Monday, April 6, 2015

Budget Laundry Room Makeover and Reveal

The last couple of months I spent my free time working in the laundry room.  Lots of painting, cleaning and organizing.  I spend a lot of time doing laundry, so I wanted to create a more cheerful space.

Before picture and link to old post

When we first moved into our home I painted the walls blue and added a bench for storage.  Since then we added 2 more dogs to our family and while they were puppies they chewed everything in sight; including our chair, storage bench, baskets, floor and walls.  It was that bad!!  With so much to do in the house, over the years our laundry room took a backseat to other projects.

Eventually my dogs out grew puppyhood and stopped chewing.  So it was time to give our laundry room a proper makeover.

The walls are painted Revere Pewter, by Benjamin Moore matched to Glidden Paint.

The Roman shade remained, but I switched out the pillow case curtains.  I added simple clip rings so I could open and close the curtains with ease.

Pillow cases are from Target, in case you're interested!

Plants are a great addition to any room.
 
Art and frames are from Ikea.

We choose vinyl flooring with a wood grain pattern from Home Depot.
Having 3 dogs with muddy paws I needed something that was easy to keep clean.  We've had it in place for a few years and I love it.

A metal hanging rack from Home Goods keeps our cleaning supplies organized.

The water heater is stored in the closet.


I couldn't wait to give this door a makeover.  It took me a time long to settle on a color.  In the end I chose Sherwin Williams, Outer Space matched to Glidden Paint.  It feels so much fresher.  The perfect accent to the neutral walls.


I've fallen hard for natural fiber rugs.  They're simple with lots of texture.  And they're easy to care for with the dogs.  

 
This door opens to our back yard.

I shared our DIY pipe shelves on Home Depot's, The Apron Blog.

It was also time for a new light.  I wanted something clean and simple.  This fixture fit my style perfectly.

It's also from Home Depot.  The brand is Hampton Bay.  We purchased it in store.


I love the idea of open shelving.  The double shelves add so much extra storage space.



I had a lot fun shopping for accessories.

Canisters purchased on clearance at Target are used to store dog supplies.


I found the dipped stool online, at Serena & Lily.  Dustpan is from The Magnolia Market.  Brooms are from Home Goods and the carpet beater is from World Market.

Paint really livened our laundry room up.  I enjoy having such a bright space to do chores.  



Thank you all so much for stopping by!  


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Couple Fun Announcements

I was invited back to participate in another Home Depot challenge.  For this challenge we were asked to come up with a DIY project that used pipe as an ingredient.  You can view my project by clicking below.
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And in case you missed it, here's the link to last year's challenge.




Secondly, last week we had a bit of excitement in our house.  We were honored to have a photographer came out and take pictures of our home to be included in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Private Quarters section of the newspaper.


and

My daughter had to work that morning and was unable to be present.


I am very grateful to have this blog as a platform to be able to share with you each week.  Thank you all so very much for your continued support.  





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Monday, March 9, 2015

Cucumber Mint Limeade- Featuring Barluxe Timeless Drinkware

Cucumber Mint Limeade- Featuring Barluxe Timeless Drinkware

 Over the past years,  I've collected many glasses.  But do I really need a different glass for every beverage that we drink?  Probably not!  They eventually chip or break as my children are unloading the dishwasher and we are left with a mess.


My husband recently complained about all of the mismatched glasses in our cabinets.  That was just the push I needed to find a new set.



I was happy to receive a set of drink ware from the Hudson Collection made with Tritan™ plastic from Eastman to review.  Accidents happen!  They won't scratch or chip.  They're stackable.  Their simple design makes them perfect for everyday.

I had family in town this weekend and decided to make some drinks.  It was the perfect time to catch up and enjoy a drink in my new set of glasses.

We sipped on cucumber mint limeade.  I sat back and relaxed knowing they are durable and won't break.

They're dishwasher safe, so cleanup was easy.

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Cucumber Mint Limeade

Ingredients 
 1 cup granulated sugar 
2 1/2 cups water 
1 cup cucumbers; peeled and sliced 
1/4 cup mint leaves 
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 
*additional mint and cucumbers for garnish

Directions  
In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of water, sugar and fresh mint until sugar has dissolved completely.  Allow mixture to cool.  In a blender, puree cucumbers, mint and simple syrup.  Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve.  Mix lime juice, cucumber puree and remaining 2 cups of water in a pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with cucumber slices and more mint over ice. .

-Disclaimer: "I received compensation for this post through my relationship with Quality Blue Community.  I also received a product for this review.  All opinions are my own."



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Monday, March 2, 2015

Swap It Like It's Hot



I enjoy shopping at thrift stores and finding a great bargain.  It's fun to repurpose the items that I find and create a whole new look. 

I was asked by Charlotte of Ciburbanity to participate in #SwapItLikeItsHot Threepeat.  The rules were pretty simple: Purchase something worthy of a makeover; under $15 at your local thrift store.  Mail package to another blogger, who will transform your thrift finds. 

I received a package from Colleen at 58 Water Street.  It's as if she knew me personally.  I have a tea towel collection in all different patterns and a love for brass in all forms.  

I couldn't wait to transform this matchstick holder.


I used Barkeepers Friend to remove the patina.
  
After a little scrubbing, the brass and copper shine like new.

Looks great, don't you think?!!

I replaced the worn striker with sandpaper.

It worked just fine!
  
Such a nice way to store loose matches.

The plaid tin Colleen sent was a pleasant surprise!

It was perfectly suited to store my favorite cookies.

Who doesn't love a cookie-filled tin?

More than enough to share!

When the day is done, before bed or just to relax, I enjoy a cup of tea.  It's the perfect way to unwind.

This floral tea towel is too cute to wipe up spills, but perfect on the tabletop to compliment a hot cup of tea.

I love all of my thrift store items.  I had a lot of fun repurposing them into something new.  It wasn't necessary to DIY or paint.  Just a little cleaning was enough!!

Be sure to stop by Rachel's blog, Like a Saturday to see what she did with the items I sent her.

*Here’s the list of blogs participating in the hop!

Charlotte, thank you again for having me!

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