Tuesday, July 16, 2013


as you know, if you have been following the blog for a while now, my boyfriend is a cattle rancher in oklahoma. what you don't know yet, is that the house he currently is living in has been lived in by many a few family members and ranch hands before him. which means several layers of paint (covering up 70s wallpaper!) and a few area of the house that have not been updated in a while. 
the 'mud room'/ laundry room is one of the room that was in need of a little facelift... so we brainstormed and came up with a few easy DIY projects we could get done in just a few days to give this room a new look!
to do:
take out old carpets
remove wood panel/hooks and shelving around the room
create easy and more storage
build bench/ coat rack 
place to store boot (tall cowboy boots) and shoes 
below are a few shots to 'show off' the finished project!
it's by no means perfect, but it is way more functional and has better use of the small space.

-we found linoleum floors under the layers of carpet, which is easy to clean with all the muddy boots that come through the door (and until we are ready for new flooring this will do the trick!)

-we built the bench/coat rack/ shoe storage unit with 1x12s and added support with simple (and really cheap) 90degree angles. we measured the bench to be higher than average to fit the tall boots under.

-the shelving above the washer/dryer are also 1x12s and are mounted with larger angles to support the weight. we decided to leave the angles exposed since the 'galvanized look' matched the clock and hooks

- the baskets and milk crates, hardware, (new light fixture, not shown) and building materials were all found at lowe's
-- the hooks are satin knickel (3-hooks) and we measured for them to fit and hold cowboy hats 
-the clock is a target find! 

-the paint color is one shade lighter than 'sage mountain'... but i forgot the name! oops!
(i found the color i wanted at benjamin moore, but went to sherwin williams for a color match since they were having a 30% off summer sale!! bargain shopper at heart!)


  1. So that's what you've been doing up there! Nice touch:)

    1. one of a few projects, yes!!! we make a good DIY team! xo

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    1. thanks pamala!! it was a fun project with a few 'simple' changes it looks like a totally new room!

  3. Love this! Is that your hunny's brand in the frame? Love that idea :)

    1. thanks- it was a fun, quick fix kinda DIY!
      yes, that is the ranch' brand framed all pretty- it was hanging in another place in the house, but it needed to be by the entrance used most- so it has a 'better' spot in the house now :)