The Laundry Room Saga…

The laundry room…. sigh…. one of the only rooms that did not turn out the way I had hoped. We’ve only lived in our new house for about 6 months, but for 6 months I have hated the way the laundry room turned out.

We were in such a rush to move into our house, that the builders got a bit sloppy with it… at the time I was just OVER the construction process and I wanted to move in desperately. So, I did what any desperate person would do, and I overlooked the glaringly obvious problems that were getting left behind.

Fast forward 6 months from move-in day, and I am irritated.

I should have made the builders re-do their mistakes. I should have made them pay more attention to the final details. And I shouldn’t have been SO EASY! I know what my thought process was at the time, so I can’t be too hard on myself but, darn it, it’s just not what I wanted.

However, I’m trying to look on the bright side by thinking that I wouldn’t have come up with my new solution, had everything been done right the first time. See how positive I am??

I’m going to show you why I’m so frustrated with the way the laundry room turned out. You’ll see…

Reason # 1:

They were suppose to build out the wall so that the upper cabinets looked built in. You were never intended to see behind them, or the bottom of the cabinet…. See the problem?

Reason # 2:

They didn’t do the tile correctly on top of the pedestal. See that lovely gap of thin set? You’re not suppose to see that.

Reason # 3:

This directly correlates with reason number 2. The grout has completely fallen out in spots on the face of the pedestal. They were instructed to use bullnose tile on the face so that it tied in with the top for a nice rounded edge. That didn’t happen. Obviously. And because it didn’t, every time I pull laundry out of the dryer my leg hits the grout and it falls out….. sigh….

Because I’ve been agonizing over this room since we’ve moved in, I’ve had plenty of time to device a plan of attack. And, luckily, it shouldn’t be too expensive.

Here’s the plan:

-To fix problem # 1 we are going to install plank paneling under the bottom of the cabinets and along the sides of the washer and dryer. This should hide the back and top of the wall that you can see with reason #1. Everything should look built in and finished.

-For problem # 2, since we will be installing plank paneling with quarter round on the bottom, this should hide the large gap on the side of the dryer.

-To fix problem # 3 we will install plank paneling on the left wall when you walk in the laundry room, carrying it across the face of the pedestal to cover the exposed chipping grout line.Β  Plus, it will give this wall a seamless look since the inside will be finished in plank panels as well.

After that, we plan on installing the cabinet hardware (which we’ve had for 6 months…), possibly repaint the walls… and make wood boxes to go under the pedestal. Add in a rug, some curtains, wall hangings and accessories, and we’ll have a finished laundry room… One that I won’t hate anymore!

Here’s some images that I’ve gathered for inspiration:

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So there’s the plan! Hopefully we’ll get started soon! Since the hubby is so busy with farming during the summer, we have to squeeze all of these “bigger” projects into the winter months.

Let’s do it!

Breakfast Nook Plans

Lately I’ve been daydreaming of my most recent obsession: Sunny breakfast nooks with bench seating. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been obsessing over breakfast nooks. And bench seating.

It’s what I do… my mind is constantly changing, organizing or decorating something. You’d think that I would get tired of it. Actually, it’s the exact opposite. I thrive off of it! Honestly, the more that I let my mind wander, the better my ideas get.

Does that happen to anyone else?

Anyways…

Since we have a dining room and a breakfast nook, I’ve recently decided that I want to make our breakfast nook, well, breakfasty. I want to add a comfy bench with usable storage and numerous pillows, aΒ  pedestal table with new chairs and a round sisal rug.

I can’t even begin to describe my excitement. The best part? My Mr. totally agrees with me! My smiles are endless.

Since I have this enormous amount of excitement, I couldn’t wait to share our plans and inspiration.

This is our current breakfast nook:

And here’s what we’re planning on doing:

-Make a bench out of existing cabinets the full length of the window. Hopefully I can find the cabinets at Habitat for Humanity to save on cost. Fingers crossed!

-DIY a bench cushion.

-Hem curtains to allow for bench.

-Get new pedestal table. I’ve been searching Craigslist and think I might have found one on the cheap. Just a little paint and elbow grease and we’ll have a show stopper.

-Find new chairs for the table.

-Find & install a new light fixture.

