Saturday, July 10, 2010

laun·dry: {noun} articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed and cause this mom to grumble.

My latest find...I found this large basket at a consignment store for $17.  When I saw it, I knew exactly where to put it!
The wooden Maine Seed Co. box was found at a flea market for a couple of dollars.  I bought several and use this one to hold dryer sheets.  The seed box holds two boxes of dryer sheets and they fit perfectly!
The enamel wash bin was purchased years ago at a flea market.  I used it to wash my babies when they were tiny.  I have also used it as a beverage holder to serve ice cold drinks.
The wire basket is from Europe and was used to carry potatoes...or so I am told!  I use it to hold the clothes that need to be ironed.  I think it would be cute with a pretty liner...one day.
The galvanized container stores extra detergent out of the way.  The letters are magnets from Hobby Lobby.  They were gold, so I spray painted them white. 
While a washroom is a room having 'washbowls and other facilities', this room is just for washin'!  I bathed my babies in this sink when they outgrew the little enamel basin.  The letter 'T' was a gift from a friend.  The small Longaberger basket holds a sponge and a sink stopper out of site.
Here is my new basket!  I hung it on the cabinet to hold dirty clothes, when I need to do a quick 'pick up' of the room!  My friend says that every room needs a 'lost and found' basket.  Later, after guests have gone, I am supposed to put the items where they go!  This room has a good bit of traffic, so it should stay clean!
I recently took sewing lessons and decided to make some covers for my hangers. The one shown here is made from a little pair of pants that my daughters wore.  They make the simple wire hangers more attractive, and clothes don't slip off!
I purchased the oatmeal-colored wool rug from Tuesday Morning, and the little white stool was from the dollar bin at Target.
The vintage drying rack belonged to my parents.  It collapses for storage. 
This 1940's Hunter Zephair Fan was my grandparents.  My sisters and I would go for a week every summer to their house to attend Vacation Bible School, and I remember sitting in front of it to cool off!  It was always turned on.  It still works!
The jars were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I removed the dark metal tops and sprayed them a light blue to add some color.
I made the blue skirt for the small table in an attempt to contribute some color to the space.  
The wooden ironing board belonged to my Granny.  I have the padded cushion to go over it, so it is still  useful! 
I believe I purchased these baskets at World Market a couple of years ago.
We added this laundry room in an unfinished basement area a few years ago because of our growing family.  The little green room off the laundry room is a mud room for our dog.  When we finished the space, I requested the Dutch door, so that some light would spill into the room.

Often, I complain about my 'Mt. Everest' pile of laundry.  I have a little black frame sitting in this room that reads:

Now the people complained about their hardships...
The rabble with them began to crave other food,
and again the Israelites started wailing and said,
"If only we had meat to eat!"  But now we have lost
our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"

God provided the manna.  In His mercy,
"when the dew settled on the camp at night,
the manna also came down." Numbers 11:1-9

Lord, thank you for my laundry.
~
Can't you just hear me saying it?  "I never see anything but this laundry!"  I keep these words in this little space that I often dread to go, as a reminder to be so grateful...grateful for clothes to wear; for a washer and dryer; for a space to fold and mostly for this family!

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95 comments :

Christine said...

I think your laundry room is really wonderful. One to envy in fact! I love how you repurposed so many baskets and things-great job!

gina3 said...

That's a great laundry room. Doing laundry there wouldn't be so bad.

Shelia said...

Oh, my! What a wonderful laundry room! Love your new basket and you have so many great vintage things! You're making me want to go wash clothes!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Decorating Diaries said...

So many wonderful things to look at while doing laundry. I past up a wooden ironing board at the resale shop. Guess who will be running back to see if it is still there.

Janet

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a very well organized, bright work space, love the memorabilia!

Kathleen said...

Lovely laundry room! But I don't want to spend a summer Sunday doing wash, so come on over! :)

Jacqueline said...

I wish I had a laundry room that looked that pretty and so organized with lovely finds. I never thought to decorate my laundry room in such a charming way. Beauty helps with any chore. Have a wonderful Sunday - just walk by this room on Sunday - don't make yourself do any work!!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a beautiful space! Almost makes me want to do laundry...almost!

I adore all of your vintage additions! They add such a wonderful sense of charm to your room...lovely!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Beautiful room!!! Love the big sink for washing babies, too. :)

Average Girl said...

I have to tell you that if that was my laundry room, I would be one happy woman!!! Nicely decorated!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your laundry room is just fabulous and I adore all of your vintage accessories that you've put to good use. Such a lovely room. Great reminder to be grateful for all our blessings, even the laundry room. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. This is perfect. Hugs, Marty

Bunny Jean's Decor... and More! said...

