I wanted to thank all of you who voted for my Laundry Room Makeover on Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014! Seriously I can’t tell you how much your support means to me and how awesome it makes me feel! Because of your support our Laundry room had the most votes in it’s “Cool” division and the second most votes of all of the entries, pretty impressive right?! So you would think I would be in the running for the Grand Prize, but sadly I’m not… they actually have a panel of judges that choose the finalist from the categories… not a really democratic way to run a contest but to each his own.. I guess I’m just a little bummed (and confused) about it!
I wanted to do more than just complain to you guys I promise, I wanted to share with you this quick crafting project I worked on. I pulled out the sewing machine this past Saturday and sewed some Fall pillow covers for the sunroom. I decided to make envelope enclosure pillows and found this tutorial here for them. They were SUPER easy to make and will allow me to quickly and easily change my pillow covers for the season. I had the perfect Fall fabric on hand so this was not only a pretty quick project but it was cheap too!
I sewed pillows for both sides of the sunroom sofa and “my” chair, I loved the colors in the fabrics and how they turned out but they just looked a little BLAH for me, see what I mean…
I decided to embellish them a little… I made some felt flowers (using hot glue and strips of felt, see basic tutorial I found here) and some black velvet ribbon I attached with fabric glue. Much better right, but still not quite right…
I decided I wanted a “S” on each of the plaid pillows. So I printed a “S” from Word onto a thicker piece of paper (to make cutting easier) and then cut it out. I fused together some black flannel fabric and Wonder Under Transfer Web with a hot iron. Then I placed the “S” cutout on the fabric and traced around it with white chalk (so I could see the line) and then cutout the “S”.
I then removed the backing of the Wonder Under (exposing the glue) and placed the “S” on the pillow. I then covered it with parchment paper and ironed it onto the pillow cover. The “S” is now permanently fused to the flannel pillow cover!
So much cuter than the plain pillows before I think!
I had never made felt flowers before so I am very pleased with how they turned out and I only burnt my hand with the stupid hot glue ONCE, but once was enough let me tell you!
This is “my” seat in the sunroom, I love to sit there and look out at the back yard and the tree’s.
I posted the picture below on my Instagram account yesterday, so much fun making all of these, I don’t craft / sew as often as I should…
I hope you enjoyed my little pillow tutorial! I still have my sewing machine out because next I have to tackle some making some Roman Shades.. fun fun!!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
So we REALLY are making a HUGE mess in the basement, lots of dust and tools, but I couldn’t be happier! We finished painting over the awful faux finish wall treatment and are in the process of updating the built-in entertainment area. Just so you know I wanted to hire someone to paint the basement because it was a lot and I just wanted it done, but with a price quote of $1,300 not including paint I decided to put on my big girl panties and get it done (with a lot of help from my Super Awesome Hubby too!) I wanted to share with you the progress of the TV wall though, as I am super thrilled with how it’s coming along.
This is what the basement built-in entertainment area looked like just before we moved in. While some of you might possibly think the walls look good, trust me, in person they were pretty bad. These are really nice built-ins however, but that TV area was made for one of those mack daddy TV’s, you remember the SUPER deep ones? All of the wires you see sticking out of the wall are for the cable and the surround sound.
Removing the deep TV built-in and the narrow cabinet beside it was no picnic let me tell you! They built them in place so the backs of the cabinets were actually the drywall part of the wall. The long holes you see snaking along the top of the wall near the ceiling are where we ran the speaker wire up so that we could install the in wall speakers here. We also moved the electric outlets and finished out the wires in the wall for a cleaner look.
The speakers came with a template that we traced around and then cutout the drywall to house the units.
We have installed this same V-groove wood planks on this wall as we have in the girl’s bathroom and the laundry room. First and most importantly it covers up all of the holes we made in the drywall, but also it will provide a nice background texture for what we are planning to do…
I hope everyone knows you can get your primer tinted for free right? I had my Kilz tinted as dark gray as possible to help with the final coat.
My SAH and I designed this cabinet to hold all of our components under the TV. We used our handy Kreg Jig to help with this project!
Ok, so this is where we finished up this weekend. Are you digging the black wall or is it just a tad too much for you? I think this will be the perfect backdrop for the TV and some decorative items on the shelves.
I will finish priming and painting it this week so the only thing that will be left to do is find a TV for this spot… and let me tell you my Hubby is SO looking forward to that part of the project!
