A Door for the Laundry Room

Our laundry room is on the second floor of the house with a southern and western exposure.

The window above the porch roof on the side of the house and the proximate one on the front are in the laundry room.
The window above the porch roof on the side of the house and the proximate one on the front are in the laundry room. (The dryer vent is also visible on the front wall.)

In summer it’s hot due to its position .  .  .

The dryer on top of the washer is vented outside and allows cold drafts to come in when the dryer door is open.
The dryer on top of the washer is vented outside and allows cold drafts to come in when the dryer door is open.

the dryer .  .  .

Corner of laundry leading to the attic.
Corner of laundry leading to the attic.

and the door to the attic.

This window overlooks the front yard.
This window overlooks the front yard.

In winter it’s drafty for exactly the same reasons.

This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.
This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.

I think the door that used to go out to our back porch before we built the conservatory might fit the opening perfectly.

The doorway from inside the laundry room.
The doorway from inside the laundry room.

The main problem I can foresee is that the light switch will be behind the door when it’s open.

The door will block this view.
The door will block this view.

The benefit is that the second floor will stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer and laundry clutter will be hidden behind the solid bottom part of the door.

Have you ever tried hanging a door? Tips?

 

Laundry Room Trim Decision

Our laundry room has been overwhelming us Charlie so I wanted to make some progress in the clutter and finishing.

We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.
We saved the original window trim to finish the window which needed to be finished before the chair rail.

For years it has needed both baseboard and chair rail trim.  I was reluctant to make a final decision on the chair rail.

The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.
The baseboard still gets some shoe molding along the floor.

The baseboard is going to be the same as in the rest of the house: 1 by 4 lumber topped with an ogee and a piece of shoe molding in front.

We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.
We started the chair rail with a level strip of 1 by 4.

I knew I wanted the chair rail to be a 1 by 4 with a piece of cove molding under.

The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard.
The paneling in the dining room is trimmed with a right angle corner guard with a piece of ogee under.

I wasn’t sure what to do on top.  First I tried ogee which just didn’t look right. Our judge’s rail in the dining room has a small right-angle ledge (see above).

The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we'll be trying to tie into.
The pieces of tape high on the wall mark the studs which we’ll be trying to tie into.

I decided to add a 1 by 2 (1.5 inches wide) on edge to the top of the 1 by 4 in the laundry room.

In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.
In front of the beadboard is 1 by 4 with cove molding under and 1 by 2 on top.

This profile of trim will be used around the entire room.

We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.
We located the placement of studs by the old-fashioned poke-a-hole method. The holes will be covered by the cabinet.

In order to hang up and utilize the top of the hutch (that we separated from its base when we built the linen closet in the master hall) we wanted to hang it on the wall.

The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.
The cabinet is securely hanging on the wall in front of the trim.

We added 2 by 4 spacers on the back of the cabinet to compensate for the 1 by 2 on top of the chair rail.

The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.
The cabinet is loaded with old sheets, towels and rags.

The cabinet was screwed through its back, through the 2 by 4s, into a stud with long screws.

The next wall we'll be trimming.
The next wall we’ll be trimming.

A nice clean corner and a trim decision helps to finish the laundry room. I’ll check our supplies and see when we can finish.

What horizontal surface are you clearing up?

Overwhelmed by the Laundry Room

Every time we want to do a project all the left over extras end up in the laundry room.

The Christmas stuff makes a stop in the laundry room on its way up to or down from the attic.
The Christmas stuff makes a stop in the laundry room on its way up to or down from the attic.

Our laundry room also houses the entry to the attic so anything going up or coming down has a stopover in the laundry room.

The beadboard needs baseboard and chair rail.
The beadboard needs baseboard and chair rail.

I’m hoping today to put some finishing trim on the wall opposite the washing machine.

The bottom of the hutch has become a part of the linen closet; the top is going to be screwed to the laundry room wall.
The bottom of the hutch has become a part of the linen closet; the top is going to be screwed to the laundry room wall.

Then we can hang up and utilize the top of the hutch that we separated from its base when we built the linen closet in the master hall.

We need to finish trimming the laundry.
We need to finish trimming the laundry.

This cabinet will hold some old towels and rags that we’ve been piling up on top of it.

Do you save cotton rags?

Adding Cabinets to The Cottage Kitchen and Laundry

We’ve been working on adding a mini-kitchen feature to Glade Cottage which would make it livable year-round and not just as a guest house.

Back in August we put in an Ikea birch countertop.
Back in August we put in an Ikea birch countertop.

Under the counter we used a skinny cabinet left-over from the house renovation 3 years ago.  I needed to purchase upper cabinets that wouldn’t overwhelm the space so I visited the warehouse of our local cabinet retailer to see what they might have on hand.

I purchased two cabinets at a local cabinet warehouse.
I purchased two cabinets at a local cabinet warehouse for $75 each.

I was happy to find a 21-inch and 30-inch cabinets to fill the 53-inch wall.  The shorter cabinet seemed perfect for over the high-arch faucet in the sink area.

