Sunday, October 19, 2014

Laundry Room Redo

I've officially started my laundry room redo. Of course I'm not anywhere near being done, it's going to take awhile with all the projects I've got planned. But instead of making you wait until the very end I thought you may like to follow along with the progress as I go!

Today's post is mostly before shots of the room so let's get started so you can get a feel for the room and I'll try to explain some of my plans!
This is the view from the living room. You can also see the room from the kitchen so I want this room to look nice!
There are cabinets above the washer and dryer just like the kitchen cabinets... old and dated! I am removing the doors, adding the rope trim to the shelf edges like I did with my kitchen cabinet turned open shelving.
I have a plan formulating in my head to hide the ugly electrical panel. I'm also painting the room and all the molding, doors, and cabinets.
There are some weird strips of wood screwed to the walls. The one with all the hooks is pretty obvious what it was used for but the other took me a minute. There is an identical one directly across from it and since they have rounded notches in them I think they probably hung a rod for clothes there. Clever... but they've gotta go!

 This is the view from the half bath... there's that other piece of wood on the wall.
I'm planning to keep the wooden peg rack. I like how my ironing board hangs from it so I'm painting the peg rack and putting it back up. I bought a wall mount laundry drying rack to replace the folded up one leaning against the wall there.
This is looking back toward the kitchen.
And this is looking back toward the living room. This is a pretty good shot of my new Samsung front load washer and dryer too! I'm planning to build a counter over the top of them to use as folding space.
This is actually a nice light but it's totally not my style so I'll be replacing it with something else.

So let's see a little bit of progress shall we?
 I painted the room with the same Capricorn Gray paint that I used in my new craft studio.
 I took the cupboard doors off and put the rope trim on.
 And I started painting them! I have one coat on so far... oy, painting inside cupboards is such a pain!

I hope  you'll follow along with my progress! In the meantime you can check out my Laundry Room Inspiration Board on Pinterest to see some ideas that I'm kicking around!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hallway Gallery Wall

Yesterday I worked on a little gallery wall in my hallway.
 You can see it on the way to my new craft studio, if you missed that tour you can see it here.
Here it is! I don't know that I'm done yet, I may add some more here and there. I am still trying to unpack a few things and I'm sure I'll find more stuff I'd forgotten :o)
I used most  of the same things from the hallway gallery wall I made at my last house with a black and white theme.
This is the view from inside my bedroom door, it's hard to get a good picture in a hallway!

This is a picture of my grandma, it's one of my favorites :o)
And some pictures of my daughter. The one on the right was when she was about 5 or 6 and the selfie she took on her cell phone is about age 22. She's grown from a cute little girl to a beautiful young woman :o)

Today I started on my laundry room, maybe  you saw my mood board post?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Yard Work at The Cottage on 2nd Avenue

Hi everyone! I'm back with another weekend yard work post... only at my new cottage on 2nd avenue... which needs a LOT of yard work by the way ;o) This weekend I worked on some of the backyard and the back patio area.

First let's take a look at some before shots.
 There were still some boxes sitting around from the move...
 Things sitting here and there... but not where they are supposed to be!
A stack of patio chair cushions but no patio chairs in sight! And a garbage bag full of fabric that still needs to be put away in my new craft studio.
Just pretty much a mess as far as the eye can see! :o)
And the flower bed area had been taken over by weeds and crab grass :o(

Now how about we see some prettier after shots!
 The boxes are finally all unpacked and everything (well most everything) is put away! yay!
The cushions have been washed and now have chairs in which to sit! And check out my new rug! I found it at Fred Meyer on sale and I just love it!
 I decided to use my pallet coffee table I made a couple of years ago outside instead of inside now.

This is a very long, skinny patio so I have several seating areas, here is the 2nd area with two rocking patio chairs and my coffee table made from painted tires!
And here is the third!
 Here is a look back down the patio.
And remember all that crab grass?? I used my awesome little roto tiller and took care of all that ugliness!
I think it's going to be so fun to plant this area next spring!
For now I just set a few pots, a little rusty truck that used to be in my craft room, and a log that was in the yard in the corner.
And I put my little mushrooms on the other end. I have not cleaned up the rest of the flower bed yet, it took me ALL. DAY. just to get half of it done. Luckily the rest isn't loaded with weeds!
Just this little bit of clean up has made such an improvement! And if the weather continues to hold up I may be able to squeeze in a couple more weekend yard work posts!
Oh! I almost forgot!
I set up my little garden shed over in the corner of the yard next to the tiny apple tree! I'll have to learn how to take care of an apple tree. It had quite a bit of fruit on it when I moved in but they almost all had bugs in them :o(

And do you remember this little chicken feeder planter at my old house? Well the plant on the left is a potato vine... it grew and grew and GREW. It finally started to wither and when I pulled it out of the planter...
LOOK at what it made!!!
Who knew?! I sure didn't know that they would really grow potatoes... did you? Am I the only one that didn't know this? Can I cook them and eat them?

Let's have one more look at those before and after shots shall we?

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Hope you all had a nice weekend!