Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I've been tweaking...

...and my my, it was about time I got around to it. My poor laundry room - which is actually
the way everybody comes in to our home - was in sad need of a lil' TLC. Now, granted it wasn't quite as bad the first picture shows - I'd already removed the cabinet doors and there use to be a utility cabinet on the back wall - but that being said - it was not a very inviting entry.
I hope I've changed that! And nearly all of it was done with things special people have gifted to me. (except of course - that washer and dryer - which we broke down and purchased after ours kicked the bucket - but I LOOOOVE them.)
BEFORE... blah, blah, blah

Come on in - after all "Back Door Guests are Best".
A plain cabinet from Lowe's that was in my storage room - I painted it and added chalkboard paint to the doors - perfect place for all my lists!!!



My big pretty basket from my sweet mamaw, Ruby. It was handmade in the Rocky Mountains many, many years ago.


Of course, I had to add a whimsical rooster and you see my precious lil' man in the right of the picture.


My old light fixture - or at least I think it is.

An old window frame given to me by Geneva, my pretty lil' plates from my dear friend, Donna and one of my mamaw Cleo's, handmade T-towels with tatting.


I love my banner from Cherry over at Cherry's Jubilee...


And the beautiful painting of our barn and farm from sweet Becky - I'll treasure it forever.
You all remember that pretty hand thrown pitcher given to me by my hubby, Shaun - well,


...it sits atop this lil' cabinet that he gave me when we first married 13 years ago. I painted it probably 10 years ago from white to red and added a couple of barns.


That's about it - oh yeh, my curtains I got at the Peddler's Mall and jus' had to cut them down a few inches. And I almost forgot - a painting of the "Flower Garden" quilt pattern I got from my nice neighbor, Jim.
So needless to say - it's far from fancy - but it's the things I love from the people I love.
And, you are welcome anytime!
Happy Tweaking!!!
Cathy

36 comments:

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

You did a wonderful job Cathy, a great place to do laundry:)
Rondell

Deb said...

I love it...very homey and inviting now!! I enjoy visiting your blog!

Beverly said...

What a great transformation. I love all the special little treasures that found a home in the room you have to spend so much time in.
I just found you through Stacey at Poofing the Pillows and love your blog. I have been reading and enjoying all your pictures
One thing that she told me and I am interested in is your barn with the quilt painted on it. Do you have a post with the story of that? I saw the picture on the sidebar.
I have been to visit KY twice in the last 4 mo. and am in love with the barns with quilts. I only got to personally see about 10, but will visit more when I go back.
Was curious where you are, if you don't mind telling.
Anyway I will keep coming back to find out more about Cobblestone Farm and you.

Kay-The Rustic Cottage said...

What a beautiful space! I love all the color! You've inspired me!

The Finicky Frog said...

It's just beautiful!! I love the colors and how they make everything feel so warm and cozy.
God Bless,
Heather

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

It looks great! What a refreshing spot to do laundry in!
~Michelle

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Cathy,
Your laundry room turned out "great". Its full of fun color and like you say full of the things you love from the people you love, so it couldn't be any more"perfect".
I have been wanting to re-do my laundry room too, it still has the original floor and its pretty beat up I have a large rug covering what I can. I think it will become one of next projects.
Take care and enjoy our fall day,
Elizabeth

Darlene said...

It is so BEAUTIFUL! I would LOVE to have a laundry room that looked like that!

Ribbons -n- Rags said...

Cathy,

I looooove your laundry room. It is so comfy and warm. Great transformation.
Michelle
Ribbonsnrags.blogspot.com

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

hi! just came for a visit from rondell's. i love love love what you have done in your laundry room!
totally gives me hope to get mine done! lol
thank you very much!
enjoy your day.:-) mercy

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Your laundry room is amazing! So bright and cheerful...you've done a lovely job on it!!!

Heather said...

