As much as we love having our new built-in shelves in the laundry room, they did kinda get in the way of our oh-so-fancy ironing board storage system. You know, the one that made a clanging noise whenever the spin cycle kicked on?
So clearly the ironing board had to find a new home. Earlier on we thought about making a little cubby so the ironing board could slip into our built-ins, but we wanted maximum space for baskets and bins and bowls (instead of breaking things up and making it narrower). We contemplated just shoving him (her?) in a closet somewhere else in the house, but somehow it felt like
he she it belonged in the laundry room… just not looking all busted and ugly.
Those nice little dark streaks? Would you be surprised if I told you they were residue from Sherry’s oft-used no-sew hem tape? Picture the wife hanging her head in shame. And an old more-fun cover that we had was also ruined in a similar manner (ripped – oops). Maybe Casa Petersik is where ironing board covers go to die?
Sherry contemplated sewing a new cover herself (possibly out of ironing-board-disfiguration guilt), but after popping over to Etsy (specifically, here) for some inspiration, she instead found herself inspired to buy a charming little handmade-by-someone-else cover (long story short: she was enamored with the fabric and unable to find it herself at a few local stores that she hit up). So 24 bucks later we had a much more presentable looking ironing board that Sherry is excited to display 24/7 (and has vowed not to maim). She’s more into that ironing board cover than a person should be.
Do I get any husband points for letting her go the pink route? Even I’m man enough to admit that it looks pretty awesome with the grellow walls.
Obviously leaning on the wall wasn’t our storage solution. Nope, we wanted to hang this lady (now that it’s pink, I’ve decided it’s a girl) on the wall. We briefly considered some sort of pulley system from the wall or ceiling that would allow it to fold out for in-room ironing, but thanks to the space being about as narrow as a bathroom stall, we decided we’d much rather hang it somewhere to store it, but keep it removable to accommodate ironing in a more spacious room (Sherry’s partial to the living room, I like the bedroom). The perfect wall for the job was this one (opposite the door) since it had some eyesores of its own to be covered – er, accessorized?
Yup, remember those two painted-over fuseboxes? We figured hanging our chipper little ironing board there was a multi-tasking solution. This way we can easily access the fuse box by simply removing the iron (just like a framed photo or bulletin board, which some other folks opt to hang there instead).
Since all of the ironing board hook / caddy things we found at the store also had a spot for an iron (and our iron ain’t pretty enough to showcase, plus we worried about slamming into it since the room is so narrow) we decided to “make” our own by repurposing two jumbo sized coat hooks from Lowe’s (about $6 each). To hang them, we used long strong wood screws and intentionally drilled into studs (so we didn’t risk hitting any wiring that runs to the fuse box and got a nice secure hold).
The hooks worked perfectly – which was quite a relief since they were the only ones I could find that I hoped were big enough to accommodate the wide ironing board bar and attractive enough to pass TWT (The Wife Test). The only thing we were somewhat undecided about was which direction to hang the ironing board. Sherry preferred the look on the left (pointing up), and I liked the version on the right (which Sherry thinks is “upside down and weird”). Feel free to rock the vote and weigh in on your favorite ironing board direction. Can you handle the excitement? Oh the things we debate around here.
But this is my post, so the rest of the pics will have it hanging my way. Sorry lady-wife. By the way, we realize the ironing board looks a bit far from the appliances (especially from this angle) but that’s intentional because:
- we wanted to position it over the fuse box
- we didn’t want to be banging into the ironing board every time we opened the washer door, so it’s happily out of the bang zone. And if we ever get around to switching the way the dryer door opens that one won’t bang either (right now it swings the other way).
Oh, and notice the missing cabinet doors two pics up? That’s because we had another little project going on at the same time. Those built-in cabinets that we inherited are great for concealed storage (aka, the place where ugly stuff goes to be ugly) – but they were sort of an off-white color that clashed with the freshly painted white trim, and the hardware was kinda blah.
