3 days & 3 bottles of lemonade later…

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I’ve been busy in my laundry room since my last post.  Melanie inspired me with her Ikea bottles.  But since the nearest Ikea is three hours away, we opted for some sparkly lemonade instead, French style: 

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Who knew Mom organizing the cleaning supplies would be so tasty?  Drink up kids!

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Distilled water, vinegar, and mineral oil are my tried and true solutions.  I used my label maker to mark them, so there is no guessing what’s what. 

Handy labeling trick:  if you put a space in between each letter, the labels come out more interesting.

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Above my machines, we have Oxy Clean spiffed up in a pretty jar with some gifted homemade soaps sitting beside.  Mrs. Myers is my splurge, and since she’s already dressed so nicely, I left her as is.

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And hanging below is my version of a clothes line. 

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I had my son fetch me a stick from the woods, and we hung it with twill ribbon on each side.

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I’m always hanging unmentionables in the oddest places.  But now I won’t have to. 

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Oh, and while we’re in here, you’ll notice my inside-out lampshade has a new home, which was the by-product of our bedroom switcheroo

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The hooked rug came from my Grandma Mable’s attic. 

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Not really.  But I like to pretend.  

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It really came from Uncle T.J. Maxx.

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70 comments:

  1. Hi Rie,
    I LOVE your laundry room!!
    I also know what I am going to now do with my Lorina bottles I have sitting around.
    Thank you for the inspiration... and giving us another look into your wonderful laundry room!
    Take Care,
    Maria
    p.s. Thank you so much for posting about my shop! I really appreciate your support!

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  2. Oh my your laundry room is so adorable...I love it all....I need to find me some of those bottles those are great...
    Have a Blessed day....
    Tonja

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  3. Uncle TJ Maxx! Love it! Gorgeous, and a smart use of space, as well as supplies. Thanks for sharing!!
    Jenny

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  4. Everything looks so wonderful, Rie. I just love the lemonade bottles...I am going out today to buy some!

    ~Julia

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  5. Our apartment has a dingy basement laundry room that we share with one other tenant. I am so anxious to get it cleaned up and looking beautiful. While I am waiting for the weather to get a little warmer (it is freezing down there) ~ I will look at your inspiration here and visit Uncle TJ Maxx. Nice work.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  6. I love it!!! This room makes me jealous that I only have a little pantry/laundry room.

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  7. It looks positively dreamy!!
    I love Uncle TJ Maxx too!
    Ashlyn

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  8. Gorgeous. Love that stick turned clothesline. The bottles are genious. I think my kids need some lemonade!

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  9. beautiful laundry room...i aspire to having this kind of a laundry room someday! love LOVE that sink!!

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  10. Love it!! You had me going with the Grandma Mable rug! I thought, "No way! My grandma didn't have rugs that beautiful..." :) May I ask too... What do you use the mineral oil for? Vinegar is my best friend, but never heard about the oil...

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  11. Your laundry room looks gorgeous,its so pretty that it could make me actually enjoy doing the laundry...almost LOL.That's a great way to reuse the pretty packaging that so many products have.Much better than in the landfill.

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  12. Your laundry room is beautiful! I could easily be doing laundry all the time. It's one chore I dont like doing.
    The baskets are pretty and so is your sink.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Claudia

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  13. I never thought about using those Lemonade bottles but now I know I can buy some today and not have to worry about driving 2 hours away to our Ikea!!
    Your laundry room looks amazing :)

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  14. Holy cow Rie, it is right out of a magazine. Bravo my friend I love every detail in there!! If my laundry room wasn't in our detached garage I would copy you asap.
    Hugs~
    T

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  15. Hey... we're RELATED!!! I have an Uncle T.J. Maxx too!

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  16. You are a true inspiration...does that sound cliche...I soo don't mean it too..I just really mean it! I love your blog...and your header..gonna work on mine..yours is my inspiration...there is that word again:) Have a great day! L.O.V.E. the laundry room...especially the use of the stick...awesome!

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  17. Kate-
    I use mineral oil (i.e. baby oil) to polish my stainless appliances. works great! Thanks for your comment!

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  18. I love all your changes. The bottles look amazing and I love how everthing looks so pretty yet it's all so very usable!

    p.s. Do you have any laundry secrets for us!

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  19. It is always getting prettier around your place!!!!
    - {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  20. Love it all! So pretty! I'm sure I'm the only one who doesn't know this, but what do you use the mineral oil for?

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  21. That's the prettiest laundry ever Rie! You have such a talent for decorating. I love things stored in glass.

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  22. Love your laundry room, Rie. It is pretty and that is sometimes hard to do in a functional room. Great job dressing it up! Hugs- Diana

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  23. Rie, Your laundry room was already cute, but now it is even cuter! Sure your kids appreciated the lemonade! - Mandy

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  24. Hey, there is another sink of yours that I like. First the bath, now the laundry. So functional and classic.

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  25. What an adorable laundry room Rie! I've been trying to spiff up mine too with some glass containers and such...I really like the idea of using the lemonade bottles :)

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  26. Rie,
    love your clever idea of using lemonade bottles to get the same effect.
    So, share with us what you clean with distilled vinegar, mineral oil and the other one. I am curious. As i have already made the move to Mrs. Meyers products and would like to use more chemical free cleaning products.

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  27. Cheryl,
    I use mineral oil (baby oil) for polishing my stainless appliances. I use distilled water for the steam mop and in linen spray (for ironing or spraying around the house). I use vinegar for cleaning... anything! Hope that helps!

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  28. Love the label tip! I was hoping to get to Ikea soon as well after Maria's post. I may just have to do the lemonade though!

