One Room Challenge REVEAL / the laundry room

Reveal day is here! Redoing our laundry room for the One Room Challenge has been such a fun experience for me. Its been great to have the push to finally finish the room and the accountability that we only had 6 short weeks! If you are just catching up, this post has the introduction to the space and before photos, this post has the design plan,  this post has sheetrock and paint up, this post has details on the DIY shelves and lighting, and this post has our DIY dutch door and electical panel cover. And now that everyone is caught up, lets get to the reveal!
I am so grateful for my sweet and talented friend Sophie Brendle Photography who captured this space for me. What would us bloggers do without talented photographers? It seriously takes a village. 



We've come a long way, do you remember these befores? See more before photos here. I never thought I would be so excited to see 4 walls. #adulting


The DIY Dutch door turned out so well and now because the laundry room is so pretty I leave the top open most of the time. An added benefit is that I notice more that my laundry is ready to move over so I actually might finish laundry before dinner some days. Maybe not but its still pretty to look at now. It also is the best place to put up our golden retriever when people come over. More details on the dutch door here. I painted it Benjamin Moore onyx to match the other doors in the house. 
The walls in the laundry room are Benjamin Moore Brewster Grey. I hung two of these ikea rails on the wall to hang out clothes that don't need to go in the dryer (and have already used them a lot) with two vintage ship paintings above. The Ikea rails were $10 a piece verses the $25 a piece for the original towels bars I was looking at. Our DIY pantry shelves are next to the rails and I'm so excited to actually have a space for all my food so its not shoved in the upper cabinets in the kitchen! 

On the other side of the room live the washer and dryer with an Ikea butcher block counter-top (last year when we bought our kitchen counter-tops we bought an extra 6' length knowing we would do the laundry room eventually). The plug in sconces are so pretty for $30 a piece (details here) and the DIY electrical panel is one of my favorite things in the space! And we hung the butcher block higher than it needed to be over our washer and dryer as the new washers are typically taller then the ones we have and we didn't want to have to redo the butcher block when ours need to be replaced.


I put a couple of glass vases on top of the butcher block to hold laundry essentials and to catch the lint that I inevitably clean and then let sit in a pile on top of the dryer until it annoys me. 
I really love everything about this room, it was so fun to have a vision and bring it fully to completion in 6 weeks. I'll be back next week with a budget breakdown and source list for the space, (hint: we spent less than $1000 to do this entire room including finishing the walls, lighting, shelving, countertops and every trim piece and accessory). 

Thanks so much to Linda for hosting and make sure you check out all the other room reveals over at One Room Challenge, there are so many good ones!
xoxo

One Room Challenge / the laundry room week 5

Its week five of the One Room Challenge and I can't wait until reveal week next week! If you are just catching up, Linda of Calling it Home hosts a challenge where bloggers redo one space in 6 weeks. Its a fun way to have accountability to finish a project and a great way to get your fill of design inspo. Check out WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3 and WEEK 4 to see our laundry room which started out with holes to our crawl space below the house and open studs on one wall that we lived with FOR A YEAR. Too long I know.  
Sooo we are actually done with the laundry room. I know- I'm way too much of an overacheiver (NOT). We actually got done with the space early so Sophie could come photograph it and have time to edit the pictures. What really happened was me begging Sophie to help me and she graciously offering to save me since this room gets no natural light and I am not a good photographer by any stretch of the imagination. Side note: If you are just hearing about Sophie stop everything and go stalk her. She's an incredibly talented photographer and I've known her for a really long time -her older sister is one of my best friends and has been for 15 years.  Sophie is the type of girl who you meet and immediately want to be best friends with, she is so genuine and love and joy just ooze out of her. She takes all my pictures of the twins and makes me weep with how beautiful all the images are.  
But this week I am sharing about two of my favorite DIY projects that we did for this space, the DIY Dutch Door and the DIY electrical panel cover. 
So this is the door we started out with. A hollow core door from the previous owner that I painted black. It also had a cat door in the bottom since she kept her cat food in the laundry room (I guess?). We don't have cats so I was ready to give that door the boot. I started thinking about a DIY dutch door. I loved the idea of being able to put Rowan (our golden retriever) up when guests come over. I thought a dutch door would be perfect so she could still see out and I could keep an eye on her - and it turned out even better then I saw it in my head. Don't you love when that happens?
So we checked our local salvage yard and found a door for $15. We cut it in half and flipped it actually (originally the larger panel was on top). Luke put a 2x4 in the top part of the bottom panel for support and we caulked and sanded. It was actually an easier project then I thought it was going to be. I procrastinated on the hardware and ended up finding all the parts on Amazon Prime.
I used this doorknob, this latch and this ring pull all in black and it all looks great together.
 The other project I was so excited about was the DIY electrical panel cover. This is what we started with, yikes. 
I had seen on One Kings Lane (via pinterest) where they used a frame and a hinge to hide a thermostat and I decided to try to design a panel along the same idea. We ordered a MDF patterned panel from Outwater and Luke built a frame for it. 
We inserted the patterned panel and put a 1/8" hardboard backing and used a hinge to attach it to the frame. I painted the same color as the wall color and it adds such a fun little detail. 
Little details like this make me SO HAPPY. 
Hide ugly electrical panel, check!

