February 6, 2020
I think I have fallen in love with challenges. It seems as though the only time I can complete an entire room (well…almost an entire room) is when I am doing it as a part of a challenge. The #555RoomChallenge is particularly attractive to me because it is helping me accomplish multiple goals early in the year. The primary one is to show that it is possible to update or refresh rooms in your home on a budget. Last year I was inundated with beautiful images of room makeovers and renovations. I would get so excited to go and check out the blog posts with the behind the scenes images, step by step processes, and budget breakdown only to realize that the budget was way out of the question for us. Although I am relatively new to this, I have been around long enough to understand that many people in this niche get things sponsored and are paid to do what they do. And they should be! It is hard work and so very beautiful! However, it can be a bit disheartening if you do not have the sponsors backing your projects. That does not mean that you cannot get creative and make things happen in your home. I have decided that this year, instead of pining away…wishing for a big budget or big sponsor, I would get creative! The #555RoomChallenge presented the perfect opportunity to do that. I have teamed up with a talented group of bloggers and DIYers to transform one space in our home over the course of five weeks, with five DIYS, and five hundred dollars.
I shared on Instagram, that the room I have decided to update is my laundry room/mudroom. Now at first glance, most may say the room looks nice. Why would I pick this room to update and change? Well, for one, it is one of the most used spaces in our home. I have three little boys, tons of laundry, and tons of stuff! This room, as is, just does not serve us well. Obviously, I clean it up for pictures but on a daily basis it just does not look this way and I would love for it to be both functional and beautiful. So here is my plan…
I really need to change the floors out. The color is currently not my favorite. There was also a cabinet in the corner when we first moved in that we removed and discovered that the flooring did not run underneath it. We covered it up with the mudroom lockers and a rug but that was always only a temporary solution. So the first thing on my to do list for this space is to change out the floors. We have decided to go with a peel and stick vinyl plank flooring for this space. For one, it is super inexpensive. The product we chose is $.97 per square foot. Second, it is pretty durable based on my extensive research (ahem… youtube and product reviews). Third, it looks cute!
The next thing we plan to do is an accent wall with this beautiful wallpaper from Wayfair. I went through a phase where I painted just about every wall in our home white and now I am slowly desiring more color in certain spaces. The wallpaper has already come in and it goes so well with the color of the doors in here. I am super excited to see how it all looks once it is up on the wall!
We also want to spice up the lockers and add doors, door pulls, and organization for the boys’ school supplies, coats, shoes, and miscellaneous items. We built the lockers using Billy bookcases from Ikea. They were super easy to just slide together, attach with some screws, and adjust the shelves to suit their needs. My husband also added lights at the top for a little extra pizzaz.
Additionally, we plan to build a platform and countertop for the washer and dryer. I initially believed that I wanted to keep it low so that the kids could easily help with the laundry. As they are getting a little older I know that they can still assist with it being a little higher and it will be better for our backs. I found a couple of basic build plans that we are going to combine to achieve the look that we want. This piece of the makeover is the most intimidating for me but I am excited to get the washer and dryer off of the floor a little bit.
Finally, we plan to change out the light fixture. I found a pendant light kit and a DIY shade kit on Amazon that I think will look amazing in here. I want something bright, light, and airy in this space and I think this light will do the trick.
That sums up the plans for the space! What do you think? Be sure to check out the other challenge participants listed below!