Having a vintage wardrobe means laundry is vital to its lifespan. While I do a good deal of hand-washing, I still use a washer for some items. This meant that the location of the laundry hook-ups was vital in selecting a home. Growing up I had laundry in the garage, with direct access from the house by way of a door in the kitchen. When Patrick and I got married, our apartment in Portland had a shared laundry room for each floor, but thankfully it was just next door to our apartment. When we moved to Orange I was adamant we have in-unit laundry. And when it came time it buy a house I really wanted a laundry room, but it wasn’t a make-or-break deal. I just wanted direct access to my laundry. Quickly homes were nixed because the laundry hook-ups were outside! Which was unheard of in rainy ol’ Oregon, but apparently a thing here in California, and something I wasn’t going to put up with. We also ran across several homes where the laundry hook-ups were in the garage, but garage was detached; also a no-go for me. The home we bought has in fact a detached garage, but also features a laundry room! Thank goodness! So today I’m sharing my laundry set-up and how I spruced the place up to make this chore a little more enjoyable!
Our laundry room is off of the kitchen, and originally featured a door to gain access. However, due to the location of the hook-ups this meant you had to close the door to actually use the washer! So one of the first things we did was remove the door. Ideally I would love to install a pocket door here, but for the time being we put up curtains we found at Target.
After years of having to wash my stuff in what other people had selected, I finally had the joy of choosing my own washer and dryer. After much research I settled on a front-load washer and dryer from LG. There are many settings, and front-load machines are not has hard on clothing. However, front-load machines are often smaller, and you have the option to purchase stands, which provide storage and height, but cost a pretty penny. I opted not to purchase them, but that left the unsightly pipes behind the washer and dryer visible! To remedy this I made a faux laundry line and hung some of my vintage California souvenir aprons from it. While the aprons serve a purpose, I probably would have done this anyway, as it adds a lot of personality to the space.
Most of our clothing we hang dry, as it not only ensures longevity, it is also more energy efficient. Up until now I used the shower curtain rod in the bathroom to hang clothing, but this house doesn’t have a shower that features a curtain rod, but there was a space under some of the cabinets and Patrick installed a rod for me to hang clothing. Besides, I never much liked clothing hanging in the bathroom.
Another a money saving tip is the use of dryer balls. I bought these cactus ones on Amazon, and keep them in a cute little metal tub that reminded me of an old wash tub, purchased at Michaels. These little cacti help separate items and reduce static, just like dryer sheets. Not a fan of cacti? You can get hedgehogs or puffer fish too! I use woolen dryer balls for more delicate items that go in the dryer, which you can buy (including Amazon) or you can make your own.
Awhile ago my dad gave me some vintage glass shades, and to my joy one of them fit the fixture in the laundry room! The western imagery fit well with the illustrations on the vintage aprons, especially the Knott’s Berry Farm ones.
While at Michaels one day I found this super cute laundry sign (it is sadly not on their website.) I normally don’t buy new, faux vintage items, but signage is becoming increasingly more expensive, and rare. I also just fell in love with it because it was shaped like a clothes pin. Then I thought it would be cute to add a vintage washboard, and found this glass washboard at one of the antique malls in Orange.
Interested in gussying up for laundry space? A variety of faux vintage laundry signs are available at craft stores as well as stores like HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Cost Plus World Market. Amazon also carries a selection. You can often find vintage washboards at antique malls, as well as Etsy. You can also buy new ones that have that old-timey feel on Amazon.
I hope you enjoyed this installment of Our 1954 Home!
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