Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

I'm really happy to show you how far our laundry room has come since we've moved in. I was really excited to have a larger laundry room than our previous house, especially because this house is a lot smaller. Our current laundry room is also a separate room and we don't have to enter walk through it to get into house from the garage. The main problem was that it didn't have any cabinets to store things in, which was a BIG problem, but easy to solve.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Coat Rack For The Laundry Room

I really liked the coat rack we had in our oldest daughter's room at the last house and it had some nice bronze hooks on it. Before we put our house on the market, we swapped it out with one that was made out of reclaimed wood from our mountain cottage and some inexpensive hooks. You can see that post HERE if you missed it. 






Thursday, January 19, 2017

Warmer Days Mean It's Time For Painting!

Hello friends!

We live in a community with an HOA, so we put in an ARC request to change the color of our front door back in October. We received the ok in November, but by then it was too cold  to paint outside. I like to paint when the temp is between 55 and 85 degrees and the humidity isn't too high, so I was resigned to the fact that this project wasn't going to get done until Spring.

Or so I thought!...

The weather was calling for a couple of 70+ degree days, so I got out the paint I purchased a few months ago and got to it. I took off the door handle and the wreath  hook and gave the door a good sanding.

The door was a rusty brown or brownish rust (haha) that I didn't like the minute I laid eyes on it. Whatever color it was, it really limited the wreaths I could put on the door. I had a green basket that looked great on the black door at our last house, but looked hideous on this door.





The color is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, but I had Home Depot color it in the Behr Marquee line.

Here's the before again:


And the after:


I'm not sure if I should paint the transom and sidelights white, leaving the frame around them the taupe color. What do you think? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Hope you have a great day!

Pam

Thursday, January 5, 2017

'Tis The Season To Get Organized


Happy New Year Friends!


Now that the new year has begun, I'm working on getting things back in order and getting Christmas put away and organized.

It would be so much faster and easier to just throw things behind closed doors, but doing that would just come back to haunt me later when I'm looking for something.

If you've been following me for awhile, y'all know I love armoires. Now that TVs are so big and don't fit in armoires anymore, you can pick one up for a song (ok, maybe a few dollars more than that) on Craigslist and yard sales. 

Remember, we had 2 of these in our Great Room at our previous house and one held a TV and the other one held books, pillows, etc. They didn't look right in our new Great Room and we needed storage in our Office/Craft Room, so that's where we have it now. We originally purchased 1 full retail for about $800 and found one on Craigslist about 8 years later (the same one) for $350. I've seen them for as little as $150.



In the top of the armoire, we keep craft supplies and the printer and paper. The bottom is the perfect spot to hold most of our gift wrapping supplies. 
In the bin on the left side, top shelf there is curling ribbon, some misc ribbon and Christmas package tape. Center bin holds krinkle paper and cellophane bags. The right bin holds gift tags. 

There's space on the bottom shelf for boxes, bags, tissue paper...

The bin holds gift bags and tissue paper. Below the bin are a few priority boxes and envelopes and on top are new, folded boxes and a few padded envelopes.


The drawer on the bottom of the armoire holds wrapping paper. I keep the Christmas wrapping paper up in the attic since it takes up a lot of space and we only need it once a year.






Since the armoire is in the office/craft room, I also have lots of other ribbon to
choose from in the bookcases on the other side of the room.  Don't hate me.


Now that the gift wrapping supplies are put away neatly and organized, I can get on to the rest of the house where there's lots of organizing left to do.

Pam

If you'd like to see another Organized Armoire, click HERE.