When I said I was nesting, that was no understatement. I spent most
of my free time last week pinning ideas, scouring TJ Maxx and Home
Goods, buying (and then returning) comforter sets and throw pillows,
making lists of what projects I wanted to accomplish first, emailing
Taylor plans and ideas to see if they were feasible, and finally I
rested on Sunday.
I told Taylor no less than 100 times
how I wanted everything to be “fresh, crisp, and clean”. It felt as
crazy as it sounds. I was compelled to tackle everything but neither
time or our budget (or this 8 month baby bump) allowed for such a
luxury. I decided to put our bedroom makeover on hold and focus on the
first floor eye sore: the laundry room.
When we first moved in, we painted the smashed pea-green walls a greyish taupe:
moved in the washer and dryer, added a few baskets to store
cleaning supplies, stuck an entry table in the corner to collect the
mail, paper piles, etc, hung a few things and called it a day.
drop zone has been highly dysfunctional and unorganized since day one. The baskets
are too high and shed a black debris every time they are moved so I
go out of my way to avoid retrieving things from them. The “mail zone” has never served as it’s intended purpose, but more so as a paper collector
when we need to clear off our kitchen counters and have no where to go with them. The sad
part is that the “Before” pictures are considered tidy compared to the laundry
room’s normal state of disarray.
For months now, I’ve
been wanting to replace that wire shelving with cabinetry. We had
priced 2 individual cabinets (a whopping $90/cabinet) out at Home Depot and even received gift cards for our
birthdays from my Dad to help us achieve that goal, but still, the laundry room sat
waiting for attention. Last week, I checked Craigslist for cabinets left
behind after a kitchen remodels, but my search was unsuccessful. After
reading a DIY blog (re: the next project on deck) about a desk found at the Habitat ReStore, went to
check out our local ReStore. This is where our newest DIY journey
original list price for this solid piece of wood cabinetry was $45, but it had
been sitting on ReStore’s floor for a little over 2 months so it was 50%
off. Sure it’s missing a door and the top of all the cabinets are
covered in goo (for lack of a better word) or in the words of my toddler they are “icky sticky”, but we have a vision for
this 81″ donated piece and I am so excited for it to come to fruition.
Let’s get started, shall we?