clotheslines and cabinets

Happiest Sunday.

It’s been a beautiful and sunshiny week here.

And you know what that means…

Clothesline time!
(You’ll have to take my word for it because my linens are now in the basket.)
(The basket that I found at Goodwill for $3.99.)

My favorite smell ever in the history of ever is the scent of
freshly washed, crisp, line dried cotton.

It smells like a newborn baby around here.

Am I the only one who LOVES to hang laundry on the line?
I always feel so farm girl domestic with a basket on my hip
and a few clothespins in my mouth. ;)

I don’t care if clotheslines went out with ironing.
In my little acre of the world,
the perfect Spring day includes linens dancing in the breeze.

My oldest boy is on Spring Break this week and other than washing all of my whites,
I haven’t accomplished much inside.

I’ve received a few emails about the teal color of my cabinets, how I stripped them, where I got the hardware, etc, so I thought I’d share that with you before I move on to something else…

The dusky teal color is a mixture of four colors from one of my favorite furniture paint lines,
General Finishes Milk Paint. I order it from Rockler.

I’m so sorry that is isn’t as simple as color X from company X.
I really love the GF Milk Paint on cabinets (my cabinet uppers are “Snow White”) and General Finishes doesn’t have a teal, so I had to mix it.

I used about 1/3 c. Coastal Blue with 2 tablespoons of Basil, about a tsp. of Snow White, and enough Lamp Black to take the edge off and gray it up (approx. a tbsp.).

Whatever your favorite paint is, just get a dark blue, a green, white, and black,
and mix a little bit until you get your lovely teal.

The label pull hardware is vintage and I purchased it from RetroCollecto on Etsy.
There aren’t any more label pulls among her lovely collection of vintage hardware,
but a search for “vintage label pulls” or “label pulls” might find you some.

As for how I stripped the cabinets, I used a product called Soy-Gel.
It’s pretty awesome stuff, made from soy beans.
I’m sharing more info. over at The DIY Club today.
Click here…

Speaking of The DIY Club, the monthly project party has resumed.
You can link up ANY DIY projects & tutorials until April 25 for a chance to win the prize package, so be sure to look for the party while you’re there!

For those of you curious about my maple plywood planked floor process, I have a tutorial scheduled to go up Tuesday morning.
I appreciate all of the sweet notes you left about my floors & wall color.

(Thank you so much for waiting a bit between posts in March.)

Have a lovely week,


  1. Anne says:

    I remember my mom hanging clothes on a line such memories.I a cool find at GW! Beautiful color for your cabinets and the hardware is way cool too!
    Happy Sunday!

  2. Diana says:

    Love the smell of fresh dried laundry from outside but I have allergies, so I don’t do that. I do lean towards candles that are called fresh laundry. Your cabinets are fabulous!

  3. Jo Ann says:

    Hanging sheets on a clothesline is awesome! Do you use that milk paint a lot? i’ve never heard of it? It’d be great if you could tell us more about it!! Thanks..

    • Jami says:

      I just discovered & started using that milk paint about 6 months ago. It isn’t actually milk paint though…a little misleading! It’s a professional-grade acrylic with a lovely finish. I guess they called the line “Milk Paint” because the colors mimic the old-fashioned milk paint. Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is REAL milk paint & does that lovely chippy, flaky thing…the GF paint does not. It stays put. (The finish of the GF Milk Paint is similar to real milk paint WITH the bonding agent added though.) It’s my new favorite paint for surfaces that tend to take abuse…table tops, kitchen cabs, doors, etc. I’ll write about it with more info. & pics soon! xo

  4. Sandy says:

    I have always hung out my bedding. The BEST smell in the world. My Mom HAD to; I WANT to.

  5. June G says:

    Jami, I loved hanging clothes out on the line to dry when I went to visit my grandmother. It’s the only thing I didn’t teach my own daughters to do! When I was there a few months ago my cousin and I took a picture by the clothesline that we had spent so much time with almost 45years ago! I love General Finishes paint and the color you mixed is very nice.

  6. susan maclean says:

    How can you not want to hang clothes outside to dry…. and (apart from those allergic to the outside work, why on earth don’t you if you can? Think of the energy savings, the money savings, the energy you use…….. :)

  7. susan maclean says:

    How can you not want to hang clothes outside to dry…. and (apart from those allergic to the outside world), why on earth don’t you if you can? Think of the energy savings, the money savings, the energy you use…….. :)

  8. Deanne says:

    Love the grey paint – gorgeous colour!
    Here in Australia most people use the line all year round except when it rains!
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  9. Kelley says:

    Hi Jami, I need to try that pre mixed milk paint. It looks really great. I should have a clothes line too ; o )

  10. Tracey says:

    What a beautiful fresh post! Finally something simple and beautiful that I know has inspired me to hang my laundry out in the fresh breeze. Right now it hangs in our dark basement laundry room. Time to invest in a line just so that I can feel that warm breeze and basket on my hip. Enjoy this lovely weather. Love the paint color too.

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