Saturday, March 31, 2012

I created a mudroom in my garage!

I love my house . . . but there are a few things I wish I could change. A mudroom off the garage would be nice. Since there was no way Handyman Hubby was going to actually build one I had to get creative (and not spend a lot of money). 


The area by the door leading into the house seemed like a good place for my "pretend" mudroom. We started by cleaning out the garage and then I remembered to take a before picture.


Warning! This is scary!




In the winter we tend to just leave stuff all over the place. It's just too darn cold to crawl into the attic and put away Christmas decorations or anything else! Now that spring is here we tackled this disaster . . . aka our garage.


I started off with these fabric drawer cubes that were FREE! I labeled and organized each drawer so we can actually find stuff! 




I took an old coat rack and painted it my fave aqua color. I hung my reusable grocery bags here so I can just grab them on my way out. The clock is from Meijer's and was only $5.




Here is my mudroom area by the door. Everything is organized and clean. Well, as clean as a garage can be. I put a fresh coat of paint on the door, stairs and walls. I ordered the vinyl from an Etsy shop. 




The mirror was in my entryway before I turned the dining room into a library. I knew it would be perfect for this area. Lots of hooks for coats, bags and umbrellas plus a mirror so you can check your hair on the way out!  : )




There is also a shoe rack and boot tray right by the door.




I used the old area rug from my family room to cover the cold concrete floor. 


This is right inside the door from the garage. I have more hooks and another boot tray along with a message board. There is also a bench for putting on and taking off shoes.



So what do you think? It's not as awesome as a real mudroom but I'm really happy with it! It's nice to come home and walk through that area now that it's all clean and organized.


The best part is how much money I didn't spend. I used stuff I already had and only purchased 2 new items.


Wall Clock - $5.00
Door Vinyl - $8.00


A $13 mudroom - not bad!





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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Master Bath Reveal

Hello my friends! I am so happy to show you my finished master bath. I love the cabinets painted dark brown! 





In between the sinks I keep a silver tray to hold items that we use daily.



I wanted to create a spa-like feeling around the tub but didn't want too much clutter. I filled a glass jar with soaps, added some white towels, faux plant and one of my fence board signs.



I'm selling the signs at my Etsy store. Click here to visit my store.




This is the toilet closet in the master bath. The cabinet is from Target (several years ago) and I've filled it with decorative items in aqua and brown. 



This is the wall opposite of the sinks. I found the old wooden chest of drawers at a garage sale for $5. It was filthy dirty and Handyman Hubby thought I was crazy for buying it. After a good cleaning, some paint and knobs for the drawers it looks totally different. 




Now I need your help. I love the new blinds on the windows - much better than the moldy ones that were there before - but the windows need something. I really don't want any curtains or fabric because of the moisture. I was thinking about adding trim around the windows so they don't look so plain. What do you think? Trim? No trim? Any other ideas?




Source List

Plant in white pot - Ikea
Towels - Target
Bath rugs - Ikea
Window blinds - Lowes
Silver tray - Goodwill
Small white clock - Ikea
Aqua glass - Ikea
Plastic aqua cup - Target (clearance!)
Glass jars w/lids - Costco (part of a bath set)
Artwork - Kirklands
Mirrors above sinks - Kirklands
Towel ring and hooks - Bed, Bath & Beyond
Apothacary jar - Michaels
Striped towels - Target


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