One Room Challenge | Laundry Room : The Reveal


Today I am sharing our renter friendly vintage inspired laundry room makeover as part of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge


 I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family. Be sure to check out the progress s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out for 8 weeks!

week  1    |   week  2   |   week 3   |   week 4   |   week 5 & 6   |  week 7

Photographing this space was extremely challenging. It has no natural light as it is basically a walk through space from the garage to another hallway. It is tight with no clear area to even prop yourself to take a photo! So I am sad that the photos are not quite the quality I had hoped they would be! 

Let me start at the beginning, it was a dark and dreary space, lacking any personality. Since we rent, I couldn't make any structural changes. The starting off point that inspired the whole space was the Jungle Toile peel and stick wallpaper from Roommates Decor. I have been seeing a few influencers using peel and stick in their homes and was dying to try some. After spending my childhood in the 80's helping my mom install wallpaper and then spent the 90's of my adult hood stripping wallpaper in various homes we lived in, I LOVE that this product was peel and stick! Not only does it go on easily, it comes off just as easily. NO steamers or wallpaper stripper needed. So if I want a change or the landlords don't like it, I can remove it VERY easily!

The second change in the laundry room was the cabinet doors. I was gifted these beautiful handles that I selected from  Emagn Designs extensive high end hardware. They are so beautifully craftted and are truly unique pieces. I loved the sleek design of their Timeless Handle in satin brass and black. They worked perfectly with the wallpaper and the scale of them fit the flatness of the laminate cabinets. I primed and painted the cabinet doors with Linen from Fusion Mineral Paint. If I was to do it again, I would have purchased paint from the hardware store formulated for cabinets. I tried to use what I had.







The floors got painted with Behr's porch paint in black in a low-lustre finish. I was going to draw a faux hex tile but decided against it! I felt the rug I had sourced for the space, along with the pattern of the wallpaper was enough and decided to leave the floors plain. I hope I don't regret the black paint, it really shows the dust! I might paint a clear top coat on the floors to make them easier to clean!

One product which was SO helpful for painting was the Handy Pro pail from Handy Products! It fit a mini roller perfectly, was ergonomic and had a magnetic paint brush holder. It made painting tidier and so much easier! I can't recommend it enough! 


This was the before! Blah, blah, blah!



Accessories for the space were found at thrift shops, things from around the house or from FB Marketplace! This mirror I had found at a thrift shop about 10 years ago, which I added gold leaf to.


The basket and brass bowl were recent thrift store finds and the sweet painting was found on FB Marketplace in a hideous frame! I simply popped it out of the frame and it was perfect on it's own!



These beautiful pieces of vintage art were art pieces I downloaded from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they have 1000's of downloadable copyright free art! I simply sent the file to our local print shop and requested a size and paper quality. It cost me $2 for print these pieces up. The frames were a FB Marketplace find!


The beautiful vintage looking rug is a Loloi Rug I got at Overstock. Loloi Rugs are sold under different names on sites such as Wayfair or Overstock. On Overstock search: Alexander Home rugs and Loloi Rugs will pop up! I got this rug for $40 but of course adding Canadian taxes and shipping it came to $80.


I added some baskets for storage, one holds cleaning rags and the other holds paintbrushes and painting supplies. One of the cabinets is full of some of my paint collection. The rest is in the garage!







Thank you for following along! 

Also a big thanks to Linda from One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for this fun bi-annual event! I LOVE not only participating but following along with all the other amazing designers and guest participants. Who have you been following along with?
This room wouldn't have been possible with my generous sponsors! 
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One Room Challenge | Laundry Room: Week 7


Welcome to week SEVEN of the One Room Challenge! If you are new here, I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family.

If you are new here, we are tackling our laundry room for the One Room Challenge, and it is all about being VERY budget friendly along with renter friendly. I will take you through my process as we drag this out over 8 weeks!

week  1    |   week  2   |   week 3   |   week 4   |   week 5 & 6


The room is almost finished! Hurrah! All that is left to do is paint the back door to match the trim and paint the floors. I have been searching for renter friendly flooring options for the laundry room floor and haven't found anything I like that is readily available OR budget friendly. So I have decided to paint the laundry room floor with porch paint. I want black hexagon tiles and the next best thing is to paint them on! 


Here is the inspiration pic!


A Beautiful Mess

My goal is to work on the flooring this weekend and then photograph the space during the week in time for the reveal next Thursday!

WISH ME LUCK!

In the meantime, please visit the One Room Challenge blog to be inspired by all the featured designers and guest participants!


A BIG THANK YOU to the generous sponsers of the laundry room makeover:






One Room Challenge | Laundry Room : Week 5 & 6

Skipping onto week 6, last week so much turmoil was happening that I just needed to step away and clear my mind and sit with my thoughts.

