Category Archives: Laundry/ Mudroom

March 8, 2013

Chaos Eye Candy

This is partially a response to everyone who thinks that our home is always clean, organized and ‘in order’ (Umm.. No.) and partially to show the progress we’ve been making lately!

First, the addition. This may not look like progress, and I am kicking myself for not taking a before photo, but this is serious upgrade. This room was serving as toy central for the girls. It was temporary, and we never intended for it to get out of control. But it did. And now we’ve paid for it, after spending several hours removing everything and racking our brains to come up with storage options, without overwhelming the rest of the house with toys. We did a lot of purging and donating and took full advantage of all the new storage in the dining room. We still have plenty of work to do before demo begins, but here’s where we’re currently standing.

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We’re going to work as many of the remaining furniture pieces into the rest of the house, and store the others.. somewhere?

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Sorry for the project blinder above. We couldn’t have any makeover spoiling πŸ™‚

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We’re playing around with the idea of holding onto this fireplace and using it outdoors in the future. Some big plans are in the works for next summer outdoors, and this guy would be so cozy in an outdoor living area!

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Obviously, this room was a bit of a dumping ground.

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But.. the real issue at hand is behind those doors. This room. It served as a ‘tool room’ while we renovated the main areas of the house, and now… well, now it has anything from lamps to rocking horses to giant leftover foam pieces. Spring can not come soon enough. Time for a yard sale. Except the addition reno is starting now. So… we have to figure something out here. Quick.

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Basically, we’ve done some clearing. Maybe half. Plenty more to do before demo can begin. Which actually works out in our advantage for another reason. We’re hoping to have the first half of the house complete, construction wise, before we start ripping apart the second half. So two things on our checklist: crown molding in the bedrooms and renovating the laundry room. We’ll work simultaneously on that checklist as we continue to clear out the addition. Nothing like sending our minds into ten different directions at once. I feel like we’re beginning to master that to some degree.

Now, the second half of this post – the laundry room progress. The last few times we checked in we’d installed drywall,Β demo’d, andΒ replaced the appliances. See our original plans for the room here. This past week or so, Ricky has been tackling the finishing stages of the drywall. The walls in here were a disaster. Not sure what went down with previous owners, but ultimately, we decided to skim coat the entire room, versus patching the holes individually. The walls and ceiling. Good times.

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He also added in a recessed can light in the smaller area of the space and wired the option for a ceiling light in the main room. We haven’t settled on a specific light just yet, but I’m hoping to do something fun! Maybe even a DIY project? We’ll see πŸ™‚

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You’ll also notice that we finished moving the washing machine and dryer to their new homes. The room feels twice the size, just by doing this step. You can see where they were previously here.

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We’re planning a floor to ceiling cleaning/storage cabinet just to the left of the washing machine and open shelves above the appliances themselves. The cabinet will completely disguise all of the pipes running vertically along the wall.

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Building the mudroom portion of the room will probably come at a later time, but just to give you an idea, we’re thinking a bench of some sort with hooks above for the wall below (with the ladder).

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I’ve already finished priming the entire room at this point and we’re hoping to wrap up paint this weekend. Fingers crossed!

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Then we’re ready for floors, doors, trim, the good stuff! Oh yeaaa.

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It’s always entertaining to see a decorated room in the background of this chaos.Β 


September 20, 2012

Craigslist Find: Washer & Dryer

We’re inching closer and closer to beginning the finishing stages of the laundry/ mudroom every day. We’ve moved walls, relocated the water heater, replaced the garage entrance door, drywalled, and now we’ve swapped out our existing washer and dryer πŸ™‚

You had a little sneak peek here, but I saved the details for a post of it’s own. Our previous washer and dryer came with us from our first home and were in great shape, but we’ve always had hopes of a front-loading set for functional reasons (more on that in a sec). We hated to hand out money for a new set with a perfectly functioning set at home, so we laid out some ground rules for ourselves. First, we had to sell our current set for a decent price to help with the cost of a new set. Second, the new set had to be something that we loved aesthetically AND it had to function as well, if not better than our previous set. And lastly, we had to find a good deal, which most likely wouldn’t be in store but rather a used set. How many times can I use the word ‘set’ in this post?

We ended up selling our original washer and dryer at $350 for the pair. Looking back, it seems that we could have listed it for more, as we had about 10 different people interested in purchasing. On the other hand, it may not have sold on the first day, a huge relief.

We had been browsing the stores in search of a new set for as long as I can remember, with not one “can’t pass that up” deal. So, I took to Craigslist. Over the course of a few weeks of stalking Craigslist like a crazy person, there were a total of two front-loading washer/dryer combos under $1000. We weren’t really comfortable paying anything more than that for a used set. Most listings were for gas dryers. We needed electric. When I came across the second set, spoiler alert: the set we have now, I literally emailed the owner with three separate email addresses within the first hour. I knew it was a hot ticket item and it would go fast, so I wasn’t taking any chances of our email accidentally making it’s way into the spam folder. Yea, I’m that customer.

