July 31, 2012

Laundry & Mudroom Plans

When we first laid eyes on our new/old house I immediately fell in love with the laundry room. Not only was it on the first floor and directly off the kitchen, it also had an entrance to the garage and backyard, and it was HUGE. A functioning laundry room was near the top of my priority list when searching for a new home, but I never imagined I’d have enough space to incorporate a mudroom as well. I was ready to sign the contract then and there.

Five months living in our new home have flown by and we’re finally ready to turn this space into what we’d imagined that first day. I’m a full believer that laundry can be a fun time if you have a beautiful, functioning space to work in. Not going out on the town, trip to the zoo, eating an entire box of cookies fun, but laundry fun. Work with me.

We shared a few of our favorite inspiration pics yesterday, and from them we’re hoping to completely transform our existing space. Here’s a look at what we started with on move-in day:

(view from kitchen door)

 (view from backyard door)

Before we even begin to talk aesthetic changes, we have to take care of the floor plan. The existing layout could not possibly waste any more usable space or be any more dysfunctional.

BEFORE:

We’re looking to make a few minor changes that should nearly double the available space. Rooms with several doors, none of which we wish to close off, are often difficult to work with. Without a proper layout the functioning within the room could fail miserably, as our space is so kindly demonstrating. By eliminating or moving existing doors, or simply reworking the space, you can improve the flow from one room to another immensely. Now, for the changes we’re looking to make.

AFTER:

1. Combine the Closet Spaces for the Water Heater & Furnace – Having two separate enclosures on opposite corners of the room kills far more space than necessary. We’ll be moving the water heater to the sit alongside the furnace. In this process we’ll be expanding the furnace closet and relocating the door to the garage about one foot further to the left on the same wall. This will eliminate the need for the water heater closet all-together and open up an entirely new book of options.

2. Move the Dryer – The current setup, with the washer and dryer on separate walls, is completely whack. We’re not exactly sure how this worked out, but the bottom line; it’s not working out. With the dismissal of the water heater closet, we’ll now have plenty of room for the two to sit side by side on the washing machine’s existing wall.

3. Storage – As far as the laundry side of the room goes, we’ll be adding a tall cabinet to house miscellaneous laundry and cleaning supplies. With the exception of closets within the hall bathroom and bedrooms, our home has zero closet space. Major draw back to older homes. We’re looking to add storage space in as many renovation plans as possible, starting here.

4. Utility Sink – Since we’re hoping for this space to act as a mudroom as well as laundry room, a large sink is a must. Our existing kitchen sink is plenty big enough to handle most things, but cleaning paint brushes in my beautiful sink lately just makes my skin crawl. Plus, having a sink adjacent the laundry area is super convenient for any by-hand washing.

5. Mudroom Built-in Seating/Storage Combo – We haven’t settled on an exact design just yet, but we’ll be DIYing a floor to ceiling bench/ coat/ shoe storage. You know we’ll share the deets when we get to that point.

We’ve actually already begun with some of the major changes and can’t wait to share the progress! Then onto aesthetic plans, possibly a mood board :)

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July 30, 2012

Laundry/ Mudroom Eye Candy

So happy to be back! I have some great things in store for you guys this week, starting with some much needed eye candy. It’s been months since I shared any inspirational spaces. Unacceptable.

We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s post, but we’ve begun our laundry, and soon to be mudroom, renovation. And what better way to kick it off than with some of our own favorite laundry/mudrooms?

We’ll start with one of my all-time favorite rooms across the board. Navy walls, lime green rug (look familiar?), white cabinetry, open shelving, built-in washer/dryer units… What’s not to love?

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Although I’m digging a few things in this mudroom I can’t help but imagine a wood ceiling in our laundry room. Possibly something a bit more rustic?

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With hardly an ounce of closet space in our home, a coat closet is a must. I’m loving the separate area for the kids’ jackets at their height.

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Since our house doesn’t have a basement, the most practical space for our kitty’s litter box is in the laundry room. How cool is this built-in? Definitely DIY-able.

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Painted backs in the built-in for a pop of color? Yup.

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This beauty has been creepin’ on my Pinterest board for quite some time and Ricky is dying to have it. Looks easy enough.

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Small, yet oh-so functional. We need a cleaning supplies closet like nobody’s business.

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I loved this DIYed built-in right off the bat… and then I found out it was an IKEA hack. YESSSSS.

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Bright green and yellow. Striped rug obsession.

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I’m not really the pale aqua lovin’ type, but there’s no denying how adorable this space is.

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Check back in tomorrow for details on our laundry/ mudroom plans!

All sources for photos can be found on my Pinterest board plus more inspirational pics!

July 25, 2012

Enjoy the Week :)

Apologies for the lack of posts this week. Ricky has been working overtime the past week and a half, leaving the kiddos in my hands 24/7. Instead of pushing myself to my breaking point to get posts out, I’ve decided to take the week and enjoy some extra quality time with my babes. Things will be back to normal with some exciting upcoming posts on Monday! Enjoy the week :)

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July 18, 2012

Family Pics

You guessed it.

We had a friend of ours take some new family photos at our house a few weeks ago. They turned out Gorge. Capital G.

Nikita, you do some seriously amazing work girl. We love ya. And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t share a few of our favs. Well technically not favs. Because they are all re-dic. Now, what other words can I shorten to further reveal my age… ;)

God I love those babies.. Even if they do keep me up at all hours of the night and day and push me to limits I never even knew existed ;) You girls are my world.

July 17, 2012

Kitchen Island Tutorial

A few of you have been asking for more details regarding the kitchen island construction as well as the island countertop. Today we’ll cover the cabinet choices that we made and how we DIYed the butcher block.

First up, the island base. We used Ikea’s online kitchen planner to plan out every inch of our kitchen. Whether you’re going with an Ikea or not, I would highly recommend giving this program a shot. If you have your kitchen dimension you can get a great visual of all the possible layouts. We chose to do a 6′ x 3′ island base with approx. 6′x4′ countertop (12 inch overhang for the counter-height seating). Here’s the top-view using the kitchen planner:

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1 – 30″ base cabinet with 2+2 drawers. Our microwave lives in this cabinet, but the 30″ cabinet would work just as well on it’s own.

2 – 18″ base cabinet with 3 drawers

3 – This a 24″ opening with no cabinet, just a simple panel running along the entire side of the island to enclose it. We have our beverage cooler here, but a basic 24″ base cabinet would work as well.

4 & 5 – 26″ wall cabinet with 2 doors. Because theses two cabinets are only 12″ deep we had to use wall cabinets. The only major difference here was the lack of legs for support. We screwed the legs in manually, however a separate base can be built instead.

And if anyone is confused with how the cabinets are working together, individual front views:

Now, moving on to the butcher block countertop. As mentioned in the source list we purchased two separate pieces of butcher block from Lumber Liquidators, each 25″ x 8′. We could have opted to purchase a single slab (not offered at Lumber Liquidators) but it would have cost us several thousands of dollars more than the $518 we spent.

After cutting them to size at 25″ x 6’2″ (make sure you have a sharp blade, the butcher block is very dense) we drilled pilot holes on an angle from beneath the countertop with a 3/16 inch counter-sink bit. To combine the two pieces we used several 3-inch wood screws to secure. This process gave an extremely tight fit for a nearly seamless countertop.

And at a distance, the seam is nearly invisible..

We then finished with a few coats of Minwax’s Dark Walnut and a water-based polycrylic (note: not food safe).

If I’ve left any major details out, be sure to let me know in the comments! I’d be happy to clear up any remaining questions :)