Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Laundry Room~Ready For Summer~

The photo below is not reality. This is SO staged & represents how I dream my laundry room would look this summer, for more than 5 hours.  A girl has to dream!

Here are three things I love about my laundry room:
  • Laundry Chute
  • Window with shade
  • Door
Laundry Chute~love, love, love! As a kid we had one in our first house and I remember my Mom pining for one in our second house. Now I know why!

Window~love it when it is clean and that dang crazy bird is not attacking it. Shade is easy to pull when laundry piles up beyond window {oh yes, it does!}. Also, could not live without the laundry sorter, could actually use 2 more!:

Door~This is a view that you see when you come in from the garage. It NEVER looks this nice! But see that door handle to the right? I can close the door when company comes, so they don't see the huge disaster bookbags. {You will often hear my voice go an octave higher and something like"close the laundry room door!" And NO this room is not part of the house tour. But thank you for asking.}

Other Views of the "Never Before Seen" Laundry Room

The hooks & shoe organizers which my kids do not use are from Target (a few years ago)~very budget friendly.  4 hooks/kid & mounted at a height that my youngest could reach~may have to be adjusted higher in a few years.

One basket/kid, used in order of birth, left to right. Cabinet below is reorganized with paper products (I re-installed a shelf & battery organizer) and gift wrapping/bags/tissues. Shelf contains ribbon and hiding behind the folder is the always needed, when you have kids in school, pencil sharpener (messy!) and a basket of bandaids & first aid goodies that will soon be strewn about. The top cabinet holds infrequently used kitchen appliances.

This where muddy feet & hardworking hands get washed.

Both my washer & dryer need repaired. Little leak on the washer & a part on the dryer (has been making weird sounds). Did I mention that these aren't even 2 years old & cost a fortune? Repair man was here & will be back with parts. Still good to use until he arrives again. {Get the extended in-home repair warranty & make sure you write how long it is good for. Keep those papers organized!}

Notice the little piece of wood on the oh how i hate hunter green kid-friendly linoleum? 

A close-up (yes that is marbled hunter green linoleum~really was that ever in style? I don't think so!)This is a sample piece of flooring. What is the best color  & material for a mud room floor? Don't say tile because to is way too cold in the winter months:

Things I would change about this room:
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • New Faucet
  • Counters
  • Woodwork: paint trim & install crown molding. Yep, I would.  I have in several other rooms in my house, so this is an easy decision for me.
Through this process I did realize that I do have some big blank spaces on the walls in this room and could use help filling those in.  I think I need to call Suz. She is a friend from my post-college, pre-married years {what do you call those days? the fun years, the Lucky days? No silly that was the name of our fav dance spot!). She blogs for HomeGoods & has a staging business. She has a hubby & two precious young girls. You may enjoy her blog here and her staging business site here.  She has pics of her laundry room here and a tween updated bedroom here. I probably should have sent her my pics before I posted, so she could have given me some advice on how to stage this long, narrow laundry room/mud room!

I will say that my laundry room is last on the list behind the entry/foyer, kitchen and study/den. It may be a few years before anything changes in here. 

Now I have a confession to make: I am a big-time procrastinator. The ONLY reason that I finished this summer update, before school is out, is because I am participating in Anti-Procrastination Tuesday @ New Nostalgia. And dear Amy featured my office on her blog today! Thanks Amy!

Here is last week's list {5/18/10}& the Progress Report:

  1. Finish last coat on picnic table & benches. Hoping for better weather! DONE
  2. Test paint shutter DONE: Hubby & I decided that it was a lost cause to try to paint 40 shutters when the vinyl shutters had been painted already by the previous owners. {It seems they used automotive paint} We could not get a nice surface. A phone call will be placed today to order new shutters. Paint that was purchased will be used on trim to tie in the darker color of the new shutters. 
  3. Clean out  8 baskets & ready mud room for summer with place for goggles, towels & flip flops! DONE, all baskets are organized, just have to clean the "war zone" of the kitchen where the fallout happened! 
  4. Purchase stain for kids swingset (sweet talk hubby into pressure washing it for me!) DONE, hubby was "sweet talked" & the playset was pressure washed & is half way stained. I bought one gallon of Cabot stain. We have an area on the swingset that has barn siding and that really soaked up the stain. Went back for another gallon of the same & ended up with the wrong stain. Back to the blue store & finally got the 2nd gallon of needed product. Hopeful that the project will be done in a week. May need more sweet talking. (note to self)
  5. Catch up on paperwork STILL ON LIST
  6. Post about French inspired giveaway DONE, go here to enter
  7. Plan teacher thank you gifts Have ideas, but STILL ON LIST
New list for week of 5/25:
  1. Enjoy peonies & iris in the sunshine
  2. Feed children
  3. Get ready for long weekend: buy sunscreen & something to grill 
  4. Clean some windows, if I feel like it!
  5. Paperwork
  6. Teacher gifts
  7. Buy flower seeds
  8. Take hubby Snapple tea, while he mows
  9. Research last day of school "surprise" for kids
  10. Enjoy friends

