Well, the day has finally come. Before and after pictures! Please excuse the trashy befores. I promise I didn’t stage it, I just snapped all the pictures of our house as we were moving in, so the bags of stuff had yet to be unpacked and put away. I’m really bad about forgetting to take good before shots. It’s kind of like those weight loss commercials where the before person is all frowny and frumpy and the after recently visited the salon for the full shebang 😉
Seven months into this whole home ownership thing and we finally have our first room finished! I looooooove this laundry room. It makes me happy just to be in there. It’s pretty apparent that I tend to lean more towards a cluttered rather than minimalistic style. It was hard not to fill up every. single. space, yet I came really close to that. I literally had to force myself to stop. It doesn’t look quite so busy when you look at it from farther away.
See? It’s actually pretty spacious, as far as utility rooms go. And I’m maxing out on storage. From the hutch to the book tower to the appliance cart, I’ve got some major organization going on! Plus the back wall is a chalkboard, so I can keep track of grocery lists and write down Charlie’s schedule for baby-sitters. It’s so handy. Now for a few details on all the different projects!
I really let myself run wild in here. Since it’s not a room most people see, I’ve let myself do whatever my heart fancied. I’m actually waiting on a few zombie art photographs that my friend Suzy shot for photo composition too! I kind of have a thing for zombies. Until they arrive, I framed a silk embroidered robe my dad brought me back from South Korea when I was a little girl. I’m excited to see Charlie running around in it someday. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever want my home to look like it’s straight from a magazine. I love board and batten as much as the next blogger, but I don’t think it’s really “me”. And since my husband lives here too, I have to let him have some input too. Which usually means antlers and cowhides and other means of decorating with dead animals. And lots and lots of wood. He’s country to the bone. So instead of trying to make my home “blog worthy” with white-on-white-on-white and minimal clutter, I’m going crafty-chic. Or crafty-cheap! It may not be popular with everyone, but it’s more important to me to have a home that represents us. That makes us happy. And to encourage others that you can embrace your own quirky style too, instead of feeling like the only way to have a pretty home is to mimic what you see in glossies.
Anyway, I’m stepping off my soapbox now! Here’s a budget breakdown, and you can click on the links for more info on a particular project:
Laundry Room Budget:
• Painted walls – $0 (used leftover paint from the fireplace project)
• Painted Washer & Dryer – $15 (1 can enamel epoxy paint, 1 can chrome spray paint)
• Laundry Hutch – $40 ($30 for the hutch and $10 for gloss black paint)
• Book Tower – $10
• Chrome Cleaning Supplies – $0 (used leftover chrome paint)
• Black Silk Curtain – $25 (hides our water heater, stapled to the ceiling)
• Chalkboard Wall – $10
• Industrial Appliance Cart – $200
I’m really happy with that number, since the main cost came from our splurging with the appliance cart. $100 for a complete overhaul is pretty impressive in my opinion!