Saturday, July 30, 2016

Have you ever felt like your home is a money pit?! If yes, then you are not alone.  From the time we moved in, we had two major projects that needed to be checked off the list--one (the plumbing) to guarantee our homeowner's insurance, and two, a shake roof that had seen better days.  First we did the plumbing (which at least we can rest at night knowing it wasn't going to spontaneously burst). That was a big one. Like we could have redone a small bathroom with that project dinero.  Next, was the shake roof.  It was in bad shape, and we are in a somewhat risky area in terms of fires, so, we bit that bullet.  I longed for a metal farmhouse roof--you know, like that beautiful house of Joanna Gaines from "Fixer Upper", but we ultimately decided it may be a bit too progressive for our neighborhood, and by that, I mean the HOA. After much deliberation, and a major compromise with hubs, we chose a faux shake roof.  At first, I was not sure it was worth the extra expense, however, I do think it keeps the character of the house without the fire risk!  We've been using some of the old shake roofing as fire starters, and boy-oh-boy, they work awesome!  Sure glad those little firecrackers are off of our roof now!

With all these major projects done, our "fun money" wasn't around to do projects inside the house, that I found to be more "important".  I had some creative energy, with a small budget, so I set out on my first project: the laundry room.  One might ask why this area was needing some love? Well, when they did the plumbing, they left us with some really "interesting" texture that I couldn't stand much longer, and a white paint color that was a sight for sore eyes.  I've been following a blogger for a while now, and had seen how beautiful her house had looked after "planking" just about every nook and cranny in it. Truly, she is super talented.  I have no idea where she finds the time to keep her house looking super clean, homeschool, and do all sorts of home improvement projects.  That being said, I wanted to have this sweet touch to my laundry room. You heard me right. MY laundry room.  Much of my time is spent here as a momma, and I felt it should be a room that was refreshing to walk into, not dread--my own little slice of heaven.

One weekend, I felt ambitious. Probably more ambitious than I should have.  The hubs was out of town, and the laundry room beckoned. It was a loud call.  I couldn't say no.  Home Depot called me and said to stop by, grab some wood, grab some paint, and get after it. Thankfully, my sweet mom and dad are usually on board with my whims and shenanigans, and came on over to help out.

I might add, my first attempt at painting cabinetry was with milk paint.  I was not a fan, especially because the dark gray I chose appeared purple in the room's lighting.  I ended up using Home Depot's Behr Paint, which has held up fine, but I have since found my gold standard at Sherwin Williams. Ready for some pictures?!

Like I said before, I'm horrible at remembering to take pictures before I start a project.  I get a whim, and I just go. Then, I realize all the cupboards are gone and I have no proof in pictures to show the difference all my efforts have made.  You won't see the super dirty, gunked-up oak cabinets in these pictures, but you can take my word for it, each coat of paint made them look a thousand times better! They were bad!

Here is my sweet dad, assessing the walls before planking.  As you can see, I also had the countertop replaced with Wilsonart's Calcutta Laminate from Home Depot.  Isn't she pretty?  If you gotta do laundry, you might as well feel fancy while you do it!

A little before and after shot.  Don't mind my laundry basket.  I need to find a better "white" spray paint...but that's for another day, on another dollar. Oh, and if you look carefully, you can see that I put some cabinets back upside down.  He he. The washer and dryer are now stacked in the corner, but I couldn't figure out how to nicely snap a pic...that can be for another day, when I'm a little better with my camera.
And here is a little more recently.  And I still haven't addressed the weird white paint on the laundry basket. Procrastination is a virtue, I'm told.  That's what cropping is for, right?

Hope you enjoyed this project. Have a great weekend!  If you want to check out the blog that inspired this project, go to .


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