Another Laundry Room Update: Almost Done!

Guys, this laundry room is getting done! This week is our second to last week before School Orientations starts, so we are working hard to tie up all the loose ends on our summer projects.

The biggest priority for us is to have a functioning, organized and classy lookin’ laundry room! We’re so close!

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And to think, this same view used to look like this!!!

Before

Before

Not everything’s done, however….one of the shelves fell down not too long ago (our washing machine is like a space ship, I tell ya, and the high efficiency spin cycle just about ripped the wall anchors out!). Jesse is patching the holes and working on putting it back up as we speak.

Here's the closer side of the room from the same exact spot

There will be a second shelf below this as soon as the putty dries.

Hard at work

Hard at work

Again, it’s amazing to see how different it used to look!

Progress

Progress

Here’s the left side of the room!

My laundry folding station!!!!

My laundry folding station!!!!

We have the option of putting the last 2 baskets on the bottom, but I'm wondering if it would be better for shoes?

We have the option of putting the last 2 baskets on the bottom, but I’m wondering if it would be better for shoes?

The biggest thing we have left to do is level the flooring and place down tile. We MIGHT tackle that next week, but you never know!

Chalk Paint Hutch

Remember that old hutch I bought off of Craigslist?

After we added chicken wire to the doors (instead of glass)

After we added chicken wire to the doors (instead of glass)

It has now been transformed using chalk paint! I removed all of the hardware, then slapped on some DIY chalk paint that I made using this tutorial from the Clumsy Crafter. I decided to make my own instead of buying it online because it’s quite expensive! I already had the gray I wanted to use, and the Plaster of Paris was only $6 at Home Depot!

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More pictures once the laundry room is complete!

Staining

I mentioned in my last post that we finally tackled the staining of our deck. This project has been weighing on our minds for months, as the original deck wood was not protected. We were warned to stain/seal it before it got too hot.

Unfortunately, the warm weather coincided with the end of the school year, when we are always super busy. But we promised ourselves that we would tackle it the second school was done.

It took us (and, by us, I mean 75% Jesse) two mornings to get this done. The hardest part was the prep work. We had to use butter knives to scrape ever single crevice! On a deck of this size…let’s just say it was not something I’m dying to do again.

Deck Before 2

So much deck…

Deck Before 3

We used a paint sprayer and it worked really well!

Deck Before 1

SUCH a difference!

But the results were worth it! We just moved our furniture back up on the deck tonight and got to enjoy a few last minutes of daylight as the sun set.

Deck and yard with people

Decks are always better with family members

Deck Furniture Adirondack chairs

I made an extra pillow for the adirondack chairs

Deck Furniture After

My $30 table and chairs that came with peeling paint and UGLY fabric. I love how they turned out!

Deck Furniture Upholstered

Upholstered patio furniture

Patio Furniture Slipcovers

You may remember this $20 wicker patio set I picked up at the thrift store a few months ago:

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I believe that I also mentioned they came with super ugly floral chair cushions (let us never speak of these again).

Patio Slipcover before

Back in April, I bought some outdoor fabric that I absolutely love. Yesterday, in between piano lessons, I finally had the opportunity to sew up some fitted slipcovers/pillow covers for these guys! (note: you’ll have to excuse the placement of the furniture on our lawn. We’re FINALLY staining our deck today, so everything is out of place).

Patio Slipcover bench

Patio Slipcover chair and pillow

If you could see how lovely and cheery it is in person, you’d just die. It’s that awesome. I picked this fabric because the blue, yellow and mocha brown match other things on the patio (not to mention our blue house).

Next up (later…) I have to tackle the upholstery on our outdoor dining chairs (you can see two of the khaki corners in the picture above).