One Room Challenge Laundry/Mudroom/Office: Sources

First, thank y'all SO much for all the love, comments, Instagram likes, etc. regarding our One Room Challenge.  We poured a lot of love, sweat, and even a few tears into this project, and we love it.  It makes it even more fun to know that y'all like it too.  We truly appreciate the support!

I wanted to do a quick rundown of the sources for most everything we used.  The main credit goes to my awesome hubby who not only did almost all of the physical labor, but even enjoyed it! Maybe he will become the next Chip Gaines; he's sure goofy enough to fit the part. ;)

Please excuse some repeat photos.  I just don't have the energy to take new ones and edit. :)

Accordion Drying Rack: Better Homes & Gardens, purchased via Amazon
Metal B: Hobby Lobby
Focus on the Good Canvas: TJ Maxx
Wall Mount Sink: Mustee Laundry Tub, purchased via Amazon
Faucet: Ikea (purchased many years ago)
Boxwood: Smith & Hawken at Target

Cabinet Pulls: oil rubbed bronze from Home Depot 
Rug: HomeGoods
Apron: Anthropologie
Light: Hampton Bay oil rubbed bronze vintage flushmount Home Depot (excuse the grainy iPhone photo)

Walls: Benjamin Moore White Dove
Beadboard and stencil: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Stencil: Sari Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
Boxwood wreath: Smith and Hawken at Target

Beadboard: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Hooks: oil rubbed bronze, Home Depot
Artwork: local antique store

Bulletin Board: HomeGoods (purchased many years ago)
Rug: HomeGoods
State of Georgia Chalkboard: local gift store
Brass Pendant Light: HomeGoods

Chalkboard Wall: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, coated with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-                                        Surface Chalkboard Acrylic in Clear
Trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove
Beadboard: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Brass Sconce: Ethan wall sconce, World Market
Table Lamp: Pottery Barn (purchased many years ago)
Floating Desk with roll-out keyboard: Built by us (really, my hubby),  finished in
                                                              Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
Cubby: Target
Metal Trash Can under desk: Ballard Designs
Chair: Ballard Designs
Chair Pad: Ballard Designs
Striped Day Planner: Whitney English's Day Designer at Target
Jesus and Coffee Mug: Creations by Courtney


ORC Week 6: We Made It! (Literally & Figuratively)

Well, we made it to the end of our first One Room Challenge, and I am SO glad we did it.  It was exhausting: 2 am has become our new normal bedtime.  And it was a tad stressful at times. But, we worked hard as a team, and I am so proud of my husband and the skills he honed along the way.  I'm also proud of us for setting a goal and sticking to it.  We tend to meander our way through projects around here (I'm looking at you, uncaulked & unpainted crown molding installed 6 months ago in our daughter's room).  It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you don't binge watch a show on Netflix.

For those dropping in for the first time, we committed to making over our laundry room, mudcloset, & garage entry, and we turned a pantry into an office nook in the kitchen hallway.  You can see our intro here, design plan here, and play catch up herehere, and here.  Linda of Calling It Home created this wonderful blog program, a 6 week exercise in design (& a little insanity).  It was so fun, and we've already come up with ideas for at least 3 other rooms.  I'm not sure we will participate in 3 more ORCs consecutively as budget does play a huge factor in timeliness.  But, I am sure we will do this again, and hopefully soon.  Ok, enough talking.  On with the pictures.

As a reminder, here is a before shot of the laundry room.

It wasn't bad; in fact, most people who visit our home comment on how much they loved the laundry room walls.  But, it just wasn't for me.  I spend a lot of my day in the kitchen, which has a direct view of the laundry room, and I needed it to be a place that felt "me".  So now it looks like this:

We painted the walls, stenciled, and installed beadboard.  We also installed new hooks, cabinet pulls, an accordion-style drying rack, and a wall-mount utility tub. This last one was important because the legs of the old sink pushed the dog's bowls out into the doorway - now we can actually close the door. Hooray!  We scrapped the idea of shelving over the drying rack & washer/dryer.  I may go back and add that in later, but I wanted to get a feel for the use of the space before adding more clutter into this small room.

This space is so tight that we had to forgo the beadboard on the back wall.  That tiny difference in depth was enough to cause the new sink to stick out into the doorway.  So, we painted the drywall to match the beadboard, and kept the top trim piece to provide continuity.  I'm pretty excited that this new drying rack won't smack me in the head each time I use the sink, unlike the previous rack that was way too big for the space.

Up next is our "mudcloset".  This space is only 36" wide by 10" deep.  So not even a full foot of storage space depth.  Argh.  But, it is better than the option of walking across the house every time you need shoes or a jacket.  I had planned on stenciling the walls of the mudcloset to match those in the laundry room. But hours of hard work ending in imperfections and frustration convinced me that easy-to-install beadboard might be a better choice, and it is definitely more durable against wet jackets and muddy shoes.  We also removed the inefficient top shelf, added more shelving/shoe storage at the bottom, and raised all the hooks so that our jackets weren't completely covering those of our girls.

