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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!


Building a Kitchen from Scratch

When we started working on the kitchen at the I Street house, all we had was a refrigerator that did not work, a small, apartment sized stove and a sink.  We decided to change all that and move the kitchen into what used to be the pantry and the dining room.  it was going to require new plumbing and wiring, but we need to do that anyway, so the extra cost was minimal.

Our biggest challenge was taking down the wall between the dining room and the pantry, but we called in a friend who is a licensed contractor for help.  Here are some before pics:

Dining Room Demo 1Kitchen Demo 4

Once we took the wall down, we installed a cedar beam and the room was open!

Kitchen In Process Opened Up

We found beautiful hardwood floors under carpet, linoleum and newspaper and you can see, we also uncovered beautiful ship lap.  There was no way I could cover up that beautiful 100 year old wood with drywall, so we decided to sand, chink and stain it.

Kitchen New 2

The guys from Traditional Hardwood Floors, in Salida, CO took our floors that were black from age and use and made them beautiful again!

Living Room Floors Refinshed

 Once the floors and the walls were done, it was time to install the cabinets.  We decided to go with IKEA RAMSJO cabinets with a cherry finish.  There are a lot of parts to these cabinets, but once you build one, the rest go pretty quickly.  The quality is good and they feature soft close doors and drawers

Kitchen New 1

We also decided on butcher block countertops from IKEA.  They are a great bargain and are easy to  cut and put in place.  We have had them for a year or so and they are holding up nicely, but you have to seal them from  the start.  We rounded out the kitchen with black appliances.  Stainless Steel seemed too modern for a 100+ year old house.

The result is awesome!  we have tons of counter space, a raised bar and a beautiful ship lap accent wall that celebrates the old house!

Kitchen New 4Kitchen Raised Bar