Monday, April 5, 2010

Before and After

This here is my not so neat or tidy laundry room. I am very grateful to have one in a separate little room in the house, but these shelves were killing me. Collecting all sorts of household miscellany and getting worse and more cluttered by the week. Something had to be done. Drum roll please!!!








Here it is!! My clever hide it all solution. Curtains!!! This whole re-do was based around these two vintage valances you see in the top middle. I picked them up last fall at a flea market with my Mom. I loved them right away and as you can see in the top picture they were not enough to cover the mess or even wide enough to go all the way across the top. They just looked sad...i know.

I am more than thrilled with how they turned out...i churned them out quickly this weekend. Another one of those projects hanging over my head. I was not too careful with measuring or cutting...i just went for it. That is always when i get things done, when i stop thinking about them, and just do them.

Curtains were not the only plan. Months and months ago i bought some vintage clothespins on etsy. I planned on framing them somehow at the time, but i never managed to get it done...until now. I used a little spray adhesive and glued some fabric onto the frame backing, placed it back in the frame and then hot glued each clothespin to the glass!!! It is nice to see a plan turn out as well as you had envisioned it. Then it was hung with another vintage flea market find...my lovely glass washboard!!!

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14 comments:

Brown Family Blog said...

WOW! That all looks incredible! Makes me want to do it too!

Phyrflie said...

Absolutely adorable...can you come do mine now?? Just kidding :) It looks great :)

Colleen said...

Perfect! I love the curtains and the washboard too.

Dolly said...

That looks really good, Leslie !
I especially love that you used red........gives you lots of energy to get the laundry done !

I had a washboard (hanging on the wall, not being USED either) but it wasn't so shee-shee ! Mine was just wood......look at you girl--a glass washboard. Makes me wonder what the tub looked like !

The Tripp Family said...

love it. almost makes me want to do laundry :) we have the same wire shelves in our laundry room. I hide stuff in matching baskets, but still don't love looking at it. perhaps I should copy yet another one of your ideas.

LDH said...

My oh my, Leslie, you accomplish so much! This looks great! And your children in the last post ~ simply precious in their Easter finery!

Grammie/Mom said...

I see that red gingham came in handy! This looks wonderful!

Evelyn said...

Those valances are cute - I can see why you were drawn to them! I love the red gingham, it's a great way to highlight them. Love the little decorations too. Good job!

Emily said...

Okay, first of all...your before shot doesn't look messy!! (come to my house, and you'll feel better about yours!). Secondly, the curtains are way cute. I really love them. Third, you have the cutest framing ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

MaryMary said...

Genius. And so pretty. Laundry rooms should always be a happy place indeed.

Dee said...

Your laundry room looked like mine. Now I know how to make mine look like yours!

Fabulous idea and you know I love vintage.

Kristen said...

"That is always when i get things done, when i stop thinking about them, and just do them."

Oh my! So true. We just need to go for it.

Love, Love the vintage clothes pins and washboard! They look great on the laundry room wall!

angela said...

Wow - they look awesome and what a huge difference.

I love your idea of sticking the fabric to the backing and then glueing stuff to the glass. Very inventive!

erica said...

What a great laundry room makeover! My laundry room is the scariest basement place in the world!

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