I must admit to having a serious case of writers/bloggers block...and it's not for the lack of trying
I counted at least 8 drafts that I started writing and never finished posting
in the last two weeks...hey what is up with that?
So on to my projects...
I counted at least 20 projects that I started working on and have not finished in the last two weeks...
OK is it something I ate?
But I did manage to finish one little project for the laundry/mud room area
It's a laundry ladder
Now I won't even begin to take credit for this great idea
because I have seen this done on some other blogs and on Pinterest
and I loved the idea
Most of the others who used this ladder idea
suspended it from either chain or some sort of rope/pulley system
which all looked good and worked out well.
But on my weekly trip to the hardware store
I spotted these:
this is a turn buckle
I love these things!
and who was the genius that invented it....?
how wonderful she must be!
you may remember that I used a wire and turn buckle system to support my grape vines
if you're interested you can read more about that project here
but on to the laundry/mud room
I have a big open area which we recently renovated
plumbing, electrical, windows, flooring doors etc etc...it started out small and grew into a monster
but I digress....lets talk about the ladder!
Initially, I thought I would leave it the natural wood
but then I got it up
and it looked a little to rustic and unfinished....
so it got a nice couple of coats of bright white paint
the ceiling in this room is the original ceiling
from a breezeway between the garage and the back door
the walls on either side of the room are the original exterior walls of the house
so as you can imagine
that was a huge part of the renovation too
scraping, sanding, removing paint and glue and
getting all of the board and batten siding into shape again
because this is now an enclosed interior room
once the ladder was up it needed some nice S hooks for baskets and hanging things
I purchased these from a blacksmith on Etsy
and they are really nice and beautifully made
the turn buckle system is really solid and sturdy
and I think it fits nicely with the vintage and somewhat modern style of this room
the lights are from Barn Light Electric
the windows are Anderson
I have a nice collection of these old English baskets
which make great laundry baskets because they are big and really sturdy
another of my favorite laundry "must haves" are these rolling canvas laundry carts...
they can be stacked,
are interesting looking
and are virtually indestructible...
and did I mention that small children like to get into these and get pushed around?
the little laundry ladder
will work for herb and flower drying in the summer too...so much better than the front porch
the total cost for the laundry ladder
was around $100 dollars...
which includes the ladder, hardware and S hooks
but you could probably do this for less if you shopped around a bit more
hope you have a beautiful and busy weekend!
( I will be in the garden )
I will share more projects and ideas soon!