One Room At A Time
We've been in our farmhouse for about six months now and I'm proud to say that I have finally decorated one room. We are still working to finish major projects, like landscaping and exterior finishes, but I've been slowly making a few improvements to the laundry area. I spend a lot more time than I'd like in there, so I might as well make it special for me. It's rusty, feminine, and neat as a pen. And it's mine all mine. You know...because nobody else wants to do laundry.
The laundry room design was important to me. I wanted lots of natural light, room to move around and I wanted to be able to iron inside the laundry room. It started with an off-white tile from the Home Depot clearance section and a white grout and much like the rest of the house, in a bright Sherwin Williams Shoji White (trim, ceiling, and walls). The window sashes are Raccoon Hollow by Benjamin Moore.
I added an antiqued white wire chandelier and double doors with cast iron knobs from Hobby Lobby. I purchased a double tub wash stand from Social Circle Ace Hardware and a FRANCO faucet that I found at Tuesday Morning for $30 on clearance.
Then came the appliances. I ordered this incredible Samsung Washer and Dryer. I don't get excited about doing the laundry, but this washer came complete with a washboard/scrub tub that helps me combat the red clay stains that my kids bring me daily and it is strangely satisfying to use. I can actually tell a huge difference between this set and the former front-load set that we had. Plus, no stinky front-load mildew smell. Best.washer.ever. Promise.
bringing in the farmhouse feel
I needed shelving above the washer and dryer, storage for laundry products and dirty clothes, and a little touch of pretty. I scoured the internet for curtains (because who has time to actually GO into a store these days?) and finally came across some really nice tablecloths from the Pioneer Woman's new line at Walmart. I ordered two 60" x 102" tablecloths in the Country Garden print. I picked up a curtain rod at Home Depot and a few curtain clips so I didn't even have to do any sewing. Fastest curtains ever.
For shelving, I scored a 10 hen nesting box for $50 from a local chicken farmer. Complimentary chicken poop and everything. Talk about authentic! We still need to add new bottoms to each box as the old tin ones were too flimsy.
For additional storage, I salvaged an old cabinet from a farmhouse in town. It is a tall black lacquered cabinet with a drawer, shelves, and doors. Eventually I will refinish it and touch up the inside, but for now with my limited time it will work. We still have not completed the wash stand project, but I'm hoping that it will take shape this summer and become our double laundry sink.
Here She Is...
I'll be posting details on the nesting box as it comes together and the double wash stand sink. Thanks for being a part of our home building journey.