Remember my laundry room debate?
I was tired of the mess. I wanted something cleaner and more functional. Here’s a little recap. This was Kalissa’s cabinet that she bought on a garage sale. She petered out in the middle of redoing it. Hubby asked her if she wanted to sell it. She said yes. Hubby went to work on getting it all fixed up. Originally the entire cabinet outside was the deep green.
He sanded down the the top and restained it. Then he roughed up the bottom so it would accept paint.
I put two coats of Annie Sloan’s Graphite paint on it.
Here is my laundry room. I removed the sewing machine and all the junk on it. Our daughter Kayla took the machine to her house.
The laundry room was such a mess. Junk EVERYWHERE!!
Well as long as that was all out of the small room, Hubby decided to pull out the dryer and clean the lint out really well.
Then Hubby and our son Karl started in on trying to get the cabinet to fit. It was a tight squeeze.
Here it is in place. My work still isn’t finished…I needed to apply the wax finish.
So one day when Carver was over I put him in the bouncy seat and told him all about the process of applying wax and chalk painting. Ruby stayed for the lesson too.
They were both very attentive.
I applied the soft wax first…then the dark wax.
All of the pieces in the laundry room have had the same technique. I personally love the graphite color of paint. It’s perfect for me as it hides a lot.
So….HERE IS THE REVEAL!I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it!
It’s really hard to take any decent pictures as the room is TINY. Hubby and I have both commented that we wish the open shelving at the top was actually closed shelving but alas, it can’t be perfect and this is much better. I think some of the stuff on the shelves will eventually get moved to the lower cabinet but as of now, this works. I still have some sewing and craft things here. I have all my rulers and things I need for cutting quilts out here. I do the majority of my cutting on the kitchen island. That big basket at top in the middle is filled with shirts that need to be deboned.
The cabinet area…I LOVE. Isn’t this so much better than that sewing machine sitting here!? Especially because I really wasn’t using the machine anymore.
I’ve vowed to try to keep this room cleaner. I’m not super duper clean lady at all but I don’t want junk everywhere either. I want a nice balance between utility/laundry room that’s useful and one that’s immaculate.
My dream is one day to have actually have a matching washer and dryer….alas, not with Hubby around though. He sees no sense in replacing one if it hasn’t died. We have a washing machine in the basement that he washes all of his farm clothes in. My secret hope is that that it would die and he’d take these to the basement and I could get a new washer and dryer….I know it’s bad to “wish for” something to die, but that’s my confession.
The overhead cabinet here was in the house originally when we bought it. Hubby rebuilt it and made it smaller to fit in this space. I use it a lot and have enjoyed having it. He also built the shelf at the back of the washer and dryer. I highly suggest a shelf like that. I use it lots too.
For a small room, this little laundry room gets used a lot. I am so happy and thankful that it is just off of the kitchen. With it and kitchen side by side I really feel like I am “in my domain” when I’m working.
I can see that the new cabinet is going to be so awesome when the kids come home for gatherings. It’s a great place to plug in the crock pots and take in some of the kitchen overflow.
I haven’t had a good chance to really think through what is being stored and where in the room now that the cabinet is in place. I know I want to move a few things around and find new homes for them making things a little more tidy looking. For now, I am thrilled and so happy that I took the leap and got rid of the spare sewing machine…oh and three cheers for Hubby…he did a great job making this all come together.