Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Washroom Blues

We had a minor disaster the other day. Our washer died. It had been limping along for a while now and was getting worse day by day, but a new washer just wasn't in the budget so we kept hoping we could make it work. The washer had other ideas. One day it just refused to drain. So frustrating. We live about 20 miles from the closest laundromat so not having a washer was going to be a HUGE annoyance. I joked to my friend Cindy Wobbe that I was going to be spending the weekend down at the river scrubbing clothes and beating my panties on a rock. It almost came to that.

But, we finally bit the bullet and went and got a washer. Another payment was not something either of us wanted, but hey, what are you going to do? We drove to Eugene and came home with a nice new white one. Funny how clean your clothes come when your washer really works. I almost laughed out loud when the guy behind the counter said "Isn't it amazing that washers never break down unless you've got a weeks worth of laundry to do?" Seriously? My washer could break down anytime and there would be a weeks worth of laundry waiting to be done. I don't think there is ever a time around here that there is not a good weeks worth of dirty laundry (not that I should have aired that...)

Our home is a 1928 farmhouse and it's almost like the washroom was an after thought. You actually have to go outside to get to it. Not ideal, but a couple of years ago Ken and I did a little facelift on it and it's not too bad a place to hang out. It was another of our "Make Do" projects and was all done with left overs.

One of the first things we did was pull the cupboard off the wall, take everything out and give the walls a good thick coat of my favorite Hydrangea Blue. And some nice white paint on the trim. The floor in the washroom was just a cement slab, so Ken took some travertine tile that the previous owner had left in the garage and glued it to the floor. The color was perfect and it scrubs up nice. Oh and it was free so that makes it even more awesome.

 We needed some sort of storage in there so we painted the cupboard we had taken off the wall with some rich black paint and put it back in....on the floor. Since it's only about 12" wide, it gives us the storage we need without taking up the room of a traditional base cabinet. A few more travertine tiles to make a nice top and all of the sudden we had a place I didn't mind doing laundry in.

I love a little humor here and there so I just had to have this decal. Makes me smile every time I see it....

I really like the simplicity of this room and the small amount of money it took to get a great look. About $10 for the decal. We had all the rest. The only thing that would make it even more perfect would be someone just waiting in there to do the laundry for me. a perfect world.....


  1. Sorry you had to get a new washing machine... HOWEVER the Wash-room looks GREAT!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  2. Thank you Christine! And thank you for hosting your link party. I love to share there!


  3. I really like everything about this room, the color, the cute saying the star. Sorry you had to get a new washing machine, but look what you got now!!!! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  4. Thank you Cathy. And thank you for letting me share at your wonderful link party. So many great ideas there!


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