If it’s possible to be in a long-term relationship with a door….
…this would be the one.
The first time I walked through this door after we bought back the house, I almost cried.
Oh….the stories this door could tell.
It’s a dutch door that leads to the laundry room. The dutch part of the door was a little sad and missing a piece and we just fixed it and painted it black and hung a boxwood wreath and cowbells on it.
It looks like this.
Did you sigh?
Did you just remember how much you love dutch doors?
Did you think how good the new house paint color looks with the door?
Here’s the view of the other side of the door.
There’s the cutest little laundry room and butler’s pantry right inside the door.
We just repainted and remodeled this space.
On one side there are built-ins for the washer and dryer.
We added a shelving in between and added a countertop on the top for extra storage and a place to fold clothes.
There’s a ledge at the top filled with baskets for extra dish storage.
(total aside: I know. I KNOW. I have too many dishes. Blame it on the half-price table at yard sales.)
I found these super cute galvanized metal containers at Hobby Lobby.
(total aside: If you go to Hobby Lobby looking for these—please remember to use your 40% off coupon. You can just pull it up on your phone from their website and they’ll scan it right there in the store.)
I added all the laundry helpers to these and placed them in the shelves between the washer and dryer.
There’s the other side.
The mini-butler’s pantry.
Are you ready?
Are you sitting down?
If I squint, I can almost pretend I’m back at the farmhouse.
This is where we keep the microwave and the coffee maker and all the coffee things and the trashcan and a toaster when I find a super cute one.
All those luncheon plates I had in the butler’s pantry at the farmhouse—this is where they live.
There are mini-marble countertops.
And subway tile.
And a set of dog bowls.
And the cutest mail carrier I found at our local ReStore.
(If you live in McKinney—they had tons of these there).
It hangs on the back door and mostly keeps the laundry soap company.
I love you dutch door.
You’ve always been there.
You watched as I carried two tiny 4 pound (and almost 4 pound) twinnies home. I brought those two car carriers through the door with one on each arm.
You smiled as I walked out of this door in my wedding dress on my wedding day with hot rollers and red lipstick and slippers on.
You grinned as my new husband carried me back inside the day after our wedding to greet our family and friends for a wedding brunch the next day before we left for our honeymoon.
You wept with me as I walked back inside after my father’s funeral.
You encouraged me with my mother as you both gave me hope with my struggles with four tiny munchkins under the age of seven.
You looked on as my children took their first steps and ate cheerios and squash at the countertop and played with legos on those old oak floors.
All the hours.
All the moments.
All the days.
I cried when I left you.
When I opened you back up for the first time and let the sunshine in, I threw my head back and laughed with all the excitement and anticipation of a thousand Christmas mornings.
I’m here to stay.
Here’s to all the joy to come. 🙂
PS Thank you for all your encouragement with the new book and the videos.
Here are just a few behind-the-scenes i-phone photos of our bookcase styling session.
We styled this entire bookcase in four minutes using easy tips and a little inspiration.
I can’t wait for you to see them.