Monday, September 12, 2011

Laundry Room Ideas and a Vintage Ironing Board

Howdy!  I was so excited last week to find a wooden vintage ironing board for only 15 bucks at a flea market.  That combined with the cute Wine and Cheese bag I bought, really inspired me to give some extra attention to a room I don't enjoy decorating much, the laundry room.   Our laundry room used to be the catch all for pretty much everything, so I decided to organize a little and find a place for everything that we throw in there.  Here's how it looks now.
It's a fairly small room with a lot of doors.  Door to the outside, door to the guest bathroom, door to the hot water heater and little door to the furnace.
I made the sign above the door and the wall shelves with the last bits of our barn wood.
I pretty much already had everything in the room, I just moved things around a bit.  My favorite way to decorate, not to mention, cheapest.  I picked up those white metal hooks at Lowe's.  Thought they would be perfect for that cute bag and my favorite apron.
Oh, how I love that wooden ironing board!  And the best part, I'm actually enjoying ironing now.
I love the patina on it!  And it is so sturdy, unlike the cheap metal one I used to have, which fell over all the time.
And I love the X detail underneath.  I'm so drawn to that design on anything.
Hubby was surprised I only paid $15 for it.  So, I did good and he was proud.  :)
I just love it.  Reminds me of hanging out with my grandma, talking, while she ironed after bringing in clothes from the line outside.  A happy memory for sure.
So, that's the laundry room.  Nothing fancy but sure makes me happy.  Too bad it won't stay this neat, with all boys in the house, it's almost impossible.  Does anyone else have a wooden ironing board?  Do you use it or is it for decorative purposes?

And because it's Monday, there are more bread boards, large walnut and mini sets, in my Etsy Shop!  Have a great day everyone!

26 comments:

  1. I really see your touch in the laundry room Diana....and I wish mine looked that neat! One of these days I might get around to giving mine a mini-facelift, it's a catch all room too so I just keep the door closed!

    Happy Monday!
    Judy

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  2. Love that ironing board! ☺ Your whole room is just fresh and lovely. What color is the paint? It looks brown in some photos and green in others. Whatever the shade, it is very pretty and soothing! Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday! ☺

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  3. Love the ironing board. The room looks great and is very inspiring. Maybe it'll be enough to get me motivated to clean my laundry room. Even though when I do it won't look as good as yours. *sigh*

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  4. Lovely. That room actually makes me think laundry might be fun, which is saying a LOT.

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  5. Wow! I Love your laundry room. Awesome ironing board. Great find for $15.

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  6. Even when our four children lived at home, I loved doing laundry. Weird, I know. I would have been over the moon with a sweet, beautiful laundry room like yours! Love it!

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  7. Oh so beautiful! I would love to find an ironing board like that. I love your signs and shelves too, I'm so inspired now!!!

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  8. Great find! It looks wonderful. I recently saw a similar vintage wooden ironing board at my local Goodwill store. My laundry area is in the basement and really has no potential for charm. I hope someone else picked it up & made a great laundry room with it. I'd love to see a close up of your rolling pin display that I can just make put in the kitchen.

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  9. Wow, I am soooo jealous of your laundry room! It is so pretty! Mine is in our scary, messy, unfinished basement :( I have a nice laundry room on my list for our next house :)

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  10. Oh wow, how beautiful. I love it. I love wood - any, all and especially old! You're a lucky lady to have found this.

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  11. I love your laundry room! Makes me want to redo mine!

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  12. Larri, the paint color is called light gray by Farrow and Ball and it is a little brown and a little green, lol. It is the same color as the kitchen. :)

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  13. Your laundry room is perfect - very inspiring. I also have a beautiful old ironing board that was my grandmother's. Mine has been "padded" with muslin cover, but it is still beautiful. Best thing is the size - so much wider than the newbies.

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  14. Your laundry room turned out great.

    I have a ironing board like that, I recently made it a sofa table for behind my couch. I get lots of nice comments about that;)

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  15. Oh, it is wonderful! Or they are... But Can't believe you paid only 15 bucks for that board, it is so beautiful!

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  16. Its very cute even though its a small room. In the wall space where you have two baskets on the wall..maybe a vintage wooden washboard or some vintage laundry paintings would go nicely there?
    Just a suggestion...I love your simple farmhouse decor! I noticed you blurred the kitchen area...there is a brown basket peeking on the side from the kitchen..could you show that in a shot? Just curious what you use it for in the kitchen.

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  17. Okay, Diana...maybe that is why I hate laundry...because if my laundry closet looked like this, I think I might just love mundane Monday...our clean sheet Monday...and all the other piles o' laundry. Have a happy day. Hugs!

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  18. I love yours and what a steal..I have a couple of them..My husband cut one of mine down and I use it as a coffee table..I painted the top and left the rest alone..It's a great conversation piece..Have a great week..
    Janet

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  19. I'm going to make you jealous.....three words...heavy trash day. My roommate was driving me to work on heavy trash day. (His father was an antique dealer for awhile.) He stopped and backed up a bit and pointed. I said OMG I have to have that, but I have to get to work. He said on his way back to the house, he would grab it for me. So I got my old school ironing board for....FREE!!!

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  20. Just wanted to drop in and say that Kate at Centsational Girl posted today about bread boards, so I left a comment referring her to here. Idk if she knows about you or you about her but I figured you do great work and if her readers want to buy bread boards- this was the place to come! :)

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  21. Thank you so much, Sarah! You just made my day! :)

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  22. I do have a lovely old one and the legs are painted this wonderful green and the patina is so beauitful. I used it for displaying Longaberger baskets when I was a consultant. I love the idea of using it as a table behind the couch. I'll have to remember that!

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  23. I'm so enjoying your joyful spirit while reading your blog! ;)

    My mother in law has a beautiful, vintage ironing board, also. She sometimes uses it as a "buffet or island" for extra serving space when hosting our large family get-togethers.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  24. So you have started something in me. First, we're a lot alike...i.e. always changing things because you never know where inspiration will come from. And I am famous for rearranging things which is the cheapest way to decorate.

    The french door in your kitchen separating the laundry room from the cucina was the first inspiration. Our laundry room is down a short hallway behind our kitchen and the hallway is very dark. So I thought, why not put a french door in...our laundry room has two windows and gets lots of morning sun. Next, if I am going to have a french door, I need to clean and organize the laundry room. This is where I had lots of fun finding treasures throughout the house and spending a small amount of money on vintage looking baskets at HomeGoods. I also found the perfect spot for my vintage window that was turned into a mirror. It acts like a third window in the room. Now my laundry room is bright and cheery...my new favorite room!! And I can see the light from the windows all the way in my kitchen which makes me VERY happy.

    I love your blog. You are incredibly talented and a wonderful source for people like me!

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  25. You should point that ironing board a nice bright color. That would be nice.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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  26. Where did you get the large glass canisters you have in your laundry room and your kitchen? I love them! Also do you make your own laundry detergent? Hard to tell from a picture.

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