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Well, I think I’ve found my superpower.

All I did was audition for a role on Ben & Kate and it was promptly cancelled.  In the past I had to actually appear on the program (Terminator, Free Agents, Kath & Kim etc) to bring about its demise but now apparently my powers are growing.  I should probably start targeting shows I don’t like…….is Honey Boo-Boo auditioning?

In other potentially disastrous endeavors

As you know my house was a bit…iffy when I bought it.

 The chief offenders were the kitchenkitchen before

 and the main bathroom.Bathroom -- before

Both are now looking pretty good.Kitchen and Bathroom After Remodel

 Next on the list are the laundry room and its neighboring bathroom.  Both rooms have been pretty untouched since I moved in.Laundry Room BeforeOK, untouched except for paint.  Yes, I painted it that color.The other corner

See – the whole house was very dingy looking and I thought yellow would make the room brighter which it did.  It was like a very bright clown car.  A bright, cluttered clown car.

I’ve been kind of fantasizing what it might look like.  Maybe these!Fantasy Laundry Room 1organized-open-pantry-shelvingIt would definitely be organized like this!6051780719694723_Mkb7NBqi_cBut to accomplish those kind of makeovers I would really need to gut it all and try again (Seriously there are, no lie, 5 doors in about 12 feet of space.  Walking from the kitchen through to the front bedroom is like the opening credits of Get Smart).

Tragically, I have not sold enough coasters to pull that off.

So…. Plan B!

I’ll paint it, clean it, organize it and see if I can do some makeover magic on some cheap cabinets.  The goal is to make it look like an extension of the kitchen – a sort of a butler’s pantry for a house where no butler has ever set foot.

It’s gonna take a while…….

It’s all cleared out and the first coat of paint is up.

Have a great weekend everyone.  If you need me I’ll be in the laundry room butler’s pantry

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

11 responses »

  1. I love your remodels of the kitchen and bath! I gotta ask – I notice in the kitchen, the counter seems.. longer? The one that butts up to that doorway there. Did you extend somehow? We are just polishing up some kitchen touch ups we’ve done. Nothing MAJOR just paint & overall decorating (works wonders though…….) but we have wood cabinets right that are… nice… but.. I want something else 😀

    Great job! I love it. Also, you’ve been in some shows/movies? I had no idea! I AM a new follower though…

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    • Thanks Jesse. The kitchen was a total redo- so I replaced all the cabinets. It’s the same basic layout but everything is new. What you see on the edge of that “before” shot is actually a floor to ceiling cabinet that I got rid of and replaced with longer base cabinets to create more counter space. (I hope that answers the question but, if not, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification).

      And yes, in my other life, I’m an actor and have ended up on TV a few times….sometimes in shows that don’t get cancelled like House or Brothers and Sisters or the Mentalist.

      Have a great weekend.

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      • that makes perfect sense. I thought that handle I was seeing was the doorway, and I thought, “damn – he did all kinds of remodel to this beezy” Looks really great with the black white & red. I considered black and white, but since we live under some redwoods, light was a factor, and we went retro teals, oranges & yellows. With a crap ton of white to balance all that out.

        Oh wow! I haven’t seen those shows (I no have cable.. only netflix) but I’ll have to look you up!

        Have a good one 😀

  2. You should be a writer… I mean professionally, not just on this blog! I’m sure your butler’s pantry will turn out wonderfully. Please don’t diss yellow. My bathroom is yellow and I like it that way!

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  3. You just totally crack me up. My husband and I have a joke (but it’s been true so far) – wherever we dine on New Year’s Eve, the restaurant closes the next year. No lie! Thankfully for all the Richmond restaurants, we ate at home last year. Er … oh my gosh, I hope that works out okay!!! Your kitchen is drop-dead gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you do to your laundry room, mine is sad in dull green (did I mention green is like my most hated color on earth because my mother painted every. room. in our house pale green during my growing up years?

    Mary

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  4. Kudos to you for the undertaking. I can barely manage to keep the lint trap of my dryer cleaned much less think about a redo of the laundry room.
    I’m sure however long it takes it will be amazing.

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  5. Can’t wait to see the finished results. And hey — I can help you sell more coasters. Well, one set of six at least. You know…when they’re done…

    And hey, about that writing thing…

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  6. Maybe you should invite your ever-so-helpful-friends over for a gutting/painting party…..

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    • I appreciate the thought but we’d probably all end up with black eyes – it’s pretty much a one-person-at-a-time kinda space. But! when I tackle the living room again I expect your RSVP oh-so-helpful-friend!

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