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  29. Can I come do laundry at your place??!!;)It looks wonderful Rie! Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  30. Heehee!
    Each element is so perfect...what a large space too! Should we send some dirty clothes so you can stay in there longer?

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  31. I absolutely love your laundry room. It's so big, bright, and homey. I am getting ready for a laundry re-do myself. Mine won't ever look like yours as it is in a dark old basement with one wee-tiny window. Oh well, you have given me such inspiration and thank you so much.

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  32. Thanks so much for responding with the cleaning tips!! :) I use vinegar and water for my stainless, but will try the oil too! Also, I currently have distilled water on my grocery list, since I haven't used it in my Haan steam mop and am having streaks. *tsk* I'm hoping that actually following the directions and using the distilled water will help!! :) Thanks again!

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  33. Beautiful laundry room. I love the lacy curtain below the sink, the sink and the baskets hanging on the opposite wall. Thanks for the cleaning tips!

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  34. Hi. I like your site.Would you like to make a link exchange?
    My site http://handmade-wedding-jewelry.blogspot.com/ we both benefit from this

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  35. You are so cute! Uncle T.J. MAxx?!!! I will remember this- he's my favorite uncle, too!!! I love your blog.

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  36. I love,love, love your little laundry room. It is absolutely charming... and I think we're related, because i visit my uncle TJ Maxx all the time too!

    Cindy

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  37. Hi Rie,
    I may be the only one that does not know where to purchase the lemonade. Please, fill me in! I can't wait to try some... Thanks so much, Kenda

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  38. Hi Kenda,
    I got the Lorina lemonade from World Market. But I think any nice grocery chain would have it too.

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  39. Oh wow...I just LOVE the lemonade bottles!! I need to do this for my laundry room!

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  40. Lovely laundry room! I have been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now and so glad I found it.

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  42. Love the Laundry Room. Everything looks wonderful.
    ~Heidi

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  43. I've been following your blog for a while. I find myself with the odd task of combining my laundry room and bedroom. Thanks so much for your ideas. You have a scrumptious laundry room!

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  44. Really cute laundry room....it must be fun to do laundry in such an inviting space! I have an idea that you have fun no matter what you do...
    ...we must be related...TJ is my uncle too! lol

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  45. I just found your blog and LOVE it! Is the ink in a label maker different from the ink in an inkjet printer? I've made labels for bottles I have, but,
    if it gets wet, the ink bleeds. I posted a few of your beautiful pictures on my tumblr blog. I could find nothing that states not to. Your site is so inspiring, and I love your ideas.

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  46. i just love your laundry room!it is just so bright & cheery! i have to confess that mine has become a little bit of a catch all but i think that i am going to tackle it right now!
    xoxxo
    amy

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  47. Ok....I'm officially jealous of your cozy laundry room, Rie!...{groan}. It resembles the "dream laundry room" in my mind that I hope to have someday. Right now, it's traipsing down the basement stairs to an old basement for me. :) I have to ask what you use the apple baskets on the wall for?

    xoxo laurie

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  48. Wonderful idea! I have an empty but pretty bottle of lemonade and I have a half-full but ugly bottle of vinegar... Tomorrow, thanks to you, I'll have a great bottle of vinegar. Brilliant!

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  49. I just love that little sink in your laundry room!

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  50. It almost makes me want to clean....wait....did I really just say that! Make it a great week.

    karen

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  51. oh my goodness i love your laundry room! i will most likely be using this as my inspiration laundry room! :)

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  52. Looks great! I love clean, functional, and orderly laundry rooms! How long did it stay like this before you had piles of sorted clothes, stacks of clean, soaking items...etc? A great laundry room is one that doesn't stay clean long... : )

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  53. Love your site! We built our home almost 9 years ago. Our laundry/furnace room has never been touched other than dry wall on three walls. Your photos and tips have given me such inspiration, I have begun to turn it into a nice laundry room. Thank you so much!

    Take care,
    Valerie

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  54. Darling laundry room - I could actually enjoy doing laundry in there!!

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  55. I love how you stay true to your style in every corner of your home down to the last detail. Just lovely.

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  56. i happened to be in the big city today & went by world market. i saw this lemonade & got sooo excited! my husband thought i was a little nuts - not that he didn't already know & love that about me... i knew i couldn't leave without buying a bottle - one, to try it! and two, to have beautiful laundry storage, too! thanks for the inspiration!

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  57. just found you and I LOVE it! to have a laundry area like that, wow!! would love it if you took a look a my blog - I'm new to the blogging world...
    http.paintedfresh.blogspot.com

    ~Donna

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  58. love it! Makes me want to make my laundry room pretty too. :)

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  59. hey rie,
    i thought tj maxx was my uncle! and so maybe we're related?!
    your posts always make me smile. a ray of sunshine on a gloomy wintery day! really love the light fixture in there.
    judi

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  60. I love you laundry room, it is so light and airy. I think if my laundry room looked like that I would do a better job!

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  61. Stumbled upon your blog via your recent feature, congratulations! How utterly airy, clean and minimalist - this room is gorgeous in its simplicity. totally reminds me of the insanely stylish but minimal japanese brand muji. in the off chance that you havent yet, you have to check it out online. I think you would *love* their chicly simple items - in particular check out their great notebooks - very reasonable too. they would be so at home in this room ;) thoroughly enjoyed this post xx

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  62. Your laundry room is beautiful - I love the details! I linked this to my laundry rooms post too, well done!

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  63. lovely home.you do make some thought.

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  64. Super duper fab!!!

    Now Following!!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  65. I just found your lovely blog. I was looking for a farm sink on Pinterest but now I have spent the evening looking at your blog. Great laundry room.
    Tonita @ www.ShabbyChicTinyRetreat.blogspot.com

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