This post is not literally about our dirty sheets and socks and underwear.
If only you were that lucky 🙂
This is about airing our other dirty laundry…namely the room that we absolutely hate but use every single day…the laundry room. We’ve decided to work on it…well…that and Weston’s room…and the folks are coming to paint the house in two weeks…and Jer’s folks are bringing our dining room table down soon…so just be warned: there is gonna be a lot of switching back and forth. That’s real life for us…we don’t work on one room only till it’s done. I think that’s pretty normal, right?! This isn’t a makeover show…this is how we normally work and I’m glad you can follow along…but if you have a hard time with the switching, I don’t mean to make your head spin…just want to this blog to be a more real reflection of who we are and what we do.
Speaking of blogging….it was getting to be tedious and weird for me because I felt pressure to make sure every post had a ton of perfectly edited pinterest-ready photos…no bueno. Just to be frank, I have a life beyond this blog just like all of you …so for the next month, I issued myself a personal challenge. My posts will have 15 or less photos and most of them probably won’t be edited…at all. If you don’t like it, well, feel free send a letter to the head of the complaint department. His email address is [email protected]. He’s not great at getting back to people and he sleeps on the job…so my apologies.
Now back to the post…our laundry room…
I had cleaned it and wanted to show ya how it looked before the chaos began…aka the boys took off their clothes.
The thing that drove us all the most crazy was the floor. I don’t wanna knock anyone’s taste but holy moly that is some ugly tile.
Let me remind you that the trim is warm tan colored…the pics look on on the cooler side…inaccurate…and they are chipping.
Our workhorse sink…it is like the spa of the interstate…everyone is welcome and dirty things happen inside.
Above the sink is this weird cabinet. My mom said that she would understand if it was a microwave cabinet or had a microwave or vent hood attached to it…but you have to be either insane or a complete genius to have a microwave in here.
The plan is to use all the cabinets…but they will be getting painted. Again…the pics show cooler than the actual ORANGE that they are.
Oh and did I mention that there are quite a few plugs and outlets? Yup. I think there might need to be a creative solution to hide all those because dang.
It’s actually a super narrow room for having front loaders…but that’s fine. I was thinking of making the wall across from the washer and dryer just one gigantic peg board. That way things can be hung willy-nilly.
And we need a countertop. badly. I lose so much stuff behind the machines. I think if we planned accordingly we probably could fit more sorting space and smarter drying solutions.
And that far wall needs a little drama.
It’s a nice little room. I wish there was a way to make the washer and dryer be in my closet too…anyone do that before? I’d be willing to fork over 75% of my closet to fit another washer and dryer upstairs…yes I am that lazy…and yes my boys are literally THAT dirty.
Hello there cheap and plastic hardware 🙂 At least this room had some…the kitchen was jealous.
But first things first…the floor. This is our main goal this week…to get it all out and to clean it up and to come up with plan.
And yes, the work has already begun…this was taken a bit ago and we are still not done with it. That’s sad, huh? But like I said…life gets in the way sometimes and I am surely not complaining 🙂
p.s. Thanks to everyone who sent us get-well emails about Will’s stomach bug. It was getting passed around at church and I figured it was just a matter of time till we got it. His lasted the longest…three days…then I got it for 24 hours and then yesterday Jer, my mom and my dad were all laid up in bed with it. (not all in the same bed though! awkward!) Needless to say…glad that is over. And I hope that all you mama’s with sick kiddos are getting a little break!
Melissa Ricci says
Hey Katie! I prefer your “keepin’ it real posts” anyways so I’m glad they won’t be all pinterst-y. I have the same washer and dryer AND they are in a very narrow room/high up bc they were installed on pedestals (what the?) so I sypathize with that! And I’m only 5’2 so I’m like a hobbit compared to them. It is a pain in the rears. We can’t even reach the shelf above it haha. Do you do anything to keep the washer smelling nice and fresh? Sometimes I notice that the washer machine can get a little stinky and the smell transfers to my clothes. It is no bueno!
Any tips? I don’t like to smell like mildew!
