Monday, August 21, 2017

I DIYed That Link Party #26

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It's time to show us how you "I DIYed That" again- not just for bloggers, but for non-bloggers too! You can share your blog post here, showing off a DIY creation you made, or if you are a non-blogger, you can link up your DIY on Instagram using the hashtag #iDIYedthat. Every week, each blogger will pick our favorites and share them on our blogs, on Pinterest, as well as throughout our social media channels! We want to show you off!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall

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Last week I shared with you my laundry room makeover. If you want to see the before of it, and the censored before, go check it out :) Now it's got a cute little modern farmhouse vibe going instead of a hot mess vibe.
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 As promised, I'm going to share how I built the shelves in here. The shelves that were in here were super flimsy, and it's beyond me how they lasted as long as they did without caving in. These ones are really sturdy and can hold all of my stuff without bowing :)

The measurements on this project are going to be a little different for everyone. It depends on the length of the walls and the width of your boards. My 1x12s measured 11" and one of them even went under 11" which is crazy. So, I'm going to do this without measurements since mine won't make sense, but I'll let you know what to measure.

Supplies:
2x3 boards (for width of wall, support pieces, increase depending on number of shelves)
1x12 board (at least length of wall)
1/4" plywood for bottom of shelf
1x4" boards if staining or 1x4" mdf molding if painting

First things first, mark all your studs on the wall. You'll want your support bracket to go right into the studs. Take down the measurements so you can mark them on your wood.
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Measure the length of your wall, and then cut a 2x3 that length (may need to do a smidge smaller in order to get it into place without scratching up your wall).

Next, measure your 1x12 board's width. Mine was 11". Subtract the width of your 2x3 (approx. 1.75") from the width of your 1x12 and cut your smaller supports that size. I used four on mine for a 70" long wall.  If your wall is smaller, then you may only need 3 supports, or if it's longer you'll want more.

On your long 2x3 (the one the length of your wall), mark where all the studs would be and half way pre-drill at least 2 of these if you are hanging these by yourself. If you have a partner to help hold these up, then you can probably skip this step. I think predrilling holes just make things a lot easier :)

I used my Kreg Jig for this next part. On all your smaller supports, make two pocket holes on one side. Secure two of these supports to the two ends (one on each end). Make sure they are flush to the end since you will also screw these ends to the adjacent wall. Next, attach your other support pieces equidistant from each other with the pocket hole screws, making sure not to place them where the studs will be. I used 1 1/2" screws for this. If you don't have a Kreg Jig, just drill these in through the back side, making sure your screws sit inside the wood or are flush.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Now place your support bracket on your wall, making sure it was level. I did shiplap underneath my shelves (tutorial below). So, if you have something similar or tile under yours, use a scrap piece of the 1/4" plywood and place in between the support and top of your backsplash to ensure you have room to place the bottom piece of this shelf properly. Or just do the backsplash after you do the shelves. May make things easier :)
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
Using your pilot holes and/or marks, screw your support into the studs using 2 3/4" screws. Also, screw the supports into the side walls, making sure this part is level also. Try to get into a stud on here also.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Next, cut your 1/4" plywood into the size of your 1x12" piece. So, mine was 70" long by 11" wide. I then slid this underneath the supports very carefully and secured it with 2" nails (using my nail gun) into the support. You may want to cut this about a 1/4" shorter to give you more wiggle room when you trying to maneuver the board into place. Or just be super careful as to not scratch up your wall. (ps.  I know my Home Depot doesn't cut anything under 12" anymore, so if you need your plywood to be cut, I recommend using the Dremel Ultra Saw. It's a smaller hand saw that get things done without the shear force of the other options. Of course, that doesn't mean you can throw caution to the wind... be safe :) Always follow all safety protocols when using power tools. )
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Next, cut your 1x12 to the length you need for your wall. Once again, mine was 70". Place on top of the support and nail in with 2" nails.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 I like to think of the above part as a secret hiding place, although I never hide anything in mine. But, wouldn't it be a great idea? Just make sure your 1x4 cover piece is movable :)

