Monday, October 21, 2013

DIY Laundry Room Counter

I am really excited about this project because it is something I have wanted to do for a really long time! When we first got our front loaders we had 3 options: Buy the matching pedestals to raise them up, build a pedestal with basket space, build a counter on top for folding, or do nothing.

I decided that doing nothing really wasn't an option at all, I would literally never put anything in the pedestal drawers, and if we built a pedestal for baskets, it would just turn into a catch-all for laundry we don't want to put away. Decision made. Having all of that extra counter space for folding would be really useful, socks wouldn't fall between the cracks anymore, and it would be pretty. Sounded good to me!

This was surprisingly a very easy project. Brad went and got us some plywood from Home Depot and after lots of measuring, cut the board to size. We also had to cut a small piece out of the back where the hoses are so that the counter would be flush with the wall. Before we moved on, we made sure it would fit perfectly.

I decided to stain the board instead of painting it. Over the next couple of days, I did one coat of dark stain and followed it up with a couple coats of polyurethane to protect it.

While I worked on that, Brad installed the support boards into the walls to rest the counter on top of. We put these about an inch above the washer & dryer. You DO NOT want to put the counter directly on the washer & dryer because it will rattle! Note: If your counter space is going to be long, then I would suggest having support in the middle or adding legs to your counter (see pic above).

After the urethane dried it was finally time to put the counter on! Our counter fits snug between the 2 walls, so it was secure enough just sitting on top of the boards, but you can nail the counter into the support boards as well if you need a little more peace of mind that it won't shift.

All done! I am loving my new folding space. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Football-Themed Gender Reveal

My sister and brother-in-law are having a baby! This is them on the day they told my parents (first grandbaby for my mom and dad).

Amanda & Brandon
They just recently had their sonogram to find out the gender of baby Monroe, but had it put secretly into an envelope. And guess who got to open that envelope...ME! Brad and I were the only people who knew what baby Monroe would be!

Brandon and Amanda decided to have their gender reveal party when the Cowboys game is on, so the football theme was really fun!

At first, Amanda wanted to do a cupcake reveal, but then stumbled upon a better idea, Balloon Fireworks!

You can find the original tutorial HERE, but we changed it up a bit. Some of the confetti I bought would not go through the funnel, so we cut the funnel...still didn't work. Brad and I ended up just pulling the balloons apart with our hands and pouring in the confetti. Then we just aired the balloons up with our bike pump (40 balloons I might add) and hung them from the ceiling with fishing line and tape. We used tacks to pop them instead of pencils (sharper and cheap).

Countdown & POP!.........


The balloons worked out great and it was so much fun! Here are some more pics from the party:

This was before everyone picked a side, but how did so many people know it was a boy?!

Go Cowboys!

Excited friends!
We are so excited for this baby BOY to they just have to pick a name!