Striped O

I like stripes. But I’m pretty sure that you already know that…

With the entryway having stripes, I figured the mudroom should too.

No, I didn’t paint the walls with stripes. That would be way to difficult with all of the doors and angles. Trust me. I already thought about it.

A while back I was going through a few drawers and happened to find a wooden initial for our last name. An O to be exact. At first, my plan was to wrap it in yarn. I actually started wrapping it but I quickly got bored and frustrated with it and decided to skip the whole yarn wrapped letter thing.

Then I thought about covering it in burlap… but that’s just too much burlap (is that even possible?) in one area. Scratch that idea.

Next up was paint. Easy enough. So I dug out my trusty Heather Gray paint and gave it a couple of coats.

Better. But it was still missing something. Just call it plain. Randomly, stripes entered into my brain. So, without much thought, I went with it.

Rather than having evenly spaced stripes, I thought it would be cooler to do various widths.

Honestly, I just eye balled this whole thing. Would it be bad to say that I didn’t even think about getting the tape measure? I did grab the level though…

With it all taped off, I gave it 3 coats of leftover white paint.

With the paint still wet, I quickly pulled off the tape. And prayed paint hadn’t bled through my tape…

We’re good. No bleeding! Score!

Then, I just put it on the top of our mudroom ledge.

I can’t guarantee that it’s going to live in that exact spot, but I’m happy to start adding accessories to our mudroom. I still have several more projects up my sleeve!

Big Smiles!

Mudroom Burlap Frame

Hello Happy Friends!

Well, I finished another mudroom project. My checklist is dwindling and it feels awesome! Better yet, this little mudroom of ours is getting lots of much needed personality.

If you’ll remember, my last mudroom update was all about the FREE bench that I scored.

This project is no different in cost. We’ve had the frame for awhile and because I didn’t know what I wanted to put inside, it set with the stock photo’s. It totally lacked personality… one might have even given me a hard time for hanging it up with complete strangers staring at us every time we walked in the door to OUR own house… It was just one of those times where I was unsure what I wanted to do with it. So, naturally, I did nothing.

Enter in the lovely burlap, and inspiration finally struck me! Rather than pictures of us, why not letters?

And because I consider myself creatively cheap, I made letters out of cardboard I had on hand, rather than buying any needed supplies. So, you might have guess it, this project is also FREE!

Excuse me while I do my happy dance…………….dancing……………. twirling…………..dancing……………….. slipping…………….. falling…………….

Ok, I’m back.

The only thing that’s better than free, is how great it looks!

Seriously. Check it:

Awesome, right?

Easy peasy too!

All I did was trace my printed letters onto cardboard.

(Sorry for the picture quality, I was doing this project at night….)

After I traced my letters, I cut them out with a razor blade.

Cut my burlap to fit inside the 5 x 7 mat.

Painted my letters with leftover paint from my stripes and hot glued the letters to the burlap! So easy!

Honestly, I love how the burlap compliments the rug. They work perfectly together.

Here’s the before & after:

Ah, much better!

And, happily, we get to check another thing off the list.

1. Add storage bench below coat rack/ frame.

2. Upholster bench cushion or recover existing with fun fabric.

3. Add wire baskets for hats & things.

4. Add art/ pictures to coat rack frame.

5. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

6. Paint mudroom/ garage door.

7. Install non slip backing under current rug.

Yes, we’re quickly narrowing down the list. Awwww yaa!

Big Smiles!

Mudroom Bench

It’s been a while since I last talked about my desire to update our mudroom. It’s always seemed a little, well, blah. Honestly, with all of the other rooms calling for my attention, the mudroom has been one of my last concerns. But, boy, I’m ready to get a few wanted projects under my belt.

A mudroom bench was my biggest priority. Especially since we use the mudroom the most. It is, after all, connected to our garage and our main entrance into the house.

We needed a place to sit down and put on our shoes. We needed somewhere to set down a bag. Or a drop zone for the mail (temporarily).

I had been searching for a reasonably priced bench. I almost pulled the trigger on one once or twice. Something kept holding me back. Maybe it was the price or maybe it was because I’d rather spend that money on something else… who knows. I could also have a sixth sense and know that a free bench was coming my way.

Any one of those options works for me.

One day I stumbled upon this:

It was in rough shape. And dirty. Eww. But I could see the potential.

First, I gave it a few coats of white spray paint.

Then I started on the seat upholstery and followed the same steps as I did with my upholstered thrift store chair.

From there I attached the seat to the bench frame with a couple of screws and I was done!

Best part? It was FREE! No kidding. I spent money a while back on the fabric, but I’ve had it for about a year. With that sort of time frame I’m definitely going to call it free.

I’m happy to check that off the to do list.  Here’s what’s left:

1. Add storage bench below coat rack/ frame.

2. Upholster bench cushion or recover existing with fun fabric.

3. Add wire baskets for hats & things.

4. Add art/ pictures to coat rack frame.

5. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

6. Paint mudroom/ garage door.

7. Install non slip backing under current rug.

I just love checking things off of a list. It’s so empowering!

Big Smiles!

Mudroom Updates

Happy Monday!

You may have noticed that I decided to take last week off from the blog. It’s canning season around here and I was so busy making apricot and peach jam, green beans, pickled green beans and freezing corn, peppers, beats, carrots, green chilies, etc. that I didn’t have the time, or energy, to write up blog posts. Sorry about that.

Today’s post is all about the mudroom. I bought a new rug, which has inspired me to do a whole bunch of other things that really need done. So, we’re making a list. It wouldn’t be a project if it didn’t make my list. Everything goes on the list.

Here’s what we’ve got:

Before this we had nothing for a rug. And the mud and dirt was making me crazy (living on a farm= dirt)! I found this little beauty at Target. It’s since changed my world and has inspired me. Love it when that happens!

So, I must admit something. We’ve had that picture frame hanging up since we moved in and I still haven’t added anything to the frames. It’s true. I even have some of the things that I want to put inside it. Don’t judge.

I’m making it my mission to get this room in shape. Here comes the list:

1. Add storage bench below coat rack/ frame.

2. Upholster bench cushion or recover existing with fun fabric.

3. Add wire baskets for hats & things.

4. Add art/ pictures to coat rack frame.

5. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

6. Paint mudroom/ garage door.

7. Install non slip backing under current rug.

I’ve got my work cut out for me! Plus, we’re doing all of this on a budget! I’m going to try and make-over this room for $150.00. It’s going to be tight, especially since I know what the storage bench costs.

Bring on the creativity!