My French~inspired giveaway is still going on. To be eligible you should go to this post & comment, before Friday May 28th, 2:00 EST. Only eligible if you comment on F is for Free Fonts, Friday, a First, French Freebie & Flower Fotos.

Thanks for making it till the end of the loooonnnnnnggg post!

QUIZ: did you see something that was featured in a previous post in this room? Also, did you see something that didn't belong in this room, which is the dead giveaway that the room is staged? Did you see Waldo?


  1. HOlY CRAP Cathy I love your laundry room! It just feels so light, airy, summery--- swoon. Even IF it is staged! I love those hooks! I thought your floor was marble! I am serious. I was totally jealous 'cause I've got fugly lineolum! Ok so when you decide on a new floor you'll let me know? 'Cause I have been planning for months to change mine out and can't make a decision! (I was nixing tile too)

  2. I love your laundry room too...it is so spacious...and those hooks are awesome for summer time....Thanks for the inspiration....I am taking a break for the rest of the week and getting organized before school lets out.....gosh I can't believe it!

  3. Cathy, did you photoshop those pictures?? No, really, whose house is that?

  4. Right now my laundry room is my dining room! (: the washer and dryer is in the dining room in a closet.So all of my clothes are on my dining room table! I love yours! ( :
    Have a pretty night,

  5. Love the laundry room. Mine will not be on the house tour ever....the kitty litter is in there! Yikes!
    Snapple tea while he mows...so sweet!
    Really? Does he bring you a treat when you vacuum? He should! :)
    Have a great night!

  6. Your laundry room is great. Staged or not. We have those striped beach towels too. Target, right? :)

    I also love your lists. Especially next week's list w/"feed children" on it. That's my kind of list. :)

  7. #1--I noticed the little adirondack tea light holder before you even mentioned it. But I did have to go back and find the watermelon.
    Great minds think alike--I've been working on my laundry room the last few days as well!
    And I have the same washer/dryer.
    I'm hoping to have mine done for next Tuesday.
    I noticed your office was spotlighted. And so was I. Doesn't it just make you smile, just a little bit?

  8. i just posted and the comment disappeared. Hope it's in cyberspace somewhere!

  9. Your laundry room looks great! I'd really like to know what those watermelon things are on top of your washer?!

  10. LOve the laundry room. Can you stick new linoleum right on top of the old? I think black and white squares would be great. I'm with you on the tile. We have it our back hall and you FREEZE your feet in the winter. As soon as we win the lottery it's going!

  11. Thanks for giving us a peek into your laundry room. :) I love the look of wood but just be careful, with water being present in that room, it could easily get destroyed.

    What about a newer more updated linoleum for durability. There are so many options now-cork, bamboo, the list goes on. Warm and functional.

    Have a wonderful day!


  12. Cathy-Seriously, you need to start making house calls. Illinois? Would that be too much to ask? : ) LOVE the laundry room and I totally get your chute love. We always had one growing up and then our first house had one but our new house doesn't. I really miss it. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

  13. love the towels--it makes me want to head to the pool pronto

    I should photograph my laundry room and scare the blogging world

  14. I would love to have a laundry room. I have a washer/dryer out in the garage. We have a 1953 ranch house. It is pretty basic...3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room.

  15. I would kill for a laundry chute... or even just a laundry room on the main floor instead of the basement. Instead we just chuck everything down the stairs to the basement.

    And you are right, the marbley green has got to go!

  16. I came over from AP Tuesdays on New Nostalgia.

    WOW. Your laundry room is lovely! Really, I love it! You've given me some things to think about for our laundry room, especially the hooks and organizing cubby. Great work!

  17. I love your laundry room. I wish I had a chute...how lucky are you!

  18. I am sooo jealous! Your laundry room is so fabulous!!! I think you have me talked into needing a laundry shoot!!

  19. It is a great laundry room! Love how you admit that it piles above the window sill:) Been there many times!!
    Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

  20. just wanted to let you know i featured this post today:)

  21. I always want my Landry room to look nice to inspire me to do my Landry.


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