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.  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!

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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, a  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!

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!

Kitchen Progress= Major Love

Hey there!

Long time no talk! It’s my fault, I know. Let’s just say that I’ve been busy.

First we unpacked. Then we washed… everything. Then we put it away.

I’m still on the, “putting it away part”, but have made some serious progress. The kitchen was my first priority and I was so relieved that nothing was broken during our move. (Big hugs to our amazing family that helped us move. I didn’t find a single item that was broken!) And, believe it or not, all of my kitchen/ entertaining items fit inside the kitchen. With room to spare! My family reading this can understand my excitement. I have a lot of things kitchen…

After hugging every item that I unpacked, I quickly turned my attention to our lovely appliances. They have completely stole my heart.

See for yourself:

I am obsessed with the refrigerator. I walk by just to open it.

We also added a center island, which gives us extra counter and prep space, as well as a home for my cookbooks.

The hubby and I have been busy every day with projects. He so graciously installed all of our door knobs, which I will show you a bit later, as well as some “in progress” pictures. Oh Boy!


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!

House Update: Master Bedroom & Bathroom

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It’s all about the master suite today! The bedroom and bathroom are turning out simply amazing, it’s kind of surreal to see it happen. I know I say it all the time, probably more than it bears repeating, but it’s incredible to see a vision come to life.

It seems like yesterday we were buying the jetted tub and toilets…. We’ve come a very long way!

Notice the painted window ledges… now all we’re missing is the ceiling fan!

I picked up the bathroom mirrors at Ross for a complete steal. The only problem is that they’re black… it’s a little bit too dark for me, so they’re getting a fresh coat of white paint very soon.

The tile is completely finished, including grout. It’s dreamy.

We love it! It’s turned our fabulous. There are just a few minor things left to do. Like installing the mirrors, towel racks, major cleaning, etc. I’ll be sure to keep you posted and I can’t wait to show you the final reveal!!

We’re so close!! And yes, we’re still planning on moving in this weekend. Which is basically 2 (TWO) days away! Sweetness!

House Update: Kitchen Cabinetry & Countertops!

The kitchen. This could be one of my favorite rooms to talk about. And this was most definitely the room that I spent most of my time on. All that time surfing the internet and sifting through hundreds of inspirational pictures has completely paid off and I am swooning over our kitchen.

Let’s begin with the cabinets. It was really the first item that we had to pick to set the tone that we were going for. I must admit that I really like kitchens with white cabinetry. My husband on the other hand, really doesn’t. At all. He likes wood grain, and I can’t blame him. So, we went dark. Totally opposite, I know, but we are in love with the final results! In fact, I can’t imagine it looking any other way.

Take a look for yourself.

Check out the mantle. Love. The cook top sits right below the mantle, and the pot filler right above that.

Sneak peak at lighting! More to come on that soon!

This wall… it’s simply amazing and this picture doesn’t do it justice. The refrigerator goes on the left. Microwave in the middle and the double ovens on the right. We’re still waiting on the top cabinet doors, which are glass. Love.

The view from our mudroom entrance. The sink goes in the corner and the dishwasher goes to the left of the sink.

Counter top & island view.

A picture from a while back, but look at those spick racks! It makes me so excited to think about organizing my spices. In the past I’ve always had to dedicate one cabinet to all things spice and baking. To be able to spread out the spices and actually read the labels clearly is a dream. The storage in these little pull out cabinets is simply amazing. I’ll have to buy more spices. 🙂

Side view for a little perspective. The top of the cabinets are missing the crown molding, which  completely sets them off.

A few of my “must have” favorite features include: the spice pullouts, glass doors on the top cabinets of the built in wall, built in trash can pullout, drawers below the cook top, soft close drawers and pullout bottom cabinets.

