One Room Challenge, here we go!

In the Design/DIY blog world there is a major party twice a year.  The One Room Challenge or ORC for short is a design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home.   I have been a huge fan for years.  In a nutshell the challenge invites 20 featured bloggers and 100 + guest bloggers to pull together an entire room/space from start to finish in just 6 weeks!  The most exciting part is we get to follow along on the journey.  The good, the bad and the ugly is blogged about each week.   Now, anyone who knows me well understands that this is the holy grail for me.  DIY, Design, under pressure…YES, sign me up!  So this year I’ve decided to jump in.  I’m scared, excited and have way too many things planned than I (meaning of course me and the hubs) can possibly accomplish.  But here I am  inviting each of you to follow along on the ride.  


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The room I’ve chosen to makeover is the Laundry/Mudroom at our Lake house.  I chose it because after a year of weekends at the house it’s become a catch all space that we drop everything as we arrive and there it sits. Maybe it wouldn’t be so awful but it’s the first space visitors see when they come in.  This is our main entrance through the garage.  We could of course use the front door but we are casual people and we never use it.  So I want the space to be pretty (goes without saying) but also increase the functionality.  Here is the plan.  Subject to change of course, because that’s how I roll.  😉

Design Plan for the Laundry/Mudroom a the Lake house.

Design Plan for the Laundry/Mudroom a the Lake house.

It’s a really tiny space with 11 ft ceilings.  I’d like to add both color and texture.  Here is what it looks like today.  I just noticed the box of succulents on the washer.  I have plans for those.

View of the washer/dryer

View of the washer/dryer

Functionality is going to be a major priority.  In such a small space that is going to be a tall order.

Tiny space no matter how I photograph it.

Tiny space no matter how I photograph it.

Here is how I hope to schedule the time.  I am just a little worried as all the DIY will have to be done on the weekends as we have regular jobs and all.  The cabinets are laminate and I have my fingers crossed that my guy at my local Sherwin Williams store has not steered me wrong on how to paint them myself.

Week by week plan.

Week by week plan.

Okay, that is it for now.  Look for weekly updates each Thursday and I’d love to hear your tips, suggestions or feedback.  Also, be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in ORC I think you will discover some incredible home inspiration.    

Until next time- xx


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  1. Sarah says:

    Can’t wait to watch this unfold!! I can only wish I had an actual laundry room. It’s going to be amazing!

  2. Susie says:

    Oh how I love your plan for the space! It is so fresh and current! Your family will love you for doing this hard thing. Looking so forward to following along. XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. Emy says:

    Love that mood board! So many nice textures! Can’t wait to follow along!

  4. Jen says:

    Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

  5. Your Mood Board is positively DREAMY-I’m in love with those wood shelves with the leather straps. Can’t wait to see how you whip this room into shape…it is going to be lovely! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  6. Susanne says:

    Casey that is going to be one glam laundry room!! I am excited to see your progress!!

  7. justynn says:

    Love your mood-board the look you are going for. Good luck!

  8. Sometimes the most satisfying room transformations are the ones that are utilitarian spaces you can use all the time! I bet you’ll love doing laundry when you’re done!

  9. Kate Smith says:

    Can’t wait to follow along! I love all of the leather accents!

  10. Dara says:

    I love your design board! This is going to be one beautiful laundry room!

  11. Stacy Grinsfelder says:

    Your schedule plan looks solid, and I love the finishes that you are considering. That leather bench is gorgeous!

  12. So excited to see how this turns out! Love love love your mood board.

  13. Anna Kat says:

    Can’t wait to follow along. I so need to update mine as well!

  14. Jessica | Petal + Ply says:

    What a beautiful design! Love that leather bench. Looks great with all the other elements.

  15. Kristen says:

    Oh, so fun! I’m doing the ORC for the first time ever too! Love your inspiration and excited to see it all come together…

  16. Kristin says:

    It’s going to be beautiful!! Can’t wait to see because I love your plan!

  17. Susie says:

    I really like this mood board and have a mud room that really needs some TLC, can’t wait to see how it all comes together so I can get some ideas & inspiration!

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