Hi Friends, homers, decorating peeps, our housers… still working on the nickname for you lovely crew. I grew up in southern California where addressing a group as “hey guys” regardless of gender was the norm. Also the use of “shut-up and dude” was standard vocabulary. Here in the Midwest I get weird looks if I say “Hi guys” when addressing ladies. So my natural greeting hi guys is not ok on the inter-webs. I don’t want to lump together guys, ladies, and/or dudes. Now that I had that completely unimportant conversation with you guys (see, did it again) I am ready to talk all things Goodwill finds and project updates.
The above picture is on reveal day, the below picture is every other day. Still functional containing the mess, but a little less than perfect.
I share so much of my home with you, you would think by now I have run out of things to talk about. Have no fear, I have a ton of projects in the works. Some I introduced to you last year and have yet to complete. I am sure you have seen the organization station in all it’s organized glory. I love this little nook in our laundry room and it really does get used all the time. It also lessens the chaos and keeps my kids from misplacing their homework. They walk in the door after school and empty backpacks, putting all homework, papers, or books from school in this basket. Dale and I along with the kids all know how to check if there is homework that night or what the rest of the week looks like with school. I am a firm believer in giving the kids the “right” way to organize and they will upkeep it. Of course it does take some prodding and reminders from me, but with them being 8, 6, and 4, they have the concept down.
This organization station is done, that’s a wrap, pretty after pictures shared. There is however a whole other side to this room, the laundry room side.
Last I shared was almost exactly one year ago, which makes me cringe. I was not aware I was a home improvement procrastinator, or a home decor blogger slacker. Which apparently I am both, go me! I shared how I repainted these upper cabinets and hung them. I also did my first floor tiling job which is something I still love about this room. The white tiles are beautiful and brighten up the room soooooo much!
There is so much more to do with this space in our home. The first thing is change the door hardware in this room, which I honestly forgot has not been done yet, whoops. Once that is done the next step is to add more storage in the laundry room, I want to add open shelving to surround and be in the center of these upper cabinets. I am also planning to tile with a bask splash to have behind the tile. I will also be making a ton of custom wood boxes to fit size wise with what I need. A place to hide missing sock pairs, clothes pins, band-aides, rolls of toilet paper, it all will be stored and hidden in these shelves. For now I all sits on the washer and dryer which I move off when the washer and dryer are in use. Please tell me I am not the only one to move things around from one place to another, just rotating the mess? The definition of insanity…. but in my defense I have no place to put it until the shelves are created so the rotating of mess continues. Be kind with the judgement of the messy picture, this is me sharing the good, the messy and the pile of toilet paper and clothes that are wreaking havoc in my laundry room right now. I will say this, I will have a great “before” picture to my storage issue in here.
I also am going to add some kind of shelf on top of the washer and dryer. I say “some kind” because my original plan of a full shelf from the wall to the fronts of the washer and dryer might not work. I know I want a work space, a place to fold clothes, set baskets, or where my kids will pile on anything and everything. Either way I need a work space in here. The how’s of it are still coming together. I have shifted from a full counter top to a full one on one side and a partial one that is more narrow on the other side. Allowing for utilities to be moved with ease when needed. I have some thinking and planning to do still. Any recommendations are much appreciated, I would love some extra opinions on the space.
The next big project around here is our kitchen. Dale and I are seriously planning to put in new counter tops, I am thinking quartz with a marble appearance. I have a love/obsession with marble but know that the practicality of it is questionable. I also want to add a custom wood hood above the stove and get rid of the tiny cabinet above it. Lastly, turning a cabinet that is on the right of the refrigerator into a legit china cabinet look going from ceiling to counter top. Hiding the microwave inside it. Also creating a place for our trash and recycling to fit in the cabinets as slide out drawers would be amazing.
Here are the two entryways into the kitchen, one from the living room and one from the dining room. I think some bulky wood trim would be amazing here. Also, take note of the horribly ugly black trash can. I want to hide that for sure!
Most of this was can do ourselves, however we will be bringing in professionals to measure and install the counter tops. I want to make sure it is done right, and that is way over my head. I have so many ideas for this space, adding crown molding and small beams in the ceiling, new window treatment, and even wood casings around the two doorways that go into the kitchen. I can never improve the tiny space in here, that is just the bones this home was born with. But, changing it up and making it feel more fancy will go a long way.
This is my life, at least one child or dog in the picture, always. How I roll around here, I have a entourage that is 5 people and two dogs deep. Just one kid in the shot if a win for me! I did bribe him with tablet time, I am taking my Mother of the year nomination to come in the mail any day now. Here is the valance I made when we first purchased the house. I was in my super country phase and this fit perfectly, not so much now. I go back and forth between a custom wood valance or some light and airy curtains hanging in here. This room we call the study was designed as the eat in part of the kitchen. Since I do not need two dining room tables we use this room as the kids “big kid” playroom.
The above picture shows our overly cluttered refrigerator, which I would not change for the world. It is filled with kids art, notes and friends & family pictures. I will keep my clutter. What I could like to get rid of is the microwave sitting out on the counter top, creating a custom cabinet to look like a china cabinet. Having it go from the bottom of the upper to the counter top itself. I love the look of those and drool over them when I am Pinterest stalking.
I went thrift store shopping a few weeks ago and purchased a few furniture pieces. One of which I already redid and shared, the side table turned play table. I also purchased these two chairs, they are in immaculate shape. I am not showing both of them right now because one is covered with clean clothes and a wide shot of my bedroom is not an option to capture both. There is a limit to my shame and that is piles of clean clothes to be folded, two craft projects in the making, an un-made bed and two dogs lazing around. I can only share so much honesty my friends. These chairs are in amazing shape, not one single tear on them, they do have a musty smell which I have gotten rid of with a deep cleaning. My gut reaction was to strip them down and re-upholster. Two issues, I am a beginning reupholster person and I am positive this is a seasoned skill set, also time. As I explained I have a newly discovered problem of completing projects. I want to finally finish them all. I also do like the random color pattern on the chairs.
Hear me out, I get that they are dated in the 70’s like crazy. But I am thinking that leaving the material as is and painting the wood a bright white will bring them up to modern times. Dale and I have a dream to eventually get out own bedroom fully decorated. I am thinking a light and bright retreat with minimal color other then a light blue wall color, with lots of whites, billowy curtains, a few dark wood accents and these chairs as the sole bright color in the room. What do you think? Am I insane? Dale worries I have been looking at Pinterest for too long, I think he does not see the potential. Quick, pick a side!
How did you like the tour of my not-so-Pinterest-ready home? I have clutter, mess, laundry, and mess too! I hope to really buckle down in the next few months and have this all done before summer hits. It sounds like a lot of time, but as you can see with my post from yesterday that even our wainscoting is a few years in the making. I have too many ideas and am always excited to do more! I also have three kids, a husband, two dogs, we have an amazing extended family, and I have this blog which all take up time. Yes, this blog is about decorating my home but I get distracted with fun crafts or holidays. I want to do it all! Seriously, can someone figure out a way to duplicate people, make us not need sleep or slow down time? Anyone? The Goodwill finds and project updates are my favorite kind of conversations, I love a good deal and I will talk home decor to anyone that will listen. Having others jump into the conversation keeps things interesting and makes it less weird then me talking to myself.
So, I asked for some decorating advice, keep the arm chair fabric or redo it completely? Also, thoughts on the counter top in the laundry room? Should it be a full counter top or one that only comes halfway out of the wall to allow appliance moving? Give me your honest opinions, I can handle it.
Here are some similar posts-