[email protected] says
I see wonderful potential in that little room! Can’t wait to see what you do to spruce it up and make it uber-functional! Stomach bugs are the bane of family life. They need to move onward and elsewhere!
Lauren @ The Highlands Life says
I have, fortunately, avoided the bug this year. Nursing a newborn and puking = no bueno. Sorry y’all caught a whiff.
Can’t wait to see the laundry room makeover. And you are totally right, that tile is U-G-L-Y and has no alibi.
lol Katie you are hilarious!! love your posts!!
I’m normally a stalker but your closet comment made me come out if hiding. 🙂 our first apartment had the dryer in our closet and the washer was in the bedroom. We thought it was a bit odd/ghetto at the time, but now looking back, super convenient.
We had a weird cabinet thing like that in our last house’s laundry room. I installed a pull-out drying rack and it was glorious. GLORIOUS. Things dripped right into the utility sink! I didn’t have to disguise a weird looking rack! (Phrasing! I know.)
And, perhaps most importantly, I never whacked my head on it after turning around too quickly to see what the baby was getting into. Not that I did that last week in my current laundry room. Nope.
I’ve been a reader forever (since first post on YHL). But I just wanted to suggest an idea, in case you haven’t thought of it. Do you need all those cabinets? If not, I really love having a hanging rod near my washing machines so I can pull out delicates that I want air-dried and hang them directly there. For your space (I get it’s small) I would think about keeping one set of cabinets, and getting rid of the other set and open microwave cabinet. Then hang a rod there. Whatever you do, I’m sure it will look wonderful and function great!!!
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
I am terrified of stomach bugs. I just read recently that drinking regular grape juice for a few days after you were exposed to someone with the bug can help prevent it. I was exposed last week and we have been drinking it ever since in our house. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it works! (Of course it’s too late if you already had it!)
Regarding the all those hoses and plugs – I just recently hung some photos on a clothesline in front of my awful looking hoses and it helped. I think putting a counter above the washers will bring the height up a little and help too. Good luck – can’t wait to see what you do with the room!
Can’t wait to see what you do. I have a similar narrow laundry room, but it’s the entrance into my house from my garage! I HATE it!!! Did add a counter on top, and covered open shelves with bamboo blinds….but still hate it!!
We decided to put our laundry in our baby’s room… best decision of our lives! We’ve been working on a built-in unit around it. It also is right off our bedroom so clothes don’t have to travel far. My husband loves it because I finally put away all my clothes! http://www.ckandnate.com/2013/04/laundry-unit-progress.html
[email protected] says
A bunch of people tried to talk me out of our second floor laundry room. I’m glad I didn’t listen. Can’t wait to see it come together!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this room! Where are you doing laundry in the mean time??
See that’s why I love coming here every day. Who cares if your photos aren’t edited all the time? I love that you keep it real. I’ve never commented before but have always wanted to say thank you. So thank you for being awesome, I really enjoy reading your blog.
My almost 3 year old is just getting over the flu. Four days of that nastiness. Ugh. I’m glad to hear that Will is doing better.
Honestly I’d rather see “real” pictures than pinterest ready ones!
That. Is the weirdest tile I have ever seen!
I don’t often comment, but had to today. I about peed my pants from laughing so hard when I read your complaints department comment. You have such a smart and refreshing sense of humor and your pictures are great edited or unedited, don’t ever change what works for you! Good luck with the room, can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Laundry in your closet is the best. Thing. Ever. In fact I rarely used my laundry room. It is even better if your laundry is not currently on the same floor as your bedrooms. We had a nice stacking unit that didn’t take up a ton of room and I was so much more on top of laundry than I am now (not that it would be hard). Looking forward to this transformation!
It’s always fun to see posts about rooms we haven’t seen in awhile. Excited to see the flooring switched out!
Jessica Moroney says
I’m so excited to see your laundry again!!! Pretty please may I request you update your home tour page…You have started on some of the rooms that you said you hadn’t touched yet…And your dining room has changed colour (I LOVE it)!!
I’m a new comer- so it would catch me up if it was updated (if you ever have time to scratch yourself let alone update your blog 😉 Keep up the great work!! You’re slowly becoming my fave DAILY read!!
