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!
It’s our third week of the One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and my project is complete! Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.
This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s – and you are going to so surpised. Did you have any idea that they carry wallpaper? And not only wallpaper, they have so many wall decals on their site that I spent hours trying to decide which pattern I wanted to use for the laundry room. You can follow my step by step instructions of Wallpops Peel and Stick Wallpaperhere during my pantry renovation.
Step One – Pick Your Pattern
Kirkland’s has so many different patterns of wallpaper on their website, you will love it! Make sure to scroll all the products right here. I chose the Gray Ironwork pattern from Wallpops sold on the Kirkland’s site.
Step Two – Align Your Pieces
This part is essential before beginning. All the directions are included in your Wallpops instructions. Make sure to read them carefully.
Step Three – Prepare the Wall
Wipe down your wall (clean if necessary) and gather your supplies. You will need:
spackle tool or straight edge
Step Four – Mount Paper
Again, follow the instructions on mounting the first strip of peel and stick wallpaper. You have to measure 20 inches out from the wall and make a line to match your strip up to. You cannot rely on the side wall as it may not be straight. You will need to measure 1 milimeter out and then your 20 inches from there. This will ensure your line is straight. This doesn’t mean that your first strip will set perfectly against the wall. Mine was off by a small measurement. But if you align it this way you will not end up with crooked strips.
Apply your top portion to the wall, matching the line you made. Push out the bubbles with your straight edge as you move down the strip. You will also slowly peel off the backing.
When you get to the end, use your straight edge and razor to cut.
To hang the next strip, you will align the paper to the first strip, overlapping the paper by 1 milimeter. This will make sure there is no separation or pulling.
If you look closely you can see the small overlap in center line.
The alignment might be a little off but far away you can not see it.
Continue with this process until your wall is finished.
Give it a really good rub down with your dry rag to ensure that everything is adhearing properly. And one small tip – for bubbles I couldn’t get out, I poked a very tiny pin hole into them and pushed the air out with my straight edge. It worked really well.
I love the way this simple addition changed the look of the whole room. What a great transformation!
Make sure to check out Kirklands here to find all the different wallpaper ideas they carry!
Some affiliate links may be added to this post in collaboration with companies who are sponsoring this One Room Challenge Renovation.
I am so excited to be participating again this spring in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant. Last year I renovated my living room and you can see that post here. This year I am working on my Laundry Room in partnership with Kirkland’s and I am so excited! Make sure to head over to the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the participants this year – you are going to see some amazing work!
Each week I will be adding different elements to this tiny laundry and creating a more functional space for my family. I will be including the DIY tutorials as I go, so come join me! Some projects will be large and some will be small, but here is a look into what I am working with.
I need to create usable hampers over the vent in this small corner. I have some fun ideas in mind.
We hang dry a lot of our clothes and right now that happens on the living room couch. Adding drying racks to the right wall will really help in this aspect.
Floating Shelves & Wallpaper
The back wall will be enhanced by peel and stick wallpaper. Then I will add floating shelves to create more storage space.
I currently fold laundry on my bed so now it’s time to add a folding counter on top of the washer and dryer – I need my room back!
On the left wall I will add a space to hang the ironing board behind the door.
I have always wanted a wood ceiling and this is the perfect time to try it out. I will be using Peel and Stick wood strips from Wallplanks – they are amazing!
Finally I will be adding a storage shelf above the door, where all my extra items will be moved out of site!
I can’t wait to start this renovation, it is going to create so much more needed space for my family in this laundry room!
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!
We are so close to the finish line and it has been so much fun! Make sure you follow along herewith all of the designers this time around to get all the inspiration you need to do this yourself. I am already thinking about what room I want to refinish for the Fall ORC (think stenciled flour in the laundry room people!).
One of my last steps was to add blinds to my newly renovated windows. Of course I can’t make my own blinds, but I want to show you how easy it is to install them ALL BY YOURSELF! This was my week four challenge to accomplish. Here is my update so far:
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…