Monday, February 09, 2009

Giving Blogging Another Try and OPAM

A couple of people have suggested I give this blogging thing another try.  I figure after reading so many blogs and what a great way it is to journal all of the things you do during a year, well I thought why not.  Sorry if I bore anyone.  I am not a writer but I do love pictures and project around the house.  

I love to see everyone's OPAM (one project a month) before and after photos.  They are so inspiring so I thought I would give it a try this year.  One project a month.  Anyone want to join me?

This first project is actually an old project I did several years ago but it is something to post while I work on this month's project.  

I am on a decorating kick.  I get this way every year.  You put all of the holiday decorations away and the house looks so bare.  It just needs some sprucing up and I need a good project to keep the winter dull drums at bay.  Here are some pics of my laundry room.  It is not a new project but one I did the first winter we were in this house as I couldn't take the beige paint on every wall anymore.  I need color.  It cost me less than $150 to do the whole thing and I love it.  It makes me smile which is good since I spend a fair amount of time in there every day.  

Here is the lowdown - 
  • The pics on the wall I took one summer while visiting my inlaws.   
  •  The curtain, laundry sorter, laundry basket liner and placemat (to keep the washer from getting scratched) are all made from some decorator fabric I picked up at JoAnn's for $3 a yard.  Can't beat that plus I love the colors. 
  • The laundry basket and frames were a TJMaxx find.  
  • A little paint on the frames as well as a curtain rod from our old house and they were good to go.  
  • Dad put up the hooks on a piece of molding which  are great for hanging laundry or backpack when the kids get home.  
  • I added some tile around the laundry sink which really finished the room off. 



















So there you  have it.  My laundry room done on a budget.  

6 comments:

Lisa said...

LOVE THE BLUE!!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRY ROOM.
GLAD YOU CAME BACK.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

Love the laundry room. How did you do those curtains?

Juli said...

I hope this works. I have never left a comment on my own blog.

Sarah - Thanks for your comment. The curtains are so easy. They are basically two pieces of fabric sewn together end to end. One is longer than the other (by the amount of border you want plus seams). After you sew them end to end (it will make a big loop of fabric) take them to the iron, turn them right side out and decide how much of the back fabric you want showing on the front as a border. You can do top or top and bottom depending on where you iron it. Give it a good crease then turn wrong side out. Stitch up the sides leaving an opening big enough to turn. Turn and whip stitch the opening closed. Now comes the creative part. I used a curtain rod and those cheap brass colored cafe clips which I painted black. Fold over the top of the curtain panel to whatever length you want. Clip evenly across the curtain rod with the clips then adjust the top to look as you wish. I just pushed mine down in the middle. Done. So simple. If you have some fabric but not enough to do the back in your accent fabric piece the back together with an old sheet as lining. You just need enough of your accent fabric to flip over the top and on the bottom if you want a band there as well. I hope this makes sense. If not drop me another comment.

Where are you located in Missouri? I grew up in Lee's Summit (just outside of Kansas City).

Lisa said...

DO YOU HAVE THE COLOR FOR THE LAUNDRY ROOM? I LOVE IT.
GLAD YOU WERE FINE WITH ME POSTING IT. I WANTED OUR BLOG FRIENDS TO ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I DO.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

Juli said...

Sorry Lisa but I don't have the paint anymore. We have been in this house almost 6 years and like I mentioned that was the first room I painted. Hubs and I did a big storage room clean out last fall and got rid of all the dried up old paint. That must have been one of the cans to go. I am willing to bet I bought it at Home Depot if that is any help.

melissa said...

Wow~you did a great job! You come visit me anytime~it's nice to meet you and keep it up on the projects!
Melissa