Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Great Gizmo and Hallway Remodel

I am aware I am 75 (sometime too aware) and living in a state not known for cerebral excellence, However, Ozark persons have more ingenuity than some Ph.Ds, but I am an immigrant to the Ozarks. So if this gizmo is 'old hat' to some of you modern Desperate Housewives, forgive me for my naive exurbrance.

White Hanger Holder Gizmo
In a previous post I exhibited my remodeled utility room which contains a Fisher and Paykel washer and dryer. These modern conveniences are, of course, located at the opposite end of the house from where clothes, towels, sheets, etc., cleaned and dried, are stored. What else could I expect??? [I remember my ancestors using non-electric washers with hand-cranked wringers, rub boards, double and triple rinsing sinks, outdoor clothes lines and God forbid!, bluing.]

                       White Hanger Holder Gizmo
While shopping for medicine cabinets at a big box store, I came across the solution for my hanging dried clothing on  available door knobs near the utility room, until ready to haul to storage at the opposite end of house. I consider it the answer to my wash day frustration of 32 years of living in this house! It may be the least expensive item I purchased during this remodeling spree.

White Hanger
Holder Gizmo
Its simple name on my receipt was WHITE HANGER HOLDER, 6.99 +tax; I am ecstatic with this new gizmo. I pull out all hanging garments first; place them on hangers, and then hang them on my gizmo so as to avoid wrinkling while I dig around in the dryer sorting piles for folding. When not in use it folds neatly, vertically against the wall. 

Since some of our clothing, especially my husband's winter clothing, is heavy, I advise the gizmo be mounted to a stud, unless your walls are solid wood.

Now to the remodeling of our L-shaped hallway which opens into 3 rooms and a closet with doors. See sketch--not drawn to scale! [I'm not much of a sketcher, either!!!]

Hallway Viewed from Den
to Guest Bathroom with
Guest Bedroom on Left
and Closet on Right. The
wreath is gift from a
friend. The rack/shelf
holds outerwear, hats,
earmuffs, sweaters, etc.
There is a second door-
bell above wreath, since
the front door bell can-
not be heard this far
back in the house.

The hallway is quite small; it is difficult to execute the corner and doors when moving moderate to large items in and out of these rooms which are along the back of the house. I have four photos--maybe you can imagine a L-shaped quite small hallway. Again, I used a wide angle lens and am not particularly interested in interior home photography. However, I do like the looks of what we have renovated.

Hallway Viewed from
Guest Bathroom to Den
with Guest Bedroom
Barely Visible. Shelv-
seen in Den was en-
closed to Give Appear-
ance of being built-in.
The shadow in the low-
er left is door knob of
Guest Bathroom! The
Wall Hanging is a
mounted trout with
4 knobs to hang hats
or outer wear.

The 'L' shape is like the 'L' is lying sideways, resting on the short 'leg.' The first photo shows the view from the den into the short leg and corner of the 'L' which shows the guest bedroom door on the left, a slight glimpse into the guest bathroom and the door of the closet on the right.

The second photo shows the opposite view from the Guest Bathroom, to the Den. You get a glimpse of the shelving in the den we enclosed to give a look of built-in.

The 3rd and 4th views show the long side of the 'L' -- Guest Bedroom to Office, and Office to Guest Bedroom. 
Hallway viewed from Guest
Bedroom to Office with
Guest Bathroom on Left
Office door straight ahead,
and side of Hall Closet
on right. Wall hangings
better viewed in 1st two

The Master Bathroom is near finished; I have to line drawers and we have drawer organizers for 4 of the six drawers, a slider basket behind one door and a plain basket behind the door where plumbing takes up most of space.

The Guest Bathroom is awaiting a bath wall cabinet. 

Hallway viewed from Office
to Guest Bedroom. I turned
on Flash and you can see
why I dislike built-in flash--
The Den, daily dining/living area is finished, except it is where all the stuff removed from other areas is deposited on tables, floor, counters, etc. further my lift chair where I live when not standing upright is being reupholstered.

We are still in limbo as to moving this lift chair, a table and accessory cart to the office. It would make the Den look neater, and clutter up the office which is not otherwise used anymore as I cannot sit at a desk for any period of time due to arthritic and severe osteoporosis of back.

The biggest improvement in the Den is the shelving creatively enclosed to look like it is built in.

Since only the Master Bathroom, Kitchen, and Living/Formal Dining areas are all that is left inside the house, I may get around to giving you a grand tour. The Kitchen was completly renovated about 5 years ago--cabinets, fixtures, appliances and an island with electricity added.

The other rooms were all given new paneling, painted ceilings, new carpet, but not quite as changed as what we just finished, at least not in looks.

By the time I finish the interior photography, maybe I will have a penchant for it...don't bet the bank on it.

PHOTOS: by NITWIT1 unless otherwise attributed


Lorna said...

Sorry to have been away so long. And delighted to see your gizmo---living in a condo makes me a gizmo collector, if the gizmo saves space. Luckily for us, the washer/dryer combo is in the bathroom next to our bedroom, and I don't need that particular one, but I'm storing the picture in my head just in case...

Arkansas Patti said...

I love that gizmo. What a cool idea,especially since it folds up. I am a huge gadget appreciater.
I do hope you have hired some of this work being done. Seems monumental to me.
You have really done a great job both inside and outside. Pretty soon, you can just relax and enjoy.

TexWisGirl said...

don't you LOVE when you find something simple, cheap and extremely effective that makes your life SO much easier!? wonderful!

Hilary said...

It looks wonderful. I love wood panels like that. That gizmo is a brilliant idea. I must get one. Thanks for that tip.

Anonymous said...

Patty sometimes hangs things on clothes hangers and then hangs the hangers everywhere. Mother used to string lines from here to there in our old house she heated with a kitchen cook stove. Took forever for the stuff to dry.

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Cheryl said...

I am getting caught up with my favorite blogs slowly but surely. You have been very, very busy I see! Our home is only 9 years old but I am constantly imagining "remodeling projects"...I don't think my husband would agree!

Sandi McBride said...

You had me laughing...was that intentional? When you said to mount the gizmo to the stud do I take it you weren't talking about your husband? Just askin'. Inquiring minds and all that!!! You've made my day

Liz said...

That gizmo looks like just the sort of thing I need!

You have been hard at work.

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