Category Archives: Laundry/ Mudroom

April 29, 2013

Lockers, Letters, & Luggage

The weekend before last, we hit up our favorite local antique show and scored some amazing finds, that I’ve been itching to share. Every spring I anxiously await the arrival of the Burlington Antique Show, and this year it did not disappoint. Antique shows are definitely a nice change from the familiar thrift stores that I frequent, but you really have to prepare you mind (and wallet) before you venture inside. You can almost always expect something worth bringing home, unlike thrift shops that are usually hit or miss, and products are often in great shape. That being said, I always brace myself for the price tag. Don’t expect those 50ยข deals. You’re typically going to pay a little higher for the convenience of all this awesomeness (real word) in one place. Which, I’m more than willing to do when I find things like this…

Use Industrial Yellow Lockers as Mudroom Storage |

Hello, gorgeous yellow lockers. Where can I rub my face against you? I love yellow. I love industrial. I love storage. I LOVE YELLOW INDUSTRIAL STORAGE LOCKERS.

We stumbled upon this guy early in the morning, but were hesitant to buy so soon into browsing. A few hours later, it was still there (surrounded by a crowd of interested buyers) at which time I was more than willing to pull out the cash. Halfway to the car, as the dealer was helping us load up, I overheard him tell another interested buyer not to worry because he had yet another identical locker in the back. Say wuuuut??

Use Industrial Yellow Lockers as Mudroom Storage |

We quickly decided that the twin must be ours, whipped the car around, and I frantically ran back to the dealer to snatch it up. The other interested couple was ever so happy to see that I’d bought the matching locker before the dealer was able to bring it out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Shucks.

We paid $150 per locker for a total of $300. I’ve seen similar lockers go for MUCH more, like this one on Etsy going for over double the price at about 3/4 the size. Score.

Use Industrial Yellow Lockers as Mudroom Storage |

It’ll be a bit of a switch in plans, but we’re hoping to use them in the laundry/mudroom. Hang up coats, backpacks, and the smaller storage cubes are perfect for purses, even laundry supplies, pet food, etc. I’m loving the color they are already, but there are a few rust spots that might force us to give them a few new coat of paint.

We also ran across an entire lot filled with these black and white marquee letters. We grabbed a medium sized “R” (Rettinger) for about $20. Not exactly sure where this will call home, but it’s neutral enough to work anywhere! I’m thinking maybe one of the future walls in the family room addition or maybe it’d be fun in the entryway. We’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚

Marquee Letter 'R' |

In efforts to completely fill the back of our SUV, just kidding, I picked up a set of these fun yellow suitcases for $30 (there are actually three). No, we will not be strolling through the airport with our vintage luggage. Instead, I’m planning to use these as toy storage in Zoey’s room! Barbie doll central. They’ll slide perfectly underneath her bed with the addition of a few casters.

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Not sure yet if we’re keeping the mustard yellow. It’s looking a little dingy now that they’re home next to all the bright yellows, so they might need a fresh coat of paint. Maybe something fun, like a stripe or polka dots? We’ll be sure to share as we go!

How about you guys? Any antique shopping going on? Anyone have a preference of antique vs. thrift? More importantly, did you guys see Lizzy’s pigtails… cause holy cow cuteness. I died. (not biased)


April 4, 2013

Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial

When we first bought our home, just over a year ago, I was immediately drawn to all of it’s potential – possibilities for an open floor plan, one floor living, and enough outdated finishes to go around. One thing we’ve really enjoyed bringing into the home is character. Things like crown molding, solid-core craftsman doors, beadboard in the bathroom, and built-ins galore. I love ranch style homes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t infuse a few other styles as well. My all-time favorite upgrade we’ve made, that isn’t so “typical ranch”, is craftsman-inspired door trim. I say inspired because we’re definitely not experts, and who knows if we’re doing anything by the books here, but we really love the look and hope you guys can gain some inspiration from it too!

