Laundry Room Reno

The laundry room is “done”!

We started this process back in March when it was on my monthly goal list and I am so happy to actually have this “done”. I say done in quotes because there are a couple more things that I want to add but for now it is fully functioning and wonderful.

Our laundry room started like this…


It was alright. That shelf was helpful for storing laundry detergent and other such laundry things (and discs and drills and ping pong paddles and cleaning supplies), but the clothes bar hung too low. The only space I could hang up clothes was in the small space between the washer and dryer. It wasn’t practical.

So goal number one was to raise the bar.

Goal number two was to add some cabinets. I like to hide my clutter, I’ll confess.

Oh and paint, new rug, new accents, fun colors, etc.

So I emptied out the space, filled the holes on the walls, demolished that shelf (which was attached to the wall with 40+ nails) and painted the walls!


I’ll admit my method of demolishing wasn’t the smartest or most effective, but I was home alone and didn’t have many tools. I essentially drilled into the wood until I found the nail and then pulled out the nail. Sometimes it worked, sometimes the nail broke, sometimes I just hit it really hard with a hammer and it popped off…

Once all the painting was done it was time to hang my cabinets. I bought two of THESE cabinets from Menards and painted them white, Ultra Bright White Behr, before hand.


The hottie husband had to help me with this part – but overall hanging these cabinets was super simple. Once the cabinets were on the wall I put on the doors with knobs from Menards and we were ready to add our new (reused but cut down to size) clothes rod.


The last thing on our list was adding a shelf above the washer and dryer. Mike did this part for me as well. He just cut a piece of wood to the right length and stained it with dark walnut. I LOVE the way it turned out. This shelf is removable so we can easily get to the water valves and pull the machines out if we have an issue.



Rug: Target
Canister: Hand me down (I have two more to add to the shelf as soon as they’re painted)
Mason Jars: Had on hand but originally bought at Hobby Lobby
Cabinets: Menards
Knobs: Menards

Laundry Before AfterLaudnry 2

We are so pleased with how it turned out and with how much we spent.

Price breakdown:
Cabinets: $90
Hardware: $6
Paint: $35
Shelf: $15 (Wood and stain)
Rug: $24
TOTAL $170 

We have what feels like an entirely new laundry room for less than $200. Is this real life? And we have space for our laundry supplies, our cleaning supplies, and our miscellaneous (this should probably go in the laundry room) supplies that are no longer in piles in other places of our home. It’s a great thing.

I still want to add some art to the wall between the cabinets and then maybe a few cute laundry accessories, but those things take time and I couldn’t not share this project any longer.

Happy Day!


Love, The Jaderstons



Life Lately

Life lately…

It’s been a whirlwind lately, but it’s been wonderful. I’m recapping with photos that go back a week or two. April has been such a good month so far.


The days that I find the time to get my hands dirty are really good days. I have been making it a daily goal to do just one thing that triggers my creativity – it hasn’t happened everyday, but when it does I go to bed feeling more relaxed and fulfilled.


I completed one of my April goals! I know I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, but I love calligraphy. And it helps me with my daily creativity goal!


serve – pursue – love


In preparation for the storms last Wednesday (which ended not being a big deal) Mike was released early from work. He went home and got our “storm shelter” ready. He popped popcorn, bought pistachios, rented a few movies, grabbed my favorite sweatpants, sweatshirts, and blankets, brought down extra water bottles and set up some board games with candles just in case we lost power again.


We were ready. And then nothing really happened, but we still spent the evening in the basement with three on the couch watching movies and eating popcorn. It was the best storm night ever.


Last weekend my little sister was in town for Easter – we threw it back with October Sky and quality sister time. Anybody else love this movie? It probably goes down in my top 10. I was so nostalgic watching it that I practically cried the whole time. So good.



Also last weekend, Mike and I played some tennis at the nearby high school. It was seriously so much fun. The Mr. is a very good tennis player and I am very much still learning, but I love being active with him. He’s also a great teacher.


It wouldn’t be a life lately without a mention of this guy. The other day I was searching for him high and low because I had to go to work. I am yelling for him to kennel (trying to wake him up from probably hiding under the bed) and he isn’t coming. He wasn’t in the backyard that I could see and I looked under all the furniture he likes to hide under… He was in his kennel all along. When I finally realized he was already there – he posed for this photo. Good times, Alf.

And that’s it for life lately. Life is good and full.

Happy day!

Love, The Jaderstons



Spring Weather is Here

Well, Spring weather has definitely arrived. You can’t get on social media today in Wichita without seeing the dangerous threat of weather coming our way.

It’s supposed to start between 2-4pm but the worst of it will be around 6pm. This is what they say.

I say that weather is unpredictable and last week when 100mph winds came through, took our power, and left golf ball sized hail behind, the chance of storms during that time was 0%.

So… Say a prayer for Kansas and Oklahoma today. Unpredictable weather is coming our way!IMG_6317

Mike and I are doing great! I am still holding off on the laundry room post because I want to finish one last thing and we haven’t had the time. I promise that someday you will see it and someday you will love it! I got to use it last weekend for the first time (for it’s purpose: laundry) and it was GLORIOUS!

Life update coming later this week.

Happy Day!

Love, The Jaderstons