After finishing these two projects over the weekend the rest of the room came together really fast with art and accessories that I had been buying and (impatiently) waiting to place. We love the finished product and I can't wait to show you next Thursday!

One Room Challenge / the laundry room week 4

I can't believe we are already at week 4 of One Room Challenge- the past four weeks have flown by and we only have 2 weeks until the reveal which means we only have 1 more week until the space needs to be photographed eek! If you are just catching up- this post has the introduction to our laundry room and before photos, this post has the design plan and this post has sheetrock and paint up. We have done so much in 4 weeks in this space!
This past week has been super exciting because we got the DIY shelves for our pantry up and butcher block countertop over the washer/dryer up. They look so good! 
This coming weeks project is the DIY cover for the electrical panel. Also if you follow me on instagram (acreativedayblog) you saw where I had a little panicked moment that the overhead light was too dim so we ordered these $29 plug in sconces to flank the walls above the washer and dryer and I love them. They do seem to sag a little but we have been working on tightening the screws and its definitely helping- and for $29 each I'm not complaining ha. 
But for now back to the shelves, I'm going to walk through how we built them. It was such an easy DIY and the finished result looks great. If you remember from our design plan in week 2- we were planning on building a shelf above the washer and dryer and then pantry shelves on the opposite wall. I wanted the shelves to be wood and to tie in the butcher block. It proved to be kinda tricky because the Ikea butcher block is oak and 12" oak shelving board is super expensive. 12" pine shelving board is very reasonable so we went with that and decided to try to match the oak butcherblock with stain. Pine is notoriously hard to stain because it blotches so I went the expert, Ana White and followed her tutorial. We dug through the boards at home depot and picked the ones with the least knots. Don't skip the pre stain conditioner- I think it it was gave us the perfect finish! The stain she used in the tutorial was exactly the color i was looking for and it matches the butcher block PERFECTLY (Its minwax golden oak- we did one coat of stain and 2 coats of wipe on poly). Like you can't even tell the difference! 
For the brackets I knew I wanted something industrial to mix with the warm wood tone so we got standard L brackets in 5" for the pantry shelves and I think 8" for the upper shelf above the washer and I primed and spray painted them hammered black. Sidenote: I LOVE the rustoleum hammered black spray paint- Its my favorite paint for metal. 
We hung them on the two sides into the wall and also ran a 1x2 across the back for extra support. We painted the 1x2 the wall color so it almost disappears. The brackets add such a fun little detail! I got the idea from this blog post.  
We are getting so close! We are tackling the dutch door and the electrical cover next so hopefully I'll have a fun DIY for you next week with those. Then we get to move onto the fun part of staging and hanging art! 

