A Small Laundry Room Reno

I love doing mini renovations around the house. Just doing a few small things can really change the way a room looks. My favorite rooms to redo are small bathrooms and laundry rooms. I’m not really sure why, maybe because they are small so you can usually do them fairly inexpensively. Also, if for some reason they don’t turn out quite like you were hoping it’s not to much of an investment that you can re do the re do.

With all that being said. There are lots of things that Corey and I want to do around the house as far as renovations go. We are trying to be patient about it and give the house a little time to prove it’s functionality. After living here a  year or so, I think we will have a better idea about how we want certain rooms to flow and an overall style/scheme that we are going for with the house as a whole. That is not to say that we haven’t done a few small things here and there to liven things up a bit.

Our laundry room was noting special. Big enough for a washer and dryer, a rod to hang things up to dry on, and a small space you could possibly put a freezer or extra fridge. Other than that….pretty boring.

Here are some before pictures. Pardon the mess. But as you can see there are no cabinets in the laundry room, so storing things neatly was practically impossible.

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All of our cleaning supplies, extra bags and swim stuff ended up just kind of jumbled in this room. My original thought was to go with something in a turquoise or teal color to make the room feel clean and fresh. But, I wanted to do this as inexpensively as possible. So, I went to Lowes and Home Depot to look for mis-tints. These are paints that people have returned because the color didn’t match or was not what they were looking for. They are super discounted and on any given day you can find lots of neutral and fun colors anywhere from $5-$10. If you don’t have an exact color in mind, this is definitely a fun way to do it.

We ended up going with horizontal stripes in this nice, fresh sage green color.

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We did stripes on all the walls except the wall directly behind the washer and dryer. We didn’t want to have to move them out to paint because there is not much wall that will be seen above. Plus, we may eventually hang some cabinets above the rod for extra storage, so there was really no point.

Next, we knew we needed to add some kind of storage. So, in our thrifty, turn nothing into something, kind of nature, we made a trip to the Goodwill Superstore. (Yes, they do exist and they are a great place to find unique pieces to re-do for a super great price). There we scored a perfect piece for storage. It was an ugly black computer like thing for only $10.49!!! I was so excited to re-do it I didn’t take a before picture. But here is a couple of “during the process” pictures.

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Like I said, this piece was originally black. So I mixed up some chalk paint with the left over green paint from the stripes and put it on the entire computer/book case. Then, for an accent color we went with this super pretty melon color. It is bright, and fun, and a perfect, unexpected complement to the fairly neutral sage color. We also mixed this into chalk paint and put it on the outside of the cabinet. (so the inside is still sage green)  After all the paint had dried, I used some pretty fine sand paper to scuff up the top a bit, so the green could show through some.

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After that it was just moving it in (thank goodness it fit just perfectly). and adding some coordinating accessories.

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Overall, I love how it turned out. The melon cabinet works perfect to store all of our cleaning products and laundry soap. And the melon colored laundry baskets I got at Michaels clearance for 3 buck a piece and now neatly hold all of the girls swimming stuff. All the other accessories were thing I already had around the house.

So in total, this little reno cost us about $15 in paint, $10 in supplies, $10.49 for the cabinet, $6 for 2 laundry baskets.

Under $40 dollars.

I love when you can make such a big impact on such little money just by being smart and thinking outside the box. Plus this allows us to save for some more invasive project to come (….master bath/closet & kitchen)

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Healthy Eats

Today I am going to share some things I love. Usually that would mean shoes, clothes, purses, jewelry and makeup. But, I also love some healthy things that have made eating  a healthier diet a little more enjoyable and convenient.

