Now that the holidays are over and the kids are back in school, this mama can deep clean, organize, and plan projects for the new year! I think 2017 will be the year for some of our biggest DIY’s to date, so fingers crossed that we get the fireplace some attention, get rid of our nasty carpet, and show the kitchen some love while we’re at it.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in how much we haven’t accomplished in this house, without looking back to see how far we’ve come. That’s why I love me some good before and after’s to snap me back into the right frame of mind. We have come a long way in making this house our home. Sure, there is more to do. There probably always will be. But for now, I am content with 2016’s progress.
I’m not sharing any after’s just yet. But, here are some good before’s to show just how neglected and poorly functioning our laundry room was.
This multi-purpose room is right off the garage and has to function as a mud room, without having the size to warrant calling it that. While I’m so grateful to have a sink, the only tiny counter space is always cluttered with paintbrushes and projects, the pile of miscellaneous tools that need to be put away in the garage, soap and towels.
It’s also the home to dog and cat bowls, and the empty space between the dryer and the sink houses the litter box. Pretty, right?
You can see through this door that the laundry room is directly off the kitchen and great room. Highly visible in our super open floorplan house, so having a functional and beautiful space is high priority.
This room is also painted the same awful beige as the rest of the house. The ceiling too. I shouldn’t say awful- it’s not terrible in the rest of the house, but particularly in this tiny room with no natural light, it’s a disgusting gold- yellow.
So like I said before, the plan is to create a functional and beautiful space that flows with the rest of the house as we incorporate our style. I know that it would look a million times better if someone just picked up after themselves. The struggle though, is that without functional storage, it just goes right back to looking like this in 2 seconds flat. I wish I could say that these were “staged” before’s, but sadly, no. This is any given day. Heck this may even be a good day! So it’s buh-bye gold, hello shiplap! Sayonara tacky cheap shelving, hello painted cabinetry and warm wood counters. There will be lots of DIY, and of course, done on a budget. I can’t wait to share!