Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunny Window Shelf

Sunny Window Shelf In Laundry Room
While visiting with Debbie 
of DebbieDoos
I was lamenting that I wasn't always
able to complete projects
like I did in my younger days.
Please notice my signature blue. It is everywhere!
I therefore didn't have much to share
with you younger bloggers.
Can you believe the difference in the lighting? All the pics were taken at the same time,
just different angles.
Debbie suggested that I share some of the projects
I have done in the past.
I wanted shelving
 in front of this laundry room window.
 It gets the morning light and is so nice for plants.
Does anyone remember Christopher Lowell?
He was a pioneer of the DIY home decorating shows.
On one episode he did this neat little shelf.
Little to no construction.
A wooden rod with deep brackets to give clearance for the shelf. Two laminated shelves in standard size. Marine cord/rope and a paddle drill bit.
The canisters made by my daughter Hollie hold various things used in the laundry. This one has scrubbies and brushes another holds vinyl gloves, another buttons and coins.
The Most difficult part was measuring for the shelves. I placed the rope over the rod, marked the first shelf, used large safety pins to mark where the top shelf would go. Using the top of the washer and dryer for work space.  I tied the first shelf in place, looped it over the rod again and repeated the process. I then trimmed the rope at the bottom.
Leaky containers created a little "shabby chic" over the years.
My choice of laminate probably wasn't the best for keeping plants but I have learned that shabby isn't
shabby, it's Shabby Chic!
Hey! I bet you could use pallet wood for shelves!
I am not ready to show you the rest of the laundry room, BUT you can see the ceiling. Fancy crown and moulding for a laundry room, huh!
I came to the building site one day and it was up. Not intended but cheaper than taking it down. 
The little glass jars contain seeds for spring planting.
I can't leave without remarking about "Billy Bass".
He was a gift to Bob from one of the grandsons.
This is the room I have chosen for it's display.
The grandsons are grown but they never fail to activate
Billy's song on their way thru to the garage.
Never let it be said that I don't appreciate fine art!

Well, it was a while back 
but I hope you enjoyed seeing this project. 

I love my sunny window shelf!
It makes one a sunny self!
Let's party here:


Debbiedoo's said...

Ok Girl, that is so awesome! I loved Christoper Lowell! This is a really neat share Ginger. Glad you did, I bet you have more!

Marydon said...

What a fabulous idea for your plants ... wish I had a sunny window in the laundry room. Love it ...

Have a great week ~

Susan said...

What a wonderful project!! Love your sunny shelf!

NanaDiana said...

GREAT shelf! It is a great idea for in front of a window. I love(d) Christopher Lowell. He was WAY ahead of his time and I loved his style. Wonder what he is doing now? It seems like a lot of the good design shows on HGTV are gone and replaced with some not-so-interesting ones...or maybe it is just me~

Martha said...

What a clever idea for a shelf in front of a window -- and it looks like perfect light for plants!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Ginger, these are such a great idea!

Chatty Crone said...

You did a great job and your shelf is awesome. I wish i had a window in my laundry room - sunny or not! sandie

Diann said...

I love the hanging shelves Ginger! They are wonderful. And I adore Christopher Lowell! I just picked up my 3rd C.L. decorating book at a flea market last month. I so miss his show! My personal opinion is he still had the best decorating ideas and how-to's than any of the shows since. I learned so much from him.

Create With Me said...

This is an awesome idea! Do you have problem with the shelves swinging uncontrollably? Found you through Uncommon Slice of Surburbia linky party. Best, My

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It has a garden feel. Nice.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Love this project and it looks so great in your window!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

I loved Christopher Lowell! This idea is so cute! And Billy Bass is just too funny!!

Barbara F. said...

Hi Ginger, your laundry room is very very nice, I like the color blue. Reminds me of my bedroom in my former home. The daisy canister is familiar too, I made a set for my mother in ceramics years ago. xo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great idea Ginger, I am so glad you shared this with us! It looks so pretty and I love the crown molding in there too! Hope you show us more of this pretty room:)

Deserae said...

Love your window shelves...very clever! I miss the days of good decorating shows! Can't wait to see the rest of the room too :o)

chateau chic said...

What a great idea for a shelf. Your laundry room looks so bright and cheery. Hope you have some of the pretty crown molding in the rest of your home.
I'm glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

Suzy said...

What a great idea, Ginger. And the perfect place too! I love the color of your laundry room. This may a project that isn't new to you, but it is to us! I hope you'll share more. Oh man - I used to love me some Christopher Lowell. Back in the day - I made sure to record his show on my high tech vcr on my high tech vhs video tape. Another one around about the same time was Lynette Jennings. Loved her too.

Grace InAZ said...

A perfect solution for the window over my sink. It used to look outside till the patio was enclosed. Now it looks into my craft/laundry/computer room! I was just telling hubby that I thought a shelf would look good there!
And, I remember Christopher Lowell - I loved watching him! Cool!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

That is a very clever solution for a great purpose! Well done.
I am late but I was really heavy hearted for a couple of days. You missed my post from yesterday... that explains it all. Today I feel a lot better, at least after sleeping in to catch up.

Love to you,


Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Great job on the project! And yes, I do remember Christopher Lowell. And I like your canisters... the basketweave looks like Belleek, which I love. Plus, I also love your crown molding! SO pretty!

Maggie said...

What a super way to jazz up the laundry room, not one of the most interesting place to be lingering in,whilst making the most of all the natural light for your plants,

Anonymous said...

