Laundry Room Makeover in 1918 Farmhouse
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When we bought our house almost 17 years ago it was only 1 1/2 years old. Sadly it was not in the best of shape when we bought it. Over the years we have updated it, fixed things that broke, all the things you do to your home. Then there is my entry way laundry room. This is not a room I spend "quality" time in. I have mostly ignored it, done a few things here and there to better organize it, etc. You can see more of my crazy creations here
If you have a Sharpie, a wall, and a love for shiplap- check out this tutorial!This project is great for a wall that doesn't get close attention or that people stand a few feet away from.My laundry room/space (a closet in our bathroom) needed a makeover. My first idea was to try out some stick-on subway tiles on the whole back wall, but this $0 option was obviously the winner. After all, I'm the only one spending any time here!
We completed this project about 2 years ago and it occurred to me that I never put a post together on it… better late than never, right? I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, this project did take some time, but wasn’t overly complicated. We started with a pretty standard (and ugly) laundry room.
When I walk around Dollar Tree and see random items that I can create with, it makes me super excited to get home and get crafty! For $3.00, I picked up a wreath form and two garlands then used some supplies from my stash to create a Patriotic Garland Wreath DIY project. Perfect for the Fourth of July and the rest of the year. I like to show my spirit for all things red, white, and blue by keeping up some decorations year-round. It also helps me remember the brave men and women who have made us the Home of the Free because of the Brave.
Every good room makeover needs a before, right? Well this is the before in our case. Recently our last baby bird left the nest, so we are officially empty nesters. Which meant I could move our small guest room and turn it into a proper guest room
Since I don't have another vintage trailer to re-do (yet), I gotta have SOMETHING to make over! I last changed the bathroom scheme two years ago, so it was overdue for an update. I wanted a shabby farmhouse feel, so I grabbed some things I already had on hand, made a couple runs to Home Depot and Ikea, and slapped on some paint and hardware. Done!
The company I've worked for the past 24 years has had their doors closed for the past 14 months, due to the pandemic. I had been trying to think up ways to earn extra money until we [fingers crossed] re-open! I have a fairly large assortment of tools (I’m an avid hobby DIYer) so I thought maybe I could find items on marketplace for a great deal and either upcycle or repurpose them for resale/profit.I recently picked up four free dining chairs on marketplace. And given that anything patio related are hot ticket items for the spring season, I came up with a plan to repurpose them into patio furniture.
Full disclosure: This build was sponsored by Concrete Countertop Solutions. All opinions contained in this post and the associated video are my own.Have you seen the price of wood lately?! That’s a stupid question. Of course, you have. Due to the soaring cost of lumber, I decided to build this outdoor with the goal of using no wood at all.
I’m always talking about how much painting I knew I would have to do when we purchased our current home. It was builder beige EVERYwhere. And what wasn’t builder beige was just not quite right (but that’s a story for another post).One of the 1st rooms that really needed a change was the family room since we’d spend the most time in there. Here’s what it looked like when we viewed the house for the 1st time. It needs a lot – color, a fireplace makeover, better functionality (I’m really not a fan of niches – this designer’s nightmare).
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
Have you struggled to find the best method to clean your glass mirrors and windows without streaking?I have a simple solution for you.IT IS TRULY THE BEST SOLUTION!Our patios get filthy from the construction constantly happening on the property.In order to keep the patios clean, I often need to hose the dirt off the flagstone.This leaves me with water droplets and dirt covered doors and glass.The cleaning solution I use quickly brings all the glass and mirrors back to perfection.Supplies2 cups water1/4 cup white vinegar1/4 cup rubbing alcohol1 T corn starchSpray bottleSeveral lint free microfiber clothsDirectionsPlace all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.Shake well.Remove any heavy dirt or grime off the windows using water (especially if outside) so that you don’t have to change out your dirty cloths as much.Next, spray the windows liberally with the mixture in the spray bottle.Using a lint free cloth, wipe the windows down.If the cloth becomes dirty, switch to a clean cloth.Allow your glass surfaces/windows/doors to dry.Your glass and windows will be the cleanest they have ever been.You probably have all of these supplies already on hand. After you use my method to clean your mirrors and windows one time, I highly doubt you will ever buy another bottle of Windex again.
On another one of my thrifting trips to Second Chance Thrift Store, which seems to be daily lately. I found this super cute little tray, it was plain and boring but I had an idea! Right before I stopped at the thrift store I was at Ocean State Job Lots (a discount store here on the East Coast) and I found these Patriotic paper placemats, it had 4 different Patriotic designs. I had never even heard of such a thing, how did I not know about paper placemats?! They are so fun and can be used for so many things! Did you know about them? I knew that I wanted to add one of these placemats to my thrifted tray! Let’s get started on this DIY thrifted flag tray!
Creating a hanging basket filled with zonal geraniums accented with Diamond Frost is easier than you might think! Let me show you how!While I was back in Illinois earlier this month, I made a visit to my favorite Amish greenhouse. I couldn’t resist purchasing a few zonal geraniums & a couple of pots of Proven Winners Diamond Frost! I thought they would be perfect potted up as a hanging basket as a hostess gift for one of my childhood friends.
I make lots of DIY signs for my home. But when you are squeezed for wall space, it's really nice if those signs can actually DO something other than just look pretty, am I right?In some cases, I'll create signs on top of bulletin boards because that's useful! Or add hooks to hang things.But this round, I wanted to create a way to hide some woodworking tools in the kitchen behind some art...Here's the pretty fix, that's MUCH more productive!
I didn’t intend to start this project. I am in the middle of so many others, but I am afflicted or gifted, depending on how you look at it, with trasho-distracto-imagination-disorder.
This is an off the wall type project; but it's fun and unique! I have had this wood ladder for a while now. Originally, I painted it and added wood planks as shelves, to create a ladder shelf of sorts. Over the years, the ladder has just been sitting in a corner; but an idea came to me! Why not create a fun piece of decor that's different and not your typical "shelf."That's when I decided a hanging basket plant and some old suitcases could really help turn this old ladder into something fun!
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
I am so excited to share these DIY hexagon shelves that I’ve been in love with & have seen all over the internet but anything I could buy wasn’t deep enough for me. I wanted to be able to stick 6″ pots into each nook, so I came up with the idea of these oversized hexagon shelves so I’d have an excuse to buy more plants! LOL
There is something timeless about a scroll. It doesn't matter if it's displaying words, a phrase, or a print, I just love them. Canvas scrolls can be expensive, depending what you're looking for. I found an easy and inexpensive way to create your own!Using a roll of brown wrapping paper, a print of your choice, and some crafting tools, you can create your own customized paper scroll for your home.
Have you struggled with how to clean your patio cushions? I have got you covered.Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner.That means lots and lots of time on the outdoor patio.Who wants to sit on a dirty, mildewed patio cushion?Not me!And, I don’t want to buy new cushions either.We have had our outdoor patio furniture for 4 years. I love our patio set. However, it is constantly covered in dirt and grime because we live in a constant construction zone.One day, in the near future, there will be an end to this construction. But, I will not be buying new patio furniture.And, right now, on the weekends when the construction equipment is parked, we still love to sit on the patio - in spite of the filth.But, I still don’t want to sit in the filth.Here is the method I have found to clean my cushions that I have found to work fabulously! Even on white cushions. My method will also get rid of any pollen and mildew. And, it will help delay mildew build up if your cushions sit directly out in the elements. The best part - I am betting you already have most of the supplies needed on hand.Supplies5 gallon bucket1/2 cup granular Tide1/2 cup BoraxWater1/2 cup vinegarLint free rag or clothwater hose with jet spray nozzleDirectionsPlace the Tide, Borax, and vinegar in the 5 gallon bucket.Add the vinegar.Using your water hose, gently fill the bucket with water. (You do not have to be exact).The mixture will foam up so don’t turn the water on full blast.Using a lint free rag, sponge the mixture onto your cushions and pillows liberally.Use a scrub brush to work on any stains.After generously soaking the entire cushion, place them in the sun for 15 minutes.After the first 15 minutes, flip them and repeat the process for another 15 minutes.Next, turn your hose sprayer to jet and spray the cushions with water until no suds run out.Flip the cushions on their side, zipper side down and allow the cushions to dry completely. It should not take more than an hour or two for them to dry on a sunny day.You are now ready to enjoy your just like new patio cushions the entire season.
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
How to make a DIY Hydrangea and Twig Flower Project is a step by step tutorial that will teach you how you can easily make one for your home. It makes a beautiful centerpiece and the project includes some foraging, thrifting and good ole DIY.Supplies for Hydrangea & Twig ProjectI was able to forage all my twigs because we have a River Birch tree that drops stems like crazy. The glass cylinder container, placemat and grapevine wreaths were all thrift store finds, so this project was inexpensive.Tall Glass Cylinder shaped vase at least 10-12 inches high.TwigsSomething to cover the glass vase with. I found some used placemats that were perfect for the project. You could use craft paper or felt if necessary.3 Grapevine wreaths approx. the diameter of the glass cylinder or slightly largerFaux Hydrangeas approx. 7Faux Twig stemStyrofoamHot glue
If you love this project, grab your quick start DIY guide & subscribe to our blog!Who’s ready for a furniture flip? We’re going to teach you how to repair wood furniture while transform a wood vintage desk. This chalk paint desk turns out so good!The best time to repair damage on wood furniture is before painting.BEFORE PICTURE
They must have been MASSIVELY mass produced. These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.