New Year New Room Challenge Mudroom Update

Hey, everyone! How was your long weekend? Equal parts fun and restful, I hope. I’m currently flying home from visiting my younger sister, no doubt looking like I got hit by a bus. My flight departed at 6:02 a.m. (assuming I was able to sleepwalk my way onto the plane). We had a ball and took lots of pictures since she’s currently enrolled in a photography class at SCAD. (I’ll be sharing trip details and hopefully some decent pictures later this week.) You know how I love my trips to Savannah!

Today we’re back for the second of three installments in the New Year New Room Challenge, organized by the lovely Stephanie of Casa Watkins. (If you missed Week 1, get caught up here.)

Mudroom Makeover Plans from Pretty Practical HomeThis week I’m installing the new light fixture courtesy of Lamps Plus, which arrived on Friday. It was love at first sight and I may have forced Michael hold it up for me with his unusually long arms so I could gaze at it. Let me tell you, he enjoyed that almost as much as he enjoys helping me stage my Instagram photos. (I’m not as bad as the ladies in this video, but check back in six months.)

Charleston Bronze 13 1/2" Wide Clear Glass Ceiling LightAccessories were also added to the room this week, courtesy of my accessories cabinet. I have a lot of mementos and I’m always looking for new places to display my treasures, like my paternal grandparents’ vintage cameras.

Vintage cameras from Mudroom Makeover Pretty Practical HomeI’ve mentioned before that we run a tight ship over here, so we don’t need to use baskets in the upper storage area of the locker unit. Instead, I get to display some of my pretty things. (Yet another score for being a tad OCD.)

And since I like things to be both pretty and practical around here (sorry–I can’t help myself), art work was a must for the mudroom. There’s no reason a utilitarian space can’t be beautiful, and adding art is the easiest way infuse some personality and style into your space. The room has one area for artwork, which is this corner where the locker is located.

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical HomeWhen selecting art, it’s important to keep in mind the scale of the space and the other elements in the room. I measured the dimensions of the locker unit and had room for 2 vertically stacked 16″ x 20″ prints. This arrangement balances out the corner, doesn’t overwhelm the locker or look dinky next to it, and basically makes my eyes happy.

My favorite trick for not messing up the scale is to mark out the area where I’m adding my art with painter’s tape. This way you know before you commit that the scale is correct and your art won’t look bananas. You can see where the balance is currently off and needs to be corrected, and adding room elements in layers allows you to adjust the design plan as needed. You’ll notice I switched around the plant and dog bowls in the plan because the right side of the room was looking too heavy once the mock-up became a reality.

Mudroom Makeover from Pretty Practical HomeMinted supplied my lovely prints and made it easy to choose by having curated selections on their website. I searched by color and size, but you can also search collections by subject, room, pairs, and theme. This is a nice feature for those of you who want a curated look but don’t want the hassle of doing the actual curating.

My other print contenders were custom map prints or custom house portraits. I thought it would be cute to have maps showcasing our past and present cities and the prints would still have the abstract look that I love.

custom map art from MintedMichael preferred the custom house prints until we realized we didn’t have a high-resolution image of our first home in Dallas. (If you aren’t a slacker in the photography department, you likely won’t have this problem.)

custom house portrait from MintedThe only picture I have is this one, which was our listing photo taken from the internet. The house is used as a rental property now and doesn’t look this pretty anymore, which pains me to no end. (We put a lot of love into that house.) What does this have to do with the mudroom? Uh, nothing really, but I thought I’d share anyway.

coppell houseSo now that we’ve got beautiful art, accessories, rugs, lighting, and the lone piece of furniture, I’m basically on cruise control until the big reveal next week. The doors were painted black, which I believe is the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life, second only to marrying Michael. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but after looking at the doors again, maybe not.)

black door with kilim rug from Pretty Practical HomeI alluded to my craft fail last week, which was to repaint the laundry room duh-sign and letter it with “EST. 1999” for the year we were married. I tried several methods of adding nice lettering, including rubbing Sharpie tops on water-painted reverse images of letters (don’t even ask), followed by nearly destroying the family printer feeding wax paper through it, then stencils, and finally stick-on vinyl letters. I’m going to say my failures were due to operator error and leave it at that. Thanks for nothing, Pinterest.

I finally made the smart move to order the letters from a custom printer. It was significantly less money (as in $14.00) than my failed attempts combined and once again confirmed my hatred of crafts. Now the sign looks professional and not like something you’d see on Pinterest Fail.

