Laundry/Mudroom Progress

I need to take Claritin D more often.

It makes me organize. It’s like me + Claritin D = organizational soulmates.

Of course, when it wears off I’m all…



But for the first few hours, I’m like an organizing, calorie-burnin’ machine of hyperness.

After organizing No Man’s Land, the craft closet and Lucas’s room, I had every intention of taking a little break. Then, I caught The Black Plague (or maybe that’s just me being dramatic) and thought I was dying.  So, I took a Claritin D out of desperation and went from a useless lump on the sofa to the flippin’ energizer bunny for about 2 hours time before the germies caught back up to me, rendering me once again completely useless.

In my drug-induced haze, I decided to tackle the laundry room. I’ve never posted about this space before (aside from a few pics in our house tour), so let’s start from the beginning(ish). After we moved in, I painted our beige walls with a blue-grey Oops paint and then snapped this picture….

But, there was a problem (Imagine the following scenario with the top shelf ONLY like in the picture above.)…


The original shelf and cabinet were way too tall for my vertically-challenged self (and that’s me on my tip-toes, ya’ll).

So, we DIYed two additional shelves by having 1×10 unfinished shelf boards cut down to size at Home Depot. I primed and painted everything with leftover trim paint left by our builder. We used cute ikea brackets for the middle shelf and cheapo L brackets on the lower to allow us to get the bottom shelf as close to the washer and dryer as possible (they’re low enough that you can’t see them easily anyways)….

This get-up worked much better for us, but over time, the room turned into this…

Just full o’ crapola.

That nasty looking stuff in the large beverage dispenser is old laundry detergent. Once upon a time ago, I decided to be brilliant and poured my detergent in there. I’d seen the idea on Pinterest, and thus, figured it HAD to be genius. Alas, not so much. Turns out the detergent we use looks completely nasty. People often asked (with expressions of poorly-suppressed dubiousness) what the urine-looking substance in the jar was. Then, after a while, the detergent started to separate. I wonder if it’s like hydrogen peroxide where it loses it’s potency if not sealed from light or something. Now, I know that laundry detergent comes in opaque containers for good reason. Thus, ours will forever stay in the store-bought jugs. And Pinterest is not always right. It was a noble try, though.

Instead of being a grown-up and cleaning out the jar in a timely manner, I decided it simply pretend it didn’t exist by hiding it behind closed doors. Gosh, I’m gross. So, it was time. I finally cleaned out the jar thoroughly and freed up a ton of glorious cabinet space.

I went through all the baskets and rid ourselves of unused junk. Most of the stuff just really needed to be put back in their respective rooms. The laundry room had pretty much become a catch-all drop-zone of laziness. Then, I gave everything a thorough wipe down with my water/vinegar spray. I even went so far as to magic erase the smudges off the washer and dryer. Spic n’ span. Oh, yeah.

Then, I put stuff back in ways that made much more sense.

Now that the cabinets were clean, I had room for detergent, bleach, etc, so they’re no longer out in the open. I decided to reuse a short glass cylinder for storage of smaller items instead of a basket because, as previously demonstrated, I’m short.  And could never see what was in the solid basket that was in there before, so I figured clear storage would be best.  I left most of the top shelf empty for when we restock paper towels.

Here’s a full view of the newly clean space….

One basket now stores sidewalk chalk, bubbles, water balloons and other outdoor toys for Lucas, one basket holds batteries, and a third holds things like sunblock and other odds and ends. The top baskets are empty for growth.

As far as I’m concerned, leaving the decor as-is isn’t an option.  The differing brown tones kill me. I’ve said various versions of this statement in SO many other posts…. Mismatching brown undertones is one of my biggest pet-peeves and it’s an ongoing issue in this house. Our last house had a very Tuscan color scheme with browns, taupes, greens, reds, etc. and we had a huge mudroom with floor to ceiling shelves.  I’d purchased tons of baskets to organize them, which is why I have SO many baskets leftover in various tones of brown. I refuse to buy new ones because that’s just a waste, so I’m reusing what I’ve got.

Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’ve already made the decor changes.   I’ll have another post up soon with details.  I just didn’t want this post to reach novel-length, so I decided to split it in half.

To round out our mudroom tour, we have my DIY pear art (the inspiration for which I got here) that I completed pre-blog, along with some fun paperclip hooks that I found on clearance at Target.

On this tiny wall, I simply hung an old mail sorter with hooks for keys, sunglasses, wallets, etc.

