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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Master Bathroom Makeover DIY

DIY-Bathroom-MakeoverWe’ve now lived in our home for 60 days, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Almost all of the boxes are unpacked and the rooms are starting to come together… I’ve finally finished the master bathroom makeover, and I’m excited to show y’all how it turned out!

As I mentioned in a previous post, this bathroom is super ugly! The “decorative” tile and textured walls make it nearly impossible to work with, but I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. We intend on doing a full remodel at some point (hopefully soon!) so the goal was to just get it to a level of ugly that I can live with. Cue the bathroom makeover DIY.

Bathroom Makeover-Before

It really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! After surviving the blue bathroom nightmare, I’m really happy with the gray-but-almost-white color that we ended up with. When Symphony Blue turned out to be anything but symphonic, I reverted to my trusty go-to color palette–gray. I wanted it to look as crisp and clean as possible, and I was worried that a greige or brown-gray wouldn’t be clean enough. I sure as heck wasn’t going to touch the blue-gray tones, so we settled on Olympus White by Sherwin Williams.

Master Bathroom Makeover DIY

I’ve been obsessed with the oh-so popular Greek Blue this summer, and found these fantastic bath rugs and towels at Target. I’ve never decorated with blue before, but I just love the sort of Mediterranean feel of these bright blue and white pieces. Especially with the (super weird) terra-cotta tile floors–it reminds me of Greece. And, for a bathroom that started out in Tijuana, it’s a huge step up for this makeover to land us in Mykonos.

Greek Blue Bathroom Decor-Bathroom Makeover DIY IMG_6050I haven’t finished the vanity yet–I’m still trying to decide what to do. One idea is to paint it navy blue and replace the hardware, but I can’t decide if it’s worth it. Hopefully, we’ll get to do a full remodel next spring, and that seems like a lot of work for a short time period.  I may just replace the hardware and call it a day.  Any opinions?

I love to make my own wall art! It’s so much fun to be able to make something that says exactly what I want it to say–it brings out our personality, and in this case, sets the stage for my shower-time vocals. All I did was throw this together in Photoshop, print it out and slap it in a frame–super easy!

Fresher than you Beyonce wall art-Bathroom Makeover DIY Fresher than you Beyonce wall art

Another easy DIY was this artwork I hung on the back wall. My mom was cleaning something out (her attic or garage or something) and had this big silver frame with the glass broken out of it. I happily took it off her hands last spring with this project in mind. I just bought this fabulous Nate Berkus fabric from Jo-Ann’s and a can of blue spray paint. After my mom sprayed the frame for me during our girls crafting day, I stapled the fabric to the back of the frame while pulling it taunt and attached a picture frame hook to the back of it. Easy peasy.

DIY Wall Art Nate Berkus-Bathroom Makeover DIYDIY Wall Art Nate BerkusI think this bathroom has a ton of potential, and I can’t wait to take out the bathtub and knock some walls down. The dark shower stall is less than ideal too (especially when I’m shaving my legs,) but for about $100 and a day’s worth of work, I think we’ll manage for the time being.

Master Bathroom Makeover Before-After

My Favorite Summer Trends

summer decor trends

If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know by now that I have a bit of an addiction.  As a visually-inspired person, Pinterest is my favorite social network and down time go-to. I draw a ton of ideas and inspiration from pins, and it’s one way that I stay current on decor and fashion trends. I also have a few magazine-style lifestyle blogs that I like to follow for inspiration, like My Domaine and Glitter Guide.

Mike and I have an ongoing joke about how I don’t read–I only like to look at pictures.  We laugh about it, but the truth is that I do really like pictures! :) So, I wanted to share some pictures with y’all and tell you about the summer trends that I’ve been swooning over.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple has been popping up everywhere, and I can’t get enough of it!  From accent pieces to fabrics, accessorizing with pineapples has been a huge thing this summer.

Decorating with Pineapple

Decorating walls with pineapple art

2. Greek Blue

I’ve always been a fan of bright cobalt blue–especially paired with white.  Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of our 2008 trip to Greece, but this color just makes me happy!

Greek Blue painted dresser

Cobalt blue kitchen

greek blue bedroom decor

3. Word Art

I think this trend may have started with Taylor Swift’s clever little graphic tees, but I’m totally on board. I have a nerdy affinity for typography (see, I do read!) so I love the idea of dressing up my walls with short, pretty messages! Bonus points for music lyrics or movie quotes.

word art wall decor

word graphics for walls

4. Flamingoes

Okay, seriously–aren’t pink flamingoes every little girl’s favorite “animal” at some point? Even at 31, they still put a smile on my face. I would love to decorate our back patio with a flamingo theme… It would never fly with Mister Weaver, but it would be so much fun–black, white, flamingoes!

flamingo wall art

flamingo wallpaper

flamingo bathroom

5. White + Black

Speaking of black and white, I love that this classic color combo is so hot right now.  Ten years ago we were all into the browns, and then we transitioned to grays… and now white and black are the neutral palette of the future.

white and black graphic living roomblack and white bathroom

black and white modern kitchen

 

So, which of these trends are your favorite?  Check back next week to see how I’ve incorporated at least two of them into our master bathroom makeover!

