A sneak peek at our laundry room redo (plus craft supply organization tips)

Hello friends! We are officially neck-deep in our current flip house project (photos and “before” video coming soon), so I haven’t had much time to work on our own home. But we are this.close to finishing our laundry room renovation, so I thought I’d share the progress with you because, honestly, I don’t know when we’ll get around to completing the final details. 😉

Just to recap … we removed a wall leading into our garage storage closet and used that space to expand our laundry room. Here’s what the space looks like before expansion (on a really good day):

Here’s what it normally looked like:

And here’s what it now looks like today:

I still have to install crown molding around the plank ceiling, add hardware to the cabinets, and add a filler piece to the center of the lower cabinets. But other than that, we’re pretty much done. I was lucky to have these pros helping me out with the project: 😉

I chose hickory cabinetry to help tie the space in with our hickory floors in the living and dining rooms.

The wall color is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (I had it mixed at Lowe’s in Valspar Signature – Eggshell finish).

The flooring is engineered hardwood plank from Wayfair. The accessories are from Hobby Lobby. The countertop is off the shelf at Lowe’s.

What I really love about the added space in our laundry room is that I now have an area I can dedicate to sewing and crafting! I’ve already begun organizing my supplies.

I was recently introduced to a cool new crafting product called Sugru® Mouldable Glue. A sample was sent to me to try out and review.

It’s a soft-to-touch, flexible, grippy substance you can use to bond ceramics, metal, glass, wood, etc. I used it to help organize my sewing supply drawer in the new laundry space.

I attached the containers to the bottom of the drawer liner to keep stuff from slipping around. It worked like a charm!

Oh, and that pin cushion you see in the bottom left corner of the drawer? I DIYed that in about 5 minutes.

I purchased a block of styrofoam for about 97 cents at Walmart (craft section), trimmed out a piece of scrap fabric, and adhered the fabric to the block with spray adhesive. Done!

I’m excited to finish this laundry room space and load the rest of the drawers up with all my sewing and crafting goodies.

What do you think of the laundry room redo so far? It cost us a total of about $1,500 to complete.

 

From scrap wood to laundry room sign

After all the garage organization that’s been going on around here, I have been long overdue to take a break and get my craft on. The driftwood candle holder I built last week didn’t quite cure the itch, so I tackled another quick project I wanted to share with you today.

About two years ago (probably more), I bought an adhesive vinyl sign for our laundry room. It was just a few bucks on eBay. I never put it up because I didn’t like the idea of just slapping it on the wall. I wanted it framed by or mounted on something. But what?

Well last week, while puttering around the garage, I stumbled upon the perfect solution.

Reclaimed-wood

This board used to serve as a shelf on one side of the garage. But I have other plans for that wall (coming soon), so it was fair game for this project.

I feel about raw boards the same way a painter must feel about a blank canvas … so many amazing possibilities. 😉

Adhesive-vinyl-on-wood

I started by positioning the vinyl sign on the wood to see where I would need to trim it. Luckily, the width was perfect. I only needed to cut a bit off of one end of the board, which I did using my miter saw.

Cutting-board-on-miter-saw

Next I went to town on the board with my orbital sander. I rounded the edges, too.

Orbital-sander

I applied my driftwood recipe to the piece to bring out the grain and give it an aged look.

Driftwood-technique

To complete the driftwood finish, I added a coat of liming wax, buffing it to a soft sheen.

Finished-driftwood-sign

After that dried, I basically just lined up the vinyl on the wood and carefully peeled off the backing.

Laying-out-vinyl-adhesive

It turned out nearly perfect, which is extremely rare with any project I am involved in. 😉

I added two small screws and some wire to make it hang-able. Of course, you could go all fancy and use saw-tooth hangers or Command™ strips. I didn’t have either of those handy so …

Hanging-hardware

Here’s the final result:

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Laundry-Room-sign

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Laundry-Room-loads-of-fun

What do you think of my on-the-fly, DIY laundry room sign?

Where do missing socks go? 3 secrets to keeping pairs together

Most, if not all, of us have experienced the dreaded missing sock phenomenon. Two socks go into the washing machine (seemingly) together. Then after the clothes emerge from the dryer and are being folded … missing sock alert!

So where do missing socks go? There are many theories floating around the Internet about how socks disappear, including alien abductions, black holes and leprechauns. While these ideas are, well, interesting, the truth is that socks really don’t vanish into thin air. I mean, there is the real possibility they’ve gotten tangled in the agitator of the washing machine (to investigate this theory, click here), or statically trapped inside another garment. However, I’ve found that the No. 1 reason socks end up lonely is due to a flawed organization system on our part. I’ve also discovered (through trial and error) that there are three easy ways to fix that system and ultimately end up with more happy sock couples in the future.

Socks

1. DON’T place any socks in a sock drawer without a match.

I have four people (plus a dog who doesn’t wear socks, thank goodness) in my home. If I kept each person’s missing socks in his/her individual sock drawer, I would then have to travel around to each person’s drawer every.single.time. I did a load of laundry to check for pairs. This is an inefficient and time-consuming method and one that most folks would quickly give up trying to maintain. There’s a better way!

2. Designate ONE basket or bin where ALL missing socks are placed. Keep this bin near where laundry is typically folded.

I have one basket where I keep all missing socks from everyone in our family. Each time I do laundry, when I’m done folding, I check missing socks against what’s in the basket. It takes about one minute and I come out with a few happy pairs every time. Socks without pairs go back in the basket. The key is to keep this basket near where the laundry is folded because, let’s face it, we’re apt to skip this step if it’s too inconvenient to fetch the mother load.

3. Consider spreading out laundry duty throughout the week.

I know many of you are probably in the “10 loads on Saturday” crowd when it comes to laundry duty. I was, too, for many years. The problem was that I hated laundry duty but I loved Saturdays, so the two were always at odds with each other. Instead, I’ve found it much easier – and more maintainable – to do two loads of laundry each weekday.

How does this help keep socks together? First, it improves the odds that I’ll actually see the bottom of our laundry hampers each week, and lonely socks won’t be left lingering at the bottom forever. Secondly, it increases the likelihood that I’ll fold all the loads I’ve washed and check the sock basket for potential matches.

I realize these steps are pretty simple and probably won’t entirely eliminate all your missing socks. (Sometimes, it’s just time to say goodbye. :)) But I can say from experience that practicing these steps regularly will immensely reduce your number of missing socks. We currently have less than 10 missing socks for our entire family.

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping sock pairs together?