I’m almost positive that the only time I’ve shown our door trim here on the blog was while featuring our new front door. Which is a shame. Seriously. It’s beautiful, and I’m a little perplexed at what’s taken me so long to write this post.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

I mean, it’s everywhere in our house. Yet, somehow I’ve mistakenly hidden it.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

The day we finished trimming out the all the bedroom doors in the hallway was a little like Christmas for me.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

I love the simplicity, yet bulkiness of it all. And pair it with our new three-panel doors and we’re in business.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

So, since we’re in the midst of remodeling the laundry room, which just so happens to have FOUR doors, I thought it’d be a good time to share the whole process in action! It’s crazzy easy.ย Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

First up, a look at the wood selection. (twss)

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We used three different sizes to frame out the entire door, as illustrated above. Rather than try to describe where each piece was used and probably lose everyone in the process, I’ll just show pics. It’s not rocket science ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ricky did most all of the work here, and after a little trial and error, he found it easiest to start by assembly the two side pieces.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

And instead of following up with the top portion directly to the wall, he built it independently first. A nail gun got the job done here.

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And he was left with this.

Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

Slap that guy up at the top of your door frame anddd voila! Instant character.

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Easy enough?

Obviously, we still have painting to do here, which we’re holding off on until all the trim work is done, but you guys get the picture. I love all these finishing touches. The end is in sight!

April 3, 2013

Built-in Laundry Appliances

It’s that time again.. Wednesday. Which, means nothing. Except that I’m already falling behind on sharing laundry room updates with you. Urg. Must. Keep. Up. So, in effort to withhold my end of the deal, today we have – laundry room updates. I know. I have you guys so pumped up, right?

Well get pumped, because this is actually a pretty fun part of the transformation – Cabinetry.

Last time we checked in, we’d just finished installing the new hardwood floors. Swoon.

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We’re attempting to give the washer and dryer a built-in look, so we’ve framed it all out and we’ll be adding a nice countertop to finish things off. Right beside the appliances, we also added a small closet for cleaning supplies, laundry accessories, pet food, etc.

Here’s a look back at the original floor plan changes.

Let’s just dive right into the photos, which should give you guys a better understanding.

(sorry, working at night after the kiddos are in bed means not-so-great photos)

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

ย Ricky framed out the washer and dryer on both sides and made a small divider between them, using 3/4″ plywood. The appliances will simply slide into place after everything is painted. You can see this weird, L-shaped piece on the right – that’s just to give the impression of a chunkier piece of wood once the dryer is installed. You’ll hardly even see the piece on the middle, it’s more for countertop support, so we didn’t mind it being a little slim. We’re thinking we’ll eventually add some molding the the one sheet of plywood that’s exposed, to the right of everything. Just to make it look a little more custom and.. you know, less like plywood.

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

We secured all the plywood to the walls and floors using a few L-shaped brackets.

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

We also used these at the top of the plywood, that will eventually secure into the countertop.

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

Along the back wall, we attached a few 2×4’s for additional countertop support.

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

And the very left of everything lies our new Ikea cabinet. Nothing fancy here, yet. The small gap at the top allows for crown molding. We’re going with a white door, but it’s something I’m going to DIY. More on that soon!

Built-in Laundry Appliance Tutorial |

So, that’s a pretty quick rundown, but I’ll be back with more details and pics as everything starts taking shape.

Check back tomorrow for the newly installed doors and a fun tutorial on giving boring doors and windows some craftsman flair!

March 22, 2013

Laundry Room Floors

It’s happening. You know, that part of a remodel where you finally get a glimpse of the light. The construction phase is almost in the past and the fun, pretty stuff begins! The flooring is officially installed in the laundry room, and I’m doing the happy dance all over them.

Installing Hardwood Flooring Over Existing Tile |

With a little back and forth over which exact option to go with, we ultimately choose to carry on the same flooring from the rest of the house. They’re an engineered hardwood in Texas Brown, more on how we choose them here and previously installing them here. Basically, seeing the same flooring flowing throughout an entire house is our idea of a good time. We also considered doing a tile, maybe a slate, something to better stand up to heavy traffic. But the floors have held up fairly well near the entry of our home now, so we figure they’ll do just fine. I will note though, if you’re considering these floors for your own home, they are soft and will NOT remain perfect. We’ve learned to embrace the character.. well, Ricky is still learning.

