Laundry Room Progress

I realized I haven’t updated you guys on my Laundry Room.  We have made some additions since the last time I blogged about it.  You can check out the last post here.

We installed the trim work around the doors and installed the base moulding.  But we haven’t caulked or painted the trim work yet.  So who remembers where the furnace & hot water heater is?
Oh there they are!!!  These are just temporary curtains until we get to sewing the fabric that we bought for the curtains for this area.  The new curtains won’t have the tab top, so it will cover the pipes even more and also just be about 1/2 to 1 inch off the ground once we hang the new ones.  These are a little short for the area.  But it has been really nice to have these temporary curtains in place until we sew the the fabric for the new ones.

Here is my new gorgeous area rug for in front of the washer/dryer.  It has all the right colors for the room.  Check out this post to see the fabric we bought for the curtains.
You can check out the trim work on this side of the room.  The interior door trim and the base moulding.
Like I said earlier we still need to caulk and paint all the trim work, so it doesn’t look like the same whites yet.
We even installed more storage.  It’s not that we really need more storage since we have the Ikea piece next to the washer/dryer and we have the Ikea wall cabinets on the other side of the room, but I did need to get the laundry baskets off the floor and I wanted the laundry detergents off of the dryer so we can keep that cleared for folder or anything else we might need it for.  We bought white shelves from Ikea.  EKBY JARPEN/EKBY BJÄRNUM.  You can cut this shelves to your desired length and then the brackets at the end cover up the raw cut edges. We had to be flexible from what you can see because the water pipes & the dryer vent are all on this wall.  I still have to figure out how I can hide all of this in the corner.  Not very pretty looking right now.
There is Oxiclean in the small container & the bin is being used for my stain remover products right now.

I love these laundry baskets that I found at HomeGoods.  Me & HomeGoods are BFFs.  I bought a larger and a smaller one so that they could fit inside of each other and still be able to fit on the shelf together.
Now for the lighting in this room.  Previously it was just a light bulb sticking out of the ceiling.  It’s hard because this is our lower level in our Hi-Ranch and we don’t have 8ft ceilings.  So we had to be creative with what we picked.  We didn’t want to spend the money on recessed lighting right now, so this was the next best thing for our room.  We found this set at Ikea.  I think Ikea is my 2nd BFF.  We always seem to find such great options in this store.  RADIUM Spotlight System by Ikea.  You can bend this system anyway you need it or keep it straight if need be.  For $40, it was the perfect choice for our Laundry Room.  Since we do have the new door with a big window in it, for the most part we only use the lights when it’s dark outside.  So we don’t have to use them too often.  They actually have a white set that is similar to this one, but it was more expensive and we didn’t like the look of the as much.  Plus the brush nickel goes with the cabinet hardware on the free standing cabinet and the wall cabinets, so it worked for the room.

Well hopefully the next update I have for you in a few weeks, will be that the Laundry Room is finished, but we will see.  This room gets really hot in the summer because it only has a vent near the furnace and that is it for ventilation.  So we might have to wait until the Fall to finish painting.  We don’t have a screen door on the exterior door yet, but we do want to install one.  That will take place in the Fall I think.  This way we can get a cross breeze from the Family Room.
So does anyone have any ideas that I can use to hide the pipes & the dryer vent?  I would love to hear them.  I have one idea, but I’m not sure that it is going to work out the way I want it to.  Has anyone hid something in their home so that it looks nicer and you don’t have to look at the ugliness behind it?  Would love to hear the details.  Post a link in the comments area if you like.
The Laundry Room from the beginning.  Check it out here, here, and here.
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Weekend Bloggy Reading

It’s All About The Details

When I came across Kate from Centsational Girl Laundry Room, it gave me all the inspiration I needed to finish off our Laundry Room.  I was completely inspired by her material she used for her window treatment.  I love the colors she brought into the room to keep everything light & bright, but add depth at the same time.  Gorgeous Kate!!!
So I was on a quest now to find just the right material for our Laundry Room.  My first vision for this room was Black & White Damask curtains to cover up our ugly furnance & hot water heater.  The room is only 10’x8′ so it’s not that big of a room and 1/4 of it is taken up by the furance & hot water heater.  So we wanted to keep the room with a light airy feeling.  So the Damask would have been with a white background and black details, but not a very thick pattern.  But once I saw Kate’s material she used, I wanted more color.  I already have B&W Damask on the ironing board and small details, so I thought that was enough for the room.  You can check out this link here for more of my inspiration and how our Laundry Room started out.
Here is the Waverly fabric that I found at JoAnn’s Fabric (NY).  The name of the fabric is “Waverly Modern Essentials Pom Pon Play-Spa”.  It was 40% off and there was just the right amount to make 3 curtains.  So at $11.99 a yard, we took it home.  It came out just under $100 for the material.  I couldn’t find curtains that were premade, so we are making our own.  I will have another post on how we made the curtains and the system we used to hang the curtains in another post soon.

