Laundry room finished

Gosh, this happened years ago. But, delayed posts is what you get when you quit blogging to go back to school, eh?

Anyways, I do not have an original before photo. The best I have is this, when the drywall was getting removed.


Here is the “final” product. We used wood panelling (painted yellow) instead of dry wall so it would be easy to remove in the event we ever needed to (and recently, we did! Our pipes got backed up and the access point to the main drain is that black pipe you can barely see on the left of the image below, behind the sink.). It has pergo white-washed flooring. A remnant counter top, and pre-fab cabinets.


There was a slight hangup on the light fixture. Literally – the cabinet door either could not open all the way or was forced to stay open and not be shut because of the lightbulb. The attic there is rather tricky, so since the light fixture came with an outlet, we decided to make it easier on ourselves and just install a lamp fixture. Works like a charm.


I know this isn’t the laundry-room-of-your-dreams, but this is a realistic laundry room, and it is So. Much. Better. than what it was. (Dirty white walls, dryer next to sink next to washer configuration with no counter, and an open shelf.)

SMS win from El Petit Taller

I received a package from Ireland yesterday! I entered around 140 giveaways with Sew Mama Sew during their week-long event, and I won one! You can check out the original post from El Petit Taller, but this is what I won:


A handmade notebook cover, complete with button tie, bookmark, pencil, and hardback notebook.

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A cute quilled whale bookmark.


Adorable quilled snails on a note card.


I loved the postcard – what a great idea! I immediately thought of my friend who does postcard swaps. I am always so grateful for all the people who willingly give away items during SMS. I really hope I can participate in that regard again soon! It is so neat to meet other crafty-minded people out there.

Irina, thank you so much! :D :D :D

dining room remodel

Our kitchen/dining room remodel was such a huge project, but it has come along quite nicely. I realized I never posted what things look like now, so here you go. First, a quick review of its history starting with how it looked just before we moved in:


And then of course, we went through this total gutting all because I wanted to remove a wall with a window in it…


We lived with bare walls and hanging lights for quite some time.


Then, over winter break during my last year at grad school, I just had to do something. So I painted. I was a little nervous at first to put the dark color on top, but I absolutely love it now.

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Finally found some curtains, nice rich brown panels with gauzy vintage-inspired floral panels. remodel_dining_room_after

Unfortunately through all that remodeling, we still get the occasional creepy crawly…


Anyways, we are not done yet. There still needs to be trim along the walls, doors, and side window. In fact, I set it up so that I could add baten board on the lighter color to give it some architectural detail. There are some other little bits too, but this place is starting to finally feel like home.