Laundry Room Makeover – Part 1

Upon moving into our first home I hated the laundry room. It was outdated, the flooring was warped,  and there was an old ADT system mounted on the wall. Do you know what an ADT system looked like before wireless?!? This.

 And all of the accessories surrounding the box was part of the system. All I can say is thank god for the advancements in technology!

 

Add a water heater and furnace crammed into the already small space and you have yourself one heck of an eyesore for a laundry room. See…

 

 

 

 

 

Yup, eww!

 

What actually triggered this project was two things 1) I love starting new projects when I have multiple projects that I already started that need finished and 2) It became the catchall room after our Loft got a makeover. So much that you couldn’t see the floor. Not kidding at all. It was getting to be so bad that my husband came home one night from work and told me that every night he comes home he plays the “trust” game. Meaning he trusts that he isn’t going to fall or trip over something and break his neck. He does work late, so by the time he gets home it’s dark, the lights are off, and the doors are closed. Thinking more about it now, his comment was fair to say the least. With that said, operation laundry room makeover commenced!

 

The first thing I did was create an inspiration board. I knew I wanted a modern look with touches of farmhouse & greenery. I fell in love with the Wash & Dry sign from Magnolia and knew that I wanted that in the laundry room, so I used the sign to set the tone of the room.

 

 

After I had an idea of what I wanted, I got to work! The first thing I tackled (besides cleaning it out) was tiling the wall behind the washer & dryer. I decided to do tile because we had three cases sitting in our garage that a friend gave us. Yeah, you read that right. GAVE us!! It was free ninety-nine. The tile sat in our garage for over a year so I’m glad I remembered it! Initially I had planned on using that tile to do a backsplash in our kitchen, but I installed my DIY open shelves instead. You can see that tutorial HERE.

 

After reading multiple tutorials on tiling, I felt confident that I could do it by myself. If you have been thinking about installing tile yourself then THIS TUTORIAL offers several good tips as well.

 

Below are the tools/materials you will need, regardless if you are using a manual tile cutter or electric wet saw.

 

Trowel
Spacers
Grout
Caulk
Caulk gun
Thinset Tile Mortar
Sponge or cloth towels
5 gallon bucket
Tape measure
Level
Pencil

 

If you are using a manual tile cutter I would highly recommend investing in the tools/materials listed below as well.

 

Tile file
Dremel 3000
Diamond wheel Dremel accessory
EZ402 Dremel accessory
Clamp
Safety eyewear

 

This is a list of additional tools/materials that you might consider, but are not necessary.

 

Tarp
Gloves
Painters tape
Putty knife

 

I would bucket tarp with the required materials if you are not planning to take up the flooring. Grout is EXTREMELY messy and will get EVERYWHERE! But since we did take up the flooring for this project, I didn’t care about the mortar or grout staining the floor.

 

The cost for the actual materials were pretty reasonable. Under $75. However, I didn’t have any of the major tools. My goal was to spend the least amount of money humanly possible, so I purchased THIS $20 tile cutter from Lowe’s. It was manual, and the process was PAINFUL, but it got the job done, so I would say it was worth it. Adhering all the tiles that didn’t require cutting was a breeze, but the tiles that required a special cut, ugh. Especially doing it with a manual tile cutter & a ceramic tile file.

 

Tip 1: if you use a manual tile cutter, treat it like a wet saw. After measuring out the tiles, I submerged them in water, and even poured water directly on the tile after the tile was secured in place. Doing this made it easier and the cuts didn’t look jagged.

 

 

Tip 2: Buy a tile file! Just do it. If you are using a manual tile cutter, the $10 you spend on this ceramic tile file is worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. A tile file will smooth the edges of the tile after it has been cut. I cannot stress enough how dependent I was on this tool.

 

 

Tip 3: Make all your tile cuts at once and write out the measurement on the back of each tile and on the wall where that tile will be secured. It was tedious, but it saved me a lot of time trying to figure out which tile goes where. Plus you won’t be able to see the pencil marks once the tile is up.

 

 

 

Even though I tried to avoid buying any power tools, by week 3, I caved. After several failed attempts of trying to do a 90 degree angle cut with the tools I had, I realized I either needed to a) have a professional do it or b) buy the appropriate power tools. So first I called all the local tile shops and the most inexpensive place I found wanted $109…for only 9 cuts! I knew the tool I needed was less expensive, so I broke down and bought it.

