DIY Freestanding Mobile Pipe Coat Rack

Holiday season! That means some entertaining in our home, get-togethers with families, dinner parties (having a holiday open house today, in fact).  Time to get holiday guest ready! Did you ever notice that your own family fills up the coat closet (sometimes to the point of “avalanche!” when opening the door? Or is that just us?!)…and when guests arrive in colder months, coats are stored in the guest bedroom in a pile on a bed? Our solution: 

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A DIY moveable, mobile coat rack. I am so over the utility types that teeter, lean or fall over when filled up. Know what I mean? This industrial looking DIY coat rack is sturdy, not to mention adds a touch of rustic industrial style.

Materials I used:

  • (1) 48 inch stair tread (I used red oak but for a more budget friendly option, there was also pine)
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (color is kona and ebony)
  • foam brush for applying stain, gloves & rags, paint brush for applying polyurethane
  • Rust-Oleum Polyurethane sealer (finish is satin)
  • (4) heavy duty casters 
  • (2) 3/4″ flanges
  • (2) 24″ galvanized steel pipes
  • (2) 30″ galvanized pipes
  • (2) 3/4″ tee connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ nipple connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree street elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ caps
  • (1) 36″ galvanized pipe
  • #12 1 inch hexagon washers (screws)

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What I did:

Soak the sticker parts of the galvanized pipes in hot soapy water. (It doesn’t take long.) Remove stickers. Dry pipes and set aside. 

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Finish the wood. Using the foam brush, I applied the wood stain (brush on in the same direction as the wood grain). Let sit for a few minutes then wipe away the excess with old rags. Unlike pine, the red oak wasn’t absorbing my favorite kona colored stain in as rich of a color so I also applied two coats of ebony in the same way to achieve a darker color. Stain then dries in about an hour. 

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After the stain was dry, I sealed the wood using a coat of polyurethane. Simply brush on (looks a bit milky when wet but dries clear). I let that dry overnight. 

I attached the four casters to the under (unfinished) side using the hexagon screws. Be careful with the screws on the cut side of the wood. Going too close to the edge may cause the wood to crack. 

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Flip right side up. Set aside the nipple connectors, two street elbows and the caps. 

Next I assembled my pipe pieces. Starting with the flanges. Screw 30″ pipes into flanges.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator Then add tees to the other end of each 30″ pipe.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator


Then add the other 30″ pipe sections (one to each tee – you’ll have two poles at this point).

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add a 90 degree elbow to the top of one pole.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Connect the 36″ galvanized pipe (center) piece. Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of the center pipe piece then add the other pole.  

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Place the pole-contraption onto the wood stair riser (I found the center by using a yard stick).  Attach flanges to the wood using the hex screws.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add nipple connectors to the center tees, then elbows then caps. This creates a space for hanging purses, hats or scarves. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Now when we’re expecting guests, we can simply roll the coat rack near the door for hanging coats. Or use it as extra hanging space in a room without a closet (or one with a packed closet). Handy to have in the laundry room too! 

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Store it in the basement, a closet, the laundry room, an office or guest room and then move near the door for parties and gatherings. Or if you have room, display near the front door entryway or mudroom area. 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Painted Staggered Striped Accent Wall

I’ve shared bits and pieces and sneak peeks of the accent wall in the laundry room and I have to say, photographing that small space is a big challenge but here’s the gist of what we did and how it’s looking. A small wall in a laundry room is a great way to play with a bold design.

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The base color on my walls is white. Clean, plain, simple. 

But adding black staggered stripes is a fun way to add a punch of wow!

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  • Paint – I use latex in an eggshell finish. One color as the base, a bolder color for the accent.
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface (I also used FrogTape® Multi-Surface to start)

What I did:

Planning/measurements: I started by measuring the wall width and height. For me it’s 45.5 inches wide by 107 inches or so tall. My baseboard is 6 inches tall, leaving me with 101 inches of height. I decided on 5 inch high stripes. With a 45.5 inch width, I decided on roughly three 15 inch columns.

I’m going to start with how I did the design since painting the base color is basic…just paint the wall! For the stripes, using a yard stick, I made pencil marks every 5 inches above the baseboard and along the wall. 

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I then connected the dots using a light pencil line and my level to create evenly spaced horizontal lines up the wall from baseboard to ceiling.

