DIY Laundry Room makeover under $100

We finally completed our laundry room makeover recently and I can’t believe the transformation! We started out with this boring and blue accent wall…

Then, I used a sharpie to create this faux shiplap wall and it was incredibly easy. For more information and instructions, click HERE.

For the second part of our makeover, we wanted to create a floating shelf and countertop, but wanted to keep it budget friendly. We had a lot of supplies on hand already, but purchased the remaining supplies from Lowe’s.

Below is a list of everything we used in order to complete this project.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 4 2x4s – $3.14 each
  • 2 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood – $16.92 each
  • Screws – $5.98 (we had this already)
  • Nails (included with our brad nailer)
  • Wood Stain – $7.98 (we had this already)
  • Polyurethane – $9.98 (we had this already)

Total cost in supplies: $70.34

TOOLS NEEDED:

Step one: Mark the walls where the studs are and measure how high you want the countertop and floating shelf/shelves. This makes it easier when installing. Next, measure the length and width of the countertop and shelf.

I found some old lights in storage so we ended up installing those before the countertop. These lights are over a year old, but here’s a link to similar ones.

Step two: Measure and cut the sheets of plywood to desired length. We followed Shanty2Chics instructions HERE on creating our floating shelf and countertop.

Step three: Install countertop and shelf to 2x4s in wall. Learn from our mistake and install the shelf first before the countertop. It’ll be easier. 😉 Secure the countertop and shelf to the 2x4s with the brad nailer.

After we installed the countertop and shelf, we decided to build something for in between the washer and dryer. We found Thrifty and Chic’s blog post and used her instructions to recreate something similar.

Here is the final look! If you’re interested in what decorations we purchased for this space, see below.

What do you think of our final look?! Jake says it’s looks like something out of a magazine! HAHA. For once I am looking forward to doing laundry and can’t wait to fold everything on our new countertop.

Leave your comments below – I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

DIY Shiplap Makeover

This was our laundry room before the (part 1) makeover. It’s a small space as it is and with the dark blue accent wall, it made the space feel even smaller. I wanted to brighten it up and make it feel bigger, but wanted to spend as little as possible.

I came across few pins on Pinterest about “Sharpie Shiplap” and it looked pretty easy! I knew I had some white paint leftover from another project and a few sharpies laying around, so I definitely wanted to try this out.

The first step I did was paint the wall white. (If you are lucky enough to already have a white wall, then you can obviously skip this step.)

(wearing a mask because I am pregnant)

Once the paint dried, it was time to start measuring where the shiplap lines will go. I decided on a 7 inch shiplap width, but you could do any size you want! I marked 7 inches down on both sides of the wall using a pencil first. (You don’t need to do this step either, but I felt since this was my first time, it would help me eliminate any mistakes I could possibly make mis-measuring.)

TIP: Start from the top of the wall and work your way down.

Once the lines were marked, I used a level to draw the lines with the Sharpie.

Once finished, I took a step back and realized that I wanted the lines to be a little darker. (I used a fine tip Sharpie when I should have used a thicker one like this one.)

I grabbed a thicker Sharpie and made sure it was the look I was going for.. and it was! (The last line is the new Sharpie mark.)

So I re-did the wall again using the thicker Sharpie pen. TIP: Use a thicker Sharpie pen if you’re wanting to achieve the same look as I did. 😉

& here is the finished look! I love how inexpensive this project was and what a difference it made in our laundry room.

Part 2 of our laundry room makeover is to add floating shelves and a table above the washer & dryer.

Have you used Sharpie shiplap in your home? If so, what tips/tricks did you use? Leave a comment below!

DIY Pantry Makeover

Since we can’t really go anywhere due to being quarantined, we have been tackling budget friendly projects around the house. The first one we wanted to do was our pantry. The amount of storage was limited and I absolutely hate wire shelving so it needed to go!

As you can see, we were lacking storage (and organization) in our pantry. We made a quick trip to Lowe’s to pick up supplies and kept to our small budget.

Before the makeover

We used these directions from Shanty 2 as our guide. We changed a few things to make our project a little more budget friendly. Here is the link: https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2016/03/diy-floating-shelves-plans-tutorial.html If you haven’t heard of them before, you REALLY need to check our their stuff. These women are super talented and make the best budget friendly DIY projects.

