Friday, July 25, 2014

Laundry Room Reveal or How to Pack Lots of Function into Your Laundry Room for Less!

We are finally done with the Laundry Room!!!
If you've been following along, you know I packed as much function into this small room as I could.
 I can't wait to show you it all put together!!

Well let's not just stand there peeking through the window on the door lets go in!!!!

To be able to use the space behind the original door I took it off and
 replaced it with this sliding barn door.  I used an old door I got for free, repainted it with free leftover paint, and used a vintage crystal door knob I got for $5.
 I added the word LAUNDRY to the glass which I cut out on my Silhouette so it cost me about $1 or less.  I used frosted glass vinyl.  At first I had a more intricate design but in the end I like just the simple one word!!
The barn door hardware was purchased at Home depot for $150.  
Grand total for my barn door including hardware, $156!!!!  
You can read the whole story about this door here and here.

I also planked this hall wall so the door would look flush mounted and also to give a great textured background to my door.  I used MDF boards I bought on clearance so the wall cost me $7 plus paint, glue, and nails.  Grand total for planked wall around $30!!
See full details of how I did that here.

OK, enough about the door let's go into the room!! 
When my husband saw this picture he said, "That room looks huge!!"
The whole room is about 7 feet by 6 1/2 feet.  
The floor space you see is only 3 1/2 feet by 7 feet.

I gained space by stacking the washer and dryer, recessing cabinets, and stealing about 2 square feet from a unused cubby in my daughter's room.  
Just look at how clean and pretty is looks!!!  
I really love the gray cabinets against the crisp white walls. 
 At one point, the far end wall was stenciled, but I didn't like it.
 (You can check that out here.
 I really wanted to wall paper that wall; maybe someday I will find the perfect wall paper for a killer deal!!  
 I have to admit I really had a hard time with finding some art work for this wall.  I needed it to be flat, so it wouldn't get in the way of the function of the dryer door
 and I wanted some color and softness due to all the hard crisp lines in the room.  
I attempted two or three art projects but nothing looked right.  I finally found this floral artwork my neighbor gave me forever ago. 
Besides being free, it fit all my other requirements and made me happy!! 

For all the built in cabinetry I purchased three used kitchen cabinets at the Restore for $5 each, and one 4'x8' piece of 3/4 inch MDF. You can see what these cabinet started out like here and how I painted and trimmed them out here and here. I repainted all the doors with spray paint and added some jewelry,
(I mean knobs!!)  
They look like jewelery.  I love these crystal knobs, and they tie into the door knob.  I got them from 
D. Lawless Hardware and you can find them here.  I think they finish off the cabinets perfectly.

Taking the swinging door off to this room allowed us to put a cabinet on the wall behind it.  We actually cut the depth of this cabinet down, and recessed it into the wall.  I built the top pediment out of scraps of MDF and trim.  But my favorite part about this cabinet is it's function.  One door opens to reveal storage and the other to reveal a swivel ironing board.  
 (Get all the details on this cabinet here, herehere and here.)

I call this next cabinet the "Clean Clothes Tower".  

The top section is for storage of extra towels for the girls bathroom and cute decorations.  The wire baskets were from the $1 section at Target and filled with toilet paper.  The awesome silver pot is from DI.  The skinny drawers are my sweater or hand washable drying racks.  I love how they are almost nonexistent until I need them.  Then I just pull the whole drawer out, lay it on my counter, put the hand washed item on it and pop it back in place until it dries.  If you want some of these babies go here to see how I built them.  

The bottom half of the tower consists of slide out baskets that I use to put my kids clean clothes in after I fold them.  The kids are then responsible to take their basket to there room and put away their clothes.   I bought these at DI for $2 each!!  Similar closet baskets sell for $25-40.   I saved over $130.  I used these drawer glides from D. Lawless Hardware.  
Of coarse, I had to add these cute labels to them.  I had them in my scrap booking stuff and just printed out the numbers with my computer.  I love the contrast of the white baskets against the grey interior of the cabinet.  
(You can check out how we built this cabinet and adjusted the hardware to work here.)