Welcome to week SIX of the One Room Challenge! If you are new here, I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family.

If you are new here, we are tackling our laundry room for the One Room Challenge, and it is all about being VERY budget friendly along with renter friendly. I will take you through my process as we drag this out over 8 weeks!

week  1      |   week  2   | week 3 |  week 4

Making Progress:


Last week I finally gathered up the courage to install the toile wallpaper that Roommates Decor so graciously supplied for this project! The learning curve was small, and once I got the hang of matching the pattern it was somewhat smooth sailing. Since this is a tight space, there were so many little nooks and crannies to deal with, which made it challenging. It would have been way easier if the room was just a flat wall instead of having to navigate around door frames, cabinets and a sink. But alas, it is done! 

The cabinets were painted the week previously, and I let them cure. Since they are laminate, I wanted to ensure good adhesion, so I let all the layers of primer and paint to dry thoroughly. The new hardware from Emagn Designs were installed! I needed to just measure where a new hole was going to be drilled. The hardware looks amazing! 



I re-hung the open shelves that I hung over the sink many years ago. At first, I was thinking of spraying the brackets gold, but I liked the black and the warm wood against the wallpaper. 

What's Next:

  • paint back door
  • paint floor OR find peel and stick tiles in charcoal
  • accessorize
  • print up vintage digital art
This week I am getting these two pieces of vintage art which are free digital downloads from the Metropolitan Museum of Art





In the meantime, go visit the One Room Challenge blog to check out the featured designers AND the over 600 guest participants!

Thank you to the following sponsors of this project!






One Room Challenge | Laundry Room: Week 4

Welcome to week FOUR of the One Room Challenge! If you are new here, I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family.

If you are new here, we are tackling our laundry room for the One Room Challenge, and it is all about being VERY budget friendly along with renter friendly. I will take you through my process as we drag this out over 8 weeks!

week  1      |   week  2   | week 3


After 3 weeks of serious procrastination I'd like to announce I have started on the laundry room makeover! 

This week was about getting the cabinets painted. The laundry room has melamine cabinets, so I gave them a good cleaning, lightly sanded and then primed. I should note that I filled in one hole from the previous cabinet pulls as my new pulls from Emagn Designs are a lot longer in length, therefore one hole needs to be filled in.


The ugly pulls were removed.


The top hole filled in with wood filler.


Then I removed the cabinet doors.


The key for any good quality painted furniture project is prep! Wash, sand and prime, especially slick artificial surfaces like melamine. My go-to primer is Zinsser 1-2-3 High adhesive primer.

First I lightly sanded the cabinet doors and cleaned with TSP.
Then I painted 2 coats of primer using the Handy paint pro-pail which comes with a liner and I love how it was easy to hold and I could use both a roller or paint brush!




After letting the primer dry, I painted  two coats of Linen from Fusion Mineral Paint.

My final step will be to seal with a matte clear coat by Rustoleum.




This weekend I plan on tackling the wallpaper!

Just a reminder, this is the wallpaper that is going up. It's called Jungle Toile by Roommates Decor!



I still need to:


  • spray paint the light fixture
  • finish painting the cabinets
  • hang up long shelf behind appliances
  • paint floor
  • paint back door
  • install wallpaper
  • source artwork
In the meantime, go visit the One Room Challenge blog to check out the featured designers AND the over 600 guest participants!

Thank you to the following sponsors of this project!






One Room Challenge | Laundry Room: Week 3

Welcome to week three of the One Room Challenge! If you are new here, I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family.

We are tackling our laundry room for the One Room Challenge, and it is all about being VERY budget friendly along with renter friendly. I will take you through my process as we drag this out over 8 weeks!

week  1      |   week  2


Not much has happened in the space as I have been trying to finish other projects that don't really need to be done but yours truly LOVES to procrastinate...

Renter Friendly Update Tip: 

Another way to update your rental space is to switch out cabinet hardware. In our kitchen makeover I bought some inexpensive matte black knobs for the cabinets. Last night, I removed the ugly plastic handles and filled in one of the holes on the cabinets. I'm excited to have partnered with Emagn Designs, as Canadian hardware company with simply stunning one of a kind hardware. It took a while to decide which hardware to go with, but I was trying to balance the plain flat fronts of the cabinets with the scale of the hardware their offer. They sent me a few samples. But one pull caught my eye right away! 



The Timeless pull in satin brass with black stainless in 160 mm length.

 Gorgeous! 

I think it will glam up the plain flat front laminate cabinets and will go beautifully with the wallpaper, that I am installing this weekend! 
Hurrah!



Here is the mood board in case you haven't read my last few posts! 


What do you think?

Just a reminder of what I am working with....not pretty at all.




Check back next week, I promise there will be more progress!

In the meantime, please go visit the One Room Challenge blog to see what other amazing makeovers are happening.


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