as I thought back to when I decided to participate in The Challenge.  My thought process went a little something like this: Oooh… this will be fun!  I really need to get a lot of rooms done, and this will be great motivation!  Six weeks should be a breeze, especially if I keep it at a realistic goal of redoing that little mudroom.  How difficult could that room be?  I should have it done in about a week, and then I’ll have to pretend to still be working on it so I can participate in the weekly updates…

Well, that is a big HA HA, SUCKER!  (Sucker being moi).  Especially with the turns of last week, I have been humbled.  It’s not that the room is that complicated.  It’s just finding the time and energy to do it.  And, let’s face it, painting is a witch.  All of that dark paint around my white moulding has really taken a lot of time.  But, that is part of the challenge of The Challenge, right?

This week I focused on sewing the cushion cover for the bench.  I had chosen the fabric the week before, so it was just a matter of digging the sewing machine out of the basement, dusting it off, and trying to remember how to thread it.  I also needed to cut the fabric and pin it.  I decided on a pocket-style cover so I wouldn’t need to worry about trying to put a zipper on (it would need to be a seven week challenge if I had to do that!!!)  It all looked a little like this:


I put everything on the floor figure it out.


I pinned the fabric where I needed to sew – and tried not to leave any pins for Baby Boy to find.


After I sewed the edges, I turned it inside out and marked with pins where I needed to sew the ends.


I only broke one needle!


Sneak peek!

I’m so relieved to have that cushion finished!  I’ll wait and show you next week.  I still need to do the frames for the boys’ art (thank you for all the suggestions!) and my husband is adding another piece of moulding with hooks at a lower height for the boys.  We also need to put up the new light fixture.  Hopefully we’ll be ready!  Please check in next week to see if I made it!

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Have a Happy Halloween!





Oh, One Room Challenge-  I respect you so much more after this week!

Alright.  Would you like the quick, cut and dry summary of how The Challenge went this week, or do you want the down and dirty real version?

The sugar-coated version is that I did some touch-ups, hung the shade, and purchased the fabric for the cushion cover.

The real version is much more … colorful.  No sugar-coating here!

Let me start by saying this is what my house looks like right now:


First, my almost-four-year-old came down with strep throat.  Okay, we can handle that.  But then, just to make things a little more exciting, my husband pulled his calf muscle and is on crutches!  Just get me a pair of scrubs and call me Nurse!

In spite of these maladies, progress was made.

Last week I showed you how I painted the ceiling of the mudroom.


Well…. I thought I could check that off my list.  And then my father came to visit for the weekend.  He kindly pointed out some roller marks that were visible and suggested I go over the ceiling again with another coat of paint.  Okay, so he was right, but still.  It was the LAST thing I wanted to hear!  I took his advice, and the ceiling does look a lot better (thanks, Dad).

Next, I went to Joann Fabrics and actually scored a really cute fabric for the bench cushion.  Here’s a “before” photo – note the boring green cushion (if you can even see it under all the bags piled on top!):


I chose this pinkish fabric because I thought putting another blue in the room would be expected.  I’ve tried to bring in a few splashes or coral/pink into my mainly blue central living area, so having a pinkish cushion will carry that sub-theme nicely.


I think (hope) that you can relate to this next part of my Challenge.  It was time to hang the window shade.  My husband and I got the kids to bed early (after the youngest pushed a bowl of soup off the table, which prompted me to wash the floor – oh and after the almost-four-year-old had a tantrum about not wanting to eat his chicken nuggets…).  We decided to use the extra child-free time to hang the shade.  We hung an identical shade in our dining room about a month ago.  So this should be cake, right?

Should be, except for the fact that my husband has his injured leg all wrapped up and had to hobble up and down the little ladder to measure and drill the holes.  (Can you picture this??!)  On top of that, enter this little devil.


Looks like an innocent pencil, right?  Well, it was the only pencil with lead among our twenty-plus non-sharpened pencils in the desk.  Every time my poor husband tried to mark the spot where to drill, the lead broke.  Let’s just say that the pencil will be thrown away because mechanical pencils are not good for marking drill holes (although I tried to defend its ability to write on paper).

After all the drama, the shade is up, and I think it looks great.  One of those things like “why didn’t I do this earlier???”.


There’s still a bunch of stuff to be done.  I’m having trouble envisioning how I want to hand the boys’ art.  I really like the idea of frames because it’s a nice clean look.  But the reality of taking down a frame and inserting new art every week is, well, not reality.  I’ve been searching Pinterest for some ideas.  Here are a few that I think might work.


I like this cork board idea – but I’d use all black frames, I think.


I think this is clever with the clothes pins attached to the frames to hold the art… but won’t the corners of the papers curl?



Cute and practical… but is it a “clean” look?



Maybe I should just do one of these?  Or will that end up looking messy?

I’m really stuck on this.  I want the art to compliment the space, not take-over.  But, it has to be practical.  I would like to be able to hang the latest “masterpiece” and rotate pieces.  Any suggestions?

Before next week I’ll have the cushion cover sewn!  And, hopefully the light fixture will be hung.  We’re also working on adding some lower hooks for the boys to hang their backpacks.  Finally, I’ll have to make a decision on the art display.

Keep your fingers crossed that this next week is drama-free!  Let’s keep this train moving!

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