I just found your lovely blog and have read every post!

Not only am I now following you, but I also featured your post "Cottages by the Sea" on my blog.

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Really fabulous!! You did a great job on everything!

muralimanohar said...

I call mine Mt. Washmore. :p Your laundry room is GREAT! I would LOVE to have a gorgeous room like that..well..ANYWHERE in my house! :p

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness girl, I wouldn't mind doing laundry in here at all, in fact I'd make up laundry to do just to spend time in there! It is so adorable, but then just looking at your blog and home, what else would it be?
As always, one of THE PRETTIEST blogs I have come across!
Terry

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a great laundry room. I love that wire basket!

Donna

Atticmag said...

Love the seed box and all the other vintage items you repurposed. Great ideas.
Jane T.

susan said...

Christie-You have found a way to make your laundry room both cheery and interesting! Love that wire basket--I am envious if that is all you have that is unironed :) My MIL used to tell me that we must be either the cleanest or the dirtiest people in the world because she had never seen so much laundry! And you are right, even dirty laundry means we have something for which to be thankful!

Shannon said...

Very nice space!

getting into truffle

The Price's said...

nice job! it's amazing what you can do with a laundry room!

Jennifer said...

love,love,love your laundry room!

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful laundry room! I love all of the attention to detail. Great dutch door. And your poem. You're right, we have so much to be thankful for.

Thanks so much for being a part of Summer Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Becca said...

Such a cute laundry room! Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday.

Becca

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a fun laundry room. I agree, doing laundry isn't fun, but this room would sure make it a little more enjoyable. Love all of your vintage accessories. What a great idea to hang that wonderful basket on the side of the cabinet. You have so many interesting treasures in your l.r. Thank you so much for sharing this for Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Blue Artichoke Interiors said...

Cute space with alot of character. It would make my dreaded laundry task easier if I had a space this lovely. Visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming.

Tracey said...

WOW, your laundry room is incredible!!! That wire basket from Europe is my fav...very cool!!!

Hugs ~

:) T

p.s. you asked about French letter and I don't currently know anywhere you can find them...sorry...maybe try a search on etsy

Angie said...

Oh, I love your laundry room. Funny, I posted about a laundry room redo today also! :) But what I am REALLY loving is the sink! Gorgeous. That is the one thing I am missing on mine. Following you from Met Monday.

Jen said...

I love your laundry room,the sign,the metal basket,the fan...well I love it all!
Im a new follower!

Terrell said...

I might be a little more enthused to do laundry if I had such a beautiful laundry area as yours! It's just so tidy and charming! :)
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Allison Shops said...

Love your laundry room. I am a big repurposer too. Actually did a post on vintage wooden boxes not that long ago.

I had a basement laundry room for 20 years, so I told DH this one was going to be "pretty." Our GC teased me about how many times I said "pretty" during construction!

Allison
Atticmag

Allison Shops said...

I got so wrapped up in your blog, I forgot to say that I came over to see your tree house your DH is building. Didn't see one - when will you post?

Allison
Atticmag

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Your laundry room is amazing! Does it make you enjoy laundry? It almost looks like it could make the dreaded chore a fun activity! LOVE that sign and vintage basket!

Sandra said...

I love your vintage additions to your laundry room. My mom had a large drying rack...I remember it in the basement in winter with clothes hung on it. I also have a wood ironing board which I think are the neatest. Love your touches with the tins, letters, clothes pins, etc. Come say hi.

Tammy said...

Lovely Laundry Room! Thanks for sharing all those awesome photos!

Marydon said...

Oh, what fabulous ideas for a laundry room. It is really lovely.
Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Debbie said...

I sure wish my laundry room looked this good! I do have the washroom sign hanging on my bathroom door.
Everything is wonderful in there.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a wonderful laundry room. Thanks so much for telling where you found different items. I love the jars from Hobby Lobby and those wonderful baskets.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Good Morning! I popped over from Marty's TTT linky party. Wow! Your laundry room is amazing. I would mind do laundry one little bit if I had a fabulous space like yours. It sure puts my little laundry "closet" to shame LOL! You have some great pieces in there.

Thanks so much for sharing. As I'm new to your blog, I can't wait to check out more.

Carla

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Some many cute touches in your laundry room! My favorite is the metal basket with the clothesto be ironed!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I LOVE your laundry room!!! Your storage is so fun and unique, and I have a similar drying rack--but mine is sooo not vintage. I'd definitely want to do laundry in there. ;) Visiting from The CSI Project today. :)

Sue said...

