Thursday, March 27, 2008

You have to see my Laundry Room!

Each winter while the boys aren't playing sports, we try to do some projects around the house. Brian loves it. He is the kind of guy who likes to do a project that will take a few hours or maybe a few days at most. He's not the "finish my own basement" guy or "build my own deck" guy....and that is okay with me. These little projects don't take up a lot of time, but they yield lots of satisfaction.

Here's what we've been up to this past month:

We painted the Family Room and got new carpet....(Thanks, Tim!)

(We weren't planning to get new carpet, but Dakota had a bout of Dog Diareaha which she chose to deposit all over our carpet. I guess she didn't want to mess up that huge expanse of easy to clean, ceramic tile in our Kitchen and Morning Room. By the way, I've cleaned up all manner of diareaha and throw up from my 3 kids and I have to say that Dog Diareaha is by far the worst thing I've EVER had to deal with....even the gentlemen from Stanley Steemer couldn't get it out!)

Yes, we let the kids help us paint. "Why?" You ask. "Are you crazy??" Yes, probably---- but we let them help because they live here and happen to be here during the only time we are able to paint together. Also, honestly we've found that over the years, the kids want to help. If we say no, they whine and pester us the entire time. If we say yes, they paint for about 20 minutes and are then bored and move on to playing with something else. We let them paint however they want to and then Brian goes back over whatever they've painted with a second coat. Hey, now that I think about it, Brian does the same thing with me too!

Next, Brian replaced the door down to our basement with a french door. This made such a huge difference in our kitchen. I love it! It really opens up the space and makes it feel bigger. The door only cost $140 at Lowes and Bri got to use his tools to install it. A couple of coats of white paint and the project was finished. This was definitely money well spent.

Our last project, and by far my favorite, was our Laundry Room. It is so cute. It makes me actually want to go downstairs and do my laundry!!! Imagine that! Bri & I bought the Washer & Dryer last year, it's the cute little decorations that are new. I got the idea for the "Drop Your Drawers" saying from my friend Jenn. She painted hers in her Laundry Room. I'm not that talented, so I ordered mine from the website: Check it out, they have all kinds of cute little sayings that aren't expensive at all. You can even create your own.


Amy said...

I have to say that everything looks great. I guess it is the time of year to be changing things in the house.

Jenn said...

KATH! I could've done that for you!! I totally forgot about it!!

Amy said...

Your work looks great. What a fun laundry room. We're busy redoing kid's rooms right now. Maybe that will give me something to post about soon.

The Nester said...

Are those windows over your fireplace? Whatever it is, I love it! And, I now hate you with a capitol H for your roomy laundry room! I sold my pedistals for my W/D and now after seeing yours could just kick myself!

Kathi said...

Yes, It is a window. I think it's called a transom window. Pretty cool, eh?

Do you like my neat green wood/wire piece in the middle of my mantle? I have no idea what it is, but I loved it when I saw it and had to have it. It is from Gardiners, a relatively inexpensive furniture store here...another great place to shop for decorating accessories that are reasonably priced.