Monday, October 19, 2009

Time's Up: Laundry Room Reveal


Can you believe the TWO WEEKS are up?  The time has flown by....and I have to admit, I am a little glad it's over.  My confession from this experience is that I LIED.  I actually don't like a deadline.  The only way I like a deadline is when everything goes my way.  Very realistic, don't you think?  So, even though I cursed and cried my way through this project, I am THRILLED with the results!
Just a reminder of what I started with......

Very drab, very boring back door.  Cluttered shelf practically disappearing into the wall...AND, the biggest crime of all....NO ACCESSORIES!!  How to change a boring door into one you LOVE: Add CHALKBOARD....and ask your very talented sister, Deanna, to paint sweet birds for you.

 
Deanna used acrylic craft paint to fill in the pencil drawing she did first.  I think it took her all of ten minutes.  Yes, it's ridiculous, really.  The girl's got talent.  After she painted, I distressed them with  fine sandpaper.  I love their faded look!

Then, if you're like me and don't go near the power tools, you ask your husband carpenter (AKA Dave) to install trim. 
 
And, of course, Dave will run into the garage and whip out his OWN trim from some random pieces of wood on the side of the house.  Hopefully, with any luck, you will end up with something like this....
 
 From DRAB to FAB!  This is probably my favorite addition being that I see this from the hall.  I LOVE how the trim changes the door and the black chalkboard against the cream.  (FYI: wall color MARTHA STEWART: Everyday Green, trim color MARTHA STEWART: Butter White)

 
The disappearing shelf came alive with a coat of flat black spray paint.  I had originally planned on re-painting the walls, but after doing the shelf in black, I decided the green walls looked perfect with it.  I added the #'s on the pegs with a paint pen.  Sweet bunny in his place of honor:)  The bottle was wrapped with jute, thanks to Sarah@ThriftyDecorChick.  I added a simple fleur de lis to coordinate with the art work I added on another wall.

I used a wood frame from the closet and applied more of the same flat black.  A little distressing and you've got yourself a new frame for your burlap work of ART.  The burlap was wrapped around the existing cardboard backing just like in the Fancy Pear project.  I used a stencil and colored in the design with a black SHARPIE....I know it's genius.  Unfortunately I can't take the credit for it and I can't thank the person who really is the genius.  So, if you know the blog where she made burlap place mats and used a SHARPIE, be sure to let me know!
 
 
This is the project that the glass broke just after I cleaned it up real nice and was trying to get it back in the frame.  Dave (God love him) said he liked it better with the texture of the burlap and blah, blah, blah....I have made my peace with it nevertheless.  I was thinking of taking it apart and adding cork board so I could use it as a memo board.  Any thoughts?
 

Candlestick revamped from the thrift store and painted flat black.  Dave tied these candles together and they were set out on our wedding night with many more.  I love having a touch of the sentimental....
Next up, the CABINETS.....
 
Now, if you recall, I was attempting to do the makeover  for next to nothing.  So, the first thing I did was take inventory of the supplies I had on hand.  I had two quarts of black paint; one semi-gloss and one satin.  Because I had painted my other cabinets with semi-gloss, that is what I chose to use for these.  IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BLACK FOR YOUR CABINETS, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING SATIN.  This is just my humble opinion.  The cabinets still turned out great, but the look I was after (not quite so shiny) would have been achieved better with a satin finish. 
 

The distressing turned out better than I could capture on film....the darn things are so shiny!!  It's okay...it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  And, don't get me wrong....You can't go wrong with black bead board.  Am I right or am I right?

Dave added bead board by cutting out the insert and nailing it to the back.  That way we preserved the design at the top.  This added instant character to builder-grade cabinets with very little effort on my part. (Looking beat down and pathetic usually does the trick...)
 
The window is a mistreated using just one yard of fabric.  Pastoral toile....so pretty.  I even have enough for two pillows on the couch as well.  I added another bamboo roman shade ( I have them in almost every other room of the house)  I really wanted to play up the rich browns and blacks against the pale color of the green.
I added a frame underneath the cabinets that was in the abyss of the guest room closet as well.  It was dark green and had a white matte.  I tea-stained the matte, added postcards given to us from my mother-in-law, and again hit the frame with paint.  The glass stayed intact:)

 
 
 
I love using items I already own....and it's even more meaningful when they are family memorabilia.  Most of the postcards had a postmark of 1915....To think they were just piled in the hope chest!  Now we I can appreciate them every time I do a load:)
 
Last, but not least, I was able to find the PERFECT rug and it was on clearance!  I know this could have been, like, 5 posts....So, if you stuck with me till the end THANK YOU!
It was a fun two weeks.  I may even sign myself up for another Procrastinator's Party......after I ask Dave, of course:)


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82 comments:

Sarah said...

