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Organized Pantry

An organized pantry feels good.  I mean, really good.  It gives me a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I will easily be able to find what I need, and see what kind of stock I have at any given time.  I know, this doesn't sound very exciting, but it really does feel satisfying.
My pantry organization project was completely inspired by this post over at House of Smiths.  I wonder how many pantries across the US are now organized and cute thanks to this blog post?

First things first, I painted the walls gray with some leftover gray paint from our bedroom.  Then I painted the shelves white with some extra white cabinet paint from the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit we used for our laundry room makeover.

I purchased many of the canisters, jars and containers from Ikea, which made this project really reasonable:

Ikea Burken Series Jar with Lid

Ikea 365+ Series Jar with Lid

Jar labels I purchased from Shelley at House of Smiths directly.  You can see her vinyl label store here, but I was able to contact her and make a special request, since I had specific jar names in mind.

I hope this post is able to inspire more to organized pantry heaven!

I will be taking a few weeks off from posting on the blog, as we are headed on a road trip to California, with a week in Ireland in between.  Will share my travel reviews and photos when I return!


DIY Laundry Room Makeover: From Blah to Fab

Aaah, my laundry room.  Easily the girliest room at my house.  I love it, and was completely inspired by Centstational Girl's Laundry Room Makeover.  Here's how I brought our laundry room from "blah" to "fab:"

Painted walls: We painted the walls a very pale sea green color that is not much darker than white.

Removed rail and added additional shelf: With the tips on installing a shelf with some supports from this same blog post from Centsational Girl, we removed the existing hanger rail, and added an additional shelf above the washer and dryer.

Painted cabinets and added hardware: Just like we did with our bathrooms, we used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit to paint the cabinet and shelves white (I am not a fan of the builder-grade standard maple cabinetry that we had all over our house). These kits make for a super easy weekend project that, while it does include several steps, takes a lot less elbow grease than the traditional way of stripping and repainting cabinets.  The hardware we added to the cabinets was from Target.

Chandelier: We repurposed an old, brass chandelier by removing the jewels and lights, and spray-painting the brass white.  When dry, we re-installed the lights and jewels, and voila! Just like new, and what a fun, glamorous touch for a laundry room!

"Wallpaper:" Another knock-off from the brilliant Centsational Girl, I added a coordinating scented shelf-liner from The Container Store to the wall between shelves, and between the bottom of the cabinet and shelves and the washer and dryer. I applied it with double-sided tape.  Not only is it pretty, but you can re-spray it with the same scent (also available at The Container Store) to keep it fresh over time.

Art: I purchased vintage magazine ads for laundry detergent online, and framed them in my favorite Ribba frames from Ikea.

Rug: Nolan Rug from Crate and Barrel in teal.

Photo Source: Crate and Barrel

Other accessories: Baskets from Ikea, chotchkies on shelves are misc. antique store finds, white two-compartment hamper from Target, ironing board from Target, rolled wash cloths from Ikea.