Modern July 4th Table

A Modern July 4th Table

This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best…

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

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This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best pals come in from out of town to visit and I wanted to put together something special for a fun outdoor meal. But rather than go the typical red-white-and-blue explosion that usually goes along with the 4th of July, I thought it would be cool to do a modern take on a patriotic tablescape. So I browsed around on AllModern and picked up a few things that are turning out to be some of my new favorite pieces for backyard entertaining!

We stuck with navy, white, and a few metallic touches for the whole shebang. I did a quick DIY treatment on some simple flatware (tutorial is on the way soon!), and used my favorite DIY gold leaf succulents (from a couple posts back) instead of florals. I also thought it would be cool to have a little bit of a geometric theme, so the square pedestal and square dish sets were perfect. I’m loving those little Pantone dish sets! They’re almost like bento boxes that you can mix and match.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

The white garden stools are around for extra seating or for overflow of dishes and glasses. Like a really cute little mini bar! And best of all — that big beautiful table. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been pining for a backyard dining table. You know the opening sequence from Parenthood? That’s what I’m talking about, y’all. Dinners in the backyard with candles and plates getting passed back and forth and bottles of wine and lots of ridiculous laughing. That’s my plan for this beaut of a table.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

So what are you up to this Independence Day? Do you do a sit-down dinner, or do you roll more laid-back style? Check out our picks for your July 4th celebrations down below! xoxo

Vifah Dining Table / Pantone Dish Set / Cake Pedestal / Flatware / Table Runner / Napkins / Carafe / Copper Mugs / Gold Glasses / Garden Stools

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

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That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Pink Flamingos

How to Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and…

Pink Flamingos

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and plants and things growing! It’s been so fun getting our backyard into shape and we have a ton of ideas that we’ll be sharing with you all summer so you can do the same. But for reals, all of this backyard mumbo jumbo can get pricey.

So! I thought it could be cool to put together a little inspiration for sprucing up your backyard on a budget. It can feel overwhelming and totally out of reach to refresh such a large space, but really all you need are a few touches to make your yard feel new again. I’m loving all of these colorful, fun pieces from AllModern for summer — and you can get this whole look for under 250 buckaroos. Pick and choose your faves and it’ll be even less!

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Lantern. Yellow planter. Green planter. Cushion. Garden stool. Mat. Flamingos.

Isn’t it funny that pink lawn flamingos used to be totally tacky and horrible and now they’re having a heyday? I love it! I think they’d look so fun sticking out of planter pots filled with succulents. And I’m such a fan of the pattern on that mat — the black and white is such a great combo with a few colorful pops. Add a new cushion to your backyard seating and throw a lantern on your patio and you’re good to go!

So are you spending lots of time in your backyard this summer? Can’t wait to share the rest of what we’ve got coming up, and I hope it inspires you to get outside and enjoy! xoxo

This backyard summer series is brought to you in partnership with AllModern.

Living Room Wallpaper

Dreaming of Wallpaper

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma…

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma about it of being outdated? But there are so many incredible, modern, super cool wallpapers out there these days! I went down the wallpaper rabbit hole recently on Milton & King and got to daydreaming about just going for it and papering a room or two. So I went even further down the rabbit hole and started thinking how I’d switch up the decor of a room in our house with some fab wallpaper.

I kind of fell in love with this Swiss Linen print paper —  it’s simple but so cool and adds a pop of my very favorite color. I’m also loving the faux textured look of it! I got to scheming about what it might look like in a couple of different rooms at home. Up first, the bathroom.

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Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Geo Pendant Lamp. Lemonade Art Print. Pineapple Art Print. Jewelry Stand. Brass Paper Holder. Faceted Soap Dispenser. Textured Bath Towels.

Loving it with the bits of gold and the geometric vibe! I added some art prints to the mix for some extra color and a little bit of an organic feel to break up the geometry of it all. Dangit, this is making me want to wallpaper my little half bath ASAP.

Once I was on a roll, I had to see what it might look like in our living room. I added a few pieces that we already have, along with a few of my wish list-y type pieces. Turns out a little eclectic bohemian vibe goes great with the Swiss Linen too!

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Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Eye Pillow. Kilim Pillow. Sloan Chair. Globe. Lamp. Rug. Stripe Pillow. Chair Swing.

