Kismet (\kiz-met) : fate, a power that is believed to control what happens in the future
Do you believe in kismet? I am a firm believer; in fact, ‘kismet' is one of my all time favorite words which I regularly employ to explain those occurrences that just seem ‘meant to be.' So surely kismet is the force behind an email I received today from a blogging friend of mine (Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile) asking if I was going to participate in Calling it Home's One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a biannual event in which 20 design bloggers take a room and transform it within 6 weeks. The event is also open to ‘guest bloggers' to join in and transform a room of their own…the more the merrier. Bloggers are encouraged to document their progress each Thursday, meaning that the internet will be chock full of great renovations for the next 5 Thursdays…a decorating bonanza for sure! So here's the kismet part…I had planned a trip to Home Depot this morning to search out paint chips, countertops, rugs, etc… to transform my sad laundry room. Unfortunately the skies literally opened up as I neared Home Depot, so I postponed the visit until tomorrow. When I got home I checked my email and saw this message from Jenny…clearly kismet was talking. The more I thought about it, taking the One Room Challenge will keep me motivated to stay on task and get this job done. So, One Room Challenge : Laundry Room …You're on! Challenge Accepted!
Its one thing when you move into a home and you slowly transform someone's room mistake to make it your own. It's entirely a different thing when the ugly room is your own doing, which is the case for this laundry room. I'm really a little embarrassed to put it out there for the world to see, but here it is, in all it's NOT glory! I'm sure that by disclosing my decorating DON'T I'm somehow improving upon some component of my mental health…not sure what it is, but I'm buying that theory.
So, let me just explain why it's so ugly. When we built 13 years ago, I had young kids and thought it'd be fun to have a bright, fun entry to and from the house. The floor was originally black and white tile, which was ‘kinda cute' with the green walls and countertops. But the black and white didn't hold up to the traffic, so the floor was switched to this very utilitarian tile several years back and I just kind of ‘stopped seeing' the garish green against the brown floors. So now that I've tried to explain away why it looks so bad, let's move on to how to make it better.
I clearly need to work with the beige/brown tile floors, so I'm basing the rest of the room off of the floor. This floor, while maybe not the prettiest, is just about perfect for the laundry room, which also doubles as the entry to and exit from our home 99% of the time. It's also the room in which our pets are fed, where Puddles' litter box is housed and where I wash all of my paint brushes.
We have cubbies on one side of the wall in which we deposit our book bags, purses, etc… I plan to organize the cubbies so that they look less messy and unorganized. Galvanized containers are what I'm planning on using for this organization.
I know I'll be painting the walls, but I may also paint the back of the cubbies…I'll see once I paint the walls. I also want to figure out some way to disguise Puddles' litter box…need to noodle on that.
So glad it won't be pouring tomorrow because I need to get myself to Home Depot and continue to plot the re-do of my Laundry Room. I'm so glad Jenny suggested the One Room Challenge to me…it's got me motivated and it'll be fun to see what everyone else is doing. You can see them all here.
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