Now let's check out the other side of the room.  
Stacking the washer and dryer allowed space for a folding counter!! 
 I love that;
no more pile of clean clothes being dumped on my couch!!!!!!
We worked hard to leave some sort of access to the the back of the machines, which has already proved to be helpful. 
 Yes, we already had to take the machines out due to a leak!!
 Sad face.
 But that is another post!!!

One of my favorite things about this folding center is the grey plexi like walls.  They were a Restore find for $5.  You can read all about that story here and here.
Adding a hanging bar allows me to hang things up right as they come out of the dryer!!  
We added three new LED lights.  You can't even tell where the old light use to be, check out how we did that without patching the ceiling here.

We all know details make or break a room, so lets check out the details. 
 I bought a 2 gallon glass jar from Walmart to store laundry detergent in and put an antique metal scoop in it.  The jar was about $10 and the scoop was $1.   My sister inherited some old clothes pins and pond them off on me. 
(Lucky me!!
 I poured them into another wire basket from Target's dollar section.  I love the warmth and natural feel they add to the room.  

I don't always keep flowers in my laundry room, but occasionally I cut some from the garden and plop them in here to brighten up my laundry chore.
I keep a small plate on the counter for odd things I find as I go through the kids pockets,  such as money, Chap Sticks, bobby pins, Crayons, or whatever.  
Some of my favorite surfaces are the faux marble counter top I painted.  If you are new to Batchelors Way you have to go here and here to see how I created these $30 marble counters.

You may have not noticed the subtle textured wallpaper on the back wall of the folding center.  That was a second hand score with just enough to cover my small area.  I'm always buying wallpaper at second hand stores; you never know when it will come in handy.  Oh and don't forget my cute little Key Box, go see what it started out like here.  I love the punch of color it gives the space.

One last detail that I haven't shown or talked about yet, the dirty clothes bins; they store under the counter.  I was going to build them out of wood and peg board, like we did in our Arizona house, but they were very heavy and hard to move around.  I started a proto type out of PVC pipe, but in the end I purchased these two sorters from Bed,Bath,and Beyond and Walmart.
 They are light, easy to move, washable, and I couldn't be happier.  The front one has four bags and the rear one has three bags.  I used my label maker and labeled the sections so the kids know where to put each article of clothing as they sort there dirty clothes.  If you are interested I labeled them:  Whites, Reds, Darks, Jeans, Towels, Hand Washables, and Rags.

That's it for the tour of my new laundry room.  
But it wouldn't be right to just show you the after.  
You know how I love "Before" and "After" pictures, so here you go!!

And the other side!!

I have to admit, I actually like doing laundry now.  
(Don't tell my family that!)
It's so bright and pretty, how could I not.  I added so much storage and function: Ironing Center, Folding Center, Clean Clothes Storage, Dirty Clothes Staging Area, and Hand Drying Racks, just to mention a few.  I did it in a fairly small area with a small budget.  I don't have to clutter up other areas of my house for any part of my laundry chore. 
 Everything has a place so it stays clean without much effort!!  

What do you think? 
 Let me here the good, the bad, and the ugly!
  (Hopefully more good than bad or ugly.)  
What would you put in your laundry room if you redid it?

If you want to see the whole journey I have all the links below in chronological order.  

Laundry Room
It Begins
Laundry Room Lights
Building A Box
Restore to the Rescue
Gluing up Imago Wall
Stenciled Wall that was all for Not
Wallpaper Back Splash
Trimming Out the Cabinets
Cabinet Doors
New Hanging Bar
DIY Counter Tops Part 1-The Fitting
DIY Counter Tops Part 2-Faux Painting
Clean Clothes Tower
Sweater Drying Racks
Small Laundry Room Project
Cork Board on a Cabinet Door
Laundry Room Key Box
DIY Built-In Ironing Board Part 1
DIY Built-in Ironing Board Part 2
Scary Laundry Room Door
Planked Wall and Barn Door

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Planked Wall and Barn door!

