Thursday, March 3, 2011

Loads of fun?

When we first got married my husband and I lived in this darling little cape cod.  Our laundry room was in the basement.  It was unfinished with loads of space...ha!  Then the kids came along and we decided it would be a good idea to move to the suburbs along with the rest of the young socialites (insert me among the non-trendy mom without the blinged out jeans and high heels).  Anyway, my husband fell in love with this house we live in now on the corner in a culdesac.  What we didn't know was...the laundry room was the size of a mole hole.  The sellers keenly kept the door closed with their elderly Dalmatian tucked behind the door.  Hmm...must have been a sign...we should have heeded...but we didn't.

Years later and multiple washes this room sees more time than almost any other room in the house.  I have attempted to decorate it and manipulate it in order to make it more work, friendly.  This is my vintage take.  An old cross stitch Home Sweet Home from etsy.  Embroidered weekly tea towels hung from old laundry pins.  Stain glass window strung from chain.  New repro towel rods only because the old ones were so expensive.  

Clutter control central.  One day my husband came home to this reworked wall.  Bead board bottom, a garage wall hook hanger system for giant backpacks and winter gear, chalk board paint for the game schedules of summer and more hooks because there are never enough!  Vinyl stickers off etsy decorate the wall without closing in the space, everyone knows laundry is loads of fun...not!

A mere 3 feet from that wall you can barely turn to find the stacked washer and dryer.  This is my attempt at genius.  I would have loved to move it closer to the window but the builder put the water receiver right here and the vent next to the window.  He obviously does the laundry in his house...never.  I had this Vinyl ruler made online (it escapes me at the moment, sorry) for my kiddos height.  They love to mark their height on their birthdays.  

For full disclosure the floor is occupied by our family bulldogs, Lincoln and Murphy.  They snore so loud at night that we had to move their bed in here.  And if it wasn't small enough the water and food bowl are in their too.
A view from this side of the stained glass helps me forget how small this space is.  


★Carol★ said...

Well, I know that I've never seen the BEFORE shot, but I've got to tell you that this is a beautiful laundry room! I love the personal touch of that ruler, and that stained glass window is gorgeous. Me? Still doing laundry in the basement, surrounded by ugly cement and a spider or two. I so envy you!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I just adore your window treatment. It's just darling. Despite your small space, it's quite lovely. I'm going to send this post to my Mom. She often follows me on thrifting/shopping adventures and she'll enjoy your room. In case you'd like to see what she's done with doll clothes in her laundry room, I posted it on my blog last year:

Happy Thursday!

trish said...

Oh what a darling laundry room! :o)
I should never want to leave it.
Sincerely, Trish

Unknown said...

This room ( tiny or not) is adorable!!!! You have done an incredible job! I would love to see the rest of the house! :) I love the beadboard wall!!! I want to do this in my laundry room when my husband gets back to work! :)

Mary said...

Oh MY! I envy your laundry room! I love your window with the tea towels. Heck I love everything about your LR!
My laundry room is in my kitchen. We have a mill home, or as some call this type of home "bungalow". I would love a laundry room ANY size.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I would take your laundry room in a split second...mine is the basement in the corner of our storage area, by our furnace and chest freezer. Charm is lacking in my took it all!