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Because dividing 45.5 into 3 equal sections gets an odd long number, I made a mark in the center of each horizontal line on the wall (for me that was 27.75). From the center, I made a pencil mark at 7.5 inches left and right. My center column on the wall will measure exactly 15 inches. The left and right columns will be slightly larger than the center 15 inch column (but unnoticeable). 

I then used my level to connect the dots to mark my vertical lines and to create three columns on the wall. 

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Time for FrogTape®! Starting with the center column, I taped off the “outside” of every other rectangle. 

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Burnish the edges of the FrogTape with a thumbnail.

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Using a dense foam roller, I painted each rectangle. I did three coats since I painted black on white. 

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While the last coat of paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape by pulling away from the paint. Let dry 24 hours. 

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Time to paint the left and right columns! Using FrogTape Delicate Surface (since the black paint is still fairly fresh), I taped off each rectangle (staggered from the center column). 

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Again, burnish the edges of the FrogTape with a thumbnail then paint. I did three coats throughout the day. 

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While the last coat of paint is still wet, remove the FrogTape by pulling away from the paint. Let dry 24 hours. 

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As is the way with DIY, I was not liking my initial design. It was more of a check board/racing flag look. Not what I was going for at all! Yikes! OH NO NO NO!

staggered stripes accent wall

The fix: So, on the right and left columns I applied a strip of FrogTape Delicate to the white rectangle boxes/stripes…one on the top edge, one on the bottom edge. 

staggered stripes accent wall

Then painted the white middle section of each rectangle black. Again, 3 coats!

staggered stripes accent wall

While the last coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape….and the result was MUCH BETTER! It has a sort of 3D look to it. I was going to do that last paint step on the middle column’s black rectangle with white paint in the center but ended up liking it as is. 

staggered stripes accent wall

It really pops agains the otherwise neutral white laundry room with silver appliances, black walnut porcelain tile floor, bright green decorative accents and adds some fun dimension. 

staggered stripes accent wall

Well worth the math. Well worth the few hours of work a day for a couple of days. Now I get to enjoy the result for years! *I had to lighten the pictures (causing graininess) because there is NO natural light in this room.

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It’s the perfect back drop for my ironing board with DIY cover too! Don’t you think?

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More FrogTape Wall Ideas:

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The annual Earn Your Stripes™ painting contest is taking place right now!!! Grand prize is $5,000.00!! I’d LOVE for a DIYShowOff reader to win! Imagine what you can do with $5000! Since I can’t enter, I hope you will! I’ll be participating in the judging! Enter here —>

FrogTape Earn Your Stripes

Deadline to enter is now through July 1st – so, plenty of time to get creative hats on and execute a project.  You’ll need before, during and after photos.  Here are the official rules: Here are the FAQ’s for the contest:

Best part, all entries (see official rules) will receive a free roll of Shape Tape! Good luck! 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Laundry Room Herringbone Pattern Tile Floor Details

We’ve been working in the laundry room (see more in the home tour). We chose black walnut porcelain tile that looks like wood and oh my, it’s gorgeous!

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When we got it home from Lowe’s, my sweet husband suggested doing a herringbone pattern (because the herringbone patterned brick walkway and patio wasn’t enough torture, I guess) and I think he realized after his offer, that he may have stuck his foot in his mouth. But he did a beautiful job despite the tricky cuts, despite the fact that most of it is covered by a washer and dryer, a throw rug and someday soon, cabinetry and shelving. 

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This isn’t a full detailed tutorial per se because I’m not the one who did the work but I did take some pictures of the process for your DIY tiling enjoyment. Be sure to do plenty of research on tiling tips before beginning. Ready?

Level subfloor. Check. Hubby glued and screwed down Hardibacker. 

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He started the tile pattern by creating a border around the space and cutting/laying out/fitting those tiles first.

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Then laid out the placement of the herringbone with solid un-cut tiles in the design. 

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Next up is cutting the tiles needed to create a herringbone pattern in the space between the tile border. 

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We find (he finds) that using FrogTape on the tile cut lines for tricky cuts with angles or small pieces helps prevent breakage. 

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We used 1/32″ spacers. We didn’t want huge gaps between the tiles since they resemble wood. 

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Next up, he set the tiles with mortar (OmniGrip) applied with a trowel. 

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Then removed the spacers and started the grouting process. We let it ‘cure’ for a week before  applying the grout. 

