I need change like most people need oxygen. I like to say that I embrace change and crave new experiences. The Hubs says I have commitment issues. Whatever the case, sometimes I feel like if something around me doesn’t change ASAP I’ll just bust. About 3 weeks ago I woke up one morning and suddenly felt like 4 rooms in our house needed to be totally redone. I am blessed to be married to a man that never questions these random acts of change and willingly jumps on board when I ask for help.
When I say something like, “Hun, there’s a man out in York that sells lumber out of his garage – I need you to swing by and pick some up at lunch. Oh, be sure to take cash.” He doesn’t say, “Why do we need lumber?” or “Am I in any immediate physical danger by going to the home of a man that has his own sawmill?” Nope. He just says, “Text me the address.” And when he comes home to find me wearing goggles and wielding power tools in the garage he just says, “What’s for dinner?” No doubt about it, this guy’s a keeper.
So, when I announced a few weeks ago that the laundry room was “wearing me out” and “needs an update, like yesterday” he just said something like, “Really? Ok.” Which in my head sounded like, “Seriously, I thought you’d never say that because it’s wearing me out too! Let’s do it!”
Now, in addition to loving change, I also love a challenge, so I randomly said, “I think I can do what needs to be done for $150″. For the record – this number came out of nowhere, I just decided to set a random budget that I thought was affordable.
Here’s a quick rundown of my must-haves:
– A drying rack
– Non-wire shelving
– Get the mops/brooms off of the floor
And here’s the before photo (taken w/my iphone). Full disclosure – I had already cleared all of the junk off of those wire shelves before I remembered to take this photo. If the junk had been there you’d understand why this was “wearing me out.” We installed these cabinets about 4 years ago and they’ve been great, so that was also pre-update. I think you can see why I wanted the mops/brooms off of the floor – that corner drives me crazy!!
Now for the fun stuff….
I’m planning to repaint 3 other rooms in our house this summer, so I wanted to test out this coral paint and see if I liked it before I went crazy all over the house. As it turns out, I LOVE it in the laundry room, but I’ve decided against it for other spots.
A full list of supplies/costs are at the end of the post, but in this photo you can see that I replaced the wire shelving with the LACK shelves from IKEA and added some cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby on the wall. Also, Shelby’s little breakfast nook got relocated and she got a new placemat. If you’re thinking, “What happened to her water bowl?” Well, Her Royal Cuteness only likes to drink water upstairs, so that water bowl in the laundry room was just for show. I downsized her little stand just to save some room. ;-)
The two metal drying racks from IKEA might be my favorite thing about the redo. I considered making my own, but every set of plans I found said that the supplies were “only $40!” I just didn’t want to spend the money and time to make one rack for $40 when I could buy 2 at IKEA for less.
I’m a pretty big fan of the signage too – the laundry sign was made of palette wood, so no cost there, and the massive clothes pins are from JoAnn’s Fabrics, I just had to stain them.
A mini ironing board for $4.99 and a mop holder for $9.99 – it’s amazing what $15 can do for my level of happiness relating to laundry!
I couldn’t possibly be happier with how it turned out. It was a simple, relatively inexpensive redo, and it’s made the space so much more efficient. A full list of costs are below…
Paint: (Lowe’s HGTV Sherwin Williams, Lei Flower) $40
Mop/Broom Holder: (Lowe’s) $9.99
Ironing board hook: (Lowe’s) $3.27
Ironing board: (IKEA) $4.99
Metal drying racks: (IKEA) $19.99 x 2
Shelby’s Placemat: (IKEA) $3.49
LACK Shelving: (IKEA) $14.99 x 2
WASH letters: (Hobby Lobby) $2.99 x 4
Brown baskets: (IKEA) $7.99 x 4
Mega Clothespins: (JoAnns) $3.49 x 2, $3.99 x 2
Single & Looking frame: (Amazon) $7.94
A little over the $150 budget but I wouldn’t change a thing! Now on to project #2!