I did a couple loads at a friends house, and then yesterday I did the laundromat thing…it was interesting 🙂
xo – kb
[email protected] says
Good for you, girl. Keep it real, do what keeps you going, and don’t think about it. Eventually celebrities have to stop reading their own press 😉
Keep it up.
I think the plan right now is to hang a rod under that weird microwave cabinet. Gotta have a place to hang jeans because if I heat dry them, they aren’t gonna fit!
xo – kb
We noticed that a while back – that after a while, the washer can get stinky. We used some front loader cleaning tablets…you just put it in and run a cycle. I also use white vinegar in between ‘cleanings’ or if clothes had sat in there and got it stinky.
xo – kb
We also have FLs, and I have to say I love the pedestals-lots of extra storage and not so much bending to schlep the laundry around. Totally worth it.
Since we stopped using dryer sheets and went to vinegar in the rinse cycle, we never have a problem with that smell anymore, either.
A counter is a wonderful thing, and ANYTHING-even plain old cement-will be better than that tile, LOL.
Annabel Viya says
I was coming here to suggest putting one under that weird microwave cabinet! I think that’ll be great.
I think this room will look great with a little bower magic!
I would love a closet laundry…and a little but not creepy man to wash, iron, fold and put away. Currently my laundry is a broken cement block/shanty attached to the side of the house, very classy!! Also thank you for reminding us that blogs and Pinterest are separate business. I actually like the story, pictures are important but a good story will keep people interested long term.
Christina P (NS) says
The spa of the interstate! My goodness you crack me up Katie!
I am glad that you ‘keep it real’ and are honest with yourself and us, a blog is so personal and when done from home so it has a nasty way of creeping further and further into your ‘real time’ – take a stand, fend us off with a pitch fork if need be but set your boundaries and stick to them! We will enjoy your blog continuously, edited photos or not!
Louise Allana says
How annoying that all those outlets and inlets and taps and switches and points have been installed at different heights! I would be busting to move them. I’m pleased to see you starting this room because I think you can make a really lovely difference in here. I’m imagining a big long uncluttered bench for folding – that would be amazing to me, because I have NO folding space near my machines and end up perching folded clothes on the edges of a sink while folding a dryer load.
Also: that tile. I greatly dislike it.
Also also: less perfection, more content: I agree with taking the pressure off yourself to have perfectly crafted posts and photos. Nice photos are nice, but they’re a sometime and not a necessity, not when you have kids to parents and life to live.
Laundromats can be interesting but very time efficient. I am a classic airhead who is always leaving laundry in the washer for days till it gets yucky. It’s nice to do 5 loads all at one time and have everything done in an 1.5 hours.
FYI you rock and I am just impressed and happy you post at all, you have two full time jobs. Kiddos and blog.
Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms says
I think that is a great challenge to yourself! I feel lots of pressure too as a blogger – especially as a beginner blogger to make everything look perfect and professional, like right out of a magazine. I feel if I don’t I will never get readers. But real life does get in the way, right? And that’s more important than edited pictures! You go girl!
I haven’t read the comments to see if anyone else has already said this, but I feel like there is supposed to be a tension rod below the short cabinet for hanging things. Just my thought!
Wendy @ New Moms Talk says
Good for you for your personal challenge!
The hub and I both work from home. Yesterday we decided we needed to get a break with our super tall cutie (3 wks younger than Weston), so we went to Snowbasin and hiked. Snowbasin was home to the Super G and Combined for the 2002 Olys.
It was the best decision ever. Mountain streams. Flower-scented mountain air. Our girl slept off/on in the pack.
We returned rejuvenated for work and with some sore legs (up/down kneeling/squatting for pics with a baby attached I hear.. will do that to ya).
Keep up the good work. You’re doing just fine!
Love the real posts too! I know it looks sloppy, but you’re not supposed to close the door of your front-loader washing machine – at least not until it’s completely dry, which probably takes quite a while in a climate like Atlanta.
Is the inside stainless steel? My mom noticed that Tide made her washer smell muggy and gross so she switched detergents!
It took me [and my husband] and our ‘real life’ almost 2 years to finish our downstairs bathroom…and about a year to finish our kitchen. [we had both rooms down to the studs- but not at the same time!] Between our jobs, and life in general- we just didn’t have the time. Sometimes, it’s incredibly frustrating to see blogs be all, “Here is our perfect house and our perfect life and our perfect kid and our perfect everything – oh and we just renovated our kitchen over the weekend…for fun.” Pfft.
Thanks for ALWAYS keeping it real.
X to the O and a HIGH-FIVE.
This is where I’m ashamed to admit that we have almost that same tile in our house (not by choice)… except its linoleum… it’s just as ugly.
Great post! And I agree with the first commenter–way to keep it real! I love Pinterest and all, don’t get me wrong… but when it comes to “works in progress” types shots, I’m so over the added text and superimposed graphic pinterest type shots! 🙂 Anywho, also a tip, I do vinegar in my washer about once a month, but I have also started using those Downy unstoppables and they’ve been keeping my laundry and my washing machine smelling great!
We’ve been working on our laundry room recently too! We have a little room that houses our laundry machines and some storage. It was all builder grade and pretty useless space, functionally speaking. We’ve worked on some built-ins and some floating shelves for storage. It’s almost finished and I can’t believe the difference it’s made! Laundry is an unfortunate chore…but if you can make your laundry area pretty, suddenly it doesn’t seem SO much like a chore 🙂 Good luck with the reno’s! Can’t wait to see how they turn out!
cs white says
I cannot wait to see to see what you come up with for this room! Our laudry room is a mirror image of yours, particularly the gigantic connector hoses that peek over the tops of the washer and dryer. I’ve been idly wondering how to deal with those since we moved in (8 years ago!). I’m sure I’ll find lots of inspiration from your room.
Excited to see the finished product! We have the same work horse sink, but it is in our garage…I absolutely love having it there! If you are switching it out, I suggest keeping it for your garage. All the mess from painting, gardening etc. is kept outside! Bonus!
Not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but that weird cabinet over the sink might have been intended to hang clothes once a rod was attached. Based on your other posts, the previous owners may have cut some corners (I hate to assume, it’s just the feeling I get) so it makes sense to me that a bar never got installed!
Good luck, can’t wait to see the new floor!
Heather P. says
All I could think of when you said to send complaints to Weston is that his responses would mostly include maniacal laughter, then poop.
I have no complaints, so tell him we’re cool. 🙂
Whitney Dupuis says
I am so excited to see what you do with this space. It has so much potential! One of the requirements for our next house is a washer and dryer in the house. Our current situation is in our garage and I HATE IT! I always feel like the clothes from the dry rack are dirty again just because they have been hanging up “outside”.
Oh I can’t wait to see what you do! We just bought a new washer/dryer and they don’t fit in the old spot very well. We have a similar sized laundry room and I am looking for solutions. We don’t have a sink, but the back wall was plumbed for one so we are thinking about moving the w/d to the back wall and doing floor to ceiling storage/racks/rods where they sit currently. But, that’s a huge job, and low on the list. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your room!
I’m amazed that you new mom bloggers continue to blog at all. We are very happy for whatever you can manage!
katie | deranchification says
I can’t wait to see how your laundry room turns out! We have a similarly narrow laundry room and front-loaders, and I’m always trying to come up with a way to better use the space… Glad y’all are feeling better!!
Katie-I looove your photography, but I really come to this blog because you’re funny and down to earth. And because your boys are adorable, but I am sure they’re adorable when they’re unedited too.
I would kill for your laundry room! Mine is the only unfinished room in the house in the basement. Concrete floor, no ceiling, furnace and water heater exposed, wall-mounted sink and toilet hanging out in the same room. It is a hot mess but not worth the money to change. I have made a few easy updates to make it more homey like putting down a rug and hanging a rod above the washer/dryer but it is a pretty depressing room. I can’t wait to see yours look even better than it already does.
I love how real your posts are, part of why I love your blog so much! And don’t mind the unedited photos one bit! Weston > Pinteresty Photos 🙂 I can’t wait to see the finished product!
That room is SPECIAL! The tile that is completely unexplainable (I like that someone else said it has no alibi!), cream-yellow trim, toothpaste walls, orange cabinets. I think the original designer had their eyes closed when they put that together! So happy to follow along while you make it right.
Everybody has their “thing” that they are perfectionists about, so I can understand wanting pro pictures on your blog, but seriously, we read because you are funny and have a great sense of style. Besides, your pictures are better straight from the camera than some of us could even imagine taking! Glad you’re challenging yourself to let it go a little! Don’t worry, be happy!
I like that you keep it real!
I’m surprised though that in such a huge house….they put in such a tiny laundry room. (But, I’ve been reading for a while and given some of the other crazytown choices from Napolean, I’m not surprised!) That tile is awful…gives you a headache just to look at it. I can’t wait to see what you do with your space.
Megan C C says
Can’t wait to see the finished room! I love your blog and look forward to reading everytime you post, which you shouldn’t feel bad about it not always being daily. I started a blog several years ago thinking how easy it would be to post every couple of days… Yeah, only kept it up for a few months (if that) before it got overwhelming, and that was before baby! You are a mom first, the blog is just a bonus for us interested readers!
Sorry if it says in the post and I missed it, but when will you be announcing the winner of the wood flooring giveaway! I’m hoping you say it’s me. 🙂
Darnetha @ ChippaSunshine says
I will have to tell my mom these smart solutions you all have. She has a front loader and it stinks to be frank. I even vowed to never buy one because of the musty smell.
Darnetha @ ChippaSunshine says
I know your laundry room will look fabulous when you finish. I have a love / hate relationship with mine and I am making plans to change a few things in mine as well. Can’t wait to see what you come up with and what I can copy! 🙂
Definitely prefer the “keeping it real” posts. Also can’t wait to see what you do with the laundry room! So glad everyone is feeling better. We had a crazy stomach bug in our house this week as well! It was insane and seemed never-ending!
I have to admit, part of me was like “Hmmm…that isn’t so bad” because here in the city a laundry room is quite a luxury so I would have put up with an ugly look to have one at all. But i am sure it will be stunning when it it done!
Katie, I’m excited to see all your different projects! I check in here regularly, because I’ve grown fond of your family, home, decorating style, and writing style. Yes, you do some awesome photo editing, but I would rather hear from you more frequently in exchange for lesser quality photos.
If you ever decide to make this blog your full-time job, then spend full-time hours on it. Right now, it’s your part-time job and your hours should reflect that. (How’s that for a pep talk?)
Give us some pinterest-worthy “after” photos, but but don’t stress over the progress shots. 🙂
Our laundry is in our bedroom. Part of me loves it and part of me hates it. I love that it is upstairs with all the bedrooms so we do not have to tug laundry up and down the stairs all the time. What I don’t like is it is quite literally a closet that houses the washer and dryer with a wire shelf above it. The down side is there is no room to fold anything except on our bed. And the dirty laundry tends to pile up in our bedroom because there is no room to put a hamper or sorter in beside them.
[email protected] says
Thanks for keeping it real! I can’t wait to see what you do with the laundry room! It makes me want to get started on decorating mine!
Aside from the nasty tile, your laundry room looks like ours. It’s so narrow for front loaders! And we have no storage whatsoever. I really need to “get on that” with a plan. Good luck!
Jennie Henry says
Might not work for you, but my parents were able to stack their front loaders, gave them lots of space in a tiny room. Can’t wait to see what you guys do!! Our laundry room is needing some help too. I’m itching to paint the cabinets as well, but my tiny helpers haven’t allowed for it just yet 🙂
Ummmm what’s up with that busty, nipple-y “Tumblr Hotties” sponsor in the row of stories/links at the bottom of this post? I love your blog & I’m far from a prude! But I will say it caught me off guard to see a pic & sponsor of that nature on your blog. It was unsettling & I kinda hope it’s some accident or oversight. As in, I don’t get the sense that its a BowerPower friendly kinda sponsor & hope it’s not an indication of things to come in the name of making $ on this blog. How weird would it have been to see that sponsor at the bottom of your church-friendly Mother’s Day post? Creepy :/
Am I the only one who has told you that they cant see the pictures from your blog anymore? They ahve showed up for a few weeks now. Not in my google reader, and not in internet explorer. They are white spaces where the picture should be with a red X in the left hand corner. Just thought id let you know!
Omg! After I submitted my comment and returned to the post, now I have “20 of the Hottest Daughters in Sports” with a racy cleavage filled pic ! Katie, surely not! You’ve got to talk to your sponsors & let em know those particular links aren’t your cup of tea! Surely not.
speaking of flooring- who won your contest?!?!?
Just wanted to chime in and say kudos for keepin’ it real about balancing the blog and life! I read bowerpower (daily) for your humor and fabulous ideas – not perfectly edited photos. I understand that pressure though – and it’s the reason why I’m 28 months behind on photobooks… (which not coincidentally is the age of my youngest of two boys that are 18 months apart – who has the time?!?!)
FRECKLES CHICK says
Amen to forgoing the Pinterest-worthy photo editing–who has time for that SHIZZ?! I mean. I still don’t know how you find the time to pee & such, so let me know your secret. #dontsayDepends
Looking forward to this laundry room reno (mudrooms & laundry rooms are always my fave for some reason). So glad y’all are feeling better, how awful that must’ve been! We’ve battled 2 rounds of the sickies this month….suck it up, Quinn!! #loveyoumeanit
Kimberly @ Turning It Home says
Just throwing this out there but if I had that awkward cabinet I would totally make a “drying rack” sort of ladder thing to hang underneath it so any hang dry only clothes can drip into the sink underneath. Does that make sense? It may be totally crazy, that’s okay. It rains a lot here in the summer so I am always thinking of ways to hang-dry things indoors without forming puddles every where. 🙂
Jenn W-M says
Bless you for not having a washer & dryer and having kids with the stomach flu at the same time!!!!! I have 5 kids, 2 dogs and my hubby, on a good week I do 20-25 loads of laundry a week (we do not have a front loader machine). We were without water and I had to go to the laundry mat while the basement pipe was being fixed….ohhh my, no bueno!
I was so exhausted after that marathon washing & drying. I don’t know how you do it. I agree a washer in the bedrooms is a great idea. I would like to up that to say I want two washing machines!!
I have the same odd assortment of plugs and drains behind my recently remodeled laundry room. Impossible to move the plugs even during the remodel. I have the same washer/dryer/sink arrangement but above I have upper, open space, and another upper above the new sink base and cabinet. So under my upper cabinets and across the open space I put up IKEA dignitet curtain wire and supports since they don’t stick out too far from the wall and made a pretty curtain to go across the entire span to hide all of the randomness. In the open space, I hung a mirror. I do have another whole set of base cabinets opposite the washer & dryer. On another wall, I’m still hoping to purchase two nice drying racks that I’ve seen online. I’m still using a floor model drying rack like you. Can’t wait to see your finished laundry room!
Oooh, white cabinets or a fun/classy color, I can’t wait to find out!
I had to go back and re-read everything after the “spa of the interstate” comment because I giggled through the rest of the post! 🙂 My laundry room is on “the list” this year, and I’m about to paint cabinets. Kinda scared to tackle that, but it will get me prepared for the kitchen cabinets which are next! Thanks for keeping things real….
I would put the washer and dryer on a platform or drawers. It would cover up all the plugs and I wouldn’t have to bend over to get stuff out. Then on the opposite wall put a collapsing shelf for folding. And definitely a rod somewhere. Your so lucky to have a laundry room. Mine is in the garage. But I am glad I don’t have to go to the Laundromat. Good luck with it. Hope you can do laundry in it soon, Laundromats are not much fun.
Kristen @ LoveK says
I’m excited for the laundry room makeover! I’m planning on sprucing ours up a bit this summer too! Glad your family is feeling better…that’s a lot of sickness! 🙁
Keep it real and keep the photos/posts coming! Our complaint dept is run by our two loyal employees called Harley and Socks (our dog and cat). Depending on how folks word their complaints, it can either be answered with a growl/hiss or a gentle woof/purr. Either way, those two keep things under control around here. 🙂
Make sure you check in the plastic part where the door suctions in, sometimes water gets trapped in there, as well as an odd sock and can cause the smell. It is normally really flexible plastic and you can just lift up and see if there is any water in there. Sorry it is kind of hard to describe without a picture. You can see it here, he calls it the door gasket 🙂 http://blog.karlsappliance.com/2011/03/11/cleaning-your-front-load-washer/
Yes, I already commented, BUT-while skimming Pinterest today I saw this- and I thought about your laundry room! Weird, I know , but hey…
Hi Katie! I have been reading your blog for awhile now, love it!! You are constantly inspiring me tackle projects around our house.
I had a small idea for your room. What if you removed the weird microwave cabinet all together, and stacked your front loaders in that spot? Then moved the sink over to the other side of the room, and create a cabinet with large folding counter in the middle of the two? You could even create, under the counter, open cabinets that would fit laundry baskets for each boy or colors & whites and then add a hanging bar under the counter as well. Just an idea 🙂
Can’t wait to see the finished product!!
Kim A says
That weird area on the end where your sink is was for a freezer.
Kim A says
Yuck, laundry is what I hate about being a grown up…whatever makes it more bearable in a stylish room is awesome to me…
Glad the kiddo’s and grown ups are all feeling better!
I totally lost it at “you have to be either insane or a complete genius to have a microwave in here.” You are too funny. Now I’m totally imagining someone doing laundry and being like, man, I’m tired and hungry, but I don’t want to heat up a snack in the kitchen because I’ll forget about it… I’ll just microwave me a hot pocket here in the laundry room! Perfect.
Hey, I just thought you should know that the email address you posted for your complaints department is defunct. If you could post the correct email address or fix the issues with the one currently listed that would be great! Thanks!
I’d rather see unedited photos anyway. Pictures that are too perfect turn me off because I know (as a picture taker and photoshop user) that nothing looks like it should. That being said, you’re pictures are great either way (because you remember white balance something I always forget!). Good luck with that horrific tile. (you just know some man picked that)
Trisha D. says
Wowza that flooring is def a work of art!
We actually dedicated and converted an entire bedroom right off the side of our bedroom into a clostet/laundry room. Talk about the most convenient laundry room ever! We never walk more than five feet to put our laundry away. Somehow laundry still doesn’t magically put itself away yet. Still working on that invention.
I’m new to this whole reading blog gig. So I apologize for my dumbness. I had entered in your fabulous giveaway (hardwood floors). And I keep checking back for winner. I have not seen anything posted nor can I view that entry of the blog anymore. I have checked both through your blog via Internet and through bloglovin’, my blog reader. Help! I don’t want to miss it if by some far random and obscure chance that I won. (Please Jesus!) is that a very superficial prayer? Okay. Well still I would love to win but just can’t find any info on it. Sorry to be posting a comment here, but like I said I can’t view the hardwood entry to write a comment on it. Thanks!
Hi Katie! I clicked over to your blog from the YHL post about Working Smarter only to find that you’re starting the same home improvement project as we are this weekend, the laundry room. I will definitely be following you to see your progress. Maybe that weird short cabinet is to allow for a small extra fridge or freezer? Looking forward to reading through this new-to-me blog!
Can’t you dry them outside in the sun? Drying my laundry outside is one
of my favourite things. I only wish I could do it for more of the year. It’s free, and the laundry smells like fresh air and looks “ironed”. 🙂
I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I’ve been reading your blog for a long time I feel like you’re a good friend of mine (cuz that’s totally not creepy, to have a one-sided friendship with someone you’ve never met. Hi, my name is Susan, btw 😉 ).
Please don’t worry hon about only posting Pinterest-quality photos. Those of us reading your blog every day are reading it because we love YOU and your family and your quirky sense of humor. Any photos – perfect, unedited, or otherwise – are always just a nice bonus. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing the magic you’re sure to work in that little laundry room.
The dryer isn’t the hard part…because the plug is long enough where even if we have the dryer outside in the hall, it can still reach. It’s the washer. And I don’t like handwashing just simply because it tears up my hands and I need them for DIYing 🙂
xo – kb
Sorry! I forgot to post the end date (usually my giveaways last a week)…and normally I just email the winner so be on the lookout for that. Since I forgot to post the end date, I’m also gonna post the winner here in a p.s. so everyone knows its over.
xo – kb
haha…I never remember! I always just put it on auto 🙂
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keep trying. in fact, write really long ones…that should get through 🙂
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You would think…but when we moved in, there was the sink…glued to the wall.
xo – kb
oh shoot…I can’t make them higher! I would never fold laundry! Although the extra storage would be nice 🙂
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That’s what we were thinking too!
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I call that astronaut style blogging…diapers and all 🙂
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I’ll announce the winner soon!
xo – kb
omg. thats hilarious. did you happen to see the link? I can block it if I know the link.
xo – kb
That’s not a sponsor…it’s just a worm link. Did you happen to catch the link? I can block stuff like that if I know the link.
xo – kb
You’re a sweetie. Thanks for clearing it up for me. Although I may be shedding a few tears… since I didn’t get an email so therefore no winner… I’m smiling because you are so sweet to take the time to answer my questions. Thanks!
Ok, seriously this is my last comment in regards to the laundry. I’m not a stalker, I swear! I think the area above your sink could be used for a drying rack. Put a pole across it, so you can hang up any clothes that can’t be dried (is it me, or does there seem to be more and more clothes that can’t be dried!?) and any drips will go in the sink.
That is some seriously ugly floor right there and I think you have more outlets in your laundry room than I do in my living room and bedroom combined. I’m a little jealous. Should be fun to see what happens with the remodel. Flood Damage Seattle WA
Haha that comment above is hilarious…i guess some people just don’t get it 🙂
bridget b. says
hilarious! sorry, but i had to laugh 🙂
Your dining room inspired ours. The Palladian blue one that is. We are loving it. Anyway, I agree with you, idk how people can keep up with blogging and have all of the editing and pretty pictures. It makes it feel like a chore IMO. Anyway, can’t wait to see the finished result!
We’re planning on putting our washer and dryer in our master closet in our new house (that hasn’t even been built yet) and just you mentioning it makes my heart ache for that setup in the worst way! And that tile makes my eyes hurt. It’s gotta go 🙂
Haha! You are too funny!
Nice laundry room. 😉
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was thinking you could probably stack the washer and dryer where your sink it and get rid of the odd shelf. That would give you room for the sink and a work space. I don’t know how involved it would be to move the plumbing. Just a thought. (warning I did not read all the comments above so if this is a dup – sorry 🙂 )
Okay this question is legitimate not rhetorical: Why are laundry rooms not built on the same floor as the bedrooms? Like if you have a two story house, why is your laundry room not located on the second floor? We’re about to move into a house that has a basement laundry room. Just, why? Why? Who wants to have spiders launching themselves at his/her face while adding fabric softener?
I stayed in a home over Spring Break that had a washer/dryer combo in the master closet. Ever since I saw it, I’ve wanted it!! Genius.
It probably has something to do with the fact that wash rooms were originally a sink and a drying rack…not automatic machines 🙂
xo – kb
hmm…it might be something you need to fix on that end. Sometimes clearing cookies and or adjusting your security settings to allow Photobucket helps.
xo – kb
I’ll do that probably this coming week 🙂
xo – kb
You can install a closet rod in that space underneath the cabinet and keep hangers there, too!
Erin @ The Great Indoors says
Can’t wait to see what you do with the space!
And about the pictures, don’t even apologize, girl. You’ve got enough on your plate without making pictures of nasty chipped tile pinnable. We’ll all survive!
Didn’t read all the comments, so this may have been mentioned…but that random shorty cabinet is designed so you can hand a rod there. So your drip-drys will drip-dry into your sink.
Can’t wait to see it!
Forgive me if someone else has already said this ( I didn’t read any of the other comments), but have you thought of putting a rod under that one cabinet as a hang-to-dry spot? Could come in handy.
That’s the plan! I only wish the cabinet itself was more functional!
xo – kb
No, I didn’t 🙁 I didn’t wanna click it! I’m glad that was just a worm link, or whatever! I knew u weren’t down with that kinda mess. Shew! :)))