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Open House: Laundry Room

*This post was originally published in September 2010 and I have since then changed my blog theme and layout several times resulting in issues with older posts that have pictures. The pictures are sometimes too big, too small, or too “smooshy”. At this time I don’t have the time to re-post the photos to correct this. Clicking on the photo to enlarge it should solve your smooshy problems. Thank you.*

Okay, so my laundry room is the dirtiest room in the house. There’s just always so much lint and dust and dirt. Bleh. The upside is that in just about every corner there is now a friendly spider living there just waiting to make friends. I’ve become rather attached to them, so that’s the reason why I don’t clean my laundry room. Yep, that’s why. Anywho, moving on.

So, I’ve been linking up to the 4 Moms 35 Kids Open House which is where most of my traffic is coming from these days (Hi mamas! Thanks for stopping by. I need readers…and friends…and a life…). Laundry rooms are probably a pretty big deal to mamas with a whole bunch of kiddos. Around these here parts we only have one youngin so we don’t have the constant ballet of laundry that a mom of many likely deals with on a daily basis. I can’t wait to see the others moms’ laundry rooms because I have serious doubts that I’d be able to get laundry for 12 done in my tiny dust covered laundry room.

Unlike in my daughter’s nursery (where I know where I got every single decorative item), most of this stuff was purchased 6 or so years ago…so I’ve forgotten where I got things. Oh well. The walls in this room are all paneling (bleh). I wanted an old country wash room look in here, so I decided not to completely cover the paneling with paint. I was hoping that would give it that weathered look. I’m not sure if I accomplished that or if it just looks like a bad paint job. And so our tour begins…

So here’s what you see straight ahead when you open the bi-fold door to the laundry room. Yippie! Don’t you just love bi-fold doors?! (That’s sarcasm, darlings. I don’t hate the bi-fold doors near as much now that Cool Daddy fixed the slidy-hicky-thing and I can open and close it with no trouble!)

You’re seeing our laundry sorter to the left, then our cloth diaper pail, then the washer and dryer. I know that the double lights above the washer are weird. Well, when we moved in “they” had a sink where the washer is now with a medicine cabinet in between the lights. The washer was supposed to go to the left of the sink (where the laundry sorter is) and the dryer would stay where it’s at. I thought the set up was stupid and inconvenient…so Cool Daddy moved everything around for me. The cabinet above the dryer wasn’t there either, I’ll show you where it used to be a little later.

Here’s a close-up of a few of the decorative pieces.


The “Around here, Normal is just a setting on the washing machine” sign I got at a craft show somewhere. Maybe in Volant (Amish Country). This cute little laundry box keeps our dryer sheets in it. I got it online somewhere.

Moving on, we’re back at the bi-fold door. Now we’re looking directly to the right of the doorway.

Yep, that’s a wall! The light and fan switch are on it & on the other side of it is the toilet. Here’s a better look at the wall decor (which I either got at Collections Etc. or LTD Commodities).

So, now we walk into the room and turn just at the edge of the wall to see…

A window! How fascinating! To help you keep your direction, that’s the dryer on the left and you can see the edge of the wall to the right. If we step forward again and turn to the right…

Yay! A toilet! So here’s what’s going on over here in case you couldn’t guess. To the left is a toilet paper tower. You can put a box of tissues in the top of it with one coming out of the heart. I removed our box of tissue before taking this photo, because, well, we do need some privacy…one’s box of tissues is just too intimate a photo to share with complete strangers. I must draw the line somewhere. No. Obviously we’re out of tissues at the moment. The tower was from either Collections Etc. or LTD Commodities. To the right is a diaper sprayer…essential if you’re cloth diapering! It’s attached to the other side of the wall you saw earlier that has the light switch on it. The hand towel on the toilet tank has outhouses on it and is from The Country House. We had some plumbing issues and unfortunately my husband had to tear down the paneling to fix it. He replaced it with bead board (why?) that still needs to be painted. There used to be some outhouse prints hanging here too. I got them for $1.00 each at Wal-Mart and framed them in $1.00 frames from The Dollar Tree. I think they’re hiding under the sink waiting to be re-hung. As you can probably tell by now, I had a laundry theme going on in the laundry room, but an outhouse theme going on in the toilet area. I’m very creative that way, thinking out of the box and whatnot.

Okay, so we’re going to stay standing right where we’re at, but turn to the right. Now the toilet is on our left, the dryer is on our right and this is what we see…


Before Cool Daddy moved all of the stuff around in here, there was a utility tub where the sink is and the cabinet above the dryer that you saw earlier was where the medicine cabinet is. I really had no need for a utility tub and I certainly didn’t have the space for anything that we didn’t need, so we put it in the basement.

I couldn’t get it to fit in the picture, but to the right of the wall decor is the laundry sorter you saw at the beginning of our tour. Here’s another picture from a different angle, now we’re back at the bi-fold door looking to the left.

Now for the close ups of the decorative pieces.


This piece is hanging above the sink below the medicine cabinet. I don’t know why, but I just love it. I got online somewhere. It has that distressed look that I was hoping to achieve with the partially painted paneling.

This next piece from Collections Etc. hangs above the medicine cabinet.


Once again the prints are from either Collections Etc or LTD Commodities. I believe that I got the hooks somewhere in Volant (Amish Country).

This is my most favorite piece in the room, and while it does match the decor, it doesn’t even belong in a laundry room. It’s a teapot!

I got the teapot from Collections Etc. and I love it. I think that it’s so cute that even if I redecorate the laundry room some day, I’ll keep it anyway.

Below are a few tin signs that are hanging above the doorway. No clue where I got them. I got the wall border online. Because I had a laundry theme and an outhouse theme in the same room, I wanted a border that complimented them both. I thought this was perfect and I still really like it. It has outhouses with laundry hanging on a line. And I just want to mention that despite my obvious love of outhouse decor, I heart indoor plumbing, thank you very much.

Well, that’s the end of our tour. I’m a little disappointed that we couldn’t see any of the spiders.
I’m sure Herman would’ve liked to have met everyone. Too bad 😦

*Open House: Adaline’s Nursery
*Open House: Dominic’s Nursery
*Open House: Master Bedroom
*Open House: Laundry Room
*Open House: Family Room
*Open House: Storage
*Open House: My Mama’s Kitchen
I still haven’t added the living room or kitchen yet. Let me know if you’d like to see them. The more interest there is the more likely I am to make the time to do it!

This post is linked to 4 Moms Open House
http://www.smockityfrocks.com/category/4-moms
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+The Common Room
+Raising Olives

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About Jenn Rian

Jenn is a bored and sarcastic divorced mom of two who blogs and vlogs because the voices in her head tell her to. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of jennrian.com and coolestfamilyontheblock.com

Posted on September 9, 2010, in Open House and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. How adorable! I love the fact that you decorated the area, it makes it so much more inviting! The area also seems to be very useful, especially for cloth diapering. : )

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  2. So cute you have such great collectables.

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  3. Yes yes! Kitchen and living room please. I love seeing other people’s houses.

    You have a lot of cute laundry room decorations. Very nice. Lisa~

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  4. LOVE the room! So cute! Will you be my friend and come decorate my house (parsonage) because I have absolutely no talent in that area!

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  5. thanks for linking up! I love your paneling. I think you achieved the distressed look- it has a rustic charm. The teapot is adorable.

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  6. I love your little water faucets! They are really cute!

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  7. As the mom of 7, I would love to have a laundry room of the size, bifold doors and all! Just being able to contain the laundry in one room and clothes the doors would be great! Enjoy!

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  8. I’m impressed that you have an adorable laundry room!!

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  9. That is just the sweetest laundry room!

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  10. Wowzers. You decorated your laundry room. Mine looks like a dingy drab utility room that everything with six or more legs love. It’s a good idea to decorate it because maybe it won’t seem so blah going in there. The good Lord knows I hate doing laundry. 🙂 Nice work woman.

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    • Thanks!

      I also have many an 8-legged creature living in my laundry room. Namely, my good buddy Herman, the giant Daddy Long Leg. We’ve stopped killing them long ago and just let them be. It’s impossible to keep them out of there!

      I think I got the “decorate everything” bug from my mom. And I like themes. “In case you didn’t notice before, this is a laundry room…look at all of my pictures that say so.” I had a bunch of other “laundry” themed items bookmarked for years…as if I didn’t have enough junk on the walls already. I’ve actually taken a lot of stuff out of there because I started to feel crowded.

      Actually, out of all house chores, laundry is my favorite. I have no desire to cook or clean, but I don’t mind laundry so much. Plus, I think that having the room decorated makes me want to keep it free of laundry so it stays as cute as possible 🙂

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