In fact, we had another jeepers-creeper-where’d-you-get-those-
peepers-knobs situation going on like this oldie but a goodie. Except this cabinet monster is a vampire since we’re in the midst of watching True Blood Season 3 on DVD (no spoilers – we’re only halfway through). Just picture it saying “Sook-eh, that was not my intention” in a weird Southern accent a la Bill Compton.
So off came the doors, knobs, and hinges. Here’s the old hardware (white eyeball knobs & brass hinges) next to the shiny new replacements. The pink glass knobs (yes, there’s me permitting pink again) were around $4.00 from Hobby Lobby after a 50% off sale (is it me, or are they constantly having 50% off sales there?). The brushed nickel hinges were $3 a set from Home Depot. Together they make for a much more updated (and fun) finish on those cabinets.
But first the cabinet doors and frame needed a coat of Kilz no-VOC primer and two thin coats of white semi-gloss paint (Olympic Premium No-VOC Base 2), which you can barely detect making a difference in these photos. You can kinda see how the door on the left has been framed with fresh paint around the edge. Maybe. If you happen to have binoculars or a magnifying glass next to your computer.
With primer and paint dry and the new hardware screwed in, things were back in working order within about a day or two (although we kept the doors cracked for another 24 hours, just to combat any stick-age).
Not the most dramatic makeover you’ve ever seen, but hey – sometimes it’s the little tweaks that make us the happiest. Sherry says those pulls remind her of pink champagne. Not that she’s ever had any, but she thinks it sounds fancy. Then she said something about pink diamonds but I tuned her out.
Oh and if you’re curious as to what’s actually in that cabinet… in a word: junk. In a few more words: a drill, paint and supplies, seldom used laundry items, bungee cords, and some saws. You know, the usual. If you’re Dexter or something (saws, drills, and bungee cords? yikes).
Oh but before I go, here’s our updated laundry room to do list.
Paint the odd brown quarter round near the baseboards glossy white
Redo all the dinged up trim (also in semi-gloss white) Paint the walls Replace our dryer hose with a safer all-metal one Add adjustable built-in shelving in that nook next to the stacked washer & dryer Prime & paint the upper cabinetry Replace the hinges and knobs on those upper cabinets Hang the ironing board to obscure the giant metal fuse box
- Get a new light fixture <- DIY something? maybe a small chandelier?
- Add a window treatment (maybe a homemade one?) <— ?
- Add other functional storage near the door for shoes, Burger’s leash, etc
- Hang some art to keep it cheerful
We’re still debating the whole window treatment part, hence the question mark. That window isn’t a privacy issue (you just see the top of the built-ins and the ceiling from outside) and we wonder if even a simple roman shade would just crowd things since the window practically grazes the built-ins and the white trim and mullions are nice and clean on their own. So we’re planning to figure out the light fixture and then make the call.
Anyway, what’s up with you guys? Anyone have an ironing board cover that they’re loving a little too much? Do you have some small projects like new hardware & hinges or a coat of primer & paint that you plan to cross off your to-do list by the end of the weekend? Anyone want to come over and do some laundry with us? Seeing how many people we can pack into our tiny 3.5′ wide space could be a good time. Or a science experiment (my guess is 32 & Sherry’s pushing the envelope with 43).
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Psssst- To jog your laundry room memory, so far we’ve replaced the washer/dryer, taken down window shutters & cluttered shelves along with frosting the door (all here), filled some ceiling cracks, painted the room, and added some built-ins.
I love the ironing board cover! I think it looks good hung either way. My daughters room actually has a small ironing board closet, it’s on a hinge so it just folds right out. We aren’t planning on keeping it there though since the “closet” will make a perfect jewelry box for our princess.
For the window situation, why not try some cafe curtains on just the lower half of the window? Just enough without being too much.
I love your laundry room makeover! Our laundry room was a converted storage room that was closed in on the outside and opened to the kitchen since our 1970’s house didn’t have a laundry room originally, so it’s very narrow. As in we can’t even open the dryer door all the way narrow. And forget trying to replace the washer and dryer because we will have to tear open the wall just to get it out. Anywho, you have definitely inspired me to make the most out of the space that we have. Thanks!
