Laundry Room Makeover

I'm finally scratching another room off the list, well kinda I have some painting left to do, but for me that is complete enough. I spent the last two weekends working on my laundry room. This room was important for me to finally do because the window in there gives my otherwise dark hallway some major sunlight. With the laundry room door closed, the hall is so dark, so the room needed to be fixed up so the hall can get some great light!

You see what I mean by light? That bright spot at the top of the photo is sunlight beaming through! The main thing I wanted to do was to make sure the space was functional. I also wanted the room to be simple and cute and not look too overdone. I mean it's a laundry room.. nothing to go all full decor on.

The first thing we did was painted the room. You would not believe how dirty those walls were. The walls has served as a long time as my paint color test wall... so just imagine! To increase the functionality I added a drying rack and shelf over the laundry basket. We normally air dry clothes all over the house, so this was much needed!

Yes, I am one of those people who paint over holes and wall anchors. Too lazy to patch when it wont be seen by anyone outside of the house. :)

I picked up this floating shelf from Home Depot, and it was honestly one of the easiest floating shelves I have ever installed. I added a jar to collect spare change that we find in the washer. The jar was on clearance from Target. The faux plant on the shelf is from IKEA and potter from Ross. It adds a little cuteness to the space.

I found these super cute succulents and planters from Home Depot. They currently resting in the windowsill soaking up all that natural light!

The artwork is from Hobby Lobby. I always take advantage of their weekly 50% sales, so these only cost me a total of $12. Another thing I did was add hardware onto my cabinets. They previously didn't have any pulls at all. Adding the hardware gives them a finished look! I also picked those up from Home Depot. One thing I recommend getting it the hardware installer guide, it makes installation pretty easy. 

The wicker basket has been around for a while and I picked that up from TJ Maxx. I picked up the Nate Berkus rug from Target about a year ago and finally found a spot for it.

I have been talking about finishing this room for 3 years! It was so important for me to get this done.. although its a small space, I feel accomplished! Another reason why this room was important for me to do is that it gives me motivation to get laundry done. Nobody likes doing laundry, but making the space pretty makes it a lot easier to do. I love how the spaced turned out! I can comfortably leave the door open without the room looking a mess! Tell me what you think!

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Entryway Essentials + Makeover

I recently revamped my entryway. I worked on this space about 2 years ago, and it went from cute to blah to back to cute. It was time for a refresh! Not only was I going for cute but I also was going for functional. I want to make the most of every space in my home and this revamp helped to accomplish that.

There are three basic essentials to a well put together entryway:

1. A place to store shoes, coats, umbrellas and keys
2. A place to wipe off when coming in
3. A little décor

If you cover these three basic areas you should be good to go!

Bowls, coats racks and shoe cabinet can be used to keep things organized and in place.

Sidenote: Can you believe I got the frames, prints and bowl for $15? The bowl is from Goodwill for about $2, frames were about $4 on clearance at Target, and the prints were from my printer. A matted frame makes everything look more expensive than it really is!

There is nothing worst than tripping over shoes. This shoe cabinet keeps shoes out of sight and out of the way! The bowl here easily catches keys and wallets. A coat rack catches coats and umbrellas.

A washable and heavy traffic rug is perfect for an entryway. It will hold up to in and out traffic and then can be easily cleaned when it gets too dirty.

A rug not only catches dirt but can also add a pop of color, dual purpose. Add a little artwork for décor and you have covered my three entryway essentials.

Here's a look at the Entryway before: HERE

Shopping List
Shoe Cabinet: IKEA
*Frames: Target
*Rug: Target
*Faux Cactus: Target
Bowl - Goodwill
*Some of the items are not available online, however the links will point you to similar items

Please let me know what you think in the comments? What are your entryway essentials?

DIY: $8 Thrifted Piano Bench to Chic End Table

About a two years ago I came across a piano bench for $8 at a thrift store up the street from me. At the time, I figured I'd use it for an entryway bench and it would double as storage since the bench opens. I moved the piano bench from room to room but it never quite fit right until one day I set it as an end table. I was surprised I actually liked it in that spot. Since I liked it I decided to update it to give it a more chic look. I love how it turned out! If you have a similar piece of furniture laying around you can use the same process that I did.

Here's what I started with

What you'll need:

Rustoleum Black Spray Paint
Drop Cloth
Upholstery Nails
Tape Measure

The process was fairly simple. I wanted to it still have a worn/chic (crazy combo I know) look so I didn't sand the table or repair any of the wood damage. I starting by spray painting the table. I did about 3 coats all over, allowing each coat to dry before starting on the next.

After the table was good and dry I used a ruler measuring along the side of the table to determine how far apart I wanted my nailheads. I spaced them about 2cm apart. I made marks every 2cm and then went back with my drill to make the tiny holes. This made it easy to just push the nailheads into the table.

From there the table was completed. 

I wish I had more process pictures to share, but I did this during my blogging hiatus and didn't capture the pictures I normally would. However, if you have any questions on how to do this please let me know!

The Perfect Solution for Brown Thumbs!

Spring is here and this is the perfect time to add some houseplants to your home! There's something about houseplants that I have always liked. I'm not sure if it's the life they give a place or just how cute they look in a nice planter. Either way, my liking of them does not translate well to my care of them. I remember posting a picture on FB of a plant I had at my desk, I was so proud of it! The comments went something like this:

"It's dead."
"Where are the leaves??"

LOL! Clearly, I know nothing about plants, how to take care of them, or even it they are growing or dying! So needless to say, after many failed attempts of taking care of house plants I went the alternate route of faux plants. It really is the perfect solution! Check out some of the ones I have below and I also have a link below to some other great faux plants.

This grass plant is so adorable. I usually move the plants around from room to room, depending on how I am feeling that day. The bright green really pops well against many colors.

 HomeGoods $12.99 (planter included)

This faux cactus was also a great find that I love! I really like the black faux soil, it gives it such a natural look.

               Target $19.99 (planter included)

Ikea $7.99
Planter - Ross $3.99
Here's more great faux plants: Here

One thing to keep in mind about faux plants is that they collect ALOT of dust. So instead of watering them remember to give them a good dusting!

Do you have faux or real plants? Which do you prefer? Share in the comments.