Well we finished the laundry room and it was every bit as magical as I hoped. Mostly because there are no longer random pieces of furniture strewn all over the hallway being in my way. We haven’t quite put the doors back on the closet/room but that is a minor detail that I can’t be bothered with right now. Because look how glorious!
Please keep in mind that this is obnoxiously difficult to photograph. The light sources aren’t great and it is super cramped so I couldn’t find an angle that would really capture it’s beauty. But that’s ok. As per usual, I forgot to take a real before picture because we get so excited about the project that we jump right in….and then take 5 months to finish. Here is a picture I took while we were painting after I realized that I hadn’t taken a before picture. There were those standard metal racks at the very top of the closet with lots and lots of crap on them. And you can see the paint situation. Also, we got a new washer and dryer because the old ones were made in approximately 1975 and took 5 times to wash and dry one load of clothes. Obnoxious.
We painted the room the same color as our front living room and downstairs powder room – Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. The shelving unit and drying rack are from Ikea, the striped bins are from the Container Store, and the painting is by Clare Elsaesser. And that is actually sugar in the glass container. Because I thought it would look pretty but didn’t want to pour actual detergent in it. Don’t tell anyone.
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For some reason I feel like I get 75% of our home projects done in the coldest months. I guess because it’s too freaking cold to go outside. The weekend after I painted the pantry doors, I painted the dresser that my gem of a sister-in-law offered me which was super lucky because I had been scouring craigslist for weeks to no avail. Thanks Katie!
The project had some hiccups. When I first went to buy the paint that I wanted by Benjamin Moore, I realized that the place that sells their paint was closed. I impatiently decided to go find a replacement at Home Depot and it was not at all what I wanted. So then I had to go back to Ace Hardware the next day to buy the paint that I wanted in the first place (BM Gray Timberwolf.) Then when I painted the polycrylic coat over the top of the paint, it turned yellow. Even though it really isn’t supposed to turn yellow. So I repainted another coat of gray on top and will just keep the paint around in case of chips or scratches. Finally, when Corey was helping me install the bin pulls, one of the heads of the screws broke off while the body of the screw was already inside the drawer. Highly annoying. We just moved the hardware down a little so it is slightly uneven with the other pull but I feel certain you guys can’t notice. Anyway, I love it! And all my clothes are organized in one place! Miracles do happen. I forgot to take a before pictures because I.am.the.worst. Here is kind of what it looked like before but with broken hardware.
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As I mentioned a while ago, I decided to paint our pantry doors. We had been shoving the kitchen chairs against the doors to keep the cat from eating all the food inside and knocking stuff off of the shelves which had left the paint in a bad state. I actually finished painting the door before Christmas, but it took me a while to get the latch situation figured out because Catsley broke into the pantry not 10 minutes after I installed the first latch that I purchased. Little bastard. So I found a sturdier version and finally got it installed last weekend.
Just for fun, let’s look at a before picture from when Corey and I were first touring the house.
Also for fun, here is a video of Catsley breaking into the pantry, even when I had string holding the handles together. That cat has some nerve.
Since the new latch has been installed, Catsley is feeling very sorry for himself that he has finally been defeated and I am feeling very happy for myself that I don’t have to barricade the doors everyday with a bunch of ugly crap all over the floor. I think this is a win for us all.
Paint: Special thanks to Megan for providing the paint for free – it is Benjamin Moore in Onyx.
Knobs: Octagonal Deco Cabinet Knobs
Latch: Brass Swivel Hook
Lantern: Carriage House Chandelier
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