WOW, stunning makeover! seriously, wow...

Cam Bowman said...

I need you to pack up and come to our house for a week! We are renting after selling our house so unexpectedly. Our house is very modern with no personality. It needs so much help we decided to stay away as much as we can. This way we don't have to look at it. Thank you for posting great, fun ideas. I love it!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

WOW WOW WOW. Everything is just amazing. Love it!! So glad you joined the party, you have inspired me!!

Shannon said...

Great job! Looks like a lot of work! Love the art you created with the burlap. I wish I had a laundry area like this.

Shirley said...

What a wonderful enhancement of your laundry room. Love the chalkboards and that sweet stencil of the birds.

decdiva1 said...

hey tam, the laundry room looks fantastic! of course, i've already seen it- me being the uber talented (haha)painter of birds! thanks for the glowing reference to my humble little birdies. can't wait to see what your NEXT project is.

p.s. i'm jealous---next is MY laundry room!

"m" said...

Love love love the door! Very cute.
And bead board....gotta love it.
Your laundry room turned out delightful.

(Thanks for your prayers. Mom's doing well, and it was a push after returning home, but I finished the challenge @8:30 tonight.)

Gail said...

Congratulations. WOW awesome make-overs.

Gail

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh. my. goodness. I am completely in awe of that laundry room. Seriously, feeling AWE here. I LOOOOOVE the chalkboard on the door, and WILL be trying that one. What a wonderful combo of projects expertly carried out, and family heirlooms. Awesome.

Michelle said...

Wow, I love it, what a difference! I want that door, that makes up for the crummy task of laundry.Stop by for a visit soon.
Michelle

Katie said...

You did such a great job!

Katie said...

You did such a great job!

Captured by Love said...

Love it!! I like doing laundry and I love laundry rooms that are pretty!

Joanie @ The Bright Side said...

I think you did enough projects for about 3 procrastinator parties!!! I LOVE the door treatment with the chalkboards and the birds. That is adorable! Great job on everything!!

Jennifer said...

What a fantastic makeover! You did a great job... it all looks so nice!! Not such a bad place to work in! ;)

ButterYum said...

Love it!!! Everything is perfect!

:)
ButterYum

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Sandy said...

Absolutely fabulous. What a tramsformation.

jenjen said...

It turned out so well. It is breathtaking. I love the black cabinets and the chalkboard door is genius. Darling!

XOXO
Jen

maitlandmommy AKA Sheri said...

wow. wow. wow. LOVE the makeover. If i had laundry room and not a closet - i would copy it - it's absolutely fab!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Totally in love with your room! I am about to start my laundry closet redo, too, so this is a great inspiration for me! Love the black cabs. Not too shiny without your camera flash, probably ... I bet they look even better in person.

Amanda said...

ahhhhh!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!! I did my laundry room about a year ago and I am STILL in love with it- it makes you "want" to do laundry! I did mine in yellow with black & white damask-so fun! Your door is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Tamera said...

Katherine-That photo is with no flash, yeah, they're shiny! But, you're right...they do look better in person:)
Thank you all for the kind words!
I am doing laundry as I type....

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That does look FAB! {all capitals for how fab this looks}. Your sister really is talented and it fits so nicely in that spot. Love the door! I also see your a bunny and fleur de lis lover like me.

I actually thought your framed fleur de lis burlap was a cork board! So that might be a good route to go. Or you could add ribbon, criss-crossed for a memo board.

It turned out great, Tamera, and I'll bet you don't mind going in there at all!

cherry said...

Oh my goodness this is a wonderful redo .. love the little birds you and your sister make a perfect pair!! And that hubby of yours is a real handy fellow !!

Ya'll Rocked this project..
hugs, Cherry

Maridith said...

See I would love doing laundry in my laundry room looked like this!! BEAUTIFUL!! I love everything! Great make-over and thanks for sharing!!

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

That is GORGEOUS! I would not mind doing laundry in such a lovely room. All of the detail and the door.....wow! I will be using some of your ideas in my lr, definitely.

Courtney said...

Wow, Looks Great! You really took on a ton of work for the party! I really enjoyed looking at it, and I love the door! Great Ideas!!

Courtney said...

Wow, Looks Great! You really took on a ton of work for the party! I really enjoyed looking at it, and I love the door! Great Ideas!!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Fantastic! That makeover should be in a magazine. Well done, girl! Linda

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It looks fantastic!

M castillo said...

Amazing! Great job girl! I love seeing all your hardwork look so awesome!