Holly H says
Referencing my two favourite shows… you guys rock!!
Oh and sorry John i’m going to have to agree with Sherry and pick the ironing board that is not upside down. ;)
I absolutely LOVE those pink pulls! Good find! I too have ruined my ironing board cover from hem tape. Not only did I get sticky gooey tape on the board, I also got it on the iron itself. Boo. Well, you live you learn, right? Your laundry room is actually becoming one of my fav rooms in your house! Weird, considering it’s so small. I just the colors, the simplicity, and organization/function all packed in so seamlessly!
I vote that it looks best hanging “up” – Sherry’s right on this one, John!
In terms of window treatment, have you thought about frosting the glass (with vinyl sheets) to keep the open look but add some privacy?
We’ve planned to frost that window down the line (when the carport becomes a garage) but maybe we should just do it now and be done! Hmmm…
Natalie @ Queen of Whirled says
The frosted window film stuff from Lowes is awesome. I took down all my blinds and put that up. Privacy and tons of natural light, easy peasy to put up, and so far has worn wonderfully.
My vote is with Sherry on the direction it should hang!
Looks awesome! I have to go with Team John for this one, only because it covers up more of the fuse box. Did you put anything on the back of the ironing board legs to protect the wall? Like those little sticky foam squares?
The board hangs a little smidge away from the wall since the hooks stick out about a millimeter further. So we haven’t so far, but it’s a great idea to keep scuffing to a minimum!
I’m with John. The ironing board looks much better pointing down, because it covers the whole fuse box, which was half of the point to begin with.
Sherry is right on all counts. I’d be happy to come over and be one of the 43 that fit into the laundry room. :-)
Ciera @ Rose and Thistle says
I love that ironing board cover, so cute! It reminds me of some wallpaper I really like. I vote pointed down too :) Those hooks look a lot nicer than the special racks made for ironing boards too.
To save your ironing board cover get a teflon pressing sheet. Here’s one example: http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Teflon-18×18-inch-Pressing-Sheet/3485397/product.html They are wonderful for keeping the goo off your ironing board cover. If you get two you can make a “sandwich” to protect your iron. A small price to pay for keeping your pretties pretty and your iron functional.
Never even heard of that! Thanks for the tip!
“Then she said something about pink diamonds but I tuned her out.”
This made LOL. And then want to sucka-punch you for Sherry.
Jade Payne says
I agree with Sherry. It kind of makes me cringe a little looking at it upside down. haha!
also, some cool art in there could be family silhouette decals that you could buy or maybe try to diy
Or one of just Burger and C baby would rock. I am in love with your laundry room. I would go in there and stare at the ironing board all day. ha!
Really cute! Love those.
Sherry and John:
I can’t help but smile when I see that cute laundry room. It is so brilliant the way you have utilized the space. I just get a smile on my face because I love it!!! You see I do my laundry in the bare bones basement and to see a “dolled-up” laundry space….it does my heart good!!! I so wish for what you have. Laundry room envy…..
BRAVO to all things organized in the laundry area. So very important!!
As for a vote…yikes!!! I hate to say it, but the normal way to hang a iron board is Sherry’s way. However….if you are wanting to cover that fuse box…I have to say, John has conquered that. It truly is your call. Either way is fine with me. What ever makes you both happy.
FYI…I asked a painting your fireplace question this past week and the point made of heat resistant paint because I have a gas insert that sticks out. I went to Benjamin Moore Paint store and talked to my friend….MR. WISE PAINT-MAN. I won’t be painting the brick as it will peel when the bricks above said “insert” heat up. There is heat resistant paint but only comes in black. I want white or cream to be exact. I am glad I researched it before doing it. Am I disappointed? A bit….I will have to live with it. So thanks again for you guiding me to the store to ask before painting.
Have a great weekend. We are roasting in the Dover, NH area. A stay indoors day with ME AND MY KINDLE.
So glad you learned that before starting Barb! Here’s hoping heat resistant paint starts being made in more colors too!
