Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spiffing Up The Laundry Room

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited today to share with you what I've done in my little laundry room. When I say little, I mean little. But it's proportioned just right and meets our needs. 
This has been one of the last rooms in our little home for me to spiff up so far. When we bought this house the previous owners left and machines and we were grateful as we left our machines for the new owners of our house in New York. They are older but work just fine. You're looking at the right side of the laundry room...
...now you're looking at the left side. Duh! :) You can see how narrow it is but it has a door I can close and a window for light. 
These cabinets were the orange oak like the kitchen. I knew I wanted them painted but went with a sweet soft blue from Sherwin Williams called "Little Boy Blue". Don't you love the name of the color? I may have shown you these little knobs I ordered - just the cutest little things ever. I'm sorry I don't remember where I ordered them but how perfect for a laundry room!
This might not be to everyone's liking, but I put up a strip of fabric on a tension rod to cover all of the plugins and water faucets - stuff behind your machines that should have been put much farther down but I'm sure a man decided on all of this and he wasn't thinking right! You gals get what I mean. So, I didn't want to look at it and covered it up. The fabric is about 5 inches away from the wall so it's not close to the plugins or anything. I like it and this is one of my favorite Waverly fabrics - left over from my kitchen curtains.  
Okie dokie! Now this little lamp named "Birdie" sat on my counter in the kitchen to give a sweet soft light at night but I thought she would be perfect in here so she flew on in. I just had to spiff her up too so I glued down the blue ribbon and made some rolled fabric roses and glued down buttons for centers and now she is as cute as a bug even though she's a bird! I'm so talented like that you know!
This is exciting for me! When we knew we were going to buy this house I knew I wanted a cross stitched piece to hang on the wall right here. So I went to town searching for patterns and found three! So my dainty talented fingers went to work and I stitched these three little laundry pieces. I chopped them down and put them together and added some cream rick rack to hide the seams and I was done. Aren't these sweet? I just amaze myself sometimes! You know I'm kidding.
Then on to the little window. There was no blind so I put up a blind, curtain rod and a valance out of  my favorite Waverly fabric. It just makes me smile.
Then I had this nekked wall (that's Texan for naked) and added a little shelf. I hung up the little hello sign I found at Joann's Fabric and poked my birdhouses on the shelves. They were just too sweet to put outside in the weather so I just poked them in the closet and now they've found their new home. I'm not sure about that doily but I'll live with it a while and see. Maybe I should just have a runner up there?
Now I found this little plastic shelf at Walmart for around $12 and it is perfect in here. It's probably not even 12" deep and has plenty of room for me to poke my laundry stuff on as well as my boxes of Swiffer sheets. I schooched it a little away from the corner of the wall so rolls of paper towels could hide there. I see those little booger peeping around!
There was no rod to hang up clothes to dry. So we went to the Container Store and found this perfect little laundry cart! It has a generous rod to hang clothes and an attached basket at the top (I'm hiding my dirty clothes that go in that basket). Then the bottom has a shelf and it is the perfect size for me to poke in a plastic laundry basket and I use it for dirty towels! Perfect! It fits in this little small area just perfectly with a couple of inches to spare!

One last snap to show you. Now when you have a small house and not a lot of storage it forces you to get creative with your organization. I'm such a genius! I found this over the door multi hooked rack and it's just perfect to hold my brooms, mops and Swiffer. Oops I see my big old duster needs its cover washed! But don't you see how nice this is and it's hung on the back side of the door and no one ever sees it! I even have Willow's leash hung up there.
Well, there is my little laundry room all spiffed up and ready to tackle my dirty laundry! Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little laundry room today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm Gonna Wash That Man Out Of My Hair

I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
Nellie and Girls:
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
And send him on his way.
Don't try to patch it up
Tear it up, tear it up!
Wash him out, dry him out,
Push him out, fly him out,
Cancel him and let him go!
Yea, sister!
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
If a man don't understand you,
If you fly on separate beams,
Waste no time, make a change,
Ride that man right off your range.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
Oho! If you laugh at different comics,
If you root for different teams,
Waste no time, weep no more,
Show him what the door is for.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
You can't light a fire when the woods are wet,
No!
You can't make a butterfly strong,
Hmm, hmm!
You can't fix an egg when it ain't quite good,
And you can't fix a man when he's wrong!
You can't put back a petal when it falls from a flower,
Or sweeten up a fellow when he starts turnin' sour
Oh no! Oh no!
Nellie and Girls:
If his eyes get dull and fishy,
When you look for glints and gleams,
Waste no time,
Make a switch,
Drop him in the nearest ditch!
Rub him out of the roll call,
And drum him out of your dreams
Oho! Oho!
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
And sent him on his way.
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
Nellie and Girls:
And send him on his way!

~Sung by Mitzi Ganer





 





18 comments:

  1. What a great space you're created. I love your idea to cover the things behind the machines. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    X Chy

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love your laundry room. So pretty and it's so much more fun to do laundry in a pretty space.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh I love that laundry room. Mine is in the basement..so this room looks like heaven to me. I like the way you have organized it too. The cutest knobs on the cabinets. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    ReplyDelete
  4. How adorable is that? I love it! Very functional and cute at the same time. Yes, you are talented. Hugs to you my friend.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I don't have a laundry room so I am so in love with yours. Everything is so cute. You did an awesome job.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a sweet little room! Very clever idea to hide the uglies behind the washer/dryer!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love your laundry room makeover. I haven’t cross-stitched in years, but always purchase the completed pictures at garage sales and thrift shops. I know how much work goes into making them. Also, do you have an update you can share from Susan at Ash Tree Cottage? Still praying for her complete recovery. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your room is perfect, so many darling details and I love the idea of the fabric cover for the pipes. I need to do something similar. Thank you for the inspiration. And ps...love that fabric. I have some in my stash.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love your house and get such good inspiration from you! It encourages me to spiff up and clean up. Your spiritual gift must be encouragement.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love it all...it's so....YOU! Those little cabinet knobs are adorable! I am over the moon that our little farmhouse will include a mud/laundry room off the back porch. I have lived with a laundry "closet" in the hallway for the past 28 years. And by the way, putting that fabric behind the washer & dryer to hide all the uglies is a fantastic idea!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Just a perfectly well done little space, all a body needs.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Cute laundry room- just enough room to do the job! Love those cute knobs on the doors!

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's just darling, shelia. And I really like the fabric on the tension rod. That's a great idea if you have the ability to hang a tension in that spot.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. So pretty!! What I wouldn't give for a first floor laundry room. I hate stairs and basements...plus my cell phone doesn't work down there...in case I fell or something. UGH!

    Wedding got postponed :( - death in family. We will be getting married in spring.

    ReplyDelete
  16. your laundry room is so pretty--love everything in it! Loved how you put up the material behind the washer and dryer, great idea! How is your spring going?

    ReplyDelete
  17. Shelia,
    I adore your artistic touches within your Laundry Room!
    I wish I had a Laundry Room. . .I only have a Laundry Closet!
    I am grateful that the Laundry is on the main floor, though!
    Love the fabric touches and the framed cross stitch!
    Thank you for always inspiring!
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  18. Well, dear friend, I finally have time to sit down and catch up! Love your laundry room. You've given me a couple of ideas for my smallish laundry room. It's a walk-through from the garage into the dining room! And has a little half-bath off of it. I feel blessed to have it and am getting ready to repaint and redo after many, many years of the same. Your idea with the fabric hanging is genius. Pure genius!
    ~Adrienne~

    ReplyDelete

I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)