Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reupholstered Appliances for Commitment-Phobes

...or...
Quilting the Washer and Dryer...

Yes, it is indeed true...I reupholstered the washer and dryer:

 







and, yes, many may think I have "lost the plot" with this one. :-)

But, one thing I have learned is that once you have "lost the plot" you are in good company:
You see that with this rose bush "before" and "after" from this post,
 my dear friend Linda of Linda's Crafty Corner
claims she has "lost the plot", as well. 
She replaced the dead foliage of her bush with beautiful red granny roses!
You see what I mean about good company?
Come join us, we will be acting silly and having gobs of fun!

Wanna' see how non-committal I am?
Then scroll-on...

Started with this:
I forgot to take a picture before I started painting,
 I remembered in the midst and took this photo.
The area went from a darker green to light blue. :-)
 Here's after painting.

 I desired a bright and welcoming area since this is in the front and center of our home.
That's the door leading in from the garage directly into the kitchen.
It's gotta' have some snap, for heaven's sake!
so then....

 I took some fabric and ric-rac "this and thats" from the scrap bin.
Threw in some liquid starch.
 and literally starch-glued the fabric to the appliances.
Let it dry over night.
Then trimmed it up with a little ric-rac held on with hot-glue:
brought in a coordinating trash can:
And there you have it!
A no-sew non-committal re-done appliance set.
And if I tire of it...I simple peel it off, sponge down the appliances,
 throw the fabric in the washer and it's as if it never ever happened!
And when questioned by the authorities, I will simply reply,
"Now, what weird thing did I do?...hmmmmm...show me."
Tee, hee. :-)

(Oh and BTW this "lost the plot" phrase was unknown to me, until Linda came along with this post ..these English folk are crafty ones! I Googled it and could not believe I have lived my life, to this point, without it.
 And, as you can see, I have now added it to my idiom repertoire.)

Thanks Linda!

39 comments:

  1. Pure dead brilliant, as we say in Scotland! I love your machine makeover. Those colours will definitely rid you of those wash day blues. Oh dear, does this mean I've lost the plot too :)) Elizabeth xx

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    1. "Dead brillant" I like that saying too! Perhaps a "lost the plot" club should be in the works.

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  2. Love your washer and dryer Astri. My dogs would eat it off. lol

    Linda

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    1. That is hilarious!!! I wonder if starch tastes like potatoes?

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  3. Love it! I shall join you on the "lost the plot" list! The neat thing is....after 50, who the heck cares what others thinks of us??? I certainly do not!!!
    XO Kris

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    1. Yup - 50 is great! or shoudl I say "after 50"? :-D

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  4. Haha they look brilliant Astri, it's so much fun to loose the plot don't you think? I have even more madness coming up soon. :)

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    1. I can't wait for your madness! And yes it is fun!

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  5. I think this is SO cute! And so easy!!!! You can only see the front and top of mine, but this sure would be cute....:) I guess I "lost the plot" also! :):)

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    1. It was easy! That's what I like!

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  6. I think that is the coolest. It looks very pretty in your freshly painted laundry room. :)

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    1. There's nothing like fresh paint. :-) Thanks for your comment Debi!

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  7. Haha - you all make me laugh. Sounds like I really am in good company! Also note that these appliances are very old. I would have a difficult time replacing them with the new space ship looking kind because they work perfectly. I'll jut keep changing the fabric until they go kaput. :-)

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  8. Astri how cool is that, I just love it. If that is losing the plot, then count me in, I am sold on the idea. The world needs this Astri so spread the word. I do love the combination of colours and patterns, just gorgeous, well done. A wonderful post, thank you
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxx

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    1. More good company with you Dorothy!

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  9. AWESOME! Now that is truly yarn bombing! I don't think you have 'lost the plot', but if others think you have, I will join you in craziness. Life is too short to be normal. ;)

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    1. Thank you Cogaroo! Thanks for joining in!

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  10. LOVE IT JEN!!! and can imagine some of the older rusty machines, what a way
    to cover and brighten a room.... clever xo

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    1. Yes indeed could be used for any old machine...long as it still works may as well make it happy. :-)

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  11. Wait a sec ... if you RE-upholstered your appliances they must have been upholstered before. Where are THOSE photos? I'm guessing you used to have leather with metal studs.... (Just kidding of course.)

    You are a genius, Astri. This is really brilliant - especially the liquid starch as glue bit. I love that you can wash away the evidence whenever you choose. And the washer / dryer look so cheerful now.

    P.S. I've never heard of losing the plot before - it does seem a handy phrase. Thanks for enlightening us!

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    1. P.P.S. I presume the refrigerator is next ... can't wait to see what you come up with for that. ;)

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    2. Hmmmm....the fridge...now there's a novel idea!

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  12. Oh wow, I love it. I have never seen such a stunning make over. Absolutely fab. The fabric you used is fantastic.
    Sorry, I have no words left. It's just amazing.

    Groetjes, Monique

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    1. Thanks Monique. I always enjoy your comments and visit:-)

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  13. Wow- stilig!!! Med denne forandringen så går vel klesvasken som en lek! :-)
    Du er virkelig kreativ!! Venter spent på neste "sprell"! ;-)
    Ha en fin-fin dag!

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  14. I am still laughing (but in a good way) I loved your funny but well chosen phrases today they made me giggle but the end result made me smile. I think that is a day on this planet well spent. When the children go into a tired melt and over emotional state about 4pm we say 'they have lost the plot' we use it all the time! Jo X

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're the best Jo - I thought you might like it. :-)

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  15. I think they are quite amazing and anything you can do to make laundry a happier task should be rewarded.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Ah yes, anything to make laundry happier! Thanks for stopping by Meredith. :-)

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    1. Aha - thank you, M. It seems to be sticking too!

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  17. Oh my goodness - this is brilliant!! I love the idea! Fabulously creative - definitely a way to make the laundry more fun! J9 x

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    1. Goes right along with the vibe from your lovely blog Janine. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. How fun is that? Love yr idea....innovative and very cute :)

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  19. Oh my, you have me thinking of my quite ugly refrigerator! I wonder... you could even do this with seasonal fabrics.

    Blessings from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to you!
    Laura
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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