Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pantry Inspirations

While still searching for my perfect and cheap light fixture for the laundry room, I decided to start my second project which is to organize my pantry and make it pretty. I actually spend a lot of time in there and when the dogs aren't inside, the door is often open for everyone to see the mess.

Above are some of my inspiration items. I might not select these actual items but something similar depending on the price. As always, I'll need a budget that's next to nothing so I might search the house for things that I'm not using as well.

1. I love these jars for candy and I like the idea of separating chocolate and hard candies. Have you ever noticed at Halloween when you're stealing some of your kid's candy that it tastes funny? I think it's from mixing the two. Also, the dogs can't get to the chocolate when they do sneak into the pantry.

2. These vintage bread boxes are great but I know they can be pricey. I'll have to shop around.

3.Anthropolgie door hook. I've been hoarding my gift certificate from Christmas for things just like this!

4.Also Anthro. You've gotta love an apron that matches your kitchen color scheme!

5.Galvanized trash cans. I need two so the size will be tricky in my small pantry. I try to recycle as much as possible but I don't like the blue recycle bins.

6. I love this wooden step stool from Etsy. I hope they still have it! This will be great for the kids and for me too for that matter.

7.Another vintage item that I'd love to find. Since I'm planning on buying more in bulk and storing items in containers, I might need a scale to help measure food and that will save me money in the long run if I purchase this, right?

8. I love these eat letters for something decorative. I've seen them at Anthro but might check out Hobby Lobby for a cheaper version.

9. Ballard Designs light fixture to change out the buggy one.

10. Bushel containers as a possibility for the floor space that's unused.

11.Crate and Barrel. I remember my grandmother used to use these snap lid containers. I think they're great for things like flour and sugar to keep the bugs out.

Now that I have some ideas, it's off to paint....and find that darn laundry room fixture!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Storage and Accessory Buying for the New and Improved Laundry Room

laundry room accessories

My favorite find for the laundry room accessories was the chalkboard label pack. (see below). They come in a set of 6 for $3.99 from World Market. Not cheap but it's great to be able to change out what's on the label easily. Sometimes I hesitate putting items into cute containers because then I don't have the instructions on the packaging. Now I know that I use 1/2 scoop to 16 oz. of water for my Oxiclean solution to clean upholstery and carpets. This really works by the way. (I measured with their plastic scoop and put it into my metal scoop to get the right amount.) The jar, also from World market, at $13.99 was a cheaper solution to a similar jar at the Container Store. The set of 3 metal scoops was also $3.99. For their members they are sending out a 15% off coupon today which I used. So with tax the jar, scoops and 2 packs of labels were all under $25.00. Yay! I got extra labels for my pantry. Remember my resolutions this year.? That's getting redone too.

More glass jars from World Market @ $ 9.99 each.
Some picture frames from World Market which I added a little grey-blue to. They were a splurge at $29.99 each.

I cheated a little and pulled a few things from the rest of the house like this shelf which I added a little bit of chartreuse to. The towels came from my guest bath upstairs and I had a few picture frames that I wasn't using that I repainted too.
The tray came from an upstairs bedroom and will hold the phones which are charging behind it. Don't you love shopping in your own house? I love free! Sometimes things just look better in another room.
I'm still on the hunt for a light fixture and a rug. Although my husband insists that if we get a rug that everyone will trip over it coming into the house. He might be right after all I do have two young rambunctious boys that live here.

Over all I have to do a grand total but I think I'm under $250.00 total in the room without the light or rug. (I might ditch the rug idea but I love the thought of having some of that chartreuse color down on the floor.) The reveal is coming soon I promise if I can just find that darn light!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cheap and Easy Decorative Switch Plates

cheap and easy decorative switchplate covers

The painting in the laundry room is finally complete. Good News! The bad news...white walls and almond switch plates. Of course I could call someone and have them switched out for white but that might break my design on a dime budget so I thought I would try out something that I saw on Pinterest.
Decoupaged switch plates.
Here's what you'll need:
decorative paper (I used one large sheet about 8"x10" and that covered 2 outlets and 2 light switches)
Mod Podge
X-acto or utility knife
skewer or ice pick to poke holes for screws

Step one ~ Brush glue (Mod Podge) on to the switch plate and the back of the paper that you are using. I started at the corner so that I would have at least two perfect edges.

Step 2 ~ Place the paper on top of the switch plate and remember to leave extra paper for the return on the sides of the plate. Press down on each side as shown.  Too bad I didn't take a different picture. This one makes me look like I have man-hands...EWWWW.
Step 3 ~ Use a matte knife to cut the other two edges. Make sure that you use a new sharp blade and that the glue is semi dry or the paper will tear.

Step four ~ Turn the plate over and poke a hole for the screws and cut the extra paper out where the switch goes.

Last step ~ Add Mod Podge to the top of the paper. Let dry and do 2-3 more coats.
The finished product... ALMOST like something Anthropologie might have.

*Note: The paper that I used had a very random pattern so I did not need to take that in to account. If you have a repeat in the pattern you will have to measure the paper. (Don't forget the return on the four sides.)

