I had the shockingly bad luck to get a stomach virus over Christmas break. Did you even read my list, Santa? I specifically said NO stomach bugs. Anyway, I was sick and miserable and everything seemed pretty terrible--and then I got on Pinterest, because what else is there when you are too nauseous to watch Netflix? Anyway, after a long sick night I was convinced that all my life problems would be solved with the addition of a mini-mudroom like this:
Step 1: Clean out that closet. Yeesh.
Step 2: Remove coat rod, shelves, and base trim. Spackle holes I just created.
Step 3: Begin building the frame for the shelves; realize I am in over my head. Weepily call for reinforcements (Nemo). Do a little painting. Wonder why in the world I didn't put off this project until we could replace the crappy linoleum.
Step 4: Install bead board on walls. Run out of bead board, wait until Nemo gets home to run out for more.
Step 5: Give up correcting the toddlers when they insist that I have made a bunk bed for them.
Step 6: Install hooks, sew slipcover for cushion, wait impatiently for storage baskets to come in the mail.
Step 7: Celebrate the completion of this crazy project by blogging about it while eating too many lemon bars.
Lumber: $65 (a large chunk of that was the bead board!)
Paint: $30 (used the same can of paint on the whole hallway too, with plenty left over for other projects)
Foam and fabric for cushion: $35
Welp there goes my Christmas money. But not tripping over boots and slipping on tiny mittens makes it totally worth it.
But I suppose only time will tell if this mudroom will fulfill its intended purpose or if it will remain a toddler hideaway forever.
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