We had such a great weekend. I had a pretty crazy week with a new job, an old job, and a temporary babysitting job mixed together. I felt like my head was falling off by Friday evening. But that didn’t stop some late night fun with my mother in law and my friend Jen.
Saw the movie “True Story”
Shopped until we dropped
Attended a Guppy puppy party…
Guppy is our friends’ pup. She turned 3 (21 in dog years) so her owners had a puppy party and all of Guppy’s puppy pals were invited! Alf had a great time. There was Guppychow, Gupcakes, and homemade paw-tato chips. Everything had a play on puppy words. We have some very clever friends – and they host a good party!
They had the best outdoor space. It has me daydreaming of our future outdoor space… But first, so many other things. Like grass? A sprinkler system? #homeownership
We had the laziest day on Sunday.
Big Hero 6 on the couch and a loooong nap for the mister.
It was perfect.
I feel a little bit like I’m chasing something as I try to adjust to my new “normal” (I started a new job a few weeks ago). I am trying to find balance and I know I will feel balanced soon, but until then…
Earlier this month (okay maybe last month) I got my hands dirty and posted this photo.
I grabbed two paint colors from my paint shelf and two mason jars from our cabinet and got to work..
I gave each of my jars two coats of paint, let them dry, and then knocked off the paint with some sand paper I found lying around. Super simple – super cute and now they fancy up my new laundry room! Also, bonus that this project only took about 15 minutes.
We started this process back in March when it was on my monthly goal list and I am so happy to actually have this “done”. I say done in quotes because there are a couple more things that I want to add but for now it is fully functioning and wonderful.
Our laundry room started like this…
It was alright. That shelf was helpful for storing laundry detergent and other such laundry things (and discs and drills and ping pong paddles and cleaning supplies), but the clothes bar hung too low. The only space I could hang up clothes was in the small space between the washer and dryer. It wasn’t practical.
So goal number one was to raise the bar.
Goal number two was to add some cabinets. I like to hide my clutter, I’ll confess.
Oh and paint, new rug, new accents, fun colors, etc.
So I emptied out the space, filled the holes on the walls, demolished that shelf (which was attached to the wall with 40+ nails) and painted the walls!
I’ll admit my method of demolishing wasn’t the smartest or most effective, but I was home alone and didn’t have many tools. I essentially drilled into the wood until I found the nail and then pulled out the nail. Sometimes it worked, sometimes the nail broke, sometimes I just hit it really hard with a hammer and it popped off…
Once all the painting was done it was time to hang my cabinets. I bought two of THESE cabinets from Menards and painted them white, Ultra Bright White Behr, before hand.
The hottie husband had to help me with this part – but overall hanging these cabinets was super simple. Once the cabinets were on the wall I put on the doors with knobs from Menards and we were ready to add our new (reused but cut down to size) clothes rod.
The last thing on our list was adding a shelf above the washer and dryer. Mike did this part for me as well. He just cut a piece of wood to the right length and stained it with dark walnut. I LOVE the way it turned out. This shelf is removable so we can easily get to the water valves and pull the machines out if we have an issue.
Canister: Hand me down (I have two more to add to the shelf as soon as they’re painted)
Mason Jars: Had on hand but originally bought at Hobby Lobby
We are so pleased with how it turned out and with how much we spent.
Shelf: $15 (Wood and stain)
Rug: $24 TOTAL $170
We have what feels like an entirely new laundry room for less than $200. Is this real life? And we have space for our laundry supplies, our cleaning supplies, and our miscellaneous (this should probably go in the laundry room) supplies that are no longer in piles in other places of our home. It’s a great thing.
I still want to add some art to the wall between the cabinets and then maybe a few cute laundry accessories, but those things take time and I couldn’t not share this project any longer.