One Room Challenge

1.18.2012

Linda, from My Crafty Home Life, invited me to participate in a blogging challenge that would involve other bloggers and require everyone to complete one room in six weeks while sharing the progress.  I thought it sounded like a great challenge and a fantastic way to force myself to finish our laundry room. 



When we bought our house, the laundry room had no cabinets, no sink, no hamper and the tile was black and brown streaked linoleum.  This room would only used for laundry, so we wanted it to be utilitarian.  We were looking for function, not luxury.  We'd rather put money in the living rooms.   We put in tile floors, added an extra refrigerator, and painted.  After a year we added Sugar to our family.


We really needed a sink for the laundry room to give her baths and such.  So, we took that opportunity to add all of the cabinets.  There were several other things I wanted to do to finish the room, but became distracted by life.  That was a few years ago, and I'm ready to complete our laundry room.  I'll show you a few things on my "to do" list.


This photo shows the door that leads out of the room.  I'd love to do some kind of family communication/list making bulletin board/chalkboard idea.  We could use a place to leave notes, and I'd love for this wall to have a use.


This window is on the other side of the refrigerator, so no one sees it from the inside but us.  I think it would be nice to have a shade.  It would make the room more finished and add some possible color and pattern.  At the same time, it's a laundry room, no one sees it, and it's nice to just wipe the dust off the shade.  I'm on the fence on this one.  If I go with a shade, the Dyson has to go somewhere else.  I'll want to enjoy the fabric without looking at a vacuum. 


The built in ironing board in the middle of the wall was here when bought the house.  I should have had it removed when we did all of the other work.  I don't think this photo allows you to see the scale of the space very well, but it would be an unusual person that could iron comfortably here.  What I'm most excited about with this project is that I'll have a great space to hang some art.  The extra color and pattern will be fun.


We had this cabinet added over the refrigerator.  The fan/light was here when we moved in and it creates a problem when I need to open the doors.  That's very rare, but still annoying.  Obviously, the fan has to go.  That will mean some other light source, and I don't have anything in mind yet.


I hadn't even noticed the ugly smoke detector on the ceiling until today!  I must be much more tolerant than I knew.  That's an easy fix.

Any ideas?  I'm sure there are so many possibilites I haven't considered.  Please share any thoughts or advice.  I have six weeks to finish, and I'll keep you updated every Wednesday.  Be sure to check out the other ladies participating in the challenge!












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10 comments :

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I love your space...I know it needs work...but the floor is beautiful! So much potential...how fun. I'll keep my eyes open if I see some ideas for you. Does Sugar sleep in this space?

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Even the small changes you want to do will make huge improvements to the space. I would defiantly do some sort of window treatment! And I think the message wall will be great!

Emily said...

I love the clean lines and bright colors in this space. I have an idea or two for you re the ironing board space. Depending on how deep the space is you could turn the space into another cabinet with shelves. Even if the space is narrow it would be a good place for scissors,tape,etc. everyday items that seem to always need multiple places in our homes. The second idea is to remove the door completely and get a fabulous piece of art or a huge chalkboard to cover the space entirely- no one will know what is behind it. Have fun! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Janet @ House Four said...

It's funny the things you notice when you photograph your own space, isn't it?? This is going to be one fabulous laundry room. I only wish I had this much space and a window in ours.

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I agree that function is the most important thing in your laundry room. But this looks like such a nice, large room that you could do some really cute things...art, window treatment, light fixture, and message center will all make a huge difference.

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

Great space- you are lucky to have such a functional laundry room. Now comes the fun part to make it even prettier. Window treatment would be great, and I agree with the fan going, but love the vintage light that is on it. So looking forward to following your progress!

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

I am drooling over the thought of those beautiful washer/dryers and having a laundry room on the main floor. Your changes sound like they will make the room even more functional; can't wait to see the progress!

designchic said...

What a great space and the changes you are talking about will make it even better...can't wait to follow along!!

Kim said...

Fantastic Laundry room ... already 10 times better than my basement!! A fun starting point for you!!

insideways said...

Message walls are so fun. I can't wait to see what you decide to use for yours. I made one out of an old picture frame: I framed some burlap then used the glass for a dry erase board. It was SUPER easy and is really cute. Also, I vote yes on the window treatments :)

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