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The Original Tiled Hall Bath is (almost) Done!


It feels so good to have one room finished in this epic remodel.

You may remember that we are remodeling our kitchen and both bathrooms. Part of this reno involved moving the washer/ dryer from the mudroom back to the main bath, where they were located when our home was built in 1952.

Sounds pretty simple right? Just unhook them and move them in? I wish! Plumbing had to be re-done, the old dryer vent was not up to code and had to be moved, and the built-in cabinets that were covering the old laundry area had to be dismantled and rebuilt. Not to mention I was losing lots of storage space ūüė¶

You may see the “before” photos in the last few posts.

Here are some “after” photos:


The knobs/ pulls are from my old kitchen cabinets and were reused on the cabinetry in here. That little area to the right of the dryer is the only place I could fit a hamper. Luckily it is on wheels and I can roll it out of the way when I need to get to my stuff. I would still like to find a vintage one.



The old doors from the built-ins were cut down and reused on the vanity:





This is the area that needs some very shallow cabinetry for toiletries, either wall hung or on the floor. I am still looking.


I am having a hard time decorating in here since it is now my laundry room AND bathroom. In addition to losing so much storage, I had to make room for laundry supplies.

Is it perfect? No. Is it better? Yes!

I could not see gutting this space to “update” it. ¬†Moving the washer/ dryer back in there also gave me much more room for flexibility in my new kitchen plan!

Stay tuned. The drywall starts getting hung in the kitchen area tomorrow, bright and early ūüôā

Master Bedroom on a Shoestring


To be honest, the master bedroom is probably near the bottom of our “to do” list. Let’s face it; ¬†no one really sees it, we don’t spend much time there and to be honest, money is tight.

We have worked with what we had and picked up some bargains along the way.

I apologize up front for the darkness of some of these photos. The walls are painted a dark olive (not my choice but it was here so we worked with it) and the floor is dark. I chose a subtle “vintage tropical” look because I had a lot of the accessories left over from the farmhouse.

The bedroom set was picked up at a garage sale a few months after moving in. It was $150 for the bed, chest of drawers and dresser with attached mirror. The gentleman who sold it to us said his parents purchased this set when they married in 1960. ¬†How sweet is that? He delivered it for free and when he walked into our home he expressed his happiness in us choosing mid-century (that is not a popular choice in our area) and that he loved the fact that we were going for mid-century decor. Then he said he grew up in a¬†60’s home just around the corner!

Here is the bed, centered under the big window and flanked by a pair of 60’s gold velvet slipper chairs. (They belong to my son and his wife/they are on loan). The bed has sliding doors for storage in the headboard. The chenille ¬†bed spread¬†was from a garage sale for $5. ¬†I change it out frequently (can we say linens addiction?) along with the tropical patterned throw pillows. ¬†I picked those up along with many yards of matching fabric and a padded chair cover for $18 when we still lived in the farmhouse. The fabric is in my stash waiting to be called into action. I love the bright yellow, ¬†jade green and coral floral. The pair of vintage pottery lamps on the headboard were $8 at an estate sale.

This is the dresser/mirror. The wall hanging was a $1 thrift store find. The funky lamp was $22 at an antique market. The Hawaiian sheet music was also a $1 thrift store find. I already had the bamboo frame.

This is the chest of drawers. I had the little shelf, the pottery and the lamp. That bamboo frame came from the thrift store. Those are 2 bamboo place mats on the top of the dresser.  Those came from the same sale as the bedroom set for 25 cents each. The bamboo look replacement shade on the lamp was also a garage sale find for 50 cents.

This little metal mid-century book stand was also $1 at a garage sale. It also came from the farmhouse. It is near my closet so it used to hold many things depending on the season.

The bamboo framed collage ¬†is of several Dole Pineapple ads from 1950’s magazines I have picked up at garage sales. The cardboard “Tropical” ice cream carton was $1 at a new indoor flea market near me.

I had this old wooden shelf ¬†that features a “native” holding up the sides ūüôā¬†The pottery and other pieces were picked up at garage sales. Those tropical glasses belonged to my mother in law. She got them as a ¬†wedding shower gift in 1950.

I plan to eventually paint the room a brighter/lighter mid-century color. ¬†I am also looking for vintage pinch pleat drapes or curtains for those big windows. ¬†I love bark cloth in atomic and boomerang patterns but would also be happy with a tropical print that is not too feminine ūüôā

Here are close-ups of the lamp and the shelf:

We plan to replace the trim and closet doors, which were updated at some point and painted. We are trying to find sliding closet doors that would have been original. Luckily they were never replaced (or painted) in the guest room so we know what to look for.

We also plan to get rid of the Tuscan inspired ceiling fan with one that looks more modern.

A few things I need help with: What color for the walls? Hubby likes it dark. In the winter he works plowing snow for the highway department and many times has to sleep during the day.

I need a big area rug to cozy up that dark hard floor: Anything vintage looking AND tropical out there?

I hope I have inspired some to use what you have and haunt thrift stores and garage sales.

I may just have justified all that vintage hoarding I have been guilty of all these years!

Keep or Sell?


Today there were neighborhood garage sales in a mid-century subdivision not too far from Croydon Place. Because it was rainy, windy and chilly, there were not as many sales as were advertised.¬†Not to worry though; I still got me some deals. I just have a hard time deciding if I should keep the stuff or sell it ūüôā

These vintage poker chips will go in the shop for someones next card party. I just hope the hostess has on her newest summer themed apron and is using a Mod ice bucket for those cocktails.

The record albums are for our never ending collection. At 25 cents each, can ¬†you EVER have enough Dean or Frank? We don’t just play them, we frame them and make them art!

This 1960’s souvenir tray of the Arc de¬†Triomphe/Champs Elysees was 25 cents. It would look great in my mid century Paris themed office/craft room. You remember I am a little partial to France mementos ūüôā

This large fiberglass serving tray was also a steal for 50 cents. I love the gold and black scene of  birdcages.Many of my serving pieces are gold and black with an atomic vibe.

These are my best deal of the day;  Royal Copley planters!  (Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it; this photo does not show the details). They were $2 each and I am not sure if I can part with them.

The black and white striped  Deco one is just SO COOL.

The one that is chartreuse and aqua with the  jumping gazelles is similar to one on the kitchen windowsill in Don and Betty Drapers home on Mad Men!

The other two are called Harmony and have tropical leaves. The rose/grey/white one matches my 3/4 bath and the green/chocolate one matches my bedroom!  What a dilemma!

Keep or Sell???

Stay tuned;  next week I will have details of a Mid Century home tour we are taking this weekend in Indy.  I hope to have lots of photos to drool over. I just know we will come home and want to start a new project!