Thursday, February 23, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover

Hey there!  My absence is due to the lovely weather we've been having!  Lots of time spent outdoors with the kids.  We're actually getting ready for Ava's first T-ball practice later tonight. 

 I wanted to share a simple DIY project that literally took me 20 minutes.  I feel like such a copy cat these days... I just love what I'm finding on Pinterest and saw this idea just yesterday.  Kate at The Small Things Blog (she is at Blissdom 2012 right now... so jealous!) showed this cute and easy way to create art from napkins.  I purchased these pretty mosaic napkins at World Market for $3.99 each.  The three frames were 40% off at Michaels', making them $4.99 a piece.  Project cost was under $30!  
The frames are 10x13 with a 8x10 mat.  
The napkins have great patterns, so I decided to feature my favorites in each frame.
I centered the design where I wanted, folded it inside the mat and secured the back.

My laundry room needed a pop of color.  This color palette was perfect!  Here is the result...
The other side of the laundry room has been updated too.  About two years ago, hubby custom built a shelving/hanging area for us.  We had cabinets in here when we moved in.  The house was a model and the realtors used this space for paper, supplies, etc.  One of these days I'll share what we did with those cabinets.  If you're a regular follower, you know me, I like to repurpose!  I'm always looking for ways to add more storage and those cabbies were definitely put to good use!  But for now, we'll focus on the laundry room.  Please excuse the photos, they are not the greatest, hopefully you get the idea.  
Believe it or not, I enjoy doing laundry in here.  It's come a long way from when we first moved in seven years ago.  Hope you have a good weekend!  I'll be busy painting the office and can't wait to show you details next week!  :)

I'm linking up to:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Saved by Suzy
TDC Before and After

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I Won A Giveaway... On My Birthday!

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend! Just wanted to share my excitement of winning my first giveaway. Mimi at Blue Roof Cabin just celebrated her first blogiversary at the end of January.
She had a $25 gift card giveaway and picked Sweet Ava Kate.  The giveaway just so happened to be on my 35th birthday, so imagine my surprise when I was picked!  She let me pick where to spend my winnings, so I chose Pottery Barn because I LOVE them and it's not a place I typically spend money due to their crazy high prices!  I hope to find something fun for my office!  
If you haven't visited Mimi's blog, you must!  Mimi has become a dear "bloggy" friend and is a wealth of inspiration!  She inspires me with her gift of woodworking and has given me encouragement with various projects.
Happy "One Year" Blogiversary, Mimi!  Can't wait to see what you're up to next!  :)

Old Window Turned Message Board

It's the weekend!  YAY!  Time to put the finishing touches on those projects I've started.  We finally finished the message board for our walk-in pantry.  It turned out just how I pictured, so excited to show you...
Here's the before of the two paned window we used...
As discussed in the last post, we simply cut two pieces of thin MDF (one slightly bigger than the other) to fit in each frame.  We covered the top with galvanized flashing and sprayed the other with chalkboard paint.    
It was difficult to get a good picture, so please excuse the weird angles.  
Here's the after:
  Cute little handle for my towel...
As you can see in this picture, we are adding trim to the shelves and applying the fabric wallpaper.
Still need to find some hooks for hanging my aprons, but couldn't wait to show you!  
Have a great weekend!

I'm linking up to these parties:

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Friday, February 03, 2012

Steal of a Deal... Old Windows

Happy Friday to you!  I hope you've had a great week!  We've been working on a cute message board for the walk-in pantry using an old window.  I picked up several from a local antique store for $12 each, all of them different. 
 The day I purchased these, I saw another person walk out with two four paned windows.  I asked the lady at the counter if the seller had more available.  She just so happened to be the seller and brought four more in from her car.  She hadn't had a chance to clean them up, so this is how they looked when she bought them...
I fell in love with all the details.  Old hinges, chipping paint, rusty latches...
 There are so many things you can do with old windows.  I've pinned several ideas... like this one here:
This idea comes from my cousin, Angie @ flibbertigibberish.  Her husband snagged these old french doors from another man's dumpster, with permission, of course.  I love how they're used to display pictures of their precious kids!
I plan to do something similar with the eight paned window,
displaying black and white photos of our wedding day.
 Now, about that message board for the pantry...  hubby cut me two pieces of MDF for both openings.  We also purchased galvanized metal flashing for the top to make a magnet board and the bottom will be a chalkboard for writing down pantry items, etc.  I adore the handle and have decided to hang a towel from it for cleaning off the chalkboard.  I'd like to add some hooks on either side for my aprons.  We're almost done with this project.
Will post results soon!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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