Create Bulletin board

Anyone else have a hard time adjusting to the time change this weekend? I am dragging this morning! Remind me why we are still doing this?

Anyways…despite the slow start this morning, we made some great progress on our HUGE remodeling project and we are getting so close to being FINISHED! Unfortunately all the little things take a lot of time and patience to finish up.  But we are getting so close. 

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Today I wanted to share with you a little bulletin board that I got up in my new office. It has been so nice to have everything in one spot, right where I need it.  I wanted a spot to be able to display some fun memories and also tack up some inspiration.

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I simply found frame that I liked that was on sale (50% off) at Hobby Lobby and painted it white and then distressed with sand paper.  Then I found some cork board out of an old thrift store frame and cut it down to the right size. 

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I painted the cork board white since I didn’t want it to look like cork board.  All I did was roll the cork board with my white paint that I used to paint the frame with. It took 3 coats to get it to the whiteness that I wanted.

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Then I made a simple CREATE banner.  For some reason I couldn’t get the pattern correct with the squares and triangles.  Ha ha!  I must have been tired or something.  But I actually like that there is NO pattern to the banner.  I must admit that normally I would automatically go for the square-triangle-square-triangle pattern as I am a very traditional and uniform person.  When I was a kid I would ALWAYS color the barn red!  But I like that it is a bit off.  Seems to be a bit more “creative” that way. 

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Anyways…I am waiting to finish up a couple of more things in the office before I reveal the whole thing to you.  I have to paint the ceiling and a few other small things before it can finally get checked off of the list!

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Hair Tool Storage Cabinet

I FINALLY got a second to sit down and write up this post.  Sorry to leave you hanging about what exactly was hidden behind this Bathroom Towel Rack Cabinet door.  Many of you guessed there was a laundry chute inside.  Oh how awesome that would be…I had one growing up in my parents house and though we DID use it for laundry, it was also used by us kids for many other devious purposes…hehe!  But, unfortunately my laundry room is on the opposite end of the house so it would have to be quite the chute to get the laundry to the laundry room and I am sure that more than just a sock might get lost in there.

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So, the next best option for me was to create my very own personal Hair tool Storage Cabinet.  I do love my curling iron…when I actually don’t have my hair in a pony tail *ahem*!  And…I have three girls…enough said!

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So that means I spend a little bit of time doing hair on Sunday mornings and before school (when they cooperate). And even though my girls have THEIR OWN bathroom, they tend to gather in our Master Bathroom. Can any of you relate?

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We simply made a “box” that contained three sides.  We left one side off the back so that we could tuck all the cords behind it to keep them from being seen all strewn about in the cabinet.  We also left a small gap in the back so that the cords could fall down behind the box shelf.

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Then we placed the box into the bottom of the cabinet.  This becomes the base that we screwed the hair tool station onto.

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We ordered this hair organizing station online.

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Directly behind our customized towel rack, was an electrical outlet.  We wanted to be able to utilize this without having the electrical cords showing so we did what any normal person would do…

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We took (and by we…I mean “the hunky Mr. Idea Room”) drilled some holes in the back of the cabinet so that we could cut out the cabinet directly where the electrical outlet was.

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After the 4 “pilot” holes were drilled Mr. Idea Room took his jigsaw and cut out a small rectangle to expose the outlet to the inside of the cabinet.  Then we placed our electrical strip inside so we had plenty of spots for all of our hair appliances.

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I LOVE it!  I love being able to turn on the curling iron or flat iron and let them heat up and not be cluttering up the counter top.  They are hidden AND out of the way.  Just the way this momma likes to have things that she uses on a daily basis. 

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Maybe it will help with the clutter…Haha…Here’s to hoping!

And…to answer your questions…you can find all of the following here:

Update Builder Grade Cabinets with finial feet.

Painting Bathroom cabinets white tutorial.

The yellow rug was painted by me…Painted Rug tutorial!

DIY Trumeau Mirror (not pictured)

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

Original Customized Towel Rack post.

Towels are from Anhropologie.

Hair Appliance Tool Holder purchased here.

 

What do you think? If you had a cabinet like this what would you like to store in there?

