I wanted to share with you another project that has been keeping us busy the last few weeks…our laundry room. When we bought our home, it needed some major TLC. It had a lot of great potential, but we had our work cut out for us.
Originally, this wall did not have lockers but a long 70′s yellow formica countertop with cabinets underneath. We really did not need all that storage since there were the other cupboards and two closets in the room as well. The countertop just ended up being a junk magnet where everything just got piled (everyone has one of those right?). So we ripped out the cupboards and put in some individual lockers for the kids to each place their coats and shoes, etc. The lockers were cast-offs from the Fitness Gym my husband manages the finances for, when they remodeled their gym.
The lockers did not go to the end of the wall which always bothered me. We had placed the trash can in the open space there, but I didn’t like that you could see it. So we built a cabinet to match the lockers and filled up the empty space. We used one of the locker side panels to make the door of our new cabinet and to our amazement and excitment, it happened to fit PERFECTLY! Then we added a handle and a long peice of crown moulding to the top of the lockers to finish it off. We are planning on removing the current hardware on the locker doors so they all match but haven’t had a chance yet. And best of all the garbage is now hidden away with the ironing board in that new cabinet. We also still need to paint the bottom strip of the new cabinet white to match the other lockers.
The flooring was originally an indoor/outdoor carpet that still makes me shudder to think about today. It was one of the very first things to go. My husband and his buddy laid the tile the very first month we were in the home.
The cupboards on the other side of the room were pretty beat up. The cupboard door had been broken when we moved in and we had to glue it back together. Then we sanded them, primed and painted them black.
Do you see the small cat door on the other side of the bottom cabinet through the open door? We have a cat and even though I love animals, I don’t like it to be obvious that we have one in our home. I can’t stand pet hair on furniture or seeing the litter box and the likes. So I had my husband a few years ago cut a whole in the side of the cabinet (which is hidden between the washing machine). The cat can fit between the cabinet and the washing machine and enter the cat door into the cabinet. Inside the cabinet we have his food and water and a litter box. All the mess stays hidden inside. To prevent the kids from playing in it, I placed baby cabinet locks on the cupboard door. Possibly my favorite part of the laundry room.
We also still need to replace the light fixtures with a more modern style. And see that yellow formica countertop? Well…we have some plans for that in the coming week or two. I promise to share it with you when we finish it!