Laundry Lighting

The laundry room used to be an office/bedroom and it had a really ugly ceiling fan. Not only was it ugly, but it was dirty and just old. We knew that this would have to be replaced but I wanted to see the room come together before I decided on what type of light fixture to choose. Since the wallpaper is so busy, and such a statement piece, we wanted to go simple with the light.  We decided on chrome since the hardware and faucet is chrome.  I know that mixing metals is totally in and okay to do, but the OCD in me constantly pushes me to stick with one metal. Anyway, we love how the new light looks.

David is finishing up the grout, and starting to paint as we speak.  Once that is done, we can move on to installing the closet, organizing, and bam…laundry room complete!

Doors and Drawers

We are one step closer to our laundry room being completed.  Last weekend, David worked on installing the doors to the cabinets and drawers. We thought that this would be a simple task, but of course we came across a little issue.

Since all of our walls are completely not straight in this house, it makes it hard to have counters, moldings, trim, window treatments, etc. that are all level.  When David went to install one of the drawers on the end, it was so crooked and off, that it was difficult to open.  He ran out of time, but planned on having to make some adjustments with the cabinet base, and shave some of the top off in order to make it fit evenly. Last night he had some time to work on everything and to our surprise, there was a much simpler way to adjust the drawer with adjusters that came attached, duh!

We also noticed that the cabinets are not as white as they looked in the store.  Hopefully that will change with better lighting, but we will have to think about paint colors if it continues to look off white.

I have been researching what type of hardware I want in there, and surprise, I have no idea.  Hopefully I will have that figured out soon!

Have a great weekend!

Plumbing Problem

Not sure if you all remember or not, but I told you guys to ask me if everything in our laundry room was still standing in a few months. Well, you don’t need to wait a few months, because we already are having problems.  Not huge problems, just some plumbing issues.

I had about 9123892743974 loads of laundry to do, so I started my first load early Monday morning as I usually do.  Everything was going well, but I suddenly heard some “dripping” that turned to “pouring”.  I ran into the laundry room and saw that there was water coming out of one of the pipes that is under our new utility sink.  I instantly texted David and he told me to put a cap on it, or stuff a towel in there until he got home from work.

I did just that and walked away, took one kid to school, the cat to an emergency vet appointment, and then back home.  When I checked on the leak when I got home, I saw that there was a ton of water.  A lot more than before I left the house. I was told to stop doing laundry (there went my day) and he would fix it when he got home.

It was a pretty easy fix, but this incident reminded me that David will not be remodeling the boys’ bathroom when it is time to.  Plumbing is just not his thing.

Utility Sink

Besides having our laundry room upstairs, one other deal breaker for us was a utility sink.  We had to have a utility sink. Until I had kids, I never knew why having one was so appealing, but after tons of diaper blowouts, and stains that I cannot even explain, it is so important to have a place to rinse off clothes that is not in our kitchen, bathroom, or outside.

David installed the sink and the plumbing and besides the excitement of finally being able to use it, I think it looks great, especially the faucet. We went with a chrome finish, even though I really wanted gold tones.  I just felt like it looked cleaner in a laundry room, and better with our washing machine and dryer. Now bring on the laundry!

Completed Counter

Happy Monday! As you will see below, this weekend was very eventful. David completed the counters in our laundry room.

Last week he did the trim, and this week he finished the top by applying contact cement. It looked (and sounds) a lot easier than it was. Once the top was on, David took a roller to set it and even it out, and then he cut out where the sink will go, and an access point to our outlets.

I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what the process was like to install laminate. It was the first time that David has ever done this, and I have to say it was a learning experience but he did such a good job. I mean, ask me if the counters have held up in a month or two though…kidding.

Some Furniture Rearranging

I don’t know why, but our family room has become such an ordeal for us. We are used to having built-in shelving in all of our homes, and there just isn’t the space for that in this house. I brought in a interior designer and she was highly against putting in built-ins since they will make the room look extremely small.  What stressed me out about her vetoing the built-ins, was that I had no idea where we would put any of our pictures, decor, vases, etc.  I was banking on this room to display our pretty things.  She recommended some shelving above the couch, and at the time I loved the idea, but this was months ago. Now, I am over it.  I found a pretty shelving unit that would go over the couch, but it was really expensive, and if we can’t use it in our next house, it seems like a waste to me because it definitely won’t help with resale. David had some more ideas that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I really was just losing hope and getting impatient with this room.

I decided to try out Modsy to see if they could give me a fresh idea. This site is super cool, you fill out a type profile, take photos and dimensions of your room, and they send you a design including items you could actually purchase!

This was the (unfinished)room before we used Modsy:They suggested moving the piano to the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room, also the wall the piano is perpendicular to. That seemed perfect when looking at it, but once we moved it there, it just made the room even more cluttered than it already was, and the piano was a little too big for the wall. This got our wheels turning, and David suggested moving the piano to the wall pictured below.  We thought we would eliminate one of our giant chairs, and we could replace it with greenery or a pretty lamp to go next to the piano.I sent Modsy a new picture of our layout, and they came back with the perfect design.  They suggested moving the chair we eliminated to where the piano used to be, but David thought that maybe we could do a built in corner unit there instead, that way we have a place to display our pretty things and it won’t take up too much space.

I still have no idea if we will go with Modsy’s idea or David’s, but it’s amazing how one change can give us a plethora of new ideas.  I think that we are on to something with this room, and I am finally getting excited about it.

Now, if only the laundry room, mudroom, and garage were finished…

Laminate Counters

When it came time to decide on countertops for the laundry room, I wanted to go with a white quartz similar to what we have in our master bathroom. It’s definitely not the cheapest, but after my last 3 homes, I said we would never have laminate countertops again. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that maybe laminate in the laundry room was the way to go. It’s really functional, and there are some pretty options that don’t look too cheap. We got a ton of samples from Home Depot and David and I instantly agreed on one that we thought would work with our bold wallpaper and busy floors.

This past weekend, David cut the laminate to fit our counters. He wasn’t able to finish the top, but he got the hardest part done- the edge. It was a two person job and after a few attempts we realized that we had to take out the washing machine and dryer for it to work. Eventually David finished and it looks great, especially for it being his first time installing laminate.

I can’t wait for the rest of the countertops to be installed because nothing seems better to me than folding laundry in my laundry room. I’m over carrying it to my pet hair infested bed. Gross!!!!