Grandma Barb’s This and That

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Word of the Day - Doldrums

Rose  over at Rambling Wild Rose did a post about doldrums.  Number 3 of the definition describes how I'm feeling.  It's been a long cold winter and I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling like that.  Yesterday I had an appointment with the eye doctor right after lunch.  I had planned to stay in town and do some shopping and then go to the Y to swim.  After my appointment it was snowing and blowing so bad that I came right home.  I wasn't feeling productive so I sat and read a book the rest of the day.  I haven't been down in the basement the last 3 or 4 days.  So much for my 1/2 an hour a day.  I have completed one project that I will show you though.

The top part of this cupboard I got from a neighbor who was moving about 2 1/2 years ago.  It was filthy dirty and this photo does not even show how dirty it was.  It has sat empty all that time. The bottom cupboard has been in the basement for years and was full of laundry products and other junk stuff.  I forgot to take a picture before I cleared off the shelves.





I liked the color of the top part and I had some paint that was similar in color.  So I painted the whole thing with that after cleaning off all the dirt.  Then I collected all the bottles and vases that were scatter around the basement and put them in here.




It looks so clean and fresh and all organized.  Now on to another project.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a productive day.
Barb

54 comments:

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I like it! Very nice and organized. I hear you on the doldrums. When it's so cold and the days are short I just long for spring.

Blackberry Lane said...

You did a great job and it is perfect for storing your vases etc. It is extremely windy here today...I can't seem to get motivated either!

imsovintage said...

Great job. I think I have the doldrums,too. I can't seem to make myself get up off my chair today. xo Laura

TexWisGirl said...

looks great! i hope the basement is warm, at least. :)

Beth said...

You did a really good job. One project is enough for this week. You have permission to finish your book.

Vee said...

That is a cool idea to have a clearing cabinet for bottles and vases. I have the same thing going on in my basement with no place to put anything. Hmmm... Buy a primrose quick!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I think the mood at the moment is quite low but if you imagine this time last month we were rushing around like headless turkeys! Let's just take each day as it comes and find one positive thing per day, write them down and then reflect at the end of the week that, actually, we're getting there. xx

Karen said...

Nicely organized. I am not having a productive day. It's really cold here minus 24 and even though I am snug inside, my muscles are stiff. I am spending the day with my laptop and Kindle.

Amy Burzese said...

You're making progress at least. That's more than I can say for my basement. Spring will be here before we know it. Stay warm!

eileeninmd said...

I think I had a case of the doldrums over the weekend..The cabinet makeover looks great !! Stay warm and safe, enjoy your week ahead!

Nancy said...

I think you did a great job with the two pieces...you're looking pretty productive to me....it won't be too long before spring and we'll all have more to do than we want....

poppilinnstudios said...

Looks great, Barb. Boy, do I need to get my art room organized. I like to keep all my supplies out where I can see them-makes for a cluttered desk!

Nancy Claeys said...

What a cute cabinet -- right up my alley. You did a great job of perty-ing it up. :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Your project turned out beautifully; so fresh and organised!
I think the doldrums are part of the weather this year; I know I've been experiencing them as well. Hmmm, a cheerful flower or potted plant might help remind us that spring really will come. *hugs*

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love organizing & getting things all cleaned up. glad to see you are having some fun. suddenly all cold, windy & a bit of snow - so far. i am wondering what will happen next in VA? stay warm. ( :

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love organizing & getting things all cleaned up. glad to see you are having some fun. suddenly all cold, windy & a bit of snow - so far. i am wondering what will happen next in VA? stay warm. ( :

Mari said...

I'm feeling the doldrums here too. You did great on that cabinet!

Barb said...

You have a little antique store starting in the basement! Hope you're not snowed in.

genie said...

What a super job you did. I think it looks wonderful all filled up with your goodies.

Linda said...

That looks great! I love the color too! Some days you need to be a bit lazy...we all have those days! Have a wonderful afternoon!!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Super makeover and now you can find all your sweet bottles. I love the raffia on them. It's cold here too and snowing hard all day. It's the wind I can do without.

Michelle said...

I think the cabinet looks great!

Pamela Gordon said...

