Monday, April 28, 2014

Lovely Laundry

The title of this post should probably be "How to Spend a Year of Your Life on One Project", but the laundry room is getting to be quite lovely, so we'll stick with that.

Forgive the quality of the pictures, they are all from my iPhone.  After the final {completely unnecessary} project I will post better quality pictures.  Honest.

Our laundry room is strange.  We have a large house, with a good number of bedrooms, but our laundry room is very small.  Very, very small.  There are two doors in the room-one leading into the foyer, and the other leading into the garage.  I guess technically it is a mudroom because you don't enter the house directly from the garage, but you'd be hard pressed to take off any muddy shoes or clothes in the laundry room!

Here is a before picture:

This is {obviously} before we moved in, but for a year the only change we made was adding in the washer and dryer.  Doesn't that light make you want to run from the room screaming???

Here was the laundry room in July:

I painted the stripes over 4th of July weekend and my Dad hung up my Goodwill makeover chandelier for me.  And I loved it!  I didn't make any more changes until just a few weeks ago.  I tried to figure out how I could add some functional storage to the room.  With all the doors, the small space, etc., I actually decided not to put up cabinets or a shelf.  I hadn't stored anything other than laundry supplies in the room in almost two years, so I just needed to find a way to store the supplies I had on hand.

All the laundry supplies, with the exception of the bleach, fit nicely on this cart from Ikea.  It doesn't take up much room and it has wheels.  Perfect!

I also needed a place to hang the clothes we don't put in the dryer.

My Mom had picked up two of these racks at Ikea a little while back.  She wasn't able to use them and lost her receipt.  Luckily, it works perfectly for us!

I also hung up some art in the room.

And just today, my husband raised the chandelier for me.  I have one project left-recovering the ironing board.  It is hanging in the room, but I'll share a picture of that with the next update.

I {almost} enjoy doing laundry now.