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?

 

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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?