walls republic wallpaper giveaway!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thank you for your kind words on my laundry room makeover!  The wallpaper is clearly everyone's favorite part of the room.  Me included.  It definitely makes this space.

I worked with Walls Republic for the wallpaper and decided on Grey Geometric.  They had SO many options.  So many really, really great options.  They offer 5 free samples, and I highly recommend getting samples before you take on a wallpaper project because they look entirely different in person.  I was actually pretty sure I was not going to choose this pattern when I ordered the samples, but threw it in there as part of my 5.  Glad I did!

Here's the room before paper went up.  Bones were all in place, but it was pretty boring.

I was a little uneasy going into this project because a) I've never wallpapered before, b) I remember my mom struggling with pre-pasted paper years ago, and c) I had A BUNCH of cut ins to make.  A lot of my fears were set aside when I realized this is not our momma's wallpaper.  Paste is applied to the wall and then the paper is laid on top.  No pre-pasting (pre-pasteing??) the back or having to run it under water to activate an existing adhesive.  Such a better method!

My apologies for the crummy photos.  I did a lot of work at night after kids were in bed and was snapping pictures with my phone.

Another thing that I was pleasantly surprised with was how thick their wallpaper was.  I was worried about tearing the paper while working with it and that I was going to see all the imperfections of my textured walls coming through.  I had zero problems with it tearing on me and I did a lot of tugging at times.  And I don't know if it was due to the thickness of the paper, the darker color, or both, but I don't notice the texture behind the paper.

Now the areas where I had to cut around built ins and shelving was a booger.  Not gonna lie.  Had I done a regular room without having to work around built-ins it would have been a breeze!  I heard someone say wallpapering is a lot like child birth.  While you're going through it you swear you won't do it again, but what you end up with in the end erases all the bad memories.  The pain of a few difficult cuts was totally worth the finished product.  It has been papered for a couple of weeks now and I still walk in there just to look at it.

Wallpaper can be a bit of an investment, so I love the idea of using it in a smaller space like this where you get a lot of bang.  I've seen so many great uses of paper lately where just a little changes everything.

Above wall molding

Accent wall


Backs of bookcases

So... who wants to win some wallpaper?!  Walls Republic and I are giving away one double roll of Grey Geometric to one lucky reader!!!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.  Giveaway open to US Residents only.  One random winner will be announced Thursday May 28th.  

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A big thank you to Walls Republic for providing me with the wallpaper for this project.  I wasn't otherwise compensated and all options are my own.

laundry room reveal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I feel like this laundry room has taken forever to get completed, but I can now finally say it's done!

  Before the full reveal I wanted to remind you of what we started with.  You can see the progress here.  We had existing cabinets and a rod on the wall above the washer and dryer (not shown in the photo below) and a rough-in for a sink on the opposite wall.  You can see my plans for the sink still hanging on the wall from when the house was built almost a year and a half ago.  Why did I never take that down???  Other than that it was a completely blank slate.

There is zero natural light in this room.  It's right off our kitchen and the entrance from the garage.  The white walls weren't doing anything to help brighten the space up.  It just looked dead.  So instead of fighting the dark I embraced it.

Here's the new laundry room!

The washer and dryer were taken off the DIY stand we built several years back and I gave them a built in look with a folding table up top.  No more items falling off the washer and dryer into the abyss!  I'll share with you guys how I put this together in a separate post and let you in on the little secret it's hiding that makes it so awesome ;)

For me, the showstopper in this makeover has got to be the wallpaper.  Is it not amazing?!  The photos totally don't do it justice.  There's a wood grain looking texture in the gray background and what looks like a white pattern on top is actually silver. 

The plumber thought I was absolutely crazy when I told him what I wanted to do for a sink.  This was a regular galvanized wash basin and we had him add a drain basket and trap so it would function as a regular sink.  I love it so!  The white subway tile is a repeat from our kitchen backsplash.  While super pretty (I would have loved to have had it all around the room) it's main purpose is to keep the wall from getting wet if any water splashes out of the sink.

The built-ins on either side of the sink are a complete game changer in this room.  One holds our trashcan and other random items, and all of my cleaning items and vacuum are in the other.  We did have these built for us, but saved money by painting them out myself.

I forgot just how drastic the change was until I was putting this post together and went through the before pics.  Quite the change!

// SOURCES: walls republic wallpaper . galvanized wash basin . faucet . cabinet color (Benjamin Moore - Simply White) . knobs . grey frame . white frame . faux aloe plant  //

Be sure to check back here tomorrow because I want to talk some more about the wallpaper and oh, I don't know, give some away!!!

laundry room | sneak peek

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This weekend I wrapped up the wallpaper in the laundry room.  There for a moment I didn't think I was going to survive.  You can check the past progress here.  I'm so stinking close to being finished with this room.  I had a couple of favorite photos that had been stuck on the computer printed off.  I need to do more of that.  It's amazing how many photos you forget about until you get in there!  Once those come in I'll be able to snap some final photos for you.  But for now, here's a sneak peak from my phone of the wallpaper and a little corner in there.

It's gonna be good!


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