Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover by Lewis Lane
Very excited to be getting to finally share my laundry room makeover. It has been done for a while now just lots of things have kept me from getting to write this post till now. Really love the way the laundry room makeover turned out, so wanted to share. Pinterest is where we got our inspiration for the laundry room makeover as well as inspiration for other makeovers we have done at the house.

Before

Let me start by showing you the before pictures

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room Before by Lewis Lane

After

Now here is how it turned out

Laundry Room Makeover by Lewis LaneThis laundry room makeover took us quite a while to complete. We started by giving the walls some color taking them from a tan color to red (Ralph Lauren-Maleya Red at Home Depot). We picked this color cause in the pin we liked the room was red, and if you follow me on Instagram you will notice this is same color as my dining room. Since we were in the painting mood we also freshened up the doors by giving them a fresh coat of white paint.

My favorite part was getting rid of the dingy looking white linoleum, and replacing it with tile.

You can see in the before pic we had just a shelf, and we replaced it with cabinets instead. The cabinets along with board you see across the top of washer and dryer we had custom made by a local company.This was the part that took a few months cause we had to wait to get the cabinets in, and then stained them.

For the back splash we used leftover stone we had bought at Home Depot when we had our fireplace stoned a few years ago. The coloring we thought went well with the red, and dark cabinets.

Accents

The baskets you see just happened to have had lying around the house, and the iron you see sitting by the baskets we got from a antique shop.Laundry Room Baskets & Iron by Lewis LaneThe pictures on the wall we found at Hobby Lobby.

Laundry Room Pictures by Lewis LaneGot the pull out organizer from Home Depot cause I am short, and no way was it going to work pulling detergent out of the cabinets all the time.

Laundry Room Cart by Lewis Lane

This took a while, but the outcome was so worth it. Have to say I am extremely happy with how the laundry room turned out. Now loving how it turned out has not made me want to do laundry, but makes it easier lol.

Other Room Makeovers

Here are some other makeovers we have done to our house in case you are looking for ideas.

We are actually in the middle of a huge project at the house of making over the patio. Will be sharing as soon as it is done, but you can follow me on Instagram if you would like to see the progress I will be using #lewislanehometour.

What part of your house would you like to give a makeover?

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5 Tips for Starting a Blog: Tuesday Tutorials

5 Tips for Starting a Blog by Lewis Lane
Tuesday Tutorials with Lewis Lane

Want to start by saying I am no expert when it comes to blogging, and am still fairly new at it.  However,  I have learned a few things along the way that I would like to share.

5 Tips for Starting a Blog

  1. Decide on type of blog you want – To start your blog first thing you need to do is decide on what kind of blog you want to have. Is it going to be about fitness, travel, parenting, or just a general lifestyle blog?
  2. Come up with a name for your blog – I made the mistake of getting a domain before I came up with my blog name. Then after I came up with name I wanted the domain to match, so I had to go back and pay for another domain. This is why I would recommend the first thing you do is to come up with a name for your blog.
  3. Find a place to host your blog – You can go with a free service like Blogger or WordPress.com. These maybe ok depending on what you want to do. I started with Blogger but it didn’t allow me to do everything I wanted to do.  Since I was working on this for school I really needed to be able to do access the HTML & CSS.  The free hosting options would not allow that access, so I ended up going to a self hosted WordPress with GoDaddy.  When mine came up for renewal GoDaddy’s rate went way up, so I have since changed to SiteGround.  Just do yourself a favor and really research your options to determine what is best for what you are wanting to accomplish on your blog.
  4. Pick a color scheme – The color scheme helps set the tone of your blog. You want to keep a consistent color scheme throughout your blog to give it an organized feel.  Here is a great website I came across that has some great ideas for color combinations.
    Perfect Color Combinations from Codrops
  5. Come up with a blog design & layout – This along with your color scheme is what will draw people to your blog, and make them want to come back to read more.  It can be very frustrating, and distracting to your readers if the blog is hard to navigate.

These are just tips that I wish someone would have shared with me before I started blogging.

What other things do you think a first time blogger should know before they start a blog?

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Shorten Your URL Using Bitly: Tuesday Tutorials

Shorten Your URL Using Bitly by Lewis LaneTuesday Tutorials with Lewis Lane
This Tuesday Tutorial wanted to show you a tool I think is very useful. Have you tried to tweet out your post & the URL is way to long causing you to use up all your characters for your tweet? Well there is a tool that can help you, and it is called Bitly.