For the most part, Corey and I try to eat some what healthy. I have found that having certain things on hand helps to keep me from reaching for a donut or pizza slice. These are just a few things that we like to always have on hand.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. Cookies,candy, cake, brownies….you name it. I love it. I have found that even the healthiest versions of these things have a fairly high calorie count. So, I try to save those for special occasions and stick with these for a nightly indulgence. Artic Zero comes in lots of yummy flavors and are only 35 or 75 calories a serving. So essentially you can sit down and eat the entire pint for less  calories than a couple of cookies. Pretty good!!! I suggest that you pull them out of the freezer about 10-15 minutes before you want to eat them. This way they are softer and taste a lot more creamy. If straight out of the freezer they are a bit harder.

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Another great thing to have on hand when you have a severe sweet tooth is fruit. These are just a few things that we have in the fridge at the moment. But we also love berries and melons as well. They make for a quick easy snack with pretty low calories and lots of great vitamins. Also, I am the worlds worst at drinking water. I have found that by squeezing a little lime or lemon in my water, whether hot or cold, makes it much easier to drink.

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More snacks. I love having yogurt on hand. It is a great healthy option. I personally love the Dannon Light and Fit brand the most. They come in all kinds of great flavors and are super low in calories as well. My personally favs are the Whips Vanilla Cupcake and Greek Black Cherry. Apple sauce is another favorite of mine. I love getting the unsweetened version and sprinkling a little apple pie spice of cinnamon on top to jazz it up a bit. Skinny Cow makes tons of great and convenient snacks. They totally can take the place of a Snickers bar with at least have of the calories.

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Eggs and tuna,….yum, right? We love eggs at our house. They are great for scrambles and omelets as well as a salad topper when hard boiled. They are high in protein and fairly low in calories. Canned tuna is also a great pantry staple. It is great on top of a salad as well as on a sandwich. (ps – using Sara Lee 45 calorie bread makes for a great low cal lunch)

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Finally veggies!!! I love to have tons of different choices on hand. We like to have either a sweet potatoes of some form of squash to replace the need for a starch or carb. We also  usually have a salad with our meal if not as our meal. This helps fill you up and is a great source of vitamins. Lately we have been enjoying salsa, both red and green, on our salad instead of dressing. Not only do we like it better, but it is also much lower in calories. Their are some really fun options to try as well.

Ok, so here is my disclaimer. I am in no way a health expert, nor do I claim to be. I am just a momma/wife sharing some tips that have helped us be more healthy than not.

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Here’s an example of how I use some of the above ingredients to make a pretty filling supper.

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On Repeat

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Top-Takara-(here), Jeans-Maurices, Hat-(similar here), Boots-(similar here)

When you find something you like….buy it in multiple colors. At least that’s my motto.  If you follow along here, you have probably already seen this sweater in wine. Today, blue.

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Tartan + Bold

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Scarf- here, Top- (similar here), Jeans- (here), Boots- (here)

This scarf!!! Call me crazy, but I went to 3 different Old Navy stores to find this sucker and still had no luck. Thanks to my sweet sister, I did get it for Christmas. Thank you online shopping. So in love with it. Perfection!

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A Neutral Edge

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Top-Marshalls, Leggins-Joe Fresh, Booties-Target, Beanie- Sam Moon.

If I had to live in an outfit for the rest of my life…..this would be it. Comfy, flattering, classic, neutral with an edge. Yep,…this is it!

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Black + Navy

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(Top-Target , Pants- Target (here), Scarf- (here), Shoes- Sam Edelman (similar here)

I love the unexpected vibe on pairing navy blue with black. It’s such a taboo. Sometimes break the rules is necessary and in this case that rings true.

Also, blanket scarfs are everywhere! Personally….I just love them. Don’t be afraid to wear them with something a little more dressy. It adds nice weight to an simple outfit and is also very functional.

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Matching Wine

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(Cardigan-Takara  (here), Jeans- (here), Booties- Jessica Simpson- (similar here), Bag-Kate Laundry (similar here), Jewelry-Versona)

You know how it is when you find something that you just love and then buy it in multiples?. Well, this cardigan by Takara is just that. I found it recently and fell in love with the tribal print and bold colors. Not to mention the style. So, naturally I bought it in another color as well. …..So stay tuned for a repeat on this one!

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