- artistic tiles (via pinterest)
- artistic tiles (via pinterest)
- books evertwhere (via desire to inspire)
A great use for all of the vintage stamps left over from our wedding invitations!
While the final paint on the crown molding in our laundry room remodel is drying, I’ve started to tackle other bits of decorating downstairs. The upstairs is and will remain a forgotten abyss until I’m pleased with the downstairs - it’s how my crazy mind works, but I can’t start a new project until the first one is complete.
The shell of the dining room includes this pretty red wallpaper that we decided to keep (despite my yearnings for a dark blue dining room) and the traditional-style antique dining set we purchased just before moving. The previous owners left their (cheap) white lace curtains which I hate but they match.
I started ransacking boxes and other rooms for ways to spruce it up on the cheap. I came up with:
Resources for our short term revamp:
The room isn’t done by any means, but I’m happy that it’s slightly less bare. Still on our list are:
A rug like this.
A better centerpiece. TBD.
Perhaps a funky wine rack?
Tarnishing the brassy chandelier. We have plans to soak this baby in ammonia to bring out its natural tarnish and if that doesn’t work, I’ve got my trusty spray paint to bronze it up.
Choosing a paint color: As stressful as the GREs
Maybe it’s because I’m inexperienced in choosing paint colors but I broke out into cold sweats in Sherwin Williams trying to decide on the perfect shade of light blue (but not baby blue or turquoise blue or grey blue). The magic light that you hold the paint chip under to demonstrate various lighting didn’t help either - it kept turning my subtle light blue into scary baby blue nursery. Cue Psycho-style WEE WEE WEE WEE!
Mountain Air was my final laundry room answer.
I wanted something definitely blue but light enough that the small space would still feel open. I also picked up a bright white glossy paint for the trim, a quality paintbrush, biodegradable paint trays, drywall spackle and a roller and $120 later I was on my way.
Since this was a fairly simple remodel, the only other major item we needed was a cabinet. Home Depot had simple, contractor-grade kitchen cabinets that were small enough that we’d need two. At $97 a pop though, we would have already busted our budget. The laundry room was not worth $300+ to us, so we headed off to the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
A brand-new, already white, contractor-grade kitchen cabinet set that just needed a Fantastik wipe-down was staring us in the face with its $60 price tag. Minutes later, it was on its way to its new home.
As the materials sat in the garage over the weekend, we strategized how to tackle our first DIY home improvement project and came up with a plan. To be continued…
My very first “remodel”: transforming the mustard cave
Lucky for me (sarcasm), I walk past my washer/dryer every single time I enter my home. The appliances sit in the small breezeway between the garage and the living area and despite the traffic that this area gets, the previous owners apparently treated it like a rarely-seen corner of the basement.
Mustard yellow walls. Exposed spackle. Open cabinets to house detergent. Dull yellowing trim.
Not a pretty sight to behold several times a day, especially compared to my inspiration photo:
We set ourselves a rough budget ($150-$200ish?) and because I’m not so hot at budgeting for all this home improvement business yet, we just sort of hoped we could stay within that amount and make our blob of mustard look like this breath of fresh air.
Our idea of how long this would take was four evenings - approximately how long we had before Mark’s parents arrived for the weekend - and we knew we’d encounter some challenges, specifically removing the crown molding from the existing cabinet and putting it back on the new cabinets. The crown molding is original to the house - i.e. irreplaceable - so we knew we had no wiggle room.
With my painting skillz and Mark’s hidden handyman talents, we figured we could flip this room quickly, cheaply and relatively stress-free. And if we screwed up too badly? Who cares! It’s just a laundry room!
Are you sick of my mantle yet? It’s DONE!
Here it is in all of its styled glory (from seventy-five different angles because that’s what all the design blogs do, right?)! I spent my Sunday morning staring at this baby with googly eyes and even Mark repeatedly sighed, I love it. While it may evolve over time, I can happily put a checkmark in the mantle box for the time being. Now, let’s just hope the changing seasons don’t compel me to rearrange this monster again!
I’m still on the hunt for birch logs to fill the log holder but really, Wilson’s Evergreens? $50? It’s WOOD! From a TREE! For now we remain wood-less.
Cute though, right?