Typically when it comes to room restyles in my home, I’m a spur of the moment kind of stylist. I find a vintage or thrifted item that inspires the feel of the room, choose a paint color, then start rolling on the paint and figure it out as I go. I have also re-painted more rooms in our home than I would like to count, so this time around I thought I would try a different tactic. Planning ahead.
Part of this crazy new idea of planning stems from a recent restyle of our master bedroom. During that project I worked with a 3D planner to see paint colors ahead of time, furniture layouts, and even what the art would look like on the walls. We changed out wall colors, added a few accessories, and just like that, the perfect plan in my head was sketched out in front of me. It made the actual work of restyling the room a total breeze.
For me it was the wallpaper first and foremost. In case you can’t see it from thephoto, that is straight up 90s style, textured wallpaper. While I know the 90s aremaking a comeback, that wallpaper is not.
- Second issue was that open shelf at the very top. It’s like a magnet for any and every item that has no other home. That shelf is so deep that random items get thrown to the very back and totally forgotten.
- For some its a space with better function. For me, its about aesthetics. Yes, we need somewhere to hang coats and bags, but its the first space people see when they enter our home. I want this space to make an impression!
- I know this is where most of you jump to Pinterest and start scrolling for the perfect mudroom, but I start with the thrift store. Or my ever growing collection of vintage finds that are piling up in the basement.
- In this case, I wanted to theme the entire space around this vintage paint by number my mom picked up at an auction. My husband and I love to hike and travel to the mountains, so it seemed fitting to style the entry of our home around something we love so much.
- I have also set aside this little collection of vintage camp gear and souvenir items that I plan on working into the space.
- Keeping with the green theme found in the painting, I had this really great vision for lining the walls with green shiplap. My husband thought I was nuts. Then I searched Pinterest for hours and found no green shiplap. No shiplap with color of any kind for that matter! Despite no inspiration photos to follow, I decided to follow my gut and test this green shiplap idea for myself. I bought testers of my two favorite shades of green, and one piece of common board, which my hubby cut into 4 pieces.
- The original plan was to paint each board, then sand them back for a more rustic look. Then I realized how much work that was going to be. Yikes. So I decided to get creative and try a white washing technique, which turned out AMAZING! One part water, one part paint, then wipe it on with an old towel. (Don’t worry, I’ll include how-to photos in the reveal post).
- I LOVE how the darker green whitewash turned out. The lighter green wash I equally love, but its just a little too light for the space. I may salvage the board by turning it into a decorative sign for use with my spring decor.
- In addition to re-painting several rooms, I am the queen of making around 14 trips to Home Depot during projects. Forgot about screws for the wood. Didn’t think I would need extra paint. You mean the lightbulb doesn’t come with the light fixture?
- I also happen to be the queen of list making so I sat down with an Excel sheet and plugged in every supply I could think of, down to the tile spacers and screws needed to install the shiplap style walls.
- The beauty of building your list in Excel is the ability to easily tally up the project cost. Right now I’m at around $350, but I’m really hoping to keep this project at $300 or less.
- I highlighted items where I think I can get the cost down by using thrifted finds, or re-purposing something I already have on hand.
- I’ve also found it useful to document where I plan to purchase each supply so that if I don’t order right away, or we put a project on hold, I know I can come back and easily find my favorite choice.
- Here you can see what my supplies and cost list looks like: Mudroom Makeover- SuppliesCostList
Whew, that was a whole lot of planning for someone who usually just wings it! In all honesty, I do feel much more excited and eager to start this project now that I have a roadmap to follow. This week, we will be gathering supplies and starting demo on the current space. I will follow up with a full Before & After here on the blog, so be sure to subscribe to my email list to be alerted when the final reveal is posted!
Wish me luck!