Transformation Tuesday: Laundry Room Reveal

At long last, I’m excited to show you my new laundry room in all its glory!

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For such a small space, it took us an entire month to finally finish due to my ever changing ideas. The final result is exactly what I hoped for. On the left wall there are hooks for spare keys, dog leashes and aprons along with a framed vintage Springmaid advertisement and sassy quote.

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On the far wall is a framed collection of 1951 Tide detergent ads and another vintage Springmaid advertisement. My husband and I have a running joke about Ward and June Cleaver so I surprised him with the Tide ads. Since he does the majority of the laundry, the role reversal was quite funny!

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I didn’t change the cabinets on the back wall as they were still in good shape but Eric added a couple of shelves to hold extra rolls of paper towels and my grocery bags. He also added a rod to hang clothes since we removed the large rolling hanger cart that once was used.

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I also found a graphic black and white rug to liven up the brown linoleum and I think it definitely finishes the room!

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My original budget was $150 so let’s see how I did against that.

  • Paint: $45 (Valspar from Lowes clearance bin and white Kilz)
  • Rug: $58 (Overstock find here)
  • Beadboard: $80 (Home Depot similar product here)
  • Artwork & Framing: $100 (Artwork found on Ebay, frames from Michaels)
  • Switch plate and Air Vent: $20 (Home Depot)
  • Shelving & Hanging Rod: Free leftovers from other projects

Total spent: $303

Well I obviously went over double my budget but I’m so happy with the results I would not change a single thing. Let’s compare the before and after shall we?

Hope you agree that the changes are definitely for the better!

Thankful Thursday #4: Volunteer Match

What I did to help others this week:volunteer match

I discovered the organization, Volunteer Match, which connects volunteers with organizations that need help. Using Volunteer Match is super easy. You simply sign up (which is free) then filter the thousands of opportunities by either zip code if you want to volunteer locally or by category.

My first project was to make cheerful pillowcases for Hospice patients with CareCHOICES.

For this opportunity, I used the keyword “sewing” to find this need in California. The organization displays a short paragraph outlining their need and you click the “I want to volunteer button”. Volunteer Match then sends the organization a message confirming there is an interested volunteer and the organization will contact you via email.

The lady I corresponded with at CareCHOICES was lovely and I was able to whip up 8 pillowcases in no time!

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This week I am most thankful for:

Living in the south where the weather is somewhat warmer! Much of the US is under blizzard conditions and while it isn’t summer weather, we do have 50+ degree weather right now. I think that is a heat wave compared to the northeast!

Transformation Tuesday: Breakfast Room Before

I know you were probably expecting to see my laundry room reveal but there a few finishing touches I must see to first. In the meantime, I thought I would share my February project, the Breakfast Room.

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The good: Paint color! This room along with the kitchen AND my sewing room are painted this lovely yellow, Jersey Cream, from Sherwin Williams. After a LOT of painting in the laundry room, I’m happy to note there won’t be much, if any, required for this room.

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The bad: My storage cabinets. The cabinets themselves are in great shape and include very deep shelves but the organization is seriously lacking. I never can find what I need without standing on a chair or pulling everything out.

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The ugly: My desk. When I gutted the kitchen and breakfast room five years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to include a desk in this area so I could do all my bill paying, recipe planning, and grocery list making in one spot. As you can see, this area is a catch all for stuff instead!

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The plan: Organize the storage cabinets, reduce the clutter and make the desk a usable space by upgrading the internet connection.

The budget: $100

The timetable: February 1-28

Thankful Thursday #3: Project Pouch

What I did to help others this week:

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare got such an outpouring of support from the recent request for koala mittens that they also requested pouch liners for animal babies orphaned from the same wildfires that affected the koalas.  The Australian division of IFAW works with care givers to treat all sorts of animals so this week I made and sent 12 liners to help with the recovery effort.

This week I am most thankful for:

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The PBS show Downton Abbey. I know it may seem strange to be thankful for a television show but with so much trashy reality shows on these days, it is nice to look forward to an interesting show that is still tasteful. The costumes are wonderful and the writing is excellent. If only more shows were like Downton Abbey, I might actually watch more tv!

