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The Laundry Room

This project came about somewhat unexpectedly….it was already on the “spoken list” but wasn’t something that we made any moves to accomplish anytime soon.  That changed a few weekends ago with a trip to Home Depot for a “few things” and us walking out with two new unfinished cabinets.

Our laundry room/area is right off the kitchen with a door to the back screened porch.  It’s a door that we actually don’t use very often, most likely because the door needs to be replaced.  The screen door is on its last legs/hinges…as a matter of fact Tim recently secured the screen frame portion back in place with gorilla glue (a step up from duct tape?) – we’ll see how long this holds up! The previous owner had replaced all the windows in the house after he purchased in 2005 – but the doors are old, if not original to the house, they pretty darn close – that’s something on our to-do list to be completed before winter 2011! They are drafty!

Back on topic, this is the before of our laundry area:

Original paint color – a grey-ish sage green, washer on the left and dryer on the right, previous owner’s DIY white ‘laundry stuff’ shelf, the tiniest and dimmest light, and random stuff anywhere it would fit.  Note: this picture was actually taken when we walked through the house to first look at it before buying – but the laundry area has pretty much looked the same since we moved in a year ago – just with our stuff everywhere!

So for the past year it’s been on my mind to do something with this area – it needed help! I had been searching for a few months at the local habitat re-store for two upper cabinets that I could refinish/paint but was coming up with nothing usable.  All of their nicer cabinets were sold in complete sets (and they wouldn’t sell just two from a set), so the random cabinets that they had were all mismatched, wrong size, corner cabinets, ect…nothing was usable.

Fast forward to a few weekends ago, while in Home Depot we see they are having a “truck load” sale of unfinished oak cabinets.  The price was reasonable and we left with two 30 inch wall cabinets – similar to this:

Home Depot Unfinished Oak Cabinets (picture from Homedepot.com)

First we painted in the laundry room – same color that we painted in the kitchen when we moved in – but just hadn’t gotten around to the laundry area yet.  Nothing like a project that adds on more to the to-do list!  The color is ‘contemplation’ – sort of a beachy feeling blue.  Prior to painting we replaced the small dim light in the room a new lighting fixture.  Here is the new light and new paint color:

Then a few coats of Behr hi-gloss paint in ‘snowfall ‘on the cabinets…keepin it real,we just throw down the drop cloths and paint in the dining room 🙂 This was a mutli day/night painting project!

And we were ready to hang them this past weekend.

We put the doors back on and added some hardware to match what we installed in the kitchen…


We put the dog food container next to the dryer – and the broom/mop/swiffer behind it (I’d like to find some clips to hang them on the wall there).

And Roxie and Jacks’ food and water bowls have a spot right across from their food container, out of the way. 

My mom made that raised bowl stand for them!

And that’s the laundry area re-do.  All that’s left is to find clips to hang the broom and mops & purchase a few baskets for on top of the cabinets for additional storage. 

The room is just so much brighter with the new light fixture…and the new paint color really helps brighten it up too – that old color seemed dingy in comparison. 

What do you think, improvement?


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Sorting through all the random pictures we’ve taken it’s hard to know what to post next! The before pictures showed the pink wall color, droopy shower curtain rod, crooked pedestal sink and the fixture I don’t like.  So what’s changed….really just the first two things, plus some new caulking/waterproofing around the shower and bath fixtures – the sink and fixture are still on the someday to-do list 🙂

Hall/Guest Bathroom 1

Hall/Guest Bath 2

The wall color is “cornhusk” – a crisp green…probably not a color for everyone, but when faced with your first opportunity of putting some COLOR on the walls it’s hard to know that what you like will actually look good.  Fortunately, this is a color that worked out and I even found that shower curtain at Target that matched the green perfectly.   The print hanging in the white frame is something  I found on etsy and had saved as a favorite for a few months…it’s called ‘wild air’ and is from the shop thewheatfield.  It says: “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” A quote by Emerson.

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After the first winter storm since moving up to the mountain dropping a foot of snow and an 18 hour power outage, we are back with a few updates!   We left off with the before pictures of the hall bathroom and the front hall bedroom, so now to show how things look now – first up, the front hall bedroom…

Front hall bedroom 1

New wall color is Dolphin Fin (very pale grey) by Valspar from Lowe’s and the trim is a no longer pale yellow but a crisp white that Tim painted all by himself while I was traveling in December for work! What a nice surprise to come home to – a project checked off the list!

Front Hall Bedroom After 2

For the items in this room:

Bedding – New Land’s End Duvet Cover, everything else (sheets/pillows) was stuff we already had and made work here in this room. 

Nightstand and Blue Lamp – hand me downs from my grandma – with a “new” lampshade from Goodwill 🙂

Curtains and Hardware – Target

Chair in corner – Ikea, but again something we already had and found it a home in this room.

Tall light behind chair – inherited it with the house…

“Dream” sign – a housewarming gift from my sister that she picked up at the local consignment shop in town for $5 (i’ve taught her well with finding treasures and being thrifty!)

What’s left for this room: find a spot to hang the shelving we made last weekend, most likely next to the window; repaint the door to the room since the last owner left it a bit splotchy and didn’t even take off the hardware before painting; replace closet door or just paint it white to match the other door; find a solid wood dresser for this room to possibly refinish and use for storage; and one day replace all door hardware in the house – most all of them have paint somewhere on them, plus that brass color could go! But that’s certainly not an immediate to do – since what’s there is working for now 🙂

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Wow! We closed on the house 8 months ago – maybe it’s time to start showing some of the changes.  It seems as things get crossed off the to-do list we add three more things back onto the list 🙂 Little by little we’ve changed paint color, fixtures, furniture, window coverings, taken down trees, and made more trips to Lowes and Home Depot than you could count…

Lets start with some before pictures and move room by room through the house.  The photos below were taken on one of the walk throughs we did prior to purchasing – everything in the photos is from the prior owner packing things up!

First up – the front guest bedroom “before’s”

Front Guest Room - more of the Before

Front Guest Room - the Before

Notice the “baby yellow” wall color, and though it’s not pictured very well here – the trim is actually painted that color as well!

Next, before pictures of the hall bathroom:

Hall Bathroom Before 1

Hall Bathroom Before 2

Another questionable paint color here, somewhat of a “pepto bismol” pink – yikes! Notice the droopy shower curtain rod and crooked sink pedestal (still on the to-do list!).  Light fixture is not pictured so I’ll have to get a picture of that – before it gets switched out as it’s also on the “the list” – i’m not sure if Tim know’s of that addition 🙂

Pictures to come of the rooms to date…

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With some questionable color choices on the walls selected by the former owner – priming is a necessity in the master bedroom as the upstairs living room area.  We started last night in the master bedroom to get rid of a hideous red accent wall.  It was a little harsh for us – and not quite the neatest painting job I’ve ever seen  (I’m not sure the former owner ever used a roll of blue painters tape).

As we got started last night after a quick dinner from Panera, we weren’t sure how much we’d actually get done.  Tim conveniently forgot to tell me that he had actually never painted before, while I was under the assumption that he had at least some minimal experience! Ha, my mistake! I was happy to find out he’s a quick learner – and his height leaves him doing all the ceiling work – lucky him!

Master bedroom is primed and ceilings are painted – we are ready for some color on those walls!

Pictures to come…I’m doing my best to document as much as possible 🙂

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