And here's the other side, for reference (and for you to see how yellow the light in there made everything look):
It's more than a little embarrassing to show these pictures (dirty mirror, disheveled lockers, chaos...), but hey, this is reality.
The paint color had always bothered me--it turned out too dark, so I didn't mind having to paint. I didn't put a lot of thought into it. I found a super pale grey color on a paint chip and ordered it at Home Depot. There was just too much going on to dilly dally over a paint color!
Here's how the main entrance to our house is looking today:
I also took the opportunity to get some more containers for the shelves and get a new rug (that didn't smell like wet dog!). After scrubbing the base of the lockers and the shoe cubbies, I realized the only way to refresh everything was to repaint the entire locker unit. Luckily, that only took one coat. It was tedious, but made a huge impact! You can't tell a big difference by these photos...you'll just have to trust me. (Honestly, whose idea was it to paint shoe cubbies white?! I would've loved to have painted them a darker color to hide the dirt, but just didn't have time to think it through/experiment.)
And here's the other side (look, I cleaned the mirror! It looks like I need a lesson in how to handle the squeegee...):
Oh, and another game changer? We changed the light bulbs to "daylight" bulbs and holy cow, what a difference! In fact, we changed every single bulb in the house to a "daylight" version and it was life changing. When the realtor saw the pictures, she thought we'd repainted the entire first floor a lighter color.
So a little bit of spackle and a lot of paint and we have a new room :)
For kicks, here's what the room looked like when we moved in last year:
Yep. Our mudroom used to be the laundry room. While the function of having the washer and dryer around the corner from the kitchen is great, I knew there would be shoes, bags, backpacks, etc strewn everywhere (plus, the baskets of laundry to be done??!). It just would not have worked. This was one of the first things we did when we moved in--we moved the washer and dryer to the basement and my husband built us the locker/cubbie system. I also painted the walls, added hooks and a full-length mirror and painted the door with chalkboard paint. Function galore! Let me just post the after picture one more time so we're ending things on a high note:
It's such a huge difference in function and style. It makes me so happy!
Do you enter your home through the front door, or through the garage? Do you have a mudroom? I really don't know how we'd function without this space now that the kids are in school.