A place for Everything Mudroom

I am Chez Sharah’s guest blogger today and sister!  We moved into our 1987 home two years ago and we have been slowly renovating.  When you came in from the garage originally, you came into this empty room that the previous owners used as an office:

It had some sad hooks on the wall

It had some sad hooks on the wall

It was holding all the random things we didn't have a spot for when we unpacked

It was holding all the random things we didn’t have a spot for when we unpacked

When we looked at the house I knew right away that it would be our mudroom to keep everyone organized.  So we had it painted the rest of the house color and left it sitting for 8 months.

Meanwhile, next door was our cramped “laundry space” in the powder room in a dark closet:

It was dark and had no room to sort or fold the laundry

It was dark, and there was no place to sort or fold the laundry

Fast forward 8 months where the renovation began with moving the washer and dryer next door to our empty room.  This required a plumber to move the pipes over, electrician to put in new wiring, and even a new dryer vent cut to the outside of the house.  These are a few pictures of the moving process:

Hole in the wall to move the plumbing and electrical over

Hole in the wall to move the plumbing and electrical over

The wall is repaired and the washer and dryer are moved over

The wall is repaired and the washer and dryer are moved over

Once the washer and dryer were moved over, it was time for the cabinets:

Cabinets were built to the ceiling to give optimum storage

Cabinets were built to the ceiling to give optimum storage

Now, I’m sure that I took more pictures, but I couldn’t find them, so let’s get straight to the good stuff, shall we?  The final product:

Washer and dryer tucked under a countertop, deep sink for handwashing clothes, or filling car washing buckets, a spot for my laundry basket, and an organization station for all those papers!

Washer and dryer tucked under a countertop, deep sink for handwashing clothes, and filling car washing buckets, a spot for my laundry basket, and an organization station for all those papers!

The upper cupboards hold the off season items, and the hooks and drawers hide everything.  The big cabinet holds the ironing board.

The upper cupboards hold the off season items, and the hooks and drawers hide the everyday stuff. The big cabinet holds the ironing board.

Full view of the room, and yes, I made that roman blind!

Full view of the room, and yes, I made that roman blind!

One thing you can’t see in any of these pictures was the closet.  Before the renovation, it was the basic 80’s closet with a shelf at the top and a long bar across for coats.  I had the cabinet maker rip it out and make me very specific shelves.

Lots of shelves for shoes and a very small area for coats since we keep our coats in our lockers on the hooks

Lots of shelves for shoes and a very small area for coats since we keep our coats in our lockers on the hooks

Now back to the old laundry room.  There was not a lot of shelving  or closet space on our main floor, so I had the cabinet maker also build me shelves:

Front view of the closet

Front view of the closet

Side view of the closet

Side view of the closet.  Sometimes the teacher in me happens to shine through with organized pencils, and markers!

The next step for our renovations is to add a light in the closet above and completely renovate the powder room.  Thanks for reading and happy renovating!

Shabby Chic TV unit makeover

I am pleased to introduce to you today my older sister, Karissa, who did a really cool DIY project recently and agreed to do a guest post about it.  Karissa is a wife, mother of two darling boys, and a teacher. Like me, she decorates and DIYs in her free time. Her and her family recently moved into a home built in the 80’s which has charged her reno-ing and decorating genes into overdrive. Enjoy!

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I am honoured to be a guest today at chez sharah. Projects have been in our blood since our Mom began making projects in the 80’s and 90’s involving ribbon roses, glue guns, and needlepoint.

Some years ago we purchased this corner tv unit. My husband finished it with a polyurethane coat.  Pretty basic, pretty boring.

Before

I had a vision of turning the unit into a china cabinet. This would require a major makeover and a brand new look.

First, I made my own chalk paint using Behr in Stone Fence and Plaster of Paris. Find the recipe here

Here is the entire base painted with one coat:
Base Coat
When I had finished painting the entire unit, the doors looked boring to me, so I added some white paint to my chalkpaint mixture and made a lighter shade. This is what it looked like after I added a lighter border:
Bottom door
My wonderful father in law used a plunge router to cut the centres out of the top doors.
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I went to see some knowledgeable gentlemen at the hardware store and chose a chicken wire that was square instead of the usual hexagonal shape. My husband cut the chicken wire with wire cutters (never would have guessed, huh?). He then attached the wire to the inside of the doors.  We put the doors back on, added some crystal knobs, and mounted a light in the top of the cabinet to add some light.

After
Everyone was a little skeptical when I described my vision of transforming a yellow oak tv unit into a china cabinet! I stuck to my vision and made it happen!

-Karissa