So I’ve decided to do my own one month, less than $100, room makeover challenge during August. I really enjoyed participating in the group one and working on my bathroom back in March, and hope to participate in the group one next month with a different room if things can fall into place. But I need to keep moving ahead on tackling spaces in this house and some motivation/accountability to actually get it done so that’s where you come in. This summer sort of threw me for a loop just staying busy with life/vacation/Haven/ and a busy toddler and I am slowly trying to get back into doing projects and blogging. So expect an update/project post every Wednesday this month on this hallway/mudroom I will be working on. And I also have quite a few posts to share to catch you up on projects we worked on in the spring/May and then I want to do a big before/after post of our house after living here for a year. Can’t believe it has been that long already!
So here’s the next space I am tackling – it is small but sort of just what I need to get me working on projects again and also is in a pretty central area of the house so will be nice to have a pretty/more functioning space to serve our family better.
This small hallway that connects much of our home – it is right off the kitchen and we enter from the garage into this space, go to the bonus room, enter the laundry room, and a bedroom door is in this space.
I don’t have a great before picture of this space when we bought the house but here’s a zoomed in shot I have where you can see it off the kitchen. Sometimes I really do forget how much we have done – that green paint is gone, the flooring has been changed and that made a huge difference! More on those updates later.
So not to bore you with a bunch of pictures of doors but as you can see that is pretty much what this space consists of.
There are 4 doors and one open doorway.
So here’s what I need to work on in this space and what I hope to accomplish. The walls have been painted but none of the trim and none of the doors have been painted and they are in rough shape. So that’s the first project – paint all the trim and all 4 doors.
I also need to decide what color to paint them. I am pretty sure I want to paint the door to the garage (the one straight ahead in the below photo) black to give some contrast and also to match with the interiors of my front and back door. But with 4 doors in this space will it look odd to paint 1 black and the other 3 white? Should I paint any other ones black? Or leave all of them white? I would love to know your thoughts because the paint brushes are coming out either tomorrow or Saturday
The other thing I want to accomplish is to fix up this small little wall as a mini-mudroom. I will be making a bigger mudroom type area for jackets/bookbags/shoes in our laundry room but I want to have this area for keys/mail/things that need to go to the car/my purse – that kind of things. So some kind of small hooks on the wall, a bench and some decor on the walls.
I picked up this storage bench complete with baskets and cushion at a yard sale for $15 a few months back and haven’t touched it except to wash the fabric and move it in place. If I decide to keep this bench here it needs some paint, and some new cushion fabric. It fits perfectly lengthwise but does jut out a bit in front of one of the doors – but pretty much anything will in this space. But we really do need some kind of small bench for a drop zone/putting on shoes.
And I need to find a rug for in front of this door.
And lastly, I need to replace this light fixture. There was just a very builder basic flush mount fixture here before but the glass globe fell and broke soon after we moved in leaving a bare bulb. So I switched it out with this thrift store one I had in my stash… but didn’t realize that the one door hits the light fixture if you open the door all the way. Eeek! So we need something more flush mount. Anyone have a less than $50 farmhouse style flush mount fixture they love that I can pick up at Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon? I need to find one we both like and that fits the budget.
So it’s a small space but I have quite a lot to do! I’d love to know what you think about the door colors, light fixture ideas, and any mini mudroom ideas for that one wall too. Let me know here in the comments, on facebook, or email me!