I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS! Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun! You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.
Isn’t she cute?! In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!
I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.
I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!
You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!
I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!
My One Room Challenge Laundry Room Renovation is just about finished – welcome to Week 5! I am so grateful to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this project, they have the most amazing laundry room pieces – check those out here!
Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the updates of the designers participating – their feeds are so inspiring.
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.
It was now time for me to build a table to cover the washer and dryer to fold my clothes on. My space is limited and I needed all the usable area I could get. This ended up being super easy and very effective for me.
Step One – Shop
I wanted butcher block, but it was out of my price range. You can build a butchers block board, but in the end I decided to use 1×8 pine boards instead.
I measured a 66 inch length and a 30 inch depth in my area. This required four 1×8 boards at 6 feet long and one 1×4 board (this is for the back edge of the folding table).
You can have Home Depot cut them for you as well.
Step Two – Cut and Mount
Cut each of your boards to the length you need. You will then add pocket holes to 3 of the 1×8 boards (read how to do that here).
Attach your boards together, using wood glue and pocket hole screws size 1 1/4 inch. Use clamps to make sure your boards are fitting snug. I also used extra weight on the boards as I attached them together to make sure they were flat when they were screwed together.
You will then add the 1×4 board to the back of the boards. You can use screws right into the back since noone will see these.
Step Three – Sand
Sand down your folding table. I used my Tacklife sander that is from Amazon ($25!). I actually sanded the 1×8 boards first before I mounted the 1×4 board. Additionally I had sanded the 1×4 board seperately. You can do what works for you.
Step Four – Stain
Add the stain of your choice. I used Old Barn Living Weathered One Step Stain – it’s one of my favorites and matched the other shelving in the room. I used 2 coats and then added a top coat.
Step Five – Add Braces
You will lay the folding table onto 2 braces. These are 2×3 boards that are mounted to the wall into the studs. Measure where your studs are, then mark that spacing onto the board and pre-drill your 3 1/2 inch screws into them.
Use a level to mount these into the wall. Make sure they are level!!
Step Six – Add Table
You will gently slide your table onto the 2×3 boards. We added a 1×10 board underneath our table for stability because we didn’t want it sitting on top of the washer and dryer.
Add screws or brad nails into the sides of the table and into the 2×3 boards. Then you are all finished!!
Next week I will showcasing all of the amazing pieces I have picked out from Kirkland’s to finalize this space. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Every area of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot. The closet. It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed. Each time I opened the door I wanted to close it again! Want to see what I am talking about? Here you go:
I hope this photo makes some of you feel better! It was a hot mess. This week was time to get it done, and I had to build myself up for it. I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun. Now it’s time to show you too.
I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:
With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start. First things first – CLEAN IT OUT. This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go. I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.
Step Two – Assessment
I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area. My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room. It wears alot of hats for sure!
The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food. How on earth was I going to get it all in there? Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.
Step Three – Build Shelving
For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space. This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design. This is what it looked like on a larger scale:
I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements. I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:
2 boards at 11 inches long (photo below)
4 boards at 36 inches long (photo below)
2 boards 51 inches long
I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards. I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf. I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf. I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.
This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.
Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses. They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.
For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR. It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries. If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you. Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.
Step Four – Sewing Station
I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour. It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109. The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.
Step Five – Organization
I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins. It was like a breath of fresh air!
I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation. The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished. Yah!
The final plans for this DIY Pantry Shelf, made from 2×4’s, is finally here! I am so excited to announce that I have collaborated with the amazing Ashley Basnight from HandmadeHaven to help me create digital plans for you to follow. She is amazing! Her Instagram handle is SmashingDIY and you can follow her here. Make sure to pin these graphics so you can use them later!
The entire step by step project is linked to her Handmade Haven Blog Series here. I created the project and she created the plans – we made such a great team. We will do a few more of these projects together this year and I can not wait. Ashley is a lead blogger in DIY’s and you do not want to miss a single post she shares!
I am listing everything you will need for this project. Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!
