Santa Comes Early! Laundry Room Update

Hi All!!

There is an excitement here!!  Can you feel it?!?!  It’s the happiness of buying yourself something that you have wanted for a really, really long time in a bit of a snap buying decision.

It must be how conquistadors felt.

I saw.  I wanted.  I conquered.

Exhibit A, the new eye candy in MY laundry room!!!!


Gasp.  Beautiful, I know.  And if material things could bring joy, then my friends, I am the joyfulest being on the planet right now.  (insert slow tear coming from my eye.)

These are the LG Big Mama-jammas!  I bought them from Sears who installed them the VERY. NEXT. DAY.  Amazeballs.

Much more suitable for a mother of 4 (make that 5) testosterone fueled, dirty, stinky, XX chromosome creatures.  It’s like I have serious street cred now.

DSCN3414Take that laundry piles!!

The only one who’s sad is the small cart I built a few months ago that doesn’t fit anymore.

DSCN3418Don’t worry my friend!  We’ll find a new use for you… maybe… probably.

And since we’re dishing about the laundry room, here is the tile sans grout.

DSCN3417A charcoal grey is what I have planned to hide any dirt that’s likely to come from what goes down in here… with all the down and dirty cleaning, Lil Wayne style.  What!!

This choice didn’t get many votes, but I think it looks fabulous!  It’s a statement, but it could also go with a bunch of styles.

I was able to get the tile cut using a Dremel sawmax.  No need to rent!!  Yay!

DSCN3317I’m not sure I would recommend this for thick tiles, but this one was really thin (and actually one big reason why I picked it) so it worked great!

I also managed to add trim to the doors and paint them a black gloss from Benjamin Moore.  More on that later.

And the threshold got some MUCH needed TLC with some left over tiles I found cleaning up the garage.


DSCN3257Again I used the Dremel to take out the old tile along the tape line…

DSCN3259Using the Ardex concrete mix, I smoothed out the front and built it out.  I don’t want anymore tiles popping off!!

Here she is now…

DSCN3416I’ve still got a few touch ups and cleaning, but so much better, huh?!

I’m making progress, but there is still a few items on the to-do list.

-A light fixture.  I’ve pretty much decided that this one just can’t be forced.  I will know when I see it.  I just can’t pull the trigger on something sight unseen.

-Art and decor.  That wall is screaming for something fun!

-Hardware for the cabinets.  I’ve purchased a few things, but again, you can’t force perfection.

-Grout.  Like, duh.

-Possibly a wood top for the washer-dryer set… of course the light switch is right in the way, so we’ll see how to work around that.

Even with a list that long, I’m still feeling so happy with how it’s all coming together!

Any great purchases you made over the holiday??

Last year, I bought a new Dyson.  Love, love, love me some Dyson!  I’m definitely becoming a Black Friday Statistic.  You’re welcome Wall Street.

Tootles for now!!  Happy Creating!  Jessica

Family Room Reveal! Kind of…

Wowah.  Yes, that just happened.  I got a bit tied up at work (the one that pays for my diy habit) and 3 weeks went by.  Just. Like. That.

And now, it’s like Thanksgiving?!?!?  Holy fill-in-the-blank.

But please don’t think that I’ve forgotten about us.  A little distance might bring us closer… or does that just work for marriages?!?  Not sure.  But either way… I’m back!  And I want to show you where I’m at in the family room update.

Remember this?   What the room looked like 6, er 10, weeks ago…

DSCN1319 FamilyWordsAnd here is what the room looks like right now!


It amazes me that a few little changes equal a totally different room.  All the big stuff stayed the same, even my mallard ducks made it back in the mix!!


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You know that I’m not a photographer, so please excuse the photos!  At least you can get an idea of what’s been cookin’ around here!

New pillows, with lots of fun tassels and bling!  New rug, photographs, and I’m most loving the versatility of the shelves!!

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Isn’t that FUN sign, well fun?!  I found that at a recent flea market trip.  She said I could always have “fun” for $10 dollars.  Who could argue with that?!


