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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Charmed Up Utility Room~Farmhouse Style



I've made a rather dramatic switch from the romance of my last post, to the mundane. It doesn't get more down to earth than a utility room. I was tempted to use the word laundry for this space, but that turns out to be too romantic a word for this eensy space.




We recently replaced our hot water heater, and the change necessitated the removal of a very small freezer that we had in here. It was the smallest freezer on the market (probably in the world), and served us well when the whole family still lived in town. But those days are past.




After the freezer left, I couldn't stand the thought of bringing it back in. We live in a charming little house, but there are tiny rooms, and very little storage. The before picture is below, taken right after the work was finished, and a few things shoved back into the room.




This, was replaced with. . .


...this.
A chippy Canton, Texas table, a wood soap box that I found two days ago, and a fleamarket basket. We're working with some serious backlighting here, so the first thing I did was hang a curtain.





Two nails, and a netted lace runner later. . . .




Voila!






The curtain shields a bad view, but still lets the sunlight in.




The box will keep loads of stuff on hand while giving me that time travel feeling. But I wish I could keep plants here. 




I'd love to do a table skirt at some point. I could hide even more away under here.




For now, the basket stows paper products that we buy in large quantities.




It's dressed up with a lace edged valance from the thrift store.



There's a lot of wall space to dress up too if I want.





I found this wonderful old jar for in here the same day. I love the rusty old clasp.




The glass lid is turning purple.



If I squint my eyes a little against the light I can imagine I'm in an old farmhouse. 





A real tiny one. . . .






Thanks so much for coming by for a peek!
I appreciate you stopping by to say hello.


Jacqueline




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52 comments:

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Charmed Utility Room, indeed! I love, love, love what you've done with the tiny space! That table is amazing! A lace table runner for a curtain...gorgeous! The wall left blank truly shows the Farmhouse Style, perfectly. A simpler life. Thank you for sharing this relaxed way of living post!
Fondly,
Pat

Betty Sneeringer said...

This IS a different look from you but just as pleasing and well done! I love the primitive look of the box and jar. The lace runner makes a perfect curtain for that window.

Betty

June said...

Charming is definitely I would use too Jacqueline! I love the beautiful lace runner in the window!
hugs...

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Oh wow! You just can't beat the effect lace has on a space. Beautiful!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

you sure know how to make a utilitarian area gorgeous. love the curtain and that soap box.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

So pretty!!

Greetings from Australia♥

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I think the lace "curtain" is the icing on the cake!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

This is really my favorite look. I LOVE that Larkin wood soap box...and Buffalo, NY has special meaning for me too. That jar with its unique clasp is pretty cool as well! You did a great job in that little space and living in a tiny home myself...I have to ask...where did you put the step ladder? lol
Laura :)

Olive Cooper said...

Mundane my fanny. It is farmhouse elegant, with the lace and all. Really less than seven ingredients and your brilliant style was all it took.

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

OMG - great transformation!

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

So beautiful, fresh and clean!
Lovely!
Audrey

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Dear Laura: The ladder folds flat and slips in next to the table on the left!

helen tilston said...

What a beautiful transformation and I love the lace curtain
Helenxx

chateau chic said...

That little space in your laundry room is too cute! The green table is wonderful!!! And I like the basket under it. You have such a terrific style.
Mary Alice

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great way to fix up a utility room without busting the bank or having it look overdressed! Love your curtain!

XO,
Jane

Ivy and Elephants said...

Amazing that you made such great finds all in the same day! I love the look, lace makes everything romantic!
Hugs,
Patti

Shelia said...

Hi Jacqueline! Oh, you're the smartest one! I lover your pretty lace you placed over the window and the box looks great and you can poke all kinds of things in it!
I certainly would think by your snaps you lived in a cottage.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Destiny said...

What a pretty little room now! I love the idea of hanging the lace runner. I have a tiny laundry room, but wish it had a window. I'll probably add a mirror to make it look bigger. Oh, and I ADORE that soap box! Thanks for sharing : ) Have a great weekend! ~Destiny

Deserae said...

Lovely space...love the lace on the window! Have a great weekend :o)
~Des

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love the lace treatment on the window!

wendy said...

What a pretty blog you have (I bopped over from finding you on June's blog)
I love all things vintage and country too.,
You were talking about small spaces....well
Our house is only 950 sq. feet, with a loft. Oooo, it is tiny. Sometimes I feel like I live in a thimble. But Me and hubby are recently married (2 1/2) years...looooong story, and so when I moved up here to Canada to be with him (he was my high school sweetheart) He already had the house built on his 1/4 section of land. So I didn't get to put in any input, he thought he'd just stay a bacelor. His dream fulfilled. anyway...I am rambling now.
anyway, I love what you did with that little room. The lace curtains are so pretty.

jeanetteann said...

