Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Laundry Room Re-Do - Part 2

I recently shared that I was re-working my laundry room.

This space is tiny, like a work cubicle. The 2 doors bang together and it is so tight walking through that room to the kitchen or garage only 1 person at a time will fit, its my least favorite place in the house. When the dryer died and we bought the new matching dryer to complete the set we were able to stack these. Big item on my household wish list. This lead to taking down the wire shelf and repainting the entire room.

I was trying to decide on do I want a cabinet base and wall cabinets, a large cabinet or a smaller cabinet. At Lowe's we found this white freestanding cabinet. I have to say it looked so huge on the display so once it was in my room I was like really? But while it is much smaller in height then I thought, it does hold a lot of my junk supplies. This cabinet is more of a "I need something right now" necessity, so I starting thinking of ways this cabinet can be improved or raised so its taller. However,as is, it is a huge improvement over that wire shelf our builder installed (thanks for nothing buddy!)

I also replaced a black 4 hook coat hook that was on the back wall (I now have this in the garage to hold backpacks). I used the open space between the cabinet and the inside wall to add 2 white coat hooks that each have 6 hooks. All the coats and jackets are tucked away on the inside wall rather than being on the back wall pushing against the door. So much better!

By stacking the washing machine and dryer, the space became so much larger. It is amazing to think about how much space they took up when they were side-by-side. With moving my coat hooks and with the addition of the cabinet the room seems nearly double in size and more than 1 person can fit in the room now, amazing!

 I have been wanting to paint the door leading to the garage a different color because it gets pretty dirty and that really shows on a snow white door. I was leading toward a dark color but was swayed to a lighter color recently. I love the variation it adds. I painted my door Watery by Sherwin Williams an then gel stained the corner round in General Finishes Java. I still need to clean the floor where I swiped a little gel stain on the floor, but it comes off with nail polish remover.

I went to Home-A-Rama this summer and fell for canvas prints for a laundry room. I was able to search the internet until I FINALLY found the prints. I found free printables of the design I liked from Cottage Market and Shabby Creek Cottage blogs. I used my color printer and regular white printer paper. I framed these with white 11x14 inch matted frames I found at Walmart for $13.96 each. I had several colors to choose from but ultimately liked the aqua the best.

Laundry Room To Do's
Paint or stain key holder
Build box/stand to raise cabinet
Hooks for coats
Small cabinet for detergent storage
Pictures for wall
Monday, October 20, 2014

French Door on Patio

Y'all this is a happy day! I have had the most gosh awful sliding glass door for the past 11 years. It was the worst door. When we built they put in a slider (one of those things we didn't think about) and the brick layers got morter in the tracks of this sliding door. I did spend a lot of time early on chisling that morter out of the tracks, but it got under the door so I could never get it all.

The screen was nearly impossible to open and close and the door while better still was problematic. I have a stance I like to get into to demonstrate how I had to open the screen but, since your not here I can't show you, but let's just say it took some solid footing and upper body strength to get that screen open and closed, lol.

The other things I hated about that door was how disgusting the tracks got, I was always cleaning dirty gunk out of those tracks. The other bigger issue was how to cover that door, I didn't want vertical blinds, so I tried sheer curtain panels and later a panel system - this was similar to vertical blinds but instead of blinds you had 4 cloth panels that hung from a double curtain rail/track. These were good until I finally had to wash the panels and the white backing peeled off unevenly and the panels shrunk 6-8 inches each! That was awesome!

This year it was finally time to do something about that door. Let me be honest we all hated that sliding door. We looked at a few door companies and compared prices and features and we went with Home Depot and got a Jel-wyn (I think I have this name wrong) french patio door with built in blinds (yea!).

We order the door in May and they brought our door in July but upon unwrapping it, the installer noticed the door was damaged, boo! So a second door was ordered and installed in early September. It is so beautiful and it can be opened with little upper body strength and on uneven footing, lmao.

I did have to do some painting to complete the door, the installers had to build a new frame and install new trim and corner round at the floor. We also had to paint the wood on the outside.  I used snow white paint that matches the rest of my baseboards and door frames. On the corner round I gel stained it Java by General Finishes. Which looks amazing! I am also gel staining the bottom of my other entry doors for consistency sake.