-Make new DIY artwork.

-Find new rug.

-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

I would love to be able to set a budget, but not knowing if I can get cabinets at the second hand store will be a total game changer.

This is ideally what I envision for our breakfast nook:

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Are you in love as much of me? This is my favorite…. and what I completely want to copy and paste into our space. It looks so inviting. I want to sit in the sun, sip on hot tea and nibble on a scone. Mmmm…

The bench is amazing. And the textures… wow!

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So crisp and clean, it makes me feel happy!

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This bench is nearly perfect…

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Every one of these rooms has completely inspired me… They all make me want to curl up and soak in the sun.

I am beyond excited to get this project under way! I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way!

Big Smiles!

Our Fall Porch

I’m sure that you may have noticed, but It’s feeling very fall-ish. Especially around our abode. There’s just something about the corn and beans turning a lovely golden color while the cool breeze flows through the dried corn leaves. It’s just divine!

With all of that setting the mood, I couldn’t wait to get the front porch in on the action too.

I honestly didn’t know how the fall orange and yellow would look against our front door, but it’s just spectacular.

I still want to add some dried corn stalks, but they’re not quite ready yet. In the meantime, I’m completely loving our fall front porch!

Now it’s time to start on the inside!

Crazy For Stripes….

I’ve recently decided that our entry way is lacking a little personality. And I’ve always liked the look of stripes, but lately I’ve been a little nutty over them. Every time I see them in a room, I get excited.

But, I’m picky about my stripes… I don’t want anything hugely bold, but rather soft and subtle.

These rooms have my heart racing!

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Oh boy. I love me some stripes. They’re practically perfect!

I can’t wait to get them painted in our entryway. We already have the base color and now it’s just choosing the perfect “stripe” color, which I think is handled!

Seems like it could be a great weekend project! I. Can’t. Wait!

Master Bedroom Progress: Part 1

If you’ll notice, I have deemed the master bedroom a series. This would be Part 1.

Yes, we have made some progress. Lots of it really, but there’s still so much to do! I’m not going to get overwhelmed, I’m not going to get overwhelmed. πŸ™‚

I’m a big believer in white bedding. It’s so pretty and it makes the room look luxurious, while drawing attention to the bed.

We finally got all of the blinds installed (some were on back order) and now I am on the hunt for curtains. As you’ll be able to tell from the pictures, the bamboo blinds are definitely see through. And that’s a problem. πŸ™‚

Here’s what we’ve got going on right now, which is a total work in progress.

No, it’s not bad. I actually quite like it at times. But it needs more character, which is why I’ve become a compulsive bargain hunter. It seems this entire house is in need of a little “more”, which happens when you have more space to fill and a you undergo a style change. That, my friends, is a husbands worst fear. πŸ™‚

Here’s my to do list for the room:

– Install board & batten on the back wall behind bed. Paint a creamy white color.

-Buy or make curtain panels for 3 windows.

-Recover green floor pillows, which could find their home in another room.

-Find/ refinish long rectangle dresser.

-Buy new corner chair, hopefully something with a foot stool.

-Find small table for entry wall.

-Possibly add a rug to the foot of the bed.

-Find/ make art.

-Find accessories.

It seems thatΒ  list grows daily.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we make progress with the room.

Stay tuned later this week *hopefully* for the breakfast nook curtain panels. Which I made. All by myself. Awesomeness!

Kitchen Progress

Happy Friday!

I have been working on the kitchen for the past couple of days and have finally made some progress that’s worth showing. It’s in no way finished. In fact, there are a couple of things that need to be hung on the wall. I had a successful trip to the thrift store and scored an awesome item that makes my heart happy. I’ll show it to you next week!

I managed to shop around my house to pick up most of the decor items and I’m still on the hunt for more as I try to set the tone for the room. Setting the tone has been the hardest. My decorating style has changed, and while I have a ton of items that don’t represent my new style, I can’t see getting rid of everything at once. It’s practically brand new! So, I’m trying to blend them both until we can make the full switch. Lucky for you, I’ll keep you updated on my decor ramblings. πŸ™‚

So there it is! What do you think?

More projects are coming it’s way!