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customized towel rack

I am so excited to finally have this customized towel rack finished! This towel rack has been brewing in my head for several months…long before we had repainted and done some updates to our Master Bathroom. 

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The previous owners of our home had updated this Master Bedroom from its original 1980’s state.  They covered almost every wall space in this space with white tile (that has a slight gray undertone to it).  It is not my first choice but hey…at least it wasn’t pink or some other outdated color right?! 

We do not have the time, funds or desire to pull all that tile down and fix it up so we are trying to do our best to work with what we have.  And…in all honesty…there really is nothing wrong with it…and with my new towel rack, I actually don’t mind all the white tile.

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The towel rack was drilled right through the tile and was an ugly combo of gold and silver…which I was not a huge fan of.  I wanted to be able to add some color to the walls too.  So we drew up a design and planned out something that would fit perfectly in our space.

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I was asked to participate in Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge for the month of February and the challenge was bathrooms.  I was excited to be able to finally be able to get this project started…AND FINISHED!! And since I practically do most of my home improvement shopping at Lowe’s anyways…it was perfect.

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We spent some time browsing the aisles of molding at Lowes and decided to go with a more simple design to fit the overall look of our existing bathroom vanity.  I happened to already have an old cabinet door that I had picked up from Habitat Restore back in the summer with two of my friends Becca and Char.  I used this for the main cabinet in the base of the rack.

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We also made it so that the cabinet door actually swings open.  And I have a fun little surprise inside that I can’t wait to share with you in a later post.

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I am thinking of adding a little bit of a subtle gray pattern to the inside of of the towel rack (the flat area where the towels hang) to give it a little more personality and color but still have not quite decided about that.  For now I will leave it white while I think about that.

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We did not have a lot of room in that spot since the vanity was there and we still needed to be able to allow for two people to stand there and get ready in the mornings.  So we made the towel rack tall and skinny to fit our available space and to still be able to provide some functionality.

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I will be sharing with you soon a tutorial so that if you are interested in building something similar in your home you will be able too.  I am really happy with how it turned out…but am most excited about the little secret it is hiding inside…Smile!! (Good things come to those who wait). 

Thanks to Lowe’s for helping us get motivated to get this project done! You can find Lowe’s Creative Ideas on FB for more great ideas.  They also have a Lowe’s Creative Ideas blog…and you might recognize one or more faces there now…Smile

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Be sure to come back and I will share with you exactly what was used and how we built it.  Want to know how we updated other areas of this bathroom?

Update Builder Grade Cabinets

Painted Rug

DIY Trumeau Mirror

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

 

*Disclosure—Lowes provided me with a gift card to purchase supplies for this towel rack.

However all opinions are mine.

Linking up here:

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progress…

Some of you may have noticed I have been a little bit absent here and on the internet the past few weeks. That is because we have been so busy tearing out and putting back together the flooring in the kitchen and our new office.

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I wanted to share a bit of our progress and where we are at right now.  My office is mostly finished.  I am just sharing a little sneak peak today but hopefully plan on getting all the small details finished up here soon so I can share the full reveal with you.  I am loving it so far.

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My cabinets were finally delivered to be installed almost 3 weeks ago.  Then when the guy came to install them he discovered that they were built 3 inches TOO TALL!!!  What?!  He was the one who came out and did the measure (twice). I saw the measurements that he sent in to the cabinet shop…but somewhere the numbers were entered wrong.  So….We had to wait another week for the cabinets to be rebuilt.

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{love the curtains but took them back for some different ones which look much better in there now…}

This was good news to the girls who got to keep their dance studio a week longer.  Why is there a fan in the room?  Well first it was out because the new toilet we installed had an invisible hairline crack in it and was slowly leaking onto our newly laid wood floor….gah! But then it became one of the girls “props” to blow their hair back whilst dancing :)….Who doesn’t need one of those while dancing? Ha Ha

I shared one of my daughters dancing in the “dance studio” here.

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The cabinets finally got put in and I couldn’t be happier with all my storage space.  Here is my old office space.   I had a few other closets in the house where I had some of my sewing supplies and material and my office supplies…not to mention all my craft STUFF!  So it is nice to have it ALL. IN. ONE. SPOT!

