A couple months ago as I was doing laundry… my brain began spinning up a new project. I’ve told you that the Captain frowns at all my statements that begin with…“Honey, I have an idea”...because that usually means that somehow he is going to be involved in both mental and physical labor as “we” bring the idea to fruition….and this was certainly no exception! It is really strange because once a project is finished and friends and family comment positively…he bursts with pride and begins to tell how he did what and so on and so on and so on. BUT before the actual work gets started….I have to drag him kicking and screaming …(so to speak)…well, not quite that bad…to get the same vision I have.
My vision in this case was the Laundry Room! You know how one never has too much storage and our little laundry room had a wonderful bare wall above the washer and dryer that was just begging for cabinets! The existing cabinets were along side the washer and I have them full of items that don’t seem to have a special place in our home. I am sure you can relate. The existing cabinets became sort of a landing place for things I didn’t know where to stash. So my idea was to add store bought cabinets (much cheaper than custom) and hang them over the washer and dryer. Simple! Right?
The first obstacle ….the Captain stated… we would never get the cabinets above the appliances to match the existing cabinets on the side wall and he felt that was important to the composition of the Laundry Room. (Personally, I think that was just an excuse but I had to agree that he was most likely right). I said,… that the cabinets didn’t have to match as long as they were white …(the same shade of white as the existing)…also I proclaimed, the style should be plain and simple so the room could take on an eclectic flavor! !! I wish I could reproduce the look on his face when I triumphantly had a solution! I am sure you have seen that same look on a loved one looking at you like you were a little strange! You know the look that is almost a question mark and says “Seriously’??
So after much convincing …the Captain finally said he would work on it. The next obstacle was the store bought cabinets were shorter than the existing cabinets. I could not find the right size that were in my price range. After all, I reasoned, these were just laundry room cabinets. 🙂 My solution to that problem involved more work than just hanging cabinets above the washer and dryer. I decided shelves would level the situation. Again, that look from the Captain. However, I defended myself by saying that it was only a laundry room and it didn’t matter if the shelves were not floating shelves (which involved more work) but white metal brackets used to hold up the shelves would work just fine. Then the Captain pointed out the big gap between the new cabinets and the existing cabinets. He reasoned that one could not “match” them up or one would not be able to open the side cabinet…it needed a corner cabinet and we would lose the corner space and so on and so on…..Soooo I countered with this….”how about a cute little shelf that could be used to hold letters spelling out “Laundry”? He just shook his head and said ….whatever!!!! (You see I was trying to make this as painless as possible for him, you do understand that, right??) . I also used the fact that this is our forever house, meaning we were finally settling down and never moving again, Sooo we didn’t have to worry about a house buyer noticing that the cabinets didn’t match! teehehehe! So after I repainted the walls and the woodwork and the shelves and the letters….see? I did more than just supervise! … we have a laundry room with more storage. And you know what? I actually like the way the cabinets and the room turned out! So does the Captain, and you know the old saying….if Momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!
Me…..and our new storage cabinets that are filled up with anything and everything! ; (