Ginger this window shelf is fabulous! Great job!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a great idea, I love it! Not only functional but it looks really cool too:@)

Debbie said...

Ginger, please keep your "old" projects coming. I love this and bet you have inspiration after inspiration to share. I do remember watching Christopher Lloyd. He was goofy, but his ideas were really good.

This is a keeper. I also love how you store things in pretty containers. This is the second post in less than 24 hours that has me wanting to start scouring about for containers instead of leaving things in boxes.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the shelf and the idea for your plants! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh i love your shelf. How perfect. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the shelf..such a creative project and perfect for the plants!..

Helen's Decor said...

Ginger, yes, I remember Christopher well. Liked his first show better than the last one. Your shelves are awesome. Terrific idea for that space. Love it. Thanks for posting it. Helen

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ginger that Debbie is so smart! How fun to see some older projects you have done. This one is awesome and I do remember Christopher Lowell...he inspired me! That shelf is so cute and clever. Hugs, Linda said...

I love your sunny shelves, very nautical! Christopher had some very creative ideas!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh gosh, rembmber when everyone had a Billy Bass...So funny! This is a great idea for plants! I thought my, that is a fancy laundry room with corn molding! My washer and dryer are in the garage, guess you won't ever be seeing my laundry room LOL!


Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES said...

I totally forgot about Christopher Lowell, but I miss all those HGTV and other famous decorators from back in the 90's. The executives at HGTV have lost their minds with the garage on their network now. I got sick of the network years ago and do not really watch anymore unless Sarah Richardson is on. Too bad the network doesn't recognize talent.

Thank you for poining out Billy Bass. My grandfather used to have one of those and played it all the time. Actually, if it made noise, it was probably in his house. Clocks were his biggest thing and he'd set them all 5 minutes apart to hear the noise.

One made bird chirps, another was trains, and a coo-coo clock. I'm sure there was at least another one, but these things went on for at least 15 minutes. Drove everyone else nuts (especially my grandmother who lived with it every hour, every day), but these things all made him happy.

I totally forgot Billy until I saw him on your wall. How fun that your grandsons have something from their younger years that still brings them such pleasure at your house.

But wait, I guess I should have been talking about the shelves, huh? I ramble way too much! Those seem like a very creative way to take advantage of "wasted" space in a room that is mainly for function. The color in the flowers make your room come to life. I love the blue wall color. I had a similar color in my tv room for years. It's very calming and pretty.

Thanks for linking this to my party!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Hi Ginger, those shelves are great! Love the look of the rope, and yes, I'd bed a more rustic rope and pallet wood would look great as well. I remember Christopher Lowell. I still think about a project he shared years ago that I really liked. And Billy Bass...he's just too good to be true :)

Chubby N Chieque said...

Absolutely smart shelve! Everything is perfect.

Happy mid-week.

Greetings from a snowy Stockholm,

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Love the shelf..such a creative project and perfect for the plants!..Yes I do remember Chistopher I have a lot of taps from his show.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Valentine's Day tablescape. Hope you and Bob have a wonderful week.
XXOO Diane

Leslie's Garden said...

That's a nifty little shelf, I love all your houseplants. I don't have a single sunny window in my house!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great idea! I want to do this in my laundry room. Wonder whatever happened to Christopher? Haven't seen him in awhile. laurie

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Ginger, your hanging shelf is a great way to enjoy plants without taking up always-needed laundry room counter space. I'm sure you've enjoyed it immensely through the years. (Yes, I do remember Christopher Lowell -- and Lynette Jennings, too!)

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Good Morning,

I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner. I love what you have done with the window and the wall color is beautiful. I have a window with no other purpose but to let light in the laundry room. I think I can handle this project. But guess what? Our previous owners had wallpaper border up!!! I've looked at the beach scene border in there for about 8 years. If I do the window that's going to make me do other stuff ;-) Getting ready to like you on FB.

A Gracious Home said...

I do remember Christopher Lowell. I love the shelves. I would love to have some. I will show them to hubby.

Donna McBroom-Theriot said...

What a great idea. Visiting via Catherine's. Hope you'll visit and follow my blog. Donna

royalegacy said...

That's really a nice window shelf. I'm new here from Katherine's Corner Favorite Things Blog Hop. Please come on over and visit me. Following you by GFC & FB, and added your button to my blog. Have a great day!

Lucy said...

I would never think to put shelves in front of a window for plants, what a great idea and it looks so nice. Love the story behind Billy Bass!!

Anonymous said...

Hello, there! I love your shelf! Not only do I remember Chrisopher Lowell, I miss his show!!
I found you at the Thursday blog hop at Katherine's Korner. Congratulations on hosting. I am now a new follower.


Blessy said...

I love the shelf! Very nice! That was actually a really cool idea. Now, if only I have a window like that to work on.

cherry said...

Love these shelves Miss Ginger what a wonderful idea.. and your woodland table scape is fabulous!!
hugs from me happy weekend...

Babs said...

Hey Ginger,
I remember Christopher Lowell and what a cute idea for a plant shelf.
I know what you mean about finishing projects...I have very few projects that I can do that won't cost an arm and a totally remodeling the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this cute project...and Billy Bass.
I remember "him".

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Ginger,
Thanks so much for linking and sharing this super cool window shelf with us at WIW. We loved it so much that you are featured this week! Come on by and grab a button.
Big hugs,

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That Pink Bird said...

I love the color of these walls. I am just now reading your blog, great site. I am new and learning the ropes. Not as computer literate as I thought I was. LOL

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