Love the entire makeover!! After your kitchen makeover, plus the laundry room, I am seriously jonesing to paint my kitchen that color! So pretty! But, to weigh in, sorry John, but I agree with Sherry- upside down is weird. Pointing up all the way! LOVE the pink knobs.
Charlotte | Living Well on the Cheap says
Sorry, John, I’m Team Sherry on this one.
Where do y’all keep your iron? I thought for sure it was in that upper cabinet. Is it stashed on one of those baskets?
Yup, tucked into a basket. I have a basket problem, haha.
Jenn the Pen says
Why not let the ironing board be your art? And I like the idea of using the fabric from the cover for the window treatment!
It is art! I love that thing. Haha. As for more fabric for the window- I’m not opposed at all. Just wanna see how the light and some other art for the wall opposite the washer/dryer layers in before making any big window decisions! Should be fun…
Melissa S says
1) John, sorry to tell you..I like the board hanging right side up. When its upside down it just doesn’t look right!
2) Every time I read your check list I picture what kind of curtains/blinds I would put in there. I always picture something that looks just like Clara’s curtain on her closet. Nothing that can’t be left open for maximum natural light, but it would make the laundry nook feel like a little room. I think it would really add some character. I thought maybe you could get a busier pattern that ties in the yellow but now with ironing board maybe something more like the drop cloth idea? Or even more of like a burlap sack colored/ texture thing.
Love the way this is coming along!
I liked the version on the right (which Sherry thinks is “upside down and weird”) ’cause it really covers the little box behind it! :)
Missy from NoVa says
I’m pretty sure that whoever does the ironing gets to decide how the board is put back, so maybe now the fight will be on who gets to do the ironing :)
Oh, and I’m on Team $herdog on this one!
I vote for Sherry’s way. I also feel that it looks upside down in John’s photo.
Natalie @ Queen of Whirled says
I’m with Sherry on the ironing board issue. And I think a pink capiz chandy might be in order to keep those pink champagne knob company.
LOVING the coat hook solution. I bought an ironing board hook/caddy thing but I had to return it since it didn’t fit my ironing board. Might have to try your idea!
I was totally on board (punny) with Sherry–thinking that your way looked “upside down and weird,” until I noticed that your way covers up the fuse box a little more. So I’m torn. If only that was the most difficult decision we all had to make today, right? :)
Have you considered frosting the glass like you did with the door? Or one of those beaded panels might be fun, if you could shorten it: http://tinyurl.com/3q48zuw.
Your little room’s looking great!
That’s a fun idea! Definitely a possibility! And as for frosting, we’re definitely considering that option heavily since it’s nice and clean like the door.
What about cafe curtains? They’re a bit visually less imposing and can look modern — I saw some on pinterest ;)
It’s another possibility for sure!
How do you change the direction your dryer opens? Can you do that with the washing machine as well? We have built in cabinetry (such a major need in a laundry room) but our washing machine won’t open, and stay open, because of the cabinets and every time I do laundry I get annoyed. PLEASE HELP!
I think you have to call the company and order a “door kit” that will allow you to screw them into the other side. Hope it helps!
Our front loaders(GE brand) have instructions for changing the door swing direction. I’m not sure if you can do it for both the washer and dryer, or just the dryer. We don’t have to buy anything extra, it mostly involves taking out a bunch of bolts and swapping them around to switch the way the door swings. Check your manual to see the manufacturer’s instructions.
Ooh -we should check that out! Ours are Whirlpool but maybe it’s the same thing…
I like it pointing down, it doesn’t make it seem so “bottom heavy” and it also blocks the fuze box the most. Sorry Sherry.
Also, I love the pink champagne knobs. I’ve always wanted shiny pink knobs somewhere in my home. And they go wonderfully with the ironing board cover.
I’m with Sherry — ironing board pointing up!
Dont mean to bother you. I still cant see the images. It started Wednesday after lunch. I viewed the sight before lunch and it was fine. After lunch. . . white box with a little red ‘X’. . .
