Friday, April 6, 2012

Yet another spin cycle~~

 It's Freewheelin' Friday! 
Dedicated to Artistic Endeavors of all Sorts

It ended with this

and started with that  
my first floor powder room. 

     Or, more accurately, it started with my mother's advice back in my new bride/ house hunting days: "You want the laundry room on the first floor." 
    3o years, 3 houses & 9 years of prep school campus housing, sharing a far-end-of-the-former-dormitory W&D with 12 fellow faculty & administrators later,


That is, voila after 3 color changes on the cabinets  
& 2 on the walls,
plus a visit from my favorite plumber & electrician, who also hauled those suckers from the basement.

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Then I got to the fun stuff.

I framed my lifetime collection of Playbills.
This took weeks because I re-read them all. 
Broadway over the toilet; Boston productions to the left of the window; opera & summer stock to the right;  5 years of Wilmington, DE, Playhouse road companies behind the door, & ballet to the left. 

The powder-cum laundry room has an odd little tub/shower, too. I re-hung the curtain I made featuring my favorite e.e. cummings poem, i carry your heart with meas well as the vintage Coke tray from my mother-in-law. 

The backsplash holds the shots of our harbor during a hurricane. My sea glass gets tossed into the used vigil light container I recycled from church.

Have I mentioned MacKenzie~Childs?
6 years ago it was 17 degrees the day I hiked across 3 avenues & up15 streets to meander through their Manhattan showroom for Easter gifts (bunny finger puppets). 

I snagged the Courtly Check Enamelware cup for myself & 5 years later brought it into the laundry room from my office where it had been accompanying the Mackenzie-Childs shopping bag I use as a trash basket.

    I screwed the cheesy, cheap, white knobs back on the cabinets. Lightbulb Moment #1 sent me to my office for a Magic Marker & gold felt tip pen. 

   Nearly a year after the project, my sister gave me the soap dish. Lightbulb Moment #2 hit me last month. I sat at my desk staring at the box the soap dish arrived in & sneezed. I got up to get Kleenex from the powder-cum laundry room.

     24 hours later I'd removed the oval logo with an X-acto knife, slathered on 3 coats of polyurethane and transferred the tissues. 


I used a local Laundromat as a prop in The Chick Palace. I know Johanna & Lilly would get a kick out of this space. 

Now if I could just remember to take the tissues out of my pockets before I do the wash.


Barbara O'Connor said...

This is great. You make it all look so easy.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Easy and beautiful! And fun to read about.

About Karen Williams said...

Hmmmm Really? Now I think you should move the laundry room to the second floor because I moved ours from the send floor(needed the room for new baby) INTO the basement...Now I see why previous owners had moved the laundry to the second floor...where the clothes are ;-) I might add that non of my laundry rooms or bathrooms are nearly as put together as yours.

Lee Stokes Hilton said...

The most fun story I have heard in a while. This is how it happens -- over the years, little lightbulb moments -- and why I have such a hard time throwing ANYTHING out.

Lee Stokes Hilton said...

OMG -- just noticed the title. Memories of Family Circle!