Saturday, September 22, 2012


  Here is the before pictures of my laundry/mud room redo. It is hard to take good pictures in this room with all the angles.

I did not like that my washer and dryer were under the window in my laundry room.  I could never get at that window easily to open or close the window or even have the blinds open to let light in so I asked my husband  if he could move the washer and dryer down away from the windows.

Very hard to let light in with these in front of the window.

Yuky water heater sitting in the room and no place to move that so the husband had some good ideas on what to do about that as you will see.

yuk floor

Hubby took doors and made a closet to close off the water heater and also took old door parts to build out under the window to hide the plumbing and also give me a shelf under the window.  These doors all open so if we have to get at the plumbing or water heater we can

After moving the washer and dryer down away from the window.  Ohhh how I love the light that is coming in that room now.
I had a hard time getting a good picture of this window area with the way the light was coming in. Again I wish I had a better camera to do justice to this room!!!!!



My window treatment was just some bunched burlap and I used some old vintage lace for the under valance.  Cute little fabric flowers to add some bling. Used a staple gun and it framed the window nicely and did not need curtain hardware.
Love my little shelf under the window.  You would not know now that the ugly plumbing is hidden behind this little door and shelf area.  The beautiful part is that we can easily open the little doors to get at that plumbing and electrical if we need too.


Re hung the old ladder that held all my vintage baskets down and over the washer and dryer

Old wash bucket with ringer still working.  Threw in some flowers to bling her up some!!!

Cute laundry room sign I found at Home Goods.




You can see the beautiful closet my husband put around the water heater.  I used old door knobs to give the newer doors a more vintage look

Found this chippy little chandelier with the cherub at a cute shop called Soulful Sparrow near my home.

I love that this little cherub is keeping watch in the laundry room.

Got this old wooden ironing board at the flea market and it still had the instructions on it from the 1930's.  Loved this little find. I hung an old door knob on this too for my cute laundry bag to hang.

I hung an old wooden spool and door knob to make extra hanging space for clothes that need to hang and not go in the dryer.  Found this chippy old vintage hanger with the clips on it too.  I am hunting for some old wooden hangers to use here too.

Some of my treasures from our trip to Junk Bonanza.  This door is a work in progress.  I am hoping to find a cute wire old bike basket to hang for hats, mittens, scarfs etc.  The old post coat hanger will be where we hang our coats in the mudd room this winter.
I found these chippy little garden pokes with vintage door hard ware and hung them up to hang our keys on.  The little dish is an old vintage soap dish that I hung so we can toss misc. things like sun glasses etc. there.

I have been featured at:
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/" Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special"

40 comments:

  1. Very well done. Great job. I enjoyed looking at all you hard work.
    *Smiles

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    1. Thank you so very much for the sweet compliment. It was a labor of love. I still have some things I need to do in there but I like the way it is coming together. Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  2. You Husband did a fantastic job with hiding the water heater and other things! And of course, you have done a beautiful job decorating this space! LOVE IT! I am going to be painting my laundry room this winter so this has inspired me! The ironing board on the door is DARLING!! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie Thanks so much. I am loving the nice bright room now. Got rid of the green for creams and white. I hate doing laundry but now it is nice and sunny and warm in there. Thanks so much. I can't wait to see what you do with your laundry room.
      Kris

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  3. WOW, I cannot get over the change in this room. Your hubby did a fantastic job on the change-up. those doors make a great closet and love how you have the window all framed out, with that adorable settee under it. It's just a perfect room, love all your little touches of vintage goodness!

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    1. Thanks Debra coming from you that is so nice and a great compliment. I do love the room with the creams and white instead of the green. Have a great week end. Loved your little Holiday Cupboard so much. You have inspired me to fine one and start it up. So cute.
      Kris

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  4. You can even make a laundry room look desirable! You're going to have to start sharing "Cash and carry Terry". He is too talented to keep to yourself! Beautiful room, beautiful job!
    Julie

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    1. Ha Ha Julie you crack me up. Do you want him!!!!! I may have to start renting him out. I have to say I am so lucky to have this handy man. I would and could not afford to hire this stuff out so I feel lucky to have him. Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  5. Love your laundry room redo!! We have pipes showing in our laundry room...it is an unfinished room off of our family room downstairs. Now I'm wondering if there is a way that my hubby can hide the pipes and wires in there.
    ~Cindy

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    1. Absoulutely!!!! Using stock doors from Home Depot for $22 dollars each was a great and inexpensive way to make the closet and the build out under the window for the ugly pipes and dryer vent. I thought it looked nicer than just trying to do it with drywall or beadboard. Gives a better finish. Thanks Cindy have a great week end.
      Kris

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  6. This may well be the cutest laundry room ever! I thought it was wonderful before, but this, this is amazing. I could just take my coffee in there and relax, lol, laundry or no, it is such a sweet space.

