putting the “fun” in “functional”

More mudroom progress to report!  This tiny workhorse of  room definitely needed some additional things to make it more functional – especially a place to hang keys, do a last minute make-up touch -up, and stash incoming papers. 

corner cupboard in mudroom 1

I really wanted to re-use a much as I could from our previous place, so I dug through my stash of organinizing tools that had yet to be used in the new house and came up with the same mail sorter and key hanger we had in our previous entryway.  I also picked up a nice but inexpensive mirror (thanks Lowes!) for the space, and already it is working much better for us!

mudroom organization 1

Did I mention that DH also painted the room?  It looks so nice to no longer be staring an unpained drywall!  We painted it a nice greige color that is very calming (nice for when you first walk in!).

We’re still thinking of adding a shelf too somewhere, but we haven’t decided when or where.  But for now it looks pretty nice and works much better for us.  Of course, if you shift the angle of the above shot sligthly, you see the other side of the mudroom still has a ways to go…


But we’ll takle that mess another day!


Nursery Ideas

Not wanting to start any rumors here, but I’ve been thinking about plans for the next nursery that we’ll do at our new house.  Not that we need one yet.  Seriously.  But I just can’t stop my mind sometimes from creating these ideas; I am inexplicably compelled to do things like create a mood board for a nursery for a baby that has yet to be conceived.  Anyone who knows me personally can attest that this is just the kind of crazy I’m know for!

So without further ado, here’s what I’m thinking I’d do for a nursery if I had to turn one around next week.

Nursery Ideas Mood Board blue and orange

Who knows how I’ll feel once DH and I decide our family needs a fourth member, but for now this is what I’d choose for a gender-neutral space for baby #2.  The lampshade is from Target, the crib bedding with the adorable elephants is from Pottery Barn (although I definitely saw something similar at Target), the pillows are from Land of Nod, the rug is a DIY I found on Pinterest, and the glider is the one we purchased for Sydney’s nursery.  I’m totally in love with the idea of wide horizontal strips on the walls too!

What would you do if you were planning a nursery for a baby that is yet to be created?



everything closet reveal!

Whew!  That was a lot of painting!  When I last posted about our makeover of our little “everything closet”

CIMG4526 - CopyWe had just finished with the interior:

CIMG4531But the doors and trim – the part I stare at a million times a day because this mudroom is also the hallway to our bedroom – were still yellow.  Although I ran out of time to finish the project during that weekend, I definitely had the itch to get the cabinet F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D.  So DH and I set to work with some more priming and painting.  

I removed the doors and the hinges for this step to get a good paint job.  I considered painting the hinges in place because I was antsy to start the project (seriously about 75% of this was prep work!) but after reading some advice online I decided against it.  So after a whole lot of time with the screwdriver I had everything disassembled and got to work on the painting.  We just did one coat of primer and one of paint since we were just going over yellow (and not that terrible dark varnished pine like on the interior!).  I even spray painted all the hinges with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint just to make everything look a bit better.  It was a busy weekend.  But it was so worth it once we re-assembled everything!

white painted cabinet no trim 1It felt soooo good to get this all put back together.  But something still needed a bit of attention.  Can you see it?  Nope, not the unpained door on the right…look to your left.  Yep, there it is:

white painted cabinet no trim 2This ugly spot where the cabinet meets the new drywall.  I always knew we’d have to deal with it at some point but I was hoping to avoid it for awhile.  Alas, seeing everything else so finished made this stand out even more.  Feeling resourceful, I headed out to our garage where our contractor had stashed some extra lumber and trim pieces.  I found a piece that looked about perfect, held it up, got DH’s approval, and then we set to work.  A quick measure, cut with a hack saw, and a couple of nails later, we had installed our very first piece of trim!

white painted cabinet with trim 2I was awestruck by what a difference that little piece of free trim made!  Even standing back a bit further it looks amazing!

white painted cabinet with trim 1We would still like to eventually add some trim to the doors themselves (the slab style really isn’t our thing) and get some oil-rubbed bronze pulls.  But I think this cabinet is about 80% done so I’m going to let that all go for a little while and just enjoy this beauty.  


The magic of paint

Our hall bathroom, as I’ve mentioned before, isn’t slated for a major reno for a few years since all our reno budget is going towards our big kitchen/dining room reno (read more about that here and here).  So we’ve been setting out to make our very dated late 70s bathroom:

hall bath before

into something more current.  We started by removing the wallpaper and adding new hardware, a new shower curtain, and a new toilet:

hall bathroom progress 3

But it took a long time even get the walls ready for paint, so for a loooong time the walls looked like this:

hall bathroom progress 1

Now we’re so excited to finally have the space painted!  It took a coat of mold-blocking primer and a lot of cutting in with my handy angled brush, but we’ve finally banished the bird-themed foil wallpaper that greeted us when we first bought the house!

hall bathroom painted

Here’s another shot where you can see the beige and brown tiled floor we’re working with:


We still need to touch up the ceiling a bit more in a few places, re-caulk the tub, re-paint the door and trim, and decide if we want to purchase additional ORB hardware to match the new pulls.  I also need to paint the door and trim–it was mold-stained and painted a rather icky yellow-y beige.  So far far I’ve only primed it because my original plan was to paint it a bright white but now seeing the room all together I’m worried it might look too stark with the rest of the room being a bit warmer.  So I may get a slightly creamy white instead.  We’ll see!  Here’s what it looks like with just the primer:


Plus, we need to decide if we want to paint the existing sink cabinet white or stain it a nice dark espresso color, but we really just can’t decide!  So the room isn’t done, but the paint has had major impact and made the space feel much more livable!  One more pic for the road:

more painted hall bath

I gotta figure out a better way to take pictures of tiny bathrooms!