Oh man, so sorry about that! We didn’t do anything on our end so maybe it’s a browser issue (perhaps trying to view our site in Firefox instead o Safari, etc might work?). You might also have some sort of cache-ing glitch, so maybe try clearing your browser’s cache? I think it’s up there in “preferences” (which might be under a sub-category like Firefox). Oh and sometimes just restarting if your computer has been running for days can solve it. Hope it helps!
Please, please do ironing board wars. That almost feels like it ought to be a reality show on A&E or something. Also, I would go for a Roman blind in a fun fabric–I really hate it when windows don’t have dressings, to the point that my mom and I put up a tablecloth over a window and secured it with binder clips! Our living room looks sort of like a crack house now.
Haha- oh yeah. Folks would definitely tune in to watch it point up, and down, and up and down. Which way will it go next? Nobody knows! Haha.
Where did you guys get the shoe bin (don’t know what it’s technically called)? Been looking for something like that for our laundry room.
Love the progress!!
(Oh…and Team Sherry.)
That’s just a basket from Bed Bath & Beyond. Or Target. Can’t remember. We just looked for a shallow one and tossed in the shoes!
My brain likes the way that Sherry prefers but I appreciate that the way John’s preference covers more of the fuse box. We have ironing board hanging preferences in our house too – it’s on the back of the closet door in our half bath and if hung with the fabric side out it opens when you open the door. Since I’m usually the one to open the door between ironing sessions I am the one who gets attacked by the board (usually involving a banged head or toe). You could just settle it the way we do – s/he who does the ironing chooses. Except my MIL likes to iron and often does our ironing when she babysits, so it’s tough to get mad at someone who is helping you out for putting the ironing board back “wrong”.
I love the new laudry room. I have a question. I just put new hinges on the doors of my vanity and now they dont close properly. Is there a trick to this?
Hmm, maybe they were the wrong size or type? We always bring the old hinges to the store and try to buy something that’s exactly the same size/shape/configuration so they can be switched out. Hope it helps!
sherry’s way is much better – sorry john! your way is weird :-P
I love that you turned your ironing board into a piece of artwork. sorry, john, i gotta agree with sherry, it does look upside down. Now the question remains….where did you put the iron?
In a basket of course. Haha. I’m a basket fool.
Jane in STL says
I have a new main level laundry room. I just go in there to admire sometimes. When it came to the old ironing board, it looked dated. Who knew ironing board colors can date your board? Anyway, got out the spray paint and modernized it. nice
If you’re keeping score, put my tally on Sherry’s side.
Also a suggestion. When Sherry needs the Shout in the upper cabinet pull out one of those Grabbers that old folks use to get their canned goods out of the cabinet.
Hahah, I love it. Right now my method is: “Jooooooooohn, I need your long arms.”
Psst…. I know you have a rad address stamp already, but thought you might like these – http://blog.scoutshonorco.com/post/7808215077/custom-stamp – so cute!
Totally amazing. Seriously, I’m in love.
Lindsey B. says
Sorry John, but I’m with Sherry. I don’t know why but the ironing board does look funky pointing down. It draws the eyes to the floor instead of to the rest of the room
Sherry for the win :)
Love it! This makes me want to go out and buy an iron & ironing board. I like the ironing board with the point facing down. Then it full covers the box.
I love the idea of hanging the newly recovered ironing board on the wall. Looks fabulous. I also think it should be pointing up, it just looks weird and not right pointing down. Love the new knobs. And yes, everything at Hobby Lobby is always 50% off. Great job!!
Regarding the direction of the ironing board… I think it looks better hanging the way sherry likes although the way John likes covers the electric box more which I think is why you hung it over there to begin with. Either way it looks good :)
Hanging down. Looks more deliberate and less “ironing board stuck up on the wall.” Maybe I like it more because of the latest Design Star. It reminds me of the bomb mural in the white box challenge.
IRONING BOARD DOWN! I think because it covers the whole box behind it…
Sherry wins – your way is weird John. (Sorry!)
