02/11/2013

My House: Laundry Room

Since the work week always seems to be a tad bit crazy, I try and do as much prep work as possible, both around the house and in the kitchen, during the weekend.  This past Saturday and Sunday was a special treat since I actually didn’t have anything planned either day.  This was quite the rarity so I decided to take full advantage of it.  I had plenty of time to vacuum and dust, scrub the bathrooms and kitchen, and catch up on all of our laundry.

laundry sign

Doing the laundry used to be one of those jobs around the house that I really didn’t look forward to.  However, cleaning our clothes doesn’t even seem like a chore now that we purchased a new washer and dryer set!

washer and dryer close up When our old washer and dryer bit the dust, (we believe they may have been original with the house from 1989), I was a little disappointed at first since I really wanted to put that money toward remodeling our bathrooms instead.  However, now that we have them, I couldn’t be happier!  It is amazing how much faster it is to do a load of laundry with the new features, and having the steam option allows for less wrinkles, which means less ironing, which means a happier me!  Here is a picture of the old set:

old laundry room And, here is the new!

new laundry room progress Our laundry room is still a work in progress, but we are getting close to being finished remodeling it.  I wish I had a ‘before’ picture, but you will just have to trust me that it was in pretty rough shape.  The laminate tile was peeling around the corners of the room, and the water softener and water heater both needed replaced.  The day we returned from our Honeymoon, I walked into the house and saw my kitchen walls soaked, paint peeling off, and our ceiling drooping low.  Our laundry room is on the second floor, and water from our water heater had leaked through the upstairs floor and into our kitchen from the ceiling.  Talk about a wake-up call upon returning from our Honeymoon…we were welcomed back to reality quickly!  After this mess, we purchase a new water heater, water softener, and tiled the floors and up the walls to try and contain as much fluid as possible if there is ever to be a leak again.  Crossing our fingers though that it was a one time thing!

Here are a few other updates I would still like to do eventually in the Laundry Room:

  • New Sink (A farmhouse style like this one would be ideal, but really any clean and white sink would do!  I have also considered painting the old one instead of purchasing a brand new one!)
  • Baskets for above the Cabinets
  • A folding table/countertop above the washer and dryers
  • Glass Jars for Dryer Sheets, Clothes Pins, Laundry Detergent, Etc.
  • Replace the Ceiling Lighting Fixture (The current is not pictured, but just visualize brass!  A tiny chandelier would look really nice I think.)
  • Narrow rug
  • Curtain Tie Backs (My mom made the curtains for me out of a country paisley pattern I picked out.  Now I just need tie backs, I am thinking even burlap ribbon might look pretty cute!)

It can be pretty expensive to remodel, so as young newlyweds we like to do a little bit at a time and try to cut corners and DIY where possible in order to watch our budget.  For a little more laundry room ‘eye candy’, visit www.houzz.com.  If you have never been to this website before, I just want to warn you that it can be addictive.  Houzz is filled with thousands of amazing home decorating ideas for every room in your house.  You can also narrow down your search by Metropolitan area and style, like Traditional, Eclectic, Modern, Contemporary, etc.  So go visit, dream, and enjoy!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Questions for You:

  • If you could remodel any room in your house, which would you pick?
  • What is your home decorating style: Contemporary, Modern, Eclectic, Traditional, Other?
  • Are you a fan of your laundry room?  If you could make any changes, what would you make?

Comments

  1. We are living in an apartment right now, so our laundry room is just a big closet. I’m thankful to have a washer and dryer, though, I know some apartments don’t have them!

    • I feel your pain. I have a stack-able washer and dryer and they are TINY! But like you said, I am just grateful to have one at all!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      When I was away at college, I had a stackable set one year and an old pair another year. They definitely weren’t shiny and new, but I used them a ton! My husband went to the laundromat one time during the two weeks our washer and dryer were dead and before we bought the new pair. He was gone over 3 hours and it cost him over $20! After that day, nothing was stopping us from buying a new pair! 🙂

  2. I LOVE the farmhouse style sinks. There is just something about them that is so homey and cozy! 🙂

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh I do too! My dream kitchen would also contain a huge farmhouse sink! 🙂

  3. Paula Thompson says:

    Love the look of the laundry room. You have to spend lots of time in that room. It is awesome. Love the clean lines and the quarry tile makes it look very rustic.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I love my laundry signs too! I wonder who helped me pick those out..!

  4. Your new washer and dryer are beautiful! My parents just got new ones, and I used them when we were visiting over the holidays. They sure do make such a difference! Ours work totally fine, but I’m kind of looking forward to the time when they bite the dust so we can get new ones. 😉

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha that’s how I was too! I didn’t say I wanted my old washer and dryer to die because I hated to spend the money, but once they did I definitely wasn’t complaining! 🙂

  5. Super jealous of your washer/dryer! My husband and I had to buy a set when we moved into our house, but since we were spending so much on a lot of different stuff, we didn’t splurge on a really fancy set… just went with something basic!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I totally understand that! We have had ours for 2 1/2 years now since we moved in and I am glad we waited until they just didn’t work anymore to replace them! That way I was able to save up a little and get the ones I really wanted to!

  6. Man oh man, Jana– those are some nice looking laundry rooms! You’re motivating me to start a pin board for a house I don’t even own 😛

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha go for it girl! I have a pin board for the ‘Dream House’ that I don’t own either! Lol! 🙂

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