Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cabinet Upgrades & Craft Storage Space


With the kids sick last week, I was trapped inside all week, so I decided spring cleaning was here! I tackled the laundry room/mud room off our kitchen. A space that needs much love. Unfortunately it will be impossible to paint the walls since one and a half of the walls are unreachable due to the pipes, water filter, heater and water pump that are located against the back wall. So I decided to try and spruce it up in other ways. It's been a dump where we've been piling things up to sort later. No more later, now it's time to sort, trash, store and renovate!

Remember these kitchen cabinets and the hideous countertop (you can't see it great with the picture but it was cream with swirls of gold and silver) that we replaced a few months ago?

Well, after we replaced them I asked Greg to keep a few for my laundry room. He was a little hesitant, as always, but he let me be. Finally, I got around to redoing them. I painted them and used fabric to brighten them up. Best part, all FREE! The paint was a leftover sample I had bought for our bedroom (which didn't end up working out for the bedroom) and the fabric was from a yard I bought a while ago to make a skirt and never got around to making it. I think it worked out nicely. I'm still going back and forth on the top cabinets. I may end up painting them all cream or all blue. And yes, I did paint the countertop! It was super easy. Just a few layers of paint and then a finishing coat of spray laquer.

It may not look like much, because it's still a white beat up wall and still a storage area to an extent. But in person it's a huge improvement. Much friendlier and useful!

Here are a few more things I did (that's the most impressive part, I did it all myself! No handyman Greg helping out this time.) And it was practically free. The only cost was for extra shelves ($8) and the spray laquer ($3) and a coat rack shelf for sale from JoAnn Fabrics ($9).

Added more canning storage. Just added some more shelves so I can store the abundance of canning I still have and I know more are to come this summer. I also moved the dresser from our bedroom into the laundry room and filled it with all my fabric and sewing supplies. And moved the drawers from our hall closet, next to the dresser, full of craft items. So now all my crafting supplies are in one location. And accessible even when the kids are sleeping in my bedroom.

Now that I atleast feel like the house is a little cleaner, I can concentrate on some projects this week. Greg is away for business, which means I have a lot of free time in the evenings to be creative. I've already started on a few things, so I'll be posting more soon!



  1. Seriously Laura...seriously...are you human? I mean really...human? You're like a friggin' dynamo!! This is just amazing...i LOVE what you did to your laundry room! I'm so jealous of all of my friends' talents!!!!!!