I did end up painting the tips of this woven art piece black.  It gives it a little something extra, I think.  I’m not sure I’ll keep it here, but for now it’s dressed up for the holidays!DSCN3373

If you’ve been following along, then you’ll notice there’s something missing.  Can you guess?

My vintage chairs!  Yes!!  I’m working on those so I hope to have them out very soon!

Thanks for dealing with my delays!  I want to show you the other rooms that I’ve been steadily eking out progress in…next week, perhaps?

Maybe I can get the hubs to take the photos?  He’s not too shabby with a lens =)

And (AND) we’re putting on a Harry Potter Birthday party in a few days!!  I can’t wait to get you those photos!

Happy Monday Friends!  Have a great short week!  Tootle-loo!  Jessica

Happy (late) Halloween and a bit on the 6 Week Challenge!

Hi Friends!

So, so, so sorry for going a tad silent this week.

Will you forgive me if I was finishing up these little ditties, for these super cuties?!?

IMG_2881They are my Lego Super Hero’s!

I’m sure that if you have kids, you know that Halloween is a BIG ‘OL Production!  There are parties, festivals, trunk-or-treating, trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, pumpkin carving, face painting, and on, and on, and on.  It’s like it’s own force of nature…luring children in one Snicker’s bar at a time.  My cousin, who is 9, even asked “Why do we have to go to school on Halloween if it’s a holiday?”

I’m feeling a bunch of head nods and “seriously’s” over the web.  It’s a bit of a pain, but WOW, it IS SOOOOO MUCH FUN!  I can’t help shoving a few Snicker’s into the ole piehole myself.

So, now do you understand what happened to me on Thursday morning?  But here I am, and definitely ready to get back to the family room action.  And I’ve got a few updates…

First off, the fabric.  Here’s what I’m thinking.


Do you likie?  I found that pencil drawing fabric in a box from a scrap store!!  I have just enough to get 1 pillow.  It’s so cool and I feel like I won the fabric lotto.  The stripe and the textured weave should inject a bit of modernism.

What about this for a surprise?  It may turn out to be my secret weapon… it’s like your hip grandma’s sweater.  So soft and pretty.  The hub is politely saying no (Grandma’s are not cool, in his opinion)… but I’m still debating.


The room maybe feeling a little too tribal.  I’m crossing my fingers that art and those chrome chairs will fix that up… and possibly the secret weapon.  (Is it that I like the fabric or I just want one $%#^& feminine thing in this room?)

Speaking of the chairs!!  Does anyone know a trick for fixing up chrome?  It’s a bit more beat up in the back than I originally thought.  I NEED SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE.  Spray paint just seems like a no-no here.  I ended up purchasing a strie black fabric that is coated for stain protection at $14 a yard at Michael Levine’s in downtown LA for those.  Such a deal!!  Now I just need to get to work.

Art?  Well, you’ve seen a few pieces, but what about some black and white photography ala


More flowers!  Buahhhahhhaahhhhaa!

My Crate and Barrel tables are out of the boxes and … hmmm… I’m just not sure.

DSCN3353Do you see those dark lines on the edge?  That’s how the table came out of the box.  Weird.  And then while I carefully lifted one out, I scratched it.  Oops.

I’m still torn whether it’s a neat used look or it’s a bad look.  The good news is that it’s really sturdy – a must in this room for sure!!

Oh!  And the flea market gods smiled on me last weekend.  I found two of my favorite things ever!!

DSCN3348 DSCN3349Yes, that is a handwoven wool rug.  OMG, amazing, right?!  The fringe makes me want to squeal. And that table?!  I could literally put it anywhere in the house and it would work.  I just love pieces like that!

Anyhoo, that’s what’s going on here.  Only a few days left to pull it all together!

Wish me luck!


And please check out all the fabulous updates at Calling It Home!  Linda has invited great designers and they’re killing it.  Not to mention the other 90+ bloggers strutting their stuff!  It’s a definite cup of coffee, weekend reading treat.

Happy Creating!  Jessica