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Softening It Up With Some Fabric

fabric to hide washer and dryer

In the laundry room redo I knew it would be important to soften up the room due to all of the hard cold elements in there already. Adding some fabric would do it but where? I don't have a window but wanted a little curtain so I decided to remove the doors under the sink and add a rod with fabric. I had never made a drape before so I did what I know and hemmed a rectangular shape out of some left over fabric from the dining room. I then added a strip of fabric on the back that was open on both ends to slide the curtain rod in.
Since I did not do a tension rod, the rod here sticks out a little bit so I knew I would need some fabric at the top to fill the gap.
My sewing is not the greatest but this type of treatment is very forgiving. The gathers hide the thread seams which were a little uneven.

Another challenge in the room is the large gap between the washer and dryer and the cabinets. Unfortunately it has to be that way in order for the top load door to open or it will hit the cabinet. I can't move them out any farther or add a pedestal because of the placement of the garage door which opens into the laundry room.
Since I wanted to add some fabric in there anyway I decided to hide this with fabric.
This is the underside of the cabinet. I sewed two rectangular panels and added grommets on each end which I then attached with cup hooks under the cabinet.
Pictured here with one panel on.
Since I was using plain white linen fabric that was left over from another room, I felt like it needed something to break up all of the white from the cabinets to the washer and dryer so I added this stencil.

There wasn't a way to completely hide the washer and dryer but this is a great alternative.

No more ugly faucets and outlets.
 fluff n fold sign in laundry room
Coming in to the home stretch. Some new lighting, a rug, some small organizing accessories and I'll be done and ready for the full reveal.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paint and a Gas Cook top

While cooking spaghetti last night on my gas cook top I smelled what seemed like a lighter fluid smell coming from the burners. I tried switching burners but they all smelled. I googled this and came across a site that said to call the local electric company because it could be a gas leak. That was terrifying. So I called CPS, our local electric and gas company and after explaining the situation, they told me to leave the house but not open any doors or windows somehow (and also not to use the phone, hmmm) and also not to turn on or off any lights. By this time it is about 10:30 at night with the kids in bed and two dogs and a husband who is telling me I'm crazy because it's not a gas leak. Ugh. We do have a carbon monoxide detector which wasn't going off but that wasn't making me feel any better. While in a fret wanting to get everyone out quickly the phone rang and I could tell it was the person that they were sending out to my house to check out the leak. Should I answer? They just told me not to use the phone and they're calling ME. Well as it turns out, they were calling to ask me if I had been doing any painting in the house. Strange question but it seems that the enamel paint that I was using in my laundry room was mixing with the flame on the gas cook top to make that smell. No gas leak after all. Of course they still came out to check everything. (cook top, furnaces, fireplace lighter,etc.) While it was a late night to have to get up at 6 am, I was so relieved to know that we don't have a dangerous gas leak. I had never heard of this but after researching on the web a little more, it turns out that it's really a thing.

I thought that I would share this in case anyone has a similar situation. Of course you should ALWAYS contact your gas company if you smell something weird but at least if you've been painting you won't be sent into a "the house is going to explode any moment" freak out. We had just watched Breaking Bad too. I won't spoil it for those of you that haven't seen it but it did not help the situation at all.

I did have a circumstance in a previous house where there was a strange eggy smell outside and that did turn out to be a small gas leak. So I did know that the smells were quite different. It's still a very scary situation. All of this said, if you notice a weird smell, leave the house and take everyone with you and call your electric company from a neighbors house to be safe. Let them check it out just to be sure.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What a Difference Paint and Hardware Can Make

Finally some progress in the laundry room. The paint is taking FOREVER. The white from Behr is supposed to be self-priming...yea,right. I've decided that painting with dark colors is easier. I can't believe I'm saying that. I'm so relieved to be getting rid of one of the last "beige" rooms in the house. I'm so bored with it and I'm sorry but beige does not go with everything. The laundry room is a lot brighter now with the white which it needed to be since it doesn't have a window.

I had a change of plans on the lower cabinets. The apple green was not working next to the counter top so I used the same charcoal grey that I already have on the interior doors. (Sherwin Williams Black Fox) I am going to try to do a cafe curtain under the sink. We'll see how that goes since I've never made a curtain before. GULP...I did however get the hardware for it up so now I'm locked in. (Cart before the horse again)
I do still like a little accent of the apple/chartreuse green as an accent which was my inspiration color for the room. Remember my inspiration picture?
I think it's getting there with the white. I just need to accessorize well. Speaking of that, I'm still looking for a light fixture. I want to stay under $150 which is hard to do when you want something with more than one bulb. I'm thinking maybe a lantern type or something industrial. Wish me luck!

Back to painting...I saved the best for last. I still have to get behind the washer, dryer and refrigerator with no room in there to move anything out of the way. Should be interesting but seeing some progress in the room will get me there.

Before. Kind of blah but OK.

After... Lighter, brighter with a little more style.

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