Question: Why are women so obsessed with pretty laundry rooms?
Allow me to answer that question with another question:
Why are men so obsessed with big televisions?
We’re in Week 2 of our Laundry Room Makeover adventure, and what with the weather and throwing my back out, I have accomplished very little.
I take that back. In Week 2 of our Laundry Room Makeover, we have received the estimate for the renovations: $3,000.
To those of you who do not have mice running around in your laundry room, this amount may sound a bit steep. However, this bill covers the replacement of everything I hate about our laundry room.
Here are some of those aspects along with plans for how we hope to improve them….
#1: The Walls
Once upon a time, a person built these walls with scraps of plywood. Noticing that there were large seams between the pieces of plywood, the person then used other strips of plywood to mask them.
Then the person planted a magic bean which turned into a beanstalk which he climbed up. Shortly thereafter he was swallowed up by an ugly giant.
Looks like it’s beadboard to save the day!
Below is our Rumpus Room which was rebuilt after a fire in 2014. We plan to carry this look into the laundry room:
#2: The Closets
I call these closets The Three Stooges:
Though I think it would be simpler to replace these doors with pretty curtains, it might be better to keep and improve what is already there. Besides, with a door I can organize like this:
#3: The Cabinets
Cabinets are good! Cabinets are great! So why am I getting rid of ours? They are blocky, bulky, the shelves are not high enough and they are arranged in the wonkiest manner:
Though I am not usually a fan of open shelving, I love this clean, airy look which looks inexpensive to recreate:
#4: The Floors
Once upon a time, we paid a guy an exorbitant amount of money to level our laundry room floors. He left us with these results:
Word has it that guy also climbed up a beanstalk and was first slow-roasted, then basted and then finally devoured by an ugly giant.
What can I say? Fixing the floors will be an undertaking. And once they’re properly fixed, who knows? We might choose to paint them like dis:
#5: The Breaker Box
I can neither read nor comprehend ancient Sanscrit which is what our breaker box map is written in:
Does #29 switch off the kitchen or the sewing room? I dunno. Let’s hope I guess correctly!
Part of our map got a little spray paint action when the Rumpus Room was getting painted so now it is even harder to read. Not safe!! It’s high time we develop a color-coded, clearly-labeled map like this:
#6: The Lighting
Who puts a fluorescent box AND a ceiling fan AND a light bulb in a 100 square-foot space?
Someone who later gets eaten by an ugly giant, that’s who!
Since fluorescent lighting drives me batty, we are taking it out and rerouting the wiring to the closets where we will place a tungsten bulb. As for the ceiling fan and its lightbulb neighbor, they’re getting swapped for a lighted ceiling fan.
Because we are just that intelligent.
#7: Yes, this list is still going
Ok, one more thing. This window:
Imagine a lovely filet mignon with a side of instant mashed potatoes and you will have imagined the irony of this lovely window in its drafty, unframed box.
Now do you understand why our reno bill is so high? And we haven’t even covered ceilings and insulation work!
Wish our handyman luck!
What do you love/hate about your laundry room?
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