Transformation Tuesday: Laundry Room Progress

I won’t lie. This is a LOT of work.

What started out as, “Oh, I think I want to clean up the laundry room” ended up more like, “Let’s remodel Mt. Rushmore!”

The room is small and my initial plan was to simply pretty it up and reduce the clutter by organizing the space better. I do feel my plan was accomplished and now I don’t mind having the laundry room out in the open for all my guests to see.

As a reminder, here is how my laundry room looked before:

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Laundry Room Makeover in Progress:

The first order of business was removing the yucky popcorn ceiling and stripping the wallpaper. The popcorn ceiling removal was messy but not too hard to do. I poured some hot water into a paint tray and rolled a heavy layer onto the ceiling. After about 10 minutes, I simply took a putty knife and scraped the gunk off. The ceiling is not completely smooth but the texture is gone. I added a layer of Kilz white primer and called it a day.

The wallpaper, however, was another story. Even after scoring it and wiping the walls down with a TON of water and wallpaper stripper, the paper would not come off. I ended up having to peel the color layer off first and repeat the whole process for the backing layer. What should have been a 2 hour job ended up closer to 6! My sweet daddy ended up helping with the final layer as I was fed up with it.

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Once we finally removed all the wallpaper and wiped down the walls, it was time for patching. Remember the hole behind my washer from the plumbing repairs? Well that is gone along will all the myriad of holes from various hooks and dings. Instead of having a dated red check and cloud blue wallpaper, I brought in a fresh new color.

 

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I used Valspar paint from the Lowe’s clearance bin. It was originally a rose color that I thought would be close but after my dad did an entire day of painting, I realized it was just too pink so I fiddled with it by adding a bit of white and yellow I had leftover from other projects to make it more coral. The second coat ended up exactly what I wanted.

As is typical for me, I then decided the paint was just too much coral so I found some mdf bead board at Home Depot and ordered enough to wrap the bottom half of the walls. Eric cut it to length then we installed it using a nail gun. This type of bead board comes pre-primed so a single coat of white paint was all I needed.

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I’m hoping to finish up some shelving, the lighting, and decorating by next week so I can move on to my next project!

Thankful Thursday #2: Koala Mittens

What I did to help others this week:

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent out a plea for mittens to assist in the koala’s recovery from recent wildfires in Australia.  The IFAW works to protect animals around the world and is specifically working with doctors and care givers to provide cotton mittens that will be used over the dressings on koala’s injured paws. Since one of my hobbies is sewing, I had lots of scraps from previous projects available to use. I made and sent 22 mittens to help with their healing effort and to honor my daughter, Caitlin, who turned 22 on Tuesday. If you would like to help, check out this article for details and a pattern.

This week I am most thankful for:

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My sweet daughter Caitlin. I’m so grateful to see what a beautiful person she turned into. Caitlin was a preemie and only weighed 2.1lbs at birth. After 73 days in the NICU she was able to come home and has been a ball of energy ever since!

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Transformation Tuesday: Fitbit & Fitness

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As part of my plan to transform myself, I got a Fitbit Flex during the Black Friday sales back in November. I wear it everyday and managed to increase my daily steps to 5000+ steps per day. My January goal is to reach 7500+ steps per day by the end of the month. Half way in and I’m happy to report this week’s average was 6500!

If you don’t have a Fitbit or some other tracking device, I highly recommend them. I primarily work at a computer all day so the Fitbit is an easy way to keep me motivated. There are a couple of sites I also use to score points good for discounts and free items.

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards that you can link your Fitbit to and earn points for walking and weigh in. If you have an AARP card that is linked to your Walgreens account you earn double points too!

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Sears also has a program called Fit Studio that gives you points for working out, walking, completing challenges and being active and having a your Shop Your Way card. The points are good for use at Kmart, Lands End, and Sears.

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I have to admit that though I really want to get healthier, it is super hard for me to stay motivated. Having these little incentives along the way definitely help. Below are the things I’ve gotten either free or mostly free since I started using my Fitbit and having it connected to the these programs. Not too shabby!

  1. Panini maker from Walgreens
  2. Easter dress from Lands End
  3. Paint rollers from Kmart
  4. Fabric storage bins from Kmart
  5. Wireless mouse from Sears