a (big) year in review

this time of year always brings about a feeling of nostalgia, or reflection, on what the past year has brought. and, now that i'm in vacation mode, i had to put together some words of thanks + love + just general wow-ness about what 2015 brought. because i'm sittin' over here in my little corner of the world, making messes and designing things, but it's you....the people who show love + support that help keep me going.

so, here goes....a little look back....

photo credit: jeff threewitt with invironments magazine
- i started writing. like, yes, i've been writing on this little blog, but i started full-fledged article writing. and this all happened because of some ah-mazing friends + fans. words can't describe how thankful i have been for the opportunity to become a regular contributor at invironments magazine + for all of the fantastic good vibes that have come from it. i know not everyone is into diy, but when i hear that someone has tried one of the projects i write about, that's a cool, cool feeling.

my donation to the 2015 for the love of the game fundraiser!
- so many of you trusted me to make some pretty special pieces for your homes. seriously. what i love so much is when new friends see what i share on my shop, and have an idea that they want me to make come true for them. that's fun stuff. here's a couple of my faves from this year here, here, here, here, and here

- insta-awesomeness. i fell in love with instagram. that's really all. and, if you love instagram too, be sure to follow me at @reneststudio!

- some amazing milestones. like, awesome sales. and, amazing viewers to the blog. all of this is only possible with y'all. i can't tell you how much i appreciate you all!

- an amazing sycamore pumpkin fest autumn craft + treasures market! i love getting to set up my work and sharing and telling the story about what i do what i do. but this year was super, super special. it was truly a combo of events that made me sign up for this great show, and then, what was even more awesomesauce, was the new friends i met while there! it was such an amazingly wonderful weekend + such an opportunity to share and grow!

- and, some big goals are up ahead for 2016! i am so fortunate to spend this time at the holidays to recharge, plan + plot out the next year. i have every finger and toe crossed for something big in april, and i have some very cute holiday exclusives that i'll offer throughout the year! i can't wait!

as 2015 winds down, i thank each of you. for being a fan, for your words of encouragement, for your support, and being the absolute best group of fans + friends + loved ones and for being in my court. here's to 2016 + all of the amazingness it will bring! 


how we do holiday decor 'round here....

i think i've said before, i don't do a lot of seasonal decorating. christmas is pretty much the most i do, and frankly, when i got out our decorations this year, i still felt like i don't do a ton. maybe it's a time thing. maybe it's a "we have two young boys" thing. but i can tell you that this year, i felt the pull to add more to the house. (i blame the balmy december weather for this. i'm certain if there was snow on the ground, i wouldn't be trying to fill the "holiday cheer" gap with more garland + more sparkle!)

so, in the absence of snow, i trekked myself out to michaels and hobby lobby and worked to add a little more decked to our halls. 

here's a little rundown of what we do in the re-nest house:

1. the mantle. which includes a giant tv hanging over it (anyone else feel me?) oh, and on the mantle, there's some sort of center channel/sound system thing that is permanently placed under the tv. which makes dressing the mantle in the traditional sense, a total fail. so, i go pretty minimal: a simple "joy" banner, four stocking holders, a couple of tea lights, and some placed bulb ornaments on the mantle. that's it. there's really no more room for anything else.

2. the main tree. this one is in our family room, and is 9' tall, pre-lit, and glorious. this one is what i call "mama's tree." it's silver + glass + grey + ivory. but for some reason, this year when the tree went up, it felt sparse. mr. re-nest + i went about looking for a new tree (this one is seven years old), because we just felt like this one was losing it's fullness. then, we were astonished at the prices. so, we said, "a little fluffing and some extra berries and such, and it'll be totally fine!" so that's what we did. i picked up some great white poinsettias, some white + sparkly flowers, and some more white berries. and, voila! the tree looks like a tree again!

