Eight Down: Beadboard in the Back Room

I have this room at the back of my house that is part mudroom, part laundry room, and part sun room. My cats spend more time there than anyone else. They lounge on the old couch that is out there, eat their meals there, and use the litter box out there. There’s a big expanse of wall that has been repeatedly damaged by water, and so I’ve been hesitant to do much of anything to it–even though I couldn’t stop daydreaming about how I would turn that  wall into my well organized dream storage unit.

Some days I thought I wanted a mudroom:

Other times I leaned more toward laundry room organization:

Other times I wanted to go full on pantry:

I spent a lot of time looking through salvage stores for old cabinets, and studying IKEA’s site for cabinets, but I could never pull the trigger. I had too many ideas, and some of them would have cost hundreds of dollars. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of cabinets only to decide it was a bad idea.

So I spent an hour or so reorganizing a tall, thin cabinet I already had out there and I moved it to a new spot. I also reorganized the small utility closet in the room, and suddenly found that I could work with the space I had. I  found myself thinking that if I were to build a lot more storage, I’d just accumulate more junk to fill it.

So I went back to my original mudroom idea. I simplified many of the plans I found on Pinterest, and used it to strategically cover some of the damage to the ceiling from the water. There’s no mold or discoloration, and I managed to repair the wall, but the portion of the ceiling near the wall was a little flaky. It didn’t really warrant re-doing the entire ceiling, but it wasn’t pretty to look at.

After a struggle with getting the beadboard home from Home Depot, and spending way more on trim than I ever thought possible (I’m not good at calculating “by the foot” pricing), and picking out some hooks, my boyfriend and I put this little gem together for probably about $100.


We spent a lot of time at tag sales trying to find a bench, but couldn’t find anything. Then we discovered that my boyfriend has something at his place that will work–if we ever clean it up and move it to my place. So, for now, I’m repurposing the telephone desk I have no real use for but LOOOOOVE, and used a bushel basket as a catch all. I can sit down and put my shoes on, but it could use better storage.

For now, I think I can consider this one crossed off my list. The kitchen island is going to have to wait until the Spring.

  • Finally make a couch decision
  • Paint the $30 Goodwill kitchen island
  • Touch-up the paint on my blue dresser
  • Paint the bookshelf/TV stand
  • Fix the wall in the back room
  • Find an organization solution for the back room
  • Declutter the office
  • Get rid of stuff in the guest closet–then put in shelves
  • Doctor the curtains

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