laundry soap jars makeover

I have to admit- I'm a little sad / ashamed / sorry to say this.  I gave up on my "brilliant" idea of my liquid soap dispenser.  The idea was great- it just didn't work so well. 
I feel bad that I didn't test it out longer before I shared the idea with you.  My sincerest apologies if you went out and bought the canister to try this out as well. 
Really.  I am bummed.

So, to ease my disappointment, I went out and bought another jar, and printed out these cute graphics from the Graphics Fairy.

I really liked the option for making this into a label- she always puts up a few choices for clip art like this- the pink worked great for me!
I just downloaded this to my own clip art program and picked a font I liked to add into the middle, 
then cut the image out with some scallop edge scissors.
 A little Mod Podge, and they were good to go! 
(if you try this out- use a quick and light application with as few brush strokes as possible.  The ink starts to smear if you do too much.)

I've been using punch bowl cups for my scoops- it's the perfect size for a regular load of laundry, and pretty in the clear jars.  These days, there's not too many uses for punch bowls and the matching set of mugs, so I'm happy that these get regular use!
I inherited my grandma's punch bowl set, but there were only 5 mugs left.
(not even enough if I wanted to use it for a party!)
These are in abundance at thrift shops, so if you don't happen to have a set like me, you can always get them that way on the cheap!

I haven't really shown you any pictures of my laundry room yet, because there are so many other projects waiting to be tackled first, but here's a little bit!

The balloon shade is from Rachel Ashwell's Target line.
I cleaned up my vintage lunch pail that I had outside for Christmas- it might be a cute place to store our dryer sheets!  I just set it on the counter because I liked how the silver looked with everything.
I bought some wheat grass a while back and am hoping to make a big spring centerpiece with clear vases- all with the grass growing in them.  This is my tester / starter.
I think every room in the house should have a little bit of greenery- it adds life (literally!) to a room.

So there's a hint of our laundry area.  I still want to paint in here, add a little art to the walls, replace our yucky ironing board cover, add a drying rack (a vintage wood one would be nice!), and maybe take the doors off that you see in the photo above.  I think a skirted opening would be cute.
And maybe a chandelier to replace the fluorescent fixture?

Sharing today's idea with:
All Thingz Related
Frugal Fridays
Feathered Nest Fridays
Show and Tell Friday
Free For All Friday
Brag Monday at the Graphics Fairy
Tuesday's Treasures


On a side note, I've been deliberating for a long time on doing a linky party- and I've finally decided to take the plunge.
I hope you will join me on Wednesday, February 2 for my first ever link up!
Furniture rehabs, thrift shop and garage sale finds, and room make overs-
Transformations and Treasures
at PinkPostcard.

I will feature my favorite projects from the linky party the following week.
I hope you'll join in the fun and spread the word!


  1. That little teaser of your laundry room has me wanting to see more :) It's so pretty- I'd love to have a window in mine!

  2. I love the colors you picked for the jars! Adorable.

  3. The jars are so pretty and I would love love a sink like that in our laundry room!

    What a great idea, I can't wait to party with you!! :)

  4. Loved your laundry post. It looks great, so pretty. Love the balloon shade too.

  5. Hi there Denise~ Love the laundry soap idea! My laundry room is just in a closet... no fun pretty window or area to display things...but I am enjoying seeing yours and look forward to more! So excited about the party!!! I'll be there! :)

  6. I would love to link up next week. I love your soap jars and the scoop makes it seem so glamorous! Well... maybe not.. LOL

  7. the soap jars are adorable, what a good idea to use a cute little punch cup! Can't wait till you start a linky party, fun!!!

  8. Hi Denise-
    I am so glad you wrote to me - I love your blog. I have my laundry detergent in one of these canisters and use a shell to scoop out the detergent. I like the punch bowl cup idea. I love the balloon shade also - so pretty. I just found a Rachael Ashwell dust ruffle at a thrift store for $1.50. It is going to be perfect for my guest room. I will put your upcoming link party on my calendar.
    My best- Diane

  9. Hello,
    Thank you for leaving a comment. That was so nice of you. Your laundry room is pretty. Can't wait to read more.

  10. Hi Denise -

    Love your soap jars and super pretty laudry room. The punch glass was a great idea for a shabby chic scoop. We just moved to Oregon a few weeks ago. Love your decor ideas!


  11. Just had to pop on over and tell you that...YOU NEW PROFILE PIC, is amazing!!! Have a great weekend!

  12. Those labels are adorable!!! Thanks for joining in on Show and Tell Friday!

  13. How cute...the labels are such a nice idea. I must comfess my laundry room is not neat enough to dress up.

  14. So pretty! I love this use for the punch cups.

  15. really pretty! i really like the idea of using jar as laundry keeper! and the punch cups just perfect! love your laundry room!.. cozy!

  16. Beautiful! I just used that label from Karen too!

    Come take a look if you like!

  17. Hi Denise~ Just stopping back by to say thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  18. I love those jars! A great idea, I might try doing something similar, I have projects going on, all the time, but our laundryroom is still needing that final touch.
    Thanks for sharing the idea!

  19. I LOVE THESE! Maybe I missed i someplace, but where are the jars sold? Thanks!

  20. So nice - I especially like the punch cups! Nice thinking!!

  21. So cute! I'll bet that it makes doing laundry just a tad more fun?? lol!

    xoxo laurie

  22. they turned out just beautiful!!!

  23. You had me at glass jars and labels. I'm easy that way.

  24. just love it...especially the punch bowl scoop!
    this is a much cuter way to do laundry!! love your blog by the way...

  25. Okay, now you have me wanting to do laundry, lol! Cute idea! Love this, Denise! ~M


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