2 x 4’s (20-22 depending on lengths needed)
Kreg screws (60 2 1/2 inch)
2 inch screws (36)
2 1/2 inch wall screws (6)
Paint color of your choice (I used Real Milk Paint Company – Arabian Night and White mixed)
Stain color of your choice (I used Varathayne Briarsmoke)
Choice of top coat (I used Real Milk Paint Top Wax)
Paint and stain supplies
Sand paper (I used 100 grit)
You will learn the process in 8 simple steps:
Step One – Take Measurements
Step Two – Purchase Materials
Step Three – Cutting Wood
Step Four – Sand, Paint and Stain
Step Five – Pocket Holes
Step Six – Mount Boards
Step Seven – Put Your Shelf Together
Step Eight – Add Shelves
Want to see how I organized it? Head to this post to watch the tutorial and get all the links to the products I used!
I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!
Chippy Paint is the cutest! I have always wondered how to make something new look old – which is so ironic, but it’s so cute. I searched the internet of the best ways to do it and settled on this one, super easy and fast. Watch this 60 second video tutorial and then follow the steps below. Make sure to pin this image to save in your Pinterest!
This post is in paid partnership with Zircon Corporation. All opinions are my own and I only collaborate with companies that I use myself in my projects. I hope these links help you as you learn and grow!
Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! My very first attempt was on my 40th birthday – all I wanted was to learn how to use a nail gun from Mr. Farmboy. I felt so empowered after that day and a woodworking “She-Ra” was released. Later on, I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.
So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.
Check out these before and after photos and watch my full DIY Youtube Tutorial here. Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!
I am so excited! Today is the day! The last few weeks have been such a good experience for me. It pushed me to learn new skills and I love the outcome. I am so grateful to the One Room Challenge team for helping all types of decorators feel like they have value in their creativity. So many are revealing their spaces today on the One Room Challenge Blog – I can’t wait for you to see them all! Are you ready for mine?
This was my living room wall. I wanted to renovate it and add some character. Since I am a DIYer on a budget, everything had to be created by me. I gave myself $500 to renovate this space – and I did it! You can read about my initial ideas here on my first post with the One Room Challenge. This was my sketch of what I wanted to have happen.
Follow along to see how close I can get to my original idea!
Install was fast and super helpful with my TackLIFE laser level and laser measuring tape. You can grab tons of TackLIFE tools for a great deal on Amazon here.
Here is my final shiplap look:
Project Two – Window Valances
I love the wood window valances that the Shanty2Chic sisters made here. So I created my own style and love how they turned out. You can learn the whole process and how easy it is here. Total cost was $45 (grabbed clearance curtains from TJ Max and curtain rods from Walmart).
Here is my final window valance look:
Project Three – Shutters
I have always wanted some of these and decided on a look I wanted after scanning Pinterest for days (kidding). They were only $15 to make and add so much to the room! Find out how to make yours here. Additionally I added a family portrait that I had made previously so that is very inexpensive, you can read all about that DIY here.
Here is my final farmhouse shutters look:
Project Four – Blinds
I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook. Did I mention they were easy? Ha. Ha. Wink. Wink. I ordered FAUX WOOD, you can get them for a great price with all the sales they run here.
Here is my final blinds look:
Final REVEAL Day –
Such a fun adventure. I learned so many new things, how to make new DIY’s and use tools I haven’t tried before. One item that I added last minute was the Wood Mantel. It was a quick addition and I love the character it adds to the room. Here is the final look:
I had some more GREAT companies that I used to finish up my decor. Niki is a great friend and makes amazing wood word signs (from Carpenterfarmhouse).
I ordered her THIS IS US sign from her Etsy shop here, the sizes start at only $15!
Next I grabbed some darling pillows handmade from Megan at DoeRaeMeDesigns. I love her taste and style! I grabbed two Staple White pillow cases that you can order here.
Finally I had an amazing time working with Danielle from The Rusted Carriage. She helped me pick out some items for my mantel and I finally got some cotton stems (I have always wanted some!). Her Etsy shop is closing for the summer so she can spend time with family, so all her deals are on sale – you will love her stuff! Grab some here.
My lanterns were from TJ Max and I made the Family Name sign many years ago.
Here is a timelaspe of the decorating process. Now I need a big long nap!
I honestly can’t wait for the next challenge. Laundry room time!
