Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him





How truly blessed we are to have our Savior Jesus Christ!  I know He LIVES!



Happy Easter!

Mindi

Friday, April 18, 2014

Closet/Laundry Room Makeover!!!

Yippee!!  It is finally here my sister's Closet/Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!
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Can you believe this?  Seriously...it is amazing what can take place in only six days.  Oh, and with a TON of stinkin' hard work, awesomeness, and superlycoolamazinglyrockin' (I totally just made up a new word) family to help!

Let's start with some before shots my sister sent me, when said makeover, was first a proposal...
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A room off of my sister's master bath that basically became a catch all for random storage, was now going to have a washer and dryer...
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Right here.  That lidded box, by the way, is a laundry shoot, leading to the main floor laundry room directly below.  I think it was a genius idea to put a washer and dryer off of the bedroom.  Totally inspired...
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And inspired is exactly how my brother-in-law felt after seeing MY Master Closet Makeover.  Inspired, that is, for me to help makeover their new closet/laundry room during my spring break.  What?!

Don't get me wrong, I was seriously game, and even excited for the challenge.  But a week, need I remind you that it took me a month...A MONTH to do my closet????
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Upon my arrival this is what the room looked like, my sister (with the help of another sister) had taped and mudded (one coat) the drywall. 
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Luckily the washer and dryer was previously installed...phew!  We sanded, mudded, sanded, and skipped the last mudding, shhh-don't tell!  And the room was ready to become this...
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Sa-weet!  This shot is taken just inside the door looking to the right.
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This is a shot of the wall directly to the left when you walk in.
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The "laundry" wall.
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And lest you think I would dare waste any space, we have removable rolling walls!!!
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Oh yeah baby!  This closet is rockin' the hidden storage.  Probably my super favorite feature!  And if you have a keen eye, you have noticed the DIY Upholstered Bench that was made completely from free stuff!

Now it is important to note that I had a few ideas, well several actually, but no concrete plan.  It all kind of morphed as we went along.  All the above photos were taken by yours truly the morning I left, exactly one week from my arrival.  I was so happy with what we had accomplished, but sad I couldn't totally finish the room, the way I wanted to.  We talked about all the last minute touches and I left my sister with the charge to complete them on her own.  And I think she did a super job...
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Doesn't it look so nice and comfortable?  My Sister has six adorable kids, just like me (same ages too!).  I love that they are the stars of the room, those frames were $5 each.  No lie!  I got them almost two years ago at my Restore.  I had to call my sister and see if she wanted some.  And off course she did.
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I think even I would be excited to do laundry here!  You can check out the Old Deck Wood Laundry Crate I made.  The cute blue wheel thing was in the garage collecting dust, I loved it from first sight.  The cabinet is hiding a power box and sporting laundry detergent.  It was a last minute project.  The doors were in the garage, and I built the cabinet for the back of them.  Not the cool open shelves I envisioned, but free!  My sister bought the cute "laundry" word.
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My Brother-in-law's side of the closet.
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You can see we didn't paint the floor all the way back, or the wall for that matter.  We knew it would be hidden and we were on a tight budget, so no wasting paint!  And yes, we painted the subfloor, doesn't it look amazing?  I. love. it.
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I designed the roll out sections to look totally built in when they are in place.  I'll bet you couldn't tell they were meant to move when you first saw them.
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See, hard to tell right?
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It is so fun!
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All that storage, out of sight, out of mind.  Until you need it of course.
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My sister can store her laundry crate nicely tucked away or...
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Pull it out for easy access and laundry business.
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Still a little jealous of this cutie.
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Anyway, here is a shot looking back at the bathroom door, so you can get a better feel of the room.
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Here is a shot right as you walk in.  
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I wanted to do some type of feature wall where the pictures are, I told my sister my ideas, and I think she might try to do it...cross your fingers!  If she doesn't get to it, then, next time I visit...
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I thought I might share some before and after photos,
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Because they are so fun,
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And make me happy!
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So what do you think?
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Are you as taken with the room as we are?  I asked my sister how they were liking it and she wrote a little something...  

