It’s been about three months since the official end of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge, and I’m finally sitting down to share my finished laundry/mud room with you!
If you’ve ever tried to decorate (and blog about) a room in five weeks while maintaining some semblance of a normal life, you understand why it’s called the One Room CHALLENGE. Throw in two weeks in Europe and a week in New York – oh, and a marathon – and it’s even harder to complete the job in the specified time frame!
But the job did eventually get done! Here’s a reminder of what the room looked like when we moved in in 2009:
Over time, we added a few DIY projects, including a new Roman shade…
a cabinet door to cover the fuse box…
|But so did some test paint colors!|
Months passed. More months passed. A little more than a year later, I shifted my focus back to the laundry room and made the half-vision that was in my head into reality.
So, without further delay, here’s what it looks like now!
The iron and ironing board now have a home that is easily accessible, whether I need them for laundry or for sewing purposes need to take them up to the nearby office.
The walls next to the door got some new art. Both items came home with us from Monet’s home at Giverny, which we visited while in France last year.
The smaller, more ornate frame was originally white. I couldn’t find what I was looking for in gold, so I gave it a makeover, starting with a coat of spray paint and finishing it off with a few layers of gold leaf.
The larger frame came from my aunt and had a few red spots on it, so I used the same gold leaf to coat the entire frame to wind up with two coordinating frames. One container was not enough, and Hobby Lobby was out of the color I needed, which meant I had to special order it…adding more time to my already delayed reveal.
|It’s a little too large for the frame, but the funny story
of how it got here makes me not notice that so much.
These nontraditional souvenirs are a fun reminder of our trip every time I walk through the laundry room.
Let’s do a quick side-by-side comparison of the changes that took place here:
|Hinges and knobs went from bronze to white to black to silver, then the original knobs took a trip to the Habitat store and were replaced with some prettier, shinier ones.|
The one thing that hasn’t changed is this awful light fixture. I couldn’t find anything that I loved enough to pay for within the ORC time frame (or the ORC time frame + 14 weeks) so it’s staying put for now. There are two others identical to it in our house, and I’d like to find a reasonably priced option that could replace all three instead of making a rushed decision that I’ll regret.
When I started this project, I didn’t have a set budget in mind, but I wanted to keep the cost as low as possible while still ending up with a great result. With the exception of the labor for the painters and the postage to mail Monet, this entire room came in at under $300, including the lumber for the drying rack, new white table, knobs, paint, new ironing board cover, picture frames, etc. And I’d say it was a great result. Success!
The great thing about the 5-week time frame of the One Room Challenge is accountability (those six posts occur over a period of five weeks!). Once those five weeks pass, though…it’s hard to get back around to finishing the project! I’d walk through the laundry room each day as I headed upstairs to the office and think about finally touching up the paint, or going out to buy the second container of gold leaf, or taking the ‘After’ photos, and I’d say, “Well, when it’s been this long, what’s another day?” or “The light’s not great for photos right now.” And then I stopped blogging altogether for a while…
I’m glad my Fall ORC project is finally complete and I look forward to perhaps participating again in the spring – within the set time period!
Check back next week to read about how we made the Never Ending DIY Project Fuse Box Cover/Laundry Drying Rack. In the meantime, you can read about weeks 1-6 of the One Room Challenge here.