I am loving this challenge so far, because it keeps me on a schedule and pushes me to get things done. I am good with a schedule! Continue to check out all the guests for the One Room Challenge here as well as the 20 influencers participating – its amazing!
Here’s my 6 week outline:
Project One – Shiplap
Project Two – Window Valences
Project Three – Custom Shutters
Project Four – Blinds
Project Five – Decorating
As you know I am working on my living room for this challenge and giving it a facelift. This is my before:
My base change of the room is shiplap. Thanks to Jo Jo we are all loving this stuff. I have written an in depth tutorial on shiplap here that is a good resource if you haven’t worked with it before. This time around I tried some new these that I will share.
Step One – Measure
You will want to measure how much shiplap boards you will need. You do this by taking the area of the wall and subtracting spaces that will not be used (windows and fireplace in my case). You can use a measuring tape or a laser measure. I used a laser measure because my room was so big and I was doing it alone.
I wasn’t sure how to best get started and learned from a great YouTube tutorial here from TheMrFinneth – it was very helpful.
This laser measure helped me measure the area of the room, windows and fireplace. My total needed square feet was almost 80 square feet.
Note: I partnered with TACKlife and HomeRight for this project and loved their products. These are not affiliate links that I share today, just links for my followers to buy the products if they need them. \
Step Two – Purchase Shiplap
Instead of using a plywood board that is ripped (cut) into 6 inch strips, I opted to use the pre-cut MDF shiplap at The Home Depot this time. The price was not much different and since it was already primed I liked the idea. It is heavier to work with though (just beware.) It cost me $100 for the amount that I needed.
They also carry Pine Shiplap for a slightly higher price point.
I loaded it up and headed home!
Step Three – Paint First Coat
I always paint my first coat before I mount it. This is optional. I am just not at good painting and I always tape wrong, therefore getting paint on my walls. So painting first is my option. I will add another coat when it is up on the wall, but it is not as detailed.
You have to add water to your paint (I used Sherman Williams that was mixed especially to match my baseboards) according to the directions. I sprayed outside and let fully dry before bringing into the house.
Step Four – Finding Studs
You will measure for your studs using a stud finder and mark them throughout the entire wall. Then will make lines connecting the marks vertical so you can see where each stud is as you nail. This can be done with a chalk line or a laser level.
Then I connect the marks I made using my TACKlife Laser Level. This is a great cross line laser tool that you can purchase here.
Using a tripod I was able to keep my line steady and match it up to the marks so I could draw a line. Once all the studs were found I was ready to add my boards.
Step Five – Mount Your Shiplap
Here I used my Ridgid Nail Gun and air compressor. Here is how to load your gun:
Now charger your compressor and get ready to nail! You will have to make sure that you are not following the line of your ceiling because that isn’t always straight. Here again you will use the Laser Level to help you stay accurate. You will need your circular handsaw to make the measured cuts. Generally you will stag your boards like this:
You will use a jigsaw to work your way around the not so straight spaces. Make sure to be VERY careful around the light switches when you have the plate removed. I would recommend turning off the power to that area to be fully safe.
This space was SO HARD. I cut it a zillion times.
It took me 3 days to get the shiplap done, and I worked about 3-4 hours day. I can’t wait to get painting!
Step Six – Spakling
Here is a video I made of what I use for spakling, how I did it and how to clean it off. Basically you add your spakling, let dry, and sand off!
Once this space is ready you will get all the painting done.
So it has been a successful week! Can’t wait to start working on my window valences now – stay tuned…
After refinishing the base of my 25 year old green cedar chest, I decided I wanted to finish the top of it just slightly different. I chose to use a method called “antiquing” and just loved the way it turned out.
Check out the process I used to finish the base using Country Chic Chalk Paint here:
In high school I was gifted a beautiful cedar hope chest from my parents. Back in the 90’s my color was Hunter Green – for literally everything. I love this chest so much still but the color needed to go! So I grabbed one of my favorite products (Country Chic Paint) and went to work. Check out what this thing looked like after 25 years and over 10 moves:
It was so beat up! But everything inside was still in perfect condition – cedar chests dispel bugs and mold, they are amazing.
Here is my 60 second video tutorial recap, then follow along for all the details today on the blog!