I happened to be talking on the phone with Daughter as she arrived at the house in Hooterville yesterday morning. In mid-sentence, she gasped and said, “OH MY GOSH!” When she opened the back door to the laundry room to enter the house, water came pouring out the door!
I could actually hear the sound of rushing water over the phone!
She said, “The laundry room is flooded! I’ll call you back!”
Definitely not comforting words to hear when I’m 40 miles away!
Of course, my first concern was how much of the house had flooded and whether the new wood laminate flooring and carpet that was just laid a few weeks ago was ruined.
A water pipe for the hot water heater in the laundry room had burst. Although water was gushing out of the broken pipe fast and furiously, it would appear the floor is somewhat sloped toward the back door and at least upon initial inspection, it seems the flooding was primarily contained to the laundry room because of the slope.
Fortunately, there was nothing in the laundry room the water could really hurt. I just painted the room last weekend so everything had been removed to make painting easier and my new washer/dryer hasn’t been delivered yet. Three of the walls are outside walls so they are concrete block. The fourth wall is wallboard so we’ll have to wait to see if it sucked up any of the water and will need replacing. The current flooring is old vinyl tiles (over a concrete slab). The vinyl tiles were due to be replaced today anyway but the installer called me a couple days ago and said my new flooring hasn’t come in yet. It is sitting on a truck that has been delayed due to bad weather. Of course, I was disappointed but now it’s probably a good thing that the installation of the new floor had to be rescheduled because the laundry room needs time to dry out.
Since updated photos of the laundry room will be delayed a little longer, I decided to post a few photos of the formal living room/dining room progress.
During the remodeling process, the formal living room/dining room area has undergone several incarnations in my mind. There was never any question that my white slip-covered sofa and love seat, and all my white painted furniture would go in the “formal” living room so initially, I was thinking of a white/off white tone-on-tone look for these rooms, much like the photo below (minus the flowery wallpaper).
As a reminder, here’s a “before” photo of the living room.
Below is the “after.” The carpet is an off-white color called “Whipped Cream.” I was somewhat hesitant but ultimately decided to stray from the white-on-white look and try some color on the walls, a bluish gray (Valspar “Winter in Paris”). I really like the color…it’s actually prettier than it photographs (and not as blue)… but I’m wondering if it might end up being a little too gloomy for this north facing room that doesn’t receive much natural light.
This is the “before” photo taken from the foyer, looking across the sunken living room to the dining room in the background.
And “after” (with the floor all one level). (Still need those wall plugs replaced with white ones!)
On the back dining room wall, I used the fabulous and famous Blogland beadboard wallpaper that I posted about here and here because…