Grouting: We chose a black grout because it gave a similar look to the edges of our distressed antique java bamboo floors in the adjoining room. He used a sanded black epoxy grout (Quartz Lock Urethane Grout – jet black), smushing it into the spaces between the tile with a float then wiping away the excess with a sponge.

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Let dry a good 24 hours before walking on it and because we were awaiting appliances, it was a couple weeks before every-day traffic. 

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Isn’t it beautiful? I was half tempted to put the washer and dryer somewhere else so I don’t have to cover it up! More laundry room makeover details coming up. Stay tuned!

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Chalk Finish Paint Recipe

I’ve been working on a much needed laundry room makeover (I know! What the heck! We just recently revealed an open pantry makeover and a sweet bathroom transformation). We’ve been busy! But you’re about to get a laundry room sneak peek! As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I had the opportunity to whip up a batch of homemade chalk finish paint and the laundry pedestals I built just happened to be ready for a coat of paint. 

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Note: My laundry pedestals are an Ana-White plan and my first ever real DIY build. What a challenge to say the least! But I’m happy to say: I’m so glad it’s just done! It doesn’t look half bad! It’s functional! My new washer and dryer are at just the right height and I love the addition of a little storage space just underneath. Perfect fit for baskets, laundry baskets too!

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Chalk-Finish Paint Recipe

DIY Chalk Finish Paint Recipe at DIYShowOff

You’ll need:

Chalky Finish Paint Materials

  • Valspar Signature latex flat paint or latex paint with built-in primer
  • Plastic paint bucket
  • Stir sticks
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)
  • Water (use cool, not warm)

How to mix it up:

1. Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cold water in a plastic bucket.

DIY chalk finish paint tutorial


DIY chalky finish paint tutorial

2. Stir until completely smooth. 

3. Mix with one cup latex paint and stir completely.


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4. Paint!

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* Makes enough chalk finish paint for one coat for a 6-drawer dresser. Should not be stored and reused. (Although I did cover and re-use without problem for touch ups after installing the washer and dryer.) For smaller projects, mix less using these proportions, mix more for larger projects. Nontoxic.  To dispose, let dry completely in the container before disposing in trash.

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What I think:

I have to say, I’m really impressed. I love how smooth it brushes on. I love the chalky-finish. Most of all, I LOVE that primer isn’t needed. I decided on black for the laundry pedestals…

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{you’ll have to wait on the rest of the laundry room details but coming soon!}

and I then I moved on to painting over a hunter green console table…

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and dry-brushed it onto the legs of my painted upholstered chairs. 

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  • Easy to make!
  • No primer!
  • Great coverage!
  • Pretty finish!

What do you think? I’d say it’s a success and will definitely be using this recipe again on other projects in the future! 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    LCI

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room

As I mentioned last week, I have the pleasure to participate as a guest judge in the Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest on the Samsung Home Pinterest board. The contest is now closed. 

As you know, we’re working on a laundry room makeover here at the DIY Show Off home. In fact, as I type this, my husband is screwing down the hardi-backer for tiling the floor! Progress! Judging the entries provided a lot of inspiration!

I judged each entry based on the following criteria:

  • Overall aesthetic of the pinned images
  • Creativity/originality of the pinned images
  • Representation of the home and contest theme (including décor, laundry room organization, etc.)

After tallying the scores of each entry, I decided this submission best represents the #SamsungSpinCycle design aesthetic: Ashley’s pinned laundry room from Domestic Imperfection had the highest points in all three categories. 

laundry room at Domestic Imperfection

(See more at Domestic Imperfection)

From the minute I saw her laundry room, I was drawn to the beautiful DIY, creativity and organization.

  • I love that her awesome folding station is made from leftover flooring.
  • I like that the pretty fabric curtain hides her appliances.  
  • By raising the cabinets and adding a wall shelf, she increased storage in this small space. 
  • The chicken wire on the cabinetry doors shows all of her easy to find organized supplies. 

So what does that mean for Ashley? My decision makes her a finalist in the Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest. The grand prize winner will ultimately be chosen by Samsung based on the guest judge’s decisions so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Ashley!

Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest by Samsung

Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest by Samsung:

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room

When we first moved into our home, we relocated the laundry room from the scary old basement to a walk in closet on the first floor. Unfortunately, that’s as far as we got. There’s  only a plywood subfloor, old mismatched appliances and in fact, the closet is open and walks through from the guest bedroom to the family room and there are no doors! I promise I have the worst dressed laundry room but that’s about to change. 