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    1. Sandra you are welcome anytime to kick back and have a cup of coffee in there. Maybe throw a load or two in for me!!!!!! I do love the warm sunshine that comes in most of the day. Gosh just opening up a window can make a big difference. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  7. Oh, I'm so jealous of your gorgeous laundry room! Everything looks fantastic :)
    Susan

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    1. Thanks so much. I am really loving that room now.
      Kris

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  8. What a great laundry room! It's quite lovely and probably makes a droll task of doing laundry more enjoyable! I'm new to your blog - love it!

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    1. Hi Angela thanks for coming by now I have found your blog. Love it so adorable. I will be visiting again. Thanks for the nice comments.
      Kris

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  9. Oh my word, it is all amazing!!!

    love the bench and pillows, and that your water heater is hidden...
    The ironing board and old door, so cleve3r what you have done with them!!

    You are sooo creative!!

    blessings
    barb

    PS so glad for your site, and others who have email sign up.....nice!!

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  10. I need to borrow your husband...I have one myself (30 years now) but he wouldn't know how to do all those things (or any of them actually). I love what you did to your laundry room. :-)

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    1. I have had mine for 32 years and he is pretty good about redo's which I like to do alot!!!!! I am so glad he is handy and can do alot of this work. I could not afford to be fixing up this cottage lake home if I did not have his talents so I feel blessed to have him.
      Kris

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  11. This is absolutely fabulous! I love the difference moving the machines and exposing the window made! Totally changed the look of the room! Your husband is so talented - the water heater door and door/shelf are fantastic! I've always wanted a mud room. Not sure why, they just appeal to me. I have a laundry room but it's very small and not very pretty right now. Maybe I'll give it some love soon! Hugs, Leena

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    1. I love Mud rooms too. We come in and out through ours so I am so happy it is a happy place to come into now. I do love the machines moved down and that window now accessable and open to the light. Let that Sunshine In!!!!!!
      Kris

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  12. Darling, darling, darling! One wonderful thing after another. So many great ideas in one small space meant for getting clothes clean. You just know how add extraordinary details to the simple things. Your husband did a stellar job on the door and other wood work. It really makes a huge difference!
    Liz

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    1. Thanks so much Liz. I am lovin that laundry room!!!!
      Kris

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  13. OMG! I can't believe how awesome your laundry room looks! LOVE the way you hid the hot water heater!!!

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    1. Hey Traci thanks for coming by. Hope your dad is doing better. I was in the store the other day and they said he had some surgery. Hope he is on the mend. Good wishes for him.
      Kris

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  14. Amazing job you and your husband did! I absolutely love the new room and all of the finishing touches you have done. Perfect!!

    ~Shanon

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  15. Hi...have I been to your blog before? I can't remember but I want you to know I am adding you to my Blogroll. Hope to keep up with you and your beautiful home. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi I am not sure if you have been to my blog before I do not think so. Welcome and thanks for adding me to your blogroll. That is a wonderful compliment. I am going to jump over and visit your blog now. Thanks so much. Come back anytime.
      Kris

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  16. What a terrific laundry room makeover! Your hubby is quite a talented builder and you've decorated it wonderfully. I love it!
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my Santos doll. :)

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    1. Hi Susan Thanks for coming by and the nice compliments. I am new at this whole blog thing but it is fun to get the feedback when I redo something in my home. I know I like what I do but it is nice to have other bloggers that have similar taste tell you what they like too. I do love that Santo's doll!!! So pretty.
      Kris

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  17. That's it....I am redoing my utility room ASAP! What a gorgeous room, I just adore every little detail! Definitely so glad I found your blog, I'll be following for sure!

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    1. Ha! thanks so much. Like I said in my post death, taxes and laundry happen so it is nice to have a bright sunny space to do laundry. I love hanging out in there now. It turned out to be a great space.
      Kris

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  18. What a goreous laundry room! I adore the baskets hanging from the ladder!

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  19. So pretty and chippy! I adore that closet from doors that your husband built! Genius idea!

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda thanks for coming by because I found your blog . I took your home tour love love love your home. That entry way so beautiful!!!! Yep those 20 dollar doors from Home Depot made a beautiful closet to hide the ugly water heater. He used magnet closure for the doors so I could still put my old vintage door knobs on the doors for decoration to give the vintage vibe.
      Kris

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  20. Did you staple the lace valance behind the burlap for the curtains? Just trying to figure out the logistics, I'd love to do those in my living room. Thanks for the inspiration!

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