Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Laundry / Mud Room

I haven't posted in over a year, that's just sad folks.  And I apologize, sort of.  Priorities cycle around at different times in different ways.  If you know me at all though, you KNOW that does NOT mean we haven't been DIYing it up around here.  I keep thinking I will do a full photo shoot of the house and how it has come along. I am so thankful I can truly say our home is lovely, and very imperfect, but I'm glad we've had the opportunity to make it more and more "us."

So today's feature is my husband's very impressive laundry room build he did for me last Christmas.  He wanted to try built-ins, and we had leftover butcher block from the kitchen counter tops.  I'd say he succeeded!  Unfortunately, I don't have a wide angle lens so you'll have to take it in very small snips at very strange angles.

If you didn't catch it the first time around, here was the first attempt:

I told Mike I wanted as much counter/bench surface area as possible.  I like to be able to fold and organize right in the laundry room.  Especially since all our bedrooms are upstairs and the laundry is down.  I also wanted cubbies with baskets for shoes and socks.  You can get far more shoes in a basket than lined on a shelf.  And who wants to send your 4 and 5 year olds upstairs to get shoes and socks?  You'd NEVER GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.

My very talented man built me cubbies for baskets below and above, staggered hooks for hanging, racks my laundry baskets could slide over and a hanging bar for dry-cleaning etc.
** Word to the wise, find the baskets first and build to them!  We did the cubbies first and after the 4th basket store I started to panic.  I found these at TJ Maxx.

Have I ever mentioned I really love having a nasty utility sink in my mud room?  I used to wonder why people put these in their house.  It's a glorious thing to have a designated space for cleaning paintbrushes, drying wet dirty shoes, and cleaning greasy hands.  However, that doesn't mean it needed to be ugly on the outside too!  I just hot-glued on a drop cloth with fabric trim and made a matching window treatment.  

Move above.  

More below.  Ignore the dirty laundry, this is a hard working room people!

My little sign relocated.  I'd love to change out these strangely small cabinets for a tall or double set with more cottage feel but it's not worth the spend to me.

I also mentioned in passing it would be pretty cool to have one of those fold out drying racks and my handy man whipped this baby up!  It is all kinds of spectacular and useful!

This is our dirty little secret that hides behind the door and no one sees unless they come into the laundry room and shut the door behind them.  These metal racks are a pantry dream, you can see everything you have and it holds a lot of canned goods.  No more digging in deep shelves to figure out what you've got and what you need.  Yes, the iron hides too.

All I can say is I LOVE this remodel.  Not because it's a focal point like our kitchen, but because it has changed our daily lives.  If ever we build I will spend some serious time considering our laundry and mud areas.  This room organized our daily lives and makes sure everyone knows where their bags and shoes and coats belong.  It keeps my kitchen from becoming a dumping ground.  It makes the task of laundry a little more enjoyable.  

Happy laundry and mudding to you friends!

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