Thursday, April 24, 2014


expensive crapper..
Here is an update on our old laundry room. In my previous post I mentioned I wanted to turn our old laundry room into a half bath, well those dreams were shattered when I found out it would be over $1500 for a toilet?? That is just the toilet itself, because we needed a special up-flush toilet due to how the plumbing is arranged so we have decided to turn it into a storage and coat closet instead. So our project has been just that a storage room! As much as I wanted a half bathroom this is more realistic and this will help move along my cluttered space above our washer and dryer.
Sore eye
Not organized storage closet
I will now be able to move all my kitchen overflow into this closet and find some cabinets to put above washer and dryer. Here is what the old laundry room turned into a cluttered mess..

Cold air seeping through
This mess has been driving me nuts thank god I could just close the door and not have to see it... All this was below our shelves in my old pantry which is now the new laundry room. So this storage room needs to hold all this and whats above the washer and dry, this is going to be a challenge. Mike and my Dad decided to use plywood instead of dry wall. We had drywall before and the water damaged it and this way if we were to have a pipe burst again it will be easier to repair by removing the plywood and if we find it soon enough it wont be damaged. Not that we anticipating another flood!

Here is it being painted and the other picture shows the plywood for the walls and the ceiling. You can see in the last picture we had to enclose the plumbing that runs up to the washer and dryer when I came home and say that I will admit I was upset I didn't realize it was going to take up so much space and I am pretty sure Mike was annoyed actually I know he was annoyed with my reaction. It took me a few minutes about 20 and I got over it (one of those not seeing eye to eye moments with your husband).

Enclosed plumbing

The hardest part of projects for me is the mess during the projects. Who else organizes during construction?? Hurry up paint DRY so we can install shelves and coat rack! Okay a couple days later the paint is completely dry and trim is up. 
All painted and dry
coat rack/shelves

Coat racks and shelves are up...
When you do a project there is always at least one or two things that you don't think through and here is ours..

Light switch dilemma
It doesn't look to bad until have something on the shelve, then we will have fun getting to the switch. We laughed this one off. Yes, we could move the shelve or put a side ways switch up. We have decided to be annoyed by it for now. Now is the fun part ORGANIZING!! I hung the coats that were in the play closet. Now the kids will have more room for toys and I will be able to reach them now. A win win for both. I had the whole closet organized and I realized I still didn't feel organized.
I took everything out and off to the store I went. The storage isle is my favorite isle of the store!

Now that I have all my bins full and organized it was time to label. I bought some nice identa-labels. I went online to upload the free template to type my labels due to my messy hand writing. My computer decided it would not open the download..annoying!

Thank god for the library right up the street. Here is an updated picture of above the washer/dryer. Not real happy with how the pictures of the storage room turned out. It is a small space and hard to get a good picture angle. But I am really happy with how the space turned out and cant believe how much fit.
full view

storage bins

iron and ironing board

fun for our little people

my junk

Our finished storage room! Thanks for reading.  If you ever need any help organizing feel free to ask I really enjoy it!