Now, cut a 1x4 the length of your wall (once again, 70" for me) and secure into place with the nail gun and 1 1/2" nails. If you are going to paint this piece and not stain the wood, you may want to opt for some 1x4" mdf molding for a smoother finish. I ended up changing mine afterwards to the molding to get a smoother look.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 After you are done with your first shelf, start building the next ones the same way.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 I ended up doing different heights for each shelf for my needs. You can decide where you want each shelf to go for your own needs. Sometimes it's easier to find the baskets you want to use, and then using those measurements, place the shelf a little bit above that height rather than trying to find things that fit your shelves.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Next, paint or stain them! I ended up painting the back of the wall also to brighten this small little space up. I was thinking about carrying the shiplap all the way up, but decided against it since you can barely see the back anyway once there are baskets on the shelves.
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 In another post I'll go through my laundry room organization. I'm actually in the middle of creating a new storage table for in between the washer and dryer which will give even more ideas. And I'm thinking about adding a bar on the bottom shelf to hang wet clothes.
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 Even though I have essentially the same amount of storage as in my before pictures, I feel like it's utilized better and I don't have to worry about how much weight I put on these. My hopes is that it will always stay looking like this and be this organized, but I'm not dumb and I know myself :) lol. But, I can always dream and try, right? Heck! It's been 2 weeks and it's still looking pretty good so far!
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As for the shiplap? I was going to do a whole tutorial on that, but it's actually relatively simple. Home Depot sells these mdf pieces of tongue and groove shiplap for about $4/$5 for an 8 foot board. I started these from my water hookups to make things easier. My water hookup surround came right out and I was able to place it on top of the raised mdf boards (not pictured).

DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 I then worked around the outlet with the boards and the around the water supply.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Once the boards were in place, I actually just youtubed how to extend existing outlets over tile, and got a great tutorial on how to do this using spacers. I also went to Home Depot and asked a worker there on what to do and he said the same thing. So, I knew this was a good direction. Just make sure you do all your safety checks before you start working with things electrical...or hire an electrician to be safe.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
 Once the outlet is level with your shiplap, you can put on the cover (not pictured).

Then to finish things up, I used quarter round molding and nailed it into place.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
I filled all the cracks and holes and then painted everything. The paint I used for both the shelves and shiplap is Swiss Coffee by Behr in a satin finish.
DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas
It's actually so fun doing the laundry in here now. Before, it was a nightmare, but since it's so different...even the arrangement of things, it makes it more enjoyable. Plus, it's pretty, so that helps!

The cost of the shelves can be relative. It made sense for me to buy the 1/4" plywood since I was making 3 shelves. If you follow this tutorial and only make 1 shelf, you will end up with a lot of plywood left over and it might make sense to use my other floating shelf tutorial found here.

DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas

DIY Laundry Room Shelves And Shiplap Wall | Small laundry room organization and shelf ideas | DIY modern farmhouse laundry room decor and decorating ideas

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I DIYed That Link Party #25

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 It's time to show us how you "I DIYed That" again- not just for bloggers, but for non-bloggers too! You can share your blog post here, showing off a DIY creation you made, or if you are a non-blogger, you can link up your DIY on Instagram using the hashtag #iDIYedthat. Every week, each blogger will pick our favorites and share them on our blogs, on Pinterest, as well as throughout our social media channels! We want to show you off!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Small Laundry Room Makeover And Organization Ideas

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I have said this more times than once, but it's something I live by completely. If you have no desire to clean a room...or you literally haven't cleaned it in months...then it's time for a makeover. It's time to make it fresh again, and something that you want to clean or want to keep clean. Rooms in my house go through cycles with this, and my laundry room was up this round. I was going to show you this before:
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
But...well, let's get real. That is pretty bad, but not as bad as it was before I even touched it :/
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
I have been wanting to do cabinets in here for awhile, but finally decided to do some thicker, sturdier shelves. Plus, I love the idea of open shelving...it's just that you gotta keep the clutter under control, unlike I did in my before pictures :)

The shelves I used before, I didn't realize it until I took them down but apparently I only had two screws in each bracket and only one bracket in the studs. I'm surprised those things lasted the years that they did. I had some serious weight on those. Like think of paint cans, tools, screws, nails, etc. etc. etc. Shhh...don't tell my husband though :) He would give me crap. I don't know why I did it that way, but at least I did it right this time.

