Laundry Room Flooring and In-Progress Shots

These are kinda before photos.  I forgot to snap a few of this space before we touched it at all.  In this photo I have already painted the walls {from a peach color} and freshened the doors and trim with a white gloss.  We have also moved in our Washer and Dryer from the old house, including the table top thing that we had over the appliances.  We have also hung hooks on the walls…an ASAP/temporary project to hold our jackets, school bags, etc.

To keep costs down and still have a good looking and functional floor for a room with water and traffic, we ended up going linoleum again.  What??!?!!  Yep, we chose a checkered B&W pattern in tiles and used glue to get ‘em down.

You can see where we removed the quarter-round from the bottom of the floor molding.  I needed to sand/scrape down the dried paint pooled where it used to meet the quarter-round and then repaint that trim because the new flooring was going to be shallower.

You can see the lovely LAYERS of linoleum in this room.  What was lucky about this combo is that the sticky brown tiles are on top of the white layer that wasn’t glued down…so taking up the floor was pretty easy {easier than the ultra-sticky kitchen tiles}.

We went with these tiles/glue:

Standard Excelon Imperial Texture 12 in. x 12 in. Classic Black Vinyl Composition Commercial Tiles {about 90 cents per tile}

Armstrong Premium Floor Tile Adhesive {about $15 per gallon}

Here is where we are currently {and working on it}…

The light bulb hangs from the ceiling because {yet again} the lighting was not installed correctly.  We have to do an overhaul on that before we can add lighting…hence the poorly lit photos.

I painted the top half of the walls and ceiling a fresh new white.  It helps to open up the shorter ceiling in this space.  Brant added some great shelving to replace the yucky wire ones.  I stained them dark and I am still working on all of that.  I am going to re-paint the bottom half of the walls, work on the washer/dryer area and add coat storage and more.

This space needs some major personality added but the flooring made a huge difference.  Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this space for organization, shelving, lighting and more.

Pallet Wood Christmas Trees

 Today I want to share a fairly simple DIY Christmas decoration or gift idea.  You’ve seen many fun projects done with wooden pallets over the last couple of year, but here is one I came up with last year getting ready for a holiday sale. 

 Pallets are pretty accessible these days.  You’ll often find them free on the side of the road or on Craigslist.  Even if they aren’t free they are usually pretty inexpensive.  So other than a pallet, you will need a saw to cut through them as well as some sand paper.  Here is the basic idea of how I cut the pallets to get 2 trees.

See, not too difficult!!!  Hope you are enjoying this holiday season so far and the Christmas spirit is filling your heart with warmth!  Have a great day!!

Happy Thanksgiving

During this time of Thanksgiving we wanted to take the time to thank YOU.  There are a million people we could list individually for all of the love, support and help we are grateful for over the years but this post is about YOU…our reader.  We started this venture a few years ago as a fun thing.  We had no idea the adventures it would bring.  It has been wonderful to create and share with you.  It has been amazing to see your rooms and hear your ideas.  We appreciate your support and your encouragement.  You are our extended family and we could not be more thrilled to have you!

Thank you for going on this journey with us…through home renovations, breaking bones, moving to different states and finding new ways to create.  It is truly our pleasure to invite you into our homes and our lives to celebrate each organizational victory and mourn each bad paint color.  We hope we have inspired you or at least given you advice from our mistakes to avoid.  We hope you have enjoyed seeing transformations and continue to be curious about what is next.

Thank you for being a part of JosieJones.


A Christmas Occasional Sale

For those of you in the Twin Cities Area, I wanted to let you know that I will be selling items at the Le Garage Girls Christmas Sale that begins this Thursday (Nov.20, 2014).  This group of gals are amazingly talented and their items are very reasonably priced.   I am so excited to be invited as a guest vendor !  Stop by and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping or get some holiday decorating inspiration!  Make a day of it and grab lunch or dinner downtown Stillwater!

Le Garage Girl’s Christmas Sale

Join the Le Garage Girls for some MERRIMENT and good CHEER!

We will be featuring home-made Christmas stockings,

pillows, ornaments and other vintage finds!

We will have fresh greens and birch to deck your porch!

Christmas Sale

Thursday, November 20 / 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday, November 21 / 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 22 / 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Located at:

822 3rd St S, Stillwater, Minnesota

Visit their Facebook Page for more details…

Le Garage Girls on Facebook

Hope you can make it!!!


Kim - I wish I could be there!!! I ALWAYS find something I cannot love with out at the sale!!

Kim’s Master Bedroom Re-Painted

We used a Benjamin Moore paint color for the Master Bedroom when we moved in a year ago.  I was not impressed.  We need to be able to wipe the walls…Jones leaves his drool marks.  When we wiped the Benjamin Moore paint, you could see every wipe mark AND the stain we were trying to remove.  Bummer.

This time, we went romantic and cozy.  …and it made all the difference in the world!  Everything seemed to come together with this new color…the curtain rod, the side tables, flooring & art plus I love the whites popping against the dark.  I feel like I can’t even capture in photos how awesome this room is…I am in love and never want to leave it!  Plus, the paint we used was magical.  It covered in one pass so rich and thick that there are no places that we need to remedy after it dried plus it went on smooth and clean with minimal smell.