 

 

If you have not been introduced to a Dremel, and you plan on tiling a wall yourself, BUY THIS TOOL! There are several versions of a Dremel, so make sure if you buy one you get one that has multiple speeds. I bought the Dremel 3000, which was the least expensive one that I knew would cut the tile. If you buy a Dremel, more than likely it will come with a starter kit. HOWEVER, you’ll need to buy the diamond wheel and the EZ Lock EZ402 accessories. Both are sold separately and NOT included with the Dremel kit. I didn’t realize that until I got home, so I had to make another trip to Lowe’s.

 

 

When cutting the tiles, I used a clamp to hold it in place. I did the cuts on my kitchen island and just laid a tarp over the island for protection. It was messy and I would recommend doing this in a garage or outside. It was rainy the day I did this, so just did it in the kitchen.

 

 

From here, I am not going to go into crazy detail on tiling since THIS TUTORIAL does a really good job explaining the steps. I mean, why try to recreate the wheel?

 

I do however have a few more tips I would like to add after completing my first tile job.

 

Tip 1: I was lazy and didn’t wipe all the mortar off, so there was a lot that dried on the tiles. But instead of scraping with my nails, I used a putty knife and it worked like a charm and it didn’t leave any scratch marks on the tiles!

 

 
Tip 2: Clean out the leftover mortar and/or grout mix in the 5 gallon bucket immediately after your done. They both dry quickly and it is impossible to clean out after it sets. I went through 3 buckets figuring out the things you shouldn’t do. Bucket number 1 bit the dust because I covered the  bucket planning to  use it the following day. Bucket number 2 was letting the grout mix sit too long before cleaning it out.

 

Tip 3: Lay a tarp down/over anything you don’t want the grout to stain. Grout and mortar are both incredibly messy. Especially grout. I opted out of the tarp only because we were going to lay new flooring down. Otherwise, I would have used one.

 

 

 
Tip 4: Take off any outlet plates you plan to tile around before you start tiling. 🤦🏻‍♀️

 

 

This may sound like common sense, but this was my first time tiling and I thought the tile would look good around the plate. Wrong. It didn’t help that my tiles had beveled edges, so they stuck out like a sore thumb. However, the new outlet cover I bought covered the edges enough, so crisis adverted!

 

After three long weeks of tiling, grouting, and caulking I was done!

 

 

So pretty!!

 

Once the tile wall was done, I removed the baseboards. Initially I was going to buy rapid fit baseboards to put over the existing one, but when I was planning out how I was going to lay the flooring I knew I would need to remove the baseboards if I wanted the flooring to look right along the edges of the walls.

 

Removing the baseboards was actually quite easy. I used my handy putty knife and a crowbar and it came out easy peasy and still intact! I found THIS TUTORIAL to be super helpful.

 

After removing the baseboards it was time to paint the remaining walls, trim, and door. I went back and forth several times about painting vs. shiplap. Believe me, I LOVE shiplap as much as the next fixer upper farmhouse lovin’ junkie, but after tiling I was ok with just painting. I ended up going with HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams in Delicate White from Lowe’s.

 

This was my first time using this brand of paint, and honestly I was not super impressed with the coverage. I usually purchase  the Emerald line from Sherwin Williams. That stuff is AWESOME, but expensive. Since I had to buy the tools for the tiling job, I decided to use a less expensive brand of paint.

 

 

I applied two coats and let the paint dry overnight. More like over-week. I work full-time, so I feel that’s acceptable. Right?

 

After the walls were painted I tackled the flooring. Initially I was going to just lay the planks over the existing linoleum, but after reading several tutorials I decided to take up the linoleum and lay the planks directly on the concrete. The reason I decided against laying it over the linoleum was because the existing floor was warped in several places and not even.

 

 

It may sound like a lot of hard work, but taking up the linoleum was actually quite simple. The previous owner only had adhesive along the edges of the linoleum, so pulling it up was a breeze.

 

Look at that beautiful concrete!

 

 

Laying the planks down was also super simple and the only prepping I did before starting was sweep the floor.

 

Once the floor was clean I started laying the planks down. I started at the corner of the room behind the dryer, then staggered the planks from there. It was so simple that I didn’t even have to take the washer and dryer out of the room! Crazy right??

 

 

So much better!!

 

We used  Safari/Brown Peel-and-Stick vinyl planks from Lowe’s. I planned on buying the gray driftwood vinyl, but decided on a darker tone at the last minute. I am so glad I did! Now that the flooring is down, I don’t think the gray would have looked right with the color scheme.

