Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover

When we built our new addition in 2009 we added a mud room/laundry room to connect the house and the existing garage.  It was a design that took a lot of tweaking with our architect to get it right both outside and inside as the garage was set back from the existing house a little bit farther than we would have liked for linking the two.  However, after many revisions we came up with a plan that works.  With a door to the backyard, the garage and the driveway the "hallway" that the post "Ladder Rescue" highlights is just that.  It has a heated ceramic floor which is handy at this time of year with wet boots and keeps the mess from coming into the laundry area, for the most part. I do live with 3 "boys" after all.  At the top of the stairs we were able to add a generous closet which is deep and accommodates lots of shoes which is great for a family of five.
Last year I decided that I needed new laundry machines to help the environment!  Really I just liked the look of them, but don't tell Handy Husband that! although, living on a well, it does use a lot less water than our old washer.   We bought Whirlpool Duets, and I love the many features, especially the steam dryer that eliminates the need for my iron. Who likes to iron?
So the plumbing was already roughed in, and when we got the new washer and dryer, we just needed to decide what we wanted to do for  a laundry sink.  I sure did miss having this extra sink for the roasting pan and such when entertaining, and I love the deep sink that we installed.  It was a bit of a splurge considering that there are sinks that will do the same thing for less, but it does look great, I think!
After a few trips around town and deciding whether we would retrofit something to make it work, (I had turned an old buffet into a vanity at our previous house- a topic for another post) we decided to go with pre-made cabinets from Home Depot.

 We bought white cabinets, painted them in the same colour to match our kitchen cabinets, and added the same hardware that we bought at Lee Valley Tools.

 I was in an open house once where all of the cabinets, counter tops and light fixtures were the same throughout the entire house, and decided that when I had the chance to achive that cohesion that I would. ( Our light fixtures in the main part of the house are all the same, and many people have commented on that)  Anyway, couldn't justify granite in the laundry room, but the dark counter top works.  We added the same backsplash tile as our kitchen, and voila, a rejuvenated laundry area for about $1000 for the cabinetry and tiles.   Watch for an upcoming post that highlights the rustic antique shelf that is above the backsplash.

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