November 15, 2012

You Win Some, You Lose Some


This past weekend I got to thinking that I just didn't have enough on my plate with a kitchen renovation, Thanksgiving and a Christmas party about a week later, so I decided to also start working on my mudroom. Really. Sometimes even I can't believe me.


I had it in my head that I was going to paint the mudroom the same neutral color that most of the house is painted and that I was going to paint the woodwork a shade darker to help hide all the dirt that accumulated in a room named after, well, wet dirt. Good plan, right? Saturday I put two coats of paint on all the trim. Even while I was doing it, it felt wrong. Then I sampled the wall paint next to it. This room was not making me feel happy. The entire rest of the house makes me feel happy. This room that I usually enter when I come home was sucking the joy right out of me. I had just wasted an entire Saturday and created more work for myself. Not gonna lie. That sucked. Losing.


Then inspiration struck in the form of a mixing bowl, some old chippy wood legs and a friend that helped me see the light and next thing you know I'm repainting the trim (three more coats), painting the walls a happy shade of jadeite green, finding happy colored knobs to hang our things from and finding fabric in my stash that brings it all together perfectly. Like it was planned. Which it wasn't. But let's pretend anyway. Winning. So many details to tie up in the next week. Just a little peek today but I can't wait to share it all.

P.S.Thank you so much for loving on my big girl with me!

23 comments:

  1. Jan- I don't know how bad it did look but it is looking pretty sweet right now. Can't wait to see it all done. That fabric is absolutely perfect!~!! xo Diana

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  2. I love it! Such great colors. :) Kit

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  3. Oh! I love what I see already! Those knobs look amazing- and your paint colour-gorgeous!

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  4. Well i have to agree that you are a little nuts for starting this project with so many other things on the go, however, your plan and what you have done so far is brilliant. I love the material and the turquoise paint. It makes me happy just looking at it - imagine how happy it will make you when you are using that room.

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  5. Did you start a new project to distract you from your other ones? ;-) You must have a ton of energy!

    That color and fabric are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the room in its entirety. Where did you get those adorable knobs?

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  6. Can't wait to see it all done- LOVE the colors you have going on. Mudrooms should be happy BECAUSE of all the dirt!

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  7. Oh my goodness. That combination of Jadeite green and that pink fabric are the cutest, happiest thing I have EVER SEEN. I have been crushing on that Sophie fabric for ages but haven't splurged on getting any yet. I better get some soon before it gets discontinued!! Love, love, love this color combination.

    OH yes, and that reminds me. I am in love with the cup on your header. Where is that from? I keep seeing them around the blogosphere, but not where they've come from.

    Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

    ~Angela~

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  8. Love your color choices! So happy! Can't wait to see the end result. xx

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  9. Love your choices,especially the knobs. Can I ask where you got them? You keep going girl, I am always more organized in the midst of chaos, that wouldn't make sense to an OCD person. Love it

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  10. Love the colour of the walls and the knobs and the fabric goes just perfectly. I think it will make you happy every time you come through the door. Fiona x

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  11. I expect this space will be as lovely and homey as the rest of your home, and look forward to seeing it! I love the knobs.

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  12. I've done the same thing and have no idea why. I like how it looks so far. Gotta do what makes you happy. So if the woodwork gets dirty, just wash it and repaint it once a year. Better than looking at a color every day that makes you sad!

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  13. Can not wait to see this. I'm about 2 months from a complete kitchen renovation, and yours has been the hugest inspiration. I love it. The colors you've teased us with... oh my.
    btw, Maddie's story. tears of joy. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. So fun and colourful! Frustrating no doubt to have to redo it but I'm sure it will look fabulous.

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  15. This looks like it is going to be such a happy space - such beautiful colors! And I so understand starting another project in the middle of another. My poor husband would be happy (or would it be sad...) to confirm :)

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  16. Oh my goodness Jen! We are so on the same page as of late... ;-)

    I have just spent the most delicious moments visiting you here and as always treasured my time with you. You are so inspiring and such a sweet sweet soul.

    And to think we both have $5 chalkboards! I love how you framed yours out too. Now, just as I think of you whenever I make your sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, I will think of you whenever I glance my chalkboards' way! Too cool...

    I love EVERYTHING you and your hubby are creating and doing for your precious home! And your kitchen is so charming!

    Thank you for making me and my heart smile this early Sunday morning.

    Love you Jen!

    xo,
    Kim

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  17. i can't wait to see it. mud rooms ARE an important room...and i think they should make us happy. mine was driving me crazy and i realized it was the "totally in the way" shoe storage. that simple change made all the difference, even if it required a new system. so i'm VERY glad you went with your gut feeling and are painting such a happy color in there!

    (and i love the fabric...reminds me a bit of my daughter's bedding!)

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  18. I have the same mixing bowl...love the color. So happy you shared Maddie's school story...she will love school because she has worked for it and earned it.

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  19. It stinks that you had to do it twice but the end result is going to be fabulous! One of my favorite colors!!

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  20. Sure looks like a happy room so far to me...great inspiration!

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  21. Because why wouldn't an awesome mixing bowl not be mud room inspiration?! Some people build rooms around pillows- you build them around your mug collection and bowls!

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  22. Beautiful! Loving that color and the fabric!

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