Hey, friends and guests! Today’s the not-so-long awaited reveal of the mudroom for Casa Watkin’s New Year New Room Challenge. This was a fun project for me for a few reasons. First, I had to spend very little out-of-pocket, thanks to Christmas cash from my mom and the nice folks at Lamps Plus and Minted. A big “woohoo!” for that. Second, other than painting and a minor woodworking project, this room was not super labor-intensive. Finally, this was a quick makeover. I like when things are cheap, easy, and quick. (Do what you will with that).
Remember where we started? The room was functional on a basic level but very plain. It was like coming home to a beige box.
I designed a plan that was pretty and practical (so bad, yet it’s hard not to put that in every post), featuring black doors along with a ready-made locker unit. Please enjoy the poorly edited mock-up one more time.
And finally, the after!
This is now officially my favorite room in the house, although I say that after every finished project. This time I really mean it. Next is the “before” view from the kitchen.
The before of the pantry door and garage door:
And the after:
I love the bold black and white prints by Jaime Derringer, and notice how we covered up the shuttered drawers with plain wood panels. I thought they looked a little too kitschy beach-cute, and Dallas is nowhere near the ocean. Sadly.
Let’s talk for a moment about the light fixture. Even though it wasn’t part of the original design plan, I prefer the glass bowl and like that it has a modern-schoolhouse look. I had to use a recessed lighting kit adapter to change it out, but that was a pretty simple fix. (Changing light fixtures is one DIY that I don’t mind. Truly.) The kit comes with decorative molding, which I spray painted to match the fixture.
I’ll be hosting an Instagram giveaway with Lamps Plus beginning tomorrow (1/27/16) so you can win the Charleston Bronze ceiling light for your very own. Again, woohoo!
I discussed my sign crafting fail in last week’s update, but you’d never know by my professional-looking end product. I wound up ordering the vinyl lettering, which was affordable and easy to apply. (Plus I no longer feel like a big crafting failure, thus saving me from a Pinterest-induced self-loathing episode.) Michael and I were married in 1999–the house was built in 2010.
The rugs were the starting point for the entire makeover. The natural fiber rug provides tons of texture, while the wool rug provides color and pattern. (I’m noticing that nearly every item I’ve used in this room has gone up in price–check the clearance section for similar rugs, since they’ll be a third of the price of mine.)
I gave up my dream of a chinoiserie fish bowl planter because they run about $100 for a small one. (Don’t be shy if you have an affordable source–I’ve searched high and low.) I went with a cobalt ceramic planter from At Home. It’s missing the pattern that I wanted, but the color is perfect and it was only $20, so I’m calling it a victory.
I like to show smiling faces using the finished rooms when I can. Claire refused but I can always count on Paige. She wanted to hang her backpack from the hook for the pictures and I had to explain that while it’s totally fine to hang her zebra and hot pink backpack there every other day, picture day was reserved for Mommy’s special blogging props. #keepingitnotreal
I’d like to again thank Minted and Lamps Plus for providing me with blogger swag to keep this project both on time and in budget. (We all know how long these projects take when I’m flying solo. The word “eternity” springs to mind.) Let’s enjoy one last picture before I send you off to see some of the other finished spaces. Half of us are revealing next week (weather delays and whatnot), so you’ll get to enjoy room reveals today and next Tuesday. Sweet.
Thanks so much for all of the input on yesterday’s kitchen quandary post. I’m reading through your responses and working on a spreadsheet (in my head) weighing the pros and cons of all the options. Maybe those of you against painting the island are onto something. No painting=genius. I hope you have a great day, and thanks for reading!