Here are a couple of other elements that will go in the room.  I’m not sure what I will put in the basket yet, but the canister will house my powder detergent.  I picked up both at Home Goods.  Love that store.
So what do you think of the fabric?  I’m in love with it.  Is there any Waverly fabric that you have your eye on.  Do share the name or link with everyone.
I can’t wait to show all of you the curtains when they are done.  We have a very busy June, so I’m not sure how quickly they will go up, but we will try to get them done soon.
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Still Airing Out Our Dirty Laundry

This weekend & last weekend we did more work on our Laundry Room.  New exterior door and flooring is what was next on the to-do-list.
Here is what the screen door looked like.  We hated it and it had to go.  It was very old, we couldn’t clean it up much more then we did already.  I didn’t take pictures of how the screen door was attached, but let’s just say it wasn’t going to stay up well for much longer.
Here is the door.  Yup the window grill is so yellowed that we couldn’t do anything with it.  Plus it was broken and we didn’t have the piece to glue it back.  It all had to go.  We did paint both the screen door & exterior door just to clean things up a little until we could afford to redo this room.
Close up of the ugliness.
This is the doorway from the inside.  See that extra piece of wood.  We had no idea why this was there and we still have no idea why the previous owners had it there.  We assume since there was a gap between the floor and the door frame itself, that they thought this would be better so no one would trip maybe.
Here the whole entire door is out and we are down to the framing for the door.  And no extra piece of wood anymore.  This way we can put the flooring right up to the framing.
New door frame is in now.
Here is one picture from the outside down to the framing.
Introducing our new door.  We love it.  We went with a steel door @ Lowe’s.  We still have to paint it.  This is just the primer the door comes with.  We will also install a screen door soon.  Just have to buy one.
We bought a door that has the blind and the grills in between the window.  We love it.  No dirt this way.  A little more money for this type of door, but it was worth it for us.  Since it’s in the Laundry/Utility Room, it would get dirtier in there.  This way I don’t have to worry about the blinds getting dirty from the inside or the grills getting dirty from the outside.  Win, Win!!!
Close up of the blind & grills.
This past weekend, we finally had the time to do the flooring.  We love the product we bought for this.  More on that in a few minutes.  So here is our cement floor that we wanted to cover up.  We didn’t want to spend to much money, but we still wanted it to look nice.

We put down some subflooring.  It is only a 1/4″ thick.  We were trying to bring this flooring closer to the laminate flooring height in the Family Room.

Here is the flooring we picked.  It’s TrafficMaster Allure flooring.  Here is the link.  They sell this at Home Depot.  It’s thin material {3.8mm}, but it’s vinyl so it’s durable.  This one is only water resistant.  But they do have a waterproof one {can be used in a bathroom}. They also have a line that looks like tiles also.  Here is the Link.   There is even one that looks like cork flooring.  So pretty good selection.  This is a floating floor.  It is only stuck to each other with glue that is already on the product.  Easy peasy!!!

Here is the flooring in the room.  The hubby first started to use a utility knife to cut the vinyl like the directions tell you to, but it’s not that easy to keep the line straight unless you use something that has a straight edge and it really starts to hurt your hand.  It took 2 hours to do our 8’x10′ room, so that wasn’t going to work out.  Hubby broke out the chop saw and that worked perfect.  It does make a mess with little pieces of vinyl flying around, so do this outside.  But so worth saving my hubby’s hand, plus the cuts were nice and straight this way.
Here is the flooring all installed.

Because it’s a floating floor, we were able to put the washer, dryer & freezer back in the same day.

Because this is vinyl and has glue on it, it does have a slight smell to it.  We really don’t leave the inner door open in this room, so it really hasn’t been a problem for us.  But I have read that you can put a bowl of baking soda in the room to absorb the smell.  I will be picking some up to hopefully take the slight smell out sooner.
Here is the actual box.

Here is a close up of the flooring.  It’s a little redder here then it is in person.

It’s more this color in person.

Looks like real wood flooring, doesn’t it?
We have some moulding to install, some more storage to install and something to cover up the ugly furance & hot water heater. And hopefully something to cover up the pipes for the washing machine. Plus of course some decor to finish off the room.
Check out the first post here for the beginning of this project.

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Laundry Room Cabinets Installed

Over the past weekend we installed our IKEA cabinets in our Laundry Room.  You can check out the first steps of this project here.
This is the rail system that the Akurum horizontal cabinets are installed on. Though I do believe that most Ikea cabinets are hung this way. So much easier to hang upper cabinets this way. It’s an awesome system that the Swedish came up with. Just make sure that when you install the rail you find where the beams are and drill the screws in at the beams. This way your rail system is holding all the weight of the cabinets. All we had to do was cut down the size of the rail to the size we needed. My hubby used a grinder, but you can also use a hacksaw to cut the rail.

