Thursday, March 30, 2017

Some call it Putting pearls on a pig!...

So I'm jumping way ahead in the progress of our laundry room makeover. Things have been a bit slow husband has had the flu, then a cold, then I got a version of his illness, then I did something to my back, then I did something to my hip and literally stayed in my PJ's for about 3 days and another few days I had to walk with a cane (thank goodness I collect vintage canes) all the while never leaving my house for about a week. But, once he felt well enough to get started again and got a little progress done in the laundry room, I got the bug to clean up the room enough to make it usable. 

I had to add some pretty to all the ugly that is still going on. I had purchased a new ironing board cover last year...Yes, last year! the color scheme that I new I wanted in my new to me laundry room. HomeGoods has some really nice ironing board covers and for a great price. I buy decorative items for rooms I am redecorating and try and make myself hold off until the room is finished before I start putting them out and using them. Do you do that? Well, in this case I needed to get out a few things to motivate us to get going on this room. In all seriousness, we started tearing this room apart July 21,'s time people to get moving! ironing board got spruced up!

So, I stripped her down (I also forgot to get a before picture)....

Gave her a good wipe down. She desperately needed it! I don't remember exactly how we got her, but we've been married 33 yrs and I've only had her. Maybe she was a wedding gift, maybe she was a hand me down....I really don't know, but we've been thru alot and she's treated me well! I use her everyday...Yes, I still iron! Every morning for my love. It's a ritual by now and I have to say I actually Enjoy it! Yep, I do! It's me and this gal at 6:00 a.m. with the soft glow of the light and the dark outside the window and coffee on the counter by me. Do you still iron?

So I removed the old cover (that was only about 6 yrs old maybe) and the really old spongy (that was now paper thin) padding, how long ago did they stop making the spongy padding?....anyway, now they are a sort of cottony type all sewn into the actual cover. I knew when I was putting on the new cover I was in love....all over again! It just freshened up the whole room! I set my iron and pressed out the wrinkles from being in the package....

and TaDa! Just like new!

Well, almost! She needed new shoes. I mean look at them...they're all cracked and dirty. If your going to get a new dress, you kinda need some new shoes too, right? 
So I slipped them off and sent the measurements to my love and asked him to pretty please stop by and pick up some new shoes for my ironing board. So I needed to measure the opening, because they have different sizes. Side note: My love has a few measuring tapes, but this one was handy.

Much better!

I guess she can be considered Vintage now after all these years. I don't mind the dents and rusty spots one bit...afterall isn'ts that what we all kind of look for now? Well, she has them and they are well earned! I even love the vintage green color...early 80's vintage green! Kind of goes with my Farmhouse themed laundry room....Farmhouse in a little City that is!

She was all ready and waiting for her early morning get together this morning!
I'd enjoy hearing if you still iron and actually enjoy doing it. I know alot of people don't iron anymore...I even iron our pillow cases. There's a certain kind of calmness that happens when I iron!
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of ironing? 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ironstone & a Garden Hose Holder?...

So, I have collected quite a bit of ironstone. I have quite a few platters. Fancy scalloped edges, and plain ol' edges. Big platters, small delicate platters. I just don't have a lot of space to display them properly so I can enjoy them on a daily basis. I've thought of hanging them, but that hasn't happened yet. I was in Marshall's the other day and was just kind of looking around, not really looking for anything special and I came across something that I wouldn't normally have thought to use to display my platters...

A Garden Hose Holder...
I don't know why it came to mind to use it for that and I wasn't sure it would look right. 

But, when I got it Home and set it on the buffet in our dining room
 I liked it. And my husband liked it too, which is always good. 

It holds quite a few platters and if you know anything about ironstone platters, they are heavy.
 I was pleased that so many fit in this garden hose holder turned 
Ironstone Platter Holder...

~and it cleared up space in my china cabinet~

~I Love how it looks~

I have them sitting next to my ~Pottery Barn beverage dispenser~ that holds 
one of my ironstone pitchers.

They're sitting on the buffet we picked up a few years ago. 
It is the first piece of furniture we painted and distressed. 
We still love it and it looks great in this space.
 You can see what our buffet looked like before here.

The ironstone looks perfect placed in front of the antique oak mirror turned chalkboard.

Have you every picked up something (like this garden hose holder) and used it for something completely different? I'm not usually a think outside the box kinda girl.
 But, I think this time it worked for me!
Thank you for stopping by!
I'd love to hear what you think about my ironstone platter holder?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Before the Pretty, there's Ugly...

If you've stopped by to see what we're doing in our laundry room these pictures will tell a story of their own. Alot of work is going on and I'm not the best at this stage of the redo!
The pictures below are on the dark side, because we here in West Michigan have gone 22 days, until yesterday, without Sunshine! So forgive the dark and gloomy pictures, although they are probably appropriate for the state of this room right now.  As you may know, we decided to remove the drop ceiling in our laundry room and discovered upper cabinets that were hidden to this original built in!

Along with that a whole bunch of Ugly was uncovered!
My husband and I differed on how to approach most of this. All I'll say is he won and the room was drywalled, by my husband....not my favorite job. But the walls, original plaster, were in terrible shape. As is the ceiling!

Lots of holes, large holes....random holes!
Not to mention all the peeling paint and plaster. 

But, he loves to drywall... 
He may argue that point!

There was a hanging light between the 2 windows over the counter that used to be there. But we thought a light over each window would be better for what we have in mind. I'm excited to get to that point in the decorating!

I am also excited to get to the walls behind where the washer and dryer go and under the windows.
When we get to that point I will feel like progress is being made!

We also had different ideas of what should happen in this area. His idea won and will look great when he is finished...again, can't wait for that! This is where we believe the old cooking area was when this room was the kitchen, or so we think it was. There is an old huge odd shaped vent up there that is very cool, but useless for a laundry room. So it will get covered up again. 

Thank you for stopping by. These redo posts are not the prettiest of posts, but I'm also using my blog as a journal of sorts and keeping it real is part of this journey. I wanted to incorporate this old locker, but it doesn't look like there will be room for it....sad I know. Any ideas what I should do with that?

As always I am grateful for your visit and if you have time to let me know what you're up to I would love to hear. Hope your day is delightful!

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