Friday, January 28, 2011

*Becoming Mrs.Clean Part 2*

Becoming Mrs. Clean Part 2

In early January, I posted a blog about my laundry "dump".  Constantly avoiding the laundry, I finally came to a conclusion.  If I don't like a room ( or a person for that matter), then avoidance is how I cope.  How about you?  We all handle unpleasant situations differently, but the commonality lies in the simple fact that it just doesn't get done.

Although different in both style and function than Kevin Sharkey's laundry-laboratory(see Jan 2011 Martha Stewart Living page 60 for details), my micro-laundry expresses the basic components of a quality laundry room.  A quality laundry room is one that that creates a happy feeling while maintaining a sense of openness and excitement.  Oh, let's be honest.  Yes, these feeling would be nice, but as long as it gets the dirty clothes into the washer and clean clothes out of the dryer, then Amen!  I do love Kevin's laundry room and I can appreciate his scientific approach to small space laundering.  Definitely a man of good taste, it is evident that his laundry room has become a masterpiece;  a work of art sought after by many- I'm sure of it. 

With more of a budget than most, I needed to walk the line between functional and esthetically pleasing.  It's still not exactly the way I want it.  For instance, I'm jonsing for some Ikea lights to put under the shelf. You see the side door over there (pictured below)?  Well, it's begging for some cute curtains.  Since I'm thinking "big picture", who cares! Traveled alone, or with a how-to-guide in your pocket, decorating is a journey, not a destination.  I'm not "there" yet, but I'm on my way.

Come on, let's go! We have work to do.  First stop Ikea, second stop antique store.

Photo Gallery & Commentary
Gabriel is having a snack in the Ikea cafeteria.  He was very patient with me as I searched to find what I needed.
Sarah enjoyed her Ikea snack too.
Thanks, Ben for putting up with the endless isle searching.  This picture was taken in the elevator at Ikea.
We're done.  Doesn't he look happy?

On our way out of Ikea.  A slight hold up here.  I love situations that make you stretch your patience *grinning*

Off to the antique store.  Antique Trove is a great store in Roseville, Ca. Inside are thousands of antiques from different dealers. 
Had to sneak this in.  Her hair looks exactly like mine after being washed and brushed (if I don't  straightened it).
Score! I found my baking soda holder.

At the antique store, I purchased the baking soda bird bath, iron and ladle for laundry detergent.

I left out the Home Depot romp.  There, I purchased one shelf and a bucket of Martha Stewart paint.  The color I chose was Aegean Blue.  Very satisfied with the quality.

Installation of the Shelf

 Creating level line along wall for shelf to rest.
Measuring the distance from the top of corbel to center mark where corbel rests on screw.
This is what the corbel looks like.  You can't really see it once the shelf is on. 
Installing screw 1 1/2" from bottom of level line on wall, as shown in above photo.   Shelf to rest above corbels.
Sawing shelf to size
Installing trim around shelf with brad gun.
Now this is power!  Have you ever heard a brad nailer go off?  Wow, it sounded like a small handgun. 
I am proud of my picture frames.   I opted for $5 Ikea frames, instead of more expensive pictures.  Inside, I placed images that were pleasing.  I used Martha Stewart glitter to glam-up the frames. By far, this is the highest quality glitter you can buy.  This stuff is like craft-gold to me.  Love it.  We use it on all kinds of projects from pumpkins to sprinkling a chosen color on the kids hands.  I sprayed craft glue on the sides of the frames and then applied the glitter. I let each side dry for about 20 minutes before moving.

It's Finished! 

Here is a quick reminder of how it looked before.
Me in my newly decorated room.
This is my favorite picture.  Inside, I placed three laundry pins to add depth and texture.  Look closely.
This picture is great too.  It's fun to see how other people do laundry.  Long lines of laundry stretch from one building to the next.
The apron...I love aprons!

Very old iron.  I bought the iron, along with the laundry detergent ladle and baking soda bird bath at the antique store. 

Antique bird bath that holds the baking soda.  I use baking soda to deodorize the clothes and to help with the stains. 

Neat and very simple.  I have a garbage can, brooms, a few pictures and a shelf to hold the necessities.  This is all I need! 

A different angle.  If you look carefully on the ground I also bought two rugs for the ground at Ikea in chocolate brown.  They keep my feet warm while doing the wash.
The garbage can I've had.  It is an antique container of some sort.

Ikea makes this hanging dryer for delicates.  The multiple hooks are handy. 
The French laundry is complete. Happy washing!


I only use natural products to wash my clothing in.  Below, I have posted the recipe for homemade laundry soap.  It takes about 15minutes to complete and it makes about 100 loads worth of soap for a penny per load.

1 quart boiling water

2 cups grated bar soap

2 cups Borax

2 cups Washing Soda

-Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water a little at a time. Mix until soap is melted.

-Pour soap/water into a large bucket.  I use a Home Depot bucket.  Add Borax and Washing Soda.  Stir well until dissolved.

-Add two gallons of water and stir

-Cover pail and let sit overnight.  Use 1/4 cup per load.

***Hello to my readers from Malta.  It is nice to meet you.  I wonder what it must be like living there?  Do you travel often to Italy?***


Jenny Cave said...

There's no doubt about it, any chore is made more pleasant by making the 'room' more pleasant. This room has gone from sow's ear to silk purse!!! I love it,, come do mine! mwahahaha. After you get your lights and your curtains, we're going to find you in the laundry room 'just for the joy of it'!!!

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