Well, all of this added up to one really good real estate bargain. And five and a half years later, I must say that we have whipped the place into shape. We have invested blood, sweat, and tears (literally), and lots and lots of money into our little palace, and I am so proud of the way that it looks now. Our plan had been to live here for about five years as our “starter” house, and then we would sell it and use the profits to move up a bit. But after all the love and toil we have poured into our home, I am in no hurry to leave it in the hands of another. I love this house.
It is a blessing to us in so many ways. We live only a mile from our church, and so our home is very convenient for entertaining our church family. We have people over all the time, and we both love to do it. We have an acre and a half of yard, and I have had such fun landscaping and planting a vegetable garden every year. And best of all, our property backs up to the
So anyway, this weekend we finished renovating the laundry room/mud room for the second time. We had painted, laid tile floor, and put up a cabinet on the wall the first summer that we lived here. It was certainly liveable. But now that we have the rest of the house shipshape, I wanted the décor to flow from the adjacent den and kitchen. Also since Madeline came along, we have been in need of more storage. We found a killer deal on some beautiful solid wood cabinets at Costco, and so we loaded up the truck with as many cabinets as we could fit into the room and got started.
Here are a few pix of our new and improved laundry room:
Looking from the den into the laundry room. The walls are greenish khaki. We had replaced the backdoor a couple of years ago. Doesn't the trim and crown molding look great? Daniel is amazing.
I found this awesome fabric at JoAnn's and made curtains and a cushion for the bench. I love my sign above the door! I found it at the flea market.
I got the rug at Target. It matches the curtains perfectly!
Cabinets by the back door.
And yet more cabinets! Oh, and my little constant companion. :)
This bench and shelf used to be white. Daniel made the storage shelf as a Pottery Barn copy cat. The bench came from my room growing up.
My dear grandfather painted this picture years ago - perfect for the laundry room!
And, of course, this post wouldn't be complete without a "before" picture:
Here is what it looked like when we moved in. Pretty big difference, huh?