Breakfast Nook Progress

My hubby and I went round and round when we were building our home. He thought that we only needed one “eating area”. Be that a dining room or a breakfast nook, he only wanted one. Why? Because he knew that we would probably eat at the kitchen bar every night and not sit in either room. πŸ˜‰

He might be right.

But that didn’t stop me from still wanting a dining room and a breakfast nook. Yes, my friends, we have both. And while we don’t use them everyday, they most definitely serve a purpose. You see, I have plans for these rooms. I like to entertain and host family gatherings and this house is set up perfectly for it! And truth be told, that excites me.

While my handsome husband still doesn’t see the purpose of having the two rooms, I certainly do. Plus, it’s more areas to decorate. πŸ™‚

I showed you our dining room a few days ago, and here’s our breakfast nook!

It makes me oh so happy and I smile every time I walk by!

So very happy. It’ll brighten any mood! And I’m completely in love with my tree and birdie teapot and cup. It’s adorable. And it has a matching measuring cup set, which I’ll show you soon.

The vase. It’s stunning. A completely lucky find at our local thrift store. And it was $4.00. What? Lucky.

The black dresser was my first paint makeover project. It was a sad little piece that desperately wanted loved. I painted it black and added the glass knobs. Now, it’s a show stopper. And perfect with crisp white accessories and the wood tones from our table.

More plans are brewing for this room, but for now I am loving it!

What do you think? The bright pops of yellow and white have me under their spell. πŸ™‚

Our Dining Room

Happy Monday!

I know that I’ve been telling you I would show you the interior of our home. And I’m sure that you’ve quit believing me by now. The thing is, I keep changing it up. But I can’t keep waiting around to show you. So, this is our dining room. As it sits, right now.

Do I already have plans for this room? Changes to make? Art to ad? Accessories to buy? YOU BET! Let’s also add curtains and a rug to the list. Then MAYBE, just maybe, this room will be complete.

So, what do you think? For just shopping our house, it’s turned out lovely.

A Painted Front Door

Who here loves a painted front door? ME!

I must say that our original white door looked fine, it just wasn’t enough of a statement and not the type of entrance that I had imagined.

So, I went in search for the perfect paint color. I wanted something that would give visitors a welcoming vibe, but still look classy with our black rock.

We love how it turned out!

But just so you remember, here’s the before:

And here’s the after:

We painted the front door Wythe Blue from Benjamin Moore and absolutely love it. It’s the perfect pop against the black rock.

There’s still a ton to do with the front porch, but it’s looking so much better. Obviously my white pots are empty…. I’m on the hunt for some flowers. A new wreath is in order and house numbers are coming soon. It all takes time.

And just because we all love before and after shots, here you go:

There you go! I hope you like it as much as we do!

House Update: Laundry Room

Happy Friday!

The laundry room has captured my attention lately. It could be because I haven’t used my own washer and dryer in over a year, and they were basically were brand spankin’ new when they went into storage. You may not be able to believe it, but I’ve missed them.

Here’s a little surprise about me…. I really like laundry. Don’t pass out. Are we good? Great.

There’s something about the smell of freshly laundered clothes and bedding. Especially bedding. It’s pretty much magical.

Much like the rest of the house, I’ve put a lot of time and energy into this room. While I wasn’t able to get everything that I wanted in the space, I did get most of it. Because I wanted something that put off the vibe of clean and fresh, I went with white cabinetry and a pretty blue green color. It rocks my world. Different lighting throughout the day gives it a totally different look. And the white cabinets are the cherry on top!

See for yourself.

There are still a lot of touch ups to do… And the floors and pedestal had just been grouted, so don’t mind the streaks.

We’re still missing a cabinet on top of the pantry and a board on the bottom of the cabinets above the washer and dryer. The storage in this laundry room will pack a major punch. Sure, I’ll have to have a step stool, but I’m totally fine with it. Storage is completely worth it. The space below the pedestal will be used to store laundry baskets, or just baskets, I’m not really sure yet. All I can say is that this little room will be simply amazing with all of the final touches.

And, I must say, I will definitely get my feel of laundry here soon… Everything in storage is getting a fresh wash before it finds it’s final place to call home.

What about you? Do you secretly love laundry? Come on, it’ll be our little secret!