Sunday, March 25, 2012

Oh the Agitation!

Laundry agitation that is!!  Today I submit for your approval: our humble laundry room.  When we built our home ten years ago, this room looked big on the plans.  Oh yes it did.  I suppose anything was an improvement over our laundry room in a closet in our previous house.  But, alas and alack, - this laundry room turned out to be too flippin' small! But it is what we have and we are grateful to have it!

Hopefully you have done your pilates today and ate your Special K, because it is a tight fit and we are about to go in........................

 This is a little jog between the kitchen, garage and powder room.  Love this little industrial stool!

 The cubbies hold shoes and cookbooks.  They also provide easy access from the aqua stool to the washer for our two cats who love to lay in the basket on the dryer and watch the birds out the window.  If you look carefully you can see Butterscotch curled up in there right now.
This is a better view of the washer/dryer area.  The cats also have their food bowl up here to keep it away from the hungry dog!  (I also added a little bunny pick in the plant to Easter it up in here)
This is a view of the burlap bulletin board panels I made for the sides of my cabinets.  Tied them off with jute and they are really cool for holding special pictures and things. I went for a very random, uneven look with the jute - didn't want it too perfect. Not sure why it is shiny on the left side of this pic, but it is not in real life.

This is a better view of the bulletin board.  You can also see the hook rack - it's usually full of coats! 

Keepin' it real here folks - you can see to the right we have another coat hook (with a coat on it)!   You cannot see it from these pictures, but to the left is a large coat closet that we have outfitted with a closet system that has drawers, metal bins, awesome shoe cubbies, and a double rod for hanging clothes up as they come out of the dryer. We removed the bi-fold doors and I added a dropcloth curtain to camo the mess.  Taking the doors off really gave us quite a bit more usable space.

This place lives hard.  It is too small - but I have tried to utilize every inch.  It is just so hard to keep clean & organized!  Last summer I painted the walls, cabinets, and added the white chair rail. I really love how it looks when it is clean and sparkly.  The "art work" is just a few sheets of black, white, & sepia tone scrapbook paper.  I am still looking for the perfect cabinet hardware, but it has eluded me thus far.  One of these days.

Thanks for checking out the source of my "agitation!"  Have a great Monday.

Wishing you happiness,

Joining in Metamorphosis Monday  Thanks to Susan for this Monday treat!

Joining in Debbie-Doos Newbie Party.  Thanks to Debbie for hosting!

Thanks to the sisters over at Bringing Beauty for inviting me to join their Beautify it Monday party!


  1. cracked me up,with your opening.."it's a tight fit and we are about to go in it"! It looks great! thanks for sharing.

  2. The burlap pin boards are adorable, and I love the cabinet color, I have something similar in my powder room. Great work in this tight spot!


  3. WOW! I think this is a very stylish functional room! It looks quite organized! It houses your washer/dryer, shoes, cat food, and has a great bulletin board... and more! The color is neutral and upscale. Okay it's a little bit small, but clever you, you used the space very well.
    I'd love a room like this!!!! You have given me some great and inspiring ideas!

    I am a new follower!

  4. It may be small but you've done a wonderful job with it! We'd love for you to share this at our first ever Beautify It Monday link party going on right now!

  5. Small, but still inspirational! I think my laundry room might be even smaller, so it's nice to see someone else working with a small space and what they've done with it!

  6. I don't think your laundry room is that small. It's bigger than mine! Ha! I think everyone's is bigger than mine. I thought the same as you when we had our house built and thought this laundry room is a step up from our last one (being off the garage). But, once we moved the washer and dryer in, it shrank! I told my husband that a large person wouldn't be able to live in this house because they couldn't fit in the laundry room! I like how you've organized your space and love that industrial stool!

  7. Great job! Your laundry room is bigger than mine. I love the burlap and jute combination. What a great idea to put it against the cabinet because it doesn't take up any extra room. Kitty looks so comfy:-) Thanks for sharing and for visiting with me.

  8. This is such a pretty laungry room. I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  9. I'm stopping by from Debbie-Doo's ...

    For a tiny space you've made it so functional -- even if I may need to diet before entering!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. Your inspiration is ... well ... inspiring!


  10. You did a wonderful job for such a tiny space. I found you on Debbiedoos and I'm now a follower; would love for you to do the same. Tx