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MHCT&M: Fun & Fabulous DIY Pillows for Kids

Happy Friday! 

 

 

For our Must Have Craft Tips focus this month we are highlighting Kids Bedrooms!

 

 Fun and Fabulous DIY Pillows for Kids 

 

There are so many fun things you can sew for your kid’s rooms – but I
just had to highlight fun and fabulous DIY Pillows for Kids! There are
so many creative projects out there – I just know you’re going to find
something fun to sew up!

 

 

 DIY Donut Pillow from Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Pom Pom Rainbow Pillow from Rebecca Propes

  

 

 

Fun Character Floor Pillows from JoAnn

  

 

 

 DIY Kids Log Slice Pouf from Swoodson Says

  

 

DIY Pocket Pillowcase from Flamingo Toes 🙂 

 Sweet and Simple DIY Pocket Pillowcase

 

 

Giant Ice Cream Cone Pillow from See Kate Sew

  

 

 

DIY Circus Animal Pillows 

  

 

 Giant Dollhouse Pillow 

 

 

 

DIY Number Pillows from Studio DIY

 

 

 

 DIY Unicorn Pillow from Consumer Crafts

  

 

 

 

 

So fun right?!

 

  Come back next week for more Kids Bedroom projects! 

 

 

 

 

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MHCT&M: Fabulous DIY Kid Beds

Hello, friends! It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new topics! 

 

 

Each month we’re visiting rooms in the home to give you fun and creative ideas for easy updates. This month we’re focusing on the kids, and it’s all about their bedrooms! 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

 

I have rounded up some AMAZING DIY beds for kids. I don’t think I ever shared it, but several years back my husband DIY’d a loft bed for our oldest son using plans we found online. It looks amazing in his room and is a huge space saver as the underneath houses his desk and lots of shelving. 

 

DIYing a bed is TOTALLY doable! Some of these look overwhelming, but they are DIYs with great instructions.

Where were these when I was little?? 

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas!
 

 DIY Montessori Floor House Bed 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

DIY Triple Bunk Beds

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

DIY Over Bed Kids Loft

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas!
 

 DIY Toddler Teepee Bed with Trundle

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

L-Shaped Beds with Storage

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas!
 

 DIY Cabin Bed

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

Platform Bed with Storage (Ikea Hack) 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas!
 

  DIY Kids Teepee Bed

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

  DIY House Bed 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas!
 

DIY Sliding Barn Door Loft Bed

 

 

Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

Little Cottage Loft Bed 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

Ikea Hack Cabin Bed 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

Built-In Bunk Room 

 

 Take your child's bedroom to the next level with these fun DIY bed ideas! 

  Staggered Triple Bunk Beds

  

 

 

 Aren’t they fabulous? What kid would NOT want to go to bed in one of these?

 

 

 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

 

 

Don’t miss next week when we share more fun ideas for kids bedrooms!

 

 

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MHCT&M: Laundry Room Signs

 Hello and happy Good Friday, friends! 

 

 

This month my friends and I are sharing tips and inspiration around laundry rooms. 

You know I love a good sign, so I thought I would share some of the best Laundry Room Signage. 

 

 

signage for your laundry room 

 

Whether you want to print off a sign or paint one, these signs are sure to freshen up and bring sunshine to your laundry room space.  

 

 

Wash Dry Fold laundry room sign

 

 Wash Dry Fold laundry sign 

 

Missing socks sign for laundry room.

 

 Single Seeking Mate missing sock sign 

 

Laundry print for decor 

  Laundry room sign printable

 

 

Laundry sucks sign for the laundry room

 

 Laundry Sucks sign

 

 

 Laundry room print  

  Laundry room print 

 

 DIY laundry room sign

 

  Help Wanted laundry sign

 

 Laundry Loot sign for loose change in laundry room 

  Laundry Loot Sign

 

 

Free printable laundry symbol sign 

  Printable laundry symbols sign

 

 

 

 Laundry Help Wanted sign

  

 

 Don’t these signs make you want to dress up your laundry room a bit? 

Do you have a favorite?

 

 It’s so hard to pick.

 

  

 

 

Join us next Friday for more Must-Have Laundry Room Tips! 

