Sunday, January 31, 2010

Laundry Room Redo – Part 4

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And That’s A Wrap!

Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve finally finished our Laundry/Mudroom Redo.  Actually, I finished before Christmas, as planned, but things happen… 

Like Christmas. New Years. Major door replacement. 

Yes, we had to replace the exterior door in the laundry room because it was so drafty that it was like having a non-existing window open!!!   Brrrrr!

That was messy, so I waited to share my “After” summary.

What a change a few months can make! (You can read about my little laundry room journey here, here and here.)

And just to remind you of what it looked like when I started….

BEFORE – Blah, boring and unorganizedIMG_5021

AFTER – Fresh, clean and put together!IMG_6426



The transformation from paint alone was amazing (Behr called Aqua Smoke).  Once we hung up the new fresh white cabinets from Ikea, things really took shape.


The cabinets allowed for SO much storage.  I actually have room to spare…for now.

The Bjarnum rack fit nicely the on the wall perpendicular to the washer and dryer, replacing the old white wire shelving. IMG_6418

So shiny.  So pretty.  SOOOOOO looks like it’s not level in this picture, but I promise it’s level in person.  Cross my heart. 


The new lighting really brightens the room up too!I might add some vinyl decal wall art under the rack for some interest in the near future.  Maybe one of the cute laundry sayings….or maybe something calming??  Ideas anyone?

This bench was a cinch to assemble and it fits perfectly between the new tall cabinet and shoe storage.   A little room left to the right for the hubby’s laptop case.


These baskets were hidden under piles of clearance items at Home Goods and I snatched them up for $5 each!  We’re using them to store winter accessories for now.  One for the kiddos and one for the parents.


Then I hung the hook rack over the bench. 

I was going to take the coats out for the picture, but then I thought…It’s WINTER….It’s winter in CHICAGO! 

Reality = Heavy Duty parkas!



Here are some other little changes… 

I reused the stackable shoe storage that we bought a few years ago because…well, it works.  I posted about making some “calming” artwork for this busy room too.


This small space between the washer and dryer is the perfect spot for my folding step ladder.


Yes, we still use plastic bags and the bag saver works well to keep them all tidy and ready to be reused. 

The wall mounted mop/broom holder is one of my favorite new finds.  It’s a great way to keep things off the floor and in one spot and can also be used to hang dry the wet mop.


A few weeks after finishing the room, I added a few vinyl decals here and there.


They really finished off the room.

So what do you think?  Are you as in LOVE as I am with my new space?  I have to say that it sure does make laundry time a lot more enjoyable and everything has its own place.  Which allows me to breathe again.  Ahhhhhhh.  

No kidding. 

Wait, that’s kind of sad to admit huh?  Oh, well.  I’m a sucker for organization and label makers.  ;)

I’m off to do some laundry!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Small Room, Small Changes, Big Impact

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The powder room is usually the smallest room in the house, next to make a laundry nook. Like I’ve said before, when we moved into our house, much of it, including our teeny tiny powder room, looked like Easter threw up all over it.

Amidst all the business that moving into a new home brings, I didn’t get any before shots of the room again. Sorry. Hopefully the Easter comment says it all.

Visual aid: sunny yellow with different pastels glazed onto it using the “feather duster” technique.

Did I mention the room is only 3’x7’?? IMG_6752

The good amongst the bad: pedestal sink, oval mirror, working toilet and hardwood floors. No major repairs here. Only cosmetic like the rest of the new pad.

I tackled the hideous faux walls with some extra paint I had left over from our spare bedroom. (Martha Stewart, Beeswax) Instant change.

Instant OOPS!

The extra paint was Flat. This bathroom gets the most traffic in our house which resulted in water streaks everywhere. Beyond me wanting to fix them.

In comes Carpenter Dad to the rescue. (he needs a cape or at least some tights) I LOVE subway tiles and asked him to install them from the floor up to chair rail height for a Christmas present. IMG_6730

Then I repainted the walls a buttery cream that I can’t seem to find the name of. Oops again.



I found this light fixture in the clearance section at Home Depot for $40. What a steal!IMG_6715

These photos were from a great beach weekend a few years ago. I used an aging tool to give them a lighter beachy feel and I think it really goes with this airy room.


