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My waffle: shade for laundry room

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I did it! I painted the laundry room and I’m totally loving it. My sad laundry room used to look like this:

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And now it’s so much more cheerful with a new rug and a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight:

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Yellows are notoriously tricky to choose, and if you remember from this post, I was having a hard time finding the right one.  But Moonlight strikes the right balance — not too in-your-face-perky and not too nursery-like. I think the addition of the Olin Rug helps ground the room and give it additional interest.

But…those shelves.  Yep. they’re ugly.  And high. My long term plans include replacing them.  But right now I’m thinking about an easier (and less expensive) addition to the window.  For $10 I can purchase a cut-to-width roller shade like the Saratoga shade from JCPenney:

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Then there are plenty of tutorials on the web that explain how to add fabric to a roller shade to customize the look. But which fabric?

Kaivo is a Marimekko print:

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Unikko is another Marimekko print:

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Unikko also comes in a more colorful version:

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The last fabric option is Dandelion  (ignore that ruler thing on the bottom):

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My final idea is to buy some thick black ribbon and adhere it to the shades’ borders so it looks like this but without the words:

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So what do you think? Should I DIY myself a new shade and if so, with what?  I’m really waffling on this one.

waffler wrap-up and poll results

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Okay, here’s the plan: I get myself appointed grand poobah in charge of naming paint colors and make some radical changes.  That’s right, no more of these vague, romantic names for paints like “candelit dinner” or “sweet bluette.”  Nope, I’m going to tell it like it is. Instead of Hawthorne Yellow, this bright yellow will now be called Husband Makes a Face and Says Ick.  Instead of Blue Wythe, this greeny blue will now be called Looks Great in Other People’s Houses But Not in My Laundry Room.

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Okay, you’re right, I need to chill the heck out.  And the good news is that I have narrowed down my paint choices (yes, again).  The front running yellow is Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight.

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My top choice for blue is a shade I used in the master bedroom of our former house in Boston: Jet Stream, also a Benjamin Moore color.  It’s an oldie, but goodie.

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I plan on doing some more test swatches over the holidays and then with any hope I will be able to take a good “after” photo of the laundry room.  Cross your fingers for me.

Remember Jill’s Hunter Wellies waffle?  She recently wrote in with an update:

Guess what?! I decided to return both pair of Hunter Wellies!  I decided that wearing them with the liners was too cumbersome, and I instead opted for the more practical, extremely warm, Sorel Joan of Arctic insulated, waterproof boots.  They are a bit clunky, but they are really really warm, and I am quite happy with my decision.  Since I already have a pair of more fashionable warm boots in the form of a La Canadienne suede wedge, I thought I’d go über-practical for the dog walks and sledding outings that await us this winter!

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In Pinterest news, I was happy to see that 60% of voters love this website and 20% are going to try it out.  And why not? Gorgeous pictures and a great way to organize fashion, decorating, and recipe ideas.   I’ll sign off with two of my latest pins: the first went onto my Love without Question board and the second onto Mudroom Envy.  Have a great weekend!
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Today’s waffle: blues vs. yellows

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You’ve heard of the playoffs, well today I’m doing a paint-off to determine the best color to transform my dull laundry room into a more cheerful space.

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Last week you helped me narrow down my list of bluesWythe Blue is currently leading in the polls — but many of you suggested I consider yellow, a notoriously tricky color.  So I selected a darker gray/blue and a lighter blue, a darker yellow and a light one.

First up, we have Yarmouth Blue.  A Benjamin Moore employee suggested this color when I (sadly) realized that Wythe Blue was going to be too dark. Next is Bright and Early, a bright blue which I had left over from painting my son, Will’s, room. Then there are the yellows: Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow, supposedly the be-all and end-all of yellows, and Sherwin Williams’ Full Moon, a much paler shade.

Ken and I like the idea of eventually replacing the high shelf with bright white cabinets. This is on a future to-do list, though, so the shelf will be staying for the immediate future.

What do you think? I shot these pictures on a relatively sunny day.

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Wall to the left of the window

This area under the shelf probably gets the least light.

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The wall to the right of the window is often in half-shadow:

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Wall across from the washing machine and dryer

I also purchased the Olin Rug from Crate and Barrel. I wanted to see what the room would look like with some bold colors on the floor. Of course I’m not sure if I will keep it or not…

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So which paint color should we crown champion of the paint-off?  Or if none of these specific colors do it for you, are you leaning toward the yellow or blue team?

Do you need help choosing a paint color, too? Whatever you are waffling about, click on the button below to send a waffle and get help.

My waffle: paint color for the laundry room

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I have a theory that choosing a paint color is like dating.  Some colors are waaay too aggressive and egocentric: “Hi, I’m red!  I’m really, really red.  Did I mention I’m red?” Other colors, like potential mates, seem promising, but are actually kind of dull when you get to know them.  Then there are the Big Men on Campus — highly in demand and totally trendy, lots of gals love them…but will you tire of him in a few years?

