Day 188 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was spent much like yesterday – working on professional business all day then finishing the laundry room in my effort to sort out the house one space at a time. Despite the fact that I’m still not feeling 100%, as is always the case when I decorate, I experience a sense of timelessness and didn’t stop until the space was completely done. The day was one of creativity but it also came with a challenge that almost derailed me from putting the final Shabby Chic touches on the room. But where there’s a decorating will, I will find a way.
When I removed some foam batting from between the water heater and the stud wall, the battle between a huge arachnid and me began. And I was determined it was going to be one to the death! Grabbing the first can of spray within reach, I tried to afixiate the spider but he jumped from the wall to the batting. I screamed bloody murder and sprayed again. This time he leapt into the washing machine. Though I hate killing things, I was terrified and had to off the intruder if I wanted to continue working because we could not be in the room together. I closed the lid, pressed power and washed, rinsed and spun the spider to a watery death. This seems extreme but I’m allergic and didn’t want to repeat the day Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both died. I’d been bitten by a spider and my arm swelled to nearly the size of a child’s football by the time I got to the ER. All that to say, gruesome grave or not, all spiders must die!
With my challenge resolved, I returned to my project. Last fall, I bought a single Simply Shabby Chic curtain panel on clearance for my youngest stepson’s room. Since it was white and plain, I thought he’d have no objections to it. I was wrong. Today I used it to “drywall” the laundry room. Then, I rehung all of the items I posted yesterday.
Next, I added a few Shabby Chic bits and bobs like ribbon to the hanger holding the macrame piece and another to hang the second botanical print from the same hook as the first (the Command hooks and my concrete wall played nicely for one picture but not the second). I tied the ribbon off with a sweet little bow (not visible here but I’m too tired to go take another picture) and love the effect. And I finally got to put my Treasures by Rachel Ashwell clothes pins to use. Unsuccessful in my search for a laundry room sign, I turned my attention to a DIY project and fashioned one from a Simply Shabby Chic DIY banner kit I’ve had for a while. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product and appreciate that it won’t fade since the laundry room is an above ground walk out but doesn’t have windows in this room.
My last task was to heed my hubby’s admonition that we can’t have a fabric rug covering the drain. Good thing I spied a rubber one yesterday that is similar to the original I’d picked. It’s a little more Shabby Chic bohemian, so I like it even more. My sweet hubby got me two so they extend the length of the room. Happy accident! Speaking of happy accidents, there was one corner of the room that still bothered me – the far right side of the wall where the curtain didn’t extend. I remembered a small Goodwill shelf I got for pennies. Until tonight I couldn’t find a spot for it but it wedged between the stud and the wall wonderfully. I tried to set my little blue floral Goodwill mannequin there but she fell between the wall and the stud and I couldn’t get her out tonight…Unlike the spider, I won’t let her meet her demise there! I plopped a pretty Shabby Chic style velvet green pumpkin there instead. The room had zero shelves so now I have a place to display seasonal decor – making the awkward corner a great feature that provides the perfect finshing touch.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose nest-featherer, I hope you are inspired by my space and can use some ideas to sort yours.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach