The New and Make-Do Linen Closet

For the past umpteen years Charlie and I have been using this hutch his grandfather painted and glazed in the 2nd floor laundry room as a sort of towel and sheet storage closet.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

Now that we have a new space eked out for linen storage for the new bathroom we’re going to take the hutch apart and try to use just the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

This seems to be a theme with us as we also removed the top from my mother’s breakfront to create a kitchen island.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The plan is to use the bottom part in the 37-inch niche as the bottom of the linen press.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

Then we’re going to hang the newly purchased glass-front cabinet above it.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

And I have some drawer pulls left over from the kitchen installation to upgrade the hardware.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed.  Maybe we'll just hang that piece on the wall.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed. Maybe we’ll just hang that piece on the wall.

Charlie has given his OK to paint the piece.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Sparrow (on the door) is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Now, the question is, what color. Maybe sparrow like the exterior doors.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall -- white might make sense in this space with no window.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall — white might make sense in this space with no window.

Or something between Sparrow and Revere Pewter. Perhaps a custom color mixed in the atelier of Jo.

This hall used to look like this.

This hall used to look like this.

If this cabinet really doesn’t work out we’ll head back to the cabinet warehouse to try and locate a reasonably price new cabinet. But we like to use what we have if we can.

What color would you paint this piece?

Every Room Needs Red

Once upon a time my mother told be that every room needs some red in it.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

And even though I’m a cool blue, green, grey girl I try to use this tip in every room.

Five doorways and six windows don't leave much actual wall space.

Five doorways and six windows don’t leave much actual wall space.

Most of the conservatory is doorways and windows with little wall space.

This 19" by 24" peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

This 19″ by 24″ peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

But the newly painted green conservatory is getting its red in this peony print I’ve hung on the largest wall.

The wall color is "Tea Light," a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

The wall color is “Tea Light,” a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

I was afraid the green matte would clash with the green wall but in fact it enhances it.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

It’s hung a little high so it can be seen over the television.

What must-have is in your décor repertoire?

Keeping On

With the conservatory painted I turned my attention into the attached bathroom.

The ladder is in front of the conservatory bathroom that needs to be painted, then tiled.

The ladder is in front of the conservatory bathroom that needs to be painted, then tiled.

I knew I didn’t have enough paint to finish but I could give it a good beginning.

Black plastic is hug at every opening in the master suite to keep the drywall sanding dust at bay.

Black plastic is hug at every opening in the master suite to keep the drywall sanding dust at bay.

In the mean time I had a little list for Charlie:

  • put new batteries in the smoke detectors,

    Smoke detector batteries should be changed annually, usually when we change to daylight saving time.  We're changing for the first time so we're a little ahead of schedule.

    Smoke detector batteries should be changed annually, usually when we change to daylight saving time. We’re changing for the first time so we’re a little ahead of schedule.

  • put the switch plates back on in the conservatory (after I paint them),

    The generic color switch plate will look better painted the wall color.

    The generic color switch plate will look better painted the wall color.

  • finish sanding and dusting the master suite walls,

    We can't hang this cabinet until the walls are sanded, wet-wipes, primes, and painted.

    We can’t hang this cabinet until the walls are sanded, wet-wiped, primed, and painted.

  • wipe down the bare drywall in the master suite — closet, bathroom, hall,
  • prime all bare drywall.

    More primer!

    More primer!

These chores are in his domain and skill set.  And I am grateful.

What project would you hand off to your significant other?

I Never Get My Whole List Completed

I’m not sure if I’m a pessimist or an optimist.  I always have more on the to-do list than I have time and energy for.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

I wanted to paint the conservatory and the attached bathroom this past weekend. The conservatory is finished but the bathroom has not been started yet.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tea Light" on the walls and Valspar's "Hydrangea" on the ceiling.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” on the walls and Valspar’s “Hydrangea” on the ceiling.

I also wanted to get the conservatory furniture set up again.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

Even after all the painting was finished every piece of furniture needed a major dusting.

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

That included washing the windows which were covered with drywall dust.