For the most part, our laundry/mudroom works really well for us. I’d like to figure out some shoe storage solutions in the future, though. And possibly some hanging storage behind the door to the kitchen (not shown) for brooms, mops, etc.

In any case, I’d say this organizational stint was a success being that Joey’s first statement upon seeing it was “Wow!  Who knew our mudroom was so big?” (Itsnot. Butthanksbabe.).   🙂

So, what kind of organization projects have you guys got going on?  Any mudroom revamps?   Anybody else enjoy the effects of Claritin D? 🙂


Master Bath Tour

So, I’m now finally getting to the LAST never-been-seen area of our home.   Our master bath (dahdahdah-DAH!).  So, hows about a tour?

Ya see, our bathroom started out looking like this….
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Like our guest bath… not bad.  But basic.   A lot of beige going on.   After painting our bedroom with Glidden’s Driftwood Grey, this tone quickly became my favorite color EVER.  With its deep grey hue and racy green undertones.   Oh, Driftwood Grey, please tell me…  do you rent? or own??  Those wings.  You angel. (Name that reference!!)

So, anyways, I loved the paint color so entirely that we decided to extend it into the bathroom.  Doing so, not only made me drool happy, it unified the two rooms to make them feel like more of a cohesive master suite.


I added some art and towels as well as some accessories that I already had from our last house (which are actually much more muted in person.  They’re looking a little “color-kaleidoscope” in the pics below.  It all goes in person, swear.).  We opted for square sinks, but unfortunately, the builder we used no longer supplied white countertops, tubs, toilets, shower basins, etc.  Their color of choice was biscuit.  Which pretty much looks like the food.  It’s basically an almond tone.  I would’ve preferred white, but it is what it is (until we change it?  Eh, Joey??).


The door straight ahead in the photo below is our closet.   Then, we have a small linen closet beside the shower.   I’ll tell ya, they did good with this floor plan’s master suite when it comes to storage.  No complaints there.


Onto the toilet room.  It started out here….


And now is here…


Meet My Pretties (aka. our shelves).


Sorry about the pics.  This room is so small that photographing it is really difficult.  Here are a few close ups, to give you a better idea…

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We DIYed our shelves using 1×10″ boards from Home Depot.  We had them cut down to size for free right there at the store (We decided on one inch shorter than the room’s width to allow for 1/2 inch on either side).  Once we got them home, we sanded and stained them with ebony-toned stain, then mounted them atop these unfinished brackets from Ikea for 3 bucks a pop….


…which we stained the same color.   We ended up spending roughly 10 bucks per shelf (including the brackets) by going this route.  And I love the custom feel they give due to their perfect size in comparison to the nook.  And the rustic aesthetic is the bees knees.   We didn’t polyurethane the shelves because we liked the matte, low key feel that they gave with just stain.  My only complaint is that when I dust the shelves, the knots hold onto some of the fuzz from my Swiffer sheet.   I’m sure there’s a solution to this problem, but I haven’t been bothered enough to find it.

Here’s a slightly different view of the toilet room…


The mirror is from Target.  It was originally $49 bucks.  I stalked it until it went on clearance for $14.98 and then, with a “whoop!” of victory, I made it mine.  The paintings hung in our last home’s front room vertically.   I originally got them from Kohls for $3.98 a piece… they were exactly the same picture so I just relocated the hanging hardware on the back of one of them so I could hang one upside down and one right-side-up.  I decided to hang them horizontally here to better fill the space.  I simply relocated the hardware on the backs again and hung them with a few nails.

And here’s the view of the bathroom from the closet…


Now, there’s definitely more to go with this room.  And here’s the plan…

  • Add a faux DIY roman shade to the window in a fun pattern
  • Change the builder towel rods and rings for hooks
  • Either frame out the current mirror or replace it with two mirrors with shelves in between
  • Bid adios to the current light fixtures over the mirror and replace them with something more “us”
  • Hang a fun chandelier in the toilet room?
  • Replace all faucets with sleeker, simpler versions
  • Add pulls to the drawers
  • Possibly switch out the cumbersome double doors (not shown) in the entrance of the bathroom with a sliding barn door?
  • Add an area rug.

Lots to do here, but all completely doable.  I can’t wait to get going on this.   Our guest bath will be first (If the weather will stay mild enough for me to paint the dang tile surround.  I’ve got all the stuff and everything!!), but this one’s been on my mind for a while so hopefully we will get started on these changes at some point soon.