Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Just popping in to wish all my blog friends a Happy Halloween! I just realized that if you are a subscriber to my blog via my newsletter then you won't see this until the day after Halloween... I'm sorry! I forget! I hope you HAD a Happy Halloween in that case!

My mom sent me these pictures for a trip down memory lane!
 This is me in the witch costume, my dad, and my cousin as Snoopy in 1976!
Look at my face!! LOL! Do you remember getting that excited over candy!!?? To be honest I still get that excited about it sometimes! ;o)
This one is from 1978. I'm not sure who that is in the middle... most likely my dad kneeling down... could be my mom though, she used to dress up for work. That's my neighbor on the right. Not really sure what I was supposed to be... a gypsy maybe?!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Laundry Room Redo - Finished Open Shelving and Painting

I have another update of my laundry room redo to share :o) This week I worked on the cupboards turned open shelving, installing a new doggie door for Miss Roxanne and Pongo and finishing up all the painting in the room... which was a lot by the way... doors, trim, cupboards, walls, molding... then there was caulking, replacing some missing cupboard trim, etc., etc.

Remember where I started?
 Nothing had been painted... or even cleaned up for that matter in these pictures!
 Then I took the doors off the cupboards, added the rope trim.
I was kind of nervous about putting in the dog door... something about cutting a hole into a perfectly good door makes me nervous! So I asked a friend to help... that way, if we screw up the door we both feel bad and I'm not alone! LOL!
We followed the directions to a T and it was actually pretty easy! Yay! I ordered a severe weather door that has three flaps. One plastic flap on both the inside and the outside and a puffy, yellow insulated middle flap (the yellow flap shows through big time but that's ok). I had read good reviews about this dog door and since it's going into an exterior door I didn't want to feel and cold air coming through.
 After the door was painted white it looks great I think!
Next I finished up the cupboards turned open storage.
The cupboards are the same Arctic Cotton color that I used on the kitchen shelving and I painted the backs the same Capricorn Grey that I used on the walls.
Then I added pretty aqua colored shelf liner to pretty it up. I didn't want to paint them because I knew I'd be using these shelves a lot more than the kitchen shelves where I did paint the bottoms.

I also painted and then caulked all the baseboard trim.
You can see here what a difference a little caulking makes... One of my favorite home improvement quotes is "Do your best and caulk the rest"! That's my motto! :o)
Now comes the fun  part! Starting to decorate those shelves!
I used baskets on the bottom shelves to hold my laundry detergent, bleach, and fabric softener; my iron, and cleaning rags.
I love this chevron basket I found at Marshall's but there was only one :o(
I wanted to display my vintage advertising hangers in here so I chose to tack them up in the middle row of shelves. They are very narrow anyway so a normal basket won't even fit. I love how it turned out!
 I am still not done as you can tell by the empty shelves but I'm off to a good start!
My mom painted this adorable little chicken for me years ago, isn't he cute!? You should check out her shop, she has some really cute things... all hand painted! Go here to see: Totally-Painted.
I found this candle today at TJ Maxx, I wanted one that had something to do with laundry and TJ didn't let me down!! It smells so fresh and clean, I love it!
So, let's see those before and after shots one more time ;o)

Before...

And after...

Before...

And after...

This week I'm going to try and find a way to hide my ugly hot water heater and make the shelf to go over the washer and dryer. Stay tuned!

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?