Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My House: Laundry Inspiration

You know what happens when you spend most of your time at home (besides copious amounts of online shopping, ehem), your to-do list starts to get really long. Our nursery kind of took over any other project I had in mind for the house and now that it is done I'm ready to tackle and perhaps finish a few other things.

The first project I want to tackle is our laundry "room". I say "room" because it's not actually a room but a closet in our mud room. Here's a look at the teeny, tiny, impossible to photograph space:

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I actually find that it's all that I need for space, but the problem is the functionality. Those dang closet doors get in the way of putting in the laundry detergent. I actually have to close the door slightly so that I can pull out the drawer far enough and then crank my arm around to get the detergent in. Annoying. The closet is in the back of the house in the mud room so, while it's nice to be able to hide away the washer/dryer, it's just not necessary. So, if it's out in the open it just needs to look good.

The plan is to remove the doors and fancify the inside with cabinets, a countertop, paint and maybe a backsplash or wallpaper. The mud room will of course get a splash of new paint while we're at it, bye bye boring builder beige! yesss.

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Here are some of my inspiration pics. I really like the layout of these images with the cabinet along the side and top with space in the middle. We don't have a window, but I'd like to put up a rod and be able to hang clothes from there.

image via precision stoneworks
This one below is probably my favourite, I love the industrial look of the backsplash!
image via casa de valentina
image via southern living
I have a feeling this project will take a while with our little munchkin around, but with all the laundry I've been doing lately it'll be so, so worth it.

Let the planning begin! yay.
Christine

25 comments:

  1. I'd definitely recommend getting one (or two) of these from Lee Valley:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=63435&cat=2,42194

    So handy, and you can remove them if you need to because they just slide into little plates on the wall.

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    1. YES! I remember seeing (and loving) those at your place! I definitely want to try and work those in somehow. Thanks, Gord.

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  2. Hi from Toronto, Christine! I also love the silver tiled back splash. Maybe you could also try using subway tiles for the same effect? Very on trend right now, too!

    Let's connect!
    my blog: www.robertandjoseph@blogspot.com
    Twitter: @robertandjoseph

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    1. I love subway tiles too! Such a classic look.

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  3. ooooh lovely inspiration pics! And how utterly annoying re: the doors getting in the way of the washing machines - that would drive me bonkers.

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  4. Great idea Christine! It'll be sooooo much more functional. Totally worth it considering how much time you'll be hanging out there ;) Your inspiration shots are so pretty....you're off to such a great start.

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  5. I LOVE the metallic backsplash - so chic, yet easy to clean!

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    1. Ya, and I found some stick on type squares at Home Depot which would be super easy to install too... we'll see.

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  6. Ew, I love these ideas------ and I love your washer/dryer! I was just writing yesterday about how I can't wait for the day when we own our own appliances and furniture! My husband and I travel with his job and stay in furnished places and we have been doing it for a year and a half but I am started to really want my OWN space and my OWN things! Anyways, so glad I stopped by your blog--- I had to when I saw the title, I have a yorkiepoo named bella!

    xo,
    ashley

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    1. Aww, little yorkiepoo Bella! How cute. So glad you stopped by Ashley. I never knew how much I could love a washer dryer until we got these new ones, hope you get that "love" some day soon!

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  7. love your inspiration lady! :) Can't wait to see it. It may take a bit longer (I can attest to that), but you're right - it will be soooo worth it! :)

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    1. Hopefully it makes laundry more enjoyable too :)

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  8. omg love them all. I think these are perfect for what you are going to do! Can't wait to see how it turns out! :)

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  9. Oh my goodness I find all of them so inspirational. Makes me want to organize our laundry area!

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  10. mmm cherry red washing machine & dryer - my dream! Funny how that gets me excited - ha! Can't wait to see the after!

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  11. I have the very same washer and dryer!!! My laundry in in the mud room too... which is kind of a pain. I find that room so gets so dirty (duh... it's a MUD room) that it kind of makes me hate doing laundry in there. I'd like to move it upstairs to our 2nd floor somehow.

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    1. That's a good point! Luckily we have to entrances in and out of the mud room and a HUGE rug that sorta keeps all the dirt in place... but you're right I don't spread out much in that area for that reason.

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  12. if you want to keep doors infront of the washer/dryer, you could replace the bifolds with standard swing doors. This will give you more room to work with!

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    1. Thanks, Krystal. Ya, we thought of that too, but the hallway it's in is pretty narrow and I have a tendancy to leave the bifold doors open all the time so would be worried with swing doors they'd always be in the way. If it ever gets too messy down the road, we definitely might revisit those!

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  13. These inspiration pictures are great! I'm excited to see the process. A backsplash or wallpaper would be so awesome!!

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