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!)

BEFORE
AFTER
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AFTER

Before
Her half bathroom now…

AFTER

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And her den after…

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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!

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

Moore Minutes
(Dining Room Makeover)
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After

Thrifty Living
(Office Makeover)
Before

After

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

My Creative Attempts
(Entry Room Makeover)
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Something To Do
(Kitchen Makeover)
Before
After
The Craft Monkey
(Laundry Room Makeover)
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After

(Playroom Makeover)
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After



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


Modern Country
(Master Suite)

Fingerprints on the Fridge
(Kitchen Remodel)
Before
After


Making It Mine

(Kitchen Makeover)
Before

After

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.
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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!