Here we go again! Week four of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and House Beautiful. I’ll save you my typical long-winded intro and we’ll get right to the meat of the post (or tofu for my vegetarian friends). This week’s theme is pretty things. From the lighting to our bold green service door, this space is getting easier on the eyes all the time. Let’s get into it.
The old office-chic halogen lights came down and a pair of swanky new fixtures took their place. I am in love with the brass and black combo. The modern profile is the stuff of (my) dreams. Marco installed a dimmer switch so that we can crank it way up when we work in here and dim it low as she’ll go when we hunker down in the evening and want a warm, reassuring glow from this corner of the house. Remember the old lights? Gulp.
As far as the installation, they were very straightforward lights to install. PSA: We are very comfortable with electrical work but if you are not, please hire this step out. Marco devised this great solution for catching all of the dust and debris. He’s a genius, that one.
We actually swapped out our lighting during our week three frenzy, but that post was long enough as is. What we didn’t get to last week was patching and painting our ceiling where the old light fixtures had lived. Actually, the entire ceiling needed painting. Given how thirsty she was, we are not certain whether or not this had ever been done. The ceiling was this super dingy, almost peachy white. It looked bright enough with our old terra cotta colored walls but once the walls were painted white, the ceiling took on more of a gas station bathroom vibe.
My husband was the unsung hero of this project-this week, really. He patched, primed and painted the ceiling solo while I parented our offspring and painted the door.
As always with painting, we are astounded at the difference it makes. The room is infinitely brighter. So fresh and so clean, clean!
In keeping with the painting theme, let’s talk about our door for a second. This is the service door that leads to the garage. It was white with yellowish undertones and appeared dingy no matter how many times I took it to task with a Magic Eraser. My little cub’s paw prints were always visible around the doorknob (because why would you use the actual doorknob?). The color choice was easy. Because Simply White and Black Satin-colors we used elsewhere in the room-both have green undertones, I knew a forest-inspired hue would layer in beautifully. Per our moodboard, I wanted a deep, rich green. I had already used (and loved!) Clark and Kensington’s Pine Grove, color-matched to Benjamin Moore in our entryway nook. Plus I had it on hand, so free. Winner, winner! This green is oh so dynamic. It’s black. It’s blue. It’s most definitely green. And it’s beautiful.
Another small but mighty task that has been checked off our list is hanging our hooks. In general, we pared things down in this space yet I knew adding hooks had the potential to increase our organization and function ten-fold. You see, I air dry many of our clothes. Most of our son’s pants (those quick-wearing knees!) and many of our shirts are hung to dry. Up until now, I’ve been hauling the wet duds to our bathrooms to hang them over the shower curtain rod. This setup works okay but I hate seeing the clutter of the hanging clothes and having nowhere to put them when company comes. These hooks will change all that. With their geometric design, they are perfect for floating a hanger away from the wall. Hung in a vertical line, they almost read as a modern art installation. They are so sculptural and pleasing to my eye. And I love how they tie into the black in the light fixtures and door hardware. So, so good.
My favorite element in this room thus far (okay, tied for first with the door…and the cabinet makeover…and the hooks…) is the mirror. The frame that originally held this mirror was very…shall we say, elegant. It reminded me of a frame that would be found in an English Manor or a lady-in-waiting’s budoir. I hated it. Or rather, I liked it when I bought it but that was over 12 years ago. My style has changed dramatically since then. Lucky for me, the mirror was set down with gusto one too many times and a corner of the frame busted. That’s when the magic happened. I began fantasizing about my dream mirror. This West Elm beauty was it:
But alas, I do not own a third kidney to sell on the Black Market, nor will my body generate one, darned though I try. #starfishenvy. What to do? Make our own of course! We always-and I mean always-have a plethora of scrap wood leftover from various projects. The winner was some poplar we used to frame out the mudroom threshold.
I measured and cut the wood. We then routed “ledges” along the inside edges to create a place for the mirror to rest. Each piece got the wood conditioner and Minwax Early American stain treatment.
Next Marco attached the pieces to the wall with trim head screws and brad nails, starting with the bottom piece, then the top piece and finally the sides. After the bottom piece was mounted and before the top, he set the mirror on the bottom ledge. The top and sides then got screwed and nailed in place around the mirror. She’s not going anywhere.
The end product is pretty darn beautiful.
I absolutely love how the frame plays with the warm wood counter and bench. And to think we saved $400 ($600 when it’s not on sale) by building it ourselves!
Well, that’s it for another week. Oh and please go check out all of my buddies. I’m following so many of them and the talent is raw! This weekend we’ll be racing to finish our tile backsplash and trim. Then it’s on to accessories!!! The end is so close we can taste it! Thanks for tuning in guys. Let’s send you off with some before and in-progress photos. We’re really digging where this space is going.