A while back we scored a serious deal on an awesome island. It’s cream with a butcher block top and looks like a piece of furniture. We can’t wait to get it in place.  I also just finished buying all of the cabinet knobs and pulls. They’ll really dress up the cabinets and give them the finishing touch.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to fill these cabinets. I’ve already started planning which cabinets are going to hold what. Problem is, I can’t remember everything that I have. It’s truly going to be like Christmas when we unpack.

Exciting news: rumor has it that we could be moving in this coming weekend. I’m not sure if I should hold my breath…. but I’d sure like too!

House Update: Tile, Carpet & More!

I heart flooring. And doors. And trim. It really makes all the difference in the world. I’m a firm believer that it’s all in the details and that they make the biggest impact. It’s amazing to see all of our decisions and choices come together. And better yet, to see our completion date get closer and closer. It’s long overdo and we are beyond ready!

Here’s where I left you last:

But, now we have our flooring installed! And we completely love it!

I talked about painting before, and just happened to forget a dining room shot. Here you go! I love the color. It’s completely fabulous and I can’t wait to see how it looks with our furnishings and accessories. Love.

Anyways, back to the wood flooring, We love it. It’s such a warm color and it looks amazing with the cabinets, which I’ll show you later….

We’ve also had the trim, doors, knobs and some lighting  installed. I have a date with my paint brush again this weekend. Our doors need some love.

The guys have also made some serious progress with our tile. They’re basically finished, but we ran out of tile, so we’ve been playing the waiting game for it to arrive. Tomorrow it should be all finished, including grouting.

Here’s what we’ve got:

Carpet was installed Tuesday and we love it!

The bedrooms are basically done. All that’s left is the lighting and window ledges. Yes!

So, here’s to a week with some serious progress! We are thisclose my friends!

Have a terrific weekend!

House Update: Garage Door

Who knew that someone could love a garage door as much as I love ours? I certainly wouldn’t have thought I would ever actually stand in front of a garage door and proclaim my love for it. But, that actually happened. In private. (Without contractors.)

First, let me say that I typically think garage doors are blah. They lack personality and character and I generally don’t like the window design on the door. I’m weird.

In fact, I dislike garage doors so much, that I didn’t want to see it on the front of my house. Again, I’m weird.

So when I say that I really love our garage door, it’s deep.

My inspiration started with these beauties:

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I loved everything about the doors. The hardware. The design. The plain glass windows. The craftsman look. The lighting. It’s all great.

So why not mimic the look? We went for it!

Here’s our version:

I decided to add the additional hardware and I’m so glad that I did. It completely dresses up the door. I can’t wait to add flower pots on each side too.

Here’s a little close up detail and a sneak peak at our outdoor lighting! Love.

Because the original door that I liked was out of our price range, I picked one with similar detail and design for a much cheaper price.

We are totally diggin’ it!

What’s your take on garage doors? Do they bother you too, or is it just me?

House Update: Drywall Part Three

Excitement is in the air! It’s been a happy day at the house. So much progress has been made and the house looks entirely different. I actually walked inside the house expecting to see a few 2 x 4 walls… crickets…. I stopped dead in my tracks! There are no 2 x 4 walls inside the house. Nope, nadda, zilch! They are covered!

Except the garage… which should be finished up tomorrow. But, the garage isn’t included in the interior portion of the house… so I’m calling the interior finished!

Can you BELIEVE this? I’m still in a bit of shock myself. For realz!

I mean, a few weeks ago we had this:

And then last week I left you with this:

But…. this is what it looks like NOW:

Notice the island wall… whoa!

Here’s what the rest of the house looks like:

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Laundry room platforms!

Laundry room

Office

Guest Room

Mud Room

Garage

Garage- the only 2 x 4’s left!

So, pretty impressive right? I’m completely obsessed about this house and it’s amazing to see the completion date get closer. It’s an incredible feeling to know that this lovely house will be our home and we can’t wait to unpack our boxes, which have been in storage a very long time.

Unpacking… sigh… the thought is dreamy.