The FINISHED Laundry Room

  In all the hub bub of the holiday’s, and the relief of finally being done with the laundry room, I totally forgot to show you the before and after photos! 

LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE:

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PANTRY BEFORE: (lockers are in this spot now)063

LAUNDRY ROOM AFTER:

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PANTRY AFTER:  (it’s now to the right of the back door)

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  Yay! I am so excited that it’s done.  I love having my food all in one location, and I love love love that after 8 long years of baby blue kitty & birdy wallpaper, I now have the cheerful mustard walls I’d always wanted!  And, I absolutely adore the fact, that each child has their own locker! Being Organized makes me happy! 🙂  Lockers are something I only dreamed of, once I checked prices.  Praise God, He provided through a friend, some very free lockers! I love that God knows my hearts desires!

Here are the links to the first 2 posts about this project:

Project Laundry Room

Project Laundry Room Continued

  Thanks again to Justin, Dad & Drea, and Dale, who were the man power behind this makeover!

~T

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Project Laundry Room continued….

Here is the messy laundry room, mid-project and mid-laundry day!  I was hoping we’d get the room totally done, before we all ran out of clean underwear and socks, but it was not so.  Oh well, at least it’s a pretty color now, even though its a mess, right?   That’s what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night.  

The color of this photo is WAY off! This room is more of a deep golden yellow, not mustard. You will see it in the final post of this series!  Another great feature of the finished laundry room, is we used some old closet doors to hide the water heater, score!

  See that blue door in the mirror? It’s our current back door, and my nemesis of 8 long years. You better believe, as soon as we have a paycheck with some extra, (does that ever really happen?) we have a beautiful door picked out, with a nice big window that has a grid in the middle of it, what’s that called?  Whatever it is, I love it!

Here are the AWESOME lockers we got from a good friend of Dale’s, I plan to crackle paint them to age them a bit… 

First step, a rich butterscotch gold base coat the same color as the walls.  (Remember, these photos are turning out a MUCH different yellow than the actual room color, so use your imagination!)

  See that top section where Tylan’s pumpkin school paper is displayed?  That was an angled piece of metal that went towards the wall, my clever dad and husband bent it up, and stabilized it with framing, so that it can be used to display special artwork above each child’s locker. 

Next, I will use a crackling medium, followed by a beautiful umber brown color…..

If all goes well, it should look like this except with the gold crackling through the dark brown….

See that color swatch? THAT is the color of the laundry room, not that horrible school bus yellow it looks like in photos.

Here are the letters I am painting to make into future locker magnets……one per each child’s locker, to help identify whose is whose….

Also, painting some picture frames in the same brown as the locker top coat for laundry room art….

Here is my section of the lockers….being organized makes me happy! 🙂

More pics to come….

~T

Finished project here.

Project Laundry Room

9 years ago, as Dale and I were preparing for our new life together as a married couple, we began praying for a rental we could afford, BUT, I had a big wish list too.  So, I started praying VERY specifically. 

  If you know me, and know much of a planner I am, this will not surprise you. 

  “Lord, we need an affordable place to live, and I would love to live in a home with big windows, a nice sized yard, a kitchen with a view, big laundry room, 2 car attached garage and room for our family to grow.  And Dale wants to live in the country, and I am not sure if this city girl could handle that, could you help us find a nice compromise? Oh, and unless you know something we don’t, we can’t spend more than $400 a month in rent. Thanks Lord, may your will be done… 

Pretty big wish list right?! 

Nope, not for the Lord. 

  He provided us with a 1940’s ranch-style house on 17 acres with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms.  It even had the outbuildings Dale wanted, although he didn’t actually add them to the prayer wish list. That’s the “The Lord knows the desires of your heart” part.  🙂  Its only 3 houses off of a paved road, 5 minutes from church, 5 from both our mom’s and 10 from Walmart….

Country AND city. 

 Thanks Lord!

So we rented, and eventually bought this home, and have slowly been fixing it up.  You know the drill… carpet, paint, new fixtures.  Then, when we were pregnant with Tylan, the 3 1/2 of us + 2 inside dogs,  moved to my mom’s house, while we added on a master bedroom, bathroom and closet.

Yes, we still speak to my mother, and Yes, she still loves us.  lol 🙂  We then turned our old bedroom into a playroom and office with a walk in toy closet, which freed up a bedroom for baby Ty. Its been wonderful!   Especially since I had no idea we’d end up fitting 4 kids in this house!

 The latest project on “The List”, has been the laundry room.  It’s country blue,with kitty & birdy wallpaper, and is one of those rooms, that every time you enter (which is A LOT these days), you think to yourself….this is SO not me!     Another issue of this room, was that we were running out of pantry space:  

Old pantry, new pantry door and pantry from the garage view.

 So late last night, actually EARLY this morning, I finished moving into the new pantry.  What a blessing to have all our food in ONE location!  Previous to this, the food was in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage.  Being organized makes me happy! 🙂  Thanks to my daddy-o for a great birthday present!  Thanks a million to handy man Justin, for his super carpenter skills! And thanks to my honey for giving up a couple Saturdays of fishing to finish the pantry!

While we are working out there anyways, we are going to paint the room a beautiful mustard color, and all the woodwork white.  I have some ideas for a big magnet board to display school papers, and a shelf to house baskets and hooks for all the accessories kids come with.  That is Phase II, to be completed at a later date. Until then?  I’ll be ripping kitties & birdies off the wall in preparation!

While we had our handy man around, (thanks for the loaner Melissa!) we had him lay some tile in front of our fireplace.  We burn wood all winter, and save a hundreds on our heating bill, but look at the carpet. 

Yup, burn marks.  Every morning, I woke up to new burns, and after thanking the Lord for safety, would ask Dale “PU-LEEEEEASE, can we add tile here?”  We just need to add a stained wood strip around the perimeter and its done too, just in time for winter!

Well, that’s a peek into what’s going on in the Ferguson household today…….

Next project on “The List”?  Kitchen & Dining room…..$omeday!

~TFinished laundry room here.