Our lake house, Happy Hill is a treasure in and of itself. But right off of the shop and garage is a little storage room that I dubbed “The Treasure Room”….
The Treasure Room started out as a place to store the cushions, flag and umbrella when not in use. It quickly evolved into a place to house goodies such as chandeliers, pictures and mirrors until renovations were complete. Until recently it was impossible to walk in the room much less work in there. So I hauled every single thing out and started from scratch!
The floor is black and white linoleum tiles. They are in pretty bad shape. Only after I swept and pulled up the broken pieces my husband wondered aloud if they might contain asbestos? Hmmm. Surely that would have come up in the inspection, right? I googled it. Yes, they COULD be asbestos BUT the tiles are not as dangerous as paint or whole floors of linoleum. Good to know since I inhaled a good bit of the dust. 🙁 They recommend gluing linoleum flooring directly over the undisturbed tiles. This will happen ASAP. I plan to scour Lowe’s for a large, cheap remnant. Meanwhile, I put a rug over it.
I saved the original vanity cabinet from the hall bath during the renovation. My plan was to use it as a work bench for me since my husband has his own workshop. It was too short so I hauled four cinder blocks from the stack on the property and made it the perfect height for me. I looked at Lowe’s for a countertop scrap, but they were all $60 or more. So, we bought a few 1 X 10″ pieces of lumber and my husband cut them to size for me. Unfortunately our rip saw was at the other house. No worries, he said and used the chain saw. Hey, it’s only a work bench! We screwed the top into place. Now it’s ready for paint and hardware. I can’t remember where the original hardware is, but I’m sure it will turn up.
I added some shelving from the old bathroom too. This keeps some of the things off of the ground and at my finger tips. I hung some nails from the ceiling to hold the chandeliers in waiting. I’m going to put one of them on a plug and swag it over my work bench for task lighting and sparkle. I think it will help my creative juices!
Recently we hung a vintage window grille over the window. This beautifully “guards” my treasures. I’d love to really fix up this little room but sadly it will go away when we remodel the front of the house. The decking is rotted and that whole side of the house will be ripped off and reconfigured. But for a while I can enjoy my little Treasure Room!