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, what an awesome makeover! I love the beadboard cabinets and all the accessories you added, just gorgeous!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Hope you aren't getting tired of how amazing it looks - a room I'd love to do laundry in!

pk said...

TAMERA!!!!! This is awesome! Such attention to detail and THAT DOOR? So jealous. You're going to be washing clothes just for the fun of it now! :-) Seriously - great job!
pk @ Room Remix

Anonymous said...

Fantastic....what a great job !!!

nice to meet you :)

kathy :)
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Kara said...

Sooo cute! I love everything. Wish I could paint my cabinets:(!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love, love, love your laundry room. But I think I love the chalkboard door the best. I want to do that to my door. I guess I better ask hubby to make me some trim. Will your sister come paint her birdies on my door?

rita said...

You did ALL that in two weeks?!? I love the results. I'm falling in love with the color black. Thanks for the tip about what kind of paint to use on the cabinets.

Mandy said...

GORGEOUS! I love it all - it's really inspired! Everything is fantastic. Great job!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

You have outdone yourself on this transformation! I So LOVE that door idea!! and the birds are just too cute. You left no detail untouched- It truly is a great laundry room and makes me wish I had joined in on the party so I would have something so fun and beautiful to show off but alas......

Rhonda said...

Love, Love, Love it ALL!!!

Jayne said...

I need to borrow Dave! Your laundry room is gorgeous! It could be a "reading room" it has so much personality!
Have a Happy Day!
Jayne at mysongwithin

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

So pretty! And that you did most of the work with stuff you had on hand is commendable. Love the door! Love the cabinets. And, yes, I think your fluer de lis on burlap should be turned into a cork board (in case you're taking a vote)

{ L } said...

Wow, wow!! You must be so excited!! It is perfect, then I kept scrolling down and reading more and it just got better and better! Good job. I need to go back and read it again to jot down your incredible ideas!

And yes, I would put corkboard on that framed burlap! It is beautiful.

Tamera said...

Thank you all...it makes the work I (we) put in to it that much more worth it! And thanks for the vote on the corkboard....I will be adding that to my list:)

tooznie said...

Stunning!

amber waves of grain said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I want to paint things black... I love that a little black paint helped you avoid repainting the walls (can you tell I don't like to paint walls?)

jane said...

holy cow! the best!!! jkj

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I absolutely LOVE everything about it!!! It's so pretty. I'm going to have to copy :-). I love the jar to put the change into... so clever. WOW.. great job to you & Dave :-).

Amanda said...

Love your laundry room redo! I think it turned out fabulous!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

What a wonderful job you did!! That door! The beadboard on the cabinets! Your sharpie art!!! I would have posted this baby for months!!! You must be proud -and should be!
~Nancy

Porch Days said...

Amazing! And did it using mostly using things you already had. That is most satisfying, isn't it? Great Job!!

Astrid said...

You had me at painted birds! LOL! Absolutely gorgeous makeover!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Wow, what a wonderful re-do! I love the door with the chalkboard paint! And I love the black cabinets and the beadboard inserts! It all looks wonderful!

Shannon

mrsapplejuice said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS! This is one of the best reveal posts I've EVER seen! I am so so so in love with your chalk board doors and your beadboard cabinets!! Any chance you'll be posting a more detailed tutorial with more pictures for either project? I'm too chicken to try either project without someone holding my hand and babying my every move. Hey, these are drastic changes. I couldn't just hit the "undo" button and make them go away if I don't do them right and they look like crud. Anyway, I just found your blog, and it's already in my bookmarks. Fabulousness all around! (mrs_apple_juice at hotmail dot com)

Denise Sabia said...

Love it! Especially the twine bottle!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

This room speaks to me. The black paint and fleur de lis and I do really well together. Your room is awesome. Wish I had a handyman!!
Norma Lee

Jen R. said...

That is so awesome! I would love to do laundry there!

Tamera said...

Whoa! mrsapplejuice! such nice, sweet words! I tried going to your blog, but ACCESS DENIED!
Thanks for all of the positive feedback....it is like a salve for the soul:)

Cathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous transformation!!! I love everything about it!!!

Wonderful!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Love your blog too!!!

bekah said...

Your transformation turned out great! Thanks for your inspiration. I have one question. I really like how your curtains turned out. I have been trying to think of something for my daughters room and they look perfect. How exactly did you do them (if you made them)?

Thanks

Tamera said...

Hi Bekah!
The mistreatment on the window was made by using 1 yard of fabric and NO SEWING! If you read the post, I highlighted the word "mistreated" because I originally got the idea from The Nester. Click on that word and it should take you to her post all about them!
Let me know if you have any more questions!

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