Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Out with the old and...

...in with the new! I'm so excited about a little transformation we are making in our utility room. When we designed and had our home built about 20 years ago our main focus was square footage and function. Ours was an unusual family with seven children, a mother and a father -- 9 people total. We needed lots of space and functionality. So we opted to put our money toward size, because we knew that in time we could add the desirable features that we preferred in the house but didn't need immediately. So that's what we've done over the years. We've added extras as funds became available.

One of the things I knew I would eventually want to change was the sink in the utility room. When we moved into the house we opted to have a utility sink installed. We didn't have the money to buy cabinetry, so it was installed without the surrounding cabinetry. It didn't really bother me at the time because I was so thrilled just to have a big sink where I could hose off the kids dog and wash paint brushes.

This, however, (sans the cabinetry above the sink -- those were added 15 years ago) was the view that guests got as they looked down our hall to the utility room...

As you can see this view with the exposed sink is not one that leaves a favorable impression. Still, for years I let it go because there were more important things to buy (sneakers and milk) and do (give hugs and do laundry).

Well, this year I received some money for my birthday. I cashed the checks and the money sat in my wallet for more than a month. Finally, I knew where I wanted to spend it and today it was installed...

I'm so happy! I love how it turned out. Instead of a utility sink, it is a 10 inch deep single tub stainless steel sink, and I love the storage that the cabinetry provides! However, I'm not done yet. There will be colors added to the walls and a new throw rug added to the floor. I'm also making some new curtains and adding a little more storage here and there. Stay tuned for more...


11 comments:

Carrie said...

It's really looking good so far!

Julie Harward said...

We had one of the big sinks like that too..great for things I didn't want in my kitchen sink. This new one of yours looks so pretty...very nice! :D

MiaKatia said...

Love it! Such an exciting stuff you are doing with the house.

Becky said...

Now how you gonna fir a dog or kid into a 10in sink??? That will be very nice when you are finished!

Jillian said...

I Love it! Can't wait to see it in two weeks! :)

Tina said...

Suzanne, your laundry sink and cabinet are lovely! Enjoy:) Hope you are having a wonderful week so far my friend ~ Tina xx

The Farmer's Attic said...

Looks great!!!

Shannon said...

woohooo! That looks fabulous.

Melissa said...

It does look much nice - what a nice reward after years of waiting.

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Love the upgrade. Looking forward to the finished 'product.'

Autumn said...

A girl after my own heart, buying cabinetry for your birthday! ;0 This looks great in the space and will be an amazing feature to your home. Congrats! And happy belated birthday.