What is Bitly

Bitly is a URL Shortner tool.    The tool is free, and easy to use.  They do also offer a paid service that dives more into the analytics of your URL.  This comes in very handy for using social media to promote your blog post.

Shorten Your URL Using Bitly

Here are the simple steps on how to shorten your url using Bitly.

  1. Go to bitly.com
    Bitly Homepage
  2. Enter in your URL to the box and click Shorten
    Enter URL into Bitly by Lewis Lane
  3. Then it gives you a shorter URL
    Coyp URL from Bitly by Lewis Lane
  4. Then just click the copy button to copy your new shorter URL and paste it in your tweet
    Enter URL from Bitly into Twitter by Lewis Lane

That is it. Pretty simple right?

Of course Bitly is not the only URL shortner out.  If you do a Google search for URL Shorteners I am sure you will probably find several options.  Just recently found Google also has one.

Why should you use a URL shortner?

Shortening your URL will give you more characters to use in your tweet rather than using all your characters on the URL.    The shorter URL is not just useful for Twitter, but comes in handy for all social media.

Have you tried using a URL shortener before?  What URL shortner do you use?

If you have a suggestion for a future Tuesday Tutorial please let me know by filling out the Tutorial Request Form.

 

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Best Comment Plugins for WordPress: Tuesday Tutorials

Best Comment Plugins for WordPress by Lewis Lane

Tuesday Tutorials with Lewis Lane

Best Comment Plugins for WordPress

Recently got asked “How do you get an email to go out to comments gets a response?”. Thought this might be something helpful to others, and wanted to share. The answer is actually really simple I use a couple of plugins for WordPress. When in comes to plugins in WordPress you have several options. This weeks tutorial thought I would recommend the best comment plugins for WordPress that I have found.

CommentLuv

The first plugin I wanted to recommend to help improve your comments is CommentLuv.

The purpose of Comment Luv is to “Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts”.

This plugin is fantastic. Personally I love it cause when I reply to comments the readers last post is right there making it easy for me to go visit. It really helps increase your comments

All you have to do is install the plugin and activate it. Very easy to use. Now there is a pro version and a free version. I have been using the free version and works perfect for me so far.

  1. Go to Plugins on your Dashboard and click Add New
  2. Search for CommentLuv
  3. Click Install
  4. Click Activate

Best Comment Plugins for WordPress by Lewis Lane

Comment Reply by Admins Notifier

The next plugin I want to recommend is called Comment Reply by Admins Notifier. This plugin sends an email to the commenter when the author replies to their comment.

Image from Yakup Hoca

This is a very simple plugin to use.

  1. Go to Plugins on your Dashboard and click Add New
  2. Search for Comment Reply by Admins Notifier
  3. Click Install
  4. Click Activate

That is it. Now whenever you reply back to someones comment it will automatically send them a email. This is great cause it gets them to come back to your site to check out the reply.

Something you have been wanting to add to your blog just don’t know how to? Fill out this form, and I will try to cover in a future Tuesday Tutorial.

What are some other great ways to increase comments or other great plugins you like?

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How to Create a Facebook Fan Page for Your Blog: Tuesday Tutorials

How to Create a Facebook Fan Page for your blog by Lewis Lane

Tuesday Tutorials with Lewis Lane

For the Tuesday Tutorial this week thought I would show you How to Create a Facebook Fan Page for your Blog.  Follow these steps and you will have a page in no time.

How to Create a Facebook Fan Page for your blog Step by Step

  1. Log into your personal Facebook account, and click on the arrow on the far right to see the drop down.
  2. On the drop down click Create a Page
  3. Then on the main menu page click Brand or Product
    Create a Facebook Page by Lewis Lane
  4. In the drop down menu select Website, fill in the Name of your blog on the Name field, and then click Get Started
  5. Fill in your Page info, or you can skip and fill your info in later
    Create a Facebook Page by Lewis Lane
  6. Once you get to the page setup click on the Edit Page drop down, and select Update Page Info
    Creating a Facebook Page by Lewis Lane
  7. The third row down says click Edit by the Category section
    Create a Facebook Page by Lewis Lane
  8. Click the drop down where it says Brand and Products and change that to Websites and Blogs and the second drop down where it shows Website click the drop down and change to Personal Blog and click  Save Changes
    Creating a Facebook Page by Lewis Lane

That is it.  Now you have a Facebook Fan Page for your Blog.  It is important you create the page in the right category, so when people search they can find your page.

Did you find this step by step tutorial helpful?  Check out some other tutorials here.

You can fill out this form if you have a tutorial you would like to see on a future Tuesday Tutorial.

What social media do you think is most important for your blog? 

 

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