We removed all items and shelving before painting the pantry the same color as our kitchen. Once we let that dry overnight, we installed the floating shelves.

Once floating shelves were installed, it was time to somewhat organize. I purchased these storage containers & baskets from Wal-Mart. I love the way everything came together and we were to create more storage and organization and also stayed within our budget of $100!

DIY Personalized Wooden Trays


Now that Christmas is over and the number of the Dear Santa Trays have gone down, I knew I needed to find another way to utilize these boards again because I loved making them! So, I searched on Pinterest for some ideas and came up with these wooden boards. I also thought these would make a thoughtful and unique gift all year long!

(Click the picture to purchase this design)

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Wooden trays (these are similar to the ones we have)
  • Paint (this is the one I used)
  • Stain (this is the one I used)
  • Cutting machine (this is the one I have)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I love using Siser)
  • Sealer (this is the one I used)
  • SVG design (I used this one & customized)
  • Iron (this is what I use)

First, you’ll want to paint, stain and seal (one coat) your wooden trays and let dry at least 24 hours before applying your heat transfer vinyl. Use and customize your design and cut on your cutting machine using HTV (don’t forget to mirror!). Weed and apply your HTV using heat. Finish sealing the wooden trays with a couple of additional coats and let dry completely.

I love how easy this project was and how it can be such a thoughtful idea for a wedding or anniversary gift! If you don’t have the time to make this wooden tray yourself, click here to order one.

Dear Santa Wood Boards

I’ve been seeing these Dear Santa boards all over the internet recently and thought they were the cutest thing ever! I had to recreate my own and give it to my best friend for her niece for Christmas. 🙂

It was super simple and all you need is:

  • Cutting machine
  • Vinyl
  • Tray

We customized ours a little more and stained it and painted it as well. You could easily pick up trays at Dollar Store and make your own fairly cheap!

Here is the link I used for the template: CLICK HERE.

Once cut, adhere to your surface and all done! Check out our Instagram page for videos and more pictures – CLICK HERE!

DIY Glow In Dark Dollar Tree Halloween Decorations


I’m obsessed with anything skulls. Always have and always will! So when I saw some skull stakes at Dollar Tree, I had to purchase them! The packaging stated that they were glow in the dark, but when we tried them out later that night, we didn’t see much glow at all. And this was even after we put them in direct light.

Instead of having a dull glow, I thought we could brighten these up ourselves! Opened up the paint cabinet to find some primer and glow in the dark spray paint that I had leftover from another project. & began the impromptu DIY project.

First step is to prime the skull stakes with one to two coats. I sprayed two coats of this Krylon Primer found here. Be sure to let dry completely in-between coats. Next, I sprayed two coats of the Rustoleum Glow in the dark spray paint found here and let dry completely.

Charge in direct sunlight for maximum exposure and decorate! I love how these add a neat effect to our Halloween decorations — I almost want to keep them up all year long! LOL

Have you done any glow in the dark projects? If so, please share below!

DIY Ceiling Witch Hat


We couldn’t wait until October to decorate our first house for Halloween! We both were/are excited and spent the weekend shopping for indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations. One of the items we purchased were these witch hats that we found at the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Witch Hat.

I saw some ideas on Pinterest of people hanging them from the ceiling and I thought it was such a neat idea and had to try it out! & It looked extremely easy to do.

Items needed for project.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

First, you’ll want to take your thread and measure how low you want the hats hanging from the ceiling. Next, you’ll apply the thread to the witch hats either using Glue Dots, Super Glue or Command Strips. I used glue dots and attached them to the string and them secured to the witch hat. Once all were completed, I applied them to the ceiling again using glue dots.

Hanging witch hats.

Depending on your ceilings (paint, dust, etc.), you may want to use a command strip and place the thread in between the two to hold. Most of our hats are holding up well, except one — it keeps falling, but I think it’s due to where it’s located and being pushed down by the air vent.

I wanted to place some in our living room, but we use the fan too much and they would fall.

What do you think?! Have you done something similar? Please share below!