For my laundry room, I’m looking for the Ken of paint colors: comforting, enduring and cheerful, just like my husband (cue the awwws….or the gagging).

Here’s my laundry room in need of some TLC:

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I’m thinking blue, but whether it should be a gray-blue, a green-blue, a light or dark blue…that’s where the waffling begins.

Option 1 is Benjamin Moore’s Blue Wythe, a greeny-blue:

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Option 2 is Benjamin Moore’s Porcelain Blue, which has some gray in it:

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Option 3 is Benjamin Moore’s Labrador Blue, made popular by the tv show Modern Family:

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Option 4 is Benjamin Moore’s Harbor Haze, which has a touch of gray:

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Option 5 is Benjamin Moore’s In Your Eyes, a pale, cool blue.  It’s similar to Ocean Cliffs, the Kelly Moore color in our half-bath:

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And finally, option 6 is Benjamin Moore’s Blue Seafoam, which is more of an aqua:

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So there you have it: six potential mates for my laundry room. Which one do you like the best?

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Waffler wrap-up: poll results

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Today The Waffler is officially 6 weeks old.  Blogging is a lot more work than I anticipated but it’s also a lot more fun, in large part due to your kind words, encouragement, and great design and fashion advice — thank you! Also, a big thank you to those who have sent in waffles.  If you are waffling about something (or know someone who is) please don’t be shy about contacting me.  I’m neurotic, but fairly nice.

Okay.  Down to business.  With 55% of the vote, Land of Nod’s Simple Bed was the clear winner in Tessa’s  big girl bed waffle.  I love this option,  so I was quite happy with the results.

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And then Monica over at idazzle and Holiday from holidayhouserules suggested an upholstered headboard.  Soft to lean up against, a great way to bring in interesting fabric, an upholstered or slipcovered headboard is a great idea.  I just wish I had thought of it first…especially seeing as how after years of waffling I bought one for my own bedroom. Hello, Molly? You’re a big dork.

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The slipcovered headboard in our master

So it’s down to the Simple Bed or an upholstered or slipcovered headboard.  I’ll keep you posted.

And now on to car-waffling.  Remember how Chessie and Robert were looking for a good car-with-a-third-row alternative to a mini-van?  There was no clear winner in this waffle; results were pretty evenly divided between the Toyota, Mazda, Volvo and Acura.  I checked in with Chessie and here’s what she said:

We are holding off at least till spring, but we are going to test drive the Acura over Thanksgiving. We lean toward the look of the Volvo, but the agility of the Mazda, so maybe the Acura is a good combo of those two.  For now though we are sticking with the Subaru and trying to convince ourselves not to get a minivan (however futile that may end up being).

Good luck, Chessie and Robert!

When asked about favorite laundry rooms, readers preferred  rooms with a cottage and modern vibe, but the “huge” laundry room garnered the most votes.  Interestingly, the research I did for this post indicates that laundry rooms might soon become a thing of the past.  Take a look at this conceptual washing machine: it doesn’t require water or detergent and it doubles as a seat!  Now there’s a conversation starter for your living room.

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If you want to see  more futuristic washing machines, check out this list from EcoFriend.  I think the Swirlis particularly cool.

Have a great weekend!

My waffle: stenciling the laundry room

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This is our laundry room. Sexy, right?

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Yeah, I think so too. I would love to paint this room a happy color to offset the tedium of doing the laundry, but I’m too late. The best time for painting would have been before the washing machine and dryer were installed five years ago. Short of moving the machines or morphing into an 8 inch painting fairy, there’s no way for me to paint behind them. I could just stop painting at a certain point, but I know that seeing a half-painted wall (you can see behind the machines while doing laundry) would bug me.

So how about stenciling? It’s pretty trendy right now. I’ve been seeing stencils on walls, stairs, bookcases, chairs, pillows, the list goes on.

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I could do an “allover” type of stencil in which a geometric design is repeated continuously to look like wallpaper.

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Or I could do a design spaced out more randomly and further apart, like the “Zinnia” stencil below

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Another option is doing a one-off, like this “Dandelion” stencil

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Are some of you shrieking in horror? My worst fear is that it will look tacky and badly done (I’m not the craftiest of gals). Also, doing an all-over type of stencil might be just as hard as painting. A more randomly spaced or one-off stencil might help the room look more cheerful, but I also worry that it will look too cutesy.

My current idea is to either do the “Zinnia” all over the room or this “Birch Tree stencil” (minus the birds) for the wall with the window. It could look cool…or ghastly.

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I really need your help with this waffle. I’d love to make the laundry room a prettier place. Could stenciling help me do that? Or should I just put some of the kids’ artwork in Ikea frames and be done with it?

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Fantasy Waffle: Laundry Rooms

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I’m thinking about giving my boring laundry nook a facelift, so I’ve got laundry rooms on the brain.   What about you?  Is your fantasy laundry room…

Modern

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Cottage-y

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Media-centric

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Comfortable

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or just freaking huge?

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What room in your house do you fantasize about changing? Send me your idea and I’ll come up with some pictures to get inspired by.

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