Backroom Makeover

Way back in June, I mentioned that we were thinking about making some updates in our “backroom”, which is our mudroom/laundry room/craft room.  Well, I finally finished the project (there are still some minor updates, like news curtains, that need to be done, but for the most part, it’s finished)!  We really only made two major changes: we replaced the worn, chipped linoleum tile by the door with Pergo wood look-a-like flooring and we painted the walls shelves.  We also cleaned up a lot (we got rid of quite a bit) and rearranged the room a bit.   Here’s the before and after of the mudroom area:

backroom before and after 1The linoleum was really hard to pull up- whoever installed it, used a VERY strong adhesive.  I tried prying it up, little by little, but in the end, my dad took a saw to it and that is how we got it all up.  My original idea was to just paint the sub-floor, but my dad had the idea of installing the Pergo.  Unfortunately, he chose a very cheap Pergo and had a lot of trouble installing it.  We chose a light mint green/blue paint for the walls, priming first.  The walls are fake wood paneling, and when we first painted it many years ago, we didn’t prime.  As a result, the paint started peeling off the walls.  So we had to prime first over the old paint and exposed paneling.  We also painted the all of the raw wood shelves in the room the same color as the walls.

tearing up linoleumAnd after we tore up all of the linoleum.  Another problem with just painting the floor was that there was a hole in it! You can also see where the paint had peeled off of the wall.

torn up floorI also moved my scrapbook/sewing supplies around.  The desk is in the same place as before, but the bookshelf holding my sewing supplies was switched around with my scrapbooking table (an old drafting table).

scrapbook area b and aEnough with the before pictures, though.  Here are all of the finished pictures of the room.

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Bedroom Project: Update and Inspiration

So, I’ve made some progress on my bedroom.  It still has a ways to go, but the biggest part (painting) is done!  I’ve also moved most of the furniture back in and into place, so that’s good too.  At this point, the room looks pretty bland.  There is color on the walls, but nothing is hung yet.  Plus, I haven’t found a headboard yet, and my bed looks pretty pathetic with pillows that blend into the wall color.

I realized I never shared my inspiration pictures with you, and figured it would be good to share that so that you can get a better idea of the look I’m going for (although none of the inspiration is quite how it will look).


via Better Homes and Gardens

I knew I was ready for a change, and I had always loved the look of this bedroom, with the minty walls and yellow bedding.  I knew the color scheme would work with my wood trim because the image has plenty of wood.


via Country Living


via Southern Living

I also loved both of these rooms, which have a very similar wall color.  I was also inspired by the traditional decor in each of these.  I loved the botanical prints and wood tones.


via Better Homes and Gardens

I knew I that I wanted to place my bed in front of the window, as that allows for the best flow and use of space, but was unsure of whether this was a good idea.  Although I have two skylights, I didn’t want to sacrifice light, so I wanted to be sure the window could still let light through.  I found this picture and decided that placing the bed in front of the window would work.  This also reinforced my idea to place the curtains further out so that the window would look like it was the same width as the bed, making the placement a bit less awkward.


via Serena & Lily

When I saw this picture, I knew I definitely wanted to do a gallery wall around the window and above the bed, small dresser, and desk.  Isn’t this gallery just awesome?

And then…


…And then I saw this bedroom in Country Living.  It combines so many of the ideas I was already planning to put into place: an iron bed in front of the window, a similar color (this color, although much darker, is actually from the same paint strip that one of the ceiling colors in my room came from), and a small dresser as a nightstand.  Hopefully I can pull it off as well as this!

I’m really happy with how all of my ideas are working together so far.  I am hoping that the room will be a bit traditional, a bit country, and a bit eclectic, and still be fun and bright.  So far, I am happy with how things are going!