Project Renovation: Laundry Closet

Next Friday marks 5 years since we closed on our home. We were young, rent was high, the market was good so we bought an inventory home from a builder & worked a deal. It had been sitting for 3 months and they were willing to move it. In our young minds we thought This will be our starter home. We'll stay 3-5 years, build up some equity and move. Uh huh. Well, as I said at the beginning, next Friday marks 5 years. ;) LOL

Since then various ideas have popped into our young, optimistic, we can do anything little minds. Of course, time & money as well as occasional common sense has prevented some of these ideas from fruition. But now that we are staying longer, we have started a list of projects we want to complete. It includes the recent master bedroom painting & picture moulding ledge.

Since those were checked off, we scanned the list for the next project and chose to tackle the laundry closet. It's a little spot (5.5 feet wide by 3 feet deep) stashed under the stairs. The first step was shopping for these:

We bought them 2 weeks ago and requested delivery for yesterday. That gave us time to sell the old pair, tear out the shelving, patch the walls, paint. I even scrubbed the baseboards while I had the opportunity. The floor was still quite clean from its scrubbing in December - I just had to clean up the mess we made removing the shelves.

Today we made two trips to Lowe's buying additional odds and ends. Almost everything is in its place. We have a few small details to finish. Hopefully tomorrow we'll knock those out. Then on Tuesday it will be complete. Why Tuesday and not tomorrow? Because after much pondering, reworking & contemplating during the last 24hrs, today we went out and bought one more item: the work surface. Of course, no one has them in stock so the best we could do was order one for pick-up on Tuesday.

ETA 3/25/08: Click here to see the completed room.


  1. looking forward to seeing the completed project! :)

  2. I like you new washer and dryer. Can't wait to see the finished room

  3. I love those front loading machines! You know we are in our 3rd house and swore it was another step for us... 15 years ago, but I still think we will move again one day.

    Can't wait for more pictures!

  4. Good for you guys to use this time and get stuff done at your house. Happy Easter.

  5. Great job on tackling all of your to-do's! You guys are so productive! Are you for hire??? :-)

    Happy Easter!

  6. I too can't wait to see it all finished...bliss, a brand new washer and dryer:) (If I had to pick a favorite household chore, laundry would be it...and I have to work with 11 year old machines.)


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