3. the window ledge. so, the stairs going down to our basement are open + finished. you go down eight steps, there's a landing, and eight more steps and you're in the basement. well, at that landing, there is a window ledge that is at ground-level (really kind of cool). normally, there's two vases + some dying plants there. i decided to spruce it up for the holidays with some garland, some sparkle + some more floral this year!  

and, just in case you want to see some more, here's some of what we do 'round here....little decor pieces + such to help us all get in the holiday spirit! enjoy...xoxo!

the "25" canvas i made this year!

merry everything. happy always.

and, i just loved this shot of our little fox.

the boys' santa bags....waiting under the tree to be
filled by the big man.

a beautiful jonathan adler vase filled with christmas bulbs

just a pretty flower in the tree.
the little pop of color on the mantle

our sparkly "joy" mantle banner


(more) a little creative in the kitchen

i think i can finally admit this: i really like to cook. do i like to cook every night? no. but most nights, i don't mind it. for one, we eat much healthier this way. for a second reason, it saves money. and since i started meal planning (like i talked about in this post), cooking isn't the absolute pure torture that it once was. 

so, for those who read my post late last year about my love for meal planning, yes, i'm still at it. do i dread it a little? kind of. it can be overwhelming to sit down and plan two weeks worth of dinners. (especially when you add in there family visits and such) but it keeps me on track. it brings a giant element of sanity to my life when 5:00pm hits + i'm not freaking out trying to figure out what i can throw together with what i have in my kitchen/freezer/cabinets. 

it's been a year since i fully started meal planning. and, call this a check-in of sorts. because i've come across some fabulous new recipes this year that i've tried (some have been successes, some have not), but i love some of these so much, that i just wanted to share! (especially since it's getting colder, and i don't know about you, but i love great, warm recipe ideas for the winter months!)

one of my go-to, absolute fave sources for great recipes is skinnytaste.com (and also the skinnytaste cookbook, available here). i've never been super comfortable with fussy recipes (i.e. those that call for things that i can't pronounce, much less be able to find at the grocery. or that cost an arm-and-a-leg when you need 1 tsp. of it) i literally scour the website on my phone, bookmark the recipes on my phone, and then go through those to help me with my meal planning. and, of course, i also go through the cookbook too to find some new dinners!

so, let's not wait any longer.....here's a couple of new faves in our house. (note: i don't do complicated when it comes to dinner. i don't do things that require overnight prep....honestly, i give myself 20-30 minutes prep time, and the shorter the cooking time, the better!)

butternut squash lasagna rolls (from the skinnytaste cookbook

i'll be honest: this was a mom favorite. and, that was about it. the boys did try it (to their credit), but they just weren't in to it. (honestly, i should have thrown some marinara on theirs and they probably would have gobbled it right up.) but, i love a good butternut squash recipe + i love lasagna, so this sounded like a good recipe to try! there's lots o' garlic in this one, and the prep time is more than i usually take on (this was a sunday night dinner in our house, when mama has more time to cook). but all-in-all, the ingredients are easy, just be prepared to get out lots of kitchen utensils (i.e. food processor) to get this one put together! i did love it, and am still eating the leftovers for lunches this week!

pasta with sausage, baby kale + pepper (from the skinnytaste cookbook)

prep + chopping! this was about as
difficult as this recipe got!
to start, i made this on a wednesday night (i.e. work night/school night), which means the prep time +
the cooking time is pretty minimal. then, i just loved the combo of the main ingredients: turkey sausage (which my boys have taken a liking to), kale (uh, can you say "superfood?"), and red pepper (yum!) and, pasta is always a great addition to any dish (for my family, anyway). 

i was a little nervous about adding in the onion (i usually leave it out of all recipes - mr. re-nest is not a fan), but i took and halved what they called for in this recipe, just for the flavor. i also wasn't sure how the boys would react to the red pepper, but chopped up (finely), and mixed in with everything else, it was a hit! in fact, little mr. re-nest #1 proclaimed it a "noah favorite." (which in our house means i won the best dinner award for that dish!)

also, one other reco: if you have your turkey sausage frozen, be sure to get it out to defrost in the morning. i think it's just easier to deal with meats when they've defrosted vs. doing the defrost in the microwave. 
adding in the kale!

