I cannot believe I am showing you these before photos, but actually, it gets worse.
I’m just not ready to go there just yet.
(Let me just apologize in advance for the horrible quality of these pictures today. There just wasn’t enough light when I took them, and the Picasa program can only fix so much.)
This is the end wall in my laundry area. See how it had become nothing but a place to pile stuff up against?
It had a window in the wall, and this lovely old pump from a long defunct well.
Then there was the pile in the corner……lampshade anyone?
Well, happy to say most of the stuff in the piles is now gone, sent out to the curb and happily carted away by fellow curb shoppers!
In my master plan for the laundry area, I wanted to have storage that was out of sight.
This area is definitely not out of sight!
So what to do?
I had Mike pick me up 10 2x4x8’s and went to town with my framing nailer. (no in-progress photos, sorry!)
And then gathered some doors that were already stored in the basement to finish the wall.
An old screen storm door made a perfect entry door for my new 3 ft deep storage room.
The screen enables natural light coming through the window to reach the laundry area.
The fact there is a light fixture in there is a bonus when trying to find something.
Wish I could say that it’s done, but alas, I still need to build storage shelves in there. (ran out of 2x4’s).
Actually, after I built this wall last weekend, I hated how it looked. The doors were very grungy, and all different colors.
I really tried to like it in all it’s shabbiness, but alas, my head just couldn't get around it. I started thinking it was a big mistake.
Don’t get me wrong, I love shabby and chippy and all that, but this was just too much.
I didn’t bother to take any photos of that stage. I hated it so much it was this close to being torn back down!
So after a week of contemplating the situation, enough was enough! I pulled out some white primer intending to just give a light coat to make the doors match, and maybe sand it back. The pics above are taken after adding primer.
Still not loving the shabbiness, I got out some flat white paint and covered everything with 2 coats.
Ahh, much better.
Next came some black paint with a coffee scoop of grout added to it.
You see, I had remembered reading Gail’s post about making your own chalkboard paint. The recipe calls for 1 cup of paint and 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.
Uh-oh, my grout is sanded!
But since I’m trying to use what I have on hand, I decided to take a chance and go with it.
This door on the left of the screen door was originally the swinging door between our kitchen and dining room. It had been removed before we bought the house.
Since then we took down the dividing wall between those 2 rooms, so that door had no chance of being put back up.
The paint was real gritty because of the sand in the grout, so I sanded it back after every coat to smooth it out.
I got to hang my antique drying rack on the other side. I just love this thing, I used to use it all the time for hanging sweaters and other line dry items.
Sadly, I had nowhere to hang it in this house, until now!
It folds down tight to the wall when not in use.
They really had everything all figured out in those days, didn’t they?
Now I’m liking this wall a lot better!
So that’s it, my wall of doors in the laundry room. I’m hoping to get the shelving inside built this weekend.
Now for those who like shabby and chippy, don’t give up on me just yet.
I still have the shabby/chippy shutter wall on the other side of the room. (It’s almost ready for a reveal)
This is the back side of the shutter wall. There’s about 3 feet between it and the basement stairs.
I used to have a bunch of doors stored there.
Well guess what? I used them all, so now I have some extra room to work with.
Now that side looks like this!
Using everything I have to make my space organized!
Thanks for putting up with my horrible photos today.
When I do the whole room reveal I promise to set up all kinds of extra lights to make the pictures better.
Maybe then I won’t be working around piles of tools and other junk….
Linking this up to Donna’s Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors