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Home makeover: Junk beautiful

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer
Photography by
Douglas E. Smith

A family's home gets a beautiful makeover using recycled junk.

Laundry room
Cast your eyes upon this inviting, multi-functional family laundromat. The space is small, but with some inventive thinking and a bunch of junk, we were able to get the wrinkles out. We received a laundry list of requests from our homeowners beyond just getting the clothes clean. Mom is a seamstress and the wrapper of gifts; Dad needed a place to put his dirty work clothes and keep his robe close at hand for after a soak in the hot tub nearby. As for the kids, they thought that as long as Mom and Dad were happy, they wouldn't be turning to the youngsters for help with the laundry.

Although the old laundry facility was pretty functional, it needed some added charm to flow with the rest of the home. Our first task was to create a clean slate, so for starters we disposed of the navy laminate countertops and cabinets, then painted over the busy, patterned walls with a neutral shade that provided a more pristine atmosphere. After that, completing the job was a snap. New upper cabinets were installed and the doors were removed from the lower cabinets. All were painted a bright white. A natural wood surface replaced the tacky blue laminate. The missing country charisma was now firmly in place.


Excerpted from Junk Beautiful by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer Copyright © 2008 by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer. Photographs Copyright © 2008 by Douglas E. Smith. Excerpted by permission of The Taunton Press, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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