the kale even went over well with the family, which pleased me to no end! adding it in to the skillet to allow it to soften was a huge plus. the next time i make this, i do think i'll chop the kale up more (i had pretty big leaves in there), but it'll make it a little easier for the boys to eat. 

hope you get to add these dinner ideas to your dinner plans sometime this winter! they are really very easy, healthy, and very, very yummy! (and don't forget: the pasta with sausage, kale and red pepper is kid-approved in our house!) enjoy!


a progress report: the master bath

so, yeah....it's been several weeks since the intro post about the master bath project. and, there has been progress (quite a bit, actually), but now we're into the holidays and i feel like i have a half-transitioned bathroom. don't get me wrong...it's looking lovely + so much better than it did, but i'm at that stage where i just need like, three un-interrupted days where the boys maybe go to mimi + papa keith's house, and mr. re-nest and i can knock the rest of it out. but tis the season, so i don't think that will happen. so we continue to steal moments during naps, days off (mr. re-nest's days off) to get this bathroom finished.

so, while we wish for the finished bath, let's take a little look at what has been done (glass half-full, right?!?)

the flowery tile style all around the tub
+ in the shower.

remember how i mentioned we had that really bad decorative tile around the garden tub? well, i went at it with my dremel multi-max, some protective eye-wear, and a crowbar. there was only one major hole put in the wall (i accept blame) + another section that had to be patched, but all of it came out! and, i am in love with my dremel now. mr. re-nest has been a total sport + has been helping get the new tile cut and placed, so that we have some new decorative tile to look at that isn't so flowery.

the countertop + sinks

we had one of those "all one piece" jobs that the builder put in when building the house. (you know, the sinks are molded in to the countertop?) well, it was all well + good, except for the fact that i guess i tend to run my hot water really hot + for a long time, so my sink had lots of little tiny cracks in it. mr. re-nest + i discussed, and we figured if we want to paint and tear down the giant mirror, now's the time to do the countertop. so, some great friends recommended a guy, and we ended up with a really gorgeous quartz countertop with white square undermount sinks for a steal. done + done.

that big giant mirror

the ikea stockholm mirror.
we had one of those. a mirror that is larger than life. that was glued to the wall. since the countertop was going in + we wanted to paint, and i wanted something different to see my reflection in, now was the time to unleash that beast from our bathroom wall. i give 100% of the credit for this to mr. re-nest (all i did was go to lowes and buy those suction cup handle-things so we could get it from the wall to the floor). he pried it off the wall, and once it was down, he broke it up, so that it could be carried away. oh, and he also did all of the drywall patch work from the tar-like adhesive that was used to hang the mirror to the wall. kudos to my mr. re-nest! and....the new mirrors are up! we chose two of the ikea stockholm mirrors to replace mr. big giant mirror, and we're loving the new look! 

my fave paint! pittsburgh paints grand distinction!

this is my fave part! once the mirror was down + the countertop was in, we painted. we went with a grey (shocker!) that complements the tealish-blue that's in our bedroom, and also works with the bedding in our master. we took a quick trip to menard's for my fave pittsburgh paints grand distinction paint, and we went to work. one sunday afternoon + evening later, and we have a painted bathroom (goodbye, tinted primer!)

what's next?
the new tub tile....it's a wip.

well, there's still some more tiling work to finish up, and i have some plans for decor in there that needs to be done. i'm also toying with doing something in the toilet alcove (i have no better term for it!)....maybe wainscoting, or white painted wood panels with some trim? just something to help give some contrast in the area and bring out the white some more.

the new light for over the tub....
without the white globe thing.
i also have a lighting plan. we have a six-bulb fixture over the sink which we're keeping (simply because i'm trying to do this as frugally as possible), but i am trashing the ugly globes. and i think i'm going to try and put some edison bulbs in there instead, to give it a little more modern look. then, i have my eye on a new fixture for over the tub....this one from lowes. whatcha think? 

and, finally we have a great window in the bathroom, that i want to make a fabric-wrapped valence for!

stay tuned! there will be more to come as we finish up this long overdue project! 


