One Room Challenge: Week 3 Recap and What to Expect for Week 4

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This week was a very hands on week in the laundry room. I started off by assembling the Ikea armoire that would eventually become the laundry room cabinet. I also started sketching my “mudroom style” bench design. Later in the week I picked up my supplies from the home improvement store and got to work on my bench.

I’m so happy with how transformed my laundry room already looks. I started organizing some of our items and love the difference it makes having uniform and labeled bottles. It’s amazing what a $10 label maker and amber bottles will do for a space.

The bench that the cabinet sits on was inspired by a mudroom design I saw online. I want my laundry room to have the feel of a mudroom even though it’s not. I used an assortment of pine common boards, project panels, and fiberboard to assemble the bench. I want it to have the look of a butcher block bench for a fraction of the cost.

I believe having a space where we can discretely store clearning supplies and laundry detergent will be a game changer for us. We had a bad habit of leaving items on top of the dyer or just throwing them on the open shelf. Having this cabinet means that things can stay out of sight and allows for everything to have a place.

Here’s what you can expect as I head into week 4:

  • Finish the bench by staining and waxing it as well as attaching the entire structure to the wall
  • Build the fold down drying rack
  • Re attach quarter round moulding




One Room Challenge – Weeks 2 and 3: Plywood Floors and Wallpaper

Last week time got away from me and I didn’t have a chance to get you an update on the One Room Challenge. So I figured today I would give you a full update!

Last week I spent the majority of my time focusing on the floors of the living room. After doing a TON of research on ceramic tile and vinyl tile I realized I didn’t want to drop a few hundred dollars on flooring. So instead of spending a majority of my laundry room budget on floors I opted for a cheap (yet beautiful) alternative.

I decided to use quarter inch plywood as my flooring! I visited my local Lowe’s Home Improvement store and had them rip plywood down to 6″ strips. I used a hammer and nails to attach the wood flooring to my underlayment, and in just a few hours I had beautiful flooring that only cost me $25!

In the coming weeks I plan on painting a checkerboard pattern on the floors and then sealing with polyurethane.

This week I spent the majority of my time doing a hand painted accent wall that gives a nod to herringbone wallpaper. To create the “wallpaper” I taped off the wall in 5″ increments and then used a paintbrush to brush on an alternating herringbone pattern. I pulled off the tape and “ta-da” — hand painted wallpaper!

My favorite part about this week’s addition is the peg rail with hanging laundry hamper! I hand made the pegs and attached the entire peg rail to the wall. I purchased these over the door hampers (that only cost $14 each) and hung them on the pegs. I’m excited about a laundry organization that gets our dirty towels off of the floor!

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2020 Prime Day Finds for DIY and Home

It’s day 2 and I’m sharing some amazing finds from Amazon Prime Day! These are great deals that would benefit anyone focusing on their home and DIY projects! If you click on the photos they will bring you directly to the product page on Amazon.

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Spade Drill Bit

I don’t have this exact brand but I have a very similar set. These spades are great to have on hand when drilling out precises cirlces. Make sure you have a high voltage drill when using. I’m currently using the 1″ size for my propagation station project.

Amber Spray Bottles

I’ve gotten in the habit of decanding lately and these amber spray bottles are perfect for storing bathroom, laundry, and home cleaning products. Getting a pack of six-16oz bottles for around $14 a great value. I’m using these in my laudryroom refresh for the One Room Challenge.

Wool Dryer Balls

I’ve slowly been focusing on areas in our home where we can be more sustainable. One of those areas is with the laundry. We have a bad habit of using tons of dyer sheets. Last year I started using wool dryer balls in my laundry as a replacement and I’m hooked. They help your clothes dry faster, and are a great alternative to toxic dyer sheets. If you like to add scent to your laundry just add a few drops of essential oils to the dyer balls.

Fashion Safety Glasses

Every DIYer needs a pair of safety glasses. Whether you’re sanding, cutting wood, using a saw — you need to protect your eyes. While I don’t personally own these specific pair of safety glasses — glasses are a must have if you’re working on projects at home.

Pretend Play Toolbox

If you have a little one at home like I do, it’s nice to have them “help” while working on projects. This pretend play toolbox allows kids to have hand on activity without the fear of them getting into your real tools.

Satin Pillowcases

I’ve been on a “natural hair journey” for the last 3 years and the best decision I made for my haircare routine was buying satin pillowcases. They’ve helped protect against the damage cotton pillowcases cause on curly hair. It’s the one thing that I KNOW has helped me maintain healthy and undamaged hair.