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The Laundry Room

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Laundry Room
The laundry room,
so necessary,
and we all have one,
but do YOU enjoy spending time in there?

Not me.

It's one of my least favorite things to do.
Hauling laundry down the stairs,
sorting,
washing,
drying,
hanging up
folding,
ironing,
putting it all away…YUCK!


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I wanted to brighten up the room and thought about painting the walls and cabinets but just wasn't ready, so I added toile wallpaper to the cabinets and it really lightened up the room.

Not long after I found the same toile pattern in fabric and made the sink skirt...

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The door to the screened porch also has a valance in the same pattern...

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The antique washboard was purchased at auction...

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Across the room is an antique drying rack.
I remember smiling when I saw the manufacturer’s name was Hopkins, the same last name as my great-grandparents...


antique drying rack




antique drying rack



Did you notice the name of the clothes drier?  "Perfection!"
I am so glad drying clothes has been made more perfect...aren't you!


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My Granny loved porcelain figurines.
They were placed here and there on her side tables and shelves and as a little girl I would curl up in granny’s chair to admire her figurines.  I would daydream, whisked away as I admired the pretty ladies in fancy dress and their gentlemen callers who lovingly held their hands, singing and reading to them, and presenting them with flowers...

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My love for porcelain figurines came from Granny.  I have been collecting them for a long time now and these have found a home on the laundry room shelf...


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Daffodils add a bit of sunshine...


daffodils



And why is this little basket hanging on the wall, you can find out what it is used for here.


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27 comments:

  1. Cindy, I love the toile. The skirt is beautiful and really it contrasts beautifully with the walls. My laundry rooms are perfect horrors. hugs, olive

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  2. Cindy, your laundry room looks like a cheerful place to do the dreaded chore of washing, drying and folding clothes. The daffodils make me wish even harder for spring. Your figurines have found a good place to be.

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  3. Our bedroom is blue toile and been like that for a long while but I can't bear to part with it. I think you have a lovely space for laundry. Having cabinets over your washer and dryer is a great thing. Our laundry room is straight out of the 1970's with avocado green and harvest gold on the walls. Blah!

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  4. What a beautiful laundry room! So charming! I love how you have fixed up the cabinetry without painting it! Lovely.
    ~Tanya

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  5. I love the toile - I do not think it ever goes out of style. Love this laundry room. Mine is under the stairs in a tiny closet with a hot water heater, full-size washer and dryer! None of us can gain more than an inch around the middle or no one will be able to reach the washer.

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  6. Hi Cindy,
    Our laundry rooms are almost identical! they are laid out the same way.I love your idea of using wall paper on your cabinets. My room needs a lot of attention, as a matter of fact Gary and I were just talking about it and how our poor little neglected laundry room needed a face-lift. You gave me a great idea with the wall paper on the cabinets, I had thought about wallpapering a wall in there but not the cabinets. The laundry room is going to be our spring project.
    My grandma also had the figurines, I have them now too.
    I really enjoyed your post. Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  7. That vintage drying rack is so neat! Your whole laundry room is really cute. Even though laundry isn't a fun chore, at least you have a pretty space to do it in :)

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  8. Cindy, your laundry room is so pretty and original! Love, love your idea of using wall paper on your cabinets. Just beautiful! For some reason I thought I was already following you, but I guess I wasn't. I need to slow down. :) I am now you new follower. Enjoy your week!

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  9. I love the toile wallpaper on the cabinets, a great idea. I think I may have several yards of that same fabric, just can't decide where to use it. I'm jealous of your large laundry room, and that drying rack looks wonderful- I think I'd actually use it quite a lot. :)

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  10. We were just talking about painting the cabinets in our laundry room, so it was fun to see your toile. And the perfection dryer is fabulous. how lucky we are to be living with machines that wash and dry our clothes.

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  11. What a pretty laundry room. I love the blue toile. My stackable is sitting in the linen closet without a door. It wouldn't shut. Would SO love to have a real place to put it.
    Brenda

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  12. That drying rack is a dandy. I love your figurines too. I have quite a few myself.

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  13. Cindy, YOur laundry room is so pretty. I love the blue/white toille! This looks like a happy place to do laundry... and one filled with things that stir up memories!

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  14. Cindy- At least you have a sweet space to accomplish a disliked task. I love the toile and think it is wonderful that you have so many great pieces like the drying rack and the wash board. The whole room looks great- xo Diana

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  15. Cindy your laundry room is just darling. What pretty touches you have there. Looks so cute.

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  16. Cindy, I love the toile! What an elegant choice for the laundry room! That would make me smile, each time I had to do laundry! Very pretty!

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  17. Hello Cindy~ Your laundry room is charming. I love toile. The figurines are a sweet reminder of your grandmother.- how fun to find the antique piece with her last name on it. I'm weird because I love doing laundry!! I rarely have an empty clothes hamper because I do laundry all the time :)
    SHawn

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  18. WTH? My comment disappeared. :/

    As I was saying, LOL.....

    Your laundry room belongs in a magazine, Cindy. It is so *pretty*

    Our laundry room is tiny, so we have this metal thingy that hangs over the back of the door to store the ironing board and iron. Not a pretty idea (LOVE the inspirational pictures in the next post) but at least it works for us. You can't see the board or iron unless you walk into the laundry room and shut the door.

    xo,
    RJ

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  19. I think that is the prettiest laundry room I have ever seen! You inspire.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Sherry

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  20. This is much nicer than my machines in my scary looking basement. :)

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  21. Great idea to wallpaper your cabinet doors...it looks great.
    Over from A Return....

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  22. Your laundry room is gorgeous. I just need a chair and I could sit there all day and enjoy. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Yay! I'm getting to see more or your home! I love your laundry room. How unique and I'm sure it's a pleasure to wash and dry the clothes in there. Love all of your little sweet touches and the blue and white is so pretty.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Hi Cindy! You have a lovely space for laundry. Such pretty touches you have in there. I love the wallpaper you have on the cabinets.

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  25. What a pretty laundry room, so cheerful and unique. And that drying rack is beautiful!

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  26. You have a very wonderful old school style to your decorating and it makes me feel all cozy inside:). It reminds me of a bed and breakfast:). I imagine you are a very giving and sweet person from the way you decorate:). Happy Holidays.

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  27. How did you hang your Hopkins drying rack?

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