Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The SUDs team get busy in the suds-room!


Laundry two birds

Someone recently asked me why I called my husband, Mr SUDs… and I explained that a few years ago in the blogosphere it was customary to call your family by the name of your blog, and for me of course it’s easier to abbreviate to SUDs! So it is very fitting that my hubby and I worked together as a team to re-decorate our laundry… the suds room!

Laundry mirror before

So why am I showing you a picture of a mirror situated on a table in our garden?!  It is the mirror that hangs in our downstairs toilet before I did a lime-wash on it…

Toilet sink before and after

Here are the before and after shots…  the very ‘yellow’ laundry and toilet are now a refreshing blue… what I would call a duck-egg blue, although the paint colour is named Turquoise Mist, manufactured by Taubmans.

Laundry toilet wall collage

We now have artwork on the toilet wall courtesy of IKEA!  It really makes the room more homely… a strange choice of words to describe a dunny?!

Laundry toilet window collage

The window has a new treatment also, the pot plant, candle and bird ornament tie in really well with the images of cherry blossoms in the wall art.  Can you tell I’m excited about this room?!  Is there a word for this, like, um… sad?!

Laundry vikki mugshot

Yes, it’s me – the saddo!  I took a photo to say Hi!  I love how the flash of the camera looks like a visual ‘beep’ to tune out expletives!  Do you know what I mean?!  Either that or my smile is much more dazzling than I realise!  Ha ha!  I wish!

This next photo was taken during re-painting the laundry…

Laundry during

Now I get to show you some before shots of the room… and it is Messy with a Capital M.  The laundry has been a dumping ground for tubs of fabrics, craft supplies, piles of ironing, and anything else we found during decorating the rest of the house that didn’t fit back in to its old surroundings.  Plus, there was no bench space and the top of my washing machine wasn’t a good choice as whatever was  upon it would vibrate off to the floor when the machine was on fast-spin.  So we got in lots of storage and just one small shelf was enough to keep my washing powder handy.  It’s so much more functional now.

Laundry general view collage

Okay, the photo was taken during the ‘clean out’… the mounds of ironing have been removed by this point and the floor wasn’t quite as messy.

Laundry door general collage

Laundry clothes hanging

I love this storage unit from… guess?  Yes, IKEA!  My spare clothes hangers have somewhere to live, and it’s great for hanging up wet shirts, as they were usually dried over the back of my dining room chairs.  Also – this is the one much-sought-after shelf… next to the washing machine.  Beneath are three wire pull-out baskets that I’ve labelled.

Laundry ironing basket

The main storage is this all-so-familiar, Expedit, from IKEA.  I’ve got craft stuff, sewing stuff, my overlocker, tools and cleaning supplies stored with still some space for other ‘stuff’.

Laundry after expedit

Mr SUDs and I have been busy in the garden too… it has been all systems go.  Sadly, my sewing machine has felt lonely, as has my needle and thread.  But some old furniture is really loving a new lease on life, as I’ve been revamping a few things too – I’ll be sure to show you when I get some good pics.

Not sure when I’ll find time to do the ironing – the pile isn’t any smaller – it’s just compressed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour?  Thanks for visiting, and if you’ve got some washing to do… feel free!  (smile)

Warm wishes!

Vikki Smilexoxo


Deb said...

Looking gawjus hun. BUT how do you expect all of your ironing to fit in that little basket,seriously???
The blue makes things so much fresher doesn't it. Really well done.

margaret said...

what a transformation, fascinating that you have a dryer on the wall, never seen that before. The blue looks so much nicer than the yellow.Could do with the hanging space, must pop over to Ikea. Enjoyed your piece in the country thread magazine that came the other day, takes a while to get it here in the UK as I do not have a subscription, so glad I have this edition

KaHolly said...

Your renovations are all wonderful! Seems to be a lot of that going on this year.

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