Sunday, March 25, 2012

Springtime DIY

It must be spring because for the past week I’ve been itching to get started on a DIY project. I’m also being inspired by the heroine of the book I'm finishing, The Daddy Project (December 21012). Kristi is an interior decorator and if you read my last book, The Christmas Secret, you might remember meeting her there.

What I have in mind is to convert my cluttered back porch into a well-organized mudroom. And when I say “cluttered,” I'm afraid you will have to take my word for it because I’m too embarrassed to post a photo of it in its current state. I’m also too busy to roll up my sleeves and dive into this project right now, but I have started to compile my mudroom wishlist.

Because the porch/mudroom is the transition to our back yard, I’m thinking it needs a nice fresh wall color, like Benjamin Moore’s Woodland Hills Green.

Green is such a calming color, especially compared to the hideous mustard yellow that's on those walls right now.

Along one wall I’d like to install beadboard wainscoting with hooks above for coats and umbrellas and shopping bags.

There will have to be a built-in storage bench, along the lines of this one from This Old House, for stowing footwear and the recycling bin...

…and a shelf over the window, similar to this one I saw on Pintrest.

Finally, I would love to swap the boring old ceiling fixture for something more nature-inspired, like this Whoopsie Daisy chandelier from The Land of Nod. Isn't it pretty?

So, what do you think? Do you have a springtime DIY project in mind? Please share, if you do!

Until next time,


Anonymous said...

Hi Lee,

I love your remodeling ideas. Green is a calming color. I don't have any projects except to pack up my winter clothes and get my summer clothes ready. The weather is getting warmer here.

linda s said...

Hi Lee. Your new mudroom won't dare to get muddy. I think the built in bench is inspired as it will also provide a place to sit and change shoes. Looking forward to your next book.

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Tammy! Swapping winter and summer clothing is on my list too!

Lee McKenzie said...

LOL, Linda! In a perfect world, it won't get muddy. In my world, it's bound to!

CrystalGB said...

I love your ideas. It will look awesome. We are turning our deck into a screened in porch.

Lee McKenzie said...

Crystal, a screened porch is such a great idea! Wasps are frequent and unwelcome visitors when we eat outside.