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{we threw those pants in the fire last weekend…}

Most of my stuff has now been transferred except for a few loose ends here and there…but we are making progress people!  We put all the moldings back onto the wall and repainted everything.  I have to repaint the ceiling (not my favorite) but we are getting so close!

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And….did I mention the dust?  Yikes!  I knew it was going to be messy…but I never imagined it would be THIS messy…and it is EVERYWHERE!  Maybe that is why I have been sick off and on for the last 6 weeks or so.

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The floors are now finished and I am in LOVE! I will be sharing those later.  I have never been more happy to be on the downhill side of such a huge undertaking.  But I am liking where we are heading.  Hoping to be able to share some more updates soon. 

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paint your cabinets

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I have had several people email me and ask me about my painted cabinets.  So today I thought I would share with your how we painted ours so that YOU can paint your cabinets.  But, I must first start off with a disclaimer.  We are by NO means professionals.  We asked our local Lowe’s stores and their helpful employees several questions and did some research before deciding to paint them. 

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The cabinets in our home were 30+ years old and had a bit of wear and tear to them.  A lot of the finish had been worn off and some had some big knicks and dents in them.  So for us this was a good choice to give them new life and to update our home to our own personal style.  Not to mention a lot cheaper alternative than buying new cabinets.

Here are the steps we took:

1.  Tape off any areas that might get paint on them that you don’t want paint on.  For example a wall right next to the cabinets or the floor along the bottom and even inside the cabinet doors if you are not painting the insides.  We LOVE frog tape at our house.  It has worked a lot better at getting crisp lines as opposed to the blue painters tape.

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2.  Remove cupboard doors.  This is probably not necessary.  But since we wanted them to come out nice and smooth without any drips, we removed them. 

2. Lightly sand the doors to remove any rough spots.  If there are any nicks or dents you can fill them with wood filler or plastic wood.  Just something that is paintable. 

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Then wipe them down with a damp cloth and some denatured alcohol and be sure you have removed all of the excess dust.

3.  Paint all areas you want covered with paint first with a primer/sealer.  Painting with a primer will make it so that the paint will stick to the cupboards and will cover up any areas that you may have needed to add some putty or wood filler.  We like Glidden’s Gripper Grey.  But there are a lot of different options available.

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We paint in the creases and the smaller areas and around the edges with a paint brush.  My personal favorite paint brushes are the Purdy XL Glide.  I usually use a 2 inch brush for cabinets.  I really believe having a good brush is the key to having a smooth paint finish.

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For the flat, larger areas of the cabinets I like to use a small foam roller.  This leaves a nice and smooth finish as well.  This is KEY too!!  We like Quali-Tech Ultra Smooth High Density Foam.

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4.  Paint your cabinets with your favorite semi gloss enamel paint like Valspar’s.  Some people like to use a high gloss paint and that is fine too.  We just prefer the finished look of the semi gloss.  I feel it to be a bit richer.

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You will need at least two coats.  Be sure to allow proper drying time between each coat.  I wait at least 4 hours between coats.  Check on your paint can for specific drying times.  I always check and double check for any drips as I am painting.  Nothing worse than having to go back and sand a drip off.  Sometimes in the creases of your cabinet door you will have to go back and do a touch up third coat.

I like to paint on top of paint cans.  {Please disregard the lack of painting tarp…Ha.  Always a good idea to use one}.  I paint one side first and let it dry completely before turning it over to paint the other side.  After paint is still wet you will also want to check the other side of the cabinet door so there are not drips on the other side as well.

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updating builder grade bathroom cabinets

We recently updated our Master Bathroom by making a few simple changes.  I have shared a few of the changes in some past posts as it is a work in progress.  We are almost to the point where we can officially add it to the “finished project list”.  But still have a few little things to work on.  And if any of you have ever done a little remodeling, you know how long it can take to get to some of them.  Today I want to share with you how we went about updating builder grade cabinets.

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This is was a really easy addition that really made a the regular old cabinets feel a bit more upscale.  We simply added a couple of finial feet to the base of the cabinets.  That is it.

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I love how they instantly give the cabinet a much more expensive look. 