Love the ironing board cover ;) SUGGESTION for the window…have you thought about a REVERSE ROMAN SHADE? It actually raises from the bottom of the window sill and goes UP instead of down? I think it would be perfect for this spot since you have more ROOM at the bottom of the sill and it can still be an inside mount and not interfere with the top cabinet doors opening, etc. ALSO it would offer some privacy on the bottom of the window…especially at night when these blank windows turn into black holes.
For SHOE STORGE I think the IKEA wall mounted bins would be ideal for this small space. I mounted a couple in our bedroom walk-in (walk-through ;) closet and we just love them. IKEA has so many different styles and colors…white for you guys…and we chose black. Here’s my post:http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/wfmw-almost-custom-closet-makeover-big-reveal.html
Don’t know if you be able to read all of these comments so hoping this helps. Fondly, Roberta
I love those Ikea wall mounted things. Unfortunately they’re too wide for that space (would overlap the windowsill) but maybe we can make something smaller? Ana-white.com has an awesome tutorial. As for a reverse roman shade- it’s totally another great possibility!
Hey John…the bins that I bought are actually sold in white as their “recycling” bins and you can buy them indivudually. The largest ones like my black ones are 16 inches wide by 23 inches long. They also come smaller so these might work for you still. Here’s the link: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00165703#/20165702/
The neat part is that they “stack” onto each other when you mount them on the wall so they look like one piece. The top becomes a mini “valet” to toss your keys and stuff. Hope this helps. Roberta
debbie c says
This room is looking so bright and fresh! I love the ironing board cover…and yeah, so much easier to buy than make (got mine at Homegoods!). I’m gonna have to vote for John’s idea of hanging the board pointing down, b/c it hides the fusebox much better. If the board wasn’t meant to hide anything, I’d vote pointing up.
I am desperate for a laundry room makeover but we have a conundrum. Our laundry room, a small room to begin (the length of a one-car garage, and a width just larger than the W and D next to each other), also houses our furnace and hot water heater and a plethora of copper pipes. Any suggestions for hiding them or painting around/behind them? I really want to paint the room since the existing paint is so dingy but I can’t figure out how to deal with the furnace and hot water heater.
We hid our old hot water heater with a little screen that we made, so maybe that will help? You can see it here. Or you could hang some sort of curtain from the ceiling to obscure it? Maybe try googling around for ideas?
debbie c says
Oh yeah, and just an idea…Centsational Girl made a faux Roman Blind for her laundry room and it looks great! I think it may be easier to make than a real Roman Blind because it’s just decorative (fixed, not adjustable). May want to check out the tutorial on her site. :)
Oh yeah- I think I have that pinned over on Pinterest already. Love her site!
At first I thought Johns way was upside down and weird too… but then I realized that it covers the whole fuse box that way, which I think looks better in the end. So I vote, hang it upside down.
And you can change the way your washer/dryer door opens?!?! If this is true, this is wildly exciting news for me. Ours are in a kitchen closet, side by side, and the doors open towards each other. It is such a pain to move things from the washer to the dryer with the doors in the way! And we can’t just switch them because of where the hook ups are and how small the closet is (what stupid builder puts the washer on the right and the dryer on the left anyway?!)
Oh yes- I think you can contact the company and order a “door kit” which should make your door swing the other way. Hope it helps!
Gotta go with (everyone else, their mother, cousins and….) $herdog on this one. I like the ironing board the “right way.” I’m attempting to re-paint my pantry this weekend after my first attempt ended up looking like macaroni and cheese (scary!). I’m scaling back and going to try a cream color instead. Happy weekend!
Cute! You two are so motivated. Could you bottle some of that up for me? I live in Midlothian, I could just stop by and pick it up. ;)
Really, I have little tidbits of projects I need to work on and your posts remind me of that! Now I just need to get to work!
A woven bamboo shade would be great in that window – and would fit compactly within the window frame so the white millwork will still look crisp. I’m just saying…
Oh, and for what it’s worth: I like John’s ironing board position better, since it covers the fuse box all the way…