We are halfway through our first One Room Challenge and if I’m being honest, I’m exhausted! This week has been especially challenging because my hubby is out of town on business. Along with the Easter holiday, and me being out of town last week, the progress on our modern farmhouse laundry room has been slow-going. Thankfully this week our parents have been helping me out by watching the boys! Let me just say this, if you ever decide to do the One Room Challenge you should plan ahead to make sure you are not having to travel in the middle of it.
On a lighter note, despite the many interruptions, progress HAS been made! If you don’t remember our checklist from our week one post here it is with a few updates…
- Unstack the washer and dryer
- Seal butcher block countertop and install
- Fix the plumbing issues (such as the random pipes sticking out of the walls)
- Remove current shelving
- Sand and caulk cabinets
- Prime, paint and install cabinets
- Install cabinet hardware
- Paint the ceiling, walls, baseboards and trim
- Patch and mud the walls
- Remove old brown shoe molding and replace with white that is correct size
- Install subway tile backsplash w/ gray grout
- Install clothes hanging bar
I decided a few items needed to be added to the checklist in order to accurately represent the amount of work that is going into the room (and let’s be real, I wanted to be able to check off more stuff!). So to recap we have: installed and caulked the new shoe molding, patched, mudded, and sanded the walls, primed over the patches, and painted the baseboards and trim work (minus the door and trim around the door).
I have bought the paint for the walls and will start painting tomorrow! This was a huge step, because I FINALLY decided on a wall color!! What color did I pick?? You will just have to wait and see in the final reveal! If you read my week 2 post you probably saw that I chose Sherwin Williams Alabaster for the trim color. Well…I changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Alabaster and we have used it on our exterior trim, but I wanted the trim work to be really white. That is why I decided to go with Benjamin Moore Simply White, and I am so happy with my decision! Here are a few pictures during the painting process (I didn’t worry too much about cutting in the trim near the walls because those are getting painted)
*Please forgive the quality of these progress pics, I snapped them with my phone while I was working.
Right side is the existing color, left is the first coat of BM Simply White.
Crown molding after two coats.
Baseboard with new shoe molding after two coats.
Picking Cabinet Hardware
The design decision that I have been deliberating over this week is–cabinet hardware! There are so many great styles and finishes out there that I love it’s going to be really hard to choose! I am obsessed with bar pulls I think they are so sleek and stylish! Choosing the perfect hardware for your cabinets is like choosing the perfect accessories for an outfit. It can add a lot to the overall look of a room!
There are three finishes that I am considering in my laundry room 1) stainless 2) black and 3) brass. Though I love brass, I am really not sure if I am brave enough to pull it off! I am happy that brass is making a comeback (maybe I won’t have to change out all of my brass doorknobs and hinges after all) I’m just not sure if it is for me. Nonetheless, it can be very beautiful, especially with gray cabinets!
Source Elements of Style
Source Elizabeth Lawson Design
The two finishes that I am leaning more towards are stainless and black. I love the clean minimal look of stainless. You may remember this beauty from last week’s inspiration…
Source Fiddlehead Design Group
The stainless is just gorgeous on those gray cabinets! I am also loving black hardware because it has a classic feel, sort of like wrought iron, and it would add some great contrast!
Source Jenna Sue Design Co.
Source HGTV Fixer Upper
So here are the bar pull styles I have narrowed down my choices to!
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What is your favorite finish for cabinet hardware? Are you loving bar pulls as much as I am? Leave a comment and let me know!
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Your inspiration photos are all so lovely. Not sure how you’ll ever pick just one. Love the bar pulls. Thanks for sharing the shopping links. Looking forward to your final. It will be fabulous! Susie from The Chelsea Project
Thank you Susie! You are so welcome!!
Go for the Brass! A rule of thumb in the kitchen design industry is you can have up to three different metals in a kitchen, so maybe you can brave mixing a bit? On another note….. what are the odds that the first two comments would both be from Susie’s? lol
I know that was crazy! Yes I definitely love the look of mixing metals, just not sure that brass is my thing! We will see!! 🙂
I vote brass!
wow! so many great options and finishes- i LOVE amazon!
Amazon is the best!!!
I love a modern bar pull! Though I’m crazy over the brass pulls, it’s hard to pass up the contrast of a black pull with great contrast.
Yes! The black pulls are what I am leaning towards the most! I just love black and the contrast it will add!
Kate Smith says
The molding and trim color looks great!
Thank you Kate!! 🙂
Black or brass are my picks! It’s going to be beautiful!
Thanks Chaney! It seems like everyone is loving the brass but I think I’m definitely digging the black! We will see! 🙂
I vote black!
I am also attempting to pick out hardware for my new laundry cabinets. It is really a lot harder than it sounds. I do like the round bars, but I felt like they’re a little too ubiquitous these days (that said, when I redo the kitchen I will probably go with the round bars anyway).
I ended up going with these (http://www.houzz.com/photos/24758696/Amerock-BP26135-G10-Sleek-Satin-Nickel-Cabinet-Pull-transitional-cabinet-and-drawer-handle-pulls) from Houzz, at least for the doors. The drawers are another story…
I love those Elyce!! Great choice! And I agree about the rounded ones! I have some pulls on my bathroom cabinets that have the inset mounts like the round ones (but old and ugly) and I hate them because I always get stuff caught on them like my hairdryer cord etc. I suppose for upper cabinets though that might not be such an issue.
I’m a huge fan of brass pulls. I have the higher quality, Lewis Dolin brushed brass in our kitchen and absolutely love them but the price point is higher too. I have the round ones from Amazon in our bathroom and love them too (for a much cheaper option, they are great). It’s going to be a hard decision!
Loving the brass too! I say go for the black if your looking at a more traditional farmhouse look. Either way, they’re all lovely and I always feel that things can be replaced or spray painted if you change your mind down the road! 🙂
Thank you Kim! I decided to go with the black hardware! And I am loving it, it definitely has that more traditional farmhouse feel I was going for! But like you said, an easy thing to change down the road for cheap! 🙂
Jessica | Petal + Ply says
Stunning inspiration Lauren. Can’t wait to see it all come together.