Violent Seas: The Blue Bathroom Nightmare

blue bathroom nightmareWhat started out as a genius plan turned into a blue bathroom nightmare, which we’re now referring to as ‘Violent Seas’.

Our master bathroom is hideous.  I mean, beyond bad.  The best way I can describe it is that it reminds me of a cheap hotel in Mexico. We will definitely remodel it, but that’s at least a year or two away and I’ve seriously lost sleep wondering what in the world I’m going to do with it in the mean time.

Ugly out-dated bathroom

The one almost likable feature is the cobalt blue tiles that accent the insanely tiny (dark!) shower.  So, one day as I was washing my hair I thought, “Maybe I should just embrace the ugliness and work with it, instead of trying to change it.  Maybe I should paint the walls blue!”  Later that day I was at Target and spotted some awesome blue and white towels, and the deal was sealed.  I bought the towels and a few rugs and burst with excitement when I told Mike the news (he, obviously, did not share my excitement.)

I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration and played with about 20 paint chips over the next couple of weeks. I knew it was going to have to be the perfect blue in order for me to pull it off–especially with the heavily textured walls.  I kept going back to this picture, described as Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue:Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue

I went ahead and got a gallon of the color so that we could get the entire main floor painted over Memorial Day weekend.

So, we had gotten almost every room painted in a day—it was getting late but all we had left was the bathroom and an accent wall in the bedroom.  I tackled the bedroom while Mike started the bathroom.  A few minutes in I shouted, “How’s it looking in there, babe?” When his response was “Uh, I don’t know…” I knew something was wrong.

I walked around the corner and my eyes burned as I tried to wrap my head around what I was looking at.

Ugly blue bathroom

It was clearly not covering very well, so Mike tried to make me feel better about it by telling me that it probably just needed a second coat, so I quickly slapped some more paint onto a small section.  Which didn’t help.

Symphony Blue Bathroom

We decided to get the first coat on the entire room (because, why wouldn’t we stop while we were ahead?  We’ve got to get in deep.)

Ugly blue bathroom paint color

Eventually, we called it a night–I needed some time to figure out what to do. I mean, what in the heck was I going to do?!  I hardly slept that night thinking about it.  Whenever Mike went in there he kindly reminded me that he felt like he was in an aquarium. The textured walls sort of gave it a “wave” feeling.

I showed my mom in the morning to see if she had any sage advice, and she was even speechless. I told her that I was going for a calming blue, and she told me, “honey, you’ve got violent seas!”

I spent the entire next day painting it gray.

Front Porch is the new Quill: Choosing the Perfect Gray Paint

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In my last post I talked about painting my home 50 shades of gray, but what I want you to know is that all grays are not created equal. There’s much more to it than slapping some gray paint on the wall, and depending on the light, you could end up with a color that doesn’t look gray at all!

It’s fun to paint each room a different color (or shade of gray, in my case,) but you need to have one main color for throughout the house–like in hallways, for example. This weekend we’ll be painting most of the house the same color, and then adding variation by painting accent walls and the bedrooms in different colors.  Especially since this color will be used so much, it’s super important that it’s the perfect shade.

In my Denver home, I went with Quill from Valspar which was the ultimate greige.  This time, I wanted to cool it down and go with a true light gray, and landed on Front Porch from Sherwin Williams.  It’s funny how similar they look in person…

Check back next week for photos of the living room!

Tips on Selecting the Perfect Shade of Gray:

1. Paint Chips. Take as many as you can get your hands on! Even if you don’t think you like them in the store because it’s too green or purpley, for example, you may actually  be surprised when you get them home.  They’re free, so don’t be shy!

2. Online Tools. Almost all paint companies like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar all have online tools available to help you visualize. You can upload a photo and see exactly what the room will look like with the color.  It’s pretty neat!

3. Samples.  It’s sort of a pain in the you-know-what, but if you must, go ahead and buy a quart to sample on the wall. They’re about 10 bucks apiece, but it may be worth it if you’re having difficulty deciding.  They annoying part is that you have to paint over your test stripes, so if you end up selecting a shade that’s drastically different it may take some primer or a few coats to cover it up.

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