Condo Utility Closet & Hallway

Let’s See…Where Did I Leave Off?

It’s felt so nice actually getting things finished around the condo lately.  I finally finished my kitchen a few weeks back, and then last week, I finished up my breakfast room.  Now I’m turning my attention to my mostly-finished hallway and utility closet.

I was making great progress on my hallway and utility closet at the beginning of this year.  I came so close to finishing it…then I completely dropped the ball.  I believe the last thing I showed you on it was my painted striped curtains that cover the washer and dryer closet.

I still have a short “to do” list for the hallway.  As you can see from the photo above, I still need to finish up some tiling and grouting.  I also have some trim work to do.  My DIY light needs a little work.  See how the “cage” came loose and is hanging too low?  I need to fix that.

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The biggest project will be installing a pre-hung door.  I’ve never done that before, so I’ve been watching some YouTube videos that demonstrate the process.  It doesn’t look too difficult, but I’m still a little nervous about it.

Opposite the washer and dryer closet is the closet-turned-utlility-room.  It started out as just a regular ‘ole closet with bi-fold doors.  I removed the doors, had the opening widened, and installed cabinets and a little diy wood countertop.  It’s a much better use of space, in my opinion.  That side is pretty much done, except for the hardware on the cabinets and finishing up the toe kick on the cabinets.

So my goal over the next few days is to finish up my hallway and utility closet.  Because the sooner I do that, the sooner I can get started on my bathroom makeover!!  And I’m so excited about tackling that tiny little room!

Do you have any projects you’re feverishly trying to finish up before the end of the year?  Or have you decided that your projects can wait until the new year?  For me, it’s like a mad dash to the finish line!  🙂



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    Teresa
    December 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I am stuck on what to do with my narrow hallway and small bathroom. On a tight budget but want them to look amazing 🙂 Good luck with yours and Merry Christmas X

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    Lori
    December 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Kristi, I love that wallpaper!! So fun!! I can’t wait to see it all done!! You have such a great use of space!! Love it all!! ~ Lori

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    Charity
    December 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

    My mother & I hung a pre-hung double door on a closet and I have another door waiting to be hung for my bedroom. They are easy to hang as long as you are working with someone you get along but a second person is essential. I have a long to do list that I pick & choose from when I get some motivation. Right now I am covering an ugly white acoustic tile ceiling by glueing crumpled pieces of brown paper to make it look leather ish. Tedious but I’m almost halfway and it looks great making the room warm & cozy. It would be much easier to get things done if I didn’t have 1yo twin girls to work around.

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    Ayisha J
    December 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I love your breakfast room. The colors really talk to me and I think it’s the most excellent use of the space. Also, with your help, I started my own WordPress blog and hosted through HostGator. Wondering if it got you any closer to your dream home.

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    Lisa T
    December 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Yes, we are trying to finish my basement kitchen which requires hanging my diy painted uppers and finishing painting the doors to some of the uppers. Also, wiring my pantry and getting things put in there like the freezers, extra fridge, table, hanging shelves, and making some storage shelves. Oh my, this may go into the new year!:)

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    Runt
    December 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I definitely have a to-do list and you can read all about it on my blog! I don’t have anything that needs to get done pronto, but the sooner the better!

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    Mae
    December 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    In April we started our dining room addition. Had hoped to have it finished by Thanksgiving,wasn’t quite there. Those little, time consuming finishing parts that take so long. Hoping Christmas dinner will be in a completed room.

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    Kelly Palmer
    December 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I love the updated picture of you on your blog, very pretty! I hope you and your husband have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!!

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Kelly! The other picture was quite old. I’ve been meaning to update it for well over a year now, and just never made the time. It was a much needed update! 🙂

      Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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    Roberta
    January 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Second on the argyle wall – love it!!! Well it’s the New Year and I’m sitting here staring at 4 white walls in my living room – the only current decor my 7 year old’s paintings. In serious need of some color or texture this year – will be coming back for inspiration!

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