When I was growing up, we called this the stink room.
It was a workshop we accessed through a door in the laundry room. There was a jumble of mismatched furniture and giant marble machines and a maze of unfinished projects. The room was a little musty and workshop smelling and wood smelling and old furniture smelling.
I loved that room.
It was tucked away at the back of the house and late at night after everyone went to bed and the house was quiet, I would snuggle on those couches and make out with my future husband.
I know, right?
You probably didn’t think I was going there.
Making out in a stink room.
Are you sure you still want to be friends? 🙂
The room is part of the house now.
A long time ago before smart phones and Alexa, my mother made the brilliant decision to open up the space between the stink room and the kitchen.
After we bought the house, we just introduced the room to 2018.
We took out the laminate floor and added new wood floor that matches the kitchen.
The walls are painted SW Mindful Gray and we took out the drooping paneling on the ceiling and replaced it with drywall and new lighting.
This is the view of the room from the kitchen.
You can see how the rooms flow together in this kitchen picture.
There are built-ins on one wall with a television.
And french doors that lead outside on the other wall.
There was this wall.
A big blank wall without any windows or architectural features.
Just big and blank and getting blanker by the minute.
I tried everything to fill this space. I went to every Target in a 10-mile radius and bought these wood architectural pieces and filled up the wall.
I found this wood gate that I painted and tried to make look old with a paint finish.
Plates? Not right. A bicycle on the wall like Joanna Gaines hung up in an office? Too athletic. A giant piece of artwork? Too expensive.
And then I found these frames at IKEA.
Simple lines. A little metallic glow. Super inexpensive for the size (16″ x 20″).
I bought eight of them and left the mat and cut out pages from an old encyclopedia and mounted them on the plain frame back with double-stick tape.
Then we hung the frames on the wall to fill it up.
Here’s a close-up of one of the pages.
It’s a drawing of the inside of a turbine engine.
And that brown part? It’s just the back of the frame.
A blank wall fixed for just the cost of the frames.
Everything else was free.
That stick room?
It isn’t stinky anymore. 🙂
PS My husband STILL calls it the stink room. I can’t even.
PPS If you were worried about the vase to the left in the third picture. Rest assured. It’s about to be filled with greenery and branches.
All thanks to all of you and your AMAZING suggestions.
I adore you.
Now go take on the day.