Friday, June 28, 2013

Organizing My Drawers!

Hello and Happy Friday! 
Today I am sharing a little organization post with you. I started this project Wednesday evening and finished last night. I was gone most of the day yesterday or would have finished sooner. And...as usual, I forgot to take a before photo of my buffet drawers, but the first photo below shows a lot of the stuff that came out of the drawers piled on my table\. I had just been cramming things in them and they were stuffed to overflowing. I had also been using one of my yard sale finds to store the overflow, but both of them needed to be cleaned out and organized. The second photo shows the yard sale cabinet.



I took everything out and switched some things around and had enough room to store the set of white china I bought a few months ago as well.  Here are the after photos.  First up are the left side drawers in the buffet. The top drawer holds tablecloths and runners. The middle one holds ice cream dishes, and the bottom drawer holds different types of trays.


The middle set of drawers hold place mats, serving pieces, and large glass platters.


The right side drawers hold napkins and rings, vases, and miscellaneous decorative pieces.


Much more organized! I do plan to either replace the buffet with a different one some day or paint this one. I have put off painting my larger furniture pieces until I am able to renovate the floors and walls in each room. Right now my walls are a really ugly creamy colored wallpaper covered sheet rock....typical of older mobile homes. I haven't painted because I want to gut each room and replace the walls with bead board and new sheet rock in some areas, as well as some board and batten. I also want my walls to be painted white to look fresh and clean and make a nice backdrop for my wood furniture which I plan to paint. We will also be replacing all the old carpet with new laminate. I can't wait, but I am trying to be patient until we can get to it and making the best of what I have to work with...:) I know God wants me to be content with what I have and He will bless me with what I want in His timing...:)

Here is the inside of the yard sale cabinet. It holds a lot! The top shelf holds candle holders, the middle shelf holds some plates and bowls along with some more candle holders and silk flowers. The bottom holds my set of white china as well as a set of fall & spring dinner plates. I want to put a fresh coat of  white paint on this little cabinet eventually. I also want to put bead board on the back and paint it a pretty color...maybe aqua, yellow, or green.


After I finished this project, I decided to work on tweaking all my junk...I mean treasures in my little library area. It is quite cluttered now, but again, I have big plans for this small space. Eventually the wall that holds big bookshelf  will be covered in built-in bookshelves from floor to ceiling. I can't wait! I'm so tired of all the brown! I am ready for light and bright! Anywho, you can see what this space looked like before I tweaked it here. I had to move the chairs a while back because my son kept kicking his toes on them when he walked to his room. Here is what it looks like now.....


You can read how I recovered the chairs and ottoman here and here.




Here is the $5 yard sale cabinet I mentioned earlier in this post! It was a great investment! I love how the vignette on top turned out as well.

 

I love the colors of these old books. I also love my pewter horse head bookend I bought a a flea market a while back. I'm still debating on painting him. I think I will one day! Next to the horse head is an old ink bottle and my husband's late grandfather's pocket watch hangs in the cloche in front. A pretty teacup and saucer and vintage silver trinket box finish off the space.


On each side are two large apothecary jars I have had for about 25 years. They were given to me by an old friend of my hubby's family and she had them for years before that. I love the size and they are very heavy glass. Look at the pretty detailing on the lid. This one holds loose change. When it is filled, we will roll it and cash it in. Maybe use it for a small home project. A tile quote and a small, old insulator round this side off. Love the color of the insulator!


The left side jar holds my son's old marble collection. He had some really pretty ones that I couldn't bear to part with. I'll have grands to play with them some day! Also on this side are several old bottles that my Granny Pauline dug up herself. She loved to dig for treasures and had a huge collection of old bottles and arrowheads. You can see several of the old bottles here. The tall aqua colored one with the stopper is a favorite as well as the white one!


I am so looking forward to a Girl's Night Out with my besties tonight! We are doing a little shopping, going to eat at Outback, and then going to see The Heat. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are my two favorite actresses and I am sure together they are a hoot! Looking forward to shopping, eating, chatting, and laughing with this awesome group of ladies...:) 

Well, I better get up and get busy! I have more projects on my Summer To Do list! 
Oh....just in case you didn't see it, please go read this post if you might be interested in guest blogging for me! I would appreciate it greatly...:) Thanks to the ladies who have already contacted me...I am so grateful!
Y'all have a wonderful Friday!
Until next time.....

3 comments:

  1. Vicky, your storage is pretty organized! I think you are doing a great job in your home. We have to find places for our treasures wherever we can find them. Love the vignette on top of the white cabinet!!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. It must be something in the air Vicky as I haven't stopped all week and weekend tidying, organising and moving stuff out. So well done you! Your little package with you some time next week as it has been so hectic in work with the ordinations. Take care. Chel x

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  3. Ah, the joy of an organized home. I think I could use a little of that right about now. Your vignettes turned out so cute!
    Liz

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