Paint by Behr Marquee

Interior Matte, Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer

Color: Stealth Jet (with deep base 1453)

Purchased at Home Depot for around $40

Next . . .

1. New White Duvet or Comforter that is bigger so it hangs lower on each side

2. Paint the cove

3. Update the ceiling fan with a little spray paint

A Guest Room and Game Room Beautifully Designed

 Happy November!!  Today I’m going to share with you 2 final amazing spaces from my clients, Amber and Keith’s home.  Again, I can’t take any credit for these spaces as they were done by Amber before we met.  But I just think she did an amazing job with them and wanted to share them with you all.

I’ll start with their 3rd floor guest room…

I LOVE this room!  It is so serene and charming.


I love the bed centered in front of the window.  This can be tricky to do sometimes but I think it works perfectly with the angled ceilings and the symmetry of the room.

And just down the hall from the guest room is their game room and a hangout space for their girls.  With all of the angled ceiling, this can be a really difficult space to work with but Amber has done an amazing job!

Notice the great black and white poster size prints on the wall.  This photos are of each of their grandparents from way back in their glory days!  I think that the large prints really help keep this space feel open and airy.

One of the main attractions is this retro Jukebox that they bought years ago when they were newly married.  So fun!!!

A simple Ikea love seat with some fun pillows add to the playful feel of this space!

Most of the furnishings and accessories you see are from Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Target, and Ikea.  Amber is a great deal shopper, a girl after my own heart!  Hope you enjoyed another glimpse into their beautiful home!!!

Have a wonderful day!!


Liv’s Room

When we moved in, the walls were yellow, there were no doors on the closet and the window air conditioner had been leaking and created a mess in the window, the wall and the carpet.  We replaced the carpet with hardwood floors, painted the walls grey {when we mass painted the house from 5 gallon buckets} and painted all trim and doors a crisp white.  A few months later, Liv did some research on what she wanted her room to look like and we re-painted it.  Here is where we are today …

We are getting there…it is a little bare bones right now but since every room in the house needs attention, it’s little-bits-at-a-time.

If you would like to print the D-R-E-A-M letters, click HERE for the PDF.

Here is a breakdown of the room:

Bed: Cottage Sale, painted white

Side Tables: from Brant’s childhood, painted white and new knobs

Bedding: Target

Desk: Big Lots {yep, great knock off}

Dresser: 2 dressers from my childhood put together and painted {knobs: Pier 1}

Frames: Vintage and painted with gold spray paint from Painter’s Touch

Hangers with clips: Gathering of Friends at Bachmann’s a few years ago

Gold Light hanging: World Market

Light on stand: Target

Drapes: TJMaxx

Pots: IKEA

1906 Kitchen Renovation- Amazing Transformation!!!

 I’m so excited to share with you today one of the most amazing renovations I have ever worked on!  I’ve shared much of my client/friends, Amber and Keith’s home.  But today I’m finally going to share the amazing kitchen renovation that we recently completed in their 1906 home!  They used a local remodeling company name J&J Remodelers.  I’ve have been working with this group for the past year and they do amazing work.  They are the greatest group of guys who care so much for their customers and Keith and Amber’s job was no exception!

Here is a panoramic before picture of the kitchen…

Keith and Amber had done almost all of their home renovations themselves up to this point.  But they decided that the kitchen was not something they wanted to tackle.  After interviewing 5 other remodelers, they sat down with J&J and instantly decided it was going to be a perfect fit.  I was able to work with Keith and Amber throughout the entire process- from designing the layout  to cabinet hardware selection.  They were wonderful to work with and I am thrilled with how the kitchen turned out.

Here are the afters…

Before we came on board, Keith and Amber had done some demo and were ecstatic to find this beautiful brick wall.  We decided to make it a focal point of the kitchen.  The tapered range hood allowed more brick to show.  So much thought and planning was poured into this kitchen which made the end results amazing.

The beautiful walnut butcher block island top was done by a company that I found on Craigslist!!  The company’s name is Old Grove Workshop.

They do amazing work and are very reasonably priced.  I would highly recommend them if you are looking to add butcher block tops to your home.

One of Amber’s main requests was that the refrigerator and freezer be quite hidden.  She really wanted them to appear as cabinets so our cabinet designer at Scandia Custom Cabinets worked out a design that gave her exactly what she wanted!

Sorry if you develop fridge envy after this next pic.  Never knew I could be envious of someones refrigerator until now…

Always have to make room for wine!!

Simple white subway tile and black granite counter tops fit this 1906 home perfectly as well as the beautiful Kohler farm sink.

In an effort to keep all of the counter tops clear of clutter, we designed 2 deep appliance garages on each side of the range to store all of the misc. small appliances as well as the microwave.

And since their back entry walks directly into the kitchen, we made sure to include some great “mudroom” storage cabinets to house all of their misc. items.

So as you can see, J&J Remodelers does amazing work.  If you live in the Twin Cities Metro area and are considering a remodel, I’d highly recommend them!!  I assist all of their clients with the selection process and would love to work with you as well!


J&J Remodelers

Thanks for stopping in at JosieJones today!  Have a great day!!!





admin - This is AMAZING!!! Such a beautiful job!!!!