 

Tip: In most of the tutorials I read, the bloggers were saying to use extra adhesive on the planks, but I didn’t  and I’ve had no issues with the planks coming up. However, I took the existing flooring up first. So if you intend to use peel-and-stick flooring and plan to lay the planks over the existing flooring, I would recommend using the adhesive. 

 

The floor isn’t finished yet because we are in the process of moving the water heater, so I will share more angles when it is finished in part 2 of this makeover.

 

Now it was time to start decorating the walls!

 

First up was the outlet on the tiled wall. I switched out the standard white outlet plates for antique brass plates. Such a simple change, but I love the brass, black, & white color contrast.

 

My amazing FIL installed an extender box for the outlet on the tiled wall. I wanted the outlet cover to hide all the tile edges around the outlet. I’m so OCD about things like that. I got really lucky that a normal sized outlet plate covered all the edges. I should have taken the outlet cover off before measuring the tile. Rookie mistake. 🤦🏻‍♀️ However, the plate covered it enough, so no worries!

 

Next, I hung the Magnolia sign & clothing bar.

 

 

I made the clothing bar using galvanized pipe. Super easy! I attached all the pieces, then spray painted it Matte Black from Rustoleum. The best part, I already had everything to make the clothing bar from past projects!

 

After the clothing bar was mounted it was time to tackle the shelf above the washer. I was anxious to mount the hardware for our shelf. However, after all my hard work tiling, I  was TERRIFIED that I would crack the tile when trying to drill into it. So I looked up several tutorials and THIS TUTORIAL was the most helpful.

 

I purchased the anchors, screws, and drill bit. I had standard plastic anchors on hand, but with the weight of the shelf and brackets I wanted to be extra safe so I purchased toggle anchors that can hold up to 159 pounds.

 

 

Also, screws come with the toggle anchors, but they were silver, and I wanted black to blend in with the brackets. The screws were only .37 cents so I just bought them instead of spray painting the screws that came with the toggle anchors.

 

If you intend to mount a shelf on a tiled wall you’ll need to buy a special drill bit made to penetrate tiles. Otherwise your tiles will crack.

 

 

As stated in the tutorial I referenced above, drilling into tile takes patience. I was extra careful and did not put any added pressure on the tile so I wouldn’t crack them. After about 35 minutes I had the brackets put into place and the shelf ready for decorating.

 

Step 1: Use blue painters tape where you will be drilling. Then make a dot on the tape where the holes need to be.

 

 

Step 2: Start drilling on low-speed. You can increase the speed slowly as you start to see the hole form. Continue drilling until the drill bit is all the way through.

 

 

Tip: Make sure the size of the anchors coincide with the size of the drill bit. Meaning, I used a 5/16 inch drill bit, so purchased anchors that were 5/16 inch in diameter.

 

After the anchors were in place, I put up the shelf.

 

 

 

I found the Crates & Pallet shelf brackets at Home Depot online. They were exactly what I was looking for. Durable yet modern. I’ve bought a lot of shelf brackets in my day, but none compare to these. The brackets come in several sizes, but I purchased the 12 inch brackets to ensure the shelf would be wide enough for the canisters.

 

 

I had to make sure to add greenery to this space, so I moved the wall planters from our entryway wall to the laundry room. I think the greenery brings this space together.
I also love the mini wicker basket for lint. I found this clever idea from @brepurposed She recently made over her laundry room and it is truly swoonworthy! 😍 I tied the basket to the hook using twine.

 

After the walls were decorated, I decided I was going to paint the door black. Initially I was going to change out the gold doorknob for a black, but I couldn’t find a black door knob I loved. I also didn’t look very hard.

 

I had the black chalk paint on hand, so I just decided to paint the door. It was a darker shade of white than the walls anyway. At least that’s what I told my hubby. 😂

 

 

I applied three coats and voila! New door. I still plan to buy a new door knob and hardware for the door, but it will be another week until that’s done. I will have the door finished for part 2.

 

Even though I still need to finish the floor, add the baseboard, put up the new blind, and change out the door hardware I am so happy with this transformation! It seriously looks like a different room!

 

 

I would consider myself a seasoned DIYer, but this DIY project had me in tears a couple of times. Of course I want to encourage you to DIY when you can, mainly to save money & give you a sense of accomplishment, But sometimes DIY projects are not all rainbows and butterflies. They can be time-consuming, painful, and at some point make you question your sanity. However, after all the blood, sweat, and tears I would do it again. Mainly because of the cost savings. I spent roughly $300 for this makeover (granted the tiles were free). If I would have paid a contractor to do it, we would have easily spent over $1000. Crazy!! So basically, this makeover would have never happened. 😑

 

 

Well friends, that’s it for part 1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found inspiration to take on a big project and I can’t want to show you the final reveal in part 2. Stay tuned!

