Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gearing up for Laundry Room Transformation

After living in this new-to-us house for about 10 months now there are some things that I would like to adjust to better accommodate the way we live.

Right now the most bothersome area for me is the front entryway, which is the dumping ground for everything.  You know how that is, right!?  Drives me bananas.  There are just too many of us to not have some place really set up nice and organized for all our shoes, coats, backpacks, and general stuff.

So to alleviate the mess in the entry, we are going to make some adjustments to the garage entrance area/landing and the laundry room. (Excuse the case of Gatorade--put it there so I wouldn't forget to take it to the swim meet the day I took these pics.)

Shortly after moving in I took down the cabinets above the washer and dryer with a couple of my kids.  Until about a month ago there were just sitting in the garage.  But now Hubby has hung them up out there for his shop area.

I started painting over the green and brown (awesome combo, don't you think--blech!) but lost interest.  The plan is to stack the washer and dryer and then Hubby will build some shelving to the left of it for all the laundry baskets to get them off the floor.  Hallelujah!  This has been the plan from almost the beginning of our move in.  And yet, here we still are.

There is a little sink area and closet to the right of the washer and dryer when you walk into this area.  Excuse the mess.  I was rearranging things in the closet to get an idea of what I'd like to do.  This is another area that has sort of been a dumping ground for stuff we can't figure out what else to do with it.  I hate that.

And the closet with the bi-fold doors off (and one wouldn't even stay closed).  I moved the bench from the front entry to here so that no one could pile up their things right when they walked in. it isn't the right size, but just to get an idea.  I also removed the door to the entrance so I could get a feel for how that might be.  It was rarely closed anyway.  I'd like to remove everything and take that closet completely out--clear up to the ceiling and back closer to the sink, and probably even flush with the right side too.

One thing I am still working thru is what to do with this deep section of closet by the sink.  It goes back 33 inches deep.  It is like the black hole abyss.  Still thinking about that part.

Other than my washer and dryer about the only other things I like about this room are the hooks that I put up for the wet stuff to hang so they won't mold and smell in the baskets.  (yes, that is a gold sequin Speedo--don't ask)

And the little flower holders I made. I needed something happy to look at in this room.

This will be a work in progress while Hubby and I try and get on the same page about what should occur here.  He already said he will build a bench for the area, so that's a plus.  He just doesn't agree with some of my other ideas.....yet.

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Small bench redo

If you'll remember, WAAAY back, I found this little bench along with it's pretty desk at the thrift store. Daughter #2 was going to have the desk in her room, changed her mind once we moved, and so now the desk is in the office room and the bench became an orphan.

Hubby and I needed a little seat or something in our bedroom and so I recovered the bench, once I finally found my staple gun. Love that tool!  I also had to order another staple puller (below) because I have yet been able to find that tool since our move.  Though I have seen it once in this house, I just can't remember where I put it.  Oh well.....Taking off old upholstery is an absolute pain in the backside without this tool. FYI.

I made some piping too and stapled that on once I had the new batting and fabric attached.

I think I found this fabric piece at the thrift store.  I love the watercolor looking stripes.


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