to our first-graders: you are free to fly

confession: i love when i get to create + paint + design with kids. no joke, it is just so much darn fun. to see their excitement, to answer their questions, to see their faces when their hands get a little messy. ahhhh....and a couple of weeks ago, when our family was in the countdown to my sissy's wedding, i got to take a few minutes, and go in to little mr. re-nest #1's classroom and create with adorable, inquisitive, polite little ones. #bestday

and, no, it wasn't to become their new art teacher! every year, our school has a casino night fundraiser, where each class in pre-school through eighth grade makes something....art, a picture, a collage, something, which is part of the silent auction portion of the evening. guess who raised their hand to help with first grade? (in case you're not yet following, that would be me.)

we needed something simple, and easy for the kiddos to do. i started getting some inspiration on pinterest. after looking through a ton of ideas, i kept coming back to the idea of a butterfly. the symbolism of the butterfly + our sweet first graders....that each day, they are growing and blossoming and becoming more of who they are going to be....kind of like a butterfly does. and, then i found the most perfect quote that clinched the whole butterfly idea..."you are free to fly."

i decided on a 12" x 12" canvas, and a large butterfly die-cut out of white paper. but i needed to figure out how the kids could put their personal touch on it. thumbprints seemed perfect. and, we could be really colorful with them, and we could also mark their names on their thumbprint. my day at school came and the kids loved doing their thumbprints and making out butterfly into a beautiful little creature.

little mr. re-nest #1 chimed in with the idea to paint the background of the canvas a bright yellow, and the rest was kinda history. i so loved this piece, and i know the home it's going to will love it too. it's just such a great reminder for any of us...that no matter how old we are, spreading our wings to fly is always a necessary in our lives.


a new piece for a newly refreshed home!

okay, so i can't even believe it's been two weeks since the last little update on this blog o'mine....it's been cray cray around here. let's just say that i've been celebrating the best kind of love with my sissy's wedding, matroning-of-honoring (that is riddled with grammatical issues, i know!), and getting all sorts of stuff ready for a very special fundraiser at little mr. re-nest #1's school this weekend. but i have a quick few minutes to share with you what has been going on in the studio, and a fancy new design i just finished!

y'all remember i was at the sycamore pumpkin fest a couple of weeks ago....well, i had a lovely woman come in to my booth and start chatting with me about my home canvas (one of my faves!) she told me that she had just finished refreshing her home with new paint + some new furniture, but she needed some pieces for her walls! she loved the home piece, but she wanted something a little more personalized....so right then and there, we designed it. 

we went with a 12" x 24" canvas (which is surprisingly quickly becoming one of my fave canvases to design to these days....), a background in charcoal grey, and a simple "the bakers, est. 2005" in layered paper art on the canvas. totally simple + totally lovely! i love that she's planning to hang this over the front door to her home, which just seems like the perfect spot for something so personal. 

in fact, i'm so in love with this piece that i think i'm gonna have to add it to the etsy store...i mean, last weekend, i had another prospective client over to look at the home piece, and when she saw the new "the bakers" piece, she ended up ordering both! i think that's a sign, don't you?!?

tell me: what do you think of the new addition to the etsy shop??


sweet special deliveries!

babies, babies, babies! right before the sycamore pumpkin fest show, i had the total honor of getting to design + create two very lovely special delivery canvases for new babies! both were for sweet little girls, so you can imagine how much fun i had getting creative with these!

my first one i had the joy of creating was for a dear, dear friend of mine, who had an adorable little girl this spring! being a great friend, i was able to get a peek at this sweet girl's bedding + nursery colors....and when i started sketching, i knew i have the most perfect patterned paper that had to be added to his piece! (note: if you know anyone who spends a lot of time in michaels or hobby lobby and is one of those people who hoards crafty supplies, that's me. i find papers that are cool + cute, and i buy them....knowing someday i'll use it. well, never make fun friends, because this was one of those projects where a piece of paper i'd had for probably two years was finally used!) and, isn't her name just completely divine??

