Still Cleaning the Garage Utility Closet

Memorial Day - found flag IMG_2897

Memorial Day

My patriotic closet:

Perhaps it’s due to the May-June-July confluence of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, but I see I’ve painted my garage utility closet a patriotic red, white, and blue.

Yuck. It's the garage closet before painting IMG_2566

Yuck… better keep this photo small.

One nice thing about blogging my clean-up is that I can start to feel like I’m making a little progress. Here’s the poor old closet with the stuff and the old shelves taken out: can you believe it’s been cleaned and prepared for painting?

Next, here’s my paint-in-progress photo. When I found the paint from my red front door I considered painting the entire floor red, then realized a floor should be as close as possible to the color of dust.

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Primed and painting…

I wanted to use up my leftover paint, and it only made sense to match the rest of the garage: cream with blue trim. Then I couldn’t resist a decorative flourish and painted the trim with that front-door red.

Here it is after Handyman Don (my friend Donna’s husband) installed my new Container Store shelves:

My garage utility closet with new rug IMG_2932

After I tracked up the light colored floor I got carried away and bought a rug. I have a decorated utility closet.

My other inspiration for this flag of a closet is inside the house. This crocheted flag is a piece from Bob’s family. He told me it was made by one of his grandmothers, but now no one else in the family knows which grandmother.

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Crocheted flag in its new frame.

After Bob’s death I started going through the house deciding what to keep, and found the flag. The old frame and mounting were deteriorating and were not acid-free, so I had it cleaned, restored, and re-framed. Here in the US, we had 48 states and 48 stars for a long period of years (1912-1959), so it’s hard to date this piece exactly. The restorer told me the dyes in the thread date to the 1930’s, but it could have been made any time then or in the years following. Here’s a close-up of the crochet-work:

Bob's grandmother's crocheted flag - detail  DSC_0216

I’d love it as a folk art piece even if it didn’t come from family.

But back to my “new” utility closet. I’m working on cleaning out the rest of the garage, but I still haven’t put anything away in the closet. It’s so pristine I can’t bring myself to clutter it up. Any suggestions on how I can get over that?

For a previous post on cleaning out this closet click here.