Laundry Makeover Part 2 - Paint, Paint + More Paint

In my last post, I shared the demo and prep process for getting my laundry room ready to paint. In case you missed it, this required scraping wallpaper and removing carpet as well as lots of cleaning and prep to get the surfaces and space ready.

In the spirit of honesty, I will apologize now as the photos in the post are not the greatest. They were either snapped quickly in the process of painting or have poor lighting since the ceiling light is fluroescent drop lighting and lots were taken at night. Just keeping you informed :)

Anywhoo, my painting started with the dated laminated cabinets.

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I knew I wanted them to be white and I didn't want to waste any time priming the surfaces before painting so I decided to use chalk paint. I have talked about my love for chalk paint before since it adheres to any surface and you don't have to sand or prime prior to painting. My only complaint is the cost. So I decided to try making my own chalk paint for this project. I turned to Pinterest for directions and then headed to the hardware store for Plaster of Paris along with a gallon of the store brand (cheap) ultra white paint in flat. I used a red solo cup for mixing and sort of "wung" it  I put about an inch of Plaster of Paris in the bottom of my cup and then added some hot water and stirred well. Once I had a thick, smooth consistency, I added my white paint and again stirred well. I applied this to the cupboard doors using a combo of a bristle brush and a foam roller. I applied two coats, allowing the paint to dry in between. I sanded the doors lighter as chalk paint usually leaves a rougher texture and visible brush strokes.

I also spray painted the cabinet pulls with black spray paint for an updated look. I am really happy with the outcome of my DIY chalk paint and have a ton left for other projects. I am thrilled with the updated look of the cabinets and at this point of the project, was very excited to continue to see progress!! 

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Next, I painted the walls. I had half gallon of Behr Silver Drop on hand which I used for my main floor and entryway. I decided to use this for the walls (because I had it already and) because I wanted a light and airy grey. It was really easy painting the walls since the chair rail and trim had been removed so I really only had to cut in at the ceiling. Then I used a roller for the rest.

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I also painted the plumbing pipes that run from the ceiling to the laundry tub to camoflouge them a bit  

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I also had Behr ultra white semi gloss on hand so I put a fresh coat on all of the trim and chair rail which again was super easy since it was off the wall. I also painted the furnace/ hot water tank closet door and spray painted a spare set of pulls I had to match the cabinet hardware. 

    I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 

 

I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 

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Now that the cabinets, walls, doors and trim were all painted, it was time for the floor! I mentioned in my last post how it was important to work from the top to the bottom. This allowed me to be a bit careless about drips while painting the cabinets and walls since I would be painting the floor anyways. 

I did a bunch of research on painting concrete floors and ultimately decided to use Behr Porch and Patio paint in Slate Grey which is a pre-mixed colour. I could have chosen my own colour but I was already wanting grey with a slight charcoal/blue undertone and thought this would work well. 

I started by moving my washer, dryer and freezer out of the way and painted underneath each of them. I let this dry for about an hour and it seemed dry to the touch so I moved the appliances back into their place. I could have painted around them but they were easy to move and now the entire floor is painted. Painting a floor is literally the easiest thing ever!! I cut in with a brush but didn't have to be too careful since the trim wasn't attached. Then I dumped a small circle of paint on the floor and used by extendable roller to roll it out. I worked my way from one door to the other. Make sure you don't paint yourself into a corner! I turned my oscillating fan on and let this dry for about 2 hours. I was sooo pumped at how perfect it looked! It obviously isn't perfect when you really inspect it, but for a laundry room basement floor I would say it looks pretty awesome! I didn't even do a second coat because I was so happy with the results of the first! I did a few touch ups with a brush where the roller hadn't completely covered a spot or crack. I purchased a gallon but a quart would have sufficed. Now I have lots on hand should I need to repaint it.  

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I absolutely love how paint can transform a space like it did for this room!! Taking it from dark and dated to bright and fresh, it makes me so happy!! Although I did have some of the paint on hand when I started this makeover, I also purchased just over $100 worth of new paint for the cabinets, walls and floor with plenty leftover.

Paint for this Project;

DIY Chalk Paint for Cabinets

-Plaster of Paris 

-ultra white paint in Flat  

Wall Paint

-Behr Silver Drop in Eggshell  

Trim/ Chair Rail / Closet Door

-Behr Ultra White in Semi-Gloss 

Interior /Exterior Doors  

-Premier Door and Siding Paint in Lights Out  

Floor paint  

-Behr Porch and Patio Paint in Slate Grey  

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Im not quite ready for the full reveal as I have more details on styling as well as a few more DIY projects I did to complete the space. So excited for the room to be finished and to share some nicer pictures with you. But I'll save that for another post :) 

Jess xx  

Life Lately

If you follow me on Instagram, you have likely seen my recent posts apologizing for my absence from the blog. Our puppy, Poppy has been home for a month already and she has been the focus of ours lives lately. In addition to having an adorable and energetic pup to train and cuddle, I spent the end of May in Dubai celebrating my sister and her fiancée's engagement! Our trip was short but it was so amazing seeing the incredible sights of the middle east and meeting our new family. We can't wait to return to celebrate their wedding in the New Year!

Here are some snaps of what life has looked like lately and why projects and blogging have been pushed to the back burner;

 We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

 Dubai desert camels

Dubai desert camels

 View from outside the Burj Khalifa

View from outside the Burj Khalifa

 Sunset Palms

Sunset Palms

 I heart Dubai

I heart Dubai

 Poppy is 3 months old!!

Poppy is 3 months old!!

If vacation and a new puppy aren't excuse enough, living in a beach town on Lake Erie hasn't helped my productivity. With summer right around the corner, we have been taking advantage of the awesome weather enjoying walks in the village,  listening to live music on local patios and having friends and family over to our backyard. I also celebrated my 28th birthday at the beginning of June and we attended our first wedding of the season this past weekend.

 Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

 Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

This is my first year of blogging and I don't want to disappoint anyone but also have to maintain some sense of balance within my life. I already have a to do list a mile long for fall projects :) As the weather cools down come September, I will be itching to continue lots of my interior plans. Stay tuned for some upcoming 'Throwback Thursdays', small house projects and an update on our gardens. And cheers to the beginning of Summer!

Jess xx

Bringing Home Poppy + DIY Dog Bed

Some exciting news at our house-- we brought home our puppy last week!! Meet Poppy, our 10 week old cockapoo (cocker spaniel + poodle)
 

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We are beyond excited and soooo in love with her!! DIY and home projects have definitely taken a back seat to the new addition to our household. That being said, I wanted to share a DIY project I completed before Poppy's arrival. I stated picking up items for her to make her feel comfy at her new home- crate, dog bed, blankets, bowls, chew toys, etc. I decided to make a bed for inside of her crate which is what I am sharing with you today.

I purchased two blankets from Dollarama for my material and spent a whopping $4. I laid one blanket on the floor, pattern down and the second on top of it with the pattern facing up.

I used my fabric scissors to cut little tassels around the edges of the blankets. Pull the blankets taut ever once in awhile to ensure the edges are still lined up.

Once all of the tasssles are cut, tie the two pieces into a knot to fasten the edges together.

 Sorry for the bad lighting!

Sorry for the bad lighting!

I left one of the ends untied so that I could insert my stuffing from a spare pillow. Once filled, tie the remaining tassels.

Don't mind the lumpy appearance, since it is going in the crate it doesn't have to look perfect.

Simply untie the tassels and remove the stuffing to wash the fabric if any puppy accidents occur :). My little Poppy likes to chew on the tassels which we are trying to discourage.

In total, I spent $4 and about a half an hour cutting and tying. And, I think she likes it :)

Jess xx