I really don't know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

I really don’t know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

Charlie wouldn’t let me help with the heavy furniture so he carried the hope chest and 2 love seats into the room by himself. Grrrr!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

This room still needs flooring, doors, and trim, none of which will happen until the bathroom floor is tiled.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

I love that it is painted. And I still love the blue ceiling.

Are you a good estimator of time and resources?

Painting, Painting, During the Snowy Day

(The title is to the tune of “Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.”)

I got up early yesterday and finished priming the corners of the conservatory and bathroom with a brush.

4 inches of snow predicted -- 8 inches actually on the ground

4 inches of snow predicted — 8 inches actually on the ground

Then, the snow fell, I painted two coats on the conservatory ceiling, both edging and rolling.

Uh-oh, it's pretty dark.

Uh-oh, it’s pretty dark.

The “Hydrangea” blue paint on the white primer looked very dark.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

But wet paint can be misleading so I finished the first coat, let it dry then painted another coat to fill in any holidays that remained from the first coat.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

I love the finished blue ceiling so I was eager to see how the green walls would look with the blue.

The wall color is "Tea Light".

The wall color is “Tea Light”.

My shoulders, knees, and neck were aching but I needed to get one wall painted so I could assess the results.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

At first I wasn’t sure (and I won’t be totally sure until the furniture is moved back into the room) but I held up a pillow that matches the slipcovers on the loveseats and I think the paint and upholstery look good together.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

Today we’ll finish the conservatory paint, then on to the conservatory bathroom.

What job makes you feel old?

The Weather Outside is Frightful

On tap today is painting the conservatory.

The steps lead into the conservatory from the back yard.

The steps lead into the conservatory from the back yard. We’ll be painting inside; not out, this weekend.

Charlie finished priming it yesterday.

The ceiling is the halfway point in the conservatory.

The ceiling is the halfway point in the conservatory.

I went to our local hardware store that is having a “20% off anything you can fit in one bag” sale and bought 3 gallons of paint, batteries for all the smoke alarms, and mouse traps.

I finally decided the ceiling will be blue -- Hydrangea.

I finally decided the ceiling will be blue — Hydrangea.

The final color selection for the conservatory is “Hydrangea” by Eddie Bauer for the ceiling .  .  .

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

and Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” for the walls of both the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom.

Moonshine for the bathroom ceiling.

Moonshine for the bathroom ceiling.

At the last minute I decided we should paint the bathroom ceiling BM’s “Moonshine” which we have used in the mudroom and hallways both upstairs and down.

Let's add a few more inches of snow to the landscape.

Let’s add a few more inches of snow to the landscape.

We’re expecting another big snowstorm so spending the weekend housebound with paint brush in hand is the action plan. I’m sure we’ll run out of time before we run out of tasks.

What have you been putting off that could be solved by a shut-in weekend?

Small World, Isn’t It?

This is a long, involved story about purchasing a discount cabinet.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. --We arrived at 8.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. –We arrived at 8.

Last week I told you about a place near us that sells showroom cabinets and otherwise not-able-to-sell-at-retail cabinets at good prices.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet -- $150.

We purchased this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet — $150 $125.

We went in to pick up this white cabinet marked $150 for our linen closet.  Charlie asked if they could do any better and the cashier/warehouseman dropped the price to $125.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

I would like the 2 double-doored vanity cabinets but instead of the 24″ drawers in the middle we need only 18″. (I intend to paint so the price needs to be “right”.)

They also still have this set of bathroom cabinets of which I’d like to have the two sink vanities but the cabinet company is not yet ready to break up the set.

The cabinet fit in my car.

The cabinet fit in my car.

Immediately after picking up the cabinet I went on to my physical therapy appointment for my knee.  I was talking with the receptionist/scheduler (whom I’ve known for at least 4 years over 3 surgeries) telling her all about my cabinet purchase and the ones that got away.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Turns out the cashier/warehouseman is her husband and she would like to convince him to do a little better for us.  Only time will tell the end of this tale, but maybe we’ll have bathroom cabinets sooner than expected.

I was not perked or paid to mention this warehouse.

Do you have a “small world” story?