Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cushions and Fuse Boxes

Today I've been working in the mudroom and here's a sneak peek at my progress:

I thought I'd also share the afters of my little fuse box turned chalkboard project.

Hint: If you decide to defy your husband and paint your fuse box with chalkboard paint I HIGHLY recommend using primer so that you don't have to do it twice like I did.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Laundry Room Redo

I finally finished something...the laundry room! Today it looks like this:

A few months ago it looked like this:
Calling it a laundry "room" is really generous. It's more like a laundry "closet" with a pocket door.

The single wire shelf was not cutting it!

Don't judge my ironing board cover. I need a new one, okay?

Unsightly wires and cords.

And, of course, the boob light.

We added upper cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage. I'm hoping all of the extra storage will come in handy when I start hoarding couponing and fill it up with free laundry detergent.
I also used baskets/tins to organize all the laundry stuff. One of my favorite things in the room is the new folding table. We were able to add the table, with storage below, by stacking the washer and dryer.
It also provides a space for me to display a picture of my babies!
And my vintage clothes pins that I found at my grandmother's house.
We also added a shelf with a hanging bar. My builder thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to use a plumbing pipe as a hanging bar.
Beverage tubs snagged from Target serve as a great way to contain all of the laundry detergent. I love Target.

The boob light was replaced with this Ikea treasure.

Hidden behind the curtain are the laundry basket and trash can.

I used a rolling basket to create a pull out "drawer" to house the trash can and bleach.

The ironing board easily slides beside the washer and dryer. I couldn't resist painting the fuse box with chalkboard paint. I can't wait to write the laundry schedule on the new chalkboard, but I have to wait 24 hours to let the paint cure.
I'll leave you with the cutest thing that was in the room tonight. My little helper, Lily.

I try to link up to these great weekly parties:

Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac
Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou
Mondays @ Making the World Cuter
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Market Yourself Mondays @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Making Mondays Marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.
Monday Craft Catwalk @ Embellishing Life Everyday
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
You’re So Very Creative @ Me Making Do
Metaphormosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogie Board Cottage
Polly Want A Party @ Polly Want a Crafter
More the Merrier @ The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Monday’s DIY Showoff
Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do
It’s Party Time @ It’s So Very Cheri
Today’s Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality
Calling All Crafters @ All Things Fee
Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds
Pink Hippo Party @ Pinkapotamus
Made With Love Monday @ Sew Chatty
{Sew} Modern Monday @ Canoe Ridge Creations
Craft Couture Monday

Tuesdays @ Today’s Creative Blog
Sew Cute Tuesday @ The Creative Itch Boutique
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Who’s Got Glam @ Giggles, Glitz and Glam
Time to Shine @ Diamond In the Stuff
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice @ 733
Home Décor & Organizing Link Party
Hoo’s Got Talent @ Night Owl Crafting
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Wednesday Penny Pinching Party @ Thrifty Home
What’s Up Wednesday @ Sew Woodsy
What I Whipped Up Wednesday @ Sugar and Dots
Whassup Wednesday @ Elements Interiors
Wow Me Wednesday @ Polka Dots on Parade
Show and Tell Wednesday @ Blue Cricket Design

Saturday, June 11, 2011


A few weeks ago we celebrated Max's 6th birthday. It was a low key event at the park and most of the Pirate-themed decorations were created by me the morning of the party. I was lucky enough to have my awesome photographer friend Amanda capture pictures of the day. It was simple and fun and I didn't have to clean my house:-)
The pirate ship watermelon made by my mom.

"X" Marks the Spot

Pirate Hats and Eye Patches

Everyone got to take home pirate swords. I made these out of garden stakes I found at AC Moore.

All the kids got tattoos...Max's lasted for over two weeks--sorry parents!

Max & Nathan

Olivia & Katie Grace

My Lily in her Pirate Wear


Nannie & Lily

The Birthday Boy!

Joshua getting his chest tattoo.


The Loot

Using the map to search for the loot.

Yes, they were digging!

Here it is!

Peg-leg Race

The dads joined in...

and it was not pretty.

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