New Laundry Room Storage

The storage over my washer and dryer looked like this

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for months.  You can see that in addition to not being sturdy, that shelf wasn’t pretty either.

I’ve been searching for cabinets for a year now and haven’t found any second hand that I liked and I’m too cheap to pay full price for new so I lived with that shelf.

My dad has been in the hospital in Denver for the past few weeks undergoing his last cancer treatments (hence the sporadic blogging-sorry!) so I have been making a lot more trips to that side of the state.  One day while I was hanging out with him he told me to go find some cabinets.  I searched for thrift stores around the hospital and set out.  I couldn’t find any of them.  Some were closed down and some were only donation sites so I found myself driving further and further from the hospital in search of a thrift store.  I didn’t find one.  But, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I found IKEA.  🙂

And at IKEA, in the “as is” section, I found this:

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I was willing to throw some elbows to get that thing but luckily that wasn’t necessary.  I looked it over and it was in excellent condition (and already assembled!) so I bought it.

I really wanted two cabinets over the washer and dryer but there wasn’t another one like this so I went looking for another solution.

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I cracked open the box and found that this cube was white so I bought it too.  So, for $30 I found my solution!

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You have no idea how hard it was to hang these alone.  I was sweating like I had run a marathon-between holding the cabinet up, keeping it level and getting the screws into the studs, I was ready to give up!  I had to walk away several times and call my dad for advice but I finally got it!

The cabinet didn’t have a shelf with it so I had to buy some pegs and cut down a board I had.

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I did that!

It took me longer to style that cube than it took to hang it.

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No, not right.  I hate that you can see the screws on the back and it just seemed off.

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So I dove into my scrap booking paper stash and found this navy blue stripe.  I just stuck it up there with some clear tape and it seems to be holding!

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I got the aloe plant from Trader Joe’s and I think it’ll be okay up there.  I’ve had other succulents that seemed to be happy in my laundry room so I have my fingers crossed that this will be too.

The frame has this printable.  I wanted a little something on that shelf but didn’t love any of those cutesy quotes that are all over Pinterest.  I really love it-and I’m hoping I’ll use it and save some of my clothes!

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And here’s a view of the whole laundry corner now!  The cube needs to be moved up slightly (but I need another set of hands to do that!) and I need to replace that light bulb and I need to actually shorten those lights and finally get rid of the zip ties!

But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the hard work I’ve already done!

-A

Buyer’s Remorse

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I bought new rugs for my kitchen?

Remember how I was so excited about the great deal I got?

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It’s not feeling like such a great deal right now.

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I think I’ve vacuumed it 4 times since I bought it.  And look what’s happening.  My vacuum is set for the lowest pile and yet it’s sucking up the treads of this rug and ruining it!  Those two tufts are just a couple of many and it’s getting to the point where after only a few more cleanings, this sucker will be ruined.

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On the bright side, I called Tuesday Morning this morning and the nice lady is looking up my transaction.  Because of course I didn’t keep my receipt OR the tags from the rug.  Luckily the lady said that because the sale was recent and because I know the exact total of my purchase (thank goodness for online banking!) she should be able to look it up and give me credit.

So, now I wait to hear back from her to find out if I’m going to be able to return this so I can buy this (which is the one I was going to buy in the first place!)

On another keeping-my-fingers-crossed note, the Jeep is in the shop as we speak.  I got gas on Friday and tightened the cap down and, viola!, the check engine light went off!

So now I’m waiting for a call back from the mechanic so I can stop holding my breath and finally know what’s going on!  (and finally get started on some projects!)

-A

Rugs for the Kitchen

Once I finished my floors I went out on the hunt for a rug.  There were really obvious wear patterns across the floor before we refinished it and I wanted to prevent that from happening again.

I wasn’t sure what kind of rug I wanted to I started searching.  I plugged several options into a little collage I made and found that I liked the look of a natural, textured rug:

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The rug in that picture is from IKEA (this one.)  While I liked the price, the nearest IKEA is hours and several miles of treacherous roads away and the cost of shipping would put it over $100.  I figured this would be a last resort-I wasn’t impressed by the textures (or smells) of the rugs I looked at the last time I was there so I knew there was a chance I would spend a lot of money (I know, for a 5’x7′ rug $100 is nothing to most people, but I’m cheap) and end up not loving it.

