I’m DONE!!

Well, close enough, anyways.

I’ve been dying to show you what I’ve been up to. My weekend project turned into a week long undertaking. It’s hard to find time for painting and crafting in between running a home, tending to the animals, homeschooling and caring for three little ones. I’m SO glad to be pretty much finished.

I know I kinda already showed you what I was working on, but here are the before pictures again…

My Cluttered Laundry Room

(Sorry the photo on the right’s a little fuzzy)

And this is clean for this room!!

Yeah. It was ugly. And cramped.

And to think this is our main entryway! How embarrassing.

I was so over it.

I was tired of having to change baby Xia’s clothes whenever she scooted into that filthy room. I was tired of re-washing clean stuff I’d just pulled out of the washing machine and accidentally dropped on the floor.

I was tired of endless woodchips and muddy boots cluttering the floor, and winter coats crammed onto the coat rack.

Is a clean, pretty room to do laundry in too much to ask for? It was time for a major makeover.

Only one problem. No money.

Seriously. Not a dime to spend.

What? No money you say?? Ha! I laugh in the face of poverty. Hahahaha…

I was not to be discouraged. It was just gonna take a little resourcefulness and creativity, that’s all!!

So, I got to work. First I dug through boxes of stuff we have stored in the attic of our storage shed. Then we headed over to Jerry’s parent’s house and my mother-in-law so graciously gave me full rein of her basement. Some may call her “collection” clutter… but me, oh no, I call it treasures! I was absolutely giddy with the stuff I found hidden among the piles.

Here’s what I managed to scrounge up. Doesn’t look like much, but I had plans! And that big o’ roll of fabric there, that was exactly what I was hoping to find in Na-Na’s basement.

What exactly did I need all of that fabric for, you ask? Oh, well, you see that hideous contraption sticking out behind the washer and dryer? Yeah. I was tired of the world having to see that when they came to visit. It’s the water filter thingy for our well system… and it’s ugly.

Wanna know something else I think is ugly? That dryer. Sure, it doesn’t need repairs (for now). But really, I hated looking at it. And there was absolutely no way to hide it. Believe me, I considered every possible option.

And then it occurred to me, who needs a dryer anyways? I’ve been wanting to unplug it to get used to not having the convenience anyways, so what was I waiting for? Yes, it had to go.

So, first step- clean out the room. Bye-bye dryer.

Next step, turn trash to treasure.

Loved this coat rack shelf my mother-in-law had buried in her basement! Just needed a good paint job.

Found my old Christmas wreath in our building… what was left of it after the goats feasted on it, anyway. I loved the look of it, but the sun faded berries had to go.

Another basement find. I loved the scalloped corners on these frames. Just needed a fresh coat of paint.

Boy was I thrilled when my mother-in-law brought out a mirror of mine I’d forgotten was at her house. I’d been wishing I could find a mirror for this project! I made a stencil to paint the word “Wash” on it, just for fun.

I had big plans for this chandelier I bought for like five bucks eons ago. I even had it all spray painted white, and had one of the shades re-covered, when my husband realized that I was missing a couple of necessary pieces. Bummer. I know I have them… somewhere. Guess this particular project will have to be finished another day.

I thought this fabric would be perfect for making the curtains I needed. My first curtains ever, I might add.

Lucky me was feeling especially ambitious after finding a roll of iron-on adhesive for no-sew projects. Woo-hoo!!

So after cleaning the room out well, painting the trim and door with some leftover white paint I found in our building, I was ready for the finishing touches.

Okay. You gotta scroll back up and look at the Before pictures one more time.

Got that image in your head? Okay good.

Here’s what it looks like now…

CLEEEEEEAN!! And much prettier too, if I do say so myself.

Okay, let me show you around.

Here’s the no-sew valance I made for the backdoor. I pulled the green ribbon off of an old dress of Jada’s ’cause it was exactly the color I was looking for. The curtain rod was from my mother-in-law’s basement. It’s magnetic, and our door is not metal like I thought it was, so Jerry cut two squares of metal flashing and glued them to the door to hold the rod on. I don’t like the brass, but it’ll do for now. I’ll probably paint it if I don’t replace it.

I really wanted a rug for the room as well. A cute rug. I asked Jerry’s mom if she happened to have one she didn’t want, and she didn’t, but she did give me the ingenious idea to weave my own! I used the same fabric the curtains are made of, and followed a no-sew woven rag rug tutorial. It took a day, but I’m pleased with how it turned out!

I’m not gonna leave this rug at the backdoor all the time though. I’ll keep it underneath my dryer rack so that it doesn’t get all dirty, and just bring it out for company. It’s more for looks than anything. And we track a lot of red dirt in around here!

See the curtains I made to block all of the plumbing behind the washer? Aren’t you so proud of me?! I’m so happy not to have to see all of that anymore.

We moved the washing machine over to block the hole in the wall for the dryer vent, and replaced the dryer with my expandable clothes rack. I was a little nervous about not having an electric dryer anymore, but after a few days of it being gone, I have to say I LOVE it!!

Here’s my new dryer in action. These cloth diapers will dry overnight hung here. And really, it’s not that hard to pull them out of the washing machine and drape them over the rod.

Here’s that shelf I painted. I just put a few knick-knacks on it to make it a little purdier. I love that the pegs are spaced out farther than our other coat rack, so our stuff won’t be so jammed together. Much better.

Wall decals are all the rage right now. And I thought a “Welcome”  sign above the doorway would be really cool. Of course, with this being a zero dollar makeover, I had to make my own. No problem though. I just printed out what I wanted in the font I liked, added a graphic for the sides, and made a stencil to trace from cardstock. A little dark brown acrylic paint and a steady hand, and viola!

Here’s the wreath I fixed up. I hung it high, since the ceiling in this room is vaulted. Bringing the eye up will make the room seem larger.

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. Sure, it’s all cleaned up and nice looking, but where’s all the stuff? Where are the winter coats, and the boots, and the firewood logs?

You don’t really wanna see my pretty new room all cluttered up again, do ya?

Don’t worry, it’s all going back in. I’m still working on a new shoe rack system though. Something cleaner, and more organized. Actually, this project has been assigned to Jerry. Thanks cutie! I’m gonna get him to make something that we can stack the wood underneath, along with the boots, and then have space for the shoes above. Whenever that’s done I’ll update my pics, -k-?

But even with the coats and shoes back where they go, this room is still 100% better than it was. And I intend on keeping it clean and organized. I can’t function in chaos.

I love what I’ve been able to do in this room! And anybody can do this stuff. If you are dying to redecorate a room but have no money, pool your resources! Scrounge through your house and see what you have that you might be able to turn into something better, ask your relatives if they have anything they want to get rid of, scour Craigslist and Freecycle for freebies… and be patient! What you need will come along if you just wait for it and use a little imagination.

So, there ya go! Zero dollars spent and a whole new look. Whaddya think?