 

Have a Happy Easter, friends! 

 

 

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MHCT&M: Amazing Laundry Room Doors

Happy Friday, friends! 
A new month means a new room for our craft series this year! 
Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
This month it’s all about the laundry room. Whether you have a full on dedicated room for your laundry needs or a smaller space, there is no reason you can’t dress it up and make doing the laundry a little more fun!
 Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 
I have dreams of a mini laundry room makeover. Mine’s a smaller space, but some fun wallpaper would definitely make it more fun. But my big dream for the space is a new door! So I gathered some great inspiration to share with you today. 
Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 
 Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 
 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 

 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 

 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 

 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door!
 

 
 Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 
 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door!
 

 Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door!
 
 

Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 

 Your laundry room doesn't have to be boring. Start dressing it up from the outside with a fun door! 
 Aren’t these amazing??? 
A many of them are total DIYs! And you could definitely put some fun vinyl on your door.
 Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
Stayed tuned every Friday all month for more laundry room inspiration!

 

  

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MHCT&M: Must Have Kitchen Printables & Cheat Sheets

We’re excited to start our Must Have series afresh this year, and we’re doing something fun with it! 

 

Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

 

Each month we are going to pick a different room in your home and bring you fresh tips and tricks and ideas every Friday! And this month we’re starting with what is probably my favorite room… the kitchen! 

 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

 

I’m a big believer in having must have info within arms reach while I’m in the kitchen. Who has time to stop and look things up all the time? There’s cooking and baking to do!

 

 I’ve gathered some of my FAVORITE must have kitchen printables and cheat sheets that you will want to print and keep handy while you’re in the kitchen!

 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

Printable Recipe Cards 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Kitchen Pantry Labels

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

Printable Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Ingredient Substitution List 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Kitchen Measurement Equivalents 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Kitchen Conversions

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Martha Stewart Cook Helpers

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

Printable Massive Kitchen Cheat Sheet 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Guide to Spices

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Guide for Eggs

 

 

 

Printable Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheet

 

 

 

Printable Cake Pan Cheat Sheet 

 

 

  

Printable Kitchen Inventory Set 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

  Printable Meal & Fitness Planner 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Meal Planner Kit 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen! 

  Printable Clean Eating Grocery List

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

Printable Freezer List

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Meal Planner & Grocery List

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Grocery Budget Worksheets

  

 

 

 And if you have an Instant Pot or Air Fryer these printables are a MUST HAVE! 

 

 FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Instant Pot Cheat Sheet

 

 

FREE Kitchen Printables and Cheat Sheets Everyone Should Keep in Their Kitchen!
 

 Printable Air Fryer Cheat Sheet

  

 

 

So whether you’re meal planning in the new year, trying to eat better, or just need easy access to practical kitchen cheat sheets, I think I have you covered! 

 

 

Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

 

 

Stay tuned every Friday this month for more great ideas for your kitchen!

 

 

 

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MHCT&M: Vintage Garden Projects

 

 

It’s finally time for gardening season! One of my favorite outdoor activities is planting those tiny little babies and then being able to enjoy fresh vegetables all summer long. But of course, I have to add a bit of cuteness to the garden and outdoor areas, we can’t have boring outdoor areas!

 

 I’ve gathered up some of my favorite vintage garden DIY projects – I can’t wait to get to making some of these!

 

 Vintage Garden Projects to Make 

 

 

 DIY Stamped Spoon Markers

 

 

 

China Plate Garden Border (perfect for cracked or stained vintage plates!) 

 

 

Colander turned Planter

 

 

 

Vintage Bike turned Flower Basket

 

 

 

Broken China Stepping Stones

  

 

 

Toad”stools” from old Salad Bowls

 

 

 

Wagon Wheel Planter

 

 

 

Vintage Birdcage Planter 

 

 

 

Mailbox Planter 

 

Vintage Toolbox Planter 

  

 

 House Number Planter

 

 

 

Antique Pitcher Planter 

  

 

 Hanging Succulent Garden using Vintage Ladles 

  

 

 Vintage Doorknob Hangers for Dried Herbs

 

 

 

Rusty Wheelbarrow Flower Planters

 

 

 

Vintage Ladder flower Stand

 

 

 

Oh my goodness, I want them all! 

