One Room Challenge: Week 5

I can’t believe we are in week 5 of 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. This has been such a great experience and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed linking up with the ORC.

Next week is the final week and I am über excited to reveal our laundry room reno.  I don’t have many pictures to show you today because I’d be spoiling the reveal, but I will show you the initial inspiration for our modern, clean, chic and sophisticated laundry room.

I particularly love the light, crisp, airy colours and feel of these laundry rooms.

I knew I wanted a feature wall so I opted for a metallic modern wallpaper.  And of course you need storage and hooks–and these chicken wire baskets and quick DIY hooks are pretty and practical.


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Don’t forget to come back next week and check out the big reveal! And click here to see the other very talented and extremely hardworking participants and their projects!!

One Room Challenge: Week 4

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the last few weeks and commented! Your words of encouragement are so thoughtful and motivating.  This is my first time participating in anything like this in the blogosphere and I am amazed at how supportive everyone is–what a great experience!

In case you haven’t heard, I am participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Please click here to check out the other 83 very talented and hard-working participants.   If you want to see my progress over the last three weeks click week 1, week 2 and week 3.

We’re in week 4–two weeks to go from the final reveal!

I’ve started to look for small decor pieces.  I particularly like the chicken wire baskets that you can find almost anywhere now.  These are a few I found at Walmart.

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I like the first picture (although I would spray paint them black) but they come in three and I’m not sure I need three chicken wire baskets.

Originally I thought about getting the all white floating shelf from IKEA, but now I’m rethinking this and wondering whether the I should go with the silver one.  Hmmm…any thoughts?

This will meet my shelving needs (believe me I don’t need much more in our laundry room).

I also found this decorate flower pot from the Superstore that looks just like the IKEA Skurar one, but for a fraction of the cost.  Who would have thought that you can find something cheaper than IKEA?!


Lastly, I used an old skid plank we had and mounted three hooks to it.  I plan to use this to hang the ironing board from.

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The hooks and the plank haven’t been installed onto the wall yet, but please come back next week and check out my progress.  And don’t forget to check out what the other participants have going on over at Calling it Home


One Room Challenge: Week 2

This past week has been physically taxing! A week ago, I linked up with One Room Challenge to make over one room in my house over a six week period and document the progress.

I was so excited to tackle our laundry room and get it completed, but before I could get to the fun part (shopping for paint, shelves, and other decor to put some life into this space) we had to put up drywall, tape the seams, apply compound, sand the seams, apply compound, sand the seams…and once everything was smooth paint the entire space with two coats of primer.

With the help of my dad we got a lot done this past week.

1.)  We moved the washer and dryer out of the space (its Thursday and our appliances are still in the foyer)


2.)  We put up drywall and started to tape, apply compound and sand.  We did this about three times to make sure all the seams and corners were just perfect (or near perfect).  This was my least favourite job!


3.)  Next, we painted the entire space with two coats of primer (the picture shows just one coat of primer).

4.)  Since we opted for the less expensive folding door that came in an ugly green/khaki colour I decided to paint it pure white with trim paint.  It’s a good thing the paint dried fairly quickly so I was able to do about three coats in one night.


5.)  Finally, we got to paint the entire space with our chosen colour from Benjamin Moore.  Last week I mentioned that I was going for a fresh feel and look –perhaps a pale sky blue or sea foam green.  After careful consideration we decided to go with Genesis White.  When we opened the can of paint I was confused.  I thought they gave us pure white, but when we tried it on the wall you could see a tinge of grey.  In fact, it looks like a very pale/baby blue grey.  I love it! It has a very spa-like and calming feel to it.

Stay tuned to see more next week and don’t forget to check out the other participants’ projects!

{to view week 1 click here}


One Room Challenge: Week 1

Although I am very new to blogging (can we say about two weeks into it) I came across the One Room Challenge Linking Event and couldn’t wait to be a part of it!

Basically, I have to choose one room in my house to makeover in 6 weeks and document my progress.

I have chosen the laundry room.  The reason is because when we moved into our house a year ago we decided not to pay the upgrade fee to the builder to have this space finished and so today it is a room bare down to the studs!

Other than the obvious (drywall, ceiling, door) I plan to add colour, storage/shelving, functionality and some pretty decor fit for a chic laundry room.

For inspiration I turned to none other than Pinterest.

I love the dramatic dark grey, but the space I’m working with is not that big and doesn’t have a lot of natural sunlight, so naturally I’m leaning towards something light grey, or a fresh sky blue or maybe even a sea foam green.

I like the airy, fresh and clean look–after all is it where you clean your dirty laundry.

So stay tuned and come back every Thursday to see my progress!

{to view week 2 click here}



Skid Shelf

I knew I wanted a distressed and rustic-looking shelf for our foyer.  Good news is everyone was selling them! Bad news is Restoration Hardware wasn’t exactly in our budget.

I turned to the only place I knew would have a solution.  Pinterest.

I found tons of easy do-it-yourself shelves made from skids!  I immediately wanted to try this project.  I was desperate to have a rustic-looking shelf, but wasn’t going to give up just because we couldn’t afford it.  The next day my fiancé came home with a skid and started to pry it apart.  I took over once the hard part was done and started sanding and staining it.  I stained it a few times to give it that rich walnut colour and fastened the two planks together.  Lastly, I attached inexpensive black metal brackets from IKEA and lo and behold our shelf was complete!