Design Plans-{Laundry Room Redo}

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yesterday I shared some inspiring laundry room makeovers.  Today, I'm back with design plans for my own laundry room makeover.  I think I've incorporated something from all three makovers.  They were all so good!

The laundry room at the new house is not that big--more like a galley space.  But that doesn't mean I can't squeeze out as much functionality as possible.

Laundry Room Redo

I love that here I have both a utility sink and the 42" cabinets.  They just need a bit of updating.  First up will be to paint the cabinets either gray or white and add new hardware.  I love the idea of gray cabinetry, but also don't want the space to be too dark.  Adding a skirt to the utility sink will help disguise it and allow for hidden storage underneath.  I will probably also add a plywood countertop over the washer and dryer to allow space for folding.

I would also love to also replace the faucet on the sink, like was seen in one of the makeovers from yesterday.  I plan to add hooks and maybe baskets above on the side that the door opens up onto.  I would also love to replace the flooring with a new laminate, and replace the shelving over the utility sink with brackets and a wooden shelf.  
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Three Inspiring Laundry Rooms

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I was up doing laundry late Sunday night, and I couldn't help but start to think about how the space could be updated.  Below are three of my favorite laundry room updates that inspire me to want to update my own space!

First up is this epically awesome makeover by Sharon Joyce Interiors.  She made over her laundry room for the One Room Challenge last spring.  The stenciled walls and mirror are everything!  I also love how light and bright the space is even though it doesn't have any windows.  

Next up is an inspiring makeover by the talented Julie Blanner.  I love that she elevated the look of ho-hum original cabinetry with the use of gold toned hardware.  And do you see what she did to a basic utility sink?  The skirt and gold faucet are to die for!

And finally the wonderful makeover by Jennifer over at Dear Lillie.  She also took dated cabinetry and updated them with paint and hardware.  I also love that she has folding space over her washer and dryer.  This room's layout is the most similar to mine.

Blue and white seem to be a common theme and something that I want to incorporate into my own laundry room makeover.  It's also great for a space that's all about water!  I will be back to share a design board on Wednesday.  The walls in my laundry roon are begging for paint, although I may have accidentally started stripping wallpaper in the bathroom.  Somebody help me!

For more inspiring laundry room photos, check out my Laundry Room board on Pinterest.

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Painting the Master Closet

Monday, August 15, 2016

After moving, everything felt chaotic and disorganized.  Clothes have been in boxes for weeks, and we lived out of suitcases for nearly two weeks. So while a closet wasn't what I thought would be my first paint job, it was needed to help get our lives back on track and begin a little organization.  

The closet isn't huge, but it's enough for us.  The walls were pretty beat up and need of paint, and the shelving had this sticky, brown residue on them.

The shelving was scrubbed with more Bar Keeper's Friend, and rinsed with a vinegar/water solution.  This seemed to remove the dirt and the sticky feel.  Then the walls were painted BM Grey Owl and the trim BM Simply White.  The floors were replaced with wood when we had our new floors laid.  

The space feels so much fresher and cleaner, and ready to hang clothes in!
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Design Plans-{Guest Bathroom Refresh}

Friday, August 12, 2016

It's been about three weeks that we've been in the new house.  I feel like we are still settling in and getting used to calling this place home.  We have had our share of things to go wrong, but we are pushing thru!  There are three bathrooms straight from the 1980s with classic pink tile and one even with floral wallpaper.  And while it was probably 'on trend' at the time, I want to bring these bathrooms into the 21st century.  We're planning to do a smaller refresh with the secondary bathrooms, and save up to do a complete renovation of the master bath in the future.  So below my plan is to update one of the secondary bathrooms.

Guest Bath Refresh

To begin with, I plan to keep the existing floor and shower tile.  While pink is not my color of choice, they are in decent shape.  To update the space, I'll paint the vanity a soft shade of gray and replace the countertop, sink, and faucet.   Then bringing in accessories like a white floor rug and shower curtain, metal baskets for storage, and decorative hooks for hanging bath towels will also help update the space.  I found a remnant yard for a granite installer who has a flat price for any material that you find, so I've got a marble remnant saved.

Both of the secondary bathrooms have the same tile on the floor and in the shower, and I haven't decided which one I will do first.  So some of the accessories may change if I do the upstairs first.  I can't wait to show you some progress!


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