Monday, August 26, 2013

Laundry Room Mostly Done

I won't say the laundry room is finished but the major work is done. Here's the rundown on the last big projects.

The beat-up, plain-jane, hollow core door replaced with an old door with peeling paint and windows:


Frosted windows  to read "Laundry Room" and "Staff Only":



I used etching cream and got so-so results. Too streaky for my liking. Bruce got the Frosted Glass spray paint and went over the windows giving me a nice even finish.... have I mentioned before how awesome my husband is? He's the best!

Replaced the modern door knob with something with more character. I found these on EBay and much to my delight, won the bid.


The white porcelain knobs and plates are just what the door needed to finish its makeover. Now the entry to my laundry room looks like this:


Painted the little dresser and made a window covering. The dresser was pale yellow and smelled. I painted the whole thing inside and out to seal away the odor. Mission accomplished! I wanted a crackle finish on the outside but it was a colossal fail. It looked awful. Too much crackle. I scraped as much of the paint off that I could and put it aside to dry.

Pondered the window....it sits right next to the shelves so I knew fabric wouldn't work well since there was lots of fabric next to it. Wood shutter? Roman shade? Or how about wood and tin? Yes, that's it!...I told Bruce my idea. He said I should be able to do it. I laid it out and ask him to cut my wood. Next thing I know he's building it for me. (I told you, he's awesome!) Now I have this:
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A few things hung on the wall - glass etched sign and old wash board:


and the change jar and new clothes pin bag:

Back to the dresser - it got painted in Behr's "Red Pepper" and it crackled just enough. Rustic wood back added so I can hang stuff on it like my old funnel to hold string:
Yellow inside!


Old funnel to hold string


For fun lighting - Lantern with twinkle lights:

I am recovering my mom's ironing board my grandfather made her and pulling out some baby clothes to hang on the wall.  I also plan on making a large laundry sign, adding a shelf above the washer, and a screen to place around the water heater. But on the whole, it is done. My laundry room makes me smile now. It is organized and clean but most of all fun!

To read about the whole process, go herehere, and here. To see the final projects,  read about it here.

Party links here:
A Joyful Cottage: Every Room In House Party
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A Stroll Thru Life 179th-inspire-me-tuesday
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Coastal Charm Nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no177-and-my-four
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The Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation-thursday-no-219
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34 comments:

  1. Yey! It lookni' great Cecilia!!!!

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  2. Cecilia- Your laundry room looks just FUN! I love all it's "old" appeal. It is nice to have a laundry room you enjoy spending time in. I just wrote on someone's blog today that I need to get at my laundry room as my next "project". xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana! I might actually enjoy doing laundry now...at least I won't mind if the door gets left opened! :)
      :o)
      Cecilia

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  3. I love it. It looks great. That door is wonderful. I just got an old chippy painted
    window from our church...they got all new windows. I was thrilled...
    YOur laundry room turned out so good. Love the feel of it.
    blessings,
    Debbie

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    1. Hello Debbie, thanks for visiting! What are you going to use your old window for? I am pleased my door turned out. Sometimes those projects fail and then it's on to plan B ( or C...) have a wonderful week!
      :o)
      Cecilia

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  4. Those shutters are fantastic! I don't know how you come up with these ideas. Everything is coming together in a beautifully rustic way!

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    1. Oh Karen, I see things and file it away for future use then tweak it for my use. Plus I'm an artist -I tend to have an active imagination....lol Glad you like it.

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  5. Love the old door and the barnwood. How fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. As always Marty, love your party! Thanks for stopping by.
      :)
      Cecilia

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  6. Love, love love it Cecilia! Love the old look, love the layout, love everything!

    Perfection!!

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    1. Thank you, Doreen! I'm so happy with how it turned out!

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  7. That shutter is fabulous!! I love your red and yellow dresser, too. Your laundry room is wonderful.

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    1. Hi Laurel! Thanks for the sweet comments. I need to tell my hubby you like the shutter. He was growling about it and how awful it looked. I told him it was perfect but he will be glad to hear others like it too!

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  8. Oh Cecilia - that door is WONDERFUL - it goes with the window I just found in the garbage LOL -
    Love how you put laundry room on it - really really beautiful!!!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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    1. Why yes, it does go perfectly...too bad they can only have a long distance relationship! Lol. I LOVE my door. To me, it is probably the best part ( although I do adore my tin wall!)

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  9. That is an amazing laundry room! I love it!

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    1. Thank you Laurel! I love the door too - such an improvement over Mr. Hollow Core door. :)

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  11. I love what you've done, especially the door knobs! Neat!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I was very excited to get them. There are two more sets that came with them. I am sure I will find a good use for them too!

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  12. I love everything that you have so beautifully done in the laundry room!...the door knobs are terrific and the love the various signs!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Shirley. I wish my pictures were better - I seriously need a photography/staging class. Lol.

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  13. Hi Cecilia, What a great job you did on your laundry room. I love the old chippy door and the handle is perfect! All the details are fantastic! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower!

    Hugs,
    Jody

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    1. Thank you, Jody! I appreciate your sweet comments. Thanks for the invite! I'd be happy to share.

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  14. Really love your "shutter" for your little window! GREAT idea! Hmmmm.....I can feel an inspiration coming on!!!

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    1. Thanks Petra! I do think it's the perfect touch! Glad you are inspired :)

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  15. I love the "old" look it has...especially the tin and wood window shutter/shade

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    1. Thanks, Dani! My hubby did a great job, didn't he? :-)

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  16. I love all the weathered pieces! Great job! Visiting from A Joyful Cottage.

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    1. Hi Anne! So glad to have you over. Glad you like it. It was a fun project.

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  17. Cecilia, your laundry room is so fun. I love it. Thanks for sharing at Every Room In The House. We start a new party tomorrow, and I'll be featuring your laundry room. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! It was fun coming up with all the rustic touches!

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