Airing Out My Dirty Laundry

……well I’m just redecorating my Laundry Room actually.
Lets first start with what it looked like when we bought the house.  YIKES!!!  Yes, that is dirt all over the door and screen door.  All that had to be done was clean it and then we had white doors again.  We did paint both of them for the time being about a year ago, just so they looked a little nicer since we did work to the outside of the home.
This was the old furance and there was a hotwater heater also, but they had removed it already. (we were not living in the house yet, when this work was being done). And yes that is paneling on the walls….don’t worry it came down.  Thank god there was drywall behind the paneling.
The previous owners washer and dryer.  We only used them for our “house working….paint cloths”. 😉   They did still work, but we already had our own new set, so we got rid of them after we moved in.
Don’t worry that electric wire hanging down was fixed and put into the ceiling by a licensed electrician.
Here is the new furance and hot water heater.  We went with gas and took out our oil tank that was in the house, underneath our stairs (great cubby hole storage area now)  😉
I have something in mind to hide these ugly guys, so stay tuned.  I can’t wait not to see them when I walk in this room.  I know it’s a utility/laundry room, but I can’t stand looking at them anymore.  A girl should be able to do laundry in style…..right?  Heck YES!!!  Plus when we have company over between Spring and Fall, we have to walk through this room to the backyard.  And we have a new backyard, so this is a bad way to introduce are new backyard.  😉 
All the paneling is down and all we had to do was repair the wall in a few places.  We were hating all the pipes in the room, so we had to come up with a good way to hide them without spending more money to put them behind the walls and ceiling.
This is the view looking in from our Family Room which is done already, so the utility/laundry room had to be redone since it’s between two finish rooms. The Family Room and our Outside Room…..yes a backyard can be an outside room.  More on that soon.

In the background of this picture you can see the then, unfinished Family Room.
This is the view from the Family Room right now.  Not very stylish at all.
And now here is what we did to “hide” or “blend” those pipes into the walls and ceiling.  Yup we painted them the same color as the wall and the ceiling.  They really fade into the room now.  We are really happy with the look and we wish we had done this at least 2 years ago.  I’m so much happier when I walk into this room now.  Color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Mill Springs Blue (HC-137).  It’s a blue/green color.
We still have a little more painting to do on the pipes that are near the ceiling, but we have a new door and some drywall work to do, so we figured we would wait until we install the new door.  Hopefully we will be installing the new door in a few weeks, once the weather is a little nicer.
I also have some ideas on how to hide some of those pipes and tubes even more.  Stay tuned.
On this wall we ordered cabinets from IKEA.  We ordered Akurum Adel horizontal cabinets in white.  And we just found out that our order is in.  YAY!!!  I can’t wait to pick them up, put them together and install them.  There is going to be great storage in this room once I’m done with it.  There is something else that we are considering to add more storage, but we aren’t sure yet if we are getting it.  We want to install other things first before we buy to much for this room.
Here are the cabinets we are getting from IKEA
Here are my inspiration pictures for my Laundry Room Makeover.  Inspiration is everywhere.



 Centsational Girl

Well stay tuned for the next phase of this makeover.

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House Tour – How My Kitchen was Born – Part II

So the construction began (3.5 years ago).  We painted the “Great Room” (Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room and Hallway) all the same color because it is a completely open area and I wanted to make sure I kept things cohesive.  We used Benjamin Moore, Carlisle Cream (light tan).
Then we received a sample of the cabinets and the granite we chose.  The cabinets are a brownish cherry wood.  The granite is called “Blue Pearl”.
Upper and Base cabinets were installed.  The kitchen was really starting to come together for us.  Our contractor was moving along very slowly.  See the white tape on the floor?  That is where our island will go.

Tip:  Use painters tape to map something out so that you can see how it will fit in your room.  Just take the measuresments of your piece and use paitners tape.  You can also do this for picture frames or art to see if you like it on the wall and where to hang it.  With painters tape you don’t ruin your paint job.

