If you remember this post then you will remember that we had found some inspiration to beautify our laundry room. Well, it is a month later and we FINALLY finished!
Here is the before picture…
This was a VERY before picture… we didn’t even have the washer or dryer in yet! Actually, this is from before we even purchased the house. But, as you can see the walls were a neutral and there was nothing really special going on.
So here are our after pictures!
You can’t tell from this picture but Daniel built an awesome stand for the washer and dryer to sit on! We painted it white, and added some crown molding to it so that it looks like a built in. Also, our dryer vent used to plug into the wall right above the ground and it was in a really inconvenient location so Daniel cut out the wall, cut the pipe, and moved it to a higher spot on the wall, then fixed the hole he had created in the wall. So now, it is so much more functional.. AND it allowed us to put the dryer on the right side to make the doors open the correct directions. YAY!
We did a DIY board and batten for the wall. I love how it turned out! I must say though that all of my online research said that a laundry room project like this would cost us like $30… UM NO! Those people must have had all of the paint, and a lot of the wood already in their possession. If you have none of this then you are looking at more like $150. Just FYI to anyone wanting to do this.
We painted the top portion of the wall sea foam green and found those cute knobs at Hobby Lobby to hand purses and coats and whatever else you need to hang on. ((Did you know that knobs are ALWAYS 50% off at Hobby Lobby!? Now you do.))
The counter in this room is a really ugly laminate. We may invest in fixing this one day, but not today. For now we had some spare tiles in the garage that we put on the counter to give it a prettier look than it had otherwise.
Anyway, we LOVE the room now and it actually makes me want to do laundry. Alright, alright, that is an exaggeration but now I have seeing a pretty room as an incentive to do laundry.
So, I have never really been a fan of our laundry room. Our house was built in the 80’s and so while it seemed like a sufficient space at the time, it definitely was not made for our front loading washer & dryer. The just look so big in there, and I always just feel like the room is blah. Here is a picture of the laundry room (its empty because this is from before we moved in)
Okay, so you can’t really tell much from this picture. But you can see that the room is pretty small. We have a lame laminate counter and some cabinets. It just is not appealing. (Although the tile floor in there is actually really nice thanks to the previous owners.)
Point being, we are about to redo the laundry room. Nothing major. No walls coming down or anything. We aren’t really going to solve the space problem. But we are going to make it pretty. Here is my inspiration for the room (found here):
We are planning to do some DIY Board and Batten, and to paint the room a nice sea foam green. I am really excited about this! We bought all of the supplies tonight, so we should be able to get this done in the next couple of weeks. I will definitely do a post about it once we finish!
What about you? Do you ever just want to make your laundry room a pretty space, instead of just plain?
A while back Daniel and I went to visit some friends in Stillwater who live out on some land and have a wonderful garden. I was inspired that I too could have a garden. There is a spot in our backyard that was actually used as a garden by the previous owners. I had been wanting to start one but had no idea what to to. After a little bit of advice we decided to go for it.
I forgot to take an actual before picture, but just imagine this area completely overgrown with weeds and a huge nasty vine covering the fence that we had to tear down.
So Daniel found some wood for me and made three raised beds. The section we have to work with is about 9x12 so I had to get a little creative with the size of the beds so that I could have some walkways in between them to access the fruits/veggies.
we Daniel dug out some space to put the beds in.
After that we were able to fill in the beds with soil and manure. We also laid some of that fabric stuff underneath them that protects your garden from weeds.
Then we laid mulch in the walkways to protect from weeds/look pretty.
Then I planted seeds for zucchini, squash, green beans, and cucumbers. And i planted plants for strawberries, bell peppers, and some basil. Everything is coming in very nicely now.
(stawberries, bell peppers, and cucumbers)
(zucchini and squash)
And I guess I didn’t get a picture of the third bed which has green beans and basil. I had planted 12 green bean plants and only one of them took! So last weekend I replanted the other 11 and now almost all of them are coming up! One green bean plant would have been quite pathetic.
This past week Daniel and I set out on the adventure of decorating our bedroom. While the entire room is definitely not complete yet- the most difficult/time consume phase is.
This was part of our room before. (I actually forgot to take a real before picture so in this photo the bed is against a different wall. Normally there would be windows on either side of the bed. But other than that this is what it looked like)
The first step in our process was painting one wall in our room this blue color…
Then what we wanted was to pain a tree on the wall in between the windows. So we searched until we found a picture of a tree that we wanted and we blew it up then made it into a transparency and projected it onto the wall.
The next step in the process was to paint the branches…
Once they were all done I went to work on the leaves/flowers…
The final thing that we wanted before we moved the bed back was to hang a 10 yrd sheet of fabric from the ceiling to form a sort of canopy. Daniel put a curtain rod on the ceiling and then curtain gatherer things on the top outside corners of the windows and we got the fabric up…. moved the bed back…
and the finished product…
Then Daniel caught me a kitty napping here the next day…
I LOVE IT!
Well it has been a little over 3 months since Daniel and I bought our first house. I haven’t really shared many pictures on here because I
was am waiting for it to be “done”. The process of decorating a 2600 square foot house takes a lot more time than imagined. Especially if you lived in a 900 square foot house prior to moving.
I don’t have cute pictures of how it is decorated yet, because it is still not “done”.
I do have a picture of the first “improvement” we have done to it. (disclaimer: our house was already completely updated when we moved in. so there are not really any “improvements” to be done)
Daniel got tools for Christmas from his parents. So the first thing he made for the house are dividers for the baking cabinet. I now have sections for cake pans, cookie sheets, and muffin tins. The cabinet was quite a mess before these.
Look forward to the next peek… my craft closet! (just need to finish painting shelves and then organize it)