Here's the after:
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
 I wanted to keep the three shelves for the storage. We don't have much storage space in this house, so I wanted to maximize it. Baskets are my go to thing in here. I decided to trade up for some different ones. Ones that are a little bit bigger and deeper. When cleaning out this space, which by the way took me like 2 weeks, I realized I needed a good spot for my smaller tools and random screws/nails. I found this awesome little two drawer thing at Home Goods and knew it would be perfect for them! And yes, my laundry room is more of a DIY storage room than anything :)
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
 I've been thinking about this design for awhile now and for sure wanted to do some sort of 'back splash' behind the appliances. I envisioned subway tiles. But, I didn't want to get into a big tiling project. I looked for stick and peel ones, which I found, but they were a ridiculous price. I then saw these sweet pieces of mdf shiplap at Home Depot and thought they would be perfect!

I wanted a sign to go in here, and found this cute one from Here's Your Sign. But, let's be honest. The first thing gets done twice as much as the second because I am horrible at switching it out in time and then it just stinks. The third thing gets done once every 3 weeks or 10th load. And then repeat...well. :) That doesn't probably happen as often as it should. But at least the sign is cute!
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 This space is super small. It's just a walk through from our garage into the main living space. So, getting decent pictures is half near impossible, but I wanted to show you the full shelves. All of those baskets and buckets hold DIY stuff or lights. The only laundry related holder is the bottom right which holds my oxy clean an dryer sheets. The sad part? I still have like 5 more boxes of stuff I can still put in here if I wanted to make it cluttered again. I think I'll just have to find a place for those in the garage ;)
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
 I also ended up moving the washer over to the right corner and placed some cubbies in between the washer and dryer. I love the height of this and the extra storage it gives. These are actually two cubbies pushed together to get this length which is plenty of room for detergents and any other extra storage things I need. I'm actually going to build a perfect size little table for this space which I'll share with you soon.
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
 My favorite part about this new laundry room is this view:
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
It now blends in with the rest of my house. And best yet, I can actually leave the door open! This is the door, the only door in my house that MUST remain shut when guests come over. You can see it from the living room, and it was obviously a complete hot mess :) But now, it's beautiful! I'm like...Hey! Come look at my laundry room! I'm not ashamed anymore lol

And I'm so glad I went with all white with the shelves and shiplap. I was contemplating staining the shelves, but decided against it and painted it. I hate painting by the way. So, this was like a really difficult decision. Staining is so much easier! But, I'm glad I did it. The laundry room is so dark and small, it needed a little bit of white to brighten it up.

As for the other side behind the doors? It hasn't changed much. I'll probably add some shiplap below the hooks in here to tie the two sides together. But, it offers a great solution for getting things up off the floor and into easily laundered piles.
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget
I'll share the tutorial on the shelves soon! They are so easy and inexpensive!

You can see my laundry room throughout the years below. Click on the picture to check out the full post :)

First makeover:
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget

Second makeover aka what it was supposed to still look like before mass clutter and laziness came flyin' in:
Small farmhouse laundry room makeover and organization ideas. DIY laundry room ideas on a budget

Monday, August 7, 2017

I DIYed That Link Party #24

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 It's time to show us how you "I DIYed That" again- not just for bloggers, but for non-bloggers too! You can share your blog post here, showing off a DIY creation you made, or if you are a non-blogger, you can link up your DIY on Instagram using the hashtag #iDIYedthat. Every week, each blogger will pick our favorites and share them on our blogs, on Pinterest, as well as throughout our social media channels! We want to show you off!
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