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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Progress in the Mudroom - Closet Doors Are Gone!


I'm trying to keep the momentum going.  After almost a year since the start of this turn-a-hallway-into-a-mudroom project I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So, with the chalkboard calendar done and the landing spot finally completed, I've moved on to the closet area.


Taking the doors off the closet was easy, and removing the wire shelves was.......liberating.  Seriously, it made me all kinds of crazy, giddy to pull the wire shelving out of this closet.


This closet was fairly well organized.  Unfortunately, with the closet doors open you couldn't pass through this hallway let alone open the door leading to the garage.  Everything in this closet had to come out and find a new home.  I moved the kids coats up to the linen closet a couple months ago.  Lots of the "stuff" that was in here was moved over to the landing spot.  

It was amazing what a huge difference it made to just clear out this closet and remove the doors.

allen and roth bead board wall paper

It really opened up the space so much!  I can't even believe it!  All I did was take off two doors?!  I'm now scratching my head and wondering why the heck it took me so long to do this?!  Anywho, as you can see from the above photo I lined the closet with bead board.  Well, okay, I lined the closet with this stuff. 

lowe's allen and roth bead board wall paper

If you want to get all technical - it's bead board wall paper.  I pinky swear that it looks just like the real thing.  My hub came home and was all like - you put all this bead board up by yourself?  And I was all like psssh - please - of course I did!  ;) 

He was seriously amazed and totally thought it looked like the real deal.  This paper is made by the same peeps that made the wannabe grasscloth I put up in the hubs office.  I love this company!  You can find it at Lowe's for $19.99 a roll!  Two rolls of paper and an afternoon later and boom - the bead board was up - and ready to be painted. 

allen and roth bead board wall paper

I laid it horizontally instead of vertically.  I don't really know why but I just prefer it that way if it's going to cover a whole wall.  I also think the horizontal lines help to make this area look wider and since it's a fairly tight space any illusions of more space are welcomed.  

I used the same method as I did with the grasscloth.  Instead of submerging the paper in water I used a heavy hand on the water spray bottle. 

  

I didn't use a drop cloth.  I'm such a rebel which is code for I'm so lazy.  

I only covered the back and sides because that's all anyone will ever see. 

Lowe's allen and roth bead board wall paper

That small slit you see is where I cut the paper so I would know where the hole in the drywall is.  There was a small hole in the wall, and I didn't bother filling it first because I knew I would be putting a thick piece of trim right over top so you'd never know it was there.  I wanted to be able to see where the hole was so that I wouldn't nail in that spot. 

So now that the paper "wood work" is done it's time to start with the real deal wood work.......which means serious tools.  


Ha!  I mean as serious as it gets around here.  I'm working with a drill and a hand saw so..........it might take me another year to call this project done.  ;)  

My right arm......... is on fiiiiiiiiiiiiiire!  Been singing Alicia Keys all day. 

29 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm sure this is going to be all kinds of wonderful. Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeves, Carmel.

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  2. I love this idea of actually using the closet as part of the mudroom! So smart.

    PS--You officially won the Stella & Dot giveaway. Announcing later today as soon as I get going and actually put a post together :)

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  3. Love it! You gave me a great idea for Jordan's back door entry. She and I did a hatchett job on a piece of real beadboard we hung there. We can handle this, and it will look so great. I love watching this all come together. Go, girl!!!

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  4. This is looking amazing. Can't wait to see the bench and everything all done. Hugs, Marty

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  5. it looks SOOO good! we considered doing this with out hall closet, too, and it would be great and useful. but we don't have much of a pantry, so we are actually thinking of making it a pantry now instead as we think we could get more use out of it that way and it's next to our kitchen. but that also means i have to make the basement my craft room, and take out my craft closets so we can take the coat closet and put it in the guest room! ha ha- a lot to think about. for now i will just get those doors painted! ;) love the wallpaper!

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  6. It looks great!! You are a "bead board" hangin' pro!

    Girl you need to update to a power saw!! Hahaha! Your arm is on fiiiireeee!!