One Room Challenge / the laundry room week 3

A lot has happened on our One Room Challenge laundry room makeover this week! Its fun to start seeing it coming together and this update will be more of a bullet point post with details on all the different projects we are working on. 
If you are just catching up, we are redoing our laundry room in 6 short weeks as part of Linda (from Calling it Home) Guest Participant's One Room Challenge. Head to this post for an introduction of the laundry room, including before shots of the room with the open instead of a wall we lived with for a year. Last week's update includes a detailed floor plan, see that post here
- I've been collecting lots of little pretties for the room and I'm so impatient to get styling. I got the ship wood prints from a local antique store, the basket is from Home Goods and the antique washer board which I can't wait to hang on the wall is from a local antique store that is housed in an old prison. The amber vase is from the Target Dollar aisle and the marble obelisk I'm obsessed with is a lucky score from tjmaxx  #colddeadfingers. The hooks were a favorite find of mine- I was seriously considering shelling out $18 a piece for these hooks from Anthropologie when I found these from Hobby Lobby for $5 each. They seriously look identical.  

-We went from this...
to this!

I still can't believe it! 

-The color is brewster grey from Benjamin Moore- its the color of our old master bedroom and its one of my favorite colors eva. 

- The light got hung! We did the same ones we DIY'd in our kitchen (this post has the info about the DIY- and lots of before pictures of the kitchen too!) I did have a little bit of a freakout moment about the lighting because the flush mount is filtered and doesn't give out a ton of light. I wanted filtered because the ceilings are so low I felt like exposed bright bulbs would be too harsh. Sooo we ordered a couple sconces for the walls which I had been wanting in here anyhow so #winwin. 

- This is a peek at one of my favorite DIY's in progress- I'll report back once its finished!

-So this next week is all about shelving and countertops. Luke has been working on cutting out the butcher block and we got the boards for the shelves so hopefully I'll have a good progress report next week. Also I've been posting details and the progress of a lot of our projects on instagram and insta stories so feel free to follow along (acreativedayblog). 

One Room Challenge / the laundry room week 2

I'm back for week 2 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. For more details about what the One Room Challenge is and an introduction to our makeover space, our laundry room, check out my post from week one here.

This week I'm all about the details. I'm breaking down our plan for this space and trying not to get too impatient about getting it all done. Wish me luck ha. 
Here is the view of the right side of the room. As I talked about in the first week, we have been living with this unfinished space for over a year and I am SO EXCITED that we will have four walls in here soon! #itsthelittlethings

We are planning on sheetrocking the wall behind the fridge and running a few extra studs so we can attach a couple of (towel?) bars across that wall. I tend to not dry a lot of clothes so it would be nice to have some racks to hang them all so they don't all have to hang over our kitchen chairs. 

Where you see the old pantry shelves we are going to close in the old shelves because I don't love super deep shelves in a pantry since its hard to reach the back. We are going to build some sort of wood shelves in this space and I can't wait to have my pantry supplies in here! 

Simple farmhouse trim will close in that hole that is open to the crawlspace below. #yikes

I've been testing paint colors but I kinda want to wait to make the final decision until the new light fixture is up. We are getting rid of the florescent that is in there now and I know  that in the soft lighting the paint samples will read differently. 

We are building a butcher block countertop for over the washer/dryer. Can't wait to be able to fold my laundry without losing it down to neverneverland, aka the space behind the dryer. We bought an extra butcher block countertop last year when we did our kitchen so its just been sitting in the guest bedroom for a year taunting me. 

I'm always looking for a place to put Rowan (our golden retriever) when people come over so we thought we would build a DIY dutch door so we can put Rowan in here and she can still see out but be contained. We found a door at our local salvage yard for $15 (score) so if we mess it up we haven't put much into it. 

Also the electrical panel needs to be hidden since its old and the door fell off years ago. I'm working on a really fun DIY so I'll keep you updated. 

We have a tight schedule to get all this done-just four more weeks until the reveal! We are starting on sheetrock and hoping to get some electrical and painting done this weekend since the final trim work and the details seem to take forever. Check back next week to see what progress we have made- and I'll be sharing peeks on instagram so follow me there if you like that kind of stuff (acreativedayblog).