We had to install one rail for each row of cabinets.  They give really good directions with their cabinets for installation.  Don’t worry, they actually give you words and real pictures of how to install the cabinets.  Ikea is very known for their cartoon directions with no words.  The actual instructions to put together the cabinets are still in cartoon directions, but not the installation of the rails and how to install the cabinets themselves.
Here are all the cabinets open with the glass shelves that the cabinets come with.
We ordered horizontal cabinets because our hot water heater is right next to them towards the left of this picture.  You can check out where the hot water heater is here.  Our old cabinets that we had there didn’t open the right way and we had to duck under them because they opened up to the right and not the left.  These new cabinets will give us a lot more storage space anyway.
These Ikea cabinets come with the “quite close” already installed in the cabinets hardware that you see here.  So no slamming of cabinet doors.  LOVE IT!!!
And here are the cabinets closed.  We picked the Adel cabinet doors.  You can pick any of there cabinet door fronts, so whatever your style is you can have it, in any of the finishes that they sell.

Underneath the cabinets is our freezer.  We love that we have extra space for something like this since we don’t have a garage to put a full frig.  And we received the freezer for free.  Someone that we were picking up free wood fencing from 2 years ago was throwing out their freezer, so we took it.  Reusing is a great thing when you can.  We cleaned it out well and it works great.  It has a few dents, but it works.
Stay tuned for the next part of the project.  We aren’t sure what comes next, it might be the outside door/screen door that goes to the backyard or it might be the new flooring we already brought home.  More details on both the new door/screen door & the option we went with for flooring.  I’m really excited to show you the new flooring.  You will never guess what it really is, we didn’t.
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Airing Out My Dirty Laundry

……well I’m just redecorating my Laundry Room actually.
Lets first start with what it looked like when we bought the house.  YIKES!!!  Yes, that is dirt all over the door and screen door.  All that had to be done was clean it and then we had white doors again.  We did paint both of them for the time being about a year ago, just so they looked a little nicer since we did work to the outside of the home.
This was the old furance and there was a hotwater heater also, but they had removed it already. (we were not living in the house yet, when this work was being done). And yes that is paneling on the walls….don’t worry it came down.  Thank god there was drywall behind the paneling.
The previous owners washer and dryer.  We only used them for our “house working….paint cloths”. 😉   They did still work, but we already had our own new set, so we got rid of them after we moved in.
Don’t worry that electric wire hanging down was fixed and put into the ceiling by a licensed electrician.
Here is the new furance and hot water heater.  We went with gas and took out our oil tank that was in the house, underneath our stairs (great cubby hole storage area now)  😉
I have something in mind to hide these ugly guys, so stay tuned.  I can’t wait not to see them when I walk in this room.  I know it’s a utility/laundry room, but I can’t stand looking at them anymore.  A girl should be able to do laundry in style…..right?  Heck YES!!!  Plus when we have company over between Spring and Fall, we have to walk through this room to the backyard.  And we have a new backyard, so this is a bad way to introduce are new backyard.  😉 
All the paneling is down and all we had to do was repair the wall in a few places.  We were hating all the pipes in the room, so we had to come up with a good way to hide them without spending more money to put them behind the walls and ceiling.
This is the view looking in from our Family Room which is done already, so the utility/laundry room had to be redone since it’s between two finish rooms. The Family Room and our Outside Room…..yes a backyard can be an outside room.  More on that soon.

In the background of this picture you can see the then, unfinished Family Room.
This is the view from the Family Room right now.  Not very stylish at all.
And now here is what we did to “hide” or “blend” those pipes into the walls and ceiling.  Yup we painted them the same color as the wall and the ceiling.  They really fade into the room now.  We are really happy with the look and we wish we had done this at least 2 years ago.  I’m so much happier when I walk into this room now.  Color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Mill Springs Blue (HC-137).  It’s a blue/green color.
We still have a little more painting to do on the pipes that are near the ceiling, but we have a new door and some drywall work to do, so we figured we would wait until we install the new door.  Hopefully we will be installing the new door in a few weeks, once the weather is a little nicer.
I also have some ideas on how to hide some of those pipes and tubes even more.  Stay tuned.
On this wall we ordered cabinets from IKEA.  We ordered Akurum Adel horizontal cabinets in white.  And we just found out that our order is in.  YAY!!!  I can’t wait to pick them up, put them together and install them.  There is going to be great storage in this room once I’m done with it.  There is something else that we are considering to add more storage, but we aren’t sure yet if we are getting it.  We want to install other things first before we buy to much for this room.
Here are the cabinets we are getting from IKEA
Here are my inspiration pictures for my Laundry Room Makeover.  Inspiration is everywhere.

 Decorpad

 Decorpad

 Centsational Girl

Well stay tuned for the next phase of this makeover.

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