Friday, June 4, 2010

U is for Updates

Here we are at "U" week:
U is for Updates.

I was looking back through some of my posts and things have changed around here...
even in the past five months
well, maybe five weeks
okay, okay past five days...

So I am going to update you on some of the things I have been doing.
Let's start with my bookcases.
Remember my whole "remove the condiment stand phase"?
Well here is the before:

And here is the after:

Yeah, that is A #2's leg. She is looking for her 15 minutes of fame.

Oh and now after seeing this picture, I am thinking of painting the brick.
Do you all have an opinion on that??

How about the scary laundry room? Here is the before:
Here is the after:

But guess what...I have an "after" of the after.
Hubby built me the shelf thing from Sausha's site. Mine is not as high as hers because I had to be careful not to block the fuse box. But it is actually a good thing it isn't because if it were any taller I wouldn't be able to see to put the detergent into the machine!! ( I am 5'4") I sometimes have to stand on my tip toes to get the detergent out of the jar!!! But at least now I have a storage place for the bins I made for the kids' clothes.

Those bins are just plastic storage bins with chalkboard squares painted on them. The kids names are written on the bins.

I don't have a great picture of my entry way before I got hold of that too,
but here you can sort of see the red walls:

Here is a better shot full on with the new softer yellow walls.
You can also see my new vinyl scripture.
It is still on the paper because I am just a commitment-phobe. I know as soon as I scratch that thing onto the wall I will find a better place for it. I am still trying to decide on the spot above the mirror or the area above the door that leads into the living room.
Decisions, decisions.

Oh, you can also get a glimpse of my light fixture I found for $20 and painted red. I am thinking about getting the small drum shades from Ballard's (in burlap, of course).

I am linking up with Jenny again this week for Alphabe-Thursday.
Jenny Matlock

Come back around Saturday, I have another post for "U." I also have posts in mind for the rest of the alphabet, except maybe "Z," any suggestions?


  1. Molly - these are great Updates! I vote YES on painting the brick:) The laundry room makeover is especially impressive! So organized and sophisticated now with that great curtain panel, the new light, detergent holder, etc.! GrEAT JOB!

  2. I only kept the bug, because I promised not to give/throw away my husband's stuff away without his say so.

  3. I am sooooo happy I found you today through Alphabe-Thursday. I'm so following and adding you to my blog roll. Your creativity is something that has inspired me.
    And before I even read it, I thought, "She needs to paint the brick." That's my opinion, but we just met, so . . .

  4. Zero ideas on z myself!

    Want to come by and help me decorate/organize?

  5. Hmmmm - I'm a big fan of painted brick, so I vote to paint it!

  6. I'm so happy you commented on my blog! Your blog is awesome! I'm a happy new follower!

    I bought all of the pocket books and shoes at the same sale and the rest at others! I was on cloud 9 girl!

  7. I vote yes to paint the brick.. unless you LOVE red brick. You should do what will make YOU happy.
    And I think your lamp will look really nice with the burlap shades!

  8. I see them paint brick all the time on HGTV and it usually looks great. I think it would probably brighten up the big space depending on what color you would go with. I love the lamp painted red. Great update and u post.

  9. You turn the most mundane corners into such lovely cozy places...

  10. Great updates! That laundry room is looking fantastic-what a great idea to hang that curtain.

    I am a big fan of painting bricks-I bet it will look fabulous!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,

  11. you have some lovely improvements ...i am all for painting brick ...

  12. I love your before and afters Molly, you have a fun whimsy side, that I just adore:) Enjoy your summer off!~

  13. You have been busy! Love the peek into the home Bricks...Not a fan of painting them personally - but who am i?

  14. GReat Updates! Wow! all in the past 5 days! Hm...if only I could get all my laundry done in 5 days...even with being empty nesters, our laundry still seems to be undending! I think painted brick is very pretty...but yours looks great now too. And what a handy hubby you have for your washer and dryer...and too cute that your A#2 got in on that photo :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  15. Oh, I'm so glad to get to your link! Your ideas are always inspiring. Your before and afters are wonderful. I could be wrong but I think there is a product you can coat the brick first with so you can remove the paint later if you don't like it.

    Somehow I can't see your vision steering you wrong, though.

    What do you think? I suspect it's the right thing!

    Thanks for linking up!


  16. Great U post, loved your Updates!



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