Laundry Room Makeover Part 1 - Demo + Prep

Lately it has seemed that my To Do list is always a mile long and that there are not enough hours in the day! I was taking a bit of a break from bigger projects and room makeovers and instead worked on completing some furniture painting/updating along with a few wood projects using materials I already had on hand.

Recently I decided to tackle making over my laundry room. I had originally planned to work on it this winter but then decided to hold off in an attempt to save some money and finish some smaller projects around the house. I knew I didn't want to spend a ton of money but wanted to be able to give this room a much needed update and fresh look. I have seen a ton of beautiful laundry room makeovers lately, especially those revealed recently for the #oneroomchallenge. This inspired me so much! Typically, I wouldn't really care too much about a basement laundry room, however our house has a walk out basement and the downstairs exit to the backyard is located in the laundry room. I couldn't stand the pink wall paper, burgundy carpet and dated laminate cabinets any longer!! 

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We don't have much carpet in the house and this was the only place that was wallpapered. Seriously, who wallpapers and carpets a basement laundry room? So one night, I decided to start demo-ing. I was really curious to see how easy or difficult pulling up the carpet was going to be so I moved the furniture and started at the corner. I had already started reading tutorials for removing carpet and glue from concrete to prepare it to paint. I was SOOOO happy to find out that there was barely any glue used other than at the door and under the washer and dryer.

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The trim was really what was holding the carpet in place so I quickly popped it off the walls (without even needing tools) and rolled the carpet up to take to the trash. This really got the ball rolling! Goodbye stinky old carpet, see ya never! To prep the floors for painting, I did not do everything that I had read in the tutorials. I had learned about removing carpet glue by applying lacquer thinner but since there was barely any glue, I skipped this all together. I was not concerned about the glue under the washer and dryer as it was probably 30 years old and therefore wasn't sticky any more, it just left a bumpy surface after the carpet was gone. Similarly by the door, there was a small section of glue but I knew there would always be a door mat here covering it so I decided to skip removing the glue all together. Call me lazy, but I wasn't going to waste time or money purchasing the lacquer thinner required and taking the time to remove something that wouldn't be showing anyways. This lady has got better things to do! The concrete floor had been painted prior to the carpet so there were some areas that were chipped. I used my palm sander to smooth these areas down and then swept and vacuumed, swept and vacuumed as best as I could. Then the floor was ready for paint!! I will be sharing all my paint details in another post :)

Removing the carpet and prepping the floors was pretty straight forward. The wallpaper was a bit more labour intensive. I remember peeling wallpaper as a kid growing up in a century home but had never done this on my own. Thankfully, only the upper halves of the walls were wallpapered and the bottom half was painted with a chair rail separating the two. Bizarre, right?! Anyways, I peeled the top layer off pretty easily, exposing the paper backing. I got a bucket of hot water with some vinegar and fabric softener added to it. I used a rag to saturate the paper backing with my hot water mixture. I did small sections at a time, getting the paper wet and waiting a few minutes. Then, I used my scraper and removed the paper from the walls. Some pieces came off extremely easily and in large sections. Some were more stubborn. I worked my way around the room until every bit of paper was gone. Then I got a new bucket of hot soapy water and wiped down the walls to remove any glue residue. I let this dry overnight before painting.

What the walls looked like after the wallpaper was removed and the walls were wiped down. 

What the walls looked like after the wallpaper was removed and the walls were wiped down. 

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In the midst of removing carpet and wallpaper, I also painted the laminate cabinets and spray painted the hardware. More details to come on this and my DIY chalk paint.

Cabinets after chalk paint, prior to distressing slightly and reattaching spray painted hardware.  Such a difference the white makes in brightening things up!!  

Cabinets after chalk paint, prior to distressing slightly and reattaching spray painted hardware.  Such a difference the white makes in brightening things up!!  

This is the hardware before spray paint  

This is the hardware before spray paint  

It was important with this project to work my way from the top to bottom. Since I would be painting the floors, I made sure that all the painting of the walls and cupboards was done prior to this step as I didn't want to spill or slop on my newly painted floors or destroy them with wallpaper glue.

If you follow me on Instagram, I have made references to my laundry room makeover the past few weeks but have yet to share any progress photos. I am really excited to share the entire thing once it is completed and styled!! I thought I would share the demo + prep process as this was a huge part of the project. Our house is just under 30 years old and was in good condition when we moved in 5+ years ago therefore we have never had to prep a space like I did for the laundry room. Some aspects were really fun and made me feel accomplished but it was also challenging and time consuming. I am so excited for this room to be done! Stay tuned for all the painting details and then the final reveal :)

Jess xx

Industrial inspired desk + wood top

While I was at Home Depot a few weeks ago purchasing wood for my dining room floating shelves, I also picked up some extra to replace my desktop. This metal desk was from my childhood bedroom, had a metal frame and glass top. I wanted to update it and give it an industrial look so I decided to replace the glass with wood and spray painted the bottom. Easy peasy.

I purchased (2) 1x6x8 and had them cut in half at the store to fit more easily in my car. Once I was home, I used my table saw to cut them down to 40inches. I sanded the ends using my palm sander. Then, I laid the wood down on the floor side by side forming my desk top. Rather than get technical and figure out a way to secure the top to the desk legs, I simply added 1x2s to fit snugly between the metal to keep the top in place. This also attached the wood slats together easily.

I used 1.5 inch wood screws to attach the 1x2s to the 1x6s, careful not to drill through the desk top. I stained the wood using Minwax Classic Grey that I had on hand. I applied the stain using a cloth and also used a bit of Annie Sloan's dark wax to finish it. In retrospect, I should have stained the boards beforehand as it was a little tricky to get in between them and ensure any unfinished wood wasn't peaking through.

I spray painted the bottom of the desk using Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Once it was dry, I placed the wood on top of the desk legs and it fit snugly and was held securely in place by the 1x2s underneath.

This was a really easy update for my desk that gave it the industrial feel that I wanted and updated my office space. And it only cost $6.30 in wood to create the new look. This small space rarely looks this clean as it often becomes a dumping group for half finished products and materials. I am making an effort to keep it more presentable :)

I have been working on a few new projects lately including making over my laundry room and stenciling my bathroom floor. Can't wait to share updates with you soon !!

Jess xx

DIY Hanging Shelf

 I have been on a bit of a kick with wood projects lately. Wood is so inexpensive and an easy way to create new décor or add to existing furniture for a new look.

After completing my DIY floating shelves and creating the wood top for my industrial style desk (details coming soon), I had lots of leftover pieces kicking around. I used a piece of 1x4 to create a simple hanging shelf for the spare bedroom.

This is a really easy project and therefore I finished it so quickly I didn't even take pics. It's pretty straight forward just by looking at it and I hope these instructions suffice :)

I took my 1x4 and used my largest size drill bit to drill 4 holes in each of the corners. I sanded the holes and then stained the wood using Minwax Provincial. I had rope on hand that I had bought from the dollar store that I used for my DIY farmhouse sign. Once the stain was dry, I cut two pieces of rope at the same length. I took the first piece of rope and threaded the ends though the holes on the back of the board and tied knots to keep it secured. Then I repeated this with the second piece of rope through the front two holes. I ensured the rope was even and decided to hang it from my anchor hook in my spare bedroom.

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Like I said, super easy wood project! So happy with how it turned out and because it was completed using leftover materials, it was free !! I am making two shelves in white for a family member's nursery for her baby girl due this summer which will be so sweet :)

Jess xx