I’m so curious as to what the other ladies accomplished this week, and I’m guessing none of them wasted precious time painting water onto printer paper thinking it would magically transfer the ink onto wood. #noreallythathappened

New Year New Room Challenge from Pretty Practical Home Casa Watkins

I’ll be spilling my Savannah trip beans this week, and here’s to not spilling the mudroom reveal photo beans until next Tuesday! I hope you have a great day!

22 thoughts on “New Year New Room Challenge Mudroom Update

  1. Your mudroom is coming together so nicely. I love the clean look that your “OCD” encourages. The black doors are stunning! I’ve always wanted prints of our homes too. Such a fantastic memento to have. Can’t wait for next week!

  2. You’ve been crankin’ girl!! Way to get moving on your space – love it! It really does look so beautiful already! Your color palette is awesome and your layout looks like it works so well for you all. I’m pretty much obsessed with your grandparents’ vintage cameras and the idea of those house prints. I need to check that out STAT! Can’t wait until the big day next Tuesday 😉 -Rachael

    1. Thanks, Rachael! I was so bummed about the resolution on our photo. I thought about chancing it turning out ok but chickened out in the end. The vintage cameras were tucked away just waiting for a new home–so glad I found them one. Looking forward to next Tuesday, too! 🙂

  3. love that tip with the painters tape. You know I heart this space a lot! I can’t wait to see it all revealed. That door and the colors are just amazing!

  4. The black door ROCKS! Scale, scale, scale! This room is looking fabulous and I too use painters tape before making the commitment on wall art. You totally made my morning with your opening, “hit by a bus” flying home line! LOL And, I’m jealous of the vintage camera handed down!

    1. Hey, Sara! I was out of the airport around 8:30 am and proceeded to run errands all morning still looking terrible. I’m so happy with the black doors–can’t wait to see your room next week!

  5. I am drooling over your mudroom! Yes, scale is important when choosing decor pieces!!!!…I like mine big, lol. I really like the map print and the hand drawn home pic…SO COOL. I am dying to see this space…ONE MORE WEEK!Love it!

    1. Thanks, Jess! I like my art big, too. The locker isn’t that big so I had to control myself this time. Excited to see your room next week–I’m loving the 3 week timeline. It’s basically instant gratification!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I’m pretty sure there won’t be a next time. The one sign about did me in! Yours is really pretty, and even with your simple chalk method I’m sure I would’ve figured out some way to mess it up. Crafts and me just don’t mix. 😉

  6. LOL! Sharon, you crack me up! For every “good” craft I share, believe me, I have a at least one to two fails. If I didn’t love the excitement of something actually working out, I’d probably quit crafting too. Back to this beautiful space of yours though! Wow, it’s looking great! I can’t wait to see the final reveal next week!

    1. Thanks, Iris! I’m just not a crafter at heart, I guess. I prefer the thrill of a pretty finished room over my sad looking crafts. So looking forward to next week, too!

  7. Beautiful! Been looking forward to seeing how it all came together. Have you done a post on what your process is for coming up with design plans? That seems like the hard part, the rest is follow-through. Formulating design plans are the initial stumbling blocks that keeps my house looking like we just moved in (spoiler: we didn’t.)

    1. Thanks! I wrote a whole series on how to decorate which you might find helpful. I’ve got it under the DIY category, which is probably why you can’t find it (and why only about 10 people have read it). I use Polyvore or Pinterest to clip product images and make up detailed mood boards before I commit to anything for each room I’m working on. Let me know if the series is helpful at all or if you need more details. 🙂

  8. Love it, love it! Those cameras are great. Totally into your strategy for some pretty in the mudroom. The art works perfectly, and man! The doors really do look amazing black. I have really cheap hollow-core doors in my house (uggghhh) but since I painted them black they look TONS better. They’re still kind of terrible, but comparatively, ya know?

    Funny aside – The Instagram Husband video was made in Springfield, MO, where I live. Jeff (the first husband) lives on the next street over from me.

    1. Sounds like you’ve got some fun neighbors. I’m fairly confident that none of mine have created viral content lately. The doors in this house are glorious–8 feet tall, solid wood, and a simple design. It was exciting taking the pantry door down off the hinges to shave off the bottom 1/2 inch. We’ve always had hollow-core doors so we weren’t prepared for how heavy these doors would be. A sore back is a small price to pay, though.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Every space needs a little green–I love houseplants and it’s only taken me 10+ years to find some that I can’t kill. 😉

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