This is where I’ve been doing laundry the past few weeks…


I’ve been looking at and drooling over Laundry Rooms. The recent death of our 18-year-old dryer has inspired a laundry room makeover here at DIY Show Off. Here are some favorites that I’ve featured in the past to jumpstart some inspiration: 

Hydrangea Home

laundry room at Hydrangea Home

First Home…Love Life

laundry room at First Home…Love Life

Take Heart

laundry room at Take Heart

So pretty! Well, when I was asked to participate as Samsung media partner and judge in the Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room Contest, the timing was perfect! Even more inspiration! I need to see more – let’s see YOUR laundry room!

How to Enter:

Samsung Best Dressed Laundry Room

1. Follow Samsung Home on Pinterest.

2. Pin YOUR laundry room using the hashtag # SamsungSpinCycle

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Begins: 12:00 p.m. ET on 7/24/13. Ends: 11:59 p.m. ET on 8/25/13. (Hurry! Only a few days left to enter!) Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Samsung Electronics America. Administrator: Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, a division of Meredith Corporation.

More information and official rules. 

Judging Criteria: On or about August 28, 2013, a panel of qualified judges (ME included! Yay!) will judge all eligible Entries received based on the following criteria:  Overall aesthetic of the pinned images (33%), Creativity/originality of the pinned images (33%) and Representation of the home and contest theme (including décor, laundry room organization, etc.) (34%). The one (1) Entry with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. In the event of a tie, the Entry among the tied Entries having the highest score in the criterion of Representation of the home will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects. 

The Shabby Chick ~ Laundry Room Reveal

Hellooooo DIY Friends!  I’d like to introduce you to Pattie from

Pattie is a single work from home mom to a beautiful young lady and two fur babies. She loves to decorate {and cook}. She recently gave her laundry room an amazing makeover….like we’re all going to want to crowd in there today and “ooohhhh and aaahhhh”. Take a look:


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Kitchen and Laundry Makeover by Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane

Hi, everyone! 
I’m Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane, and I’m pretty thrilled about having the opportunity to post on The DIY Showoff. Roeshel, thank you so much for inviting me to share my kitchen and laundry room with your readers!At 11 Magnolia Lane, I blog with two of my girlfriends about a little bit of everything. We all have our “niche” area, and mine seems to be home decor and DIY stuff (maybe because we move so often–I’m a military wife). Obviously, it’s hard to cram all the horrible “before” and awesome “after” pictures into one short post, so stop by and visit for the full story, and tons of pictures, on both my kitchen and the laundry room re-do’s. 
The kitchen HAD to be done first. Dark, dreary, and dated–how is that even possible for a house built less than ten years ago?–I knew before we bought the house that I’d be painting the cabinets white.
(You can see more of this home and kitchen HERE.) 
But, after our move earlier this summer here was the kitchen I had to start with. I added a shelf bracket (trimmed to fit) and molding to create a built-in look.”

It took even longer than I thought it would (almost 5 weeks!), but I added trim, feet,
and other details like new lights and new kitchen faucet to make things look more built-in
and custom, and I am thrilled with the look. I have a long list of things that I still want
to do, of course, because projects are never really done, but I have at least another
year and a half before we move again–plenty of time! 
I compromised on the laundry room because I liked the rest of the house (well, except for
the kitchen, of course). Situated under the stairs, it was cramped, awkward, and UGLY.
 I spend huge quantities of time doing laundry (don’t we all?) so I knew this room had
to be one that I enjoyed being in. Here’s the ugly before…
This was an inexpensive redo because all I bought was a metal storage cabinet, a new rug for
the floor, and the lumber and trim to make cafe-style shelving. Everything else I gathered
from around my house, which wasn’t hard, because I am a flea market, garage sale, and
thrift store queen. Here’s the awesome “after”…
I have to give a shout-out to Jones Design Company’s painted wallpaper tutorial, which
was so simple even I could follow it. Time consuming, to be sure, but I love the result.
 And I hid the mess in my under-the-stairs area in a vintage metal cabinet. When I
can’t squeeze through to get into the space, I know it’s time to go on a diet!
I scored the rug at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon–it ties everything together.
Shabby chic hooks repurposed as an ironing board hanger,
and a close-up of the painted wallpaper.
Thanks so much for letting me share these rooms with you!
 And please stop over to and say Hi! 
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12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
of Holiday DIY

