Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Laundry Room - Checking it off the "To Do" List
The laundry room can finally be checked off my To Do list! It's been a long process. We do a little project and then wait for the money tree to grow. Then we do another small project and wait some more. We moved into our house five years ago and I think I'm finally done with all of my little projects for the smallest room in the house.
When we moved in, we had the old top load washer and matching white dryer, from Sears. They were a wedding present from Great Grandma, back in 1995. We brought them to our new house with us, because they were in fine working condition. Well, I can't say I was too sad, two years ago, when the washer went, "CLUNK!" and stopped working forever.
We started shopping and found the great set, above, but they were so big that we had to have the plumbing moved so that we could reorient the washer and dryer. The old set was along the right wall. Once the plumbing was moved, we could place the new set along the back and actually have room for a mini-mudroom. It was a dream come true! We finally had a place to hang coats, right where we walk in the door. Is this the perfect mudroom? No. Is it really big enough for the entire family to use? No. But, it does add enough space for the kids' coats, most of their shoes, and a place to throw their backpacks after school.
Since we moved the washer and dryer, space planning was a big issue. I wanted to be able to maximize storage in this tiny space. We had California Closets come out to give us some ideas of how to best use this space. Ultimately, I loved their plan, but couldn't afford their price tag. My sister had used a company called Space Plus. Judy came out and came up with the perfect plan. It allowed for basket storage above, a place for coats, and a shoe cubby below.
I had a really hard time finding the perfect wicker baskets to fit this space. After buying and returning three expensive sets, I finally settled on cheap plastic. It doesn't look too bad. It's durable, practical, and the price was right.
I LOVE to organize things in labeled bins. So, out came the scrapbook paper and laminator. I think the labels may be my favorite part of the room.
Next came new floor. My husband wouldn't let me do it myself, so we hired it out. That was installed just a few weeks ago.
All that was left to do was a curtain. One day I was thinking about what to put on that window. (I spend a lot of time just looking around my rooms and thinking. Thinking. Thinking. Not doing. Just Thinking.) Finally, I was fed up. I went to the craft room to see what fabric I had on hand. I have been thinking about using paint drop cloths as drapes in my family room and I just happened to have the small one in my craft room... perfect. Perfect size. Perfect color. I didn't even need to cut the fabric. One line of stitching across the top and it was read to hang.
A little twine from the gardening box made the perfect, rustic, tie-back.
I'm thrilled to have the laundry room done and move on to other projects. I just wish it looked this clean and organized every day! I guess that old saying is right- Take a picture it will last longer...
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