Prologue

“Mommy, it’s raining in the house!” Six words, delivered with a mixture of “that’s not normal around here,” and “is this really cool or really scary? I can’t tell just yet,” perfectly framed what would become the next months of home life. Swinging the door open that summery Monday afternoon first revealed a wet floor…

Laundry Room: The Price Was Right

When I started planning the laundry room project, I knew that I had bigger plans for this space – but could not justify a budget to make that vision happen right now. That said, I knew I could make this a more pleasant place to work in without a guilt-inducing budget that would leave me…

Shelf Life in the Laundry Room

Things are looking pretty good in the laundry room, I think. Except, every time that I throw a load in the washer or dryer, I’m looking at those shelves. And spied an opportunity to make just a couple little tweaks to make them even better. My old sewing basket – nearly 30 years old, by…

Window Dressing in the Laundry Room

Have I mentioned lately how very fortunate I feel that the room I do laundry in is not in a basement? Up until this house, the laundry rooms I’ve frequented have been located on the lowest level of the house, frequently in an unfinished basement. Lit by a single bulb. Having a room with two…

Cheating on Laundry Room Art

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to have some bits of art around the laundry room. Some that serve no purpose other than to be interesting, others to be useful. This particular piece intersects interesting and useful at the same time. And it took all of 15 minutes to pull together. Another home improvement blog,…

Laundry Room: A Character Refresh at the Table

Perhaps the greatest no-cost improvement I made in the laundry room was swapping out a heavy dated dresser for a table that was bequeathed to us by our old house. How was it bequeathed, you wonder? When I moved into my first house, that table was collecting dust, dirt, and a variety of insects in…

A Pop of Color in the Laundry Room

Like I mentioned yesterday, adding the thread organizer in a new hue was a nice introduction of subtle color to the laundry room. At the same time, I was impressed by how the shade of green in the room was a background color. Meaning there was no harm in adding a pop or two of…

Laundry Room: Functional Art

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on progress in the laundry room…but that doesn’t mean I’ve just been washing clothes, scooping used litter and staring at empty walls. A few little here-and-there projects have happened along the way, and after a little quality time with the camera this weekend, I’m getting around to updating…

Taking things up a level in the Laundry Room

The paint job went a long way in giving me a sense of big improvement in the laundry room. It also spurred some other ideas of what could be done in that space to make it even better without sinking a ton of time, energy, or money into it. Take, for example, the wall where…

Progress report: Laundry Room

So, a while back I was talking about how the laundry room was sort of messing with my chi, and my inner conflict between wanting to just dive in and lose myself to the project for however long it took and pausing to think, think, feel a little and think. In some cases, clarity came…