I’ve had a few questions about seeing a “reveal” of the laundry room project I took on a few weeks back. Here’s the latest…
If you’re following the Life In Yellow facebook page, you might have seen the photos of my inspiration rug, (and how it didn’t quite work for this room). Ignore the nasty yellow cast of the iPhone pics…
No longer tied to the colors in the rug, you also might have seen how I was suddenly torn between completely polar opposite paint color choices. Seriously – I’m usually very decisive, but I was all over the place with this one.
I really thought I had my heart set on a bright “pop” laundry room color, but when I got a swatch of Pink Salmon on the wall, I was instantly overwhelmed. Fortunately, on a whim, I had also picked up a sample of Soft Mint Green (by Glidden) so I painted a square on the opposite wall. Ah, so refreshing and clean. If it could have a scent, I’m sure it would smell like clean laundry.
So with my color decided, I started by hauling everything out of the room and unscrewing everything from the walls. I patched and sanded the several holes, taped off the trim, and started cutting in along the ceiling and baseboards until Page got home to help me disconnect the washer/dryer .
Originally, my plan was to stack the washer/dryer and install shelving and some sort of countertop to the side of them. But after thinking it over, I decided I’d rather follow this tutorial and hoist both machines up a foot to a more back-friendly level and have a place to stash laundry below.
Armed with the supply list, I headed to Lowes for the lumber and we built and painted the pedestal over the following week.
Voila, I give you our laundry pedestal!
Nope. Scratch that. I still can’t believe it to this day, but neither of us (and I happen to love math!) accounted for the fact we’d have to be able to get this built-perfectly-to-the-size-of-the-room pedestal INTO the room. For which we’d need extra inches (lots of them) and things like, you know, walls got in the way. And because of the way it’s constructed, you can’t get in the angles/body positions you need to build it in place. It sounds ridiculous, and we are both still a little shocked/laughing at ourselves, but for as many projects as we’ve tackled with varying success, we’re thinking “eh, so we messed up on this one…let’s move on.”
In the wise words of Pinterest…
So, plan B. We took it apart and the whole thing is salvageable. We figured that we could at least wedge the bottom portion in, which elevates the washer/dryer up a few inches to a more back-friendly height and happens to be the same height as our trim. We will touch up where the baseboards and base meet and make the whole thing look built-in. I also like that the heightened appliances now hide the outlets/water hookup that were visible before. (As for the other platform from the pedestal, Page will use it in the garage for some ceiling-suspended storage he was planning on building anyway, so it’s hardly a waste.)
As for the baskets, rather than going below, we’ll add some shelves/cubbies above that can perfectly hold each basket, plus laundry supplies.
Some smaller changes include swapping our tabletop ironing board for this cool magnetic mat that won’t rattle on top of the dryer when it’s running. A gray dollar-spot container to hold some sewing and stain supplies will replace my previous lime green one to round out my laundry switcheroo. Not that anyone WANTS to do laundry…but I certainly won’t mind it as much in this freshened-up room when it’s all finished. We’ll keep coming back to this project as we have time, but right now framing the basement is the priority. We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) am a little ADD when it comes to starting a bunch of projects all at once. Sometimes I think it’s amazing Page doesn’t kick me to the curb.
So there you have it – the latest (and greatest??) on the laundry room. It really wasn’t abandoned…just taking a more scenic route than originally planned!