So sorry about the tease yesterday. One of my good friends who will remain nameless (I won’t even think to mention that it’s Deb) teased us all unmercifully last week with one of her reveals, so I had teasing on the brain.
That thought was coupled with technical issues with my camera which wouldn’t upload to my computer (grrrr) My solution was to upload the photos to my work computer and email them to myself to get them onto my home computer. I’m sure there must be another way, but I sure as heck didn’t know what that was!
Anyway, while I was grumbling at the fact that I had to open each one and save it to my computer I saw that there was an option to blog it while it was open.
I gave it a try.
And since I have never used Picasa or Blogger to post to my blog it was weird and I didn’t think it would work.
The picture was just a red x on the draft.
That’s why it was such a short post.
OK, so those who are still speaking to me probably want to see what that photo was of, right?
Before: These were used outside as a privacy screen for the past few years.
Enter a problem area in the laundry room. Years ago I had hung a piece of pegboard on the back of this very old homemade shelf unit in the basement and called it good.
What was I thinking?
Behind it is the area underneath the basement stairs, which includes the sump pit. (shudder) This sump pit is not like any I have ever seen before, it is square and HUGE! And deep! I’m deathly afraid of it. Seriously we almost did not buy this house because of my aversion to it.
I made a cover for the pit a couple years ago just because I couldn’t stand that it was so, well, open.
See my pretty new washer and dryer in the background? LOVE!
Anyway, back to the very rustic shelf unit.
I contemplated taking it out and starting over, for about one second.
The lumber is very old, rough sawn, and well, appealing to me in a sick twisted way. That and the fact someone put that together many years ago, probably from scrap pieces of lumber they had laying around, never dreaming some sicko like me would decide it was beautiful.
So I applied a coat of polyurethane to the wood to bring out the texture and deepen the naturally aged color.
That’s what I showed you in the teaser photo yesterday.
Then I applied a light coat of white spray-paint to the green shutters, sanded it back, and hung them along the back of the shelving where the pegboard once was.
Of course, the lighting is terrible down there, and trying to get photos without a flash is extremely difficult.
But I took these few close ups to show you what the shutters look like now.
This next photo shows a ladder section that I applied a coat of polyurethane to while I was at it. This piece will be used in another area of the laundry room.
And let me just say I am nowhere near done!
I can’t show you the whole shelf area yet because it’s still a work in progress. But at least this is a bit less of a tease, right?
So that’s that, now here is my plan, subject to change at a moment’s notice. I’ll try to give a
brief rundown on what I want to do in this room.
- Left end exterior wall, build a storage closet using doors for interior wall.
- Right side, interior adjacent to stairs, refurbish and close off rustic shelf unit. Add shelves as needed. (this is what I started this weekend. Poly is done, shutters added, needs a bit more work to be complete)
- Floor, paint area rug onto floor in front of washer/dryer, and a runner from bottom of stairway to laundry area. This little throw rug is my inspiration pattern.
- Coal door, cover up insulation with old window.
- Green factory bin, make divided liner from drop cloth for sorting laundry.
- Ladder, hang from upper floor joists to hang clothes on hangers after removing from dryer.
- Antique shopping cart: Line with drop cloth fabric to use as clothes bin.
- Crates: add liners to make into laundry baskets.
- Behind washer dryer; hang some kind of bulletin board to tack up misc. Possibly crib springs?
- Paint chimney wall at bottom of stairs
- Make signs.
- Improve lighting (maybe a chandelier?)
- Decorate and Accessorize!
So that’s what the plan is and it’s safe to say it will take me a while to complete. (which is why I’m breaking it down into sections to keep it from being overwhelming)
I sure hope you’ll stick with me through it, despite the teasing.