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Mar 14, 2019

Functional & Warm Laundry Room

Hey Friends!

Can you even believe this post is coming in the same month as our guest room post (HERE)? Well, it's March and that darn sun finally decided to come out and it has given me much needed new energy.

We recently had to get a new washer. Our old one broke, which I was sad about because I used to be able to stack the dryer on top of it because it was a front loader (see post HERE). I was happy because I didn't like the front load so we got a top loader without the agitator in the same brand as the dryer.
THIS is what I had to work with. UGH! How do I make this pretty, first of all and how do I make it functional too? (when the light is on in the day the walls look really pink - Eider White SW)

Want a quick semi-tutorial of where I started? Take a guess what was bugging me the most, besides the wall color.

Yup - all the cords and utility knobs on the wall. I am rolling my eyes so hard. I think contractors build houses for what is convenient to them, not what looks best for the homeowners.
Not to bore you but here is where I started to cover that stuff up. Corner bracket a 1 1/2 inch board above the floor molding to the wall so it will cover the outlet at 48 inches high.
On the other side of the W/D I screwed a few boards into the wall at the same height of 48 inches..
I screwed a shelf board into those (pilot whole first so the wood doesn't split).

I forgot to take a picture but on this side I did add 2 2x4's in an L shape to this corner. The 2x4's are attached to one another with L brackets too. They look like legs, support the shelf and cover the cords.
Here I screwed more common board to the front to hide the plugs and knobs. There is a 2x4 piece behind that corner to keep it in place and it is fastened to the side wall boards too. The dryer is shorter than the washer so the wood lying down will go above it to create a full wood back splash.
Are you noticing that eye sore on the wall here? I asked the plumber to please move it but it had to be accessible for the clean out - or something that didn't make any sense to me. I am trying to work with it. I took the cover off of it so that it didn't stick out as far.
To complete the built in look I put a wood piece on top of the dryer and nailed it with my brad nailer the the back splash and wall board. I put felt stickers on the bottom of it so it doesn't lay directly on the metal top.
Since  I used a lot of screws that were visible I covered them with this wood paste and stained over them once dry.
By putting that wood piece there it made the dryer the same height as the washer plus it covers the side spaces to give several more inches of counter top.

I brought in my all time favorite picture of my kids to brighten  my laundry days (and to cover up the clean out doo-dah in the wall).

A tip jar is necessary for all the change I wash and green plants make a space come alive.

OK so lets just look again at a BEFORE picture...
BORING! OK, now lets see that same view AFTER...
Awwwww - the natural light is much better too!

Did I mention that I changed out a boob light for a chandy? Yes, and I added a little earthy vine to go around it too.
I eventually want to paint the walls but at this point I have so many projects to do that the paint is just going to have to wait. Remember how I made a terrible mistake in going with Eider White by SW (post HERE) It's pink in most lights in our home. To be honest though, it's a really pretty color, just not perfect for me.
There are built in shelves in here that hold supplies (yeah, you get the real version - I don't always "stage" my photos - if ever).
Everyone gets their own basket for clean clothes to put away in drawers.
It was hard to get a picture of the whole room but to the left is a wooden rack for hanging clothes. Marc and Ben custom made it because everything at the store was too long for our space. You can see a video of this room on Instagram in my highlights. (HERE)
The above picture was taken when I was really doing laundry and the clean clothes hang there ready for everyone to come get their own and put them away.

I think that's pretty much it. A small room and a one day makeover. I can handle that!

Now, who is ready to do laundry? Ugh! I just want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine this lovely morning!

Have a fun week my sweet friends!

Feb 1, 2019

Wallpaper Accent in the Dining Room

Hello Friends!

Looks like I am moving at a pace of one project per month here (sigh). I am overwhelmed with the things I want to do to our new house but I am happy to say that this one I am sharing today has been a few months coming.

Jan 7, 2019

Box Planter For Above the TV

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today I am sharing some changes to our family room since taking down all the Christmas decor. You can see this room decorated for Christmas HERE.

Dec 12, 2018

Nov 5, 2018

An Office for Her

I have struggled with an idea of what to make of this front room. We had french doors put here because it's just off the foyer. The model home of our builder had one similar to this and I thought it was super pretty.

Aug 28, 2018

A Little Love Story

Since today is my wedding anniversary I thought I'd write a quick story about the man behind this blog & me. He makes it possible for me to do the things I love.

Aug 10, 2018

Custom Sized Foyer Table

Hello Friends!
Guess what? I made something! Yup! It's been a long time since I have taken on a project but here is why.

Jul 23, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

The Family Room with a Question for You

Today I got my camera out to take a few pictures of Mazi. She got a fresh new hair cut yesterday and she looks like she lost 50% of her weight.

Jul 9, 2018

Black and White Dining

Happy Monday!
I hope you are all enjoying summer. Here in Virginia we are having the best weather. We deserve it after such high humidity for three weeks. We needed a relief.

Jul 2, 2018

Foyer Gallery Wall

The entire time while building this house I was imagining this wall with a console table along it with  a simple mirror or horse picture above it.

Mar 21, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Let Your House Shine & a Glimpse at the 2nd Floor

As I drove through the neighborhood tonight I noticed some exterior lights that seem to come on automatically at dusk. Some people turned on their porch lights which I think makes a home look like friendly place.

Feb 11, 2018

10 Trends I am Taking Home in 2018

Let me show you some trends that I have seen around lately that I just have to bring home this year.
1- Light walls with high contrast floors and accents such as the black backing of the shelving area in the picture above.

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