I admit it. I’ve been gallivanting around Mexico on a belated anniversary getaway with my Main Squeeze this past week, so I haven’t made much exciting progress on my One Room Challenge. Luckily we put the wheels in motion and cleared the space before we left. Thank you grandparents for babysitting! Despite hitting pause, I promise to have some seriously good updates to share next week.
Given that minor (but well worth it) distraction, this seemed the perfect time to share the inspiration and plans for our great garage overhaul – and particularly the sweet little quasi-butler’s pantry I have in mind for the nook up front.
As I mentioned in Week 1, the vision started with one adorable but neglected mint green Smeg we use as a drinks fridge. Add a few gorgeous inspiration shots from the interwebs. . .
Not hard to see why I’m loving a bright white backdrop + mint + graphic black & white + calming grey + a bright accent color. I got stuck for a while on which accent color to use. A coral/poppy could work, or a lovely lavender, or that bright sunshine yellow.
I landed on the yellow. Who doesn’t want to come home to something that cheery?
With the color debate settled, the rest of the plans are falling into place. Given that it’s a garage and not where we want to spend our Benjamins, we’re trying to repurpose as much as possible. We also happen to have a stack of gift cards we’ve been hoarding for about nine years. (No joke. How is that even possible?!) To reward ourselves for being thrifty/forgetful for so long, we’re throwing those into the pot as well. #FreeMoney
Keeping it minimal and visually clean, here is the idea:
Is that a stenciled floor in there? Why yes it is! I'm still working out which design to use so that part may change, but I'm super pumped about experimenting with this concept. A little nervous too, but trying to smother that with the anticipation of how awesome it's going to look. Here is where we are today:
Success! Progress! An almost clean slate! Sorry for all the water streaks on the floor, it hadn't dried yet. I don’t want to admit how long this took us to clear & clean, but thanks to Mr. Better Half it went much faster (and with better music) than it otherwise would have. Little #1 thought it made a great scooter rink. So what’s next? The workplan looks like this:
Week 1: The sad scene before
Week 2: Inspiration, plans, and Clearing Of The Stuff (it’s in all caps for a reason)
Week 3: New paint! New trim! New fixture!
Week 4: Getting crazy with floor stencils
Week 5: Let the install begin
Week 6: The Reveal!
Please be sure to check out all the other amazing projects being tackled by participants in the One Room Challenge. You will not be disappointed - there are some incredibly talented people taking part and I for one can't wait to see what next week brings. Here is the list of official participants, and the link to the linking participants.
One last sneak peak to get you excited for next week's update. Barn Light Electric in the house!
All uncredited photos by Two Little Limes.