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We simply purchased a couple of the finial wood accents at Lowe’s who had a pretty good selection with different styles and sizes.  They cost $5.98 each.  A lot cheaper than those expensive custom cabinets.

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We removed the screws because we did not want to screw them in.  These finial pieces were a little bit too short…so we simply took a couple of pieces of scrap wood and cut them into squares so that they fit perfectly on top of the base of the circle and then under the cabinet.  Then we glued them to the big circle with Gorilla Wood Glue.

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After the glue was completely dry, we painted it the same color as the cabinets (which we painted as well…I will share how we did that later this week as I have had several questions from some of you).

We had to paint two coats to cover it completely.  Then we simply glued them into place.  Then we added a touch of white painter’s caulk to fill any cracks.  You can also touch up any paint if needed where the new finial foot attaches to the base of your cabinet.

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Here is the cabinet BEFORE we added the finial feet…

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And here is the cabinet AFTER adding the finial pieces.

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A pretty simple addition that can dress up and update your older cabinets.  They look and feel like new cabinets.

If you are interested in seeing some of the past posts for some of the other changes we made to this bathroom you might want to check out the following posts.

Painted Rug

DIY Trumeau Mirror

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

(We framed in the mirrors  in our Master Bedroom and also our Girls Bathroom…the tutorial is for the Girls Bathroom but it is the same process.)

And for those who may be interested, the paint color on the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray.

What do you think?

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Oh…and one more thing!  I am participating in a fun Valentines’ Week Long Party with some other bloggers:

Hoosier Homemade

The Shabby Creek Cottage

The Paper Cupcake

and the…

Nest of Posies

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Today is the first day of a week long of fun Valentine’s Day Posts, food, gift ideas and some great giveaways.  Be sure to head on over to Hoosier Homemade today.  Liz is sharing her amazing recipe for Pink Lemonade Pie!  Stay tuned for all the other fun!

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organizational boards

So…still on the laundry room theme here…sorry about that. I promise I will change it up here soon so as not to bore you to tears! We updated our family organizational boards here recently.  I shared with you earlier this family work station that has really worked well to keep me on top (ha…ya right!) of all that comes with raising five kids. You can see that post here:

Kids Organizing Bulletin Boards

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I wanted to style it up a bit and make it look like an actual piece of “furniture.” But I could not have it stick out from the wall as the outside door opens right into it.  (see the black door mat?) So we added a few more changes to it.  I tried to show on the picture below what pieces we used to create this bulletin board.  It is really pretty easy and you can make it to your own tastes as well.  Here is what we used:

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I will not share the lengths we used unless some of you would like the exact specifics.  Just leave a comment and I would be happy to add some edits to this post.  I figured since every one will have different wall dimensions and kids, etc, you would have to come up with something that will work for you.  This picture should be able to help you visualize it better.

After we added all of our molding and MDF pieces with nails (we always use nails rather than glue…just in case we ever want to take it down), we caulked all the seams with painters caulk.  After it had time to dry properly we sanded any areas that needed it.  Then we painted it with our white trim paint in a semi-gloss finish.

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I also wanted to add some magnetic days of the week for each child to help us to organize their individual schedules.

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I printed up some 1 inch circles with the days of the week on them and printed them onto some magnetic paper using my Xyron machine. ( You can always save those restaurant magnets and Mod Podge them onto there too).

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Then printed up some of the kids activities on strips of magnet paper too.  Such as piano lessons, soccer, ballet, basketball and so on.  We also are including things at school like PE days (so we wear the right shoes), library and computer days so we don’t forget to turn in our keyboarding homework or library books *ahem*!

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This wall is right at the front of my laundry/mud room as you walk in a side door of our home.  So this is the door my kids use when they get home.  It also happens to be the door all of my friends and family enter my home as well.  So this room NEEDS to stay clean…ha…whatever.

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In theory…the kids are supposed to come home and put up papers and assignments on their boards (which each have been labeled with their names) and then hang up their coats and backpacks…MOST of the time they are pretty good and only need “gentle” reminders here and there.

