Category Archives: Laundry

Laundry – little updates

We have not done any thing major in the laundry mainly because we are lacking the necessary time and money… but I have put some little finishing touches that, at least, makes me feel like something is happening 😉

After our last post about the laundry, I finished installing the planks above the door and, some time later, I hung the cute sign we brought from London.


We have to install molding, repair, inverse and paint the door and install a dog door.


I also hung my collection of 2 prisms on the hood pipe.. After a lot of thinking I came to the conclusion that there is no beautiful way to hide the pipe, so better to keep it like that and go for an “industrial” look…


The lamp is “temporary” as one day we will solve the electricity situation here and have a proper fixture hanging from the ceiling (and not a work light hanging from a pipe)…


I also found a silver tray at the thrifty store and set on the counter with all the laundry products in glass bottles. It is mainly to be cute, but considering the amount of laundry that is done in this house, it is actually practical to have all over the counter instead than inside the cabinet.


I have to install the knobs (that I already have… for a long time…), hung curtains and install moulding…. And this side is the one that is mostly done.. The other side is “the big work” (plumbing, changing door, installing window… such a small room, so much to do!)

But for now, it is a little cuter! Isn’t it?




Baby steps on the laundry. We finally gave up being upset with the finishing of the Ikea cabinets, and decided to live with it. Pierre uninstalled the old wires that were always on the way.

So we went from this:


To this:


I am working a little more there this weekend, post news soon.


The wood wall

We finished renovation works – for this year, of course. We have some more travelling to do in December and we will be back, recharged, in January.

There was some minor works done that I will be showing later when there is more progress, but the laundry wood wall is finally finished!

Our first idea was to just paint the drywall that was already there.


But then we decided to check what was behind the drywall. And there was a wood wall. Probably from when this house was built.


So we decided to leave it exposed. But some work was necessary: scrapping remnants of wood that had previously covered it, sanding off some painting, and sealing/treating the wood.


And here it is the final result:


The light is very bad these days, but the wall is just gorgeous.. I tried to do a side by side before and after, but it is very hard to take a decent picture of the finished wall (not just that it is cloudy, but I cannot fully open the door because of the cabinets.

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Still lots to do, but one wall is finished! Yey! Bonne Fête, see you next year!


A little demolition. Again.

Last post about the laundry I said we were re-planning what to do with the internal wall. Just to remember: it was made of a sort of cardboard (I have no idea how this is called) painted over. So you had that orange peel texture and it was very easy to take pieces out of it. Out plan was to cover it in   wallpaper. An easy, fast and affordable solution.

But then I decided to open a window to bring in some light as the dogs are sleeping here now. And when we opened the window, we found out that under the paper there was wood. Probably a very nice wood wall.

So what you do in a case like that? Obviously you drop the previous plan and go check the wood wall. And so we did…

We found a beautiful pine planked wall, in perfect conditions. Why someone decided to hide it under that ugly cardboard finishing I really cannot understand. But we are back to the wood walls. And probably putting the whole wall back to wood, what means my first ever hanged wallpaper will have a very short life. 😉 For a much better result!

Ali approved it too. So now we have to finish uninstalling the paper stuff, and finish the walls. Cool. It will be very nice. And probably the longest laundry renovation ever. Pierre is extremely happy, he loves the laundry renovation 🙂


Why things take long…

We didn’t finish the laundry yet. Actually we didn’t advance  much since we finished the cabinets. Our original plan was to finish it all in around 2 months. It has been more than 3 already, and we still have a long way ahead of us. Sometimes renovating can be overwhelming. You just feel you will never manage to do it. You feel defeated, frustrated. You just want to move. Or a magic wand. Having a magic wand definitely would be a fantastic idea.

But why it takes so long? Well, first we are very busy people. I mean really busy people. We both work full-time. We have no cleaner or any other kind of help in housekeeping (what is to be changed soon); we have 4 kids every other week; we have 2 dogs, 1 cat and 1 snake; we have a big house with lots of renovation to be done. We have friends and family. I am from a different country. We like doing lots of stuff. We enjoy summer. And also fall, spring and winter (not always). So at the same time we were working on the laundry we were also working, cooking, cleaning, gardening, making small repairs around, shopping, playing with kids and pets, swimming, barbecuing, going to cinema, Cirque du Soleil, Festival de Jazz, travelling, trecking, meeting friends and family….  And we also try to relax from time to time (ok, I am no so good in that).

Second, we are creative. And we let the house “talk” to us. So the projects change a lot. We had planned to open the wall, insulate, close the wall, paint, install a utility sinks and cabinets and finish organization/decoration of the room. Then we liked the original walls and ceiling that we found. We had to rewire everything. We didn’t like the finishing of the cabinets. We found a barn door. And yesterday, while opening a window to make the space more comfortable for the dogs, we found that the internal wall – under the sort of paper finish – is kind of cool. And if we get to it we will have more space in the laundry. Important space. So we might start demolition there again. But just after moving the dogs. And doing some other stuff that are before in our priority list. Because fall is arriving…


The joke when we started and something was delaying us was that if things kept going like we would finish the laundry in september. Well, nobody said of what year 😉


Laundry cabinets

We are almost done with assembling and installing the cabinets.



The thing is: I bought the cabinets online at Ikea. I had not seen them before. Online pictures are very deceiving. So when we opened the boxes and saw those plastic doors, the disappointment was gigantic. After some thinking the conclusion was: no way we are installing doors that look like toys in our laundry, they are not just ugly, it is disrespectful with the house! This is why there are no upper cabinets doors installed. We are looking for some solution (quite advanced on that by the way, but some tests are still required).

What we still have to do (besides solving ugly door finishings):

– finish dogs beds (all supplies already in hand)

– install utility sink

– utility sink backsplash

– install barn door

– finish installing wallpaper

– rewire and install lamp

– finish wall around the external door

– inverse external door and paint it

– finish wood wall

– install trimmings

– finish radiator

– patch broken part of ceiling

I know. we are probably not finishing it so soon.. But we are getting were we want, I hope 😉


A laundry corner

The external side of the laundry is on the way of getting finished and after a week disconnected the laundry is functional again.

Last days were focused on finishing the machine’s corner. First I took out all the trimmings as the distance between them was larger than the wallpaper width.

Then everything got patched, primed…

… and painted.

We decided to go with wallpaper on the internal wall. Its finishing is a sort of cardboard so painting would be ugly. And this is my first ever sheet of wallpaper installed! No perfect but not bad.

Later I installed the moulding and Pierre finished the outlets. All ready to install the machines.

And here we are. Laundry is functional again and on the way… we will install an utility think by the machines but that will wait a little. Now I am assembling the cabinets, so the dogs can move.

And just to remember how it was before we started…

It is not finished, there is still a lot to do but I am already much happier with what is coming.