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

Ikea Malm Makeover

My current goal is to complete projects only using supplies I have on hand. This is allowing me to complete some unfinished projects and also save money on new projects. Recently I made over my Ikea Malm dresser and Billy bookshelf using leftover paint and primer.

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Malm Dresser

 Billy book shelf

Billy book shelf

My blond spare room furniture is from my university days and although it is in good shape it is dated and could use a facelift. I got rid of the bed frame with a similar blonde wood headboard recently when my parents gave me their queen size frame. I have an old door sitting in my garage that I have planned to use as a headboard (stay tuned).       

When painting laminate furniture with regular paint you have to prime it first. Typically, I use chalk paint so that I can avoid this step all together but priming allows you to use any paint which provides more colour options. In this case, I had Behr Poppyseed on hand from my master bedroom accent wall. I also used this last weekend to complete some DIY wall art. I used a small roller to apply the primer and then two coats of paint.

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I sealed the dresser and drawers using Varathane Chrystal Clear Polyurethane which I had on hand from my chalk paint kitchen makeover. I purchased this which is meant for floors because it is very durable which is awesome in a high traffic area like the kitchen. Having done more research since completing my kitchen makeover, I would have used polycrylic instead as my white cupboards have yellowed slightly in some areas, despite the polyurethane claiming that it is "non yellowing". I applied it using a regular bristle brush. Had I of used chalk paint on this piece, I still would have sealed it with poly rather than wax. I am finding that a lot of my furniture made over with chalk paint and finished with wax is scuffing or becoming discolored. Poly creates a much more durable barrier and protects furniture better. Again, polyacrylic is recommended over polyurethane but it's what I had on hand :)

I found these vintage knobs at Homesense for $20 for 8. I used two on the linen closet of our downstairs bathroom makeover and the remaining 6 I added to the dresser drawers.

 I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I also primed and painted my bookshelf white. I had Behr Ultra White semi gloss on hand which has more of a sheen than I wanted for furniture but I plan to distress it to match the bed side table. I also plan to add some barn board or stained wood to the back for an added look and stability of the shelf.

 always fun to change up shelf décor !

always fun to change up shelf décor !

Another piece I painted is this side table in my office/2nd spare room. I had painted it previously using Annie Sloan Graphite but decided to freshen it up and give it some colour using Annie Sloan Duck Egg. I distressed it heavily with 120 grit sandpaper and really love the look of the black showing through. I sealed it using Annie Sloan clear wax, all products I had on hand of course :)

Both of my spare rooms were freshly painted and have gotten a few décor additions over the last 2 years but recently I have been itching to switch them up a bit more. I am planning to change out some of the décor and wall art to achieve the fresh look I am going for and the furniture makeovers will help achieve this.

Jess xx

DIY Chevron Wood Arrows

Welcome to DIY project #2 I didn't plan on completing but had the itch in between wedding decorating to-do's.

I see these chevron wood arrows all over my fav instagram feeds and on Pinterest so I decided to make a few of my own. I had a couple of 2x4s hanging out in the garage that were intended to make a frame for a full length mirror. Unfortunately, the said mirror made it's way into the trash but I'm NOT blaming anyone (cough, TK, cough).

I headed to my rents with my 2x4s in tow to use their miter saw. I made a 45 degree angled cut at the end of my board, then measured 12 inches from this point and marked with my pencil where I made my second angled cut. I measured 12 inches again from this corner and cut and now I had two pieces of angled wood that I placed together to form an arrow. I completed this several more times to get two more arrows of the same size.

I headed home and sanded all of my pieces down with my electric palm sander. I used wood glue along where the two boards met and used my staple gun on the back. I also used clamps while the glue dried.

 I made two smaller arrows as well with leftover pieces.

I made two smaller arrows as well with leftover pieces.

Now I was ready to stain and paint. I applied Minwax dark walnut to two of the arrows and Mixwax classic grey to the other. I applied my stain with cloths and wiped off the excess. I planned to paint the two of the arrows but wanted the stain to show through once distressed. I let these dry overnight and then applied two coats of Country Chic chalk paint in 'Fresh Mustard" to one arrow and Behr ultra white semi gloss I had on hand to the other. This was my first time using Country Chic chalk paint and it was a free sample I got for simply "Liking" their Facebook page. I picked it up from New Vintage Chic, a retailer in Lambeth, ON along with a small sample of 'Hurricane' that the owner kindly gave me. I loved the quaint shop and will definitely be back!

Once my paint was dry, I used 80 grit sandpaper to distress both arrows heavily, allowing the dark walnut to show through. I attached small brackets to the backs of each of the arrows in order to hang them and that's it!!

I had the wood, stain and paint on hand as well as the materials used to attach and hang them so this was a free project that didn't take much time to complete. Can't beat that :) I am already thinking of making a few more to hang above the bed in the spare bedroom. Stay tuned!

Jess xx