This little votive holder was a small little spray paint project. It was a freebie from a baby shower, but the pastel shades didn’t go with any of my decor. A little white spray paint did the trick.


Just goes to show how a little tile and paint can completely change even the smallest room.

Oh and I have to mention the latest addition to our powder room too. I give you “The Froggy Potty”.IMG_6754

Thanks again, Carpenter Dad!

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Lucky Be The Lady

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I feel so blessed and lucky to have such a wonderful husband and countless other blessings in my life.  He surprised me with an unexpected hubby and wifey trip and I can’t thank him enough.  It was just what the (love) doctor ordered.

We also want to thank my awesome “Granma Bob (Barb)” and “Aunt Dibbie (Debbie)” for taking such great care of the boys during our trip.  Believe me, taking on our boys for an length of time is hard labor.

So just a quick post to say that we made it safely back from our wonderfully warm vacation.  I feel reenergized and ready to face the chaos that is our life. 

Happy Friday!DSCF3594

Love you D-Man!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Out Of Town

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Just a quick post to let you know that the hubby and I are heading out for a much need getaway .  Just the two of us!!  He surprised me with a “just us” trip to somewhere much warmer than Chicago! 

Not bragging.  Honest.  Just super excited!

I’m not sure what kind of internet access we’ll have and we’ve planned a pretty busy schedule. 

So if you post a comment or send me a message, please know that I’m alive….and well…and WARM.

Oh and I will respond as soon as possible. 

Have a great rest of the week!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Humbled and Honored

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Welll, I check my e-mail this morning, coffee in hand with a case of the “Mondays” and a stiff neck to top it off. 

Then BAM!  What do I find??? A nomination for the Beautiful Blogger Award from Megan 1 Funky Woman.


How sweet of her!!  Being new to the blog world this is so flattering!  My first award ever!  Woo Hoo! 

Buh-Bye Mondays!

So, I’m supposed to nominate 7 other blogs for the award and also list 7 random things about myself.  The hardest part is narrowing down 7 bloggers since I’m in LOVE with so many of you these days. 

Here goes nothing….

Seven Random Things about Sabby

  1. My birthday is 7-7-77. Whenever I have to give it over the phone, at a bank, etc, I get the same response....”So what’s your lucky number, chuckle, chuckle?” Oh please.... image
  2. I sometimes cry over spilled milk because it’s usually spilled all over my freshly cleaned floors.
  3. Jimmy Buffett makes me want to become a pirate and sail away. I settle for a Buffett fest once a summer with fellow Parrotheads.
    DSCF3326 (My mom and I this year freezing at Buffett in Wisconsin!)
  4. I hate cold weather and sometimes wonder how the heck I ended up living back in IL after several years in MUCH warmer states. I’ve been promised possible retirement in the Keys.....future pirate?? Maybe.
  5. My husband and I got married in the Illinois Old State Capitol in Representatives Hall in the very spot where Lincoln gave his “House Divided” speech. It’s an amazing place. I later found out that its also where Lincoln laid in state. Kind of creepy. image
  6. I love Cremora brand coffee creamer and nothing else will do. I use way too much of it.  My old coworkers used to call it my “rat poison”.       image
  7. Thanks to my father, I LOVE Elvis! I’ve been to Graceland more times than I can count which is probably way too many times to admit. I even married into it.  The hubby loves his Rock-A-Hula. image 

You guys still there?  Nothing too shameful right?

Ok, drum roll please…..

I nominate the following lovely ladies and their gorgeous blogs for inspiring me so much!  I mean, seriously, you guys are unbelievable!!!  (In no particular order here either!)

Amy at The Lemon Cottage

Ana at Knock Off Wood

Rachelle at Fingerprints On The Fridge

Jennifer at Hope Studios

Robyn at My Southern Cottage

Sarah at Clover Lane

Lisa at Blessed With Grace

I hope you all enjoy this nomination as much as I have today.  Shoot…you guys have probably already been nominated.  Well, if so, that just means you’re twice as loved then.  It certainly started my week off right!

Thanks again Megan!

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