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  

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.

Malm Dresser

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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PRIMED

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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

Downstairs Bathroom Makeover

It's been a few weeks since completing our downstairs bathroom makeover and I am finally sharing the details. While I was on my painting kick, this bathroom was next on my list. Big surprise, it was beige and it had to go!! It also had some awesome glass wall attachments that I was so happy to say bye-bye to!

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I started by removing all of the above mentioned wall attachments and the old hollywood light above the mirror. I patched the holes and painted the ceiling and all of the trim while the patches dried. I sanded down the patched holes and wiped the walls with a damp cloth to get rid of the drywall dust. I taped off my freshly painted trim and was finally ready to paint!!

 I chose Behr Dark Ash which is a navy/grey colour. I decided to go dark for this bathroom despite it being in the basement as it gets a good amount of natural light and felt open enough to handle the dark wall colour. It also tied in well with the floor accent colour and the grey toilet and sink. I applied my first coat and then went back and did touch ups in the areas that needed it. My application of painters tape must not have been very good because I did encounter some bleeding onto my freshly painted trim in some spots. I went back with a small craft paint brush to touch things up.

My favourite part of this entire makeover are the DIY floating shelves. I was a bit intimidated by this project but decided to bite the bullet and completed them 100% on my own! I followed this tutorial but decided to make my shelves smaller for the space so they are 24" instead of 36". I was able to build these for only $12 all together! Home Depot had 1x6 boards that were pre-cut and on sale for only $0.90 each. I stained my shelves using Minwax Espresso. TK helped me hang the shelves and he loves the look of them. They are both functional and great for decorating!

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.

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I bought our new faucet on sale at Lowe's and had TK install it. I love the old school feel of it!

I also replaced the knobs on the linen closet with these awesome vintage styled onces I got from Homesense. They have packages of 4 for only $6 so I grabbed two of them and plan to use the remaining ones for a dresser makeover. Usually for this style of knob they are like $6 a piece or more so I was pumped to find them for $1.50 each.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I also made a frame for the builder's mirror using 1x2s we had in the garage. You can check out my tutorial for framing a builder's mirror here. The only difference for this frame is that I didn't do 45 degree angle cuts. I kept things simple and just butted the straight edges up to the other piece of wood. I used a combo of wood glue on the ends and staples on the back. For added support I added the L braces and I liked the gold accent so I put them on the front. I tried a white washed look for the wood completed by staining the wood first using Minwax Espresso then applying some white chalk paint over top with a practically dry paint brush. I sanded the entire frame once the paint was dry.  I struggled to hang this mirror using command strips like I did for my upstairs bathroom. I then tried liquid nails and tape but this also didn't work and I was left scraping glue off the mirror for an hour. Ultimately, I used two small picture hanging nails at the bottom of the frame to provide support and applied a bit of hot glue to the mirror and pressed the frame against it. Fingers crossed it doesn't comes crashing down at some point.

I picked up a few accessories to complete the look of the bathroom including the rustic hook used as a towel holder from James Street Home Décor. I also grabbed a new hand towel, apothecary soap and small gold picture frame from Homesense. The rest are items I had on hand.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

I painted the existing toilet paper holder using Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added a clear coat to avoid getting chipped from it's frequent use :) I made the window valence awhile back and never documented how I made it but here is a tutorial for a similar window treatment.

 I bought a new wall light from Ikea for above the sink which I installed myself again :) I haven't been loving the look of the brushed nickel so I have decided I am going to take it down and give it a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to match the toilet paper holder. I also replaced the 80's ceiling light with a simple (cheap) flush mount from Home Depot. At some point I will get around to giving the doors a fresh coat of white paint, change the door knob and maybe add some decorative trim to the hollow door to give it a little life. I also need to build a frame for my full length mirror but SOMEONE threw it away. I had taken the frame off and left it in the garage in preparation to build a new frame but TK thought that it was meant for the dump. He also threw away my perfectly good bath mats that I had removed when Poppy was itty bitty as she was chewing on them. I was planning to return them to their home on the bathroom floor now that she has grown out of the nibbling stage. Guess I will buy new ones :)

Despite the trash donations, I spent only $150 on this entire makeover. This included the paint, wood, new lighting, faucet and accessories! Not bad if I do say so myself !! This along with my main floor updates have totally satisfied my need for home improvements I was craving all summer. Things are getting hella busy with Christmas right around the corner and my sister's winter wedding. I plan to hold off on any further painting and projects until the new year so that I can relax and enjoy Christmas vacation!!

'Tis the Season!

Jess xx