Laundry Room Refresh

January 13th, 2015

Every two months I partner with Better Homes and Gardens products for Walmart. Since January is all about a fresh start, it was the perfect opportunity to give the laundry room at the Las Vegas house a refreshed look for the new year. The makeover took only a few days, it was simple and budget friendly, but completely transformed the space from dingy and dated to fresh and fabulous!

Here’s the before and after, details on the makeover to follow.

laundry room before paint

laundry room makeover

This house has no hallway linen closet so these cabinets tucked in the corner serve the same function. The cabinets were in great shape, but the off-white paint had yellowed over time so instead of replacing them, repainting them made the most sense.

white painted laundry room cabinets copy

To refinish them, I lightly sanded them with a medium grit sanding wedge to remove any debris then primed with Zinnser’s oil based primer. I painted over them with two thin coats of ‘White on White’ semi gloss leftover from when we painted the home’s doors and baseboards. (For more in depth details on how to refinish cabinets, read this post). The wall color is the same as in the kids’ room (also leftover paint) and a pretty shade of pale aqua blue, ‘Melting Moment’ by Behr.

Hardware always makes a difference, these are simple oval knobs in brushed nickel I found at Home Depot.


Also there was the issue of the old wallpaper. Stripping is always the first and arguably better option, we dealt with that headache downstairs, but in this space I took a different approach. I primed and painted over it which you can do if the wallpaper is in good shape (no rips or tears).

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Home Remodel: Six Month Progress Report

January 12th, 2015

Last week marked the six month date of when we started remodeling the house we bought in Las Vegas, looking back we’ve accomplished a lot given it’s been a ‘back and forth across state lines’ process but we’ve loved every minute! From the beginning, we’ve approached this renovation as a full overhaul since the home had been neglected for years. Over the past six months we’ve made a lot of progress and done much to improve the interior to add value to the property. Everything needed fixed or updated and since we’re in town for limited periods of time, we’ve hired help to speed the process along.

The house is 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and what we liked about it was situated in a desirable planned community (Summerlin for those familiar with Las Vegas). Our whole goal has been to modernize the home so that it’s fresh and contemporary and make timeless choices. While I’m injecting my personal taste I still want the home to appeal to a large market someday. We furnished it so that we can enjoy it while were there, saving us the expense of staying at a hotel or imposing on our family in the area. 

Let’s start in the entry… in the beginning there was old tile and dingy carpet on the stairs. We replaced the mismatched flooring and upgraded the lighting. The hardware and light fixtures were upgraded to ones with an oil rubbed bronze finish, a nice contrast with the white smooth textured walls. (Find the entry and hallway light fixtures from Lamps Plus here and here.)

entry before


entry after

We debated whether to carpet the stairs or refinish with wood treads, I prefer the latter but Matt pointed out that many families prefer carpet since wood and tile can be a slipping hazard with little kids. I had to agree, as much as I’m dying to add wood treads it made sense to carpet for now, if we had plans to keep the house for 5+ years I’d definitely add wood treads and white risers like we did years ago in our California home but for now it’s staying carpeted. The handrails is also acceptable so no plans to change that either.

In the living room (opposite the entry) we hired help to remove the second story popcorn ceilings and also hired help to retexture the walls. We removed the balloon window treatments, replaced the 25 year old windows, and replaced the flooring.

living room before


porcelain tile floors

In November we added plantation shutters, and I furnished with a sofa paired with thrift store chairs and also gave the coffee table a makeover to create a gathering space

gray sofa in living room


Here is the space we consider a bonus room when we bought the house, just off the living room and kitchen. It was originally considered a formal dining room but in my opinion better used as a home office. For now we refer to it as the “sunroom” since it’s a sunny space with a nice view of the backyard.

sunroom before

It serves no purpose other than storage for now, but I may stage it with a desk in the future. It has new tile floors which replaced the old carpet and also no longer has popcorn ceilings. We removed the old light fixture and replaced the windows, the walls were textured and repainted. Right now its only purpose is home to the kitchen’s upper cabinets.

sunroom storage space


Speaking of, here is the kitchen in July when we started.

kitchen before range wall

Since we took ownership we’ve removed the wallpaper, replaced the florescent box lighting with recessed cans (and pendants over the peninsula), removed all the cabinets and countertops, and updated the flooring with porcelain wood tile.

Here’s a peek at kitchen in progress, last week the cabinets arrived from Cliq Studios,  the lower cabinets are a gorgeous gray blue, the upper cabinets are white. (See the full kitchen plan with links to products in this post).

kitchen in progress


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