Let me introduce you to the ugliest space in our house, painted arguably the ugliest color in existence.
It’s not just the particular shade of orange that I find assaultingly ugly, it’s that I’m not really convinced I could love orange under any circumstance. I take that back. Orange in a sunset is a win. Orange anywhere interior, yeah not so much.
So a little background on the space: It’s half unfinished / half crap slapped up on the walls. It is a combo room; part storage, part laundry, part utility. You walk through this space to get from the bar (far right) to the back stairs.
So from this picture the laundry is under the stairs, the folding table straight ahead and storage racks on the right.
So you might be wondering did it come this ugly or did we play a role in the unsightliness? Well I can assure you we played no part in the color choice, we did however make some additions to the overall sorry state of the place. That huge pipe sticking out of the wall? Yup. When we did our master bath reno (above this space), some plumbing changed, leaving a new spectacularly large hole in the wall.
We also took out the 100 gallon built in fish tank and slapped up some spare drywall. Now here is where it gets a little sad. We put up drywall that had a massive hole cut out of it because we really didn’t care… So yes I am afraid we do bear some of the blame.
This room is the only place we really had to add in some gorilla racks to store kids clothes and toys. I like to do a toy rotation, which basically means after the 1000th time Gideon throws a particular toy all over the ground, I say let’s get out some different toys! But because I am a tricky mom, sometimes we box it up and then I donate said obnoxious toy. Sneakily, very sneakily. I also use it as an opportunity for the boys to pick up a crap ton of toys to put away in order to get out one toy we haven’t had out in awhile. The kids are not so good at math. A few more bins would really help this area out.
A few last features: You may notice there are also multiple holes in the ceiling and the light fixtures are really something special.
We have not one but 2 different laminates on the floor.
So you might be left wondering what does this sorry little laundry room have going for itself? Let me tell you. First there is this amazing patch of floor right by the folding area that heats up when the boiler runs. It’s truly magic. My brother says it is due to some pipe and inefficiencies with our heating, but let me tell you, laundry does not have many perks and this is a serious perk.
Second, the folding table. It was the base of the fish tank that the previous owners threw a counter top on. I love having somewhere to fold right in the laundry room. Growing up we always folded clothes on the kitchen table. My mom was quite the accomplished grown-up because her kitchen table was actually routinely clean enough to fold clothes on. I really enjoy not having to clean another space to do a task I already don’t feel much like doing.
The third and final perk of the space is a few small functional things we have added:
- A little shelf, under the stairs for detergent
- An ironing board/iron holder, in the off chance we actually iron
- A hanging rod to hang up clothes (we stole it from our closet that we redid).
Tune in soon for the plans and inspiration for where this space is headed.
I will caution you, don’t get your hopes up on seeing an after of this project anywhere in the near future. This is exactly how the space looks currently and goodness knows I’ve been scamming you lately with projects that were mostly done awhile ago and just needed a few finishing touches.