Beautiful mudroom makeover, step one!

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Hey there! I’ve been hard at work on our mud/laundry room makeover that I told you about here. It’s taken me way longer than I thought it would, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute. 
Let’s go back to how the room looked shortly after moving in: 
The lighting was horrible (more on that in a bit!), but otherwise, not much changed other than I changed out the “boob” lights later on with some cute flush mount fixtures I got from an outlet store. (You can find them online here!)
I shared my paint misstep with a color I thought I would love: 
I did NOT love it, and hated the height that I had it at too. I quickly changed directions with this wall and the feel of the room and I’m SO freaking happy with it now!
I told you last week that I decided to go with a much lighter color called Whitestone that I used in our old master bedroom. I decided to do a shiplap accent wall instead of board and batten around the whole room. 
I’ve done smaller shiplap walls on our staircases, and had help doing the large wall in my old office/craft room in our last house: 
I did the smaller walls in there, but they were easier than this one! 
My go-to for shiplap (or planked walls as I’ve always called them), is using very inexpensive luan instead of “real” wood. Luan comes in 4×8 sheets, is very thin, easy to cut, easy to install and only costs $15 for 32 square feet. You just can’t beat it!
I had it cut down at Lowe’s, and this time they didn’t do the best job keeping the strips a consistent size. Most of them started at 4.5 inches and ended around four inches because of the way they ran through the saw. It made the installation much more difficult because I couldn’t use most of the pieces as they were. 
I can’t complain though, because they cut them for free (they usually charge for cuts over a certain amount now), and the convenience can’t be beat! When I’ve done this in the past they’ve gone up MUCH quicker though. 
I always use change to figure out my spacing — it just depends on the distance you want between planks. This time I wanted a more noticeable line so I used a nickel: 
As you install you’ll need to use your coin to check the spacing as you nail the boards in (I use an 16 gauge nail gun) and also check for level as you go. Usually our walls and floors aren’t perfectly level, so I err on the side of the coin and my eye more than perfect leveling. 
This time I had a lot of trim to move around too — the crown on the built ins and the window especially. For these spots a tool called a contour duplication gauge is SUPER helpful: 
I really need to upgrade mine, but it does the job. You trace this onto your wood and then use a jigsaw to cut it out. Perfection is NOT necessary. Most of my cuts are not even close to what the tool gives me, but after caulk and paint you can’t even tell. I’ve told you before, caulk is my BFF!!
And what do I always say? If someone is going to look that close and notice the small imperfections…they get a cookie. 😉 
Since my boards weren’t all perfect, it took longer than usual. Plus filling holes and caulking and all that jazz is a lot of work! Not hard stuff, just busywork. But it was all so worth it!: 

I am so thankful I decided to just do this one wall in shiplap! GoodNESS it would have taken me forever to do it all around the room. I don’t think the other walls need it anyway. There’s plenty going on otherwise: 
This room will get crown molding at some point down the line. The line at the ceiling isn’t perfect because the lines of the room aren’t perfect. You’ll find this to be true a lot of the time. Frustrating, but common! 
I added the beautiful wood mirror from Target — I have admired it forever and finally found the perfect spot! It’s great for checking everything right before we head out the door: 
One big difference in this room is the lighting. I added the flush mount lights from Ballard last year, but the daylight bulbs in them make ALL the difference. If you have a room that gets little to no natural light, these are a game changer! 
I finally added the light to that sconce above the mirror — you can see how I did that without having electricity by reading this post
The sconce matches another one in the room by the huge chalkboard (that I DID run electric to), and I love that they add a touch of black in the room as well as tie in the gold ceiling lights with the gold/brass accents. 
I found new baskets for the upper part of the built ins at Hobby Lobby. The were 40 percent off and hold way more than the old baskets. I keep all of our winter gear in here — there’s a basket for each of us: 
I shared how I made the DIY bench cushion last week! It’s such a great way to add some softness and color to a seat for not much money. Remember the other fabric I showed you? I made a long lumber pillow for the bench with that:
I got enough of it to make another one for our bed. I love it so much!!
I have about half of the room painted — I still have a lot to go. I’m SO happy with this color. I looks so great against the white trim and the wood and black tones we have in here:
This week I hope to tackle the rest of the painting as well as start the shoe cubbies for under the built ins. Can’t wait to replace those floppy baskets! 
Let’s look back at how the room started, shall we? I didn’t have a problem with it before — it was perfectly lovely! (Minus the boob lights.) I just knew it had big time potential: 
Now it’s so bright and lovely, with custom touches that make such a big difference!:
I can’t wait to get after the rest of my list in here! We’ve really enjoyed this mud room/laundry combo, simply because of the size of this room. Our last room like this was way too small and just didn’t work at all. 
Stay tuned for the rest of the makeover! 🙂 

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Beautiful mudroom makeover, step one!