What a yummy laundry room! Love the baskets and the dutch door. Over from Marty's party.
:-) Sue

Jill said...

have to admit... I'm having a little laundry room envy going on :) Love all the stories behind each of your elements!

Allison said...

It all looks great! Wish I had a laundry room like that!

Visiting from the CSI project

Rambling Renovators said...

What a beautiful laundry room! I wouldn't mind working in there.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This room is fantastic - I've looked at the pictures over and over. YOu didn't forget anything. My favorite part - that you hung that huge basket! Perfect

LaKeta said...

This is a perfect "washroom"! I love the galvanized container with the suds magnets...cute! I also like the wooden ironing board! I have one that I adore...beats the flimsy metal ones in stores now days...found you at "under the table and dreaming" Have a fabulous day! Now following you!

LaKeta

1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

Megan said...

It all looks lovely. I like that it was a tour of the whole room and we got the story of how it all came together. I love the evolution of style and the home.

Jenglamgirl said...

TOTALLY LOVE IT ALL! love the touches of aqua! Funny we posted our laundry room's right next to eachother. My link is signs I made. However, there is a link to see my laundry room too. AGAIN, love everything you have done! Jenn ;)

Wendy said...

What a great laundry room! So many super details! Love how you blended old with new! what a great laundry basket!
Wendy

glimpse of my world said...

very fresh looking and very upbeat!

Natasha said...

That is the most beautiful laundry rooms I have ever seen! I wouldn't mind folding clothes in a room like that!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Cute!

Love your grandparents fan!

Lisa

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such spacious and pretty laundry room! this is my dream room! to have everything under one room is just awesome..

Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

sooo pretty! i love it! I'll be featuring this tonight!

Bette said...

that's a great looking laundry room. Mine is not sooo pretty which explains why I never go in there and the laundry is piling high! :-)

kuestermom said...

what is the color in your laundry room? i love it. i am wanting to paint and re-do my laundry room. i love the dutch door too. love it!

Olivia~ said...

This is darling! I love it!
hugs,
Olivia

Ellie said...

I love your laundry room! So many cute touches. I especially like the farmhouse sink. :)

Kuzak's Closet said...

We love your laundry room! We are featuring you on tomorrow edition of Sister Sister Sunday, thank you for linking and we hope to see you again soon.

Thanks,

Ashlie & Mandy

Mark and Ashlie said...

Your laundry room is adorable! Come over to Sister Sister Sunday again today and link up! We're featuring you this Sunday!

Pine Tree Home said...

Love the little touches you have here. The skirted table is my favorite, oh and the covered hangers. I am updating my laundry room and am on the look out for clever storage ideas.

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

You have a dutch door?!?!?!?!?

I am sooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!

Your laundry room: bright and clean and pretty.
My laundry room: dark and cluttered and ugly.

Thanks for the inspiration.

:)
Sarah

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I am envious of that laundry room. So light and bright. Love the door. Love the old things. Just beautiful.
Brooke

Rosie said...

oh yes...a wonderful collection of laundry room goodness...makes conquering Mt.Laundry a bit more enjoyable...smile on Rosie

Gloria said...

What a VERY PRETTY laundry room!
And, you are right, we better watch out for our grumbling. God doesn't like it when we do that! It is good to have a grateful heart, and so much easier when you have a laundry room like yours to do our work in!
Have a very happy, "PRETTY Friday"! I saw your link on Joyce's blog, and so happy I did...:)
Have a blessed day!
@}~`}~~~ Gloria

Jennifer McLean said...

I especially love that sign!! It just makes the whole room feel more whimsical. I'm a new follower, by the way.
Best,
Jenn

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Wow! If that is your laundry room I can't even imagine how cute the rest of your house is! I am your newest follower though, so I am going to take some time in a few minutes to check out your blog better.

Thank you so much for joining us for Friday Pretties! So fun to have you!
Joyce

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Alison said...

WOW! I definitely want your washroom. The WHOLE thing!! Thank you so much for sharing!

~Alison

Michelle said...

Absolutely love the vintage vibe. You did a great job making everything (including the washer + dryer) look like it just belongs right there. Fabulous.

Kristin said...

Your laundry room is beautiful. You gave me an idea with your seed boxes for the dryer sheets. I have some old sewing machine drawers and I think I could do the same thing.

C'est Magnifique said...

What a sweet little laundry room, I love all the extra special touches you've added! I bet it makes it a little less traumatic on laundry day huh!?

