Guys, I nearly cut out this week.
I’ve been struggling with a companion paint colour for the white blog office, so that project is still on hold.
And then life took some unexpected turns.
Result? Nothing done. Nothing. Just a bunch of silly paint redos.
Clearly, my least fav DIY thing is choosing paint colours. We’ll discuss that later this week.
But… I have been more diligent keeping things up, and it’s making an impact on my mood and sense of well being, so there’s that!
So, as I was feeling deflated, rehearsing a grand speech on the merits of life not cooperating, therefore it being perfectly OK to (ahem) not clean,
I faced this.
Then I reasoned, “Come ON! Cleaning up at least the dresser won’t take long!”
And know what? It didn’t.
These flowers had been here since late June. Oops. Think they’re dry enough now?
And when we got home from our Maui trip, it became a dumping ground for my cards and souvenirs I’ve yet to show you.
First things first… every dusty thing came down and was washed.
Then I moved the dresser away from the wall, and… oh man… clearly I need to do this more often.
I refuse to show you a before, so here’s proof it’s all clean now.
Let’s just say, hardwood collects everything.
Including 3 crunchy ball cat toys. Now THAT part was cool!
Hydrangeas are at their peak for fall harvesting with their slightly crispy blooms. So once the water dries, they will still look wonderful!
You know they dry well? Here’s a post I wrote on how to DRY THEM for wilt free blooms.
This flower was so made for the likes of me…
All done! Simple and pretty.
I also did one extra thing. Adding a few screws to the top of the barn wood mirror created a cool way to hang some necklaces.
Or another post on them HERE.
House number dresser tutorial is HERE. It’s an oldie!
Now… don’t you wish you had cleaned something with your also no time kinda life? 🙂
Or did you? Let’s hear about it!
CHANGE / I’ll also be moving the cleaning posts to Wednesdays instead of Mondays. It’ll allow a little more family time for all of us each weekend. 🙂
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See ya next Wednesday with another!
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16 thoughts on “4 – a fall hydrangea dressed up dresser”
You are turning this place into a cozy and wonderful home, I love what you do and encourage you to carry on!
I think those are the prettiest colored hydrangeas that I have ever seen.I love everything that you do.
I have some hydrangeas drying right now. After they are dried I spray them with hairspray and it seems to hold them better. I have some from our son’s wedding – 3 years ago – and they are still holding together. I put them on top of a hutch and try very hard not to move them. With 2 dogs and 2 cats I am always amazed at the hair we collect behind furniture, in front of furniture, on top of furniture, etc. etc. etc. but I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!
Ohhhh I like the hairspray idea! I might do that! Thanks!
Well done Donna. At least one drawer is a great start. Well I sort of fixed myself this weekend by not only deciding to thoroughly clean my office/studio, but also cutting holes in the gyprock and insulating the whole attic space. So it’s going to be a bit of a mess before it gets better, but the insulation is bought ($600 at Home Depot…gulp) and the Atticat blow insulation machine is about to be rented, and I so hope the process will be an easy one. Off now to get going. 😀
Haha… kinda sounds like my blog office project!
So I have a challenge for you this week! See if you can clean a very small area from start to finish, like the dresser.
Because if you are anything like me, you are officially overwhelmed with the chaos and nothing else is getting done!
How close did I get?
I’m in love with this little numbered dresser! And the barn wood mirror. You are so right about just keep moving forward and doesn’t it feel so good? We are working on the never ending boxes. Nothing as fun as hydrangeas and jewelry hangers. But one more unpacked makes me smile.
Boxes are over and beyond the most deflating thing to try and knock down!
What I might suggest, before you lose steam… when you unpack for a small given area, make it pretty if you can, like the dresser. It’ll give you some hope when you’re in the midst of what seems like non productivity.
Your box attitude rocks by the way… I commend you!
I love this. I’m so envious of your hydrangeas. I have one but it’s never bloomed….maybe someday.
Hi Jen! Do you prune them back hard each year? If so, try not pruning them for two seasons. The blooms come from old wood.
I never officially prune mine, just trim to shape. They are loaded every year!
No, I’ve only had it a few years & it hasn’t grown big enough to need pruning yet. I’m hoping it just needs to get bigger to bloom but it had blooms on it when it was planted.
I’m taking notes and making plans! My Big Tidy Up begins after this weekend. My husband and I are finishing up projects to take to a local Garden and antique show (last one until spring). Last week we had a health scare with my father so we are WAY behind….and that’s okay. My dad is home and healthy once again and needless to say the house (and our gardens) are a disaster. I can’t wait to go room by room and clean, organize and revamp my space. Good for you for plugging on! I love everything you’ve done so far and you give me HOPE that I too can accomplish this goal!
What, there are things I don’t want under and behind my furniture? Oh man, I should start collecting dust instead of the junk I do! Wednesday’s it is.
Those are some really beautiful hydrangeas, Donna…what a lovely way to keep yourself motivated!
I haven’t given up. Life just tripped me, I’ll be back in the swing of things soon!
I absolutely adore everything you’ve done with your home! There’s the clean and classic, rustic, vintage, and even a little bit of a feminine touch that always has me coming back for more. The numbers on your dresser are definitely amazing, and I just might have run with that idea 😉