Our Basement Part 37: We have a Laundry Room!

March 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

Laundry Room Looking Back Towards the Rear Door

It is official, we actually have a laundry “room”! When I say “room” I mean wide corridor, but it is by far the closest thing we have ever had to actual functioning laundry room, so I am going to do a happy dance now. I’ve already done 1 load of laundry and after I put it in the washer I stood there staring at the bathroom for a few minutes. There is still lots to do, including more painting (the ceiling and soffit), shelving to the right of the washer and dryer and more storage but it totally functional and even has new stainless steel hoses to minimize the chance of a leak. I am pretty pleased with the faux slate floor. I had to reinstall several pieces in the bathroom and crank on the laundry area. At least I had practice before I started the second round, so it went quicker. If anyone is using the self adhesive tiles, I do recommend additional adhesive, especially in a concrete installation like ours.

Cute New Ironing Board Cover

I ordered this ironing board cover on Etsy. I loved the bright colors and retro pattern.  I have an idea for a location, but haven’t fully decided yet.

Bathroom w/ new mirror installed

The bathroom also now is sporting a new mirror, a toilet seat and PVC base trim. I still need to install the towel rack, toilet paper holder and hooks. I also need to decide on shelving for above the toilet.

Salvaged Wood Shelf from West Elm, $59-99

Metal Shelf Bracket from VanDykes, $17.99 per pair

I love this Salvaged Wood Shelf from West Elm, but I don’t love the price, especially since I would need 3 or 4. They are even pictured on a plank wall. I found similar metal brackets at VanDykes, but they are on back order until at least next month. So I will have to see if I am up for waiting it out.

In the meantime my contractors will be back on Monday to finish studding and drywalling the work room, so we have lots of clean up to do, and we need to temporarily move a bunch of stuff to around to get it done. I think we are going to hold off on the carpet until that work is done, between the storage and the drywall dust. But the good news is that they will be done with almost everything by next week, so we can actually finally get things finished down there.

* To see all of the posts about our basement click here.



2 responses to Our Basement Part 37: We have a Laundry Room!

  1. Heidi, I am totally coveting your basement! I would be dancing about a laundry room, too, if I were you!

    I love the choice of plank paneling, I have never seen that before. In fantasizing/planning our possible basement reno, I wonder about a choice like that versus drywall. I like the idea of wood paneling like what you have, but obviously not something that looks dated. What options are out there?

  2. Hi Andi,

    I am currently in love with the wood planks (and it happens to be quite popular right now). I worry a little bit that it might look dated, but it is historically accurate for back of house spaces in Victorian homes (which was part of my justification). We may have gone overboard with it, but I actually liked the install because they are nailed right to the studs, so it installs relatively quickly. I love that it gives nice texture to the space. I don’t like when basements have everything drywalled with no variation. Without very many windows I think the space can fill quite dull.

    I think in your basement it will be interesting to see if the shared rubble wall could be exposed. I can’t remember what it looks like, but I think it has good potential for adding texture. I also think a focal wall with wood, be it beadboard or plank or something else could be nice. Also if you line one whole wall with bookcases that will help to give some warmth to the space.

    As for plank and beadboard options, there are quite a few to choose from. Our are 3/4″ thick planks meant for porch roofds, which are nice because you don’t have to put drywall behind them. A lot of the thinner materials you have to back with plywood or drywall to give it rigidity.

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