Sunday, July 12, 2009

Laundry Room Re-Do

A little over a week ago I was looking at this...
(ay yai yai, shield your eyes)

...this being the one room in the house that is not put together and as such has become the catch all for miscellaneous decoration items that have yet to be placed and the staging area for projects in process.

And I was thinking to myself, self, where in the world are you going to put all of these tools seeing as how they are the most frequently used and so would be a pain to keep in the garage or basement?

Well, this train of thought must have happened out loud because Curt piped in the fantastic idea of putting it in the laundry room.

Perfect...except the laundry room has no shelving and no floor space to speak of.

And so another project was born.
(picture me smiling with glee)

Well (yet again), I have no before picture.
But I did work up this fancy drawing in paint to show you how it was arranged...
(Dang you AutoCad for being so expensive...leading to me not having you (fist shaking))
That line from the washer pan to the circle on the floor is an emergency drain as our laundry is on the second floor.
There were some major function issues in the layout so I thought this was the perfect time to do some plumbing rework to fix it.
See following drawing on how the room is now arranged.

OK, well I'm getting ahead of myself.
First, I painted the room Lulled Beige (Brian and Shannon, this should be familiar as it is the color on all of your walls). *free* because I had the paint.
Then I painted the wood shelves and brackets black ($38 from IKEA, *free* paint as I already had it).

Then I re-plumbed the drain line from the washer drain pan so that I could move the washer to the far wall.
($10.77 for pipe, pipe elbows, pipe primer, and pipe cement)
To do this I 1) cut all of the pipes to fit and stuck them together to make sure they would work...

...2) primed all the pipe that needed to be cemented together...

...and 3) cemented it together.

Ta da!!! A new drain.
(the white pipe running along the baseboard and into the hole in the floor)

{I am pretty pleased with myself, I painted the whole room without taping anything; I'm getting better at cutting in the lines}

I put up the shelves...

...and filled them up...

...and now the misc. room looks like this...
(more improvements to be made, but it is a good start)

...and I have washer and dryer doors that don't get in each others way...
I l.o.v.e. it.

By the way, I couldn't ask for a better project helper.
He stays out of the way when I'm "doin' stuff", but is right at hand when I need help (like on the off chance I need to move a big.fat.heavy.pretty.washer).


Sheena Chaston said...

Carmen, you're so handy! I wish I had a house to try all of these things I'm learning about on!

Ashley Cooper said...

You never cease to amaze me!

Sharee said...

I CANNOT believe that you just did some plumbing work??? Carmen, WHO ARE YOU??? You absolutely astound me!!!

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