Do you enjoy doing laundry? I’m not a lover of ironing, but I do like the smell of freshly washed clothes. So imagine my distress when we moved into our new home and found that this:
was the laundry. It’s infuriating on a number of levels.
1. It’s in the garage! All laundry has to be carried downstairs to be washed and, once ironed, hauled back upstairs to be put away.
2. It’s in the garage! The car you can (just) see is not used on a daily basis so I always have the fun of squeezing around it AND a variety of tools with my baskets just to get to the machine.
3. It’s in the garage! Any clean laundry that accidentally hits the floor is likely to pick up sawdust, oil, brake fluid…
Not to mention the lack of a sink for hand-washing, or dedicated drying/airing/storage space…
So part of the remodel plan is to have a whole room upstairs entirely devoted to laundry. Here is my inspiration:
There will be not one but two sinks with storage underneath for linen baskets and cleaning products, a rail for pending ironing, and a proper linen cabinet. This is the space: (Sorry, it’s difficult to get a good angle.) In the 1930s, when the house was built, this room was the cedar closet, where the lady of the house stored her furs. It’s in the existing part of the house, between the guest room and the maid’s room (as it’s called on the original blue-prints).
The machines will go on the back wall and the area to the left will have a pair of sinks with open shelves below and a drying rail above. This nice built-in cabinet is original and will make a wonderful linen cabinet.
In a nod to the art deco style of the 1930s I’ve chosen this tile:
but done in a honey/chocolate combo which fits better with what is going on in the rest of the house. Once the plumbing and so on is complete the cedar will be going back on the wall, and to complement it I’ve chosen a butchers’ block-style counter from IKEA. An original light fixture ~ ~ salvaged from a previous remodel of the house completes the look. Can’t wait!