laundry room remodel


By |2014-07-23T15:42:36-04:00July 23, 2012|8 McDowell, Shopping|

I have a lot to say about our laundry room… and laundry in general, so I’m breaking this down into several posts.
Actually, our laundry room is also a pantry. You enter it directly from the garage and then go to the kitchen via a few short steps in the hallway.
Part I was really a preview of what we were working on here at the house.
Part II is all about laundry!
First, let me explain a few basics:
 I DO NOT USE a dryer. Well, maybe three times a year. At most. I hang up all my clothes and sheets and towels. Much to my disappointment, we are not allowed to hang any laundry outside here (home owners rules..) and I do long for my wonderful, long clothes line of former days. When I showed you the video “Memories of the Backyard Clothesline” I really felt that narrative.
My daughter, who lives in a not-so-big, i.e 800 sq.ft, apartment in Washington D.C. has become a believer! Oh yes, she uses portable clothes racks in the apartment. I am very proud!!! Her clothes go on a line. Her sheets and towels over the shower rod for the night. So, yes, it IS possible to go […]


By |2014-06-15T13:09:34-04:00June 25, 2012|8 McDowell, Color|

We all have our embarassing corners of our house, right?
Well, this WAS mine! (note the past tense!)
It’s a laundry room (you would think it was a junk closet from this picture, I know…)
That very same corner became
Oh, the color choices! Oh, the weeks months of trying to decide.
Burnt Orange?
Avacado Green?
This is where
is such a great tool! Look no further. Just “search” on boards, Pin the images, look at them for many weeks, and the answer will emerge!
I’m going to do another, much longer and more involved,  post on the “Laundry Room Remodel”.
For now, this is all you get!
My inspiration:
Source: via Libby on


By |2014-06-27T21:36:01-04:00April 23, 2012|8 McDowell|

Kitchen faucets can be very tricky. We all have preferences, just as we all become accustomed to certain features. Some people like hot and cold water separate handles. Some like spray/aerators separate from the main faucet, while others must have the spray function part of the main faucet.
And, in a way, all this is determined by how many holes you have in your sink/counter top. If you’re installing a new counter top then, of course, you can determine the number of holes and thus the single vs. two or three hole faucet apparatus.
Sounds a bit complicated, no?
I had never come across this! We had lived in an old house where the counter top and sink had just been redone when we moved in, so we lived with what we inherited. Which was fine.
Then, in our present house, we HAD to replace the faucet in the kitchen. It just did not work.
I went with a Delta, very simple, chrome, single handle with spray function, variety.
We have had it for a year and I became increasingly frustrated with it. To pull out the handle/head/spray section was not easy, and fitting it back in was even trickier. And, our sink isn’t very wide and the […]
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