The listing was for a brand new GE washer and dryer for $800. You have my attention. Upon further review, we learned that the washer was this energy efficient 4.1 cu. ft. washer and this 7.0 cu. ft. dryer, retailed at over $1900 including tax. Yikes! Plus, the listing came with a free 2-year transferable warranty, which can retail for at least $100 for the pair. That’s a $2000 price tag and a total savings of $1200! Sign us up!

We learned that the set had been used for about two years and the slashed price tag was due to a little wear from stacking the units. The top of the washer has some scratches and a small “cover piece?” on top is broken. This is where our front-loading functional plans come into play. We’ve actually always envisioned a side-by-side washer and dryer with a nice long countertop over the two for folding clothes, storing detergents, etc. With this plan the imperfections would be covered by countertop! No loss for us πŸ™‚

We ended up bringing home the set later that same week, and apparently we were super lucky. The previous owner said that she had people calling her at all hours, even after removing the listing, trying to top our price! Thankfully she stayed true to her word and sold them first come first serve. Aka, us. πŸ™‚

After living with them for a few weeks, we have a little feedback. The dryer is AMAZING. The drying cycle is 28 minutes for any load size. Whoa. Not used to that. We’ve had dryers in the past that would run a full 60 minutes and we’d still have to restart the cycle for larger loads. On the flip side, the washer. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. It huge, compared to previous washers. We’ve washed our queen size comforter and loads of 12+ bath towels with no problem. However, that comes with a 60 minute wash cycle… no matter what the load size. Whomp, whomp. Thankfully, with the increased load size, we can run more at once and haven’t really noticed it slowing anything down around here. In fact, it honestly seems like laundry time is flying by. Maybe that has something to do with how much I want to kiss these beauties every time I’m in the room. Who knows…

Next on our to-do list is moving the dryer vent and taking down the existing wall cabinets. Hoping to begin that process tonight πŸ™‚

How about you guys? Any awesome craigslist deals? Anyone else dare to buy used appliances? Maybe a not so good experience with buying used? Or a specific brand you might recommend to other readers? Love to hear it!

PS – Don’t forget to enter the Organized Binder Giveaway! Ends tonight at 10 pm EST.

September 14, 2012

Laundry/ Mudroom Demo

Last time we checked in with laundry/ mudroom updates we had just finished drywalling the new and expanded closet to house the furnace and water heater. Over a month later we’ve moved back on track, with demoing the second closet and moving the water heater to it’s new home. Here’s a little more info about our laundry/ mudroom plansΒ if you’re feeling out of the loop.

It’s a bit snug but they both fit and allow enough room to access the filter to the furnace. Score.

This next picture is a mess. It always gets worse before it gets better πŸ™‚

At least that’s what I keep repeating in my head every time I do laundry, ha.

The space already feels much larger, even without having moved the dryer. Those water lines streaming down from the ceiling will actually stay in place, there was no other way to run them. No worries though! That corner of the room will actually be a tiny store bought cleaning supplies closet so hiding them behind it will be easy. However, the makeshift dryer plug next to the window WILL be moving.


We’ll make everything pretty with time πŸ™‚

Oh yes. Some of you may have noticed our new additions to the family. Aka, the new washer and dryer. Our old pair seen here was always a temporary set. We knew we wanted a front-loading washer and dryer once we purchased a new home so we could install a counter above them for folding laundry, etc. I’ll have an upcoming post on these babies with more details, like our awesomesauce craigslist deal!

Next up, moving the dryer to it’s permanent location beside the washer and more drywall. Yay. Can you sense my excitement?

How about you guys? Any laundry room projects going on? Anyone working through the messy demo part to get to the fun stuff?

August 10, 2012

Laundry Room Drywall, check!

Just a little sneak peek at what we’ve been working on πŸ™‚

You know how much I love talking about drywall… Exciting stuff here people. Β But hey, one step closer to the laundry/mudroom of our dreams? If that’s possible.Β No idea what I’m talking about? Catch up with some inspiration pics, our plans, and some progress shots.

We’re thinking one final coat sometime in the next few days, a little sanding, and we’ll be ready to move the water heater. Fingers crossed! See you guys next week with some unrelated yet gorgeous new art updates πŸ™‚

August 1, 2012

Laundry Room Progress

We shared the plans for our laundry room renovation yesterday, and we’ve secretly been at work for a few days now. First up, removing the existing closet doors. The doors weren’t in bad shape, but we’d previously purchased solid-core doors to match the others throughout the house.

We’ll be eliminating the water heater closet (seen above) altogether and expanding the furnace closet (seen below) to accommodate both furnace and water heater. Then we moved on to sliding the garage entrance door about a foot towards the exterior wall (seen below). Ricky removed the original door and used a sawzall to relocate the frame. Pretty basic framing.

We also replaced the original door, which was slowly falling apart, with a new steel door.

Nothing too exciting yet, but definite progress πŸ™‚

Next up, expanding the closet framing, drywall, moving the water heater, and demo’ing the other closet. A few electrical and plumbing changes and we’ll be on to finishes. Oh how I love projects that move quickly!