and, the lovely, lovely second one i had the honor of making was for a little girl who was born just a couple of weeks ago! but, her auntie got a hold of me before she was even born, and we had colors, patterns, and theme down....so all we needed to finish the piece was her sweet name, birthday, and stats! this one was so fun with the butterfly theme....i totally got inspired to do something three-dimensional, and with a little texture on the wings! isn't this so fun?!? 

i'm always so touched when i am invited to have one of my little pieces adorn a new baby's nursery...i know how much that birth day, and all that goes into it means to a mama + daddy, and to be able to create a meaningful keepsake for those babes is such a big deal to me. i'm just so flattered that i'm invited to be part of something so important.

hope you loved these....and if you know someone with a baby on the way, let me know! 


happy tears!

oh my word. just wow. wow, wow, wow.

my booth! i love how bright it is :)
this is a post of total + complete gratitude and love and hugs. if you happened to see over on my
instagram account, or on facebook, that i was part of the sycamore pumpkin fest autumn craft + treasures market this weekend, that's what still has me completely floored.

this weekend was simply incredible.

i've done craft events before. i've even done this same event before. and it was never like this. there was a moment on saturday, at the end of the day, when i had my sally field moment from when she won an oscar for "places in the heart." (okay, maybe that's kind of overexaggerating....but that's my best way to describe it!) except it wasn't on a stage, or wearing black tie, it was in my car, on my way home to my boys, after day #1. i just had a moment, where in one rush of emotion, all of the work, and design time, and lack of sleep, and deep want, to make re-nest studio something special, came to the surface. and i started crying. happy tears.

a smirky selfie! early mornings + late evenings,
but 100% worth it!
i love doing this. i love creating. i love having a new mama or grandma or aunt come to me and ask for one of my designs to be placed in a new baby's nursery. i adore having the chance to make pieces that mean something for someone's home. i know i say this all of the time, but i really mean it, and i love you all for being on this incredibly cool journey with me.

with that, thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. thank you for every like on facebook, for asking me how it's going when you see me, for wanting to be along on this ride, for thinking of me when it comes time for that special gift or something cool for your home.

so, now i'm happy to say that i've got some really cool pieces to work on over the next couple of weeks! and, i can't wait to share!

p.s. if you want to see more pics of the weekend, be sure to check out my new album on my facebook page! xoxo! 


re-nest life / the #tealpumpkinproject

halloween is almost upon us, and i know kiddos + families are busy getting pumpkins ready for next week's tricks + treats! most of you know that food allergies are a near + dear cause to our little family's heart. we manage it every day + we are super pumped and prepped for halloween fun! in fact, his recent allergist check-up was encouraging for us.

in case you haven't seen it on the "today show," on buzzfeed, or on ashton kutcher's facebook page, there's a little campaign out there by FARE (food allergy research + education) called the teal pumpkin project.  and, of course it combines a cause that's dear to us + crafting, so how could we not jump on the bandwagon?

in case you haven't heard about the teal pumpkin project, here's the deal: if you're so
the latest additions to our front porch!
inclined, you paint a pumpkin (real or fake) the color teal and place it on your front porch. what this means is that your home is giving away allergy-friendly treats for trick-or-treating!

i know this is a shift in thinking, and by no means am i advocating that your home should not also pick up some regular candy treats too. we'll have candy at our house for halloween night. but we'll also have some non-candy stuff too. and, for extra precaution, the non-candy stuff won't be in the same bowl as the other stuff. and, after doing this same thing last year, i can honestly attest that our trick-or-treaters didn't even notice the two bowls and they went for the non-candy treats more than they did the candy stuff (and we do give good candy....not yuck candy!)

photo courtesy of food allergy research + education
we have our front porch ready for this year, after the boys + i sat down last weekend and painted our pumpkins teal! and, after sharing about this great campaign a couple of times, i've been so touched to have been approached by so many friends, asking what kind of candy or non-candy treats they can make sure to have at the ready for kids who might have allergies. so, i also wanted to share a really helpful list from FARE with some fantastic ideas for treat options!

i know this isn't for everyone, and that's cool. but if you're looking for a fun project to do with the kids, and are willing to share it on your front porch, that helps to get the word out, and might help make a child smile on halloween (and i mean, who doesn't love a great glow-in-the-dark necklace??)

p.s. for more information on the #tealpumpkinproject and FARE's efforts this halloween, please do check out http://www.foodallergy.org/! xoxo!


why i stopped decorating for every season (a confession)

i have kind of a shocking confession....as someone who loves home décor, who loves the holidays + who champions making your home yours....

i no longer decorate for every season. as in, i don't have a stash of fall/halloween/thanksgiving decorations that i put out.

