Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Laundry Room Update

I have hated my laundry room for years! It is tiny! Measures about 7 1/2 feet long by 5 1/2 feet wide. Sounds like a decent size until you add in a mud sink & oversized washer & dryer! There is no room in here.
Here are the before pictures, probably the 2nd messiest room in my house (my craft room being the 1st!). This is how it normally looks (just keeping it real!) The rug is always in a "pile", my littlest dog thinks the rugs in my house should look like this & honestly it's not worth the fight, he has much more free time on his hands than I do!  As for the full laundry basket, it pretty much always looks like that.  I don't mind putting the laundry into the washer & drying it 15 times (not really that much but it never dries the first 2 times) but I hate to fold & hang.  Most of the clothes aren't mine anyway so maybe that is why I hate to do it!

Looking in from kitchen, other door in photo is garage door.  Blue was a sample I was trying but it was way too dark for this tiny room with no windows.

Don't be jealous of all my junk stuff.  I'm not normally an unorganized person but this room just leads to piles of stuff!

Here are some of the inspiration pictures:

I wanted this wall

And this long table on the right side

We put the planks on the wall & I decided I wanted a weathered grey color.  I mixed up some vinegar & a steel wool pad.  When I brushed it on, it was clear.  I tried to figure out what I had done wrong but found something else to do.  When I came back, this is what the wall looked like. What!  What did I do wrong?  

I decided then I would paint the wall white, that I know how to do!  After the first coat of Zinsser primer, I was so tired of holding my arm above my head thought it looked perfectly rustic, white with some wood showing through.  The other 3 walls were painted SW Tidewater.  It looked so different on the walls than it did in the can.  We removed the door to allow for extra storage & stacked the washer & dryer.  We built a table for the back wall like the inspiration photo.  The shelves were the hardest part!  I couldn't decide what I wanted to do but I really wanted to finish the room so I just did the easiest thing.  I am happy now that I went with these.  I am still looking for a new light fixture (the fluorescent box just doesn't cut it!)  and I want some type of natural fiber rug (I have now bleached this gray one on both sides, ugh!)  And I want something to hang over the sink for wet bathing suits, etc.  For now I will call it done!

Added these hooks so I don't have to move backpacks & jackets off the kitchen chairs everyday! 

Used some old crates I had so I didn't have to buy a ton of baskets!

I picked up this picture at Goodwill.  I only bought it for the frame, it looks like old barn wood.  But it seemed to go perfectly in this spot. 

Basket on the top has been around since I was a little girl.  It is hiding my vases.  The basket on top of the table is holding all of the "dog towels".  

This rolling laundry basket is from Pottery Barn.  I got it at the outlet, I don't want to tell you what I paid for it, it will make you jealous!

Here is what the room looks like today.  We actually finished it back in December but wouldn't you know it, the washer died on me last week!  

The washer spins so fast that I have to peel some clothes off of the top of the tub!  Awesome!!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cottage End Tables

I scored these two awesome tables at the auction.  I really liked the style of the tables & was so glad I won them.  I could picture these on either side of a bed in a great chippy white finish.  It is hard to tell from the before picture but the finish was in really rough shape.   I had just ordered CeCe Caldwell's new paint & was dying to try it out.  So these tables got one good coat of Simply White & dried faster than I have ever seen any paint dry!  I did a heavier distressing on these than I normally do but it was the vision I saw in my head!  I gave them a good coat of wax and buffed then with 3M finishing pads.  Once you use these, I don't think you will go back to anything else!  I couldn't believe how smooth they made the finish with have the arm work!  Now my arms won't be so sore buff! :)  I fell in love with this paint!  I am now the North Georgia retailer for the paint.  Please let me know if you want to try it too!  I think you will love it!

I really wanted to keep these once they were done, they would look great in my guest bedroom I am redoing!  But I can't keep everything & I bought these to sell, so off they went to my booth at City Antiques.  They measure 16"W x 16"D x 29"H.  

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Console Turned Media Cabinet


This 1970s TV console was another Craig's List find.  There were no pictures with the ad but it sounded interesting & originally I was looking for something to use as my display for CeCe Caldwell's paints.  When she sent the pictures I knew I had to have this one!  It wouldn't work for my display but I thought it would make a cool media cabinet!  Here is the before after we brought it home in the back of the truck during a rain storm!  At least is washed most of the dust off!

Here is the after:

It didn't need much, I just removed the back & the trim from the top, cut some shelves to fit, added supports & popped on a new back.  The basket was a great find at HomeGoods.  I was too lazy  busy to sand or strip it down so I used CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate as a base.  It was a fantastic color but I know that black or white would sell much faster in my area.  Here is the Vermont Slate while drying.

This was about 15 minutes after I put this coat on, it dries really fast!  One of the many things I love about this paint is watching it dry!   Crazy, I know but I am amazed watching it!   I painted it SW Tricorn Black & did a rub through distressing.  Sealed with 2 coats of Varathane.  
Now available for sale at City Antiques.  Measures 47 1/2"W x 29 1/2"H x 22"D.

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