Now that was a productive project, Barb. It makes for a great storage spot for all your vases. We have a winter storm coming tomorrow. I'll be stuck in the house and maybe I'll read my new Nicholas Sparks book.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your cabinet looks so nice and fresh and organized! Nice job!

Olive said...

You are a project ahead of me. I will not paint until I can do it outside. I have items piled up all over the house and that includes big pieces too.

Debbie said...

oohhhh barb, it came out great!! I really like your bottle collection as well!!

Gail Dixon said...

You definitely had a more productive day than I did! I've been on a heating pad for most of it with a sore back. We are having a really long stretch of winter; I don't know how folks in the north do it. Anyway, the cabinet project is awesome. You did a great job of giving it new life!

Pondside said...

You certainly pulled yourself out of the doldrums in a very big way! I like your project and the colour you chose.

Brian King said...

Nice project! It looks much better after the fact.

Carletta said...

The fresh coat of paint made it a uniform piece and I think it turned out just lovely! I like the primitive feel of it. It looks wonderful!
It might only be one project but it's one to be proud of.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I love your cupboard!
I hear you on the long winter.
More harsh cold.. I've never spent this much time cooped up indoors all winter. I walked with our dog today, and felt like I froze my nose!
Looking forward to brighter, warmer days ahead. (eventually!)
I'm impressed with what you've gotten done, despite the doldrums!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh not nearly as productive as doing up a cabinet - I love the look of it now - fabulous job.

✿ chica said...

Um belo trabalho! Valeu a pena e Ficou lindo! bjs praianos,chica

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Barb;
Firstly, I needed to check the word " doldrums" p;) Great makeover of the cabinet(^_^)v You sure are productive, my friend.

Although I enjoyed a bit of snow fall yesterday, I hope spring comes soon.

Sening Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Carole M. said...

know where you're at Barb' -- sometimes we just need to step back and do that which you chose, read a book or 'do nothing' if you've not got your heart in it. You did well with the shelving unit; it looks so good now!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

So far I have escaped the doldrums. Although it has been cold we have had lots of days of nice sunshine and that helps.

Sally in WA said...

I agree. This cold and long winter is enough to put one in the doldrums. I'm going to home to WA for a week. Hopefully that will restore some ambition for me.

Judy said...

It looks awesome! Now you got me wanting to do something with the bottles in my basement.

Rose said...

Doldrums...that describes me exactly. Not been getting anything done. Just cannot seem to get fully motivated...to do anything.

Our photos said...

It looks lovely!

Mersad said...

Really well organised. I love it's rustic charm.

Ailime said...

Olá Barb, também me sinto assim um pouco improdutiva e então tento fazer algo! Neste momento estou a fazer mais um cachecol!
Adorei o armário que ficou lindo!
Foi um óptimo aproveitamento!
Sobre a foto que apreciou no meu Blogue é o Palácio Nacional da vila de Sintra, próximo do local onde habito. A arquitectura e o interior são belíssimos!
Pode ver aqui a História: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal%C3%A1cio_Nacional_de_Sintra
Abraços Ailime

Tanya Breese said...

oh i really like how that turned out!! hope your spirits have lifted a little!! hugs!

ladyfi said...

What a great job - it looks really nice!

Buttons said...

Oh that looks wonderful Barb. Hug B

EG CameraGirl said...

Nicely done! Now I feel inspired to do a bit of cleaning today. ;))

Nancy's Notes said...

Great job! I think we all have cabin fever!

Nancy's Notes said...

Great job! I think we all have cabin fever!

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a huge improvement you've made to the cupboard, Barb!

Kathy said...

What a great little project and sure to whisk those doldrums out the door!

Cindy said...

Hum doldrums! Comes with the territory and weather I think. HOW ABOUT we add weight gain because the doldrums have made me inactive for 2 weeks. Oh I'm wishing for the warmer weather soon so I can go out and walk. Better days ahead, great lookin cupboard and organizing

Far Side of Fifty said...

Looks great! :)

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Barb, what a terrific cabinet and so organized. You made it look fabulous in the paint color. Love the bottles and vases there.
Stay warm.
Hugs

Cleone said...

That cupboard looks way too clean and organized for me. Do you hire out?