Monday, December 05, 2011

Kitchen and Laundry Makeover by Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane

Hi, everyone! 

I'm Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane, and I'm pretty thrilled about having the opportunity to post on The DIY Showoff. Roeshel, thank you so much for inviting me to share my kitchen and laundry room with your readers! At 11 Magnolia Lane, I blog with two of my girlfriends about a little bit of everything. We all have our "niche" area, and mine seems to be home decor and DIY stuff (maybe because we move so often--I'm a military wife). Obviously, it's hard to cram all the horrible "before" and awesome "after" pictures into one short post, so stop by and visit for the full story, and tons of pictures, on both my kitchen and the laundry room re-do's. 

 **KITCHEN** 

The kitchen HAD to be done first. Dark, dreary, and dated--how is that even possible for a house built less than ten years ago?--I knew before we bought the house that I'd be painting the cabinets white.
 
(You can see more of this home and kitchen HERE.) 

But, after our move earlier this summer here was the kitchen I had to start with. I added a shelf bracket (trimmed to fit) and molding to create a built-in look."





It took even longer than I thought it would (almost 5 weeks!), but I added trim, feet,
and other details like new lights and new kitchen faucet to make things look more built-in
and custom, and I am thrilled with the look. I have a long list of things that I still want
to do, of course, because projects are never really done, but I have at least another
year and a half before we move again--plenty of time! 

 **LAUNDRY ROOM* 

I compromised on the laundry room because I liked the rest of the house (well, except for
the kitchen, of course). Situated under the stairs, it was cramped, awkward, and UGLY.
 I spend huge quantities of time doing laundry (don't we all?) so I knew this room had
to be one that I enjoyed being in. Here's the ugly before...
 
This was an inexpensive redo because all I bought was a metal storage cabinet, a new rug for
the floor, and the lumber and trim to make cafe-style shelving. Everything else I gathered
from around my house, which wasn't hard, because I am a flea market, garage sale, and
thrift store queen. Here's the awesome "after"...

I have to give a shout-out to Jones Design Company's painted wallpaper tutorial, which
was so simple even I could follow it. Time consuming, to be sure, but I love the result.
 And I hid the mess in my under-the-stairs area in a vintage metal cabinet. When I
can't squeeze through to get into the space, I know it's time to go on a diet!
I scored the rug at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon--it ties everything together.
Shabby chic hooks repurposed as an ironing board hanger, and a close-up of the painted wallpaper.

Thanks so much for letting me share these rooms with you!
 And please stop over to 11magnolialane.com and say Hi! 
 
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