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Laundry Rooms Don’t Have to be Boring

We finally moved into our new house and although it was built in 2013, there are still things we want to change to make it more beautiful.  Because there are no major remodeling needs in a new house, most of the changes have been with paint and some new tile, so anyone can do them. We started with the laundry room.  The room itself is quite large and the washer and dryer are not behind doors.  So when we purchased the house we had to decide to either cover them up or make the laundry space beautiful.  We chose to make the laundry room beautiful.  Here is a photo of the laundry room before. It is kind of boring and bland.


The wall color was acceptable and the flooring was nice, so we chose to dress up the space with a Rustic Modern feel.  We started by purchasing a new Samsung Washer and Dryer.  We chose the Black Stainless Steel for a dramatic look and they are beautiful!


To break up the space of the large wall behind the washer and dryer, we installed two frosted glass Sekiton horizontal cabinets from IKEA.  Next, we decided to add some interest to the walls by installing weathered wood-look tile, Marazzi Montagna Rustic Bay from the Home Depot.  The tiles are 6′ x 24″ and it really looks like weathered wood.  I installed the tile to just a few inches below the washer and dryer.  While we were at IKEA, we also picked up an Eckbacken countertop with a metal-look and a small 12″ cabinet to go between the washer and dryer.


The process was pretty easy.  The cabinets took a couple of hours to build and hang and the tile went up in a day with grout the next day.  The countertop was cut to size using just a circular saw.  The result is a beautiful, elegant laundry room!  Enjoy!


How to Turn Landscape Rock into Grass

When we purchased our little fixer-upper, one of the things I wanted to change immediately were the white rocks in the front yard.  The landscape fabric underneath was old and weeds were coming up in the rocks everywhere.  It was, well, ugly!  We tried for awhile to live with them, but after awhile, they had to go.

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We started digging up the rocks and found more rocks of a different color.  Because of the size, we knew we could never get all of them up.  so, we decided to get as may as we could and then just cover the rest with top soil.  We added 3-4″ of top soil on top of what was left.


After we got all the top soil in place, we started laying the sod.  It is a small yard so the job was not that difficult!  We picked up our sod at the Home Depot and it really was good quality sod.  The result is awesome!  We have now had the sod in place for two summers and it still looks great.  So if you find yourself with the same issue with landscape rocks, consider this approach.  It worked great for us!

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An ’80’s Caribbean Kitchen Gets a Facelift

Last month, we decided to take on a complete remodel of the kitchen in our condo in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  The last update was in the ’80’s and it was complete with fake wood countertops, white cabinets and dirt.

Because we had to complete the remodel in a little over a week, we had some help with the plumbing and electrical.  We discovered that everything has a second life on the island.  Our plumber had someone who could use the cabinets and appliances, so when we arrived, most of the demo was complete.  Here are a few “before” photos:

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The first step was to decide on the cabinets.  We decided on stock cabinets

St. Croix Condo Remodel

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  In June of last year, we purchased  condo in St Croix to fulfill our dream of retiring and spending the winters in the Caribbean.  We got a great deal on the condo, but it needed some work.  Seven months later,