DIY Laundry Pedestal

DIY Laundry Pedestal - Holly on Hummingbird

I just finished my DIY laundry pedestal project, and I am so excited to tell you about it!

I got my front-loading washer and dryer last fall when we had to sell our old set with the house. I really wanted to get the laundry pedestals at the time, but they were so expensive! We decided to wait, and I’m glad I did.

The thing that stinks about front-loaders is that you have to break your back bending over to get things in and out of them–and most of the time I have to get on my knees to get to everything in the very back. It’s really a pain in the back! (Pun intended.)

When we had that issue this summer that affected the laundry room and bathroom, I started perusing Pinterest to get some good ideas on how I could maximize the space in the laundry room.  It doubles up as the mud room, as it’s the only access point between the garage and the house, so it’s important that it stays neat and tidy.

DIY Laundry Pedestal Plans

In that process, I came across the idea of building a DIY laundry pedestal. It made so much sense for the room, and seemed totally achievable. So, I sweet talked my step-dad into building it for me and sent him the plans I found on this blog.

It took him an afternoon to build, and then I spent about 30 minutes painting it. I mean, I’d like to say it was a piece of cake, but that’s really just based on him not calling and cussing me out halfway through it.

Laundry Room Pedestal- DIY

I had initially painted the laundry room cabinets white, but when I saw the paint on the pedestal, I had to paint something else with it! I love the dark, rich color I picked (Benjamin Moore, River Blue) and after a quick consultation with my little sister, I decided to paint the cabinets too. I’m so happy I did–it really transformed the entire room!

The Final Product: DIY Laundry Pedestal

I started the laundry room project back in July, so I’m so happy that it’s finally complete! It turned out great, and I love walking into it every time I enter from the garage. Now, I just need to get some laundry started…

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Laundry Room pedestal - Holly on Hummingbird

Flash Sale Friday!

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Good morning, friends! I’m so excited about this week’s flash sales! There are only three favorites today, but I assure you there’s plenty to look at.  Furniture steals, mid century modern styles and super chic lighting are on my mind this morning.

{Flash Sale} See Through Design: 55 Downing Street

I absolutely love acrylic furniture and accents, so I’m over the moon about this flash sale on 55 Downing Street! They’ve got some amazing pieces that I haven’t see before, and the prices are really good too.  While it’s not inexpensive, $1800 is  a great price for this fantastic backless couch.


Flash sale - acrylic furniture on sale - Holly on Hummingbird
Open Back Acrylic Sofa - Flash Sale -Holly on Hummingbird

{Flash Sale} Bedroom up to 65% Off: Joss & Main

I love this bedroom sale, featuring some really great furniture pieces at low prices. I think I saw a nightstand for about $170, and I’m going to grab this King size duvet set for only $48.95 for my guest room!

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{Flash Sale} Lamps & Light Fixtures to Up the Ambiance: Rue La-La

I love Rue La-La. Yes, it’s definitely a hit or miss site in regard to prices, but this lighting sale is amazing. I’d love to put this chandelier in my dining room, but at $600 I’ll just admire it from afar.  There are some other great fixtures, though, under $200 and some cool floor lamps and table lamps as well.



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Mid Century Modern chandelier - holly on hummingbird

Happy shopping, everyone! Please check back and let me know if you scored any bargains for yourself, too! Also, make sure you subscribe over there on the left so that you don’t miss next week’s sales.

Kitchen Update: Subway Tile Backsplash

Why I chose subway tile kitchen backsplash-Holly on Hummingbird

Subway tile backsplash

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you! What started out as a broken dishwasher turned into a new subway tile backsplash–and it turned out better than expected!

We have some major plans for our little kitchen, but will updating it in phases as we can afford it. It’s going to drive me crazy, but I promised to reign it in and be patient. I know that I’ll regret making that promise at some point… I’m more of a rip-the-band-aid-off kind of girl and unfinished projects just eat at me.

A great example of this is when the dishwasher needed to be replaced. Obviously we needed to get a really nice stainless steel Bosch, but that would look ridiculous with the remaining outdated black appliances, right?!  So I suggested that we get a new refrigerator and then found an uh-mazing deal on a range that we just couldn’t pass up. 

But, since the range was a slide-in and we wanted a vent hood instead of a built-in microwave, it left two really ugly untiled spaces in the backsplash. So it was only natural that we tear out the ugly green and brown mosaic tile and replace it with subway tile.

Subway tile backsplash-before and after


Our kitchen isn’t awful–it’s just that whoever picked the finishes had absolutely horrendous taste. So luckily, we can make some cosmetic changes and end up with a pretty nice kitchen.  I picture lots of white with black accents, and a built-in banquette.

why I chose subway tile

Subway Tile

I have a little bit of an obsession with subway tile. I used to think it was boring, but I inherited a lot of it with our house in Denver and I guess it just grew on me. It’s so much more versatile that you’d think, but it’s also classic.