The almost imperceptible marks on the sliver of wall to the right
are my babies' growth charts.  We will never be able to paint this section ;)

Now on to the office nook. This was a random idea I threw in at the last minute, after we had already decided to tackle the other areas.  Luckily, hubby was game to try his hand at building a floating desk, and I am SO proud and impressed by his talent.  Time and space constraints prevented us from building the cubby system I had originally designed, but I think this one is a suitable replacement.  I love the character the World Market sconce adds to the space, but the best part is my babies watching over me from the chalkboard wall.  I adore looking at those precious faces while I'm working.

And finally, a before and after of the whole space.

After painting the slivers of wall next to the garage door white, we decided it was a little boring.  A last minute decision (as in this past weekend) was made to continue the beadboard and trim out here, and I'm so glad we did.  I think it really is the key to providing continuity between all the spaces.

Thanks for joining us on this journey.  It was definitely worth it, and we will absolutely do it again (although I am so thankful that the next one is not any time soon.  This mama needs some sleep!).  Having time/budget/space limits required us to get a little creative in certain areas, and it also forced me to accept imperfections and constraints that would have frustrated me otherwise.  Most importantly, my husband and I enjoyed working as a team, and this project cemented our love for DIY (although I'm a bigger fan of the idea part of DIY.  I'm lucky the other half of my team likes the actual DIY). ;)

A big thanks to Linda for creating and hosting the One Room Challenge.  My next post (hopefully early next week) will include sources for all the spaces.  Until then, go check out the other 175+ guest participants! :)


ORC Week 5: Denial is One of the Stages

First off, please excuse the look of my blog - I am in the middle of updating it but it's not quite finished.  Second, how is this the last full week of the ORC?!? For those of you just joining in, the One Room Challenge (ORC) is a blog program in which almost 200 bloggers, designers, etc. commit to changing up a room in 6 short weeks.  I have learned that pacing yourself is EXTREMELY important - at the beginning, it seemed like we had so much time, and now that we are down to the wire, I would say we are still just barely over half done with our projects.  Eeek!!!

My sweet, supportive husband (aka contractor/handyman/electrician/plumber) has been working his tail off this week.  In the past few days, he has installed the beadboard & trim in the laundry room, framed out the desk area, put in a new sink, and installed more lighting.  I know I am going to owe him big time after this.  And don't even think about telling him that I've already got plans for the Spring 2016 ORC up my sleeve ;)

Finding a wall-mount utility tub with the faucet on the sink instead of mounted to the wall
was a challenge.  See all the open floor space? Now the dog's bowls can go under the sink instead
of in the doorway.  Hooray for small victories! :)

Speaking of lighting, that has been our challenge this week.  I think I've mentioned before that the lighting in our oldish home is quirky at best & downright dangerous in some areas.  Luckily, I have a a great team of electricians on speed dial, & they have benefited from dozens of hours and thousands of dollars as we bring our home up to code.  Our biggest snafu this week was when the junction box in the laundry room shattered into a dozen pieces while my husband was putting in the last screw of our new light.  And while hubby is a super handy guy, installing a new junction box was something he didn't feel comfortable doing.  So we had a last minute visit from the electrician today, and after he took a look at it, we were very glad we called in the professionals.  It might have set us back in both time & money, but at least now we don't have to worry that old wiring will cause a fire.
I really liked the old schoolhouse light we had in here (see above photo for reference), but when I realized the laundry room light was directly behind the new glass & brass light we hung in the hallway, I knew we needed a more similar light for a cohesive look.  HomeGoods did not have a second of my hallway light, so I found this one from Home Depot.  It's actually huge (I thought it was a small pendant at purchase), but I think it works.  Unfortunately, all that electrical work left a huge hole in the ceiling, and there's no time to fix it, so instead we slapped a coat of Urbane Bronze on an old ceiling medallion & it covered the hole perfectly.  It wouldn't have been my first choice as the light fixture is simple, & the medallion is a bit much size-wise, but when you're in a time crunch, sometimes you just have to go with it.

Excuse the poor quality.  This room is so hard to get a photo of, as there are no windows nearby.
I also scrambled to find new lighting for the office nook after realizing the picture light I had purchased previously was too formal for the space.  Luckily, we snagged the last 2 of the sconces I found at my local World Market, & I also ordered these beauties from Lowe's.  I think I will be going with the World Market sconces, but may have to find a different place in my home for the Allen & Roth sconces - they're just too great to give up! ;)

We still have yet to start on the mudcloset, and the desk & entry are only about 10% complete..  Yikes.  It's time to up the coffee intake.

Let's look at our to-do list, shall we? Or maybe we shouldn't.  Sometimes denial is a beautiful coping mechanism.

Install beadboard & molding // Paint & stencil walls (Praise the Lord I can cross this off) // Install hooks on molding // New utility sink // Pulls for cabinets // New lighting ? // Replace drying rack // Install shelf above washer & dryer // Install shelves above drying rack

Paint walls // New rug // New lighting  // Install beadboard (added to the list this week)

Repaint // Lower top hooks so shelf is more accessible // Add shoe storage // Add more hooks

Office nook:
Floating desk // Install outlet // New printer // Cubby holes/storage for mail, office supplies
Chalkboard or pinboard // Lighting (purchased but not yet hung)

Don't forget to check out the progress of the other participants!  We can do it!