What about you – do you love using vintage items in your outdoor spaces?

 

 

 

 

 

Next Friday we’ll have more fun Outdoor ideas for you – make sure you come back!

 

 

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House Update: Craft Room Reveal

Today’s the day! 
After 3 yrs of living in our house, I am FINALLY revealing my craft room with all of you! 
And let’s be honest, if our house wasn’t on the market, I have no idea if I ever would have gotten around to sharing my room with you even though I have wanted too because the room was always crazy, unorganized mess! 
 Would you like to see what I am talking about?
I shared this photo on Instagram last year before I decided I needed to do a massive purge and organize this room. Granted, this was at its worse because a suitcase full of stuff wasn’t always in the room. I took these shortly after returning home from SNAP and I had my suitcase in there waiting for me to empty all the swag.
But anyways…. everything was a mess! Every surface was covered, the floor was covered, it was ridiculous! 
Before I show you the room, let me show you what it looked like when we bought the house. 

The walls were painted a light baby blue with carpet on the floor.
This room was used as a guest room by the previous owners but I definitely had other plans as soon as I saw it.
Now let me show you what the room looks like today and all clean! 
My craft room is nothing fancy and over the top but I have loved having this space and a designated room where I could actually close the door. haha
As you step into the room, this is your view. 
White cabinet to the right, large hutch straight ahead, table to the left along with lots of other storage options and that other door it my large closet.
Stepping in and to the left, is a large white cabinet that is full of stuff!
Next to the cabinet, I have a small table with our printer on it with some art work I painted on the wall above.
 On top of the cabinet I have some fun little projects that I created and this frame for a little encouragement for this room.
Swinging around to the left is my large hutch. You may recognize this piece from past posts on our house or photos on Instagram and it was previously painted beige. When I started my whole craft room purge, I finally got around to repainting it to this super fun bright teal and I LOVE this pop of color in the room.
 This piece is the perfect place for my cutting machines as well at tons of supplies and even some decor items.
I have a large walk in closet in this room. It is under the stairs but it has a large amount of shelves and still tons of space for lot of things. I have a small cabinet in the closet along with way too much stuff. haha Past projects, fabric totes, boxes with old memories, supplies and so much more! 
I even have a side where I have wrapping paper hanging and a tote full of gift wrap supplies. 
See! I told you this closet was huge! 
Right outside the closet, I have my small little painted bird shelf I made years ago and it holds canvases, embroidery hoops, small pallets, and then I have a tv sitting on top of it. 
I use a large, long folding table as my craft table in the room. I always had/have the best intention to make it cute by adding a skirt but I’ve never been able to get around to it. But it works great at a work space for me. I have a carousel on the end full of scissors, pens, markers, glue glue, rulers, and tons more along with a small tool box, paper pads, and baby wipes. 
On the left side of my room as you walk in is this large storage cube system, along with a roller cart and decorations.
I bought this rolling cart at Michael’s and have paint, markers, canvases, and some random supplies on it.
I had a small little space between the door and the storage cubes and this cart fit in perfectly in that little space so it doesn’t end up as a drop zone for clutter.
I’ve had these storage cubes for year and I still love them! They hold scrapbook paper, paint, painting supplies, glitter, glue, and well, you can probably name it and it is somewhere in this area. lol
I created a gallery wall above the storage cubes and just went surfing my craft room and house for items that I already owned to put on it. I love how it turned out with it’s mix of projects I’ve created, photos, and quotes to keep me motivated in my space.
Then, between the storage cubes, and the window wall, I have this small shelf with more supplies. On each side I have some canvases I’ve painted or are waiting to be painted. Not really the most ideal spot for these but they are out of the way so it works. 
Lastly, here is a shot of my curtains. They are one of my favorites things in this room. 
I actually bought two sets of these curtains on Joss and Main but have seen them on other sites as well and since they are actually too short for the windows they are on, and the fact that I love them so much, they are coming with us when we move. haha
And if you noticed the rug in the room I bought that at Wayfair and I love it as well.
 So that’s my craft room reveal in a nut shell! 
Like I said, nothing super crazy and over the top but I love this space and will miss it when we move!

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Christmas Home Tour

I finished putting up all my Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving, although I may still be tweaking things here and there, but I wanted to share it with you today.
I just work my way from room to room like I normally do and show you how I decorated certain spaces. 
I’ll begin by our front door.
On top of our small ledge, I placed the Vintage Truck Sign I created with a wooden tree that I bought from Michael’s this year. 
I then hung my String Art Decorated Tree from one of the hooks but I am still debating on if this is where it is going to live this holiday season.
 I decorated my mantle pretty much exactly the same as last year since I loved the look so much of it. 
O Holy Night sign hangs above my metal Nativity, with some lighted garland and white and gold wooden trees, then our stockings hangings to finalize the look.
 One on side of our entertainment center, I place this fun wood tree I bought last year and then this cute vintage truck I picked up this year at Target.
On one of our end tables, I have another fun wooden tree along with a small little globe of a light up house. Hiding behind the tree sits the container I stash all our holiday cards in as we get them.
On the bottom shelf of this table, sits our Christmas Painted Horse figurine and some plain wood trees.
Swinging around to our small round end table, I placed this cute little reindeer I found at Hobby Lobby this year. His mama sits on the other side of our entertainment center because both of them together were a little too much here. 
But next to the deer I have this cute little light up globe of two little deer next to some trees. My girls love this little thing! 
Our tree sits in its usual spot and I think I pretty much decorated it close to the same as last year. Some small changes are that I changed out the tree skirt to a white/silver skirt and I now have a metal tree ring covering the bottom of the tree instead of the wood one Travis made last year. It ended up getting messed up so he took it apart and made another project for me, that I have yet to finish and share. 
I always decorate this tree with my favorite glass ornaments and special ornaments. I always think, “this year I will do something different” and then I don’t. lol
I had to change all the lights on the tree last year to LED lights and this thing shines nice and bright at night! 
Entering our dining room, I placed this Nativity set on my stacked crates.
My parents made this in 1977 for my grandparents and I just got it this year. It is large so I had to figure out where to put it and this ended up working really well. 
I placed a few pillows and a blanket on our bay window seat and as we read our Christmas books they get placed here. 
Garland on the bay window itself, green and then the awesome glass garland I bought for Miss S’s birthday party. 
I wrapped it with the green garland for a little color over here but I realized I keep forgetting to hang something up in front of the window. We’ll see if I remember to ever do it! lol
I did change up my table centerpiece this year though! 
I had this table runner from the dollar spot at Target, and then placed this stacked wooden tray set on the table full of little houses and bottle brushes.
Then two candles to round out the look.
 I love how this turned out and it was totally a happy accident! 
I had the shelf sitting on the table from it sitting out with fall decor on it and when I pulled out all the houses, which I totally forgot I bought on clearance last year, I had no idea what I was going to do with them. Miss P placed a few on the shelf playing and then I moved the rest of them there to really just get them out of the way and the more I looked at it, the more I loved it! 
So I rearranged it and added a few things and boom- centerpiece! 
Buffet is all colorful with my large JOY letters, fun reindeer and a small silver tinsel tree. 
Entering the mudroom I have our two mini trees full of homemade ornaments! 
We always have a family craft night before Christmas where we make new ornaments and these are the trees they go on! They are getting a little full though so some may get moved to the big tree soon! 
I had to change the lights to LED this year and they are fun and bright in the mudroom this year.
I hung my small 25 sign and my Reindeer Name Art on the wall above our chore charts.
Up on one of the cabinets in the mudroom I have a mini tree and a ceramic house that fit really well up there.
Our advent calendar is in the kitchen. I picked this up at Target a few years ago and we use it along with doing a Christmas book advent. 
On our little bar next to our fish tank, I have my one and only Santa figurine with a mini tree.
The fish need to feel festive too! 
On the peninsula, I have three little yarn trees I made years ago. I put these here because the girls climb up on the counters and get into the cabinet near them so I didn’t want to put anything breakable here. 
And lastly, in my kitchen window above our sink, I placed my ceramic kissing angels. I love these guys and love looking at them while I do dishes. 
And that is about it. There are a few extra things here and there like the girls having trees in their own rooms but that is how I decorated the main living areas of our house this year.
Are you done decorating or are you still putting the finishing touches on things?