Subway tile will never go out of style–it’s definitely a safe choice in that regard. But you can get super creative with it and take risks with the grout color and tile pattern. I really wanted to go with black grout, but I was afraid it would be too much of a contrast for the kitchen so I went two shades lighter (right in the middle on the grayscale) and I’m so happy I did!

BEfore and after-subway tile backsplash DIY


The white tile immediately opened up the whole room and brought in so much light! It was unexpected to see such a drastic change. And the gray grout provided that bit of contrast and style that I was looking for.

Under 200-Kitchen Backsplash

For a basic mosaic backsplash tile, you’re looking at spending between $5-$10 per square foot on the low, low end. Subway tile, however is only $1.84 psf at Home Depot! We only spent about $100 on tile, so after grout, mortar and a few other supplies, we were able to install a new backsplash for less that $200.  

White Subway tile kitchen backsplash-holly on hummingbird

Why I chose white subway tile for my kitchen backsplash

Phase two will be painting the cabinets and changing out the hardware, so be sure to subscribe over there on the left so that you can follow along! 

Flash Sale Friday!

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Here are this week’s best flash sale deals.  Happy shopping, everyone!

{FLASH SALE} Bar Carts: One King’s Lane

I’ve been on a hunt for a really cool acrylic bar cart to use in my kitchen, and hit the jackpot when I found the Bronson Bar Trolley on OKL this morning.

{Shop the shop}

Best deals on stylish bar carts - Holly on Hummingbird


Flash Sale Friday - Acrylic Bar Cart - Holly on Hummingbird


{FLASH SALE} Opulent Metallic Glassware Under $29: Hautelook


This is such a cool collection! A mix of metallic printed and carnival glass bar sets. There are too many great choices, but I decided to grab this blue and gold ikat set.

{Shop the shop}

Metallic Ikat print glasses on sale - Holly on Hummingbird

Blue and gold ikat metallic bar glasses - holly on hummingbird


{FLASH SALE} It’s Wine Harvest Season: Rue La La

Wine harvest season is certainly something to celebrate! This shop has everything from books and wine accessories to cheese boards and wine club memberships on sale. This Cuisinart wine cellar is only $139!

{Shop the shop}

wine harvest season - shop accessories, wine and more! Holly on hummingbird

8-bottle private wine cellar only $139 - holly on hummingbird

{FLASH SALE} Happy 90th Birthday, Le Creuset: GILT

This sale’s huge! Though they’re missing some colors, many of the flash sale items are marked down by more than $100. This Le Creuset 16QT Stockpot is only $125 and will be perfect for all of my football Sunday soups and stews this fall.

{Shop the shop}

Le Creuset markdowns - on sale - holly on hummingbird

16oz. Le Creuset Stockpot on sale - Holly on Hummingbird

Flash Sale Friday!

Flash Sale Friday
So don’t tell Mike (or my boss) but every Friday morning I come in to work with a Starbucks and browse the day’s flash sales while I wake up and get going for the day. It occurred to me this morning that I should share my favorite finds with y’all! And with that thought, Flash Sale Friday was born (cue the confetti!)

Keep in mind that flash sales only last a couple of days, and the good stuff sells out fast. So, if you see something you like, be sure to click on over and get it while you can.

This week’s sales are extra exciting because it’s Labor Day weekend (WOO!).  And, here are my favorite flash sales for today:

{FLASH SALE} Skyline Furniture Event: Joss & Main

They’ve got some super stylish beds, sofas and chairs at really great prices. In particular, I’m in love with the Hannah Upholstered bed in black.

Check out the Flash Sale

Furniture Flash SaleHannah Upholstered Bed - Flash Sale

{FLASH SALE} Table Top Under $50: Ideel

This sale is so much fun! From fancy crystal glasses to dish sets and drink ware, I love everything about this one.  I love the quirkiness of these stemless wine glasses and I can’t get over how cute this “wine preserver” is!

Shop the table top here

Ideel table top flash sale
Ideel flash sale - wine ware

{FLASH SALE} Labor Day Lighting Blowout: OKL

Huge deals on some really great lighting! Fixtures, table lamps and floor lamps are all marked down and depending on what you’re looking for, you can snag something spectacular!  Loving these table lamps… only $199 for the pair.

Shop here

Labor Day flash sale - OKLAva table lamp- flash sale-OKL


{FLASH SALE} Labor Day Sale: MyHabit

A little of this, a little of that. At 90% off and free shipping for Amazon Prime members, you’re definitely going to find a deal here!

I’m currently coveting these amazing walnut chairs for only $60. 

See the deals here

My Habit Flash SAleStandard Walnut chair- labor day flash sale

{FLASH SALE} More Labor Day Deals: 55 Downing Street

Furniture, home decor, rugs, lighting and tons more are all included in this sale. I love these embroidered pillows for only 19 bucks!

See what’s on sale here

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55Downing-flash sale pillows

Happy shopping, everyone!