I’m loving the mixed up patterns, aren’t you? I can’t get enough of a good pattern these days. I feel like the simple color palette of the rug and throw pillows makes it so the patterns don’t overwhelm you. And I’m finally admitting to the world that I have wanted one of those swing chairs for my whole life. Good thing they’re so trendy right now.

So! Do you have wallpaper in your house? Would you ever paper a room or an accent wall? I’m inching closer and closer to it. I could totally see my bedroom in this. Or a kid’s room with this! Oh, the possibilities! xoxo

This post is sponsored by Milton & King. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not….

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not. You too can have these fancy gold legs on your boring old bathroom sink, dudes. In the new house (is it still new if we’ve lived here for six months?) we have this teensy tinsy half bath that really needed a little something fancy. Eventually we’ll probably do a whole remodel on this little room and make it a full bath; for now we just wanted something to hold us over and update it a bit. It’s so tiny that we were hesitant to add any major statements, but some gold accents felt just right. Because gold anything always feels just right. Right?

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Measure the distance from the underside of your sink to the floor. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length using the dremel tool.
2. Measure the distance that you’d like from the pipe legs to the wall. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length as well.
3. Give all of your copper pieces a light sanding to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick. Wipe clean.
4. Put together your legs. Slide a T connector up each long leg and insert the short pipes into the T on each side. Connect a flange to the end of each short pipe. Put a cap onto the bottom of each long leg. Secure each piece together with E-6000. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the whole structure with gold spray paint. Start with thin layers and build, leaving plenty of drying and curing time in between. Be careful not to touch it too soon or you’ll leave fingerprints!
6. Insert the metal structure under the sink and be sure it’s level. Once level, screw the flanges into the wall with a drill.
7. Optional: Go hog wild like Mr. Lovely and paint everything in sight gold. He ended up painting the pipes under the sink and even our faucet. To do this, mask the crap out of your bathroom with painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths. Then open a window and carefully spray the parts you want gold. (I kid you not, he masked the rest of the room so well it looked like an episode of Dexter.)

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

Ta-daaaa! A fancy schmancy (looking) sink that’s just a little more special than your average. I get so jazzed on this thing every time I wash my hands! We’re still figuring out what to do with the rest of the bathroom — I can’t decide if I just love it plain white and gold or if it needs a little something extra. I’ll keep you posted. xoxo

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

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DIY IKEA Hack Geometric Wall Sconces

We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of…

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We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of the time the answer would be IKEA. That, and West Elm. But you gotta mix the high with the low, you know what I’m sayin’? So when we want something that looks really cool but won’t cost an arm and a leg, we head to IKEA with our DIY goggles on.

We initially saw these sconces in this adorable little girl’s room makeover that Ashley did. We got pumped and knew we wanted to give them the DIY treatment. So we snagged a pair and Mr. Lovely got to work. Here’s how you can make ’em too!

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Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

So here’s the deal — sometimes Mr. Lovely takes off on a project without giving me fair warning and I don’t get any process photos. In fact, that happens quite a lot around the house and sometimes I don’t share things here because I don’t have good documentation of the process! But these were too good not to share so I’ll do my best to give you the lowdown without any photos.

Start by cutting your 2 x 4. Cut two identical pieces, on an angle of your choosing, to make your diamond. Our pieces were about 10″ long and cut on a 60 degree angle.

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Next, stain or seal your wood if desired. We didn’t stain but we put two coats of sealer on the wood for a finished look.

Then, glue the long edges of the two pieces of wood together with wood glue to form the diamond.

On the back of the diamond, drill a small hole in the center, about two inches down from the top. Drill at an upward angle, pointing the drill bit toward the top of the diamond. This will be where you insert the nail or screw to hang the sconce on the wall.

On the front of the diamond, screw in the bracket for the light fixture. Attach the top screw to the top piece of wood and the bottom screw to the lower piece of wood for a little extra security.

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Put the light fixture together by attaching the metal bracket to the clamp on the light. Then, insert a strong nail or a screw into your wall where you’d like your sconce hung. Hang the light on the nail and be sure it’s secure — we found that ours hung well with just a screw but be sure to check that yours are steady!