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

DIY Bathroom to Beautiful Laundry Room

Meet:  Danielle from

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Danielle’s little bathroom was located across the hall from a full bathroom.  It needed a makeover. Desiring a laundry room on the main floor, Danielle gave up this little space…


for this…

Hello happy sunny yellow!  Pretty hoop art!  Love the vintage crate too!
I’ve never seen such a cheerful laundry space, have you?
More embroidery DIY hoop art (I <3 Thrifting Day coming up – get some!)
Cute photo display!
What a happy place to do laundry, Danielle!  Beautiful transformation!  Great DIY accents too! Thank you so much for sharing!
See more at 
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My Cottage Charm Laundry Room Before and After

Missy from My Cottage Charm revealed her laundry room makeover.  I had to laugh when we were “talking” and she said I swear I could totally sleep in that room!  I go stand in the doorway and just stare at it….how weird am I?!”  Because – it’s not weird to me at all!  Every time I finish a room (okay, sometimes even when I just rearrange a room), I could sleep there and stare at it all day. In fact, I’ve been staring at Missy’s laundry room all day.  How weird am I
Don’t answer that!  Prepare to be weird along with us: 
Laundry room before…boring. 
Unorganized. Cluttered. 
Wait! That describes my laundry room!
messy laundry room..just keepin' it real!
The BIG reveal…
Laundry room decorating ideas
Oh-la-la! Très étonnante! Same room? Yes. I saw it all with my own two blog-reading eyes. Budget friendly too: DIY floor, DIY board and batten, DIY Goodwill dresser and Habitat Restore cabinets.  DIY decorating, accents and art.  Missy, I know it took a long time, but it was well worth all of your hard work and patience.  It’s stunning!
I want this room!
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Visit Missy to see the entire transformation and all of the amazing details (and an upcoming giveaway) at 
My Cottage Charm
More laundry room inspiration here

In Love with a Laundry Room!

I have a disorganized walk-thru laundry room with mismatched appliances, plywood floors and no doors.  It’s on our lengthy DIY to-do list.  So, when I see a laundry room makeover, especially a beautiful modern country inspired beauty like the one from Hydrangea Home, I daydream about one day (soon) having one of these…

I love every detail:

  • custom cabinets in a pretty grey
  • drop cloth counter-skirts hiding laundry baskets
  • a window beautifully framed with a simple yet pretty window treatment (no sew!)
  • a matching washer/dryer!
  • pretty decorative touches
  • a sink!
  • a calm/peaceful atmosphere
Everything in it’s place.  Even the ironing board looks decorative – and handy!
Patio door painted a light robin’s egg blue. Love the dog food pail and mail center/calendar.  Plenty of storage, shelving and a beautiful counter. 
Want to see more and get the details?  I’m inspired and see a few details I’d love to include in our laundry room makeover (bring it on!)  For all of the specifics (and MORE home decorating eye-candy), be sure to visit Dawn at 
Hydrangea Home by Dawn\
Thanks for sharing, Dawn – beautiful, stunning laundry room transformation!  What an inspiration!  
Now excuse me while I go browse her awesome etsy shop.  🙂

Clever Re-purposing

Check out this cool laundry center!

It used to be this:

Meet Lexi from

Sexy Lexi\
Lexi is a clever DIY’er and thinks outside of the box.  (Awe dachshunds!!!!)  Here are a few more of her creative projects…

Old suitcase
becomes a doxie’s princess bed…
This flea market find…
has a new life as a ribbon holder!
Lexi’s a new blogger.  I know she’d love a big welcome to blogging from the DIY blogging community.  Pop over, say ‘hi’ and meet Dottie & Hershey.  You can see more of Lexi’s creativity at 

Enjoy the weekend! Do you have DIY plans?

For Whom The Bell Told to DIY….

DIY Show Off reader, meet:  Katie from For Whom The Bell Told.  “My husband is an accountant and I am a social work major turned stay-at-home mom….not great recommendations for buying a 100+ old house that has seen better years. It breaks down to my husband doing all of the math and me doing all of the painting, and trying to trick blogger into turning my pictures right side up….”

I love the character in old homes!  Let’s take a peek at what Katie’s been doing:

I’d LOVE to have French doors opening to a sun room (two sets!).  This space is going to be beautiful when it’s finished!
Sun room before:
I love all of the windows and the plank walls!
Sun room in progress, after the painted floor…
Lots more to come as Katie’s been collecting furniture including a pedestal table and day bed and decor for warmer temps.   What a lovely area to snuggle up with a good book or munch on a delicious breakfast, to start the day.
A little sprucing up in the kitchen (while 9-months-pregnant)….
Kitchen in progress
See the full kitchen post HERE (details of Katie’s obstacles and more pictures).
Kitchen now…
Progress in the laundry room
I love all of the charm – those walls!
And a peek at her beautiful, rustic dining room:
You have a gorgeous home, Katie! All of the beautiful trim and French doors.  So much pretty character!  I can’t wait to see more!  You’re doing a beautiful job!  I just love your old home and look forward to your updates!  Good luck!

Before and After at Casa Greer

Casa Greer
Elsa from Casa Greer is very excited to share her before and after transformations and I’m honored to share it with you today.  We all know the power of paint. It can be scary but overcoming fear and doing something fun can work miracles and magically transform boring and sometimes even ugly to SHAZAM! Wow! Gorgeous!

Take a look at Elsa’s plain but clean and tidy laundry room before…

After is Charm and Beauty…fun stripes and gorgeous accessories:
{View from hallway.}

{View from garage.}

{Opposite wall with door leading to garage.}

{Close up of cute baskets from TJMaxx.}

The baskets and ironing board cover (TJMaxx) are a perfect accent for her aqua/white striped walls. 
Elsa’s office before was a place that collected everything  and anything that didn’t have a ‘home’, storage for things that needed organized (sounds familiar is it just me?).  

Now it’s an organized space to get serious about creativity, DIY and fun projects…

Beautiful job, Elsa!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!  

Want to see more?  
Head over to Casa Greer!  She’s started a DIY tab with some great projects!

DIY at the Mango Archives

The Mango Archives
The Mango Archives is a blog maintained by Mrs. Mango where she documents her DIY weekend warrior projects in their first home.   She’s so talented and says things like blogerony and booboos (cute!) and has named her home the Mango House.  I’ve been spending the evening going through her archives to share a few of her DIY projects with you.
This room + building a wall, adding plumbing and electrical…
makes for a beautiful laundry room reveal…

The paint is (290B-6) Squash by Behr.

The Ikea Kristaller chandelier was $40.00.

Allover peony pattern stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils.

A Home Office Makeover in the works(I can’t wait to see more! You’ll want to follow along too!)…


Thanks so much Mrs. Mango for sharing your hard work and creativity!


Lori's Laundry Room

Having a pretty laundry room must make doing laundry a little more fun. Organization and lack of clutter must feel so fresh!  I wouldn’t know but after looking at the area that Lori from Deming Design Studio attends to her laundry chores, I’m even more impatient to get busy on ours!  See her glazing process below.  Beautiful!

Here is a before picture of the cabinets:

First coat of paint:

She used a paint called Caramel Colors and says it is fabulous to work with. It is a very thick textured paint that covers everything! You don’t have to sand or prime the surface–just start painting. She chose a color called Cobblestone. It is a green color but has some gray in it. Her inspiration was her Anthropolgie tablecloth that she turned into a curtain for under the counter.

Side by side you can see where she added toner to the left cabinets and no toner on the right. She recommends watering down the toner a bit to give it a smoother finish and doing one or two coats and sanding lightly before adding the toner. 

You can see how much more depth is created with the toner.

Creative idea for using a tablecloth turned curtain to hide the dog cave! It’s like a secret hide out for her furbaby!

She plans to get or DIY (my vote) a drying rack but for now I love her shelves, accents and decorating!

So pretty!

What do you guys think?  Is your laundry room a beautifully inspired space in your home?
Thank you so much for sharing your process and beautiful laundry room, Lori!  The cabinet looks beautiful with your ‘curtain’ and all of your organization. Love it!

Guest Blogger: Tatertots & Jello

I’m having a blast at the Country Living Magazine Fair!  What a hot & windy day but so much fun!  If you’re in Columbus – stop by the Gorilla Glue booth to meet Nadine and Holly from Gorilla Glue and me too! There are so many antiques and crafts that you’ll need a wagon.  And good walking shoes.  And I haven’t checked the weather yet for tomorrow but hopefully not an umbrella or raincoat.  

I’m sure you know her, but just in case…DIY Show Off reader, meet Jen from tatertots & jello. Not only is her blog full of DIY creativity, beautiful inspiration and great projects but she’s a sweetheart too.  Happy Birthday Jennifer!  Thank you so much for guest blogging while I’m out of town and sharing your favorite projects!  I am in love with a laundry room!And the beachy bathroom is gorgeous too! 