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But for me it has really cut down on a lot of the searching and chaos of the early morning rush or the evening homework routine.  It was really pretty easy to make and wasn’t that expensive.  We were able to use a lot of scraps we had on hand, but my estimates for this project would be about $50 depending on the hardware (hooks) you bought.

If you were to ask me which DIY project has been the most useful to me as a mom…hands down…this would be it.

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how to build a closet shelf

Thanks everyone for sharing you thoughts on what to do in our laundry room.  I got some really great advice and have some ideas brewing in my head.  You are the best! Are you getting sick of me posting about my Laundry Room? I hope not because today I am going to share with you how to build a closet shelf…or in our case a shelf in the larger locker we were able to create from a side panel.image

This locker was just empty inside and so even though we could store some things in there, it was not very organized or efficient.  There was a lot of wasted space.  So we decided to build a few shelves in there.  The estimated cost for us was about $35.

We needed our shelf to be 5 feet tall and about 17.5 inches wide to fit into our space. You will need to determine the size that will work for your space.

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You will need the following (in your determined sizes and lengths):

  • 2 white melamine boards (8 feet long x 15 7/8 wide x 3/4 inch thick)
  • 2 white 6 foot sections of 2.5 inch wide shelving board (particle board)
  • Nails (just to secure glued pieces in place)
  • Hammer (nail gun)
  • Wood glue
  • Hand Held Circular Saw
  • *Handy Dandy Worker guy optional

1. Measure and mark the locations of where you would like your shelves to be located in your closet or space. Be sure to take into account the thickness of your shelves. Our melamine board were 3/4 inch thick so we made sure to lower the side support down 3/4 of an inch so the shelf would sit exactly at the height we wanted it to be.

2. Use your circular saw (not pictured) and cut your side supports. We cut our tall side boards (vertical) 5 feet. The side supports were cut to 13.5 inches. And the shelves were cut to 16 inches. The top shelf was 17.5 inches as we attached it to the tops of both of the side pieces. We also added some side supports under the top shelf to give it more stability and support.

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3. Originally we were going to add an additional support along the back of the shelf, so we added some spacing on the back of the support to allow for that…but ended up not doing so. You can just run your support sides all the way to the back of the side panel if you don’t plan of the back supports.

4.  Glue your side supports into place and then add a couple of well placed nails to secure the wood so it can dry and get a good seal.

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We secured the right side panel by drilling screws into the other side of the locker.  We did not place our shelf across the full width of the closet as we wanted to leave a small space to store our ironing board.

Now screw your shelves into place with a thin line of wood glue and a couple of well placed finishing nails.

Caulk all of your seams with a painters caulk.  Then do any sanding if needed and then add some paint to any area you feel needs it.  We just painted the wood colored sides of the shelf supports but didn’t worry about painting the rest…(cause we were tired!)

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That’s it! Now we have some more storage space.  I actually use this as MY personal storage area.  It is now a great place to store my shoes and my church and gym bags, etc.  It is so nice to have them all in one spot now.

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Some of you asked about what we actually store in the other lockers…There are seven lockers…one for each person in our family. Each person has their own locker to store their coats, some shoes, hats, gloves, etc. Items that they need to grab as they are headed out the door. They aren’t always pretty inside…ha ha…but with the doors shut, no one is the wiser.

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to paint or not to paint…

Thanks so much for your input on my laundry room post a couple of days ago about whether or not to keep the cabinets in this room black or white.  Today I am going to share with you some more insight as to WHY we have gone back and forth on what to do.

Directly across from the washer and dryer we have a row of lockers.  When we first moved into our home there was a long harvest yellow counter top with some drawers underneath along this wall.  It just was a spot that collected…everything.  So we took it out and put it in the garage and use it now for a work area.  My husband did the financial books for a fitness gym and when they moved into a new building they got rid of all their old lockers…which we were lucky enough to snag some of.  You can see them in their original glory here.

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In that older post I also shared that the lockers did not extend along that whole wall.  But we were able to take the side panel of the lockers and turn it into a locker door to give us one more larger locker.  And it happened to fit the excess space perfectly.

