I have decided that life in lockdown is a strange paradox. Sometimes it feels like I have been on home detention for a 100 years and at other times it feels like a dream come true. ALL THIS TIME. Time to sit in my comfy pants and slippers to think and to learn.
And learn I did. I finally finished my online Interior Diploma after nearly 10 months of studying. I am so chuffed to be able to close this chapter. Now I have the space to swing back into my renovation blog. However, instead of weekly updates, I have decided to do a monthly progress report. This is so I don’t bore you with all the gnarly in-between details and secondly, it will give myself time to work on other skills – such as improving my interior photography!
There has been so many wins since I last connected with you last year. One of our biggest was completing our Laundry room. Before I show you the before and after photos, I need to remind you of our starting point. Funny enough, there was no starting point. We had to create the laundry room from scratch. What was here before was a dark and dingy hallway that included 1940’s crème wallpaper that was turning brown and curling at the ends. The lighting was so dim that even with the switch on, you still had to fumble your way to the right room.
Using part of this wasted hallway space has been the best decision of our renovation journey, so far. It has also allowed us to open the kitchen for a bigger footprint. The functionality of our new laundry space also makes complete sense. As soon as I step out of the shower, I can just put my hand round the door and hurl my dirties into the laundry hamper. The clothesline and outside sink are going to be installed right outside the door. Talk about a one-stop convenient shop! I just need to find someone to do my laundry now.
Although the space is small, I think it punches a lot of personality with the pattern tile and custom slider door. Plus, all my favourite colours are packed into this room. Navy, white and grey. I know some might argue that white and grey are technically not colours…
The Moroccan tiles are from Tile Space. I just love how the intricate design plays off against the wood floor. White grout was used to make them pop. Time will tell how grubby the white grout may become. We painted the door in Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.
See what I mean – I really need to improve my photography skills. Taking a shot of a glass door with loads of light is quite the challenge!
The walls are painted in a Resene, Triple Sea Fog.
The cupboards and the light are from Mitre10.
Do you remember from one of my previous blogs about a second-hand table that we cut up, sanded and stained to create the laundry benchtop? Paul was having all kinds of moral dilemmas about hacking up a good table. He has forgotten about that now…
Just in case you are wondering, the big laundry jar is from K-mart and the small jar is from The Warehouse. Same with the bamboo pegs. From recall both were under $10.00 Boy, do I love a bargain!!
The handles are from Etsy.
And there you have it, one finished laundry! In my next post, I would like to share with you other renovation triumphs we have made. I’m crossing fingers that with the change in lockdown rules will mean that we can finally get the plumber and tiler on-site. Then I can show off our renovated kitchen. I seriously can’t even believe, I am typing this?!
As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for next month’s instalment.