 Hi — I’m Jen from tatertots & jello and I’m so excited to be here at Roeshel’s wonderful blog! I am a HUGE fan!!

I thought maybe I could share a few of my favorite DIY Projects with you today…

This summer I transformed my bathroom from kind of Tuscan:


to “Beachy” with Board & Batten: 

 It’s amazing how much brighter and larger the room looks with the wall treatment and lighter color!

Another Project I just finished this week is my Laundryroom Redo! 
Yikes – it started off like this {very messy picture}

And I installed the same type of Board & Batten treatment as I did in the Bathroom redo. I used a wonderful stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils {a DIY Club sponsor} to stencil between the panels. 
I really like the way the two elements came together in the room.

Another DIY element in the room were shelves that we made under the counter. I wanted a place to put laundry baskets for my four kids. Then when they have clean clothes I have a place to put their clothes. And they are able to check the baskets each day to see if there is anything they need to put away.

We also took out a closet and made that space into a nook for lockers.

Those are a couple of my most recent DIY projects! Thanks for letting me come over and say hi! I just love Roeshel and I think she is wonderful!!

LOADS of fun…

Well, maybe the actual chore of laundry isn’t loads of fun but having a pretty laundry room might make it a little more enjoyable. At least for Lynette from Lynette’s L.A.M. blog. Here is her laundry room before:

And Lynette’s laundry room now:

The color is Laura Ashley Apple #4 – totally love this color and what it does for the cabinets and the room, ummm, closet I mean!

This is looking to the left of the laundry room (love it) – I was inspired by Rhoda’s sister’s LR makeover and used 2 plant brackets and a small curtain rod to use as a wet clothes hanger when I don’t want to put some of our things in the dryer. (I did make sure to hang the rod high enough so that the door of the cabinet could open.)

The old window was a flea market find for about $10 late last summer. One of the glass panes was missing completely and one was broken – I just knocked all the rest out and cleaned it up just a bit and hung it from 2 hooks – it serves no other purpose but decorative and I liked the way it looked in there to fill that space.

This is looking to the right of the laundry room – I made the vinyl sign – thought it would be a cute addition to the vintage-y look I was going after and I made the door knob holder thing-y under it last summer.

Here’s a long view – the knobs hold the broom, a floor duster, and the black bag holds our plastic bags from the grocery store.

That frame up there on the top of the cabinet, the one that says “I love my mom” – Meghan got me that for Christmas – she is so sweet – when she’s not gagging. Have no idea who those people are – haven’t found the right pic yet, but it is black and white and thought it matched really well in here, just don’t look to close at it right now!

Here is close up of the hurricane lamp – it was my maternal grandmother’s. The globe is not original though, but I loved that I could display the lamp up there!
I picked up the plates at TJ Maxx – they were super cheap-o $4 and $3. The small iron on the left was my dad’s mother’s, the larger one on the right was my mom’s mother’s, and the biggest one on the right is mine – I use it now – although as little as possible. Had to be a little practical – it is still a real laundry room – but I did think it was kinda fun to see them all lined up like that!
The little jewelry box I picked up at TJMaxx also – I just cut out the dividers and turned it into a place to hold my dryer sheets! Couldn’t resist the sign next to it (that I did not make) the green was a dead on match and it just seemed like a perfect little accessory! Oh, and the knobs – they were easy peasy to put on! I used this little do-dad to make the marks to drill my holes –
I just followed the directions and had my hole marks – couldn’t have been easier – really!
That background paper there – that’s scrapbook paper cut to fit. It was not very easy to be neat in that little space, so I cheated compromised and used paper to hide my mistakes highlight that area!

Great job, Lynette! The apple green cabinets was a great way to brighten up your laundry room! The door knob hooks are awesome and I love the touches of black and white. Super cute! Thank you so much for sharing!

What do you guys think? Is your laundry area decorated and pretty?

Starter Home to Dream Home

I love meeting DIY bloggers, don’t you? Here is another I’d like to show off. (If you were early yesterday, you caught my blog booper. Oops.) Introducing Mikael from
Mikael is fairly new to blogging and she’s off to a great start with a lot of helpful tips and information in her posts along with before/afters and DIY eye candy.

Like this one on Picture Galleries

And some beautiful before/afters with tutorials!

