Guess what? With the completion of the mini makeover in the office, we reached a milestone. We have lived in our house for almost 8 years and throughout that time period we have had, what I call, embarrassing rooms. These are the rooms that we shut the door to, and bypass, if we happen to be giving a tour. It’s not that the rest of the house was/is perfect (remember the old kitchen?) or even that some embarrassing choices weren’t made in those rooms, it just seemed like the more ‘public’ rooms were presentable and then we had the embarrassing rooms.
Sometimes we focus our funds and attention on the rooms other people will see and don’t pay attention to the rooms we ourselves spend a lot of time in, or at least could potentially spend a lot more time in.
Here’s what the door pictured above used to open up to.
The laundry room not only looks better and but has a dual purpose as a butler’s pantry. The majority of the changes were done in a weekend. It didn’t take a big budget to make it look better, the transformation was made for under $150.
It took 8 hours to paint this room (trim, windows and doors included) and even less than $150 (if you don’t count the new chairs, but still under $300 if you do). The lesson in there was to move things around and arrange what I already had in a different way. A less embarrassing way.
Now that I no longer feel these rooms are embarrassing, I realize it didn’t take a fortune or a huge amount of time to change their state of affairs. Mostly, it was just a mindset. It was determination and making a decision to do something about it. I could’ve done it years ago.
It’s satisfying to have reached the no-more-embarrassing rooms milestone. Well, at least in our main living space. We still have basement and outdoor spaces that need some help. Maybe it won’t take 8 more years to fix it.
How about you? Any embarrassing rooms? Any plans to change them?
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