OK, back to it.
With a clean backdrop in place, it’s fun to add in the pretty details.
I’ve found that the boring backdrop stuff (the right color paint on the walls, refinished floors, good lighting, spackle over the holes I punched in the wall) are the most important elements to creating a beautiful space.
But the details are the funnest.
1. Storage! In the Before picture from the last post, you’ll see all the usual laundry suspects lined up on my wire shelf: bleach, starch, fabric softener. Boring. And ugly. So I corralled them in pull-out drawers from an old file cabinet. (See above.) The steel drawers are deep, sturdy, and come with handles. And a pretty 1960’s patina, all for of $3.
2. Detergent Dispenser. Do you remember when Martha Stewart rocked our world by putting dish soap in a glass olive oil decanter? It was like throwing off the cloak of the Dark Ages and entering the Domestic Renaissance! Not exactly, but it really was such a fresh idea.
Instead of using the big plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, I decanted my detergent into a stainless steel Bunn iced tea dispenser that I got at a garage sale for $2. When I bought that thing this summer, I think I fancied that I would throw fabulous backyard parties for hundreds and set this next to a Moscow Mule punch bowl.
Of course this will never happen, why don’t I know that already? But now, I have come back to reality and I use this cool dispenser to dispense . . . liquid laundry detergent! Every day. Several times a day. And it’s fabulous.
3. Signage. I really do like the trend of letters and text. But I like my text to be either genuine, meaningful or funny. That’s my criteria. Many laundry “signs” these days say things like Sort. Wash. Dry. Repeat. and things like that. That’s just fine, that’s just not for me. So I added two signs that do work for me.
The first sign I put up was a reproduction street sign that I painted. It gives a vintage black-and-white element to the space that works well with my new, grayscale color scheme. “WATER ST.” My inspiration came from the back-up sump pump six feet below this sign.
The second sign that I put up is a handwritten Bible verse clipped to a clipboard. While I have sort.wash.dry.repeat. memorized already, I definitely could use a little more Scripture memory in my life. So what better place to read and memorize than in my home away from home: the laundry room. “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.
4. Lace. The wire shelf that came with the laundry does the deed. I can’t complain about a sturdy shelf that holds gallons of laundry sundries AND doesn’t collect dust, right? But I wouldn’t mind masking it, either.
So I took a length of vintage crocheted lace, and stretched it over the fascia of the shelf. With five white twist ties. The look is soft and the installment was easy!
PS. OK, let’s be real. No one lives like the After pictures. Here is a picture of my real mountain of unmatched socks that cascades o’er my dryer. Matching socks is my daughter’s job and she’s been “busy.”
For, like, two months.
This is Real Life, y’all.