The Cottage carpenter hung the cabinets above the counter and sink.
The Cottage carpenter hung the cabinets above the counter and sink.

Our carpenter hung them leaving the 2-inch gap at the left side facing the sink.

The mini-kitchen in the Cottage is coming together.
The mini-kitchen in the Cottage is coming together.

The plan is to also have the front of the undersink area closed in with a custom cabinet using 2 all-wood doors from our old kitchen cabinets in the house.

39" by 42"
33″ by 42″ for $100.

In addition to the kitchen cabinets I also bought an enormous cabinet that I hoped would fit over the washer and dryer in the laundry area.

Can there ever be enough storage in a small space?
Can there ever be enough storage in a small space?

While a shorter cabinet was available I thought it better, neater, and cleaner to hang a larger cabinet with doors all the way to the ceiling rather than to use the top for storage.

The large cabinet is hung all the way to the ceiling.
The large cabinet is hung all the way to the ceiling.

The laundry area needs more light so an under-cabinet fixture is on the list.

Where do you need more illumination?

Full-Size Appliances in The Cottage

The back wall of Glade Cottage is the designated laundry area.

The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for laundry machines.
The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for laundry machines.

It was a convenient place to run hot and cold water lines, a drain, and dryer exhaust vent.

The former washer and dryer were a smaller-than-standard size.
The former washer and dryer were a smaller-than-standard size.

In the past we’ve had apartment-sized appliances there.

These cardboard appliance boxes will be recycled under our chip paths.
These cardboard appliance boxes will be recycled under our chip paths.

Last night Best Buy delivered the real thing: a washer, a dryer, and a small refrigerator/freezer.

Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.
Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.

The dryer is special because it has a regular 120 plug rather than the more usual 240-volt draw.

The closet on the far right houses the water heater for the Cottage.
The closet on the far right houses the water heater for the Cottage.

My tenant decided to put the large, although not over-sized, refrigerator/freezer also on the back wall.

The small refrigerator will remain in the kitchen area.
The small refrigerator will remain in the kitchen area.

She will keep the smaller refrigerator in the kitchen area for regularly used items like milk, juice, butter, etc.

Our small refrigerator is well-located under the coffee bar.
Our small refrigerator is well-located under the coffee bar.

Ever since we installed both a small fridge and large fridge in our kitchen in the big house, I have found I don’t go into the larger one very much.

The floating wall conceals the appliances from the living area.
The floating wall conceals the appliances from the living area.

One step closer to a livable space.

What feature would you miss in a small living space?

Getting the White Towels White

Now that we have a new master bathroom with ice white tile walls our white towels look distinctly grey.

In the ice white shower our white towels look discolored.
In the ice white shower our white towels look discolored.

So I did a little research on the internet only to find I’m not the only one with this problem.

I use vinegar for a lot of cleaning dilemmas.
I use vinegar for a lot of cleaning dilemmas.

And there are numerous suggestions for its alleviation.  I decided to try the two-step method of first washing the towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar added, no laundry detergent.

I ran the towels through a regular cycle twice.
I ran the towels through a regular cycle twice.

The second step is to again wash the towels in hot water this time adding half a cup of Borax and half a cup of baking soda, also no detergent.  I put these additives in the detergent dispenser of the washing machine.

The white towels are still looking dingy.
The white towels are still looking dingy.

The towels look about the same to me so I’m on to the next suggestion.

Do you have a secret recipe for keeping whites white?

A Week of Rain

It’s been raining all week including today which both precludes exterior painting and cutting trim since the saws are set up outside to keep the sawdust at bay.

Trim cutting HQ in the backyard on a sunny day.
Trim cutting HQ in the backyard on a sunny day.

That doesn’t mean nothing can be done.

The dining room has become the central spot for keeping our tools and supplies.
The dining room has become the central spot for keeping our tools and supplies.

My bedroom cleaning was such a success that I decided to try to make the dining room once more accessible to painting and papering the walls. That’s my task for Saturday.

Ahem, if you look down you'll see a box of caulk, Charlie.
Ahem, if you look down you’ll see a box of caulk, Charlie.

Charlie called me at work yesterday to find out where the caulk is so he could fill the gaps in the dining room. That’s a perfect task for a rainy day and now I can tick that off the list which means the paneling is ready for its final coat of paint.

One of our pervasive and ongoing clutter issues is sheet music. We must focus on a permanent and accessible solution.
One of our pervasive and ongoing clutter issues is sheet music. We must focus on a permanent and accessible solution.

Then I’m taking my family out to lunch.

What room in your house is next on the list?

The New and Make-Do Linen Closet

For the past umpteen years Charlie and I have been using this hutch his grandfather painted and glazed in the 2nd floor laundry room as a sort of towel and sheet storage closet.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.
This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

Now that we have a new space eked out for linen storage for the new bathroom we’re going to take the hutch apart and try to use just the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.
We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

This seems to be a theme with us as we also removed the top from my mother’s breakfront to create a kitchen island.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.
The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The plan is to use the bottom part in the 37-inch niche as the bottom of the linen press.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.
This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

Then we’re going to hang the newly purchased glass-front cabinet above it.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.
I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

And I have some drawer pulls left over from the kitchen installation to upgrade the hardware.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed.  Maybe we'll just hang that piece on the wall.
The top is held on with two screws and easily removed. Maybe we’ll just hang that piece on the wall.

