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.

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

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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.

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Pre-shelving....

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

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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-

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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.

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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-

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

7 comments:

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. :)

Donna

dmuseit 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!