Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Uglies

I know y'all remember that line from the movie Office Space where the boss says, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays".  Well, my laundry room's got a case of the uglies.  I think I succeeded in my goal to make it look as awful as possible in photographs.  Judge for yourselves.

This is the view from the back door.  (Usually the ladder and the laundry hamper aren't in the middle of the room.)  Note the boat winch on the wall, used for cranking open the basement trapdoor.  So pretty.  That door goes to the kitchen.  It's beautiful too.   This is the room that taught me to always buy samples of paint.  The chip looked beige; the walls turned out pink.  They've been that way for about six years.  The only thing I like in this photo is all the space inside those cabinets on the left.  (But those strap hinges have got to go.)

View from the kitchen door.  It's always bugged me how the washer and dryer stuck way out into the room like that, so today I finally got back behind there to see if there's a reason for it.  There's not.  I plan to shove them down towards the kitchen so they're in the corner.  Note the really ugly wall heater that I'm going to hide somehow. That area rug next to it was the subject of an ongoing argument between the old trash company and me.  They said it was too big for them to take; I kept putting it out in the trash because I have no place else to take it.  The town has a new trash company now, so we'll see what happens.

This is the least-ugly part of the laundry room, but that's only because I primed those shingle walls and bought that little telephone bench. (The seat of which is covered with a towel because it's become the furbabies' nap spot.)  The door on the right goes into the bathroom I just finished.  I need to decide if I'm going to replace that door; if not, I need to paint it.

I have a long way to go 
before this room looks pretty....

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  1. Ok here it goes.....I say it's not as bad as you think! I would first take out everything and take a good look.. Then I'd buy paint..and then I'd install small organizers ...that's it...it's really nice big space!.... :)

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    1. Thanks for saying it's not as bad as it looks--that gives me some encouragement! It is a nice big space, about 13 x 13.

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  2. It's not that bad. A little paint and wainscoting will tie everything in. I kinda like the whitewashed shingles....looks shabby chic to me. The brown wall heater....have you thought of using appliance paint on that? I'm anxious to see what you do, it'll look great I'm sure!

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    1. I like the whitewashed shingles too. I think I'll stop with the primer and put a coat of paint on so it still has the "whitewashy" look. I hadn't thought of appliance paint--good idea! I was thinking about building a box around the heater, but paint sure would be easier.

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  3. It wouldn't be too difficult to fancy up the doors and cabinet doors with mitered molding similar to these: http://tinyurl.com/axjxcrf . You could even put beadboard paper in the middle... I'd keep the hinges simply because they're so vintagey, but that's me. The boat winch adds a little somethin' somethin', that's for sure!
    Looking forward to see what you do with this room.

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    1. It's hard to see in the photo, but the cabinets do have mitered molding on them, although a piece or two is missing. I might just put beadboard paper in the middle of the doors...

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  4. I too think painting the heck out of the room is likely the way to go.

    I can't quite figure out what the wall heater looks like. It extends into the room?

    If the rug is like the wall to wall carpet I tore out, you can probably cut the rug in half or thirds with a linoleum knife. As long as the knife is sharp, it is not difficult. If it's a rag rug or something else, I dunno.

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    1. The wall heater does stick out into the room maybe 8" or so. I don't use it because it runs on natural gas which costs a fortune and I'm worried that it could be a source of CO as well. (We have a LOT of CO calls at work this time of year.) Good news--the trash company picked up one of the rugs today! Next week I'll put that one out there and see what happens.

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  5. The nice thing about gas is it is likely to be working when there's a power failure. In my previous old house, there could be a prolonged electricity outage, and I would still have hot water, a working stove and burners, and a working gas floor heater.

    If I were building a house from scratch, making the utilities resistant to power outages would be high on the list.

    I wonder why CO wasn't a problem in that house. Of course, the house leaked air like a sieve, and it was in California, so the heater was on less, and I only ran the one, because the others had venting problems.

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  7. I dunno, the boat winch with the shingles and the strap hinges and the coat rack with the stars could all add up to something. New England on the Missouri?

    The thing that struck me was the oversized valance on the window. You can always hang the curtain rod higher up the wall and give the impression the window is taller than it is.

    It'll be fun seeing it come together.

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    1. New England on the Missouri! Too funny! I need to do something else with those curtains. They were meant to be temporary...you know, 5 years ago when I hung them....

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