(i'll pause here for dramatic effect)

i used to. i used to have all sorts of stuff that i would pull out when fall came around. i brought out seasonal candles, i changed pillow covers in our great room, i swapped out blankets + throws, and i had knick-knacks that would be set up in cute little vignettes in our house. (mr. re-nest loved this, let me tell you!)

somewhere along the way, i just stopped. i can't pinpoint when it was (maybe when little mr. re-nest #1 was born? maybe when we moved from indiana to illinois, and a "great purge" happened?) all i know is that i still have one or two seasonal candles that i'll pull out on a weekend, fall day (you know, those cool, overcast days that are my fave) and that's kind of it.

the front porch. excuse the lovely
electrical cord. :)
now, maybe you're saying "what about pumpkins? don't your kids like pumpkins?" yes, we do pumpkins on the front porch. a couple of years ago, in a moment of guilt, i even went to hobby lobby with little mr. re-nest #1 and we got some little halloween decorations for our front porch, so those go out. besides that, the boys do have those fun halloween window clings from the target dollar spot that they play with on the back patio door for the season, and then at the end, i do get rid of them (because they're generally ripped, covered in food bits + fuzz....yuck). and, i can also promise you that we also do get a little crafty with our pumpkins, especially since our family pledges to take part in the teal pumpkin project! (keep an eye out on facebook for these fun photos soon!)

so, it's pretty much the front porch, until the day after thanksgiving, and then. it's. on. i think at last count, i have twelve of those large rubbermaid bins filled with holiday decorations. three trees. wreaths. table settings (for a table we never use). chair ties. outdoor lights. candles. stockings. banners. it all comes out. and, it's my most favorite time of the year!

for now, i love looking at pinterest + my instagram feed at everyone else's fall decorations (and let me tell you, there's some great ones out there!) and, i'll wait until november 27 for all of my decoration hub-bub to begin!

tell me: how about you? do you go all out for fall/halloween/thanksgiving?


it's time: the great master bath renewal

so, i mentioned in my post on the laundry room refresh that i can be kind of a procrastinator....actually, let me defend clarify a bit: when it comes to house projects that i'm just "not feeling" (read: yard work, unloading the dishwasher), it is extremely hard for me to start these projects. it's not that i don't realize that these are requirements of a home-owning adult, it's just tough.

our master bathroom has fallen into this category.

yes, i have pretty much tackled every other possible project in the house that i could, just so i didn't have to tackle this one. i'm not sure if i was secretly wishing that some day i'd come home and it was the spa oasis i wanted, or whether time was an issue, or whether just plain 'ol, pure inspiration was the issue. (i think it was a combo.) so, after watching no fewer than 1500 episodes of "bath crashers," the time has come. (oh, and also there's been coaxing by mr. re-nest....for example, the convo that went down about two weeks ago....see below.)

mr. re-nest: "um, so are we ever going to actually paint this bathroom. you painted that grey swatch on the wall about four years ago, i kind of think it's time."

me: "yes. i'll get to it."

mr. re-nest: "and, you remember that dremel tool set you had to have four Christmases ago, which was to be used for this bathroom. it's still sitting down in the work area, unwrapped."

me: "yeah, i know. i'll get to it."

mr. re-nest (more emphatically, with more love in his voice): "okay, you need to just do it. we have the tools and the tile to replace the tile you hate. set a date." (i knew he meant business at this point. that grey paint swatch was really getting to him.)

so, this weekend is time. the dremel is coming out. the tile is coming out. the bathroom is being shut down. i'm going to knock this out one bit at a time, so it doesn't feel so overwhelming. and, after searching pinterest for about three hours, i think i might, just might, finally have a vision for this bathroom to make it look a little less beige + more like us.

