Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Laundry Basket Dresser!

 My old hamper had taken quite the beating. It was nothing fancy...something inexpensive that was well-used for years. When I realized it was definitely on it's *last leg*, I mentioned something to Chris about it. Then the option comes up whether to 1. buy another one or 2. make one. Chris is most certainly talented enough to make one...but time is not something he has an over-abundance of.

While comparing prices on ones I could buy...I decided to check out ones that could be made. One of my favorite sites for wood-working DIY projects is THIS one! (Have you ever seen it before? It has so many fabulous projects!) I found THIS page that has a Laundry Basket Dresser! This was just perfect! I showed the picture to Chris...and off he flew with it! He didn't even use the directions...he just did his own, custom thing!

It took him just a couple of days to make (when he had time). He finished it, just tonight! I couldn't be happier with it! It is just wonderful! Here are some photos of the process...

Look how it is coming together!!!

After some finishing touches...Chris finished the dark!

Here it is...all set up! I need to get a couple more of those same clothes baskets to fit in the bottom two slots! It is just wonderful and I am so thrilled! (It's funny, isn't it...the things that give you joy when you are a wife and mother? If you would have asked me, in my teenage years, if a laundry basket dresser would be exciting,  I would have thought you were crazy!) I love it and will put it to good use! Another thing that makes it so special is that Christopher made it!!! :)

We had a lovely Sunday. After a time of worship and fellowship at church, we came home and for lunch, enjoyed angelhair spaghetti, sauce and challah bread (I'll share more about that another day, soon). After a restful afternoon (where the "I'm not tired" comments soon turned into three children snoring), I began supper as Chris continued the work, above, and the children played. For supper, I made baked cheesy chicken, mashed potatoes and corn (canned from last year's garden). I treasure supper-time...the sharing of the days' happenings, word games, laughter and good food. I am sad for the families who *don't* spend their meals around the table, together. Not only is it a time to come and simply *be* together, but also a chance to graciously thank God for the food He provides! :) 

Well, as I glance down at the clock, right down in the corner of this computer, I see that it is getting *way* past my bedtime...and tomorrow has much to be done. It will do no good if this mama wakes in the morning cranky and tired for lack of sleep! ;) Thank you for sharing in my excitement with me about this new laundry system! I can't wait to *put it to work*! 


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  1. The new Laundry basket Dresser is really neat. Tell Chris he did a wonderful job!! A treasure to have and always remind you of the love of your husband. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That's great, no more sitting around (like mine is right now!) He did a great job! It's great to have a project completed and a husband who loves & cares enough to make a difference for his wife! I relate to that, my husband is very kind to me too. God bless your family.

  3. Isn't it wonderful to have such talented husbands! Mine can do these things too!

    It looks great!


  4. Oh it is just wonderful Katy....Chris did an awesome job I know you are so proud of him. I have never seen or heard of a laundry dresser until now, it is awesome I may have to look in to getting me one too....

  5. Chris did a fantastic job! I love it!!

  6. Wow!! Excellent idea. My hubby is not a carpenter, but I'm thinking a tag sale bookcase find would also work if the shelves were wide enough apart! Thanks for sharing this.

  7. That is the neatest thing, love it!!! I will have to check out that woodworking site, my hubby likes to build things too:D Have a wonderful day!

  8. I love this idea and I love coming to your blog everyday. I may not always leave a comment but I leave being inspired and with a happy heart.

    Lee Laurie

  9. You are so fortunate to have such a talented husband. He did a great job!

  10. The laundry dresser turned out great Katy, Chris did a great job on it!! I treasure all my things my hubby has built for us, its so much more special!! Have a wonderful Monday!:0)

  11. is this for dirty clothes or clean?

  12. What a great idea. I'm going to show that to my daughter...she's got four kids and a mountain of laundry. When she was little I had a refrigerator box (cut down so I could reach into it) as a laundry basket. It was always full. Not a good system.

  13. It is for dirty clothes. The bottom will be for towels, as they can be so heavy when wet...and so on! :)

  14. I love the shirt Chris has on! Too funny! Also, I think his modifications are better than the original plan. Much sturdier and less chance of something falling down!

  15. Katy,

    I have never heard of one of these before, but I love it! I'm calling my husband now to look at it so he can build me one! LOL He's quite handy too. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!


  16. We REALLY need a new dirty laundry system ~ what a great idea mama!! and papa!!!

    And yes, yes, to sit down family dinners :)

  17. thats cute..It would be so great for storing yarn...ooooh, i would love that..:+)

  18. What a wonderful idea! Doubly wonderful you have a creative husband, he did a fantastic job.

  19. Your pottery is amazing, have you ever thought of doing a yarn bowl? I think they would be very useful.


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