 

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Easter Brunch Tablescape 

If you have been following along, then you know how much I love to host. I get all the feels when I get the chance to entertain friends & family. Like literally, my heart feels like it’s going to burst. 😬 This year I decided to host an Easter brunch. My goal was to create a whimsical garden party table setting. To do that I needed lots & lots of flowers. I think the types of flowers you use really sets the tone and brings a tablescape together. But that is just my opinion. I might be biased. 🤔 I do love flowers though!

So to get this look, I first laid moss down the center of the table. It was a little messy so I would encourage you to do this before putting anything else on the table. I bought the preserved moss at Joann Fabrics. The large bag was only $4! 🙌🏼

Next, I added the teapot with the floral arrangement I put together. Since the tea set has blue details, I went with blue hydrangeas, then added white flower spray and touches of greenery. The hydrangeas and flower spray was under $10 at Trader Joe’s!

Then I put moss in each teacup as I stacked them. I have 5 teacups, so I did a stack of 3 and then a stack of 2. I added fresh flowers to the top then placed a stack on each side of the teapot.

Side note, this tea set was passed down to me from my grandma. It was given to her by her husband. A gift he brought back with him from when he was stationed in Germany. It is one of my most favorite possessions. 💙

Okay, now back to tablescaping…

Once I had the tea set all floral-y. That’s a word right? No, it’s not. But now it is. 😂 I randomly placed {real} broken egg shells on the moss along with faux eggs.

After putting the centerpiece together I laid out the plates, silverware, and mason jars for the glasses. For the napkin I did a bunny fold. The fold is simple. Trying to secure it was not. 😤 So I used a straight pin to secure the napkin in the back. You can’t even tell. I will have to remember to tell my guests though. 😬

Here are the step-by-step instructions for the napkin bunny fold. Please note, this fold works best with a large dinner napkin.

After step 8, you’ll need to flip the napkin over to complete steps 9 & 10. Then you’ll flip it back over for step 11.

To secure the fold, I put a straight pin in the back (after step 13).

See…easy peasy! Well, with the straight pin. 😂
Ok,now dessert!

I found a recipe for mini mason jar garden carrot cupcakes on Pinterest via My Cup of Cake and knew that’s what I wanted to make for a dessert. They are so dainty and thought it would fit my whimsical woodland tea party theme perfectly! My favorite part are the mini mason jars though. 😍

Before I give you the link to the recipe I do want to tell you that I didn’t follow the recipe, more like used the idea. Instead of making the frosting and cake from scratch I used store bought. My oldest son had one and he loved it, store bought and all. 😊 That was all the confirmation I needed.

Note, I did follow the recipe in regards to length of time to cook and how to make the strawberries. 🍓 Ok, I think that’s all I wanted to tell you about the cupcakes so click here to get the full recipe.

For the final touch I used individual cupcake stands I found at Target for $1 each and placed one in front of each table setting. Hold on…can we go back to the $1 cupcake stand?!? Is that not crazy? $1 each! 😱😱 Target dollar spot for the win! 🙌🏼

Well friends that all for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired to create your own tablescape for the upcoming holiday. Until next time. Xoxo

 

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Valentines Day Tablescape

With my husband being a chef, holidays are some of the busiest times for him. In the 7 years we have been together we have yet to spend Valentines Day together. I knew that when I married him I was giving that time up, and I am ok with it. Over the years we have always celebrated Valentines Day a few days before or after with a card and some sort of material gift, but this year instead of getting him something materialistic, I decided to make him dinner. Plus we don’t want to spend a lot of money, so dinner at home it is!

I want it to be perfect, so I spent some time planning out the meal and of course tablescaping.

I found this cute envelope napkin fold on Pinterest. Click here for the instructions. But I took it a step further and placed felt hearts I already had from baby K’s first year monthly pictures. I think it gives it the perfect Valentines touch. Plus I spent $0 since I already had the napkins and felt hearts.

For the centerpiece I used an assortment of carnations, eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, waxy white mini flower spray, and white roses. Then laid some extra seeded eucalyptus stems on the table and set my brass candlestick holders on the side. Super simple right?!? Plus we can eat by candlelight to make it more romantic. 😂❤

I also wanted to make a signature cocktail. So I started experimenting. I used brute champagne and poured a teaspoon of Rasberry Grande in it to make the drink red.