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  7. I have a closet in our entry that I want to get rid of so I am watching this progress with great interest! Love it so far!

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  8. I remember removing the wire shelving from the builders out of our closet. I wanted to do a little happy dance seeing those things come down. Looks like you are making a ton of progress.
    I love the giant chalkboard calendar! Super fun. I always feel like the one on my wall is too small :)

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  9. OK, that was a really good 'before,' but I get the doors not being functional! It's going to be fabulous you'll be dancing in the streets! :)

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  10. It's looking fantastic already! Can't wait to see how you take it to the next level. I'm a big fan of the beadboard wallpaper too - and I love how you put it up horizontally!

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  11. What a great idea! And I LOVE that wallpaper...you may have just given me an idea......

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  12. Looking great!! Don't you just love that beadboard wallpaper?!

    That's so funny that your hubby thought you had hung actual beadboard! It really does look like the real thing & even more so once you paint it!! I love how you decided to go horizontal with it instead of up & down!! I still have some leftover from our hallway bathroom makeover.....this post makes me want to go hang it horizontal somewhere in our home!! :)

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  13. Oh man, I've been coveting some of that stuff. Now I want it even more! Looks great already.

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  14. That looks amazing. I love that you installed it horzontally. That looks really great! What a difference the space makes with the doors off. Exciting!!

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  15. Have to say, seeing your before picture of your closet just inspired me in my laundry room! My laundry room is in the same position as your closet, right next to the garage door in a small hallway. I love the lamp! I wanted my husband to re-wire and put a ceiling light in for me, and he was not to excited about that. I just showed him this picture of the lamp in your closet and told him he didn't have to re-wire anything, there is already an outlet in there to plug in the dryer. Now I just have to get him to start working on it. Long project, walls, flooring, shelves, cabinets and decorating with all sorts of cute stuff to make doing laundry not so horrible.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Michelle - GrandmaAgnesAttic.blogspot.com

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  16. Now I can't stop singing, "this mom is on firrrreee!" Ok. AWESOMENESS. Looking at where I can put up some of that bead board. And did you say you can paint it, too? Hmm. I am all about ripping doors off of any place I can.

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  18. Haha - I literally laughed out loud with "I'm a rebel like that or actually that's code for I'm lazy" - I do the same thing all the time. And it makes the mister crazy, but I try to explain that when you get a bee in your bonnet to do a project, you just need to go with it - no time for prep or you lose your mojo! Looks great!

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  19. I love that wallpaper and what a great idea to install it horizontally it definitely makes it feel bigger. Can't wait to see how this space ends up!!

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  20. Ohh I'm loving this paper. Hmmmm this might be a great idea for my laundry room. Thanks for sharing your genius ideas!

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  21. Carmel,

    I love it! What a great idea to lay it on the horizontal! Can't wait to see the finished project!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  22. When you are on a mission, look out! I love the wallpaper. I can't wait to see how you jazz it up!!

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  23. Carmel! I am SERIOUSLY impressed so far! WOWZA!

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  24. Bead board wallpaper...I love it!
    Can't wait for your next post.

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  25. Carmel,
    Do you think this paper would work for a faux beadboard onthe ceiling? I wonder how the pieces match up together at the seam? It looks awesome!!
    M

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    1. Yes, I think it would work. I would probably recommend using a staple gun on the edges since gravity will be working against you. You can always go back when it's dry and pull them out.

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  26. Just showed my husband this wallpaper. We have paneling in our laundry room. This wallpaper and paint sound like our two easiest (and cheapest) options.

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  27. Love it! I went to get it today at Lowe's and the lady helping was insisting I buy the glue to put on the back of the paper, too. She said according to Lowe's youTube tutorial you have to use it. You just used water though, right? Any problems??

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    1. It's pre-pasted so I didn't use anything but water. The last time I was at Lowes I noticed that they were carrying 2 different brands of breadboard paper. Maybe the one the lady was telling you about isn't pre-pasted?

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