Monday, July 18, 2016

Laundry Room Make-Over


It was time.  Our laundry room needed a major re-do.  When we first moved in, I couldn't decide if I wanted cabinets installed at the top of the room.  As a temporary solution, we put in a long shelf for storage.  I made a toile curtain to cover the storage area and hide what I "stuck" up there. While it worked well, it also made the room appear top heavy.  Another obstacle was my grandmother's clothes press.  It seemed at home  in the laundry room, but it took up a lot of space.  So here is what my laundry room used to look like. I know...it's definitely cluttered.  In fact, I did an entire post about this crowded room...ugh!  Old Laundry Room
We also had the upper section of one of our china cabinets on top of the counter while the bottom of the china cabinet was moved upstairs to house DVD's.    The top of the cabinet was a great place for my collection of Christmas china.  It fit perfectly and I thought it was a pretty clever idea! The only problem was there was never enough room to fold clothes.
Needless to say, I couldn't stand it anymore.  My beloved clothes press seemed to be in the way, the toile curtain was oppressive and the top of my china cabinet was taking up too much room (and was missing its bottom).  So this is what I ended up with and I love it!
I shopped my own house for baskets and picked up a few at my favorite stores.  The baskets contain all the items that were loose on the shelf.  Now I know exactly where everything is located.  An added bonus!
I have room to fold clothes and still have space for little Luke Bailey's food.
We brought down the bottom to the china cabinet and put the two pieces back together.  They are happier that way!  The clothes press was moved to another location and the slimmer, Christmas china cabinet took it's place. I love seeing my collection of Nikko Christmastime Christmas china all year long!
I also tackled the storage drawers and organized every little inch of the place.  It's amazing how much room you have when you organize!
Lastly, decorating with the things I love makes this room a happy place to do laundry.  I still have my vintage laundry signs above the washer and dryer.  Other items in the room include this bottle of blueing which belonged to my paternal great-grandmother and the skirt hemming tool which belonged to my maternal grandmother.
Another favorite sign hangs above my farmhouse sink!
I bought the Mason jar and vintage iron at an antique store in a small, Amish town in Pennsylvania.  I collect loose pocket change in the Mason jar.  Maybe one day I'll have enough to buy a pair of shoes! The jug belonged to my maternal grandfather.
This sweet, little cross stitch sits on the china cabinet.  Love the saying...just wish there were more cool breezes blowing our way!  It's been awfully hot!
So, how does the new and improved laundry room look?  Here is a side by side comparison looking into the room.
I'm happy with the results.  I have one art project in the works for the laundry room and hopefully, I can share that with you later.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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18 comments:

  1. You've done a lovely job with your laundry room.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you so much! I think it is lighter than it was before. Gotta love where you do laundry! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon :)
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. It looks amazing! Love all your vintage items!

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    1. Hi Kathy! Glad you like my updated laundry room! I love vintage things and especially enjoy having items that belonged to my own family around me. Have a wonderful week!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. I love your laundry room makeover! I done the same thing last year and believe me...it was OVERDUE! You done an awesome job! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy fr the nice compliment. I am enjoying the lighter feeling in there. Goodness knows, we all are in our laundry rooms more than we like! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. Well, I finally realized I could make comments if I opened your posts completely, instead of reading them just in my email previewer!! I've always wanted to comment and it never would work! With that being said, I love your make over. Glad you kept the china cabinet, for a minute there I thought you had removed it. I love that you can display your Christmas dishes all year long! Looks great.

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    1. Hi Trisha! So glad you found a way to comment. I love having Christmas all year in at least one room of the house even if it is just in a china cabinet. I am thinking about painting the china cabinet, but I know I will meet with a great deal of resistance from Mr. New Knee!

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    1. You are welcome Jo! Thank you for stopping by!
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  6. Everything looks wonderful. I am inspired!
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.
    Hope to see you next week too.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Hi Laura!
      Thank you for sopping by and I do plan to party at Thoughts of Home again! Have a wonderful week.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  7. Lynda, I think it turned out just darling! It was cute before, but I like the little less crowded look. The addition of the shelf really is nice! I have vintage items in my laundry room as well. I have a few irons and an old bottle of bluing too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann. Don't you just love having vintage items around?! It just makes me feel at home. Hope you are having a wonderful week. It has been rainy here, but at least it keeps the temperatures from soaring!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  8. You did a great job on your laundry room, Lynda! I think you were smart to clear off the countertop by the sink. Amazing how much bigger the room looks now!

    I just love all your vintage laundry items. I've often wished I had a few of the things my mom had when I was growing up.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party!

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    1. Thanks Richella! I do love the more open look and especially having more room to fold clothes! My mom does not like antiques or vintage items and would always pass over any items offered to her. Luckily, she always let me store items from my grandparents and even great-grandmother. Now I can display them in my own home. Have a great rest of the week!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  9. It makes such a difference to do laundry in a room we are happy in, and your room turned out lovely. I recently purchased a skirt hemming tool, but at the time had no idea what it was - I just liked the look of it and thought I could use it as a photo holder - but now I know thanks to you!

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    1. Hi Lala,
      I like your idea of a photo holder! I think I'm going to dig up a picture of my grandmother sewing on her foot pedal Singer and put it with the skirt hemmer. I didn't know what is was either. My mom had to tell me. I hope you are having a terrific day and thank you for stopping by the farmhouse!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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