Last post I finished my barn door and was ready to hang her up!!  
Of coarse it can't be that easy!!!!
 We needed to mount a board on the wall to mount our hardware to. Les didn't like the board just sticking out of the wall all alone so I suggested we plank the wall.  
(I have secretly been wanting to try out a planked wall, so this was the perfect opportunity.)
We decided to use the boards we already had, remember our 94 boards we bought on clearance!! (You can check that story out here!)
We used a 1x4 peice of  pine that we already had and cut it down on our table saw to match the width and thickness of our MDF boards.  We leveled and then attached the wood board with long wood screws into every stud it spanned.  Then I glued and pin nailed one long MDF board at the end of the wall to give it a nice finished look.  I then cut an MDF board to extend our pine board.  Then I just worked my way up to the ceiling, using nickels as spacers, and then down to the floor.  I used wood glue and pin nails to attach all the boards.

This went surprisingly fast. I did this whole wall in one day.  I really only needed my kids to help with the really long boards that went over the door.  
(Ashlee was pretty impressed with my wall, can you tell! I think that's a photo bomb!) 
You can plainly see the wood board before the paint, but not after I painted.

After painting the whole thing I had to go back and fill in this little space on the far side of the door.  Originally I thought it would be fine just painted white, but I am way too detail oriented.
 I ended up going back and cutting 27 one inch slats for that little sliver of wall!!
  I must be crazy, but it looks so much better!!!!!

Now I am ready to attache that awesome door!!!!
We were going to make our own sliding door hardware when I found a kit at Home Depot for $149.97, I went for it.  It was very easy to install and glides like butter!!! 
 Once the door was in place I just needed a knob. 
 I had the perfect one I had picked up four years ago for $5
(OK it came with another door for that price! That's so the Batchelor Way!!!).  
(Go here to see the knob and door it came with!)

Here's my new laundry room door, on it's new track and with it's antique crystal knob!!!!
I must say I like this combination!!

So what do you think?

I once again can't decide if I like the function of this door or it's beauty more!!
I have one more thing to add to the door, 
What do you think it is??

I will be back next week with the big reveal of the finished Laundry Room!!  
 Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scary Laundry Room Door!!

Remember way back here, when I started the laundry room.
 I took the door off in order to use the wall space behind it.
  I promised I had a plan for a new door. 
 Well here's is my NEW DOOR!!!

Do you not like it?
Too scary?
 Come on,
All that laundry is killing me!!

OK, this is a door that Jaysen had gotten donated to his Haunted house that he did for his Eagle Project here.  I have kept this door with bloody hands on it for three years, because I could see past the red hands to an awesome door!!
 First, I took off all the old hardware: knobs, deadbolt, and hinges.
Then I spent a couple of days stripping the door down to the bare wood.
(Can I just say this is not a fun job!!)
Next, I had to fill all the gaping holes left over from the hardware.  I cut out plugs for most of the holes and used wood filler to fill in all the little gaps and hinged sections.
After it dried I spent some time with my friend Electric Sander!!

I was really happy with my progress and couldn't wait to paint it.  I started looking at paint chips trying to decide which color I wanted, then I remembered some left over paint I had.  It was pretty close to the colors I was looking at, so I slapped some on one side of the door.  Once it was dry I took it inside to see how it would look.  
I loved the paint color,
 but noticed another small problem!  
My door was too SHORT!!!!

Yeah, I had measured to see if my door was wide enough, but not tall enough!
(Don't assume all doors are the same height!  Especially older doors!!)
I was looking at about a 5 inch difference!!!!


After throwing a small fit, and consulting with my darling husband,
 We decided to add to the bottom of my door.
Here is how I did that:
1.  I made a "U" shape with 1x2s that equalled the width of my door and the height I needed to add.
2. I then added a thin board to one side.  I actually used a scrap of bead board turned backwards.
Note: I had to rip down my 1x2's so that they, plus two thin boards, equalled the thickness of my door. 
3.  Next I attached the this piece to the bottom of the door with about four screws right through the 1x2.

4. Then I attached my second thin board with glue and a pin nailer.
5.  My door would be running on a track, so I cut slots in the bottom of each 1x2 side, and added small bottom strips to continue the slot or track on the bottom of the door extension.
Once I had the extension to the door on, I finished painting the whole door, distressed it, and added a brown glaze.

Looks good to me!!
Crisis averted!!!

Next time I will show you my project that I had to do so I could hang this door!!!
Thanks, for stopping by!!