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If you like, you can do some fancy loopy knots to your cord. That’s it! Light it up and enjoy your handiwork. Have you done any rad IKEA hacks lately? Leave a link in the comments if you have! xoxo

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Table

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing…

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing a little furniture piece to house my jewelry and accessories, and I thought it might work well. We asked the guy how much he wanted for it and when he said fifteen bucks I just about picked up the thing and ran away with it. I think it was one of those moments when he realized he lowballed me but there was no going back. That sucker was mine.

So we took it home and it lived with us in LA for a while. We left it as it was because we didn’t really have a place to do woodworking in our apartment, but I always dreamed of refinishing it and making an extra drawer where there was just a facade on the front. And that’s what we finally did! (My handy husband is especially handy now that he’s got a whole garage full of tools to work with. It’s adorable.)

Materials

  • vintage sewing desk
  • extra wood scraps
  • sander
  • saw
  • drill
  • paint & paintbrushes
  • wood stain & seal
  • liquid gilding
  • painter’s tape
  • screws

Make Time: 6 Hours (plus drying time)

Here’s what we started with, a simple old sewing desk with a fold-out top. It had an awesome shape and design but was kind of scratched up and was just a little boring.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

We started by sawing through the front facade of the desk, pulling out the front panel, and putting together a frame to add a drawer. The drawer was framed up with a bottom screwed on, and a base for the drawer was added to the existing desk. It also had those wacky panels that opened up for sewing, which got screwed down and secured to the desk itself.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

Then the whole shebang got sanded. Reallll well.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

We taped off the top portion and the legs of the desk and added a coat of stain, followed by a coat of sealer. Once that was dry, we retaped and painted the rest white.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

I had originally started a search for some new hardware, but after a bit I decided that I really loved what was there and I just wanted a new finish on it. So I took to all of the hardware (including the hinges we left on and the base of the legs) with some liquid gilding. And I totally ended up loving it. Cheap (read: free) fix, and looks pretty swell.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

So now she’s all set up and it’s the perfect spot to sit and put my face on (who says that?) and pick out accessories! I love how it turned out, and that it gave that old sewing desk a new life. Gah I just can’t get over those legs — they’re so good.

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing DeskI get so pumped when I find pieces like this one for a steal. I mean, $15 and a coat or two of paint just ain’t too shabby. xoxo

 

 

Living Room and Office Before and After

Before + After // Our Living Room and Office

Doesn’t it just feel so good when you move into a new place and finally things start coming together? It always takes me a million years to get a room…

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Doesn’t it just feel so good when you move into a new place and finally things start coming together? It always takes me a million years to get a room to a place where I love it (and even then I am a chronic rearranger). Sometimes I just have a heck of a time committing to hanging a certain thing on the wall, or moving a piece of furniture here or there. I just like to live with things for a while to let them marinate and see how I feel about it all. It drives Mr. Lovely absolutely bananas. Good thing he likes me. But we finally finished a couple more rooms in the house recently and I thought it would be fun to do a little before and after feature, because I snapped some crazy photos from back in the day when these rooms were just basically piles of stuff.

Our living room is gigantic and kind of long & narrow, with one wall that’s basically entirely windows. So it was kind of tricky to arrange. We wanted it to feel open and airy but also cozy and lived-in. Does that exist? I don’t know. But I think we just about got there. Here’s the before and after.

 

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and AfterBefore we moved in we refinished all of the original hardwood, so we wanted to keep plenty of it showing but still have a cozy place to sit or put your feet. West Elm was kind enough to send us their totally rad honeycomb rug, which has turned out to be the perfect solution. They sent along one of their fab lacquer trays as well, which we’re using as a coffee table (on top of the Kilim Pouf that we already had). We saved our pennies and snapped up a pair of Sloan chairs, upholstered in that amazing deep blue, and they’re maybe my favorite pieces of furniture in the house. Ohmygosh those chairs.

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

I love hanging out in this room! We pull the guitars off the wall and make up goofy songs, and we have friends over for drinks, and we watch all of the family babies run around and flop on all of the ottomans. It’s a good room.

And now, the office before and after!

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

The new office is kind of a mishmash of our old desks with some new tricks. West Elm made another dream come true and sent the best office chairs in all the land. Mr. Lovely and I roll around and twirl in those things all day long. I’m also loving these little marble boxes — perfect for little office this-and-that’s. (Like the gold paperclips that you obviously need.) We put up shelves on either side of our desks and stocked them with our faves, and it’s totally a lady-side/man-side situation. Other than that, the office stays pretty simple, with lots of moveable pieces that we can roll around for photoshoots and the like. I’m super into it. It’s like working in a big, beautiful white box.