It tasted quiet good and the sweetness of the raspberry evened out the dry taste of the champagne. To give the drinks a romantic touch, I topped them with pink carnations and greenery I had left over from the cakes I made for my best friends baby shower. I simply cut the flowers down to the head of the bloom and laid them around the rim of the coup glasses.

I am excited about our dinner and can’t wait to pamper him. I haven’t finalized the menu yet, but I can check the tablescape off my list. #priorities 😂

Side note, these are the cakes I made for him friends baby shower. When I did the tablescape I had them and thought they made pretty table props. 😬

Well that’s it friends. I hope you leave here feeling inspired for the upcoming holiday. Just know you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your significant other feel special. Until next time. Xoxo

Spring Home Tour 2017

I got a head start on Spring cleaning this year, mainly because I wanted to minimize the clutter in our house. I remember when we moved in, I thought we didn’t have enough “stuff”, so I bought more and more to the point that we had too much.

Realizing some of the things I purchased was on impulse, I told myself no more. I have always loved the simple & classic look, even with my clothes, but was finding myself in a home full of clutter. So I made a conscious effort to get back to the basics so I could come home to a place that actually feels comfortable. That feels like home. I want the things that occupy our home to have some sort of meaning to me, to our family, and not something to take up space. We ended up donating 12 trash bags (approximately), a kids teepee, several vases, and other miscellaneous items, but oh did I feel so good! It took my husband and oldest son 4 trips to get everything out to the car. 😳

But after our house was decluttered, the fun began…Spring decorating!


The Dining Room

  • Wooden charger & Bar – Crate & Barrel
  • Chalkboard – DIY project
  • Glasses & olive branches – Pottery Barn
  • Glass vases – Magnolia Market

  • Small glasses on table – Crate & Barrel


  • Faux lambs ear, anemones, pink roses, & peonies – Afloral @afloral on Instagram

  • Mug rack – Magnolia Market

  • Faux peonies – Michaels
  • Apothecary jars & tea cup – Pottery Barn
  • Champagne glasses, water goblets, large platter, & glass wine bucket – Crate & Barrel
  • Mixing bowls – Pier1
  • Medium white pitcher – Anthropologie
  • Large white pitcher & rim beaded dinnerware – Target

  • Faux flowers – Afloral
  • Silverware – Crate & Barrel
  • Plates – Target
  • Linen napkins – Pottery Barn
  • Mini bird nest & eggs – Michaels



The Kitchen

Transitioning from Winter to Spring was simple. Just add lots of fresh greenery & flowers and volia! Spring kitchen!

  • Herb prints – Designed by me @acarriedaffairdesigns you can purchase similar prints created by me at Sarah’s Etsy shop here.
  • Kitchen aid, marble pastry slab, rolling pin, pie pans, flour sack – Crate & Barrel
  • Rim beaded dinnerware, mugs, & large white pitcher – Target

  • Glass heritage jars & small plant pots – Crate & Barrel




I finally found vintage seltzer bottles that didn’t cost a fortune, so I snatched them up as soon as I saw them. I think they look perfect as with the pastel pink hyacinths for my island centerpiece.

  • Tray – Home Goods
  • Hyacinths – Trader Joe’s



I made this makeshift wreath using only seeded eucalyptus and left over white flower spray that I secured with waterproof floral tape. I love the modern feel of it and it only took me 10 minutes! 😊


The Main Living Room


There is no separation between our kitchen and living room so we positioned the couch to act as a room divider. Also we can put the playpen on the other side making a makeshift baby gate to keep baby K from trying to escape to the kitchen cabinets to pull everything out of them. 😬

I had the coffee & peony pillow custom made from Kendra @sovintagechic she makes beautiful pillows and this is definitely my favorite. The buffalo checkered pillow is from Lucy @mscraftberrybush she also makes beautiful pillows. 😍

I made this spring wreath in 20 minutes using an embroidery hoop. I think it looks perfect on our living room wall. Click here for the tutorial.

I was really hesitant about sharing this photo. I really hate the outdated ceiling fans, but I decided to share it to show you that my house isn’t as perfect as what the pictures I post depict. There are things I want to change and update in our home, but it’s not in the budget right now. A lot of things aren’t in the budget that use to be now with two kids, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I already have the new fixtures picked out, so for right now I am content with what we have. Plus I love the chalk painted mirror up against the shiplap. In the end I’m grateful to have a nice home to watch our boys grow up in. ❤

Well friends that’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my spring home tour and are leaving here inspired to create your own spring spaces. Until next time. Xoxo