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Basement Makeover Reveal

Ok, are you ready to see the final result of our basement makeover?! 
 I sure hope so because I am so excited to show you today. You won’t believe how much brighter the space is now! 
Yesterday, I shared what it looked like before and the process we took to get us to where we are today.
Dark, dirty, mustard and ketchup colored, and well, depressing!
 And here is the basement today! 
Bright, cheery, clean, and ready to enjoy instead of go down quickly, throw the clothes into the washer and dryer and exit.
Let me take you on a quick tour of the place now. 
Stepping into the doorway you now have a totally different view. Before you would see the girl’s large trampoline in the corner and a shelving unit to the right. 
Now, the trampoline is outside and the shelf is back where it was when we moved in, which made way for this side to turn into another play area for the girls. The playroom upstairs is great but small so their large toys were often hidden or just too much in the way so now they can keep them out and play with them any time without them being totally in the way. 
Tucked behind the door now is the tent we created for the girls for Christmas a few years ago. Before we couldn’t have it set up since there wasn’t a good place for it but now it can stay up and they can play in it any time. 
 One of the best parts about the tent is that it is large enough that we were able to place both of the girl’s old crib mattresses inside it so it is comfortable to sit and play in there so they won’t just be on the hard wood floor. We threw some pillows in there and of course some blankets and stuffed animals found their way in as well. It’s fun spot to be in.
Travis built the large cube shelving unit to place on the floor under the winder where we tucked totes where they can store their toys and then the large castles and other large items can live on top so they can play with them on top of the shelf or easily grab them to play with on the floor. It is even sturdy enough that we could use it as a seat if we’d like as well. 
Above the cube shelf, we hung a small shelf that was already in the basement between the two windows. I painted it the same blue color as the other accents in the room and just decorated it with some canvases. Still have to figure out what else to place there but for now, it will do.
On the far wall, I hung up the picture frames I painted and used for Miss P’s 5th birthday party. The girls can easily change out the artwork whenever they’d like since I used clothes pins to clip the artwork or just taped them to the wall. 
Then we brought down their bean bags from upstairs to sit on, an old storage bench we weren’t using anymore got a coat of purple paint to cover up the messed up base, and throw in some more larger toys into this area, and we are all set.
We took Miss S’s old crib and gave it a paint job and turned it into an art desk. Her crib got really messed up during our move here so it was no longer able to be used as her full size bed so this was the next best option. Normally they have their two white chairs that sit at this space but those moved back upstairs for a short time. 
We placed the desk in the center of the room between the three columns. It fit perfectly in the area and help define each side of the room. Next to the desk, sits an old nightstand that will eventually go in Miss S’s room but for now serves as extra storage. 
And then the white rug on the floor are actually two rugs and used to be in each of the girl’s rooms. We bought them new rugs for their rooms and instead of getting rid of these, we thought they would work well together down here in the space. 
Another view of the tent behind the door, the large cedar chest by the door was left by the previous owners and we use it to store our luggage so our kitties don’t use them as scratching posts, and then I hung an old print on the wall above the chest. 
I still have a view more things I would like to add, decor wise, to this side of the room but the girls love it and enjoy going down to play. It will definitely come in handy during the long winter months. 
Before swinging to the other side of the room, here is a shot of the striped floor. I love how it turned out and I love that you can barely tell there is plywood under the washer and dryer anymore. 🙂 
Here is the view of the not so exciting side, the laundry/storage side of the basement, from the door.
The back corner is where we moved the large shelf that was in the room. We gave it a good cleaning with our pressure washer and I gave it a coat of paint and then everything was stacked on top and on the floor next to it. In the center of the room is the drop cloth rug I created and sits a large metal clothing rack that the previous owners left as well. It comes in very handy on laundry day to dry my clothes! 
The dryer sits on the window wall and then the island that was in our kitchen in CO sits under one of the windows. I use it to fold towels and sheets and some times the girl’s clothing but mostly it is a large step for the kitties to jump on to get into their favorite window to watch the little critters in the garden outside.
The indoor outhouse now blends into the room after we gave it a coat of white paint as well instead of it being painted the dark brown color.
A little bit better shot of the racks in the center of the room and the washer wall. 
I will say, I am much happier doing laundry in this space than I was before. I actually don’t mind it anymore. 
And one last thing that we did that I forgot to share yesterday was that we replaced the lighting in the space as well. We bought these small round track lights from Home Depot so we could aim them in different areas of the room to give light directly where needed. Each side of the room has the new light so it is definitely bright down there when all the lights are turned on. 
And there you have it!! 
Talk about a transformation! 
We both kept saying why didn’t we tackle this space sooner once we finally had it complete.
You can check out our other home renovation/makeover projects in my “house” label. Lots to look through!

