Day 29: The Laundry Room | No. 5

I know the walls look like a drab olive, but they’re Garden Wall gray, the same color you see here. These pictures were taken just as the sun was setting, and despite a side door open, I had to turn on our only overhead light. It’s an original and horrible metal square in the ceiling, like something you would find in group housing during the 50s. The light is very warm–the cover is old and yellowed–so between that and the setting sun, everything took on a sickly hue. In real life it’s rich and pretty, but there’s no question we need to address the lighting in the next couple of months. The window that once took up the entire back wall was there for good reason.

We’re going to install a solar tube (Solatube is a popular brand) to increase our natural light. We have one in the family room, and it works miracles. I get compliments on the natural light in our house, but really it’s as dark as a tomb thanks to towering trees on one side of our property. What has saved us is the skylight and solar tube. We’re going to pay to have it installed. It’s a pretty easy DIY project, but I think the Mister deserves a looooooong break.

Next up are the shelves and painting all the cabinet doors, but I don’t see that happening before the end of the 31 days.

I spent an obscene amount of time looking for hinges today while the Mister painted. After several stops and three hours (of course each store was clear across town from the other) I might have found something that works at Ace Hardware. We’ll see!

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel really silly publishing a post about painted walls, but that’s what this project is all about. Little steps, day by day, until you get to where you want to be.


New here? For the next 31 days I’m living according to the famous William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” You can learn more about the project here, and catch sneak peeks of my projects by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (I’m @pancakesfries).

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. says

    One finished (or even nearly finished) project is better than dozens started. Words for me to eat. Your laundry room looks so good!
    P.S. Your post from Friday was with me all weekend.

  2. Missie says

    It’s looks great!! I love paint, it’s instant gratification. Regarding the DIY stuff, my husband is just like yours. I just want to be done so I’m willing to settle, he wants perfection. In the end, I’m always thankful he cares enough to make it perfect.

  3. Fairfax Avenue says

    You’re on the mark wanting natural light! In a previous residence we had a Solatube installed in a windowless guest bathroom. Few people realized there was no window because the room had natural sunlight. As a tiny toddler, my fourth daughter dragged me in there, pointed to the Solatube and said her first word, “Blue!”

  4. Jasi says

    Fantastic. And you know, your color choice and his extra caulking really shows beautifully. It looks perfect! Well done.

  5. says

    I’m so pleased for you. How many project lists has the laundry room been on? How long have you wanted to do something in there, but haven’t had the time or resources? And now it’s finished! Doing a little happy dance for you here at my desk.

  6. HeatherL says

    Those solar tubes seem like a great idea! If I didn’t have people living above me, I would totally get one. Yay for paint on the walls!

  7. Susan G says

    Don’t feel silly – it looks amazing! Although our walls tend to be covered with probably too much art, I do love the look of a freshly-painted wall and sometimes wait to hang things. Good job, Mr. Jules!!! :)

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