Transformation Tuesday: Breakfast Room Progress

I got a lot accomplished last week in my ongoing home transformation. So far my husband has been a good sport so I hope that continues for the rest of the year as I tackle a new room each month!

I have a full time job so most of the activity is done after dinner each night. Last week’s evenings looked like this:

  • Monday: removed everything so we could paint
  • Tuesday: taped the trim
  • Wednesday: patched the holes and sanded
  • Thursday: painted the first coat of Jersey Cream
  • Friday: painted the second coat of Jersey Cream

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After the painting was complete, I measured all the windows and sewed the valances. Since the back of my valances can be seen from the deck, I had to line them to prevent fading and unsightly views. I used a wonderful tutorial from Kelly at View Along the Way.  The original tutorial is for drapes but the instructions and photos are super easy to follow and I simply adjusted the length to make a valance instead.

Once the valances were sewn, Eric hung “L” brackets and cut 1x4s to use as toppers.

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We used a staple gun to attach the valance to the 1×4 then simply slid on top of the bracket.

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The final result is awesome but I am saving photos for next week’s big reveal!

 

Transformation Tuesday: Laundry Room Before

The start of my 12 month home transformation begins today with the Laundry Room! To begin, let’s share the good, bad, and ugly.

The good: Cabinets! Since there are already two fairly large cabinets above the washer and dryer which are in pretty decent shape, I don’t have to invest in building or buying more.

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The bad: Too much stuff and no organization. The laundry room is right off the breakfast room and is a pass through to the den upstairs so no door to close or way to rearrange where the washer and dryer are located.

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The ugly: We had a water leak in the wall two years ago and the plumber had to cut the sheet rock to repair the pipes. Obviously nothing has been done to patch the wall and dust loves to congregate there!

 

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The plan: Turn this dungeon into a laundry oasis by removing all the unnecessary items, patching the sheet rock, stripping the wallpaper, painting or stenciling the walls, rearranging the cabinets and setting up useful storage

The budget: $150.00

The timetable: January 1-31

Wish me luck!