(Before)

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Well, I didn’t love the color of the lockers and they were a bit beat up considering they were part of the boys locker room…(yes…I did scrub and sanitize them)!  We finally patched them up and painted them white.  We also got rid of the original hardware and added some “cuter” handles.  And I LOVE them.  But now you can see my dilemma…if I paint the cupboards on the other side of the room white…is that too much white?

(After)

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If I painted the lockers black that (for me) would definitely have been too much black.  So we tried to integrate the two…But I am still unsure about it.  Maybe we should paint the cabinets over the washer and dryer white? And then leave the cabinets under the sink black along with the shelf that is hanging over the sink black too.

I am planning on putting some color in this room as well…maybe some blue or yellow…so it is not so blah…

Lots of questions right? ha ha! What do you think? What would you do?

I would really love some input as I really am struggling with this one.  Thanks so much! You guys are the best!

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build washer and dryer platform

Back in October my husband and I decided to finally build a washer and dryer platform (pedestal) for our front loading washer and dryer.  When we initially go them we decided against purchasing the matching pedestals that came with them because they didn’t quite fit into the space we had and we didn’t want to move the cabinets above them up.  So we decided we would plan to build our own.  A year later, we finally got around to it.

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And then I decided to finally repaint the laundry room with a cleaner feeling, fresh coat of paint.  Want to see what the laundry room looked like before? You can see the before pictures on this older Laundry Room post.  We made a few more changes in here that I will share with you later.

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Here is how we made our pedestal.  You can make one similar to ours but remember to make sure to get your measurements and adjust them for your particular washer and dryer and room constraints. We used the following items:

Three 8 foot long 2 x 10’s

One 4 foot x 8 foot piece of 3/4 inch plywood

Decorative molding

1/4 inch MDF board cut into 2 inch strips 

2 pieces of decorative corner molding (located in the molding aisle at Lowe’s)

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First we measured the width and depth of our washer and dryer and then added two inches to each length so the completed pedestal would have one inch of excess on the front and each side of the machines.

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We wanted our pedestal to be a height of 12 inches so we used 2×10’s as our main construction. We made a rectangle with the 2×10’s and then added two more cross beams close to middle to support the middle of the pedestal.  We tried to place these so that they sat under the feet of our washer and dryer to add additional support.

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We drilled pilot holes for the screws so that the wood would not split at the ends.  We used screws to make the rectangle and then to attach the two middle supports.

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To attach the plywood top which you will have cut to fit your rectangle exactly, take some wood glue (we love Gorilla Wood Glue) and add it to all the tops of your base.

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We used some finishing nails around the top edges of the frame where the cross support beams were and along the sides and front to provide a tight fit and seal for the glue to hold it all together.

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Then we cut and attached some 2 inch strips of MDF board around the front and sides to add a little bit of interest and style to the platform.

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I forgot to take a picture of it in the building process,  but you can see where we added it in the pictures below.  We also added some decorative corner molding to the two front sides and a 2 inch strip of MDF down the front center of the pedestal too.

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Use wood putty and painter’s caulk to fill any and all seams and nail holes.  Let the putty dry and then completely sand all edges and surfaces until smooth. We primed it with Kilz Primer and then finally painted it with two coats of our favorite white semi-gloss paint.

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The hard part was maneuvering it into place because it was such a beast.  But we managed.  Then to get the washer and dryer onto it without damaging it, we placed the washer and dryer onto a towel on top of the pedestal.  This allowed us to push them back without scratching the top.  Then we simply tilted the machines and pulled the towel out from under it. We decided against adding some storage space in our pedestal simply because we are fortunate enough to have a room with plenty of storage.  So adding drawers or cubby holes could be an option if you need more storage space.  Phew! I hope I explained that well enough for you to understand.  Please leave a comment if you need further clarification and I will be happy to try and answer your questions.

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(*Hubs looking good in his painting/work clothes…same reason I am NOT pictured…ha ha!) It turned out pretty nicely don’t you think? And…it is a solid piece of furniture. I have to admit…I was a bit worried about the amount of weight it would be required to hold and withstand….but it is completely solid. And the machines don’t move at all when they are both running.

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I can’t wait to share the other small changes we made to this room and will share the full reveal here soon! Okay…Now I have a question for you…we are debating whether or not to keep the cabinets black or to paint them white? What do you think?

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