Monday, June 23, 2008

The Big Reveal!

I am so proud of myself! I have to admit, my arm is just a bit sore from patting myself on the back. Ladies, it isn't just that I re-did a room. It's WHAT I did during that redecorating process that I'm so proud of. I mean, I was a regular Amy Wynn Pastor or Leslie Segrete! I taped, I floated, I sanded, I textured, I painted, I sewed, I framed, I stained. I was a mad woman!

Here is my beautiful new utility room. Won't you join me for a tour? (If you haven't seen the before pictures, you might want to peek at them first so you'll be properly impressed! Go here.)

First, we see my sewing area. I covered that closet without a door with a new curtain. I know I said I wanted to do this project without buying new stuff, but I got the muslin on sale and had a coupon for the brown dotty fabric. I love that fabric. And obviously those shelves are just not a priority to me. :)
And here is my new bill paying nook. This nook was formerly being used to store clothes. I think this is a much better use of space! My husband made the desktop and shelf out of some wood he already had and we varnished them. The desktop is just propped up on a filing cabinet and some wood attached to the wall.

Here's a better shot of the desk area. That bulletin board is covered in my new favorite fabric. My sister made me the bulletin board years ago...I just recovered it and put the ribbon back on. I still need to put an outlet cover on and do some organizing on the desk and shelf--but I already love it.

Now just turn around and you'll see the laundry side of the utility room. In here I stained the cabinets and sewed a valance. Mostly, it just needed to be cleaned up so I could, you know, USE it. I love folding clothes on this counter top (the dryer is just behind you when you stand at that counter) so I really have to work hard to not clutter it up again. Thank you to whichever previous homeowner it was who added these hand-made cabinets at some point over the last 40 years.

And here is the other side of the laundry side of the room. I just love the results.

Now, about that pile of junk on the floor that interestingly enough didn't make it into the photos. Hmmm. I think Amy Wynn and Leslie would have people who take care of that kind of stuff.


  1. All I can say is wow!! I feel like I could do so much more if I apply myself this way, once I start back getting regular sleep, that is. Thanks for the inspiration, friend. I mean that.

  2. That's awesome! You should be proud - I'm proud for you! Now today is rest day:)

  3. WAY TO GO!!!

    I love the dotty fabric as well.

    **pats Brenda on the back**

    Thought your arm could use a break.

  4. Beautiful! I am so wanting you to come do some work at my house. Please? :)

    Way to go, Brenda!

  5. I am definitely impressed! However, I can't seem to stop talking baby talk to the fabric...who loves the pretty, pretty fabric? I do, yes I do!

    Yeah, I'm a dork.

  6. Oh my word Lauren--that comment cracked me UP!!! I'm still laughing!

    That fabric just makes me happy--but I never thought about talking baby talk to it. Now what do you think is going to come to mind every time I walk out in that room????


  7. LOL, my official title of the day~ Warper of Minds :)

  8. Great job brenda! Thanks for letting us see the results.


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)