Ideally he wants something this BIG, but we’ll see (excuse the crude Photoshop mock up). It’s a very large area and can hold an 80” TV. In case you were wondering about the scale of this area it’s 12’ wide by 10’ tall. This potential TV is why we removed the skinny built in, gotta have as much TV space as possible for watching football right?!
So it’s coming along slowly, but I have to blame that on the weather. It’s been so gorgeous here in Louisville, KY recently that I have been doing as much outside as I can… pretty soon winter will be here and I will be stuck inside then anyway!
I hope you all are having beautiful Fall weather too! Thanks so much for stopping by…
Until next time!
Hey all! I just got some pretty fantastic news that I wanted to share with you! Do you remember my laundry room makeover?
Well I’m super excited to say it has been chosen for Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014 contest!
As you can tell it is a room FULL of color! I would LOVE it if you could take the time to hop over to Apartment Therapy and vote for me! It’s easy just click on this link http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/susans-color-happiness-room-room-for-color-2014-208591 and vote by clicking on the red button below the pictures that says “FAVORITED”, the deadline is Oct. 3rd!
Thanks so much for all of you wonderful comments on the original post, they REALLY mean a lot to me!
Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by to check out my daughter’s bedroom makeover! My daughter (Brie) is 12, so I think she is a year shy of being a “teenager”, but she sure does act like one so that’s the category I’m going to put her in I also put her in the pain in the butt category from time to time too… just sayin’…
As you may (or may not) know we moved from my hometown of Richmond, VA to Louisville, KY almost a year ago. It was a hard move on us all, but “poor” Brie had JUST had her bedroom updated in Richmond and she kept saying how she missed it (among other things). Even though it has taken us almost a year to get to her new bedroom, I think the wait was worth it!
Just to let you know we did all of updates while she was spending time with her Grandmother back in Virginia. She was gone for about a month () so we had plenty of time to get it done… plus it was a whole lot easier to just do it without the interference… if you know what I mean. We also did a super cool update on her closet that you can checkout here if you want to see it.
This was her room before we moved in. It is a nice big room, good carpet, lots of light, but again with the beige on beige on beige! I think the owners painted most of the rooms this before putting it on the market…
We painted both the inside of her closet and her room with Benjamin Moore Galt Blue. It’s a pretty almost Tiffany like blue.
Here it is the AFTER
The bed is “new”, you can checkout the post on the restoration of it here, but pretty much everything else we had. Well, the cardboard ram head is new and it’s one of Brie’s favorite pieces she says! The vintage doors I updated for her last room and are very special to me, I also think they’re pretty cool!
I bought the the “S” pillows from Etsy and made the mum’s pillow myself. The bedding is from Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond and the duvet cover is reversible. I would have had it showing the grey and white chevron side, but Brie is NOT a fan of the grey so I have to sneak it in where I can… I seriously don’t know what is wrong with that child
When Brie and I were discussing her room makeover she had said she wanted a chalkboard… Do you think this one is big enough for her?
I bought the ART letters from Joanne Fabrics, they were originally plain cardboard and updated them with some different mediums to give them some interest. The wire is actually a curtain holder from Ikea that we had never installed. Seriously this works so perfectly to hang photos and pictures with the little clips! As she gets older we can take down the “ART” letters and make this a cool place for friends to leave notes, she’s soooo into this!
I had this vintage seed packet holder in storage that now functions perfectly to hold her drawing supplies.
We added the curtain over the vanity doorway because this area freaks her out at night. So she closes these every night and it solves the problem. We had these curtains in her last room so all I did was paint the rod coral. I also painted her vintage plant stand coral to bring in some smaller punches of coral around the room.
All of the furniture she had, but I did embellish some white Ikea curtains with the same mums fabric I used for the pillow and the valance in the closet.
I love this window seat we made for her last room and it has a perfect place in her new room. I made a couple of little throw pillows for her in case she ever decides to sit on it…
She is still using her vintage store shelving. If it were up to me all of this “crap” would be tucked away hidden somewhere, but she likes to see all of her stuff! I don’t know why because she is quite a messy girl, but this is her room so see it she will!
Just in case you’re interested, she LOVES her new room and closet!! She and her sister have been having fun drawing on the chalkboard and they both went gaga over her new closet! She also said she likes her new room better than her last room which is a big WIN for me!
So that’s are latest finished room in the house. We are currently working on the laundry room, but I am having a hard time deciding on new countertops… I may have to share our progress to get some suggestions!
Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing Brie’s room makeover! I would love to hear what you think about it!
Until next time…
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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took the opportunity to work on updating our laundry room, so it was a working holiday weekend for us, which is ok especially since I’m thrilled with how it is progressing. While it’s not finished yet, I wanted to share with you our progress.
We started out with this… a white on white on beige laundry room, it was very dull, except for my new Dash & Albert rug that is!
The attic access is in here, I had already replaced the string with an eye hook so at least the string was not hanging down annoyingly all of the time, also check out where they decided to move the first light fixture to… over the cabinets, what a brilliant idea!
The other side of the room has a fabulously HUGE folding table, but again with the wire shelving… UGH!
Our first step was to remove the upper cabinets, pretty easy, we first removed all of the doors and shelves to make them lighter, then just a few screws to remove and they were down. It made a significant difference in the feel of the room with these gone.
We decided to keep only one cabinet and we relocated it to the other side of the room where we had just removed the wire shelving and countertop.
We added a piece to the top of the cabinet in order to attach molding and we also added some beadboard planks to the side to finish it off.
We removed the sink and countertop from the base cabinets as well.
Now the fun part! Onto the V-groove planking. It’s not hard to install (see the girls’ bathroom update here for more details) just time consuming.
We primed all of the boards with Kilz to ensure that there would be no knot bleed through down the road. After priming I caulked the edges and corners before applying the final paint color.
The color we chose for the planks is Benjamin Moore Barely Teal #2048-70, it’s a very pretty pale blue (I don’t see any teal in it personally). We chose to use the Pearl finish, which is a sheen between Eggshell & Satin, it’s just perfect!
Here is where we are today. We replaced the light over the sink with a new pendant light, all of the planking is up and painted and even the ceiling got a fresh coat of paint. The cabinets I painted with a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (50/50 Provence and Florence) which is a beautiful Teal color, waxed and buffed. We still need to make a final decision on the countertop here, but the sink and faucet are already here.
On this side of the room (which now feels HUGE with the countertop gone) we still need to make and install the new (narrower) countertop. Also, we are waiting on the new light fixture to come in so we can replace the old one. The light changes in here are pretty awesome I think.
We are hiring someone to install the wallpaper, I know it’s not much to do but I just don’t want to do it… so I am hoping he can get to it this week. We are using this FABULOUS Amy Butler print wallpaper. It has just a tiny bit of chartreuse which helps tie in the rug, but it has so much movement in the print I ADORE it! Since we are only wallpapering 26 inches it won’t overpower the room, but it will give help bring some fun into this room for sure!
So that’s all I have so far to share, I hope to have some more progress to share with you soon!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
WHEW! Brie’s closet is done! And I absolutely ADORE it!
If you remember this is what we started with, builder basic closet, original paint from 12 years ago, wire shelving… check out more detailed before information in my post here.
This is the beautiful AFTER! The color is Benjamin Moore Galt Blue #CW-560, it looks very Tiffany blue in most light.
I’m LOVING the way it is organized with the new closet panels from EasyCloset… and yes the clothes are color coded and sorted by type, it just makes it so much easier to find what you need!
She still how plenty of space left for more clothes, not necessary now but you never know!
I spray painted this organizer gold to coordinate with the whole color scheme she has going on.
My favorite part is this area is for her shoes and accessories!
I had this bookcase in storage so I just painted it white and added the grass cloth wallpaper to the back, a pretty easy update! It’s just perfect for her shoes and as you see I can add more shelves when/if she needs more space.
The picture rail was also in storage. I color matched the chrysanthemum on the vase to get the perfect coral color, it’s Benjamin Moore Claret Rose # 2008-20. I also added some cup hooks to the bottom to hang her necklaces and bracelets.
I added a picture of “the sisters”, this happens to be one of my favorites! My oldest daughter took them to a photographer and surprised me a couple of years ago with Mother’s Day photos! They were clearly having fun with the photo shoot!
These are yogurt jars that I just washed out and embellished, so easy and perfect for little earrings and rings!
The last thing I did was make this valance for the window. Maybe I should have lined it, but seriously it’s a closet… I think it adds a nice finishing touch!
I hope you like Brie’s closet makeover! We are finished painting her room but I am desperately trying to find bedding and a new bed for her… it is NOT going well! Anyway hope to share it with you soon! Brie is hanging with my mom until mid-July so I need to finish everything up by then, I’m hoping she LOVES it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time…
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