How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

My laundry room is about 50 percent complete. We painted, bought a new washer and dryer, added some temporary storage, hung some art and called it done for now. Well, “done for now” is driving me crazy. As it turns out, I don’t like unfinished projects. So, I decided to tackle something I’ve had on the list for awhile: making the space more personal.

I toyed around with a lot of different ideas for making the space feel more like me. I knew I wanted to be able to add photos at random. At first, I considered a memo board, but I’ve been there, done that. Then, I thought about adding cork with push pins. But that didn’t seem like me. I thought about hanging a ribbon and pinning photos to that, but that seems like kitten bait.

One day I woke up and knew exactly what I was going to do. It was a true moment of clarity. I decided to make a clothespin wreath that could look pretty on its own, but also hold photos of friends and family. I know, it’s probably not a very original thought, but I’m in love with the final product.

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

Clothespin Wreath Supplies from BetweenWeekdays.com

Clothespins (purchased at the Dollar Tree)
14″ Wire Wreath Form
Ribbon
Hot Glue

Happily, I had everything but the clothespins on hand, so this project cost me a grand total of $2.

Instructions:

1. Decide on a placement. I decided I wanted all but a few of my clothespins facing out in order to maximize the number of photographs that could be displayed. At the very top of my wreath, there are four clothespins that face inward so a photo or two can be located inside the wreath.

Clothespin Wreath Placement from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

2. Glue all of your clothespins into place. I found it best to place a line of glue on the highest two bars of the wreath from and then lay down the pins before the glue dried.

Gluing Clothespins at BetweenWeekdays.com

3. If you want, add some decorative elements to your wreath. I decided to make some ribbon rosettes following this tutorial. The wreath looked pretty enough on its own, but I think the addition of the ribbon rosettes are a pretty, final touch.

4. Add a ribbon to the top of your wreath for hanging purposes. I added a simple bow to the top, but a loop of ribbon would also look great.

5. Add photos and enjoy!

DIY Clothespin Wreath Tutorial at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our laundry room may still have a long way to go, but at least I’m feeling a little better about its appearance. This $2, 20-minute project goes a long way in making the laundry room a happier place to be. For now, I’ll be arranging and rearranging different photos on my new wreath!

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

A New Knob

I made a simple switch that made all the difference in our small laundry room. I replaced a boring knob with one that adds some pizazz to the space.

NewKnob

How cute is that knob? Also, how much do you love my chipped nail polish? Wait, don’t answer that. I found the cutie knob at Hobby Lobby, said “hello lover” and dropped it into my shopping cart in one hot second.

So, where am I going to use the new knob?

Our laundry room has a medicine cabinet directly opposite the washer and dryer, and the original knob was looking a little drab. We’re fairly certain the laundry room was once a powder room. I’d much rather have a laundry room off the kitchen instead of a powder room any day.

BeforeAfter

Hooray for simple updates! Soon I’ll show you the full room including paint color details and a full frontal of the new washer and dryer. Before that can happen, though, we’ve got to finish repairing the trim you see missing in the mirror’s reflection above. The projects are never ending around here….

The Blue House Floor Plan

I’ve got a slew of before pictures to show you of our new home, affectionately known as “the blue house.” But, first, I thought it might be helpful to show you the floor plan. Plus, I’m way too tired from all the cleaning and painting we’ve been doing lately to sort through all the before pictures I’ve taken. #Imapitifulexcuseforablogger #handcrampsfrompainting

I whipped up this quick little floor plan over at Floorplanner.com. Floorplanner.com just might be my new, most-favorite website. You can take the dimensions of rooms and lay them out just like they exist. Plus, I could see how it would be really fun to dream up new floor plans effortlessly with this handy little tool. It’d be a huge improvement over the notebook paper I usually use.

But I digress. I present to your our mostly-to-scale floor plan:

 Floor Plan

I didn’t include most of the doors and windows on the floor plan for security reasons, but there are a couple of interior doorways I’d like to point out. You’ll notice one leading from the kitchen to the living room and another from the kitchen to the dining room. The foyer is completely open to all of the rooms (and the forgotten hallway leading to the guest quarters, oops), so this makes for an easy traffic circle from all of the most-used spaces. I’m in love.

Another thing worth noting is our gigantic master bedroom. This room is probably twice the size of our previous master bedroom, plus it has a fantastic walk-in closet! We set up our bed in here the night we closed, and this room was the first to be painted. We’re so thankful to have our bed again. The master bathroom isn’t huge, but it’ll work just fine for now.

We also finally have a laundry room! It’s a huge improvement over our previous laundry space. We were so excited to set up our washer and dryer, but after four loads of laundry our washer gave out on us. It was not a happy time, as my mother would say. We’ve since ordered a new one, and it’s scheduled to be delivered next week. I’m pretty excited about the upgrade, even if I was practically kicking and screaming all the way to the checkout line. 😉

This house has about 400 more square feet than our previous home, but it feels like all the space is distributed differently. For instance, we had four bedrooms before, but now we have three bedrooms and a sunroom, which will become my office. We had a finished downstairs apartment before, and now we have a dining room and a laundry room. I had a huge pantry, but now I have a huge master closet. While the tradeoffs are worth it, it’s still going to take some getting used to.

We feel beyond blessed to finally be in our new home and to be closer to our family and friends. So far, we haven’t gone a day without seeing someone we love, and that’s worth celebrating.

House Tour: Laundry Space

I’m not sure if you noticed my carefully-worded title. We don’t officially have a laundry room in our current house. Instead, we do our laundry in the garage.

 

It isn’t pretty. This is actually the photo used on the MLS listing for our house. I’m pretty sure it isn’t the reason our house sold, if you know what I mean.

To the left of our washer and dryer setup is a utility sink nestled between our water heater and deep freezer.

 

I’ve never used it for laundering purposes, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. It’s seen plenty of use for other purposes.

I’ve never enjoyed having our laundry room in the garage. It’s very cold in the winter, plus it’s very hard to keep clean and organized. There have been many days where our laundry space looks like this:

Pretty awesome, huh? Needless to say, I’m looking forward to never seeing this sight again. 😉

To see the rest of the tour of our current home, click here.

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