Sunday, October 3, 2010

the reveal

I did a pretty good job on my list this time, although that stack of magazines is still begging to be read.

In preparation for the big "redo", I took some before shots of our laundry room. Sadly, I can't find the real befores, so these were taken as back up, and once the room was almost empty.


There used to be a rod for hanging clothes in that space on the left. And underneath the rod was plenty of clutter.


The room is pretty small and although our back door is there, we never use it.

I started with a tarp and white paint to freshen the cabinets. I also removed the old cabinet pulls and replaced them with some spiffy new ones.




And after 2 trips to L0wes, a consult with a delightful associate named Bernard and some borrowed power tools.....


Is it just me, or does that Nude Beach sign really stick out? I gave it to Jon a few years ago for our anniversary and it's been in a closet ever since. It's a reminder of an adventure from our honeymoon in Greece- one that's burned into our memories & that we cannot possibly forget. As the sign suggests, we went to a nude beach (when in Rome.....). It was really a beautiful beach and there were very few people there (maybe that should have been a sign). That was fine with us and so we chose a place that was a respectable distance away from other people. Long story short, there is someone in Germany who has a lovely picture of he and his girlfriend wearing all of their clothes & standing on a beach in Greece.
That photo was taken by my sweet (and very naked) hubs.

I digress...(although I'm still laughing!)

Here's the other side of the room-


The color is Laura Ashley's Apple 4 and it's a departure from the rest of the colors in our home. That said, I'm happy with the way it turned out. It's clean and fresh and I think the room will be really functional. I purged a ton of stuff which felt fantastic and was able to get organized in a place that I seem to spend way too much time in.

Today was no different....

I did my 1st load of laundry in the new space just minutes after this dirty little face appeared at the top of the basement steps.


He removed the clothes that he'd worn since Friday and settled into the family room with a nice cold glass of milk and a dose of M0trin. Seems the poor kid took a fall and has a sprained ankle. Eeek. It's 3 times as big as it usually is.

And just like that, it's back to reality!
Never a dull moment-

Updated- I'm linking this post to a "color challenge" at Funky Junk Interiors. Fab things happening over there with color!!


Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Hi, I love your Colour Challenge link! That apple green is such a pretty and fresh colour. I'm sure it is fun to be in that room now. Love the reorganizing too.

The Browns said...

Oh my gosh - I'm SOO impressed! Check you OUT!

Denise said...

I love your makeover Carolyn...great job!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

WOW! Not only was that brave, it was wonderful! LOVE the colour of those walls! What a fun room to... work in. :)


Anonymous said...

A great redo and a wonderful story!
Hope your little one feels better soon.

Jennifer Barnum said...

LOVE the color of the walls. I am so impressed you did that all by yourself...Handy Mandy!

dana said...

ooh i've loved that color for a long time and it's the perfect shade for doing laundry! i'm decluttering my bathroom right now, well not actually right now b/c i'm posting this comment. okay, back to work!