Charlie has given his OK to paint the piece.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.
Sparrow (on the door) is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Now, the question is, what color. Maybe sparrow like the exterior doors.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall -- white might make sense in this space with no window.
A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall — white might make sense in this space with no window.

Or something between Sparrow and Revere Pewter. Perhaps a custom color mixed in the atelier of Jo.

This hall used to look like this.
This hall used to look like this.

If this cabinet really doesn’t work out we’ll head back to the cabinet warehouse to try and locate a reasonably price new cabinet. But we like to use what we have if we can.

What color would you paint this piece?

Hanging Another Picture

Hanging a picture on the wall takes a lot of guts.

I hung this antique mirror so the bottom edge was at the same level as the bottom of the pictures.
Some of the art in the mudroom.

Deciding where it goes, then driving a nail into a pristine wall  gives one pause to consider if it’s the right thing to do.

This large painting in the living room has always been on the second floor.
This large painting in the living room has always been on the second floor.

Now that I’ve hung a bunch of pictures I’m getting itchy to get everything off the floor and onto the wall.

Photo of  race horse being exercised in Lexington Kentucky.
Photo of race horse being exercised in Lexington Kentucky.

This one is now hanging in the laundry.

The photo is hanging next to the in-wall ironing board.
The photo is hanging next to the in-wall ironing board.

Are you a slow starter but mighty finisher?

 

Feathered Filter

First let me thank Mrs. P at Craft Odyssey  for telling me that her washing machine has a filter that sometimes needs to be cleaned out. I am grateful you took time to comment.

A few days ago my washer was full of wet feathers and I thought I got most of them out.
A few days ago my washer was full of wet feathers and I thought I got most of them out.

Next let me say that my Sunday afternoon was NO FUN! Even as I write this I’m watching my washing machine go through its 44-minute cycle. After the feather fiasco my washing machine was not draining.  Naturally I had a quilted bed pad in there that was soaking wringing wet when it decided not to drain.

My non-draining front loader.
My non-draining front loader.

I googled cleaning the drain filter in a Frigidaire front-loader and I came up with all kinds of advice including how to take the entire washing machine apart. My washer is the bottom of a stackable unit so that was not the answer I was looking for.

Our dryer is on top of our washer.
Our dryer is on top of our washer.

Finally I discovered the drain filter is in the bottom front of the washer just behind the kick plate panel.  The screws to take this piece of metal off are so close to the floor that the screwdriver wouldn’t turn; I had to chock up the washer. I accomplished this myself by leaning the entire stacked unit back and sliding some woodblocks under it with my foot.

With the front of the washer supported on blocks of wood the screws were accessible.
With the front of the washer supported on blocks of wood the screws were accessible.

Unscrewing the 2 screws and removing the plate was fairly straightforward after that.  I watched this short video and found out I didn’t have to take the entire black rubber bag off the housing to get to the filter.

The drain filter is inside the black rubber accordion thingy.
The drain filter is inside the black rubber accordion thingy.

First I tried to get at it from the bottom but could not empty it.  Be aware that every clamp you loosen and gasket you remove will allow a certain amount of water to drain. I covered the floor under the washer with towels, and a plastic bag, and had a shallow dish to catch the water.

I worked most of the filter out the bottom hole to discover it was filled with feathers.
I worked most of the filter out the bottom hole to discover it was filled with feathers.

Then I tried dismantling the top of the gasket and the little plastic filter cartridge proved to be full of wet feathers.  A load of feathers, a drill bit and 16 cents was the total haul.

YUK!!!!
YUK!!!!

I picked all this ickiness out with my fingers which were gross.

I should have worn rubber gloves.  I'm disinfected now.
I should have worn rubber gloves. I’m disinfected now.A

I cleaned around the inside of the gasket with some Clorox wipes just so there was no debris where a leak might form.

The top of the gasket went on first with a clamp that tightened with a screw.
The top of the gasket went on first with a clamp that tightened with a screw.

After the top gasket which is basically screwed on I replaced the outlet tube which has a squeeze clamp.  This was a little more difficult since the space is small and my hands are not strong.  My suggestion is to get the biggest pair of plyers you can find and finesse the rubber piece and clamp onto the plastic hose all at once.

The green clamp is difficult to maneuver.
The green clamp is difficult to maneuver.

I’m still watching the washer and we’re down to 21 minutes left. So far no water has come leaking our onto the floor.  Don’t forget our laundry room is on the second floor and could make quite a mess if it leaked and dripped downstairs.

Up and running!
Up and running!

I can tell you this repair both annoyed me and empowered me. It’s always great when you can accomplish  something you didn’t really know how to do.  On the other hand why is the drain filter in such an inconvenient place? And how come I never knew before my washer even had one?

What did you learn this weekend?