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Stay tuned for more pieces of the new house as we keep finishing it bit by bit! A big smushy hug to West Elm for being my favorite place to shop and for helping us get the new place outfitted. Have a good weekend, guys! xoxo

Living Room and Office Before and After

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Little Guy’s Nursery

Wanna know something crazy? In the mornings, sometimes I wake up and the first thing I do is go sit in this room and just look around. Isn’t that bonkers?…

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Wanna know something crazy? In the mornings, sometimes I wake up and the first thing I do is go sit in this room and just look around. Isn’t that bonkers? In probably just a few days I’ll be chained to the rocking chair for hours on end and all I want to do right now is go sit in there and stare. I’m just so happy that the little dude’s nursery is all finished, and that I actually like it. For a long time I was super stressed about it, as though if something wasn’t quite right he’d just have a tantrum and hate it. Which I know is crazy. But it’s done and it’s so happy in there and I just love it.

When we started dreaming about the nursery, we decided on sort of an eclectic adventure vibe, with bright and happy accents. And I knew way down deep in my bones that the VW van photo that Mary took had to be the inspiration. So that’s where we started. I was also so over the moon to have Land of Nod partner up with us to provide a few key pieces that make the room come together.

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We started with a super simple crib, and painted the wall behind it a pale, minty blue (if there is such a thing?). I had a heck of a time deciding what to put over the crib because of my complete terror at having something fall down into it. So we eventually decided on a little DIY pompom garland and a sweet cloud light that we found thrifting. Mr. Lovely literally spent hours wiring and hanging that thing because I kept changing my mind about where it would go and how it would hang and where the switch would be. He liked me lots after that. The pineapple print and car print from went up next to the crib to jazz it up a little — perfect for a little dude. We also got the crib all dressed up in a crib sheet and skirt from Nod. Who could pass up a chambray crib skirt?!

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Oh, and somebody please give me a round of applause — I knitted that throw pillow cover. I win.

You probably remember the gallery wall we put together, which is still one of my favorite spots in the room. A while back, Meg from White Nest sent us the Greatest Adventure print and I just about cry every time I see it. And the ampersand embroidery was a sweet gift from Laura. Almost everything in the room has a story behind it and I just love that.

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After a million mamas raved about it, we finally splurged on the Graham Glider from west elm for a rocking chair, and woahhhh I’m glad we did. It’s the most comfortable chair in our house. We added the leather pouf from Nod for a little ottman and it works like a charm. And DUDES the dresser we ended up choosing for the little guy is an IKEA hack! Anybody want a tutorial? I can definitely share our secrets. And Nod’s Eden table lamp is just so perfect on the top of it.

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nursery6We did a little DIY treatment on the closet doors using removable stripes, which I am mildly obsessed with. At first I thought it was too loud but I got over that real quick. And the beauty is that if we ever want to switch it up those stripes come right off.

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A couple of Nod’s soft knit baskets are holding all of the little buddy’s blankies and toys for now. I love those bright pops of yellow. And we did another little IKEA hack to make some shelves for books and a few special things.

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Thanks for coming on our little nursery tour! It is beyond weird to me that this room is going to be home to a little boy real, real soon. Big thanks to Land of Nod for helping us make a cozy spot for him. Okay little one, we’re ready for you! xoxo

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DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinet

Welcome back gang! I’m so excited to finally share the rest of this hacky little project! Mr. Lovely and I had a ball putting together different pieces from Wayfair to…

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

Welcome back gang! I’m so excited to finally share the rest of this hacky little project! Mr. Lovely and I had a ball putting together different pieces from Wayfair to outfit out laundry room, and ohmygosh is it way more functional now. In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the laundry room before:

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Pretty much a washer and a dryer and nothing else in the world. We had been storing our detergent on the floor. Classy. So we found some pieces that came together to make the cabinets/countertop/shelving combo of our dreams. See yesterday’s post for the shelf how-to, and read on to make your own cabinets like ours!

Materials

Make Time: 4 Hours plus Drying Time

Start by putting together the two cabinets according to the directions on the packaging. Don’t bother installing the handles or the legs. The two pieces will initially look like this:

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Fuse the two pieces together by drilling through the inner walls and securing them with bolts. We found that three bolts were sufficient, placed low, medium, and high.

