Last weekend I spent some time completing a few projects we had on our list, and I am finally getting around to sharing them with you! They included a super simple coffee bar, and a makeover for my laundry closet. Just these two small changes have made the biggest impact! But first, a few thoughts on yesterday’s 5am gym workout!
My husband and I woke up bright and early to hit the gym. I think we’re both enjoying going in the mornings because the evening crowd is pretty intense. Intense as in, there’s never any open treadmills, all of the free weights are crowded, and most machines are occupied. Plus, going in the morning is like the BEST boost of energy! This morning in particular I steered clear of the treadmill because I was so dang tired, and figured knocking out a few miles on the bike would be safer for my wobbly zombie legs. After a little cardio, I focused primarily on arms but also added in some squats with the kettle bells and bosu ball. It. Burned! Marathon training, I will conquer you!
Easy Coffee Bar and Laundry Closet Overhaul
I was originally inspired by my friend Jana, over at Happy Wife Healthy Life, to set up a coffee bar. I had been wanting to do this for a while, but couldn’t quite figure out the perfect spot for it. But after a lightbulb went off, I decided to make use of our butcher block station, and create a designated coffee bar just off the kitchen instead of taking up counter space in the kitchen. Here’s how it turned out…
We added our coffee maker, coffee grinder, french press, sugar cubes, filters, ground coffee, and another grinder. Plus, some of my favorite mugs! Oh, and a fall candle, of course.
We drink our coffee black for the most part, so other than the occasional sugar cube, we just don’t add much to it. I’d like to add a few syrups maybe, or little packages of creamer though for our friends who do like to spruce up their coffee!
These hooks are lifesavers! This entire unit is from The Container Store and I was able to kind of pick and choose what parts of it I wanted to add on, including the shelf on the very top.
I think it turned out cute, and I finally feel like we’re getting some good use out of this shelving unit. Usually it just houses extra appliances and some of my nicer dishes, so transitioning it into a coffee bar worked perfectly.
Now for the laundry “room”. I don’t know why when we bought this house I didn’t notice the lack of an actual laundry room. I knew the laundry closet was at the end of the kitchen, but I figured it would be fine. Meh. Next house we’ll definitely have an actual room for our washer and dryer! The main problem was lack of storage. The owners before us had just simply thrown up a small shelf, and overtime that’s just not enough storage! I had been seeing on Pinterest ideas for adding storage to small spaces, and when I looked into my laundry closet and realized there was PLENTY of space for more shelves I just had to make it happen! Now, I can’t believe I waited over two years to do this!
Here’s the before…
Pretty plain, messy, and absolutely no storage.
And here’s the after…
Two 4′ shelves add SO much more storage!
The shelves were $11 at WalMart, and the boxes were $5 each. Not bad! The bottom two boxes contain paper towels, and all of my cleaning supplies that are normally kept under the sink. We have a few friends with small children and it makes me nervous how easy it is to grab those chemicals out of the cabinet! So, up and off the ground sounded like a good idea. Plus they’re all in ONE easy to find place. The top left box contains basic “fix-it” supplies, and some extra little nick-nacks. The box on the right contains vitamins and other supplements I didn’t want all over my countertop, and the pink bag on the right is Truckee’s “diaper bag”.
I was originally going to paint the closet, but after Adam said it took three men just to squeeze in the washer and dryer, we decided it would be a bigger hassle than it was worth. So, I just grabbed some white paint and repainted a few spots on the wall where the old shelf was. And really, I didn’t want the next people who own our house to have to re-paint the closet if they didn’t like the color I picked. I’d also like to find a cute “laundry” sign to hang in the middle of the wall under the bottom shelf, and maybe a hook for the left wall to hang random things when needed.
Overall, I LOVE my new laundry closet, and now I’m not as embarrassed if my closet gets left open and we have company over! It’s not the cutest closet I’ve ever seen, but it’s practical!
On today’s agenda = an 8 mile long run! Wish me luck!
What are you doing this weekend? Have you done any big projects lately? How do you drink your coffee?