So let me just say that the chore I have always loathed is laundry!!  Ugh...constant never ending, always everywhere, hardly ever folded laundry!  And when you have 8 people to wash for, that also means that you have 8 peoples lives to schedule, which means you don't have time to be doing laundry constantly!  That is why i am absolutely IN LOVE with my new laundry room/closet!!  I want to scream from the rooftops the difference a second washer and dryer can make!  Add to that the fact that I can put clothes away straight from the dryer, with out lugging them up and down stairs, I've never been so happy to do laundry in my life! 


I have the best sister in the whole world! Seriously, the BEST!  I cannot believe that she designed the closet organizers herself,  built them, (with a secret roll away section I might add..) and they work perfectly!  I love being able to keep sleeping bags, suitcases, boxes, all hidden away.  And our clothes stay nice and organized on the other side.  The laundry cart is Perfect for what we need, and being on wheels has been sooo convenient, and it is adorable! The bench is awesome sauce, I love it .  Every time I walk in I am in awe of the transformation that took place in 6 days! I also can't believe that we added a room onto our house, for hardly any money!   I am also blown away by Mindi's talent and skill level, and so beyond grateful to her for hard work. She is an inspiration to me.  It was a crazy week, physically and emotionally exhausting.  I loved getting to learn from her, and maybe one day I can be as cool as she is! I Love you Mindi!!  



Awww, so sweet!  I promise I just asked about the room...Thanks Kaelynn I love you too!!  

If you loved this room makeover please share it!  Stay tuned for future tutorials on how this room came together, and some fun shots of my family helping out, because there is NO way I could have done this by myself, they are the reason this room looks so amazing! 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a very Happy Easter Weekend!

Hugs,
Mindi

I am linking to: Making the World CuterMad in CraftsSkip to my LouCRAFTUncommon DesignsKeeping it Simple CraftsHome Stories A to ZCraft-o-maniacAlderberry HillHomecomingTwelve-O-Eight, I should be mopping the floor,  Rain on a Tin RoofBetter with ageThe Newlywed PilgrimageThe Princess and Her Cowboys, The Chicken ChickCarrie This HomeA Bright and Beautiful Life Hope Studios, Persialou & tiny side kick,  Lil Miss ToriTip JunkieA Peek into my ParadiseHickory TrailCoastal CharmNot Just a HousewifeChef in TrainingMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSugar Bee CraftsMamal DianeOur Home Away From HomeKammy's KornerDeja Vue DesignsThe Thrifty HomeBeyond the Picket FenceCrystelle BoutiqueDomestically SpeakingSomeday CraftsNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern StyleDIY Crafty ProjectsA Creative PrincessFluster BusterI Gotta CreateGreen Willow PondOh My CreativeStart at Home, The Style Sisters, The Happy HousieChic By TabSomewhat SimpleStone GableThe 36th AvenueJoyful HomemakingSaving 4 SixThe Vintage Farmhouse, A Jennuine Life, Posed PerfectionCrafts a la ModeChase the StarThe Mandatory MoochThe Girl CreativeSimply DesigningGlitter, Glue, and Paint, Gingerly MadeLamberts LatelyFinding FabulousChic on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Romantic HomeThe Shabby Nest,   Miss Mustard SeedMy Repurposed LifeDiana RamblesDear CreativesCommon GroundLove and LaundryThe Thriftiness MissThe Patriotic Pam, Practically FunctionalLiving Better Together,  Vintage ChicCraft Dictator, My Turn For UsNancherrowBacon time with the Hungry Hippo,  Funky Junk InteriorsTatertots and Jello, City of Creative DreamsThe Jenny EvolutionBe Different Act NormalOr So She SaysAngles HomesteadWhat's Cooking with RuthieCheerios and LattesMade from PinterestCooking with Curls & Little Miss Celebration, Show-licious Home DecorSuburbs MamaKayla's CreationsThe Chicken Chickremodelaholic

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Tapered Tray and Dollar Store Pots Dressed up with Contact Paper

Happy Thursday everyone!  I am over at Oh My! Creative today sharing my DIY Tapered Tray and Dollar Store Pots Dressed up with Contact Paper.
I hope you head on over and check it out!  

I will FINALLY be posting my Sister's Closet/Laundry Room Reveal tomorrow, so don't forget to come back!

