I am so excited to be sharing a little more of the laundry room overhaul today. I have already checked off my to do list the installing of upper cabinets, we put in new tile on the floor. Now it is about creating the magic organization station I have been speaking of. Well first let me just say, this corner of the laundry room has gone through big time changes, ones that I will be sharing really soon.
The space as is would not be enough to have our three kid’s be able to utilize the organization station. We are going to do some movie magic here on the blog though and skip this step for now. I wanted to show you some progress, so today is about making some homework organization happen for this nook.
Here is what I used
I got three wall organizers from Goodwill. They were silver. I spray painted them white. Once that was done this is what I did to make them feel more fun and fancy. I am all about fancy here.
Lay out the paper, using very professional weights. Yes, my pro tip is to use a 4 year old’s shoe, a toy helicopter and a vase. These are necessary steps to insure this project is done right! No, really this paper was all rolled up and I could not get it to sit flat. You do what you have to do.
You also do what you have to do to get the tutorial pictures. This was all done one handed while I held my big camera and took pictures with the other hand. Like I said, you do what you have to do. Getting back to the project, and not focusing on my awesome DIY picture taking skills, trace along the wall organizer.
Once you have the front and sides traced, cut them out.
I used double sided tape that I purchased from a craft store.
Pulling the tape out and lining it up to the length of one side. I did this so I could cut it and then attach the tape to the interior side.
The tape had one side already stuck. All of the red tape is the other sticky side, just without the adhesive off. Once I had all sides with tape on it I took the other side of the sticky tape off. Allowing the sticky portion to be on top. Did that make sense? This is a sticky situation….
The above picture is actually with the sticky side up and uncovered. It is transparent. “Ohh” and “ahh” with me on this invisible tape. It is like a crafting invisibility cloak!
Lay the paper down on the tape. Be sure to line it up as much as possible before you have the paper come in contact with the tape. It will stick right away and the paper will rip if you try to move it. Not that I know from experience or anything…… I did one side at a time to make sure it all worked out.
All sides are taped in, lined up, and ready to help the homework organizer have some chevron patterned fun. Which, let’s be honest is really important. You need fun patterns to help in homework organizing. Just look at Pinterest, you will see my point. It is a decorating must!
I had to do some trimming of the paper on a few of the wall organizers. I cut a little more than was needed. It is always possible to cut more than fix something that you cut too much of.
Lining up the wall organizer on the wall and marking where you want them to hang.
I just used a standard screw driver. Because of what we put on the wall (which I will reveal later, ignore the obvious board and batten pattern on the wall) a wall anchor was not needed to keep this attached to the wall.
It is done! I now have three wonderful spots for my kid’s homework, library books and folders to go. I was going to add a name plate, but decided I liked the simple look of the chevron pattern with the mesh metal organizer.
The wall color in the laundry room is a fun and bright turquoise. I got rid of almost all of that color in this corner because of the organization station. So I went with this color and pattern to tie in the wall color in the rest of the space. It also popped enough to be seen through the mesh nicely.
If you are wondering why there is not wide shots of this, it is because there is a lot of new things added to this space. I am being a major tease right now. I have finally made some headway with this space and want to show it all to you. But, there is a ton of tutorials, how to’s and ideas packed in this small nook. I want to make sure it all get’s shared at the right time. Also, I like to throw around my authority. My kids seem to think they don’t have to listen to me so I am forcing it here on the blog. I will share it all when I want to! Probably more later this week and another big-ish reveal next week. I am not holding out for too long. I have to keep you intrigued, not bored. I have had you wait long enough for some action when it comes to this laundry room overhaul. The organization station is officially ready for it’s public debut. Look for the next few weeks to see it all revealed!
Eek! I am so excited to be having this area done and being put to use. It has not helped my kids keep things clean. I think they are allergic to clean and organized, they may break out in hives or something. They now have a designated space for the clutter to go. The shoes are still piled up, the coats are still out of control, the library books are still being returned late. But, the chaos has a place. Next week I will be sharing and revealing even more of this. I will give you a clue… it involves coats, hooks, and paint. Talk amongst yourselves and see if you can crack my probably too obvious clue.
Did I reveal too much in the above picture? Are your kid’s allergic to organization like mine? What is something you are working on or would like to improve upon in your home that will hopefully help the clutter?