so, before the work begins, i thought i'd take you on a little video tour of this bathroom....which by the way, we don't have to do anything more than just cosmetic stuff to, but dang, cosmetic bathroom "stuff" adds up. we're trying to do this on a budget too. (aren't we all?!?) 

so, here goes nothin'. i'm diving in head first, and we'll see how this comes out on the other side!


from builder-basic to bright + efficient: a laundry room diy makeover

i have a confession to make: i'm kind of a procrastinator. when we bought our house almost eight years ago, everything was builder-beige. it was nice, but it was beige. all of it. every inch of the house was blah-beige. so, of course i started painting, and adding some color. but there has been one place, one single place in our house that has scared the living you-know-what out of me to tackle: the master bathroom. and because of that, i look for other spaces in the house to tackle first. 

like the laundry room. here's what it looked like (please ignore that horrific looking ironing board!): 

and, here's kind of how i felt walking into it + trying to do laundry for our family:

so, i decided to take labor day weekend + improve my mood laundry room....enter two trips to ikea + two trips to lowes, and i was on my way to a cleaner, happier, more organized laundry room. which i should also mention, makes much, much, much more efficient use of the space! 

the first step: i took out all of the rubbermaid, builder-installed wire shelving (which there was only one of these, which was problem #1). i had to patch up all of the gaping holes in the walls from the shelf, and then i was ready to paint.

the laundry room was also builder beige. i went for a clean, bright white. because it's not a huge space, and white always makes a room feel bigger and cleaner and brighter. no joke, this was one of the hardest paint jobs ever. i painted around the large utility tub and the washer/dryer, and not to mention, there is no air flow in that tiny little room. but i survived. 

next up was prepping + hanging all of our ikea finds. like i mentioned earlier, the storage in the laundry room was totally inefficient. there was probably three feet of unused space between the ceiling and the rubbermaid shelf, and i knew it could be done better! enter lots of ikea shelving....

the kallax in white, in the four-by-one cube. i wanted this mounted to the wall, flush with the ceiling, to bring storage up higher in the room, but also to create the illusion that the room is taller than what it is. and, by mounting this up at the ceiling height, it also gave me another big (huge) benefit: more hanging space above the washer/dryer for clothes to hang dry. (oh! and don't forget the new light fixture from ikea as well! isn't it cool?!?!) 

then, we also added a couple of the ikea ekby shelves to help store laundry baskets + laundry detergents. we went with the stainless steel finish so it all blended together for the room. 

and, of course because this is me doing this, i couldn't let the laundry room go by without a few decor touches. :) 

a new ironing board cover + a quick, easy cover for the ugly laundry tub helped give some more color + pattern to the space (ironing board cover is threshold from target; grey + white arrow fabric from hobby lobby) the fabric cover was super simple to make; i just hemmed off the edges, and attached it to the tub with some heavy-duty, adhesive velcro. and honestly, i love how it turned out....and it was much, much less expensive to do this than to try and put in a new, better looking tub!

i also managed to hang on to my three laundry hampers (from crate + barrel outlet!) + just added a little bit of something to them. i'm loving stencil fonts these days, and used my three kraft board tags from paper source to label each hamper. with a simple "1-2-3", our family knows that 1 = clothes, 2 = towels, and 3 = dry cleaning. and, i tied them on with a little white tulle, because it added a little extra softness! and, the cork board was re-purposed from the former laundry room...it was fabric covered + held spare buttons. i pulled the fabric off + stenciled a cute "laundry" label on it! it's hanging on the wall now, with a little white tulle too!

and, probably my very fave part: i'm obsessed with heidi swapp's marquee love letters from michaels, and i had the perfect space to add these to the laundry room! little mr. re-nest #1 + i put these together with alternating paper designs with grey, white + light turquoise! 

i'll admit, it looks pretty girly (as mr. re-nest says), but i love it. i love it, i love it, i love it. it's made doing laundry a totally different experience for me. it's organized, it's efficient, + stuff is put in its place! 

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