Laundry/Mud Room Status Update

I recently shared the finished product of Part 1 of our finished basement project, but Part 2 still has a little ways to go.  I literally have dreams about my finished laundry room and mud room.  I have been doing laundry in a dingy unfinished basement for 2 ½ years and I am a little too excited for the first time I do laundry in my new room.  Overall, I am going for a farmhouse look for this room.

So far, here is what we have done:

Walls are up!

Windows have been replaced.

Plumbing and electricity are ready to go.

The ceiling is half done.  This has been the biggest obstacle we have had in this room.  Since it is an older house, the plumbing isn’t tucked up into the floorboards.  My husband and I must have gone back and forth a million times on what we wanted to do with the ceiling without paying a ton to have all of the plumbing moved.  We considered doing a full drop ceiling or just leaving it open and painting it.

We finally decided on doing a normal ceiling for most of the room where the plumbing is not an issue and a drop ceiling for the small area of the room where it is an issue.  We want to make sure we have access to the pipes and shutoffs just in case, but we didn’t want to do a drop ceiling for the entire room as it is not the prettiest option and it also lowers the ceiling height quite a bit.  The normal ceiling is done and the drop ceiling portion will be one of the last things to do in the room.

Here is where we started.

And, here are some progress pictures.

What we have left to do:

The floor.  We decided on the below wood look tile from Home Depot.  We are a little more than half way done and it looks amazing.  I can’t wait to share pictures of the finished floor.  This has been my first experience with laying tile and I secretly love it.

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The sink.  The house came with this amazing old cement sink that just needs to be put back into place on a new base that my husband built and connected to the plumbing.  It seems easy, but it is one heavy sink!

Move the washer and dryer into their new, beautiful home!

Replace the exterior door.  We are going with a door that has a lot of glass so that we get some natural light.

Then, the decorating begins…

Paint – the walls will be painted the same Benjamin Moore White Dove that we used in the playroom.

Cabinets/Shelving.  I plan to put some base cabinets in for storage and some open shelving with a hanging bar above the washer and dryer.  I am going with the cheap unfinished cabinets from Home Depot.  Since it is just a laundry room I couldn’t bring myself to spend a lot of money on the few cabinets I am putting in.  And, I couldn’t find anything in the color I was looking for.  I painted them Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray.  These are all set for hardware and to be put into place.  I’ll share some more details in an upcoming post on painting these cabinets.

Countertops. I’m putting my husband to work on this and he is going to make some wood plank countertops to go over the washer and dryer and the cabinets.

Backsplash – Definitely going with the white subway tile for this.

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Mud room.  This part of the room probably won’t happen for a little while.  My husband is going to build lockers and a bench to go along the wall with the washer and dryer.

I know it still seems like a lot of work, but once the floor is done and everything is moved into the room, the rest is just the fun stuff!

Playroom Alphabet Wall

dsc_0470When I set out to create a playroom fit for a king, I knew I wanted to create a colorful alphabet wall after seeing some ideas of it being used in nurseries on Pinterest.  And, I absolutely love how it turned out!

It is hard to shop around for all different style and sized letters so I bought the unfinished letters on Etsy.  Before painting them, I laid out the letters how I wanted them mounted on the wall.  This helped plan which color to paint which letters so that I wouldn’t end up with the same color too close to each other. This step actually sounds a lot easier than it was.  I painted them with acrylic paint that you can get from any craft store.  I also stained a couple of letters.  The painting/staining did take some time as you have to do multiple coats and get all of the edges covered.

To mount the letters, I didn’t want to mount them directly to the wall because I didn’t want a million little nail holes in our newly finished basement walls, so we decided to mount the letters to plywood and then mount the plywood to the wall.  I used 1/4 plywood and added moulding around the edge to create a framed look.  I painted the plywood and the moulding the same color as the wall, Benjamin Moore White Dove.  I then used liquid nails to attach the letters to the plywood.  Once that was dry, my husband mounted the entire board to the wall.

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cranberry white chocolate chip cookies are perfect for the entire holiday season.  I made them for Thanksgiving dessert this year, but they can also be a very festive Christmas cookie as well.  These cookies are soft and chewy and just perfection.

Adapted from the Domestic Rebel

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg to combine. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt and beat until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the cranberries and white chips by hand.

Refrigerate the cookie dough for AT LEAST 1 HOUR. You can refrigerate longer if needed. This helps to create that light, soft and chewy texture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Place tablespoon-sized balls of the dough onto the cookie sheets.

Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes. Cookies may appear slightly undone. They will continue to set up more as they cool. Allow cookies to set on the baking sheets before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.