The great basement remodel continues! We’ve made great strides in making the basement a comfortable, attractive entertainment space. However, this basement isn’t all about entertainment. The basement also is home to the laundry room. We’re not making any big changes to this space but we my friends do want it to be better organized, so today we installed some metal shelving that can hold things like detergent, dryer sheets, laundry baskets and all that good stuff.
We decided that mounting the shelf on the wall would give us the most efficient use of space. To do that, we drilled some bolts into the wall and installed self clinching nuts in the shelf, and then simply joined the nuts and the bolts. Self-clinching fasteners are great because they are easy to install and mount flush with sheet metal. They also fasten without the need for extra parts or screwing around.
Once we got the shelf up, we had to start on the next big task: getting rid of the old washer and dryer and installing a new one. (My friends really are going all out for this remodel.) They had a pink Frigidaire washer and dryer that they had had since 1961. The washer still seemed to work ok, but the dryer took three hours to dry the laundry. So the vintage machines had to go. It reminded me of the post I wrote a while back, about how sometimes it’s better to have new stuff vs. retro stuff. And I do love retro stuff.
A Note About Laundry Rooms
Some people have really perfect-looking laundry rooms, complete with all-white decor and antique laundry basins on display. They look nice but I don’t really give a hoot about how my laundry room looks. I don’t spend a whole lot of time in it. I put my clothes in the wash and don’t come back until it’s time for them to go in the dryer!
I know for some people it’s important that every room of their house be instragram-able or whatever (my granddaughter tells me this is important. I don’t know what it means really.) but first and foremost, the rooms in your house should make it easy to do the things you need to do in them. Don’t prioritize that expensive wallpaper over a good mattress. Don’t choose a trendy countertop material over something that can withstand the occasional knife gouge. And don’t spend a ton of time making your laundry room pretty if your washer and dryer don’t work!