Laundry room (I’m so envious!)


Her half bathroom now…


And her den after…


Some furniture makeovers too!

Before purchased
After she was done with it

And you won’t believe it. She finds the time to DIY on a budget with a 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twin boys. I know. Superwoman! Pop over and say hello! She’s given me a heads up on DIY projects coming soon. I can’t wait!

Thanks so much for sharing Mikaela! Your home is beautiful and your posts are full of so much helpful information! I can’t wait to see your next DIY project!

Coming up this weekend!
An exciting giveaway celebration for DIY Show Off readers.

I'm Telling! A Home Improvement Show & Tell Recap.

I thought it would be fun to spotlight some of the projects from the Show & Tell Surprise Party earlier this week. Here are the DIY home improvement projects that I thought were creative, beautiful and fun. If you’re featured, Make sure you grab an “I’m featured” button from the right side bar. Thank you to EVERYONE participating. I’m amazed and grateful for your participation without warning. 🙂 In real life…I’d need hours to “get ready”. Those of you with the amazing kitchen makeovers – you’re killing me! I’m so jealous! Click on the links to visit for more pictures of each project!

Red Writing
(Dining Room Hidden Storage)

I Love My 5 Kids
(Kitchen Re-do)

Polka Dot Thought
(Kitchen Makeover)
Before: KitchenAfter: KitchenForever Daisies
(Scrapbook Room)


Moore Minutes
(Dining Room Makeover)

Thrifty Living
(Office Makeover)


Proud Feet
(Built In Bookcase)
The Proud Feet
(Kitchen Makeover)
Mother of 3 Fellows
(Craft Room)

My Creative Attempts
(Entry Room Makeover)

Something To Do
(Kitchen Makeover)
The Craft Monkey
(Laundry Room Makeover)


(Playroom Makeover)

Craig, Blair & Turbo
(Kitchen Makeover)
Home to Three Duncan Boys
(Closet Office)
The Meckleys
(Laundry Room Makeover)


Modern Country
(Master Suite)

Fingerprints on the Fridge
(Kitchen Remodel)

Making It Mine

(Kitchen Makeover)


I bow down to these DIY queens! Each of your home improvement projects are awesome!
So many beautiful spaces. I wish I was a traveling blogger…
I’d pop by to see your projects in person.
Thank you SO much for sharing your makeover stories!
I’m inspired!
(See all of the amazing Show & Tell submissions! Check them out here if you missed them!)

What are you up to this weekend?

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LOADS of fun…Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover!

Okay. Saturday. Laundry day here. My laundry room is on my list “to-DIY”. It’s unfinished and completely sporting a “utility-style”. Ugly. But Rachel from Home Sweet Home has a beautiful laundry room. So pretty. So motivational. It might even make the laundry task fun, don’t you think?

Here is her post:

The first two pictures are the before pictures….

And now the after pictures…

I painted the inside of the cabinet panel with chalkboard paint to make a family memo/menu board.

This mirror was something I picked up at Big Lots for $5. It and the chalkboard paint was added after the other pictures were taken.
These are my basket tags. I knew I would need something to tell us what was in the baskets.
This is our spare change jar. Not too full right now!!!
Here is the shelves above the washer/dryer. They were hard to keep organized, and cabinets were not in the budget (we did this at the same time as our kitchen reno) so baskets were the best option!
I have had the lamp for years, and the B is old too. The birdcage was on sale at garden ridge. It holds our dryer sheets!

These were fabric swatches in a pack at WalMart. I loved the color, so I just wrapped canvases with them and presto! ART!
The flowers are fake, and I have had the candle for a while. The frame is a $2.50 WalMart find, and I just framed some more of my fabric swatches.
I can’t decide if I want crown molding on top of the cabinet or not. I like that I can put my basket up there. It won’t fit with molding…thoughts? This pic is pre-mirror and pre-chalkboard, obviously!
I just moved the shelf down from before and made it into a folding table. The washboard cabinet was made by my dad. He gave it to my Nana, and she gave it to me when we bought our home, which is our first house by the way.
Again, pre-chalkboard paint. But this is what you see as you walk into the room. It is a small room, but the pocket door makes it more usable. The floors are a white tile, and I am looking for a small jute rug for in there.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!!!

Thanks for sharing your room makeovers Rachel. Both are awesome and I’m psyched and inspired to finish mine this fall! Thanks!