You did a wonderful job! I think it is very inviting. If it was my first time walking through your back door, I would definitely want to see the rest of your home. Well done!

Melody said...

What a great entry! Nobody uses our front door. They always come thru the back..er...side door. They come in the door and to the right is an alcove for the laundry room and the short hall to the Kitchen. Guests chuckle they don't even notice the washer and dryer for all the other things sitting around and hanging on the walls. I'm thinking of putting a short fake wall of bead-board to cover the front of the machines and rig some sort of laundry theme curtain for the hot-water heater. I still have to put my border up...clothes line with doll clothes and tiny clothes pins, lets not ask how long I've been trying to complete this. See you are such an inspiration for me..I gotta get myself in gear!
Hope you're having a beautiful Indian Summer day like we are!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

I wouldn't mind doing laundry in there! Our laundry room is on our to do list too...one day I'll be proud to show it...sigh
Dena

9405018--Pat said...

you did a great job love it...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Hi Cathy - updated laundry room. But then again, you just have the magic touch with everything you touch. What a nice way to great people as they enter the house. And to have those treasures from loved one - it's a bonus!

The Gathering Place said...

I just found your blog and I enjoyed your creativity and beautiful flowers. I'm late, but I would like to be included on your list.
Thanks,
JoAnn

Carrie said...

Awesome job Cathy!! I absolutely L♥VE the "new" laundry room!!

Hugs!! Carrie♥

Kay said...

Cathy I love it!! It is so warm and inviting. Bravo!!

Cathy said...

Just beautiful, Cathy!! I love the special way you have of always making a welcoming feeling :)
Don't you just love the washer?
Hugz,
Cathy :)

Farmchick said...

This is very insipiring! My own laundry room could seriously use a makeover. WONDERFUL job.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I needed this huge dose of inspiration this morning. I just think the before and after pictures from bloggers, are some of my favorites. You did an outstanding job. Could you come and do my laundry room?

Thanks for sharing your artistic decorating skills.

Angie said...

I love it!!! So cute, colorful, and cozy! I know everyone is enjoying walking in your house and seeing this adorable room!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love it! What a happy place! I need to do more than a little tweaking to make my laundry area look like that! Mine is in the basement, along with the cobwebs and cement! It is very inspiring though! Love the chalkboard!
denise

Sharon said...

What a nice place to do laundry.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

You just have that KNACK...big time...for bringing everything together....you truly are one of my fave blogs...because I am drawn to the happy colors..red..my fave..and the way you have displayed things from loving friends and family.. Great job Cathy!

kristeen said...

Hi new to your blog -- I was since here by "StoneHouse". She was talking about your Laundry Room and encourage us to come by for a look-see. So here I am and she wasn't wrong -- you do have a very done laundry. I like how you use the window frame and how the art work all blends with the colors you have going through out -- your guest that enter will be indeed welcome even more-- My you have happy days of laundrying ahead .. Smiles .. Kristeen from northern Utah -- kandgough@gmail.com

madrekarin said...

I could live in your laundry room. ;) It's beautiful!! Well done.

TidyMom said...

Oh Cathy it's beautiful!! I bet you could do laundry in there all day now! LOL

~TidyMom

Farmhouse Country said...

love your transformation, everything looks just beautiful. What a happy laundry room!

Snappy Di said...

It's so sweet and may even cause me to go and tweak my laundry room a bit too!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Melody said...

You have a nice Nov too!

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments. I'm glad you liked "my tweaking". Now I need to focus on every other room in my house!!! Thanks again for the very kind words - I really appreicate it! Cathy

Amber said...

Oh my, that is a gorgeous entrance/laundry room. I love it!

Julie said...

Oh, Miss Cathy!
I just love how warm, inviting, and friendly your laundry room is!
How wonderful that you were able to use all the gifts from your family and friends to make it more than just pretty, but really heartfelt.
Many Blessings,
Julie

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Oh, my! This is an amazing re-do! I'm so in love with everything you did!