So you may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. That’s because we took the summer off from house projects. Gasp! Definitely a no-no for a home blogger, but we were feeling pretty worn out and we just wanted to sit back and enjoy the summer around the pool. Well you may remember that we’ve been slowly working on making over our laundry room. If you don’t remember that’s because it’s been a year since I mentioned it. Well the good news is it’s finally done! Let’s take a trip back through time to remember how it originally looked.
This “room” is more of a pass through from the kitchen to the nautical half bath. It also has doors to the garage and backyard. The room was already pretty functional to begin with, so our goal was to use the space as a way to unify the gray design scheme of the kitchen to the off white and green in the half bath. What we wound up with is a light and bright space the had loads more character than the old room.
We installed ship lap on the back wall to give the room more depth then painted the walls Vermont Cream by Behr. You can find more on this project here.
The shelves are made out of reclaimed wood from our old play set (same wood we used for the outdoor buffet and bathroom frame). We picked up the brackets at Home Depot and I sourced most of the decor from the house. I love how open the shelves make the room feel and how much easier it is to reach the detergent (short girl problems.)
I used green and yellow accents in the decor to tie into the nautical bathroom in the background. And remember when I was debating industrial lights like 2 years ago?? Well the diamond pendant light was the winner. I love how the finish on the light is echoed on the shelf brackets.
This is a happy room! It would be happier with a new washer and dryer but me and the laundry room are currently working on our patience.
And here’s a reminder of all the wonderful paint colors we’ve had to part ways with since we bought the house. So sorry Salmon.
I plan to be back in the fall with some new projects (I’m looking at you dining room), but until then I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
We started working on Sophie’s big girl room as soon as we found out we were pregnant with baby #2. At the time this room was being used for storage but was in fairly good shape. It already had new windows and door, so all it needed was some new carpet. We picked out this medium grey Karistan carpet from The Dump and installed it ourselves. The starting off point for the design was the wall color (Valspar Crystal Aqua). I really wanted a room with Tiffany box blue walls. I decided to tone it down with black and white with a subtle Paris theme. I say subtle because if you Google “Paris Theme Room” you’ll find an assortment of rooms with flocking on every available surface; that’s not what I wanted. The other struggle I had was keeping the room feeling young and fun. I didn’t want it to feel babyish, but I also didn’t want to lose focus of the fact that it was for a 2 year old. When dealing with a French style it can be easy to make it too sophisticated. Here is the original project board I created for the room.
The next thing I picked was the artwork which is my favorite part of the room which I feel really ties in everything we were going for (Paris themed, color, young and youthful).
Aren’t these amazing? They’re from Remarkable Bird on Etsy. $25 a print. Not only did Sophie have a blonde bob at the time, but we also have a poodle (although not a white one). Next we picked out the furniture. The bed is Leirvik from Ikea only $89.99 and the dresser is the Hemnes 8 drawer dresser also from Ikea for $299.00. We have 3 of the Hemnes dressers now and we love them all! The mirror side table and lamp are front Target. I had a really hard time deciding on curtains. There were a lot of flocked options available but most of them seemed really stuffy, then I found these ones by Xhileration at Target. They are actually a repeating chandelier pattern which felt so much younger than the other options. The vanity was a Christmas gift from Nana and Poppy and the toy chest came from Amazon.
The letter above her bed are from Michael’s. They came just plain white and I traced them onto scrapbook paper, cut them out, then Modge Podge them to the letters. I think this is Sophie’s favorite thing in her room.
This pillow was also a fun Etsy find from Giggles and Toots.
The dresser area still needs some more work. I’m think a tray and some more pictures frames. Maybe also a lamp.
The floating shelf is Lack from Ikea and holds coloring books, crayons, and DVDs. The table and chairs were a gift from Nana and Poppy and host many a Tea party. The banner above the shelves I made out of left over scrapbook paper.
The book shelves are a personal favorite of mine. We made these out of pallets my sister-in-law found. When you tear apart pallets they already look like this then all you have to do is add a bottom to the shelf to hold the books. I sanded them down really good and add a black stain. I choose stain instead of paint because I wanted them to retain their rustic charm. I created a stencil of the fleur de lis and the words in MS word, printed them out, and then dry brushed them on. For more on creating your own stencil and dry brushing see the Burlap Art post.