Thursday, February 23, 2017

One Room Challenge: Bonus Week / Final Reveal

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:


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

The idea of painting this room terrified me, and the thought of hiring someone to do it for me was even more terrifying to me at the time, so I gave it the easiest makeover I could come up with.  To me, painting a small space is SO MUCH WORSE than painting a large space, and this tiny room has 8 corners, a window, four doors, and cabinets to paint around.  Definitely not a job for a novice.  I did the best I could at the time, which consisted of covering the clashing floral wallpaper with dancing chef wallpaper and hanging a little chef clock and some other chef-y items throughout the room.

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

Over time, we added a few DIY projects, including a new Roman shade...



Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

a cabinet door to cover the fuse box...


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

...and a shelf over the washing machine and dryer.  I also spray painted the cabinet knobs and hinges, but as they went from a bronze-y color to black, there wasn't as noticeable a difference as I had hoped for, and I wound up spraying them all silver in the end.

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

By the time I began to formulate a real plan for this room, it was in sad shape, from the mess that had accumulated in it to the scratches and dings on the wall, many of which were here when we moved in.

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

At some point, the French chef theme went a step further, and this print of the Arc d'Triomphe I got on a trip to France in 2005 found its way on to the wall.

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal
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!


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

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.


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This is a much better view while I sort laundry

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

I love the reclaimed wood letter I got from Harp Design Co. last year as we passed through Texas!


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal


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.


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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.

 
Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

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.


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I'm not 100% pleased with the skinny mat I had cut for the poster print in order to keep Monet's signature visible, but it was the only way to make the artwork and frame work together.  There's quite a story behind this print - it had a transatlantic travel adventure originating with the French postal service in the Orly airport, continuing with a visit to US customs in NYC somewhere before it found its way onto this wall.  I wasn't permitted to take it on the plane with me as its tube apparently took me over the carry-on item limit, so I used the last of my Euros to pay for it to be shipped home, leaving me with under 1 Euro in change to bring home with me.  

Three weeks later, it showed up on my doorstep.

Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room 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:



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Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal
Hinges and knobs went from bronze to white to black to silver, then the 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.


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

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.  
No more!  

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.


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

If you want to see what else I've been up to in the past 14 weeks while neglecting this blog, head over to our travel blog, 48 No Interstatewhere we're sharing experiences and travel tips from last year's 80-day long cross-country back roads road trip to all 48 continental states!


Homespun by Laura: One Room Challenge Fall 2016 Laundry Room Reveal

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