Week 4 of the One Room Challenge: Mixing Silver & Gold and Making Art in the Laundry Room
Holy Mackerel! I’m coming in just under the wire on this 4th week of the Calling It Home One Room Challenge!
Go figure…how is it that could I leave town for 5 of 7 days last week and still have something to show in terms of progress in my laundry room, and I was home for this entire week and am getting this done at the very last minute?
Does that ever happen to you? I do believe that when we realize that we have no time, we tend to make what little we have that much more productive, and when we think we have lots of time, we tend to take it for granted. But in all honesty, I did have a few distractions this week:
- My final project portfolio for my photography class is due this week…It’s almost done…just need to mat before tomorrow morning.
- Flora, my practically perfect in every way 4-legged baby, ended up in the hospital as a result of eating rat bait when she accompanied me into a local dog-friendly hardware store Tuesday morning.
- As a result of Flora’s vet stay, I was carrying my phone around waiting for the vet to call. Sadly, I left my phone sitting in the garden and then proceeded to turn the sprinkler on in the garden. Yup…the phone did not love that and flat out didn’t work for the rest of the day…Happily, after I had accepted the fact that I’d be shelling out mucho dinero for a new phone, I woke up Wednesday morning to a phone that MOSTLY works! (Snoopy happy dance!)
- Flora came home from the hospital Tuesday evening only to be taken back within a half-hour as it seems she is highly allergic to the antidote! (Of course!)…Because I literally stuck my fingers down her throat in the middle of the hardware store and make her vomit much, if not all, of the bait up and then rushed her immediately to our vet, she should be just fine. But suffice it to say that my laundry room was low on the priority list for the last 2 days!
On top of my ‘distractions’ this week, several of my plans didn’t quite pan out the way I had hoped. I felt like the prince in Cinderella trying to find the right fit for a runner for my laundry room…one was too dark, one was too light, one was too busy and the one that looked the best was too short! So I had to regroup and figure out a plan B…coming next week. I found 2 ‘treasures’ at our local architectural salvage store which were going to be art for my laundry room and one of them just didn’t pan out.
Despite all that stuff listed above…I am really quite pleased with how things are shaping up in my laundry room. This week’s post could be subtitled…
Where do you stand on mixing silver and gold?
For the record, I am all about mixing silver and gold. I love the combination so much that the necklace which I wear 362 out of 365 days a year is a combination of silver and gold, as is my watch. That being said, I know that not everyone feels that same. My daughter Kate, who has beautifully classic taste, wouldn’t be caught dead mixing silver and gold. So, I acknowledge that it is a ‘thing’ and that there are definite schools of thought on that whole mixing. But, my laundry room is turning out to be a homage to those who embrace the mix! And for the record, I am using ‘silver and gold’ loosely…it would be more accurate, though less enticing, to say ‘beige and gray’. But it’s my blog and so I’m calling it ‘silver and gold!”
When my room started to trend towards the silver and gold, I knew I needed something to tie the whole thing together. Back in recesses of my overworked mind, I remembered a post by Setting for Four where the talented Heather used some beautiful marbled paper in her dining room and I knew that’s what I needed to make my room work. I marched (well my fingers marched) over to my mecca (AKA Amazon.com) and I ordered a roll of Thai Mulberry Marbled Paper – Black, Gold and Silver . I wasn’t 100% sure what I would do with it when it arrived, but like most things, I did know it would speak to me once I had it in hand.
Let me digress here for a moment and take you on a little trip down memory lane…
Remember this puce green laundry room? My daughter recently remarked, I’m sure as a way to make me feel better about my paint and countertop choices 12 years ago, “We were like in Pre-school and 1st grade when you built the house and this was a good room for young kids to come home to.”
But, since my 1st grader is now a college freshman, the time has clearly come for a change. See the artwork that was behind the washing machine? One was a cute little quote, appropriate for all ages but especially fun for youngsters…” make today ridiculously amazing’. The other piece of art was created by Kate at some point in her Elementary School career and was just perfect for my ‘Romper Room’ laundry room.
But the new, grown-up room needed new grown-up art and the Thai Marbled Papers fit that bill perfectly. I used the lucite frames that were already there and luckily I happened to have a third, so I cut the Marbled paper in thirds, put them in the frames and hung them in the order that they were on the paper.
Here’s kind of what the paper looked like before I cut it. My grandmother used to call me ‘hoodly fudly’, which I can’t find a technical definition for, but which was defined by grandma as ‘not taking your time, rushing in before planning or thinking a project out.’ Guilty as charged. I cut the marbled paper before I took a picture of it so that that you could see it as one piece. So I took my frames apart, put the paper back together, snapped my photo and then reframed the paper.
You can kinda see where I cut part of it into 3 sections. This is what it looked like after I popped the three sections into the 3 lucite frames. The silver and gold in this paper really do just what I need them to. (phew!) And for those of you wondering…yes that is a ‘vintage’ washer and dryer duo! Bet you haven’t seen one of them in quite some time. Praying every day that I start a load that this will be the day they kick the bucket…a girl can hope!
I’m loving the new ‘grown-up’ artwork and feel of the laundry room. The second piece of art I created this week is shown in this next photo and as usual, there’s a story behind it (no pun intended).
I have always LOVED walking behind my kiddos while they walked ahead. I’ve always been so curious as to what they were talking about and for whatever reason, the images of my two babes walking together have always warmed my heart. So much so, that when I was able, I would snap photos of them.
When I bought this 6-pane window at our local architectural salvage store several weeks ago, I knew exactly what I would do with it before I had it home.
I ‘washed’ the window in a sink of soapy water and lightly whitewashed it so it’d be a little less yellow. Then I rounded up 6 of my ‘behind’ photos and had them printed in 5X5 inch black and white squares, with a white frame reminiscent of the old polaroids. I mounted them on the glass using photo corners. This was such an easy project, but I love having a group of my ‘behind’ photos all in one place. This is my second upcycled window project I’ve done this past month. you can see the other one here.
Making marks on the back of the glass with my wine glass markers helped me place the corners in the right places and are easily wiped off when done.
I put them on the frame in chronological order, starting with our trip to Maine in 2007 in the top left corner……and finishing up with our hiking trip in Europe this past summer, 2015 in the bottom right corner…
…and many other memories in between…
So…all things considered, I’m pretty happy with my progress this week. I’m telling you though…this One Room Challenge is keeping me accountable and making me get stuff done each week. No doubt, I wouldn’t have done these two things if I didn’t have this challenge going on.
Here’s where I am in my checklist:
Re-surface countertops Paint walls and trim
- Find a rug for the floor- After playing Prince to Cinderella’s Rug, I’m regrouping on this one.
- Figure out what to do to hide litter box-still noodling this one.
- Find some galvanized storage containers, of different sizes. Galvanized is not happening…for a variety of reasons, not the least being I couldn’t justify spending $50 apiece for laundry baskets. Plus…just repainted the shelf they will sit on and I couldn’t stomach the thought of scratching my shelf up! Another regroup here.
- Clean out and organize the cubbies-Haven’t started on this yet, it’s pretty bad!
Figure out some wall art- I had a very productive trip to our local architectural salvage store, have some fun things in store here!?