Monday, October 11, 2010

Lovely Laundry

It's not "done" but it's getting there.  Is anything really ever "done" though?

I'm pretty proud of this room as it's been a LONG time coming.  We worked hard to get the new front loaders and I worked my hump, my lovely lady lumps to the bone to get the room primed and painted and painted and painted before the W&D were delivered.  As if it wasn't enough work to prime and paint knotty pine I was struck down by a virus that made painting rather difficult.  Thankfully I never confused the paint rag for my snot rag. 

I want to apologize for the before pictures, I was too lazy to clean up, but I'm hoping the clutter makes for a better "after" shot.

While I LOVE Uppercase Living it was a PITA to take it down and a rather pitiful excuse for decorating.
Thankfully this room gets great afternoon light.  Our house is a 1950's up and down split so the ground is level with the window ledge. As of now I don't have a curtain up and I'm not sure I will put one up.  I so love the light that comes through and since we have a privacy fence you can't see in this window (not sure it matters if you could considering it's a laundry room. )
 Brass knob was switched out for oil rubbed bronze that I got on sale (almost 1/2 off, thanks to being discontinued) and of course I installed them myself.  Here it looks green thanks to some Frog Tape. In case you're wondering our den is on the other side of this door.
The lovely old W&D.  They worked great still which is surprising since they were both hand me downs from two different family members and both were at least 10 years old.  Don't you love the buckets of dog toys?

 And here she is, the greatest part of the before's.  The hated Booby light.  I hate these lights and they are in EVERY room of our house.  I think they look like huge boobs staring down at you.  Here you can also see the other full bath which will get a coat of the same paints I used in the laundry room.
Now, for the afters...

My beloved laundry cart.  Oh I love you.  Marry me.  We'll run away and fold towels the right way.

Hello Lovers...and thank you for being 20% off with $150 gift card so pretty much a free pedestal (in the form of a new lawnmower for E.)
Close up of the chandy, I decided to leave it as it came to me.  I just couldn't decide on a color. I'm so glad I left it alone.

Found this sweet little lamp at Goodwill for $3.99, including the shade.  The shade is a bit, well, dirty so I'm toying with covering it in sheet music or ribbon. 

 It's plastic, but I love the detail.
 Even dryer sheets can look cute. (Not to mention they perfume the room!)

I love these pictures.  I got them a couple weeks ago at the Granville Antiques Fair.  (Janet it was SO great to see you!)  What I'm not loving is the arrangement.  I just keep rearranging, just using one, using two, etc.  I think I'll put a gallery wall here just using whimsical, silly old prints and photos. 

 I just adore this photo.  I love the expression on the little girls face and the fact it has a dog it in just makes me smile.  Now if it had been a BT I would have been over the moon!

 The dresser is the first piece of furniture I bought.  I got it at Salvation Army my senior year, I only paid $20.00 and haven't touched it since.  NO paint, NO new hardware, in my eyes, it's perfect as it is.

 Well there she is.  I'm thrilled with how it all turned out so far!

I wanted to add, I just emailed the gentleman I bought the chandy from to show him the pictures of it's new home.  To me, that's perfectly normal.  I mean, I'd want to know she got a good home and is being taken care of, wouldn't you?

Yes, I'm just that odd.


  1. Beth it looks great!!! I love how the pine boards look painted! The chandi is perfect!!
    I love that you love your petite laundry cart!!

    The picture of the little girl with her dog is adorable....great idea with the collage wall!!

    Let me know how you like your LG's! We are currently looking at the top load LG's but we're taking our time doing research because they are quite expensive!!!

    Love your laundry room!!


  2. O...M...G!!! This is amazing!! What an incredible job you did! It belongs in a magazine. Everything is completely lovely and completely perfect. I LOVE it!!

  3. Awesome job... I too love the dresser as is. :)

  4. Thank you ladies!

    Polly, so far we love them. Well, I love them, Eric hasn't touched them. lol

    We initialy got the Samsung's, same style. The day they were to be delivered I got a call from Sears saying they were out of the Samsung and I would have to wait until 10/15 at the earliest to get them. I bought them on 9/20, no way am I waiting that long.

    So a rather large production later Sears "upgraded" us to the LG. In all actuallity they are the exact same as the Samsung. I was going to go with the Samsung due to them having the #1 place for customer satisfaction for the last 10 years. LG is #2.

    Long story short (too late for that, huh) I am so thrilled we got the LG, they are so quiet I have to use the alarm to let me know they are done and our clothes feel so much better.

    I also splurged for the sanitary cycle. This way I can wash dog beds on super hot which has really made a difference, they smell so much better! And, if ever have a little Bellom I can buy clothes at Goodwill without worrying about bugs and such.

    Also, the alarm on the washer and dryer is a little song, how cool is that???

  5. Hi Beth- Your room is definitely coming along! Like the painted paneling so much better- the room really brightened up. As for the chandy- it looks adorable. Love the old framed picture- it reminded me of my find in the spring- girl with cow! LOL
    Hope all is well in your part of OH. It is just now starting to really feel like fall and the leaves are beginning to change color.
    :-) Sue

  6. Thank you for the info Beth! They sound AWESOME!! We are doing some comp shopping and trying to get the best deal possible!!

    By the way, I am having a garage sale next week and I wanted to let you know if you want to come, you can come early on Thursday night for early shopping! I can't find your email address to send you the notice about it. Can you email me and I'll make sure you get the info if you want to come! It's not going to be an organized pretty decorated sale.....just a garage sale with TONS of stuff!! I don't have time to make it look pretty!! Your husband is more than welcome to come too!

  7. Gorgeous! What an amazing (and cost effective) change! Thanks so much for sending the link our way!

    Sherry (& John)

  8. Holy cow people, do you know who that is???? Sherry from Young House Love!!

    I think I have a case of the vapors and need to lay down....

  9. Great ideas for a fun room. I love the "same day service" sign, the vintage pics, and I'm totally coveting the laundry cart!

  10. Oh my! That laundry cart...I think I am going to die, it's just that beautiful! I cracked up laughing reading what you wrote about marrying it and folding laundry the right way! :)

    The entire room looks amazing~ you did such a wonderful job! I love LOVE love the wood walls that you painted, the black and white picture, the little lamp...'


    Okay, and I need to say thank you for stopping by Beautiful Nest and leaving a comment about the linen wreath! And about the painter's drop cloth, you read my mind! I will be blogging about this soon! :)

  11. Looks Fabulous! I love light myself, I also have the same washer and dryer love them though they get a funky smell if you don't clean them often I use vinegar & baking soda.The Laundry Cart it's way cool, I just bought a new one from Restoration Hardware can't wait to get it.My laundry room is a mess.~Enjoy Kim