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Basement Makeover- The Process

You guys, I have talked about working on our basement for MONTHS and I am so stinking happy that I can actually can start to share it with you today!
This has been a work in progress since end of March, beginning of April. It has been mostly done for quite some time but with Travis’s busy training schedule over the summer it wasn’t fully finished until recently.
Before I get into all the details, let me show you what the room looked like when we bought the house and what it has looked like the past two years. 
The room was just dirty from age, faded, dark, painted with yellow walls and ceiling, red floors (hello mustard and ketchup!) and brown accents here or there. It was terrible! 
As soon as you walked in the door you had a view of the girl’s trampoline. It was a short, not fully size trampoline so we set it up in the basement for the girls to use during the nasty cold winter months. To the right as you walk in, we moved a large shelving unit that the previous owners left and it was full of items. It wasn’t suppose to live there but we had to move it from the location it was in to fix the floor under it and then once that happened it never went back until now. 
As you look to the left, you get to the laundry side of the basement and more storage. We have 3 columns in the center of the room, one original and two were added later probably when the second floor of the house was added in the ’40s, so they line up awkwardly. The giant rug on the floor was left by the previous owners and it was actually in our master bathroom. We definitely didn’t want to use it in there so we drug this ginormous, heavy, wool rug to our basement to hope it would help with warmth in the winters. 
Then in the far left corner, was our indoor out house, utility sink, and washer. 
The washer and dryer sit on super thick pieces of plywood that sit over the original wood floor that, we assume, the previous owner put down for more strength under the washer and dryer and just stand out again the red painted floor.
As soon as we moved in, I had a plan of exactly what I wanted to do to the basement it was just a matter of time to tackle the huge job. After talking about it forever and after finishing many of the other house projects, it was time to tackle it! 
We began by clearing out the room and giving it a good cleaning before we started to paint.
To help get this massive job done, we busted out the Finish Max paint sprayer from Home Right.
This thing was a life saver since we had so many seams between all the wood on the walls and ceiling plus duct work.
 With living with the room so dark for so long, I knew I wanted to paint the room bright white! No surprise really, that has been my go to color with this house to make it brighter and I have not regretted it once yet.
Travis would paint the walls and ceiling with a roller and then I would come behind him and go over the area to fill in all the cracks and seams between the wood. So much better than having to use a brush to get between all that! 
It was also SOOOOO helpful when it came to spraying all the duct work in the basement!
Once the walls were done it was time to tackle the floor!
Since we painted the walls white, I wanted to add some sort of pattern to the floor for a little whimsy so we primed and painted the floor white then went back and painted large gray stripes. I LOVE IT! 
We left three rows white then painted five gray and it was perfect. Plus, we painted the thick plywood under the washer and dryer so it would blend right in now instead of standing out. 
I did want to add a tiny bit of color but nothing too bright that it would stand out big time in the room so I used the left over aqua paint from the girl’s bathroom and painted the columns and the trim around the window with it. It was the perfect added touch of color to go with the stripe floor. 
After all the was done and we let the floors cure for a week or two, it was time to move stuff in. 
Well, it would have been time but that is when Travis’s training started and he was either out of town or working crazy hours so things got a little pushed back. He made sure I had a working washer and dryer and that is about it for the room. I didn’t want to move the heavy stuff alone because I didn’t want to risk scratching the floor so things sat. But I was still able to go down and use this awesome space for laundry and it was amazingly brighter and so much more cheerful! 
We made a little progress on the room when he had a small break in July but then he went back to it in August so needless to say this was a long project! 
It is done now but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the full reveal so STAY TUNED! 🙂