We’re heading into week 4 on the One Room Challenge. I feel like the laundry room has turned the corner. By that I mean, I’m seeing some serious progress.
The transformation isn’t limited to the laundry room, either. In the spare bedroom (aka the painting area), I folded up all the drop cloths, put the paint cans away and swept the floor. It’s almost ready to go back to being a bedroom. In the basement, I broke out of the laundry room and vacuumed the carpet. This may seem like a more regular chore, but it represent serious progress because vacuuming has been on hold (as if I need an excuse) until the “messy” stuff in the laundry room is all done.
In the laundry room itself, the walls are all painted and the machines are back in place. Shall we sing praises to the power of paint? There’s no decoration or accessories, but I already feel like things are starting to come together.
Let’s take a minute and talk about laundry pedestals, okay? When we bought our new machines and chose front loaders, I knew I wanted pedestals. I hate bending over to just a few inches above the floor to do laundry. The pedestals solve that problem easily.
They do remove the ability to put a counter over the top of the machines (unless I was 10 feet tall, which I’m definitely not). I didn’t need more counter space, though, so it wasn’t a big sacrifice. The pedestals also give a lot of storage in the drawers (although to be honest I haven’t used that either).
I probably could have simply built a platform and saved us the expense of the pedestals (and they were expensive for what they are). However, I do like that we have the option of using the drawers if we want to, and I also like that they match our machines.
You might recall that I mentioned in my update two weeks ago that the washer vibrates crazily (and noisily) when it goes into the spin cycle. While we had it pulled out of the way for painting, I took the opportunity to check it over. It turns out that the bolts holding the pedestal to the machine were all loose. A few quick turns with the socket wrench tightened everything up. Now that the washer’s back in place, it’s operating much smoother and quieter. Task #11 done.
Here’s the rest of the updated to-do list. In total I was able to cross three things off this week. Let’s hear it for progress!
Add shaker style trim to the cabinets Paint the cabinets Install doors and drawers Remove ceiling rack – By Oct. 3 Patch ceiling and walls – By Oct. 3 Paint ceiling – By Oct. 10 Paint and install baseboard and paint window trim – By Oct. 10Done Oct. 13
- Deep clean (sink, counter, floor, machines) –
Oct. 13Rescheduled to Oct. 1926 Paint walls – By Oct. 17Done Oct. 18 Replace ivory washer outlet with white one – By Oct. 19Done Oct. 18 Level washing machine – By Oct. 19Done Oct. 18
- Build and install ceiling rack – By Oct. 24
- Build and install towel bar – By Oct. 24
- Install cabinet hardware –
By Oct. 24Rescheduled to Nov. 11
- Build and install light fixture – By Oct. 26
- Remove non-working sprayer from the sink and plug the hole – By Oct. 26
- Decorate – By Oct. 31
Still on tap for this week? Paint touch-ups, some minor electrical work, and starting on the ceiling rack, towel bar and light fixture.
I like the small projects stage of the makeover. Hopefully they go smoothly and progress happens quickly.
If you’re curious to see the progress that other ORC participants have made, make sure to head over to Calling it Home.
How do you feel about laundry pedestals? Do you have a front loader or a top loader? What’s your favourite stage of a project? Painting? Small bits? Electrical?