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Put the worktop on the cabinets and measure how wide you might like it to be. Ours was a bit too wide so we trimmed off a bit. Mark the excess with a pencil line and saw off the excess. Lightly sand the worktop and clean it to be sure it’s free of dust or debris. Add coats of your sealer according to the directions on the packaging of the sealer you choose.

From the inside of the cabinets, drill pilot holes on all four corners of the top panel. Lay the worktop on top of the cabinets and be sure it’s centered correctly. Use the drill to screw through the pilot holes and into the worktop until it’s secure and flush with the cabinets.

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From your leather, cut faceted rectangles to act as a backing for the drawer pulls. We actually ended up using the leather to disguise the previously drilled holes, because the pulls we wanted were a different measurement. But I love how it turned out! If your pulls are a different measurement as well, you’ll need to drill new holes for the pulls to screw into. Drill pilot holes into the leather that correspond with your pulls. Place the leather against the drawer, insert the screws through the back of the drawer and through the leather, and screw into the drawer pulls.

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

That’s it! I still wiggle my toes with how the room turned out. We also outfitted it with a rolling hamper, which is my dream, and a drying rack that folds up neat and tidy. It’s all so bright and white and there are so many drawers I could just swoon. So I’m curious — would you attempt a hack-type project like this one? I think I might be addicted. xoxo

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

This post was creating using product received from Wayfair. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelf

It happened! There is officially one room in our house that is completely, totally done. And wouldn’t you know it — it’s the laundry room. Because laundry is the most…

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

It happened! There is officially one room in our house that is completely, totally done. And wouldn’t you know it — it’s the laundry room. Because laundry is the most important thing? I don’t know.

But who cares, because it’s done and I love it! I was pumped to partner with Wayfair to bring a little DIY action to all of the zillions of home goods on their site. Before I dove in, I had no idea about the extent of materials you can get there. I kind of thought of it as pillows and poufs and fun decorative stuff. But no. They have tile. They have countertops. They have sink faucets and wallpaper and everything you probably need to put a house together. So we came up with the idea of doing a few DIY hacks for our laundry room! It was basically a big, blank, white room with no storage and nowhere to put anything at all. Behold:

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

Up first, we needed a shelf. If you love the look, here’s how you can DIY your own. (And hey, come back tomorrow for another laundry room DIY and a reveal of the whole room!)

Materials

  • bamboo butcherblock worktop
  • sander
  • circular saw or table saw (if you’d like to make your shelf smaller)
  • water-based sealer
  • paintbrush
  • drill
  • shelf brackets
  • molly bolts
  • measuring tape
  • level
  • pencil

Make Time: 2 Hours plus Drying Time

Start by determining how deep and long you’d like your shelf. We wanted ours a bit smaller than the size of the original work top, so we cut it down. Measure the length or width you’d like to remove and draw a line in pencil using your measuring tape or level. Use the saw to cut off the excess.

Next, we wanted a little sheen on our shelves so we sanded it down just a bit and added a sealer. Use your sander to lightly take off any rough edges or splinters. Wipe down the board to be sure it’s clean and free of dust, and add coats of sealer according to the directions on your packaging.

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

Determine where you’d like the brackets on your shelving. Drill pilot holes into the board, being careful not to drill completely through. Screw the brackets onto the bottom of the board.

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

Decide where you’d like your shelving to hang. Hold it up to the wall and make a light pencil mark to mark the spot. Use the level and measuring tape to mark the places where you’ll need to screw in molly bolts. (We highly recommend measuring this a few times! Papa Lovely always says, “Measure twice, cut once.”) Drill pilot holes for your molly bolts and hammer the plastic portion of the bolts into place. Once they’re in, have someone give you a hand to hold up the shelf while you drill the brackets into the molly bolt holes.

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

BAM! Guys, you just made a shelf. I have to say, I’m really excited to be diving into these more extreme DIYs. It’s so fun to have a house where you can do larger projects like this! We outfitted the shelf with these great baskets, which are now hiding all of the ugly stuff that was just sort of sitting on the floor in the laundry room. And we have a place for our watering can and some decor, too! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see the rest of the storage area we put together, and the room in its entirety. I keep just walking in there to be happy about the fact that it’s all done! xoxo

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

This post was creating using product received from Wayfair. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!