We love, love, love shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers and Flip or Flop Nashville. In an hour, they get the house, demo the house, renovate the house and reveal the house. That's the magic of TV. Bless Nichole Curtis - at least her projects take more than one episode to complete. For the rest of us, home projects take time.
Sometimes a LOT of time.
Even though this laundry room didn't involve knocking out walls or floors, it took three days of on-and-off effort to pull it from drab and disorganized to stylish and - most importantly - functional.
And it took a little cash. The total tab (without the washer that started it all) came in around $350. We kept the expenses down by using paint we had on hand, the Hoosier cabinet, a moonshine/growler jug for our vinegar (we use it instead of fabric softener), and reusing the mop and broom organizer and the ironing board hanger.
Breakdown of our costs:
Vintage cabinet $95
Shelves (6-foot board + 6 brackets) $55
Vintage laundry cart $60
Industrial clothes hanger $7
4 zinc totes $80
2 Hoosier-style jars $15
Mason-jar dispenser for detergent $20
Here are the work-in-progress shots from this morning:
The washer and dryer are stacked, but now we have two more hurdles to cross: 1) the stacked pair need to be scooted to one side to re-add the Hoosier cabinet; and 2) a new, longer 4-prong dryer cord is needed now that the dryer is on top of the washer.
I'm sure these setbacks happen on hour-long shows, but those are the real-life issues that bring a project to a halt.
Once the cabinets are back in place, we'll add the finishing touches and do a final reveal. And - because this is real-life, we'll continue to fine-tune this project with little things. Like....the Hoosier's cabinet doors need hinges, which are on order from eBay. And our new cupboard needs a little TLC, which will have to wait until we have another day off. And we still haven't found the *perfect* rug for this space - something without fringe so the Roomba doesn't get all tangled. #ItsAlwaysSomething
We hope our project has inspired you to do some "Re-inVintaging" around your home. Keep your eyes open for items you have that you can re-use or repurpose, and for vintage finds. Sure, you can buy new items that look old, but with a little patience and ingenuity, you might score some one-of-a-kind finds that won't be like everyone else.
Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!