Friday, April 20, 2018

Our house is six months old!

Hello there and welcome to a beautiful weekend! At least so far. ;) The sun is shining and I'm in a great mood! This week marks six months that we've been in our new house and I really can't believe it's been that long. And at the same time, it feels like we've lived here forever. From the first time we saw it, this house felt like home. We adore it!!

I'm sharing all of the projects I've tackled so far in one spot, so you can see if you missed something. I'm a little shocked at what I've accomplished. The back injury that hit last fall and then again in December really affected me emotionally, mentally and especially physically. I'm impressed with how much I've been able to do while healing. You may have noticed the projects have amped up since I've been feeling more like normal for the past month or so.

I'll share a link to each room and/or project under each photo! If there's a product you're wondering about, you will be able to find it there. If not, let me know in the comments!

Enjoy the six month before and afters! :)

The powder room was the first room I shared in this house:

I started a small makeover for this room a few weeks ago but haven't gotten much further yet:

We adore our HUGE mud room/laundry combo:

I just finished up a couple projects on the other side of the room last week:

I decorated our foyer early on and haven't changed a thing since!:

We love this space I've deemed the "morning room" because it's filled with morning light!:

I tackled some kitchen projects right away -- this room was a priority for me. I started by finishing the large butcher block island:

Then I hung and stained our open shelves:

Our pantry was a MESS for months. I grew tired of not being able to find food and finally organized it:

And I shared the full tour of the kitchen a few months ago. This room is a favorite of mine:

I haven't done too much in my office yet, other than hanging a new light I have yet to show you:

If you are feeling the Christmas spirit, you can check out my first holiday tour:

I've done a few projects in the basement! Here's the family room tour:

I added a table and a few accessories to the space as well:

I did a different kind of gallery wall down the basement stairs and I just LOVE how it turned out!:

And one of my favorite projects yet! The stained wall on the basement stairs: 

I haven't done too much to our family room just yet. I think it's beautiful as is! But I did find some super inexpensive drapes and hardware I shared with you:

And I finished up another favorite project a couple weeks ago -- painting the fireplace!:

The master hasn't seen many projects yet either, but these nightstands turned out beautifully!:

And I shared the master bedroom tour with you here:

I've been focused on our son's room lately, and finished up the DIY tufted headboard:

Still lots to do in here, but I'm loving the direction it's going! I added wood planks behind his bed and created a fun bed nook:

I've done some organizing too! I actually tackled these first because they were easier with my back:

And my favorite closet in the house!! Love this one in our mud room: 

My master closet was an early project too. This is just the beginning!:

And of course, there have been plenty of random projects, including how I hide lamp cords:

This little hallway got a simple gallery wall, and I share how to easily hang frames with two hooks!:

I haven't shared our master bathroom tour just yet -- I haven't done much in here yet! But I did share how I added a beautiful fixture just using a lamp shade!:

This tutorial for getting super large black and white prints is SO helpful to know!:

I made a cute little bathroom sign for the powder room:

And finally, I installed landscaping lights outside and shared how easy it is to do!:

Well there you go!! Hope you enjoyed the update! Here's to another six months of fun house projects! As always, thanks for joining me on this ride! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quick (and cute!) DIY fixes in the laundry room!

Hello! How was your weekend? Ours was equally fun and productive. The small projects continue around here and each one makes this house feel more lived in and cozy. This update involves two in our laundry room -- one on the wall and one to hide some stuff. 👍

I shared our mud room/laundry combo a few months ago and it continues to be a favorite room in the house. It is a dream to have such a large space! I've been working on organizing it since we moved in. You can see the big cleaning closet and that organizing transformation here

Before I did any decorating in this space I tackled a few small projects. I shared the large DIY chalkboard wall soon after we moved in. I also replaced the bulbs in the fixtures with daylight bulbs. We have a small window in here but it was still pretty dark. Those bulbs make a HUGE difference! Then I installed a USB outlet so we could add as a charging station as I had hoped. (I shared more about those in this post!)

