Tuesday, October 23, 2012

the entry way

This is just the typical front entry that you would find in any other 1950's ranch. Except for a few changes: as you'll see in my previous post, we tore up the tile and vinyl flooring and laid down the wood flooring which we then sanded and painted. A few years previous to this, Jordan knocked out a wall and framed a doorway that now connects the front entry to the laundry room. And I put up the board and batton. It was a first for me in the carpentry department but pretty simple. The hardest and most time consuming part was actually deciding on the space between the boards. And something that we have to work around with our house is the radiant heat. You probably noticed the box on the wall...we have yet to figure out a camouflage. I would love a great light fixture as well but our ceilings are just not tall enough. Oh well! I am grateful for the change in this room.

This is what it currently looks like but (as with every other room in the house) it is subject to change.

Here is the before when we moved in.

ordinary ranch laundry room gets makeover

Another post on what our home currently looks like. I'm still taking it just one post at a time and this time I'm concentrating on the laundry room. Our laundry room has changed pretty drastically in the 6.5 years we've owned our home.

This is what it looks like now.

This is what it looked like when we moved in... white marble flooring, a horrible layout, and old appliances.

Luckily we haven't had to live with the 'before' image of the laundry room for long. A few years ago, we changed the layout when we were forced to get a new washer and dryer.  The countertop is wood which we stained and poly-ed.  It cleans up very nicely and I love the look of it.  It's a budget-friendly way to go, too!  We laid the wook floor and painted it.  We also removed the cupboard doors and added some handmade corbels.  We added a beadboard backsplash and under-cabinet roped lighting.  That my shelf displays are always fresh and pleasing to the eye is important to me.  These are some of the finishing touches:
I love jars and figuring out what to put in them.  I covered these mini clothespins in pages from an old book.  And added bingo numbers to the jars.  An old letter from a relative to my grandma is rolled up in another jar.

My husband, the carpenter, needs pencils to be available where he can see them so that he remembers to grab one on the way out the door each morning and to return that pencil in the evening!
my first diy cement project (:  A tea light candle holder.