As I have said so many times before, the farmhouse has evolved over the last 12 years. When a need becomes apparent, changes are made.
Originally. the back porch was completely rotted off the house. To look inside the farmhouse before I purchased it, I had to step up on a concrete block to reach the door.
A new screened-in back porch was added.
As time went by and other projects continued, it became apparent that the newly constructed porch would serve me better as an entrance to the house and also a much needed mud room. (sometimes called a utility room/laundry room).
I divided the space in half and made a small nook on one side for two chairs and a small (no big-screen in this house) TV.
Checkered floors have always been part of my home decorating whenever possible. So when I found these squares for a $1.00 each, I knew it would be perfect for this space.
To make it seem more like a entry way (or foyer), I made a skirt to cover the washer and dryer when not in use. I glued on Velcro hook and loop strips just at the top edge of the two machines. Then I sewed the other side of the strip to the back of the skirt.
To give me a smooth work space, I purchased a formica kitchen counter top at Home Depot, the local home improvement store. I simply sat it on top of both machines.
The color scheme was decided with this vintage "paint by number" painting I found at a thrift store.
And old wooden ironing board, that I covered with fabric, makes a place for message reminders. The rabbit is pinned on for this month. It is easily changed out for each season or holiday I want to remember.
This is the under-side of the vintage ironing board.
I used the brown and white dot ironing board material as a trim for the washer skirt.
A folk art wooden box, I painted some years ago, sits on top of a cabinet that holds my washing supplies. The cabinet came in a box. After assembling the cabinet, I sat it on the washer, climbed on a ladder, and screwed it to the back wall.
Since it is a mud room/wash room, keeping the country theme, I'm using a metal wash tub as a place to store my mucking boots and dirty gardening gloves.
Miniature houses, I painted a few years ago, look nice on the a shelf above the washer/dryer.
It's good to be flexible when working with a 90 year old house.
Do you like the choice I made in giving up the porch for this back entry?