With a windowless, sloped-ceiling laundry room, the main goal of a refresh has to be a functional update. But, where is the fun place to start? It’s with the beauty of course!
This is week two of the One Room Challenge and this week I am presenting my design plan and an update on progress.
I came across this stunner on an Instagram scroll a while ago and it was love at first sight.
I took a screen shot forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was well into planning for this project that this photo popped back into my mind and helped me refocus my plan.
I looked at it for quite a while to figure out exactly what I liked. Aside from the texture provided by the marble, the brick floor and the ship lap, I think it was the colour that really drew me in. Oh, and that art! I knew that if I was going to use this as inspiration, it would be just that. I would take a feeling from this and go my own direction.
I have taken earthy, organic cues from the inspiration photo above, but I have gone in a bit more modern, country direction with the wood counter and shelf and the tiled floors.
I know we have made significant progress as part of the ORC Week Two but there is very little to see just yet. Decisions have been made and product has been ordered, but for now the work is behind the scenes.
Currently, there is one light in this room, on the same wall as the doorway. When I am ironing, it’s like I am the moon blocking the sun and it is night time on the ironing board. Ironing in the dark is no fun. We cannot install lighting on the angled ceiling or the short wall at the end of the slope This leaves three other walls.
We will leave the light on the entry wall but we will change the fixture. We will add the same new fixture to the ironing board wall. I did not want to add a third wall-mounted light, so I decided that I will place a lamp on the folding table above the washer and dryer. We can turn this on as needed for specific tasks on that side of the room. The fixtures are on order. Yippee for the big #WayDay sale!
As part of the plan, we will add a cabinet beside the washer. This cabinet will hold laundry baskets, soaking tubs and laundry soap. We spent a fair bit of time sourcing a suitable cabinet. The discussions went back and forth all weekend and yes we are still friends. @GerainttheWelsh just has a bit of a job ahead of him to reconfigure a cabinet that fits in the space, holds the required contents and looks pretty.
There will be a solid folding surface that will stretch from the wall to the end of the new cabinet. A removable box is being built to sit on top of the surface, against the wall. This box will cover the existing visibly electrical and plumbing hook-ups. The top of this box will be a display shelf. More information to come on this.
I have been dying to attempt the painted floor tiles that I have seen done by many people on social media. A stencil has been ordered and I can’t wait to get started. My only concern is that the stencil company had a delay in shipping to Canada, so I am really hoping that I get the stencil in ample time.
Work is underway on all fronts. Well @GerainttheWelsh is working hard, building and wiring, but I am making sure everything stays on track.
See you back here next week for Week 3 of the One Room Challenge.