Spring into the Laundry Room

Spring has sprung and since I haven’t begun my outdoor gardening, I figure I’ll bring spring into my laundry area.  My plants are such an important part of my home environment and having them share the space to do laundry in would make it a more colorful place for me.  It’s my sorta-kinda outdoor “inside” place.  The curtains were kept simple with floral fabrics as well as the sitting chairs , which were reupholstered found items, using similar floral pattern which add to the cheeriness of the space.  Now when I do laundry I can also say hello to my plants!

The Spring Bunny

The Spring Bunny

Garden corner

Garden corner

This corner area has spring all over it! From the vintage hats stand to the floral pillow.

Coin Catcher

Coin Catcher

This catches all the loose coins found in the wash

Vintage enamel light

Vintage enamel light

The floral light fixture was an aution steal for $8.00

LaundryLady

LaundryLady

She stands by the wash 🙂

Gotta have a water feature in the garden

Butterfly

Butterfly

And no garden is complete without a beautiful butterfly nearby, and  can’t forget the creepy spider

Room with a garden view

Room with a garden view

Handling the “L” Word

There’s alot more to creating a beautiful, functional laundry space other than wishing for it.  Let’s use a bit of psychology by believing if we make the space more inviting perhaps the chore won’t seem as “chore-ish” (if that’s a word).  It all has to start with motivation, then next comes inspiration and finally determination.   Usually motivation is the hardest part -given it’s the first step, so now’s the time to make the effort.   I’d like to share the second step- inspiration- with you.  I became inspired by skimming through magazines and books and countless hours internet photo searching.  I’ve narrowed down my likes and would like to share them with you.  I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me.   Lastly is determination – and that will be up to you to be determined to keep it that way.  I know I am…

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Duplicating a Window

The window in my family room was broken (a big mishap) and has been a another disaster to deal with.  I’ve searched all around trying to find the thrifty way to have it repaired.  So off to the glass shops I went.  Well needless to say they were quoting hundreds to repair the window especially because of it being a double window.  Hmmm.. there’s gotta be a better way because the thifty side of me just couldn’t see spending that much on an “inside the house” window.  My trusty carpenter went to work.  First, I had to finish breaking the glass out.. and he was able to install the picture window.  Afterwards my creative juices kicked in.  We had several pieces of 1/4 round molding left over so.. why not do makeshift panels for the window… James the carpenter had his doubts.. but after we got started – it all came together.

The broken window

The broken window

The window pane is in

The window pane is in

We put in the first level of molding on and it’s coming along

2nd tier

2nd tier

My handy glue gun

My handy glue gun

James the wonderful carpenter

James the wonderful carpenter

All Voila - its finished

Voila – its finished

Looks like a duplicate to me

Looks like a duplicate to me

Completion

Now the window is complete.. I’m so happy and for $24.00 its all done.

A New Use

If you’re like me and have a fettish for ornate pieces, but hate to throw away broken items…well here are two of my found items that were too nice to throw away.  One is an old stained light fixture and the other is a lamp base.  They were just too nice to toss away in the trash.. there had to be a better use for them.  So, just by adding a charger plate on top and a pillar candle simply decorated with feathers (because I love feathers) gave a new look for them as my candle bases.  My trash to treasure and a great new use!

Old stained glass light fixture

Old stained glass light fixture

Old lamp base

Old lamp base

Closet turned Office

The pile up

The pile up

It’s been a long time coming and finally I’ve decided to tackle this project.  When we moved into the house, the closet’s were the least of my worries to work on.  I knew eventually I would have to deal with it.  Since I said this year would be my “Clear the Clutter – and Get Organized” year, I felt this is perfect.  I needed a space to call my office and since it would be a million times cheaper than adding a room so the clutter closet became my spot.  Now it’s embarassing to show the before, but I’m sure many of us have an eye sore. So here it goes..”gulp”..   🙂   because I’m so pleased with the end.

Closet before

Closet before

Clutter all gone!

Clutter all gone!

I can see the floor now..  and don’t like what I see.  Luckily,  I saved some flooring left over from another project…

Pinkylicious was the perfect  palette for the cozy space.  Now comes the fun part of creating the right atmosphere.

I made the shelves from scrap wood and painted them black.

A print I picked up at the flea market – and used a frame I already had

Good use of free fruit baskets

Good use of free fruit baskets

Keyboard Tray installed

Keyboard Tray installed

Josephine Baker art framed in vintage frame painted white

Josephine Baker art framed in vintage frame painted white

A vintage toast holder holds the daily mail

A vintage toast holder holds the daily mail

I am definitely pleased with my finished project!! Now off to the next one  … See you soon, and thanks for dropping in to see my latest project