Installing Hardwood Flooring Over Existing Tile |

The installation was slightly different then throughout the main areas of the house, where we had sheets of plywood laid beneath to provide as a sub floor. This time, we decided to go directly over the previous owners tile floors. We wouldn’t always recommend this, but the floors were level and smooth enough, with small grout lines to consider it. And ripping out the tile was something we wanted to avoid, at all costs. That being said, going over tile meant that we wouldn’t be able to nail the floors, like we’d done in the past. Instead, we went the gluing route. You’ll definitely want to make sure that your specific flooring allows for this, but it turns out that there were several ways to install ours. I won’t go into too much detail here, but a few new things we learned along the way with gluing vs. nailing:

– Let your first few rows completely set up before moving forward. Unlike nails, the glue will take time to dry and really lock into place. We noticed that it was really important to allow the first two rows to stabilize, to allow the others something to “back up” to and keep from sliding.

– Have heavy items at hand. Preferably, something like a human. Ricky laid the flooring, and I literally just stood there…. On top of them. Even after allowing the flooring to sit at room temperature for months in the house, the boards were still a bit warped. Warped wood and glue do not mix. That’s where the human comes in. Note – make sure you have something to entertain you BEFORE you get suckered into standing in place for hours in an empty room. Or you could just let the hubs talk sports. Your call.

– Focus on keeping things straight. This may seem obvious, but when you’re nailing hardwood the pressure of the nail gun can close all those tiny gaps, no problem. With glue, it’s easy to overlook them and things can get wonky fast.

– We used a Power Grab Adhesive for the first few rows of flooring, for faster drying time, and regular subfloor adhesive for the remainder of the rows.

The room has already dramatically changed, and darkened up quite a bit. No worries though, we’re already well on way to adding plenty of white storage solutions, which will really brighten the space back up!

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Despite having the same floors in the rest of the house, we’ve mostly only seen them next to gray walls. I’m really digging the dark mocha with the navy/teal walls!

March 14, 2013


We painted the laundry room… and oh. my. gawd.

It’s so good.

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(ignore the unpainted areas – they’ll be covered with trim, cabinetry, etc.)

The room, as a whole, is a bit of a disaster still, but let’s focus on the walls.

The color is Ben Moore’s Summer Nights. It’s a tealish/navyish/peacock blue… Yes, that. And it’s perfect. We went back and forth for quite some time, weighing out all the possible paint selections. On our must have list: something dark, something moody, non-neutral, and it had to have that ‘bam’ factor. Check, check, check, and check.

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My instincts had been telling me to go navy ever since I pinned this pic, over a year ago. But after painting our guest bath in Hale Navy, I thought it was a little boring to use the same color. Weird side note – after finally recognizing that teal was the way to go, we realized that Summer Nights was our second color choice for the bathroom. So, we figure the odds are good that we’ll still love it in yet another year.

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And I’m such a sucker for paint colors that change tones throughout the day, and this one does just that. In the early morning it looks the most like a true teal, in the afternoon it’s more of a dark teal with hints of navy, and at night, under artificial lighting, it’s almost a dark royal blue. I’m obsessed with it.

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As for the process, last time we checked in we’d just wrapped up drywall and were ready to get our paint on. We started with one coat of primer and then three coats of Sherwin Williams Duration in a satin finish. Yes, three. Our go to paint is SW Harmony, but this particular color required an ultradeep base, so Duration was the only way to go. I’ll just say that it wasn’t my best paint experience. Not the worst (by far), I just expected less than three coats on top of priming. Maybe I’m just not used to painting in such vibrant hues. Either way.. I think I’m going to expand my paint brand horizons next time.

Psst- The flooring is officially installed! Can’t wait to share the deets ๐Ÿ™‚