So I took a trip to Tuesday Morning hoping I’d find something natural with lots of texture for $100 or less.

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Natural jute with green threads and edges for $99?  Done.  Even Henry approves.  I also bought that smaller rug at Tuesday Morning for $9.99.  I still really want something in front of my sink but I’m not loving this one.  I think I need to find a jute runner but again, I don’t want to spend a ton.

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Of course, I swept and mopped my floor before I put my shiny new rug down and then this dog ran outside, found the mangiest old bone he could and ran back in with muddy feet to present it to me.  It’s a good thing I love him so much!

-A

Can’t Blog, Too Busy Pinning

Now that my kitchen floor is done I’m going to sit back and relax.  Maybe do some knitting, watch some cooking shows, take a brea-yeah right!

My dad suggested an island for my kitchen and now I’m obsessed with the idea.  So, naturally, I’m going crazy Googling and Pinning ideas like:

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Colorful!  Open shelves!  Pretty legs!  (found here)

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Ooooh that towel rack!  Butcher block! (found here)

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Slatted shelves!  With baskets! (found here)

Of course I’ll also need these

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and this

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to tie the room together!

-A

One Less Wreath

I can trace my wreath addiction to November 2013 when I made this paper wreath.  She was pretty and filled the narrow awkward space by my door but, a year later, I’m over it.

I was at Target yesterday and saw this mirror in the clearance section.  Eh at $34.99 but YES! at $10.48!  I snatched that sucker up!

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I haven’t hated this little grouping but I also wasn’t in love with it.  So I took it down.

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I’m still deciding about that A up there.

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I haven’t found a new place for the key and I’m not sure yet if I’ll just trash that wreath or put it up in a closet until I find another place for it.

What do you think?  Are you proud of me for having one less wreath in this house??

-A

Target Fail

*edited to add that I posted a picture of this to Target’s Facebook page today and got a response back from a woman named Gladys.  Apparently they’re letting their production people know so they can solve this problem!*

Can you spot the typo on this cute little dish I got at Target last week?  At first I thought that I was wrong about who I thought said this so I Googled Anette Funicallo and got 0 results.  You know that person doesn’t exist if Google has never heard of them!

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Poor Annette Funicello!

I really only bought this because the quote was by her.  And because I thought it was funny that under a quote about not being perfect, they misspelled her name.

-A

Drop Cloth Curtains, Part I

As I told you yesterday, my impressionable decorating mind is now on the bandwagon with drop cloth curtains.

I got the first few steps done yesterday and I thought I’d share.

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I bought two packages of these for $10.98 each.  I washed each one once and hung them out to dry.  The fabric was stiff and had a weird odor straight out of the package but one wash softened it up enough for me and completely got rid of the odor.

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I debated about bleaching them but I figured that could go horribly wrong and cause this “curtains on the cheap” project to add up quickly.  I figured I would see how I liked them once they were hung up and then make decisions about how I wanted to alter them.  I love that they’re fuller than the chevron curtains:

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(they were pretty puny.)

I also love that the drop cloths add some more texture in here.  Originally I thought I’d stencil a pattern onto the drop cloths (these stripes are pretty and seem easy, right?) but I want to be sure I find the right yellow to compliment the duvet cover.  For now I’m going to hem them because they look like this:

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Which will give me about 3 feet of fabric to work with.  I’m thinking about making some pillow cases (maybe do the stencil here so if I mess it up I can just toss it?) to tie the bed to the curtains a little better.

I also still have this

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I bought this when my dad and I hit up a ReStore the day after I took my fall.  My dad thought I was crazy then and probably still thinks I’m crazy because I’ve done nothing with it.  Yes, that’s still the price tag on it.  I want to give those metal pieces on the bottoms of the legs a coat of gold spray paint and maybe sand and re-stain the legs to match the new cabinet and the side tables.  I thought about doing a pretty box pleated slip cover but I think that’s too girly.  This ottoman needs simple so I’ll probably just stable the fabric on and pull it tight.

So that’s where I stand with my new curtains.  I’ll be happy if I can just get them cut to the right length today before work cause I think throwing in some stitches (hahahahaha, iron on hem tape is more like it!) might be pushing it with the other projects I have going on!

-A