Flour and Sugar Jars

I had purchased these glass jars from Ikea for storing things in the kitchen:

This weekend I went to Staples and picked up Martha Stewart chalkboard labels & colored chalk for these jars to label what the contents are!  They are exclusive at Staples for the moment.

I also picked up these blue and green label stickers for any other things around the house I would want to put a label on.  I love the new Martha Stewart office supplies.


Pretty stinkin’ cute right? No photos of my finished project yet.  It’s hard not having internet access!  Check out the new Martha Stewart line though.



Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet Hardware is on!  Kitchen walls still have to get done.  Putting mud on the drywall is taking a while.


Laundry Room Chandelier Refab Project

We didn’t have a light fixture in the laundry room.  It had a set up with two light bulbs pointing in opposite directions.  I wanted to help with the cute look in the laundry room so we went to a Habitat For Humanity ReStore.  There weren’t a ton of light fixtures that was the type I was looking for.  However, when I looked up I saw four chandeliers that were an old brass color that were up in the ceiling that I completely overlooked.  They looked really ancient and even the wiring inside the line was ancient.  We went to the bulb section and found dollar bulbs that fit in the chandelier perfectly, so we picked up five of those and the chandelier.  The chandelier was $23 and the bulbs cost a total of $5.

I totally forgot to take a before picture of the ugly chandelier because I got too eager to paint it.  Here’s a picture of it during the spray painting process where you can see a little bit of the brown dark color peeping through.



First we shut off the circuit and removed the old light plate that had the two bulbs so that we were left with just the wiring in the ceiling:



After spray painting the crap out of the chandelier, we went to go find a piece that would help to hang it from the ceiling.




We also picked up a link that looks like a caribiner.  It came in a pack of three.  Other options are chain links (which you have to buy by the foot at HD).  This step is really custom depending on what your fixture you pick up looks like.


Then set up the white ceiling canopy kit with a screw driver/cordless drill, use a couple wire nuts to connect the wires and voila:




Now it looks nothing like the one we picked up at Habitat for Humanity.



The paint I picked up was $3 at Home Depot: Rust Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin.  I picked an off white with the dresser picture on it.


Bought the Sink

Originally I wasn’t going to replace the sink, but Bob the Builder requested that I do to make his life easier.  So off to HD we went and got this composite (fake cast iron) sink for about a hundred.  Hasn’t been installed yet and we haven’t done the plumbing, but that should be happening tonight.



I’m going to use the faucet that came with the old sink, but if that causes a plumbing issue I would like to pick a faucet with a really tall neck.


Laundry Room In-Progress Photos



Still to do:

Wainscoting to match the bathroom

Chandelier (white)

Pick out a washer/dryer

Put a countertop over the washer/dryer

Ironing board (install into the wall)

Clothes hanging pole across the room


Any cute decals

Total Cost so Far:

$10 paint sample jar (hand brushed to last two walls, with more left over)

$60 ikea shelf (which you can probably find off craigslist if you’re willing to wait)


Country Table

I have been looking for the table I’d like on craigslist, but I can’t seem to get one yet.  If you see any listings like this for under $120 let me know, please!


Basically I search on the word “table” because when I find these posts, they never specify and then I just see from the photo that it is the kind of table I am looking for.  Anything with a wood top/maple top and the white legs!