Hugs,
Mindi

I am linking to: Making the World CuterMad in CraftsSkip to my LouCRAFTUncommon DesignsKeeping it Simple CraftsHome Stories A to ZCraft-o-maniacAlderberry HillHomecomingTwelve-O-Eight, I should be mopping the floor,  Rain on a Tin RoofBetter with ageThe Newlywed PilgrimageThe Princess and Her Cowboys, The Chicken ChickCarrie This HomeA Bright and Beautiful Life Hope Studios, Persialou & tiny side kick,  Lil Miss ToriTip JunkieA Peek into my ParadiseHickory TrailCoastal CharmNot Just a HousewifeChef in TrainingMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSugar Bee CraftsMamal DianeOur Home Away From HomeKammy's KornerDeja Vue DesignsThe Thrifty HomeBeyond the Picket FenceCrystelle BoutiqueDomestically SpeakingSomeday CraftsNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern StyleDIY Crafty ProjectsA Creative PrincessFluster BusterI Gotta CreateGreen Willow PondOh My CreativeStart at Home, The Style Sisters, The Happy HousieChic By TabSomewhat SimpleStone GableThe 36th AvenueJoyful HomemakingSaving 4 SixThe Vintage Farmhouse, A Jennuine Life, Posed PerfectionCrafts a la ModeChase the StarThe Mandatory MoochThe Girl CreativeSimply DesigningGlitter, Glue, and Paint, Gingerly MadeLamberts LatelyFinding FabulousChic on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Romantic HomeThe Shabby Nest,   Miss Mustard SeedMy Repurposed LifeDiana RamblesDear CreativesCommon GroundLove and LaundryThe Thriftiness MissThe Patriotic Pam, Practically FunctionalLiving Better Together,  Vintage ChicCraft Dictator, My Turn For UsNancherrowBacon time with the Hungry Hippo,  Funky Junk InteriorsTatertots and Jello, City of Creative DreamsThe Jenny EvolutionBe Different Act NormalOr So She SaysAngles HomesteadWhat's Cooking with RuthieCheerios and LattesMade from PinterestCooking with Curls & Little Miss Celebration, Show-licious Home DecorSuburbs MamaKayla's CreationsThe Chicken Chickremodelaholic

Monday, April 14, 2014

Old Deck Wood Laundry Crate

Finally!  I am getting to this post!  Last week I shared the DIY Upholstered Bench, and here is my other repurposed project for my sister's closet/laundry room makeover,  An Old Deck Wood Laundry Crate.
Isn't it super cute, rustic, and just fun?!

I have always wanted one of these ever since I saw them on Ana White's site.  I modified my build from the Brook Laundry Basket Dresser.  Since I did not have plywood, I was planning on using free wood off of the free section of KSL classifieds.  This was another project that I wanted to make for my sister's room, but we didn't have money in the budget for it.  And when you don't have money you have to get creative!

Early in the week my brother-in-law showed me some deck wood that was for free on KSL.  I told him to grab it, it would be perfect.  It totally was...
Here it is getting taken apart by your's truly.  I actually used almost all the wood you see for this project, I am so glad I had enough.
I decided to make three face frames.  Two for the sides and one for the middle.  Here they are ready to be put together.  I cut to size, drilled my pocket holes, and sanded them nice and smooth.
Ahhh, you don't get to see many pictures of me building, because I am usually alone when I build.  Not today folks!!  Lucky you!  I clamped the pieces down and drilled the screws through my pocket holes, of course I didn't forget my gorilla glue.
The face frames turned out so adorable...we were tempted to use them as picture frames and hang them on the wall!  Don't you think they would look awesome that way?
Next I attached the middle divider to the base.  Oh yeah, I used leftover plywood scraps (from the closet built in's, posting later this week!) for the base.  I actually had to put two pieces of plywood together to make the base the size I needed, since my plywood scraps were in strips.  I used pocket holes to attach them, sorry I didn't take a picture.  But... you can see two of my boys raiding the jelly beans. :)
My sister helped hold it for me until I got a couple of screws in.
Obviously I got talking or something because I didn't have any more pictures before this point.  But it is easy to see, I added the two sides the same way as the middle, with pocket holes.  Then I cut top and bottom support boards for the back of the dresser...or crate.  I simply attached them with pocket holes as well.  Look the laundry basket fits!
Now for the drawer glides, or basket glides.  I had the plywood for the closet built in's (coming soon!) cut into 3 strips (as I already mentioned), what was left were these small little strips, they were perfect for my drawer glides.  I just had to cut them to the right length.   This shot also gives you a good view of the base so you can see the seam where I attached the plywood pieces together.  I glued and nailed on the drawer glides making sure they were level.
I threw a top board on to make sure it worked with the basket.  It did. Sa-weet!  Then I finished attaching all the other three drawer glides.
For the top I put glue on the top of the face frames, put down the boards, and nailed them on!!  I had someone take this shot so you can see how I used a straight piece to make sure I was nailing right into the divider.  Royce, my brother-in-law gets credit for this awesome idea!  Have you noticed anything else in the picture?  It is a sneak peek of one of the closet built in's.  Oh...the feet!  We can't forget those...
The laundry crate needed to be a little taller to make it easy for my sister to use as a folding table and we had no feet.  But I did have a lot of small cut ends left over from the deck wood...I decided to cut them all the same and stack them to make cute feet!  I started by gluing and screwing on each block one at a time.  Once all four blocks were attached, I added the casters.  These were only $1 each from Harbor Freight, totally on sale, score!!
The only thing I had left to do was stain the plywood to "match" the rustic goodness of the deck wood. We loved it so much it couldn't be painted over!  I remember seeing a color that might work, and it totally did, almost perfectly!  I used Rustoleum's Weathered Gray.
It made the plywood blend in, and I think it unified the piece.
The baskets work great, they slide in and out like bu-ttar.
Here is a view from the back.
The feet are one of my favorite parts!
The top was sealed with three coats of poly to make it nice for using as a folding top,  You won't be getting any snags on this baby, but it still looks totally rustic.
I was very pleased with this project, and a little jealous, I mean when am I going to find cool wood like this again?  Probably never.  So it is a one of a kind and I LOVE it!

Update: My sister said she has finished with all the last minute touches in the room, and will be sending me pictures tonight or tomorrow... you know what that means?  Get ready for the reveal...it is coming!!!  I can't wait!

Until then...

***Update, The Closet/Laundry Rome Makeover is now posted, click over to see this laundry crate's new home!

Mindi

I am linking to: Making the World CuterMad in CraftsSkip to my LouCRAFTUncommon DesignsKeeping it Simple CraftsHome Stories A to ZCraft-o-maniacAlderberry HillHomecomingTwelve-O-Eight, I should be mopping the floor,  Rain on a Tin RoofBetter with ageThe Newlywed PilgrimageThe Princess and Her Cowboys, The Chicken ChickCarrie This HomeA Bright and Beautiful Life Hope Studios, Persialou & tiny side kick,  Lil Miss ToriTip JunkieA Peek into my ParadiseHickory TrailCoastal CharmNot Just a HousewifeChef in TrainingMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSugar Bee CraftsMamal DianeOur Home Away From HomeKammy's KornerDeja Vue DesignsThe Thrifty HomeBeyond the Picket FenceCrystelle BoutiqueDomestically SpeakingSomeday CraftsNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern StyleDIY Crafty ProjectsA Creative PrincessFluster BusterI Gotta CreateGreen Willow PondOh My CreativeStart at Home, The Style Sisters, The Happy HousieChic By TabSomewhat SimpleStone GableThe 36th AvenueJoyful HomemakingSaving 4 SixThe Vintage Farmhouse, A Jennuine Life, Posed PerfectionCrafts a la ModeChase the StarThe Mandatory MoochThe Girl CreativeSimply DesigningGlitter, Glue, and Paint, Gingerly MadeLamberts LatelyFinding FabulousChic on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Romantic HomeThe Shabby Nest,   Miss Mustard SeedMy Repurposed LifeDiana RamblesDear CreativesCommon GroundLove and LaundryThe Thriftiness MissThe Patriotic Pam, Practically FunctionalLiving Better Together,  Vintage ChicCraft Dictator, My Turn For UsNancherrowBacon time with the Hungry Hippo,  Funky Junk InteriorsTatertots and Jello, City of Creative DreamsThe Jenny EvolutionBe Different Act NormalOr So She SaysAngles HomesteadWhat's Cooking with RuthieCheerios and LattesMade from PinterestCooking with Curls & Little Miss Celebration, Show-licious Home DecorSuburbs MamaKayla's CreationsThe Chicken Chickremodelaholic