Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Laundry Room

Yesterday, I showed you the laundry room when it was in the process of a reno. This photo shows the ceiling...plywood, after it had been stripped of it's many unmatching, stained, broken acoustical tiles. The walls were a dark walnut cheapy cheapy paneling, cut out around the framing out with trim, no baseboards.. The floor was dark walnut parquet print, ripped, linoleum. The square recessed lights were missing covers, and all rusty. Imagine dark, spooky, cave...... There was NO storage. I built the tall unit you see peeking out from behind the door. (We removed that door and have it all open with the mud room)
All of the reno was done on a bare bones budget, and there's nothing fancy about it, but I love it.
We installed beadboard paneling on the ceiling, and re-did the attic opening, which had just been plywood, nailed up.

See why I love it now?! Sunlight just streams in there now! ( Even though all 45 panes presently need washed on the outside) I painted the mullions on the outside white, but just sealed them natural on the inside, and they meld into the view outside better. I can watch the hummers and other birds to my heart's content.
The paneling came off, walls came down, and the old snake skins and old insulation came out. In their place, new studs, insulation, drywall, baseboards, and paint.
This is that storage closet I mentioned:

I trimmed down an old screen door from the chicken house, backed it with shirred muslin, and new chicken wire.
We were fortunate enough to find two baskets for up on top, that fit perfectly.
Over the washer and dryer, there had been a small window. With the windows moved, I was able to build a shelf unit for storage.

We just put up low cost light fixtures, and have been very happy with them.
I hung a wooden curtain rod and Target tab tops to hide the water heater area.

This is my little jewelry prize:

I got it at a yard sale for $15. Unfortunately it cost us an arm, and a leg to have installed. (That whole experience made me even more determined for us to do things ourselves)

I use the screen door for momentos:

Across from the washer and dryer, We put in a little window to allow some of the new lovely natural light into the kitchen. (It's above the fridge on the kitchen side)

Hope you enjoyed the tour.....I need to quit basking in happiness over how much I love this room and go put another load of wash in! ;)

check the other projects out!


Bunny Jean's Decor... and More! said...

Your laundry room is so charming. I love the sink and how you hung the laundry bag on it. I have an old laundry bag that is very similar.

What you did with that old door is very clever! All in all it is a great redo!

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

barbara@hodge:podge said...

What a beautiful and sunny laundry room. I posted about mine last month but it doesn't have the same view as yours! I love the sink!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Thanks for your comments. I tried my best at re-doing this room without spending much. I am renting and when we do find "our" house I want it to have some personality like yours! I might have to save your link for my idea files! Thanks for stopping by :)

kate said...

I love, love the windows in the laundry room. I want to bring my laundry home and do it in there. :) And I love the little window above the fridge- just another of those little things you do that other people wouldn't think of, and it looks great and achieves it's purpose.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

My dear, you have thought of everything. What a great job you did I love the screen door idea and just might steal it. The idea of dark wood inside the windows and white outside, it's the details that really make a project sing and you have done that!
It's so nice to meet you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


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