Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since the last Beach post, specifically Beach House Laundry Makeover- Pt. 1. The laundry is of course finished (as much as can be for now) and has been amazingly functional. Here it is, in service long enough to have become crapped up.
The conspicuously missing shelf on the right side is due to my inaccurate calculations regarding the number of brackets needed for the number of shelves. This happens when you try to do math after you’ve been at Ikea for 3 hours. If you are interested in this shelving unit, and believe me you SHOULD BE– it is completely modular and easy to install and probably half the price of most closet systems– be sure to use the online design tool at the Ikea website.
We purchased these small Amana units from the Eugene Home Depot as they were a sweet deal at $299 each. Delivery was interesting – the installers did not get the order for our dryer power cord which we felt would be an important accessory. Fortunately, there is a Sears Hometown store down on 101 and they had my 40amp cord in the correct configuration.
Turns out, you cannot purchase an expensive washer with many features in a small size– in other words the better, the bigger. And I clearly needed smallish appliances. But these guys get the job done. They are fairly quiet and efficient. I had a bit of a panic when I first heard the motor on the washer (I have a front loader at my main home and the last top loader I used was from the 90’s). So whine-grind noise of the new-fangled tiny agitator was a bit of a surprise to me. However Amana has a nice troubleshooting guide where they accurately describe various noises that might be coming out of your laundry unit, then calms you with their assurances that YES, THIS IS A PROPER NOISE.
Fortunately this room is wide enough to have 20″ deep shelves on one side and wall storage on the other. My favorite thing here is the Unger broom holder (this link is to the five-hanger unit, which I also own). This tool hanger features rubber grabby grippers that hold handled brooms/mops/etc at any place on the handle without slipping. This three-hanger unit nicely holds my broom, mop and hard floor vac.
Since we’re at the beach I thought this little surf board hook guy would be a nice touch for the laundry room, a place to hang wet towels or swim suits (for anyone bold enough or with few enough nerve endings to enter the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon Coast). I picked him up at Fred Meyer at an off-season sale. You’ll note in the top right of the above picture that there is a bit of insulation foam showing. I filled the many crevices in this un-insulated room with the expanding foam and it has made a huge difference in temperature. Now I just need to crawl into the 6″ space beside the washing machine and trim the foam. Looking forward to it.
And here’s the view from the laundry room, in case we are tempted to hang out in there.
All in all, this laundry has turned into a usable and highly functional space. When we first bought the house it was smelly, dirty, funky, and rather scary. A bit of clean up, paint, flooring, shelving, and imagination and it is now a nice place to wash some socks.