After those projects were complete, it was time to tackle a couple bigger ones. We have a big wall over the folding table that stumped me:
Laundry room with faux marble tile

For months I looked for large art that fit this space but never found anything I liked. I thought about some kind of big pin board to put art and papers but didn't want it to get too busy. 

I have much bigger plans for this space but it may be years before I get to them, so I decided to just do something cute and simple that also provided a bit of storage for laundry stuff. More on that in a bit! 

Next up was something I've wanted to tackle since the day we moved in. We love having the folding table, although it's definitely more of a catch all space than for laundry. ;) We went with laminate to keep costs down: 
Folding table in laundry room

What I didn't show you were the litter boxes. We knew we wanted them under the table so they're easier to keep up with. 

What we didn't realize was how often we'd have guests in this room, especially in the rain or snow. It's a shorter trip to come through our garage. I didn't love welcoming them with litter boxes. :) Beyond that, I just didn't want to see the stuff we keep under there! 

Here's how it usually looked:
Faux marble tile

That rolling cart fits under there perfectly and is great for random stuff -- things I need to return, put away in the garage, etc. I just don't want to see all of that junk every time I walk in.

My quick fix for this was to add some fabric around the countertop. I found these screw eye hooks that I installed underneath: 
Eye hooks for hanging drapes

I took the cheapy cafe rods I got at the hardware store and put them through the eye hooks:
How to hang DIY curtains around laundry table

I used three -- one on the side and two on the front. I used my iron on hemming tape and drop cloths to create little curtains with drop cloths. (I used this size and cut it to fit.) Initially I was going to use drapery clips to slide the fabric, but to save some cash I decided against it. It's working great so far! Though if you're going to be moving the curtains often the rings would be helpful. 

I spaced the rods and eye hooks to create a natural opening for the kitties: 
DIY skirt under table to hide litter boxes

We usually keep it open a little more than that, but this gives you an idea. I changed the direction of their boxes to keep the litter tracking to a minimum as well. By the way, we just changed over to a new litter called Clean Paws and I'm thrilled with it! The mess on the floor is cut down significantly with that litter. Just a quick tip for my cat loving friends!

Anyway, we can't even believe how much nicer it looks now! That little curtain makes a BIG difference: 
Easy solution to hide litter boxes

It looks so much cleaner with all of that covered up! And it's easy to either pull the curtain up or slide it so we can access stuff inside:
Simple trick for hiding litter boxes under counter

You can see what I ended up with on that big wall. Simple shelves are functional and allowed me to add some fun art and accessories!

I'm trying to get away from art and signs with words on them -- I feel like they took over the old house after awhile. But this room just attracts them -- there's something about laundry rooms. :) I printed a few printables I found on Etsy and I love every single one: 
Simple and easy wood shelves in laundry room

I love that you can purchase and immediately download them to print at home. Makes it super easy and quick. 

The jars were half off at Hobby Lobby and I spray painted the lids to add pops of black. I've had the hooks from Target for years but I don't think they sell them anymore: 
DIY skirt around folding table to hide stuff

That poor fiddle leaf! 😂 He did NOT like his spot in a bathroom and was dying fast. I brought it in here to take it out to the trash and it's thriving all the sudden. There's less light in here but he seems to love it! We'll see if it keeps coming back. 

These were both simple, inexpensive projects and will serve us well for however long it is till I carry out my larger plan in here. It looks SO much better than this:
Simple way to hide litter boxes

When I keep this clean I can actually FOLD CLOTHES here! Imagine that. And the clutter underneath is hidden, which is my favorite part:
Easy way to hide litter boxes

We keep the curtain open so the cats can get in most of the time. When we have friends over we close it (the cats rarely come out when we have company). They've already found the little "door" and go in and out with it shut anyway.

It's certainly not perfect but it's serving us well! I love cheap, easy projects, they are my jam. :) Where do you keep your litter boxes? We had them in the basement in the old house but this is working out well for us so far. 

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