One Room Challenge: Week 6 {The Final Reveal of a Clean and Crisp Laundry Room}

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Hi Everyone!

This is a bittersweet post– on the one hand I get to reveal my newly renovated crisp and clean laundry room, but on the other hand it’s the end of the weekly linking event with the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda over at CallingItHome.

This has been such a fun experience and I’ve “met” so many talented and inspiring women who have worked so hard on making over their rooms.  You have to check them out here.  I swear these makeovers need to be in a magazine!

Six weeks ago I decided to makeover our unfinished laundry room.  If you need to catch up you can click

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week 2
week 3
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week 5

Today it looks like this!
IMG_4338The countertop is custom-made and is the most expensive piece in the room, but it was well worth the money –I mean look at the size of it!

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The “wash, dry, fold” picture is a free printable I got off of Debbie Doo’s website.  IMG_4348All you guys need to check out the other participants’ reveals today …click here!

To Paint or to Wallpaper?

When we moved into our home a year ago it was a blank slate.  In fact it still very much is.  Our walls are still white and we have next to no wall decorations.  We’ve been tackling our home room by room.  Starting with the very important kitchen– they say it’s heart of the home.  And I must agree.  Next we focused on our living room.  A BESTÅ TV wall unit from IKEA made all the difference.  Our bedrooms are still a work in progress.

But we figured we should move on to the foyer as it is the first space you see when you enter our home.  We are looking to paint the walls (or wallpaper) and they lead up the stairs to the kitchen and living room, which are partially finished spaces.

In our foyer we currently have a rustic bench that we found in an antique shop (love it!), a beige rug and the shelf we made from skid pallets (please see Skid Shelf on how to make).

As you can see there is a lot of white! While I was never a huge fan of bright or dark colours on walls (I much rather have colour in my accent pieces) I can’t wait to paint this area and get rid of all the white.

Lately, I’ve been into metallic wallpaper and I hope it’s here to stay.  There are some really nice neutral wallpaper with delicate shimmer accent or patterns available at a variety of retailers.  And I do think that the bigger patterns work well even in small spaces, so I am not opposed to considering them.

    My conservative and calculated side tells me to stay within my comfort zone and stick with what I know.  Which means neutrals.  I love “cooler” tones (grey with blue undertones).  These type of colours are soothing, they go with anything and they make the space feel fresh and clean.  And in my perspective you can always warm up a space with greenery –seasonal flowers and plants.

I love the Harbor Gray and hopefully I can build up enough courage to paint one accent wall Steel Wool.

Ideally I would like to incorporate both paint and wallpaper into our foyer.  I feel comfortable with a grey paint colour but would like to combine the texture of a wallpaper.

It may take a while before I decide what to do with this space, but I’ll be sure to show you the finished product!

Learning to Install Backsplash

Before winter came and it got really cold outside we decided to install our backslash. Picking out a design was quite simple.  We both wanted something light, classic and easy to maintain.  After seeing various options, we narrowed it down to marble and glass.  While most of our family liked the glass tile, we decided to follow our instinct and go with the classic stone.

The process was a bit tedious (as anyone who has ever installed backsplash would know) and I am a very impatient person so I wanted it to be finished and see the result before we even started!

It took about two weekends to complete this project with clearing out the kitchen, cutting the tiles, applying the adhesive, grouting, cleaning the grout off the tile and finally sealing.

In the end I am very happy with the finished product and I have to give a big thank you to my dad who taught us both a very valuable lesson of measuring twice and cutting once.

   

Domestic Bliss

My fiancé and I have been living together for about a year (in fact it’ll be exactly a year March 28th) and we wasted no time in furnishing and decorating our home.  It was a blank slate.

It was quite simple when we started talking about what we envisioned in our kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathrooms –as we have similar tastes.   And when that was not the case, we learned that our styles were complimentary.  He liked clean lines, dark natural wood finishes and I liked rustic and vintage with a modern flare.

Our home is no where near being done (as you can see we still need to paint and replace the carpet with hardwood), but here are a few things we have tackled so far.