A Little Paint Therapy

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A Little Paint Therapy

When we decided to move, I had a couple things in mind. I wanted a home we could be more playful with. Our last house was a little stuffy and stiff and didn’t allow for much fun. I suppose we could have gone a little worldly “fun”, or perhaps eclectic more than we did, but the bottom line was, it’s an English tudor with massive rooms and it could look circus-y very easily. I tried with all my might to make it light and bright and fun and it felt that way as much as it possibly could.

Fast forward to our cute little Nashville cottage. When we bought this home in March, all I could think is “I want to play!”. We have a young child, and a casual house, so why not? At the end of the day, most of the “whimsy” is just paint, and for now I want happy all around me and my family, so naturally we started with Atlas’ room and then the second most used room in the house, the mudroom. Here is what is looked like the last time we did a home tour (or check out a bunch of pics here):

mudroom, small mudroom, mudroom makeover

DIY mudroom, before after mudroom



After the blue-be-gone happy dance, the room looked nice and crisp and ready for spots.


It didn’t take very many tools to accomplish our goal fully.

Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil, Royal Design Studio, Olympic Paint One, DIY Mudroom, Spot Stencil, irregular spot stencil

And today, with the power of a good paint job:






We picked the mudroom because it’s such an active place in our home. We use it as our main entrance and exit, as a pass-trough to bring in our bikes, red wagon, stroller, and drop point for bags. Umbrellas dry in this room, and shoes are flub on and off. It’s truly a mudroom, and it constantly needs to be cleaned. Olympic Paint and Good Housekeeping asked us to see if Olympic One Interior Paint was #uptothetest. We had visited New York and I got to tour the Good Housekeeping facility first hand, so I was pretty confident straightaway that if they say we can scrub and clean this paint and it’s going to last, then it’s going to last. With that confidence, we (and by “we”, I mean Joey) took on the painful task of meticulously stenciling spots on the walls in hopes this room could handle the rough and tumble coming to it.  “It’s backed by Good Housekeeping”, I kept telling myself. “It’s going to look good next week and next year” I promised Joey.

Let me just state that about 1/2 the spots on the wall had to be hand corrected with a tiny paint brush because apparently stenciling isn’t our strong point when the pattern is this small. The much larger one we did in our old house was way easier. Just sayin’.


irregular spot stencil

As for the paint, we used Delicate White in Eggshell and Black Magic in Satin for the spots to allow for a high contrast look. Don’t ask me why we did too finishes, it was more of a curiosity on our part to see if there was an obvious difference. There was not. I was scared it would be too high contrast, but am over the moon with the results. If you come here often, you may remember we were originally going to do this to our dining room, but I chickened out. I am kind of bummed I did. Instead, we used Snowy Mount from Olympic One, which is a little more of a “colorful” white.

east nashville dining room

In Atlas’ room, we used Horseradish from Olympic One Interior Paint. It’s an awesome white that really plays well with the blue curtains, and doesn’t give that “icy” effect. We’ll be doing a where-are-we-now post on his room very very soon.  We are really trusting this paint in the rooms that get hit the most with activity.

atlas' room, diy nursery, cool kid's room

I have to give the Olympic One paint and primer combo of this paint a thumbs up so far. It did a fantastic job of:

  1. covering up blue paint with little effort
  2. covering up beige paint with little effort
  3. covers up spackle great (did you notice the dining room is sans chair rail?!)

We are so pleased with how the mudroom looks, and with a few minor things left to do, we can soon celebrate the completion of another room. Here is what the to-do list is looking like right now:

  1. change the knobs on the sideboard.
  2. swap out the ceiling light
  3. to add art // to not add art
  4. a place for shoes, where I can’t see them (and the baby can’t touch them)
  5. change window dressing
  6. celebrate

Check out the other bloggers seeing if Olympic One is #uptothetest. If you have no idea what I am blabbing’ about, check out this post and hop on our instagram account and catch up.

The Ugly Duckling House
The DIY Villiage
DIO Home Improvements

We are so excited about this partnership and can’t wait to show you what we honestly think! We have been sponsored by Good Housekeeping and Olympic Paint, and promise to continue to be honest about reviews in our posts. 


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  1. Leslie says:

    IN LOVE!!!! Now, If I can talk my hubby into this busy pattern, I’m SO doing this… maybe with a grey wall and silver dots. 😉 Just LOVE your transformation !! Great job, as usual! 😉

    • Lana Katsaros says:

      thanks so much! we like it much more than i thought we would. it feels light and bright when you are physically in it!

  2. I adore it! And that warm wood against the fun pattern is divine!

  3. Very cool! I bow down to you guys for having the patience too…looks great.

    I’m still hoping to see you as Cruella this October 🙂

  4. dria says:

    Love the mudroom makeover! The high contrast stencil was genius! It came out beautiful, you guys did a fantastic job!

  5. Michelle says:

    Just found you via Apartment Therapy.

    Love this! I think the sideboard would look great painted a bright color in high gloss, maybe pull that blue from the rug? Just a thought… 🙂

    As for the shoes… have you ever seen the HEMNES shoe cabinets from IKEA? Might work perfectly on that wall where the bike is now. Super shallow, holds a ton, looks like a piece of furniture, and would probably keep the baby out!

    • Lana Katsaros says:

      thanks so much for your thoughtful comment michelle! we are seeking some shoe storage options, so this is perfect!

  6. Liz says:

    I love this room and what you did. The mixed patterns make the room! I’m dying to know where you got the large rug!?

  7. Anastasia says:

    I have been eyeing spotted walls like the one you just did for the past year now. Would you mind sharing the name of the stencil you used. Your hallway has inspired me to do a wall in my bedroom,

  8. xeliV says:

    Wow! Looks great! Where did you purchase the stencil?

  9. cassie says:

    i am in love with your mudroom- amazing!

  10. Adrienne says:

    love the mudroom! so much fun! saw this on apartment therapy and came here to try to find where you got the stencil. maybe i missed it? can you tell us where you got the stencil?

  11. Marie says:

    Where did you get the rug and pink lamp? looks great

  12. Pamela says:

    Everything looks amazing! I’m especially in love with the rug in the mudroom and the ADMIT ONE print. Care to share how I can get my hands on both of those things? 🙂

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  27. Aidel.K says:

    Hi–Clicking through from Curbly. I love your blog! I’ll be back. Thanks for sourcing the stencil in the comments. I have a coupla other questions: That fabulous white head planter–is that available in the world, or is it a vintage find? And how do you keep your rugs in place? Is there a trick to keeping them from sliding around on your floor? Your mudroom looks great!

    • Lana Katsaros says:

      Hi Aidel,

      Thanks SO much for peeking in. The white head planter was an Ebay find! It’s from Italy, and that’s all I really know about it 🙂 He’s handsome, huh? As for the rugs, we use rugs pads on everything. These guys get the strips you buy in a roll, but need to be replaced every few months.

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