This was a huge 2014 project for my house! Many more to go but I am relishing this moment with my new door.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upstairs Hall - Complete! - HomeGoods Gold Plank Mirror

In June, while most were outside and at play I was obsessing over storage and my upstairs hallway. I bought 2 Hemnes 4 drawer shoe cabinets from IKEA for $99 each, assembled them and spray painted the knobs gold. I had planned to eventually replace the knobs (and still may do so) but I actually like them as is. Check out my post here.

What I did not have at the time was a print or mirror to go over these cabinets. I have looked and bought and returned some things, and considered a gallery wall over these, but decided that I wanted 1 piece over these cabinets to keep it clean and simple. Since you can see my upstairs hall from my entry the more simple the better.

A two weeks ago I stopped in HomeGoods and found this mirror and loved it. It was $49.99 and I thought I was buying it for my bathroom because I need a full-length mirror. This was the only mirror like this at the store too (boo hoo!) otherwise I would have bought 2 :-). This mirror looks like wood planks that are painted a very soft gold (similar to a champagne color).

When I got home I decided to see what it might look like over my shoe cabinets and liked it, but I left the mirror on top of my shoe cabinets unhung for a week to see if I would like it after looking at it here for a few days. I didn't think the mirror would be long enough but I think it works just fine. Truth be told I wish it was like 10-12 inches longer. This mirror was just over 52 inches in length. I used the hardware from my previously hung pictures to rehang this mirror. I centered this over the 2 cabinets and hung it 6 inches from the top of the cabinets. I did hang this myself and it took about 10 minutes.

I shopped my house and found my purple candle holders (also bought at HomeGoods in late 2013) to put on the end. I want to add a plant or topiary for the other end to balance it out and to add a little greenery and life to my cabinets. I still have some styling to do, but I am happy with the look so much I am not worried that I don't have my pictures and knick knacks perfect yet.

I think the only other thing I may address is the air vent directly over my mirror. Maybe either re-cover it in something nicer and then paint it the wall color or paint the existing cover the same as the wall color to blend it in more.

My shoe cabinets...LOVE them. I cleared out all my shoes a couple weeks ago and relocated most to these shoe cabinets, some stayed in my master closet, some were thrown away, and many were taken to Goodwill. I have a closet floor I can start replacing what I donated and threw away ;-)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Laundry Room Re-Do - Part 1

Well my To Do list just got bigger! My laundry room is now on the radar. It needed updating but it was not high on my list.

Over the summer my dryer decided it had enough and no longer got hot.  We have had this dryer repaired so many times and have basically bought the dryer a couple times just in repair costs. We decided that we didn't want to repair it again and wanted to buy the dryer that matches our newly purchased washing machine so we can stack them. Good thing too, LG is changing models and mine was on clearance! Still was expensive though!

This room is tiny, like a cubicle, so when something changes in that room it is time to start painting. I chose accessible beige by Sherwin Williams, but I prefer Glidden paints so I found the closest equivalent called aged beige. I bought satin finish.

Because the room is so small I wanted a very light color but complementary to the colors in the adjoining rooms. The color looked darker and had a greyish tone on the paint card but in my room it is very light and very beige - like an almond vanilla color.

The builder put in a cheap-o metal (I think Rubbermaid) wire shelf. I was happy to see that thing be pulled out. I hate those wire shelves! But it left 10 holes in my wall to be patched. It took 2 days to adequately cover and dry the patch.

While I was doing the drywall patch, I removed the wallpaper border, wiped down the walls, wiped down the baseboards and floor, taped off the ceiling and trim, and started to paint the trim and got a good first coat on the walls with the exception of the patched spots. I was not sure of the new color but once that first coat dried it is very light and pretty.

After sanding the patches, I put a good thick first coat on the unpainted areas, and later completed the second coat in the entire space. I liked the mint green at one time, but so happy to see it and the wallpaper border go buh-bye!

That was a 3 day job and a rush job. No exercising, making dinner, or other chores happened. But it was worth it. The washer and dryer are now stacked which adds space to the room and we repainted the walls. Since the wire shelf was removed we need storage so I am on the hunt for a tall cabinet to add in the laundry room, stay tuned for part 2 of this remodel.

Laundry Room To Do's
Paint or stain key holder
Hooks for coats
Small cabinet for detergent storage
Pictures for wall