Tania

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

What a great laundry room ~ Wow! Never thought I would ever say that. And your right, Thank GOD for everything we have. Your big laundry basket is great.

Tausha said...

So fabulous! Almost makes one want to do Luandry-Almost!! I am loving the basket find! I have never seen one like that! I would have never thought to make covers for hangers out of old clothes! hmmm-wonder if I could glue them together? :)
Please, stop by sometime and say hello! Love making new friends!

decdiva1 said...

love the laundry room and all the unique finds you have in there! great job in a room that you have to do a not so great job! God bless!

Sylvia said...

Super Cute laundry room...make washing clothes lots of fun...

Sylvia

Megan said...

I'm in love with this room! I'm featuring it tomorrow in a post about laundry rooms @ crazydomestic.com. Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

Home Hinges said...

I love how you mix antique finds with modern conveniences. They really work well together. The room is beautiful. Great inspiration.
April @ homehinges.com

northern cottage said...

ack - I'm IN LOVE with the mix of vintage and clean mod in your laundry room...it is cozy and fresh all wrapped up together with a pretty bow! Lovely!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Your laundry room is lovely and what a great reminder. I was only complaining about my laundry this week on my own post. How very blessed we are to have laundry to do and the means to do it conveniently.

Blessings!
Gail

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

You have such a charming laundry room! I adore all the wicker and wire baskets.

You are so talented and I love your blog! I am your newest follower :)

~Amanda

Donnie said...

Makes doing the laundry almost pleasurable. Lovely items.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Laundry is such a tedious chore. But having a laundry room as lovely as yours has to make it at least a little less so. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cotttage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

...here is a seed for thought!!! first of all i love this site w/ all the wonderful pic's included ~ i know this sounds a bit out there-but i luv to do laundry!!! always have-the one constant in my life that i can actually control-altho it never ends!!! winkwink ** the seed for thought being this-when i was just a little lass-i lived with my grand "Mama" ~ she had her way of making all housework fun-she just made it look like fun-i use to wonder why she ironed everything-i do mean literally everything after pulling it all from the backyard clothes line-she starched every item too-if the sprinkled linen h20 wasn't enough!!! clothes-pillow slips-diapers-even rags-cleaning rags!!! soooooooooo the point being-i luv laundry-i luv ironing as well \o/ as a matter of fact i have made a liviing at doing it for other's!!! looking back i now realize after doing a little research that the reason my grand "mama" took so much care in caring for her linens was this-during the great depression they had nothing plus the fact there was a shortage of anything "cotton"-so yes they cherished everything that was indeed cotton-especially towels and diapers!!! hmmm??? it surely makes for fresh gratitude and appreciation-doesn't it!!!! smileN xo

Linda said...

After looking at your very nice LR.....now mine needs a makeover.

Chessa said...

I like your verse from Numbers. I'm redoing my laundry room and I think that would be good for me to post-He always provides and I don't want to forget that either!

Anonymous said...

could you tell me where you purchased your cabinets from? i am looking for some and have the exact same setup as you as far as the placement of the washer/dryer and tub. thanks so much!

Christie said...

Anonymous...we purchased the cabinets from a local cabinet maker in our town. Since we refinished this space they had to be custom built to fit the space. Hope that helps!

becky said...

My first time here and I LIKE EVERYTHING I SEE! But today's post makes me think more clearly about decorating my laundry room and getting away from those commercial containers that ruin the scene!!!
Have a great weekend!

Cori said...

I'll gladly do a few loads of laundry in this fun room. Great details and lots of whimsey to make you smiles as you wash, dry, fold, and REpEAT.

I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see more of this creative woman's home and projects.

So glad I stopped in tonight.

Cori
Starview Sonnet

Andy Porter said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I'm going to have to be copying a few of those ideas, if you don't mine:) Love the clips in the glass jar, the "suds" bucket and I love that little place to hang up clothes. Very cool!

Thanks for linking!

Andy
Poppies at Play

1 Funky Woman said...

I would love the size of your laundry. Mine is so teeny but like you said, I am also thankful for the laundry my machines and my family!

Megan

Jess the balanced libra said...

I love your laundry room! I also think of this verse when I start to "think" of complaining about my mounds of laundry and I too am so grateful for my "laundry"
xo, Jess

Farmgirl Susan said...

What a great laundry room! I love all the sweet details. :)

erin meerzaman said...

I love your laundry room and I was wondering where you found the sink with the base. It is exactly what I am looking for in my laundry room but struggling to find one! Thanks

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