Some lovely ideas here, Where am I going to find the time to do all the inspirational things you bloggerette friends keep tempting me with. If I get off this computor it might free up some time. :)
xx jeanetteann

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a charming space you have created...isn't it wonderful what lace can do, it always adds something special.

Dar said...

Oh, be still my heart~~~I love this kind of renewal. It's perfect.
I giggled when I saw the two nails, hammer and lace. I did the same thing with the bright west window behind the back door. I love the transition.
As for plants, put up a simple wood slab half way up the window and voila', you have plant space.
BlessYourHeart

Bliss said...

Do the walls too, you must!
~Bliss~

Divina Chita Brasil said...

Lovely space!Good job!!

Tricia said...

I LOVE that old soap box! What a great find :)

Ironstone and Pine said...

Jacqueline it looks AMAZING....I love the whole effect of putting that lace runner in the window, got a bunch of ideas just from this one post. OK, now where did you stumble on such an amazing box for in there, hmmmmm?? WANT!! Happy weekend!~devon

Cindy said...

Ohhhhh my gosh... that is amazing. I am absolutely in love with the curtain, and the room couldn't possibly any more charming now. It DOES have a sweet farmhouse feel to it. What a difference...!

Cindy

Jen said...

It looks perfect. That old crate is a great size larger and not as deep as many. I would leave the table as is--but I like the rustic look.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I love it!!! What a great idea to use the lace runner as a curtain! The old wooden crate/box is wonderful also...I just love old wooden boxes with great graphics like that. I love to see creative ways to make use of small spaces while still making them look good!

Haworth said...

I love how you transformed that room, Jacqueline! And the lace runner provides the perfect touch, blocking the view and letting in a soft light. I use old lace runners as curtains too, in my 2 bathrooms and the kitchen. Stopping by your lovely blog is always inspiring. Take care.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a lovely change of pace and makeover of your laundry room. You always come up with creative and economic decorating ideas and this little space looks perfect.
Hugs, Pamela

time worn interiors said...

I like the replacement! So charming!

My laundry room is a catch all for coats, coveralls, boots and anything else we don't know where to put! It looks awful!

tot

Classy Clutter said...

I'm such a sucker for lace! Visiting from FJI!

Hope you'll link up with us for our first linky party ever! Party just started! hope you'll stop by!
http://www.classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/spotlight-saturday-1-our-first-linky.html

Mallory @ Classy Clutter

A Cottage Muse said...

Just charming!!

My Vintage Home said...

Very very nice :-) hi from H.C www.myvintagehome.dk

Sue said...

I really ♥ the simplicity and ingenuity you used here, Jacqueline. Charming.....

Sylvia said...

First of all, I love the shape and the size of the window and this fabulous curtain makes it kind of romantic to me. I love the simplicity of this wood soap box and the basket. I love this rusty old clasp of the jar.Oh, boy , it seems I love everything here ...

Pat said...

Jacqueline, I LOVE what you did in your 'mundane utility room.' No longer in that category if you ask me.
Amazing what a few touches can do...for instance, that runner/curtain looks absolutely divine. You inspire me. Thank you. pat

Candylei said...

Wow! The lace runner is a perfect fit! It looks lovely!

At The Picket Fence said...

That chippy table and all of your details make that such a lovely little space! I'm thinking 'utility' room doesn't quite do it justice. :-) Thanks for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

Passionate for White said...

Love the look and you photographed it all so perfectly!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I too have a Utility room...and it is anything but charming. Yours is lovely!
I've been dreaming of ways to make my 'laundry room' look more like you say...*romantic*.
But instead I think I'll embrace my Utility room for what it is...and maybe come up with something charming and farm-house-y...

your photos are so inspiring!

have a great week.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You've taken your little utility spot and made it quite charming.

Honey at 2805 said...

What a charming transformation, Jacqueline! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Dayle said...

My first time to visit your lovely blog. I love what you've done in that small space. Exudes charm.

Diann said...

It looks wonderful! happy Valentine's Day!

Claire said...

Love how you've transformed that space! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

SueBee said...

Where have I been?! Your little space is so pretty now. What do I love the most you say? Please don't make me choose! So simple but beautiful!!

Eileen said...

You are one talented lady. The way you combined those few items into a fabulous vignette. I adore the lace runner on the window. Gorgeous Jacqueline.
Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

Michaela said...

Beautiful lace and the crate !!!!Michaela

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