Since we have cathedral ceilings, we wanted the cabinets around the stove taller.  Love the extra storage and love the design of this.
Then the island was installed.  The window in the backyard is the Living Room area.
Applicances were installed next and the backside of the island still needed it’s panels.
Panels installed….now it looked like cabinets.
Then we needed to figure out our back splash.  So we went to the tile store and took some samples home with us.  Then we taped the tiles up with painters tape so we could get an idea how home the tiles might look.
Tip:  you can go to a tile store (at least on Long Island) and take home samples of times for a few days to see how they look in your home.
Close up of the glass tile.  We went with this glass tile and the gray slate 4×4 tile above.
Granite was installed.  We love it.  It has lots of silver and black in it.  We loved how the silver in the granite worked with the stainless steel appliances. And in this picture you can see our new hardwood floors.
The glass cabinets on the left are used for our china because we don’t have enough room in our Dining Room for a china cabinet.
Close up of our granite.  “Blue Pearl.”
We decided to go with a diamond pattern for our 4×4 gray slate tiles.  Again we used painters tape on the backside to figure out what we liked best.
Here is the back splash installed.
I have to take pictures of the way the Kitchen looks like now.  I’ve made a few tweaks to the kitchen over the 3.5 years that we have had the Kitchen.  Stay tuned for the complete after pictures with some in between pictures.  Rooms always evolve over time and I will show you how the Kitchen evolved.
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House Tour – How My Kitchen was Born

This is how my New Kitchen began…..
These were the pictures we saw on our Multiple Listing site when we were looking for houses 3.5 years ago.  We were very excited that it was a nice looking white kichen.  We would just need some new flooring.  So we went to see the house.  Well the house was NOT well kept at all.  There were many animals in the house and there were even “urine” stains on the hardwood floors.  Yuck!!!  As nice as these cabinets might look in the pictures, they were really gross and dirty on the inside.  There was even nail polish on the black countertops.  At first we thought we would just replace the countertops, but that didn’t work out because some of the base cabinets were not level and you can’t install granite on unbalanced cabinets.  So we started to do some homework and see how much a new kitchen would cost us.  At the time we didn’t know that much about kitchens and owning a home.  There are a lot of things we would do diffently the next time.

These pictures are from after we closed on the house.
You can see from this picture how small the kitchen footprint really is.  The pictures from the Multiple Lisitng Site were misleading because they use a wide angle lens that makes rooms look bigger then they really are.  Sneaky!!!  They call this a “G” shape kitchen layout.  I called it “this-is-not-enough-room-for-me-kitchen-layout”.  So the planning really began.  The stove was so gross, I couldn’t even think about ever cooking in it.  It had to go… all had to go.  We cleaned the frig and the next day when we came back to work on the house….the frig was dead.  HAHA!!!  I have to laugh about it now, but thank god we weren’t living their for 4 months until all the work was done.
This picture is the cabinets that are right above the countertop on the left side of the first picture.  I didn’t like these at all because you had to duck down to see anyone that was in the kitchen.  Plus they were mostly for display and I didn’t want them.  Taking this down really opened the kitchen up.
Here we have the lovely peal and stick tiles over ceramic tiles (don’t ask we still don’t know why) and the wood floors that are in the Living Room.  That is the hallway to our bedrooms and bathroom.  And the ugly banister that we replaced.  More on that later.

We went to Home Depot and this is what they came up with for us. It’s a free service and you don’t have to buy. But please make sure you check with your local Home Depot before starting something like this and make sure it’s still free because this was 3.5 years ago. We knew we wanted to open that “G” shaped layout and this is what they came up with. We also wanted an island in this kitchen.

 This is what the island would look like from inside the kitchen.  We knew we wanted something bigger and the room could handle something bigger too.  So we ask for one more idea for the island.
 This is what they came up with….love it.  We changed it a little once we hired our contactor, but we are glad we made the little change.  We didn’t make a half wall like the drawing below, we just used the base cabinets with a slab of granite on top for the island.  We love it.  We also made little changes to the cabinet design as well.  More details on that soon.
The construction started about a month later after we hired a contractor.

All the cabinets are down and the flooring is gone as well.
This side of the room will be the Dining Room 
The hallway to the bedrooms with the flooring gone.  We installed all new hardwoods throughout this floor.
So that is a tour of how our new kitchen was born.  Next post I will take you through the “During” and the “After”.
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