Back again with another installment of the Perfectly Imperfect Home Tour. I said in the last post in this tour, the Dining Room, that I would be showing you the foyer and main stairs but I’m not. We pulled up another section of floor in the living room and things are just….terrible. So I’ve decided to show you the Laundry Area off the kitchen. Now this is not a glamorous room but it is important to spiff it up. It’s right off the kitchen and all house guests who want to use the powder room have to go through this little area. So no leaving your undies on the floor. Not that there’s room anyhow.
Here we go. This is looking into the laundry area from the kitchen.
One of the reasons I decided to show you this area today is because I took the door down. No, really. The exterior door from our laundry area (can’t really call it a room, as you’ll see) exits to the deck on the side of the house. When we moved in I realized that the door was so close to the floor that I couldn’t put a rug in front of it and anything small would get caught up under the sweep. See how close it is to the floor?
This has resulted in the sweep tearing. And collecting an earphone bud. Not pretty but definitely real life.
So it has to be replaced. We plan to install new floors in this area just as we are through the whole main level but that creates a bit of a problem. The problem is that the new floor will be 2mm higher than the existing floor. Now that might not seem like much but when the door is already scraping the existing floor that little bit of extra height will be a major issue.
Since the door was scraping down the full width of the door I didn’t think it was just a loose hinge issue. (The tearing is worst on the area under the door handle but that’s because it scrapes across the floor vent.) Just to be sure, I removed the door from the hinges and checked for loose screws or warped hinges. Nope. So the option I’m going with is to cut a bit from the bottom of the door and install a wrap around door sweep. Less than $20 bucks and a few minutes work and we should be good to go. Why I’ve waited four years to do this, I don’t know.
Now on to the tour, without an exterior door. 🙂
The laundry area is just a pass through from the kitchen to the deck with an entrance to the powder room on the wall opposite the washer and dryer. No room for even a basket of laundry. This is from the kitchen looking toward the deck.
This is looking from the kitchen towards the powder room.
The cabinets above the washer and dryer are pretty high so they’ve basically become a dumping ground for things we might have used but never actually have. I considered putting a shelf in above the washer and dryer but I just haven’t yet. They are both on their last legs so I’m also considering a front load set up so I can put a full shelf across both. This is from the powder room looking toward the appliances.
That’s it. Unless you want to see the popcorn ceiling…yep, it’s everywhere!!
What I’ve really wanted to do is install a front load washer and dryer, add a shelf or two and some pull out screen type of doors and make this area look more like a butler’s pantry. Now that we are selling I don’t know if that would really add any value to the house so I’m not sure if I’ll stick to that plan.
So the projects for the laundry area are:
Paint Walls and maybe cabinets (but probably not)
Address popcorn ceiling
Paint exterior door ?
No too much to do in this room. We should be able to get the flooring in here done pretty soon and I’ll probably take the time while the appliances are cleared out to at least get it painted. And scrape the ceiling…sigh. It’s a small area and shouldn’t take too long. You can see some much prettier options on my Pinterest board here.
Next up will be an update on the main floor powder room.
Do you have a postage stamp size laundry area? Have any ideas on making this area user friendly?