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Get Real

Do you ever look around on the internet at homes or lives or makeup or meals (etc, etc) and wonder how people keep it all together? How they can go to work all day, find the time to work out and look incredible, make amazing meals, work on Pinterest projects (and actually complete them), and just have it all together? I figured something out! No one really has it together. Everyone has their “junk drawer” and that is pretty awesome.

Anyone who has been to our house knows that it doesn’t quite look like what is posted online. When I say “doesn’t quite”, I mean not at all. There is typically dog and/or cat pee somewhere, hair balls rolling around, dusty books, dishes in the sink… It’s easy to want to portray a perfectly organized and beautiful life, and I think it’s similar to wanting to put your best foot forward in work or with relationships. It’s NORMAL. Moving things out of the picture to get that “glamour shot” is normal. But so is chaos. And clutter.

Here’s where I’m going with this: it’s easy for me to want to wait to post anything I’m doing until it’s completely done, organized, locked away, cleaned, dusted, mopped and polished. I like the before and after, and not so much the process in between. You know the story of the laundry room and how it’s basically the bane of my existence. This room haunts me. It is small and awkward and kind of gross to be honest. I just don’t get it. It doesn’t speak to me and doesn’t tell me what it wants to be. I don’t have a vision for it and that kind of drives me crazy. For a long time it’s just been easier to ignore it. Usually I can see pretty quickly how to change a room, make it better, make it beautiful and functional. But with this room I just can’t. And that frustrates me to no end.

I decided that instead of waiting to have a complete plan, I would just take a step. Maybe that will get the ball rolling. So this week, we had the laundry room painted. Baby steps, right? I have been wanting to use a Jeff Lewis color ever since I saw him developing his paint line on Flipping Out. Boy do I love that man. OCD, emotional, a little verbally abusive, hilarious, sarcastic… sometimes I believe we are kindred spirits. But back to the paint – I picked out the color Smoke. It was between that and Dusk, two beautiful grey colors (duh).

Laundry Room

Smoke is the top, darker color. The yellow was the color we painted it in an effort to be “cheery” and have a sunny outlook on life. Who am I kidding? Grey all the way, baby. And look at all that clutter. Doesn’t it feel good to be real?

Laundry new

Look at that! Modern, fresh, not sunny. Clean and beautiful, like a new start. I have no idea what shelving or organization I am going to do in here, but that’s OK. I’m working on not panicking. We have a lot of stuff to store, and this is kind of the only place we can do it, so I will make it work. Not putting pressure on myself is feeling pretty good right now, and making this a little bit exciting! Do you have a favorite organizational system that you use in your laundry or pantry? If so, let me know!

The second incomplete project in the house right now is the wall between the kitchen and laundry room. So I was at Target one Saturday alone (which is a big mistake) and picked up a roll of the Devine wallpaper. It was turquoise and gold so it took about .5 seconds to put it into my cart. I’d figure out what to do with it later. And while I am OK with committing to a project, and OK with putting in work, the thought of wallpapering makes me want to die a little inside. So I knew the wall needed to be fairly straightforward, with not a lot of cuts or measuring and all of the things that come along with doing a project correctly. I picked the wall between the kitchen and laundry room because it fit the criteria. I assumed that with two of us working on it, it wouldn’t take long at all.

The wallpaper is peel and stick, and you can reposition it, so really, it doesn’t take a wallpapering master to do it. I think the issue with our project is 1. no wall in our house is straight, on any side. Ever. And 2. we put this wall in when we remodeled our kitchen and it was never sanded down or truly completed. There are lots of little spackle bumps and weird inconsistencies. Knowing this now, I would have sanded the wall completely before we put the wallpaper on, but hindsight is 20/20 and honestly, I kind of never want to wallpaper again. I think there was an argument while wallpapering (that usually happens when we do house projects), and at one point I started laughing hysterically because I didn’t know what else to do. Then my eyes got watery and I felt like taking a bath and eating pretzels, so I knew this probably wasn’t ever going to happen again.

Kitchen before

So here’s the wall before. It’s cute. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but it’s not exciting.

Devine wallpaper Target

At this point, it looked kind of straight. Like we had somehow been magical enough to perfectly install wallpaper on our funhouse walls. Then things got weird. The rolls are only about 29 square feet so this was where we needed a new roll. There was the same print in the clearance bin at Target because it didn’t have packaging so I really thought I scored. We started to hang the second roll, but some of the pattern at the bottom didn’t match up, even though it did on the top. This still baffles me. The spackle bumps on the wall caused the wallpaper to stick out, and this caused the seams to be “off”. This drives me a little bit insane, but you know, it is what it is. If you don’t look too closely, I think the wall looks pretty great. I love the color and I love that it’s a bit gaudy.

Devine wallpaper Target


There’s a good 18″ gap between the end of this counter run and the wallpapered wall, and I think we could fill this wall with open shelving. Either stainless or even a reclaimed wood. Then store dishes, pots, pans or whatever else here. So this project is also not yet done, but like I mentioned before, I think the process is important, and I think it’s OK to not have everything completed.

Both in home renovation and in life!



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