Y’all. I won a washer and dryer. Won them. Me. I’m still in disbelief.
I actually received them back in November and am just now posting about it (thanks to the second part of the title). Even though it’s been a few months I still ogle and caress them each time I start a huge load of crusty boy laundry.
It started back in August when I saw this post over on the DIY Showoff about a laundry room competition.
I would have never entered except that I had JUST published this post about raising the cabinets and had good pictures on hand. So I pinned my photo using their hashtag and didn’t expect anything to come of it.
Ten days later Roeshel published this post saying I was a finalist. Ack! I got a little hopeful…my current set wasn’t doing so hot and a new set would be seriously amazing.
About a month passed and I didn’t hear anything, so I figured a new washer and dryer were not in the cards for me…but I e-mailed Roeshel just to check. She said a winner had already been chosen but they were having trouble getting in contact with them. I poured over my spam folder, but there was nothing. Bummer.
THEN, a few days later, I got THE E-MAIL. The first winner never responded and I was the runner-up! It took me all of three seconds to call up Adam and yell at him “HOLYCRAPYOU’RENOTGOINGTOBELIEVETHISIJUSTWONAWASHERANDDRYER!” To which he was responded with something like “wait…you what? How in the world… do you mean NEW ones? Like brand new?” Haha…brand new isn’t something that happens around here very often.
Some of you may remember seeing stray appliances floating around our porch this summer…
We bought our old set off craigslist (for like $250?) back when Adam was in the Army and we lived in New York. The washer was damaged during the move back to Texas, which caused it to become the loudest washer in all of history. As in rattle the walls, don’t even try to sleep, watch TV, talk, or think while the washer is going type of loud.
Then this summer Adam’s brother somehow acquired an old washer and dryer set….the EXACT same set as ours. His had been left out in the elements and looked kinda terrible, but Adam decided to combine the two washers into one washer that worked. He succeeded – though it wasn’t fun or easy – and I basically asked him to give up and let me buy a new craigslist washer about 1000 times.
We basically had washers on our porch all summer…I even had to hide them behind bushes to take pictures of the front of my house.
After the washer combining debacle it worked better…still a little loud, still a little leaky, but better. If it was not for winning this contest we probably would have owned that set for another five years. Or ten…or whenever Adam could stop reviving them.
So finally delivery day came. Samsung was awesome, they were quick and responsive and they even let me switch the top loading set I was supposed receive for a front loading set (we received this washer and this dryer).
Just look at all those buttons! It’s weird to me that a washer and dryer can have so many options, mainly because I never even color sort laundry. If it’s dirty, it goes in the wash – that’s it. I may have to start exploring my laundry options though.
There was a little problem with the set though….they are kinda huge. WAY bigger than our old set. We had to remove the laundry room door, cover the sides with a towel, and squeeeeeze them into our house. They are also way taller than our old set, so the counter had to come out.
Adam didn’t really build and install it to easily (or ever) be removed, so he had to rip the whole thing apart to get it out.
I didn’t want to make him rebuild it and do a ton of extra work, so I decide just to leave it counterless. But…I missed having a counter. Without that counter I didn’t have a place to stack all the random crap and paper clutter that comes into our house. Without the counter that stuff started spilling into the worst possible place…the kitchen.
Uh, I mean…I really needed a place to fold laundry. Because that’s what you use a laundry counter for, of course…not for piling up stuff that doesn’t have a home.
From there we basically had to re-remodel the laundry room…or at least it felt like it. I’d love to say this was an exciting task, but nothing creative was happening…just a bunch of boring tedious stuff (not that I’m complaining!).
Adam rebuilt the counter and put it back in (much higher), which means I had to make new curtains. I spent about an hour looking at fabric choices online before I realized that I LOVED the previous fabric, and it was not against the rules to buy the exact same one again.
Jayda Bramble from Joann.com (I don’t remember what I paid, but it was WAY less than the $35/yd it is listed at now).
We ripped out the old trim and replaced it as well (same as we’ve been doing in the rest of the house). This laundry room door/wall is incredibly crooked though, so the door trim was about an inch off the wall. I used spray foam insulation to fill in the gap … and forgot how much that stuff expands. It expands A LOT. In case this ever happens to you let me just tell you – trying to scrape it off with a butter knife while it is still wet is a horrid idea that you will instantly regret. Waiting till it dries and then sawing it off with a steak knife? Basically a stroke of genius.
Adam and I considered replacing the door (because it’s in rough shape), but then I got online and priced doors. Turns out that exterior doors are way over our budget, so the boys and I removed the old one and gave everything a fresh coat of paint instead.
It also turns out that the previous owners painted the door with oil based paint, and I was using latex. I’ve never attempted this whole “paint over oil with latex” thing, but I cleaned, primed and painted it just like google said, and I’m crossing my fingers that it goes well (and not like this).
Here is what the laundry room looks like now, after the re-remodeling…
So, basically the same as before.
Except for these babies…
…whom I love so much. They hold so much laundry. Literally like three times as much as my old set. (Unfortunately that doesn’t cut down on the amount of folding I have to do. )
Here is the laundry room in all four stages. I think it’s safe to say that we will not be making any more changes to this room…which makes this the first room in the house we can officially call finished!
So, curious minds want to know…what’s the best thing you’ve ever won?