Spring One Room Challenge: Week 8

We did it!! This is the final week for the One Room Challenge hosted by Better Homes & Gardens this season. It’s been an amazing journey, not just for my room, but for everyone’s and for all the friendships made through this challenge. It’s been an incredible season of encouragement, and I’m so thankful for everyone who cheered me on these past 8 weeks.

So let’s get into the details. I decided to take on the worst space in my home, and make it the best. Drastic changes were made, and you wouldn’t even recognize this space anymore. This mudroom & laundry space now feels like a showstopper. With ample storage & wipe-able surfaces it is much more functional than ever before. And with lots of plants, soothing neutral colors, and textures of yarn, jute rope, & concrete it’s also a very serene entry to our home.

What happened in this space this week? I built a new set of stairs & coated them in concrete. The old stairs were gross & bulky, & honestly too tall. Using scrap 2×4’s, MDF, & leftover feather finish, I made these new stairs pretty much for free. I did not sand the concrete because I thought the texture would act a bit like a grip for the stairs.

I also built a shoe shelf this week. Dylan is always keeping his shoes by the back door, so this was his number one request in this space. I coated the middle boards in Rustoleum enamel spray paint. I went with their enamel paint because it dries hard and cleans easily.

Other than those things, it was really just a lot of cleaning and organizing in this space, making sure everything was exactly where I wanted it.

Throughout these 8 weeks, here’s what has happened in this space:

*New tile floors

*Cut countertop & concrete coated it

*Filled a hole in the wall & drywalled over it

*Reworked the mudroom bench

*Built cabinets

*Painted cabinets

*Made Decor

*Changed light fixtures

*Built stairs

*Built shoe rack

Whew, I’m ready for a nap. Before I do that though, I really need to say thank you for sticking with me for these 8 weeks. I’ve received so much encouragement & support. There were lots of late nights & moments when I questioned if it was all worth it. There were lots of problem solving days, & projects that I thought would be quick that took way longer.

There were also a lot of beautiful moments when I was reminded why I create. Even though I’ve shared every step of this space on the blog & social media, I create because I believe it’s a calling. In the craziest weeks when I was in the thick of it, there was always a stillness & quietness in my heart that reminded me that I’m built to do this.

Let’s continue celebrating & encouraging one another in all life’s journeys friends. I’m going to relax & celebrate my friends who have also completed the One Room Challenge, which you can check out on the One Room Challenge Blog. My mind is already spinning with what to tackle next, so be on the look out for what’s to come. It only gets better from here.

Published by Bonitabyrachel

I'm Rachel! An avid DIYer, crafter, & maker. I love diving in and trying new things. I live in Indiana with my husband Dylan & our sweet dog Hoss. When I'm not building, you can find me caring for my plants, cooking a yummy meal, or painting some watercolors. Thanks for joining my DIY journey!

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