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Laundry room remodel and photo shoot
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Post# 990874   4/15/2018 at 19:50 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Hi all, well after a few years of trying I am finally going to remodel the dreary laundry room. It's old Armstrong floor had given way, so I decided to remove a false wall that was hiding a pipe, and redo the foundation with subway tile. I put those little hexagon tiles on the floor for a vintage look. So sorry about the stupid date in the corner I didn't know it was doing that.

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Post# 990876 , Reply# 1   4/15/2018 at 19:53 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

I built a little shelf across the wall to hid the pipe. The room gained almost 4 inches with this. That sink and toilet are Kohler Spruce green that I salvaged years ago. That was a pretty interesting story as the guy wanted a fortune for them but I talked him down. I did notice one sold on ebay for quite a bunch just lately though.

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Post# 990877 , Reply# 2   4/15/2018 at 19:54 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Anyway here it is mostly finished

this was a lot more work than I thought it was

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Post# 990878 , Reply# 3   4/15/2018 at 19:57 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Well, here is the photo shoot part

I've had these for years but never really done anything with them. I did a lot of work on them when I got them, I wonder if they still work...

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Post# 990879 , Reply# 4   4/15/2018 at 20:00 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Well, actually this is a little nerve wracking

But things seems to be moving along. There were some issues but they seem to be working out. Here it is filling...and starting to rotate

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Post# 990880 , Reply# 5   4/15/2018 at 20:04 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
So far so good

So, some may remember but this machine was in a basement in Spokane Wa. I picked it up and noticed the moving bolts were still in a little bag inside the machine. In other words I don't think the machine has been run more than a few times. My theory is that it couldn't pump the water out of the basement all the way up to the first floor. It was a real bear getting it out of the basement. When I got it home I replaced the hoses, and it seemed to work.

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Post# 990881 , Reply# 6   4/15/2018 at 20:06 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Here it is spinning

I had it on regular but only had a few clothes in it so I think it might have had plenty of water in it.

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Post# 990882 , Reply# 7   4/15/2018 at 20:08 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
I forgot to put the instruction booklet

in it

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Post# 990884 , Reply# 8   4/15/2018 at 20:09 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
As you can see it is in good shape

It has that other booklet too

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Post# 990886 , Reply# 9   4/15/2018 at 20:14 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Time for the spin dryer. Well, I can report

that there is actually very little water in these clothes. Actually, almost nothing came out which is a lot different than the Kenmore.

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Post# 990888 , Reply# 10   4/15/2018 at 20:17 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Here the dryer is drying away

The timers on both advance. There is a slight outer tub leak in the washer that might fix itself after it gets a little more water soaked. I hope so. I put a little plate down there for now.

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Post# 990891 , Reply# 11   4/15/2018 at 20:19 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Well, I am wondering

what to do with these. I don't think they are too practical for a large family to be used every day. I might part with them. Anyway thanks for looking.

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Post# 990899 , Reply# 12   4/15/2018 at 21:45 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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All I can say is WOW! The room looks wonderful, classic charm indeed. I love the Westinghouse set in there, it fits well.

Post# 990902 , Reply# 13   4/15/2018 at 22:47 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Agreed, that is a nice retro look. I like the Westy's, I would think they would serve you well. Very basic machines, but well built. I like what you did with the flooring. Looks nice.


Post# 990958 , Reply# 14   4/16/2018 at 11:01 by golittlesport (California)        
Nice work!!

Your laundry room is beautiful! Even the trim on the Westys compliments the colors in the room. It seems a shame to "part out" the Westys since they seem to operate so well. I'm sure you could find a buyer for a beautiful matched set of operational vintage machines.

Post# 990964 , Reply# 15   4/16/2018 at 11:35 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Brian - very nice! I recall when you got these, back in the day. Enjoy them while they are ready for service and I'm sure you will have no issues finding a new home for them once you're done.


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Post# 990967 , Reply# 16   4/16/2018 at 11:52 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Golittlesport, you misunderstood what Northwesty said...

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He said he might part WITH THEM!!!!! PAT COFFEY

Post# 990994 , Reply# 17   4/16/2018 at 14:42 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That's what I'm talking about!!
I LOVE the way the laundry room turned out! I wish these house flippers/home rebuilders/renovaters would take note of your work here!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the laundryroom and the Westinghouse pair look right at home in there!

Thank you for sharing them GREAT pictures!

Post# 991012 , Reply# 18   4/16/2018 at 18:31 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Very nice!

I like your Kohler Spruce Green fixtures.

The washer is just like the one my mom got for Christmas 1955, when I was 5 months old. We had it until a new Westinghouse FL was purchased in 1964.

Post# 991015 , Reply# 19   4/16/2018 at 19:37 by appnut (TX)        

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Brian, such beautiful work.  Northing short of the meticulous, thought-provoked, outstanding work you have a reputation for.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw the original boot.  I think all westy boots should be that color and not the grey.  Such fond memories .  Now I know the story of the low mileage machine


My dad had a cousin who lived outside of Las Cruces NM and when I was about 9 or so, we went and visited her.  Her washer & dryer were out in a garage.  It was a mid-50s Whirlpool Imperial dryer (I remember it buzzed) and had a center dial).  She also had this washer.  If I remember correctly, wash temp was provided by the timer's wash time length--hot, medium, warm and the other knob was 3 position water level. 



Post# 991029 , Reply# 20   4/16/2018 at 21:51 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Thanks so much

we have been using the set quite a bit they are really fun.

Post# 991033 , Reply# 21   4/16/2018 at 23:12 by golittlesport (California)        
You're right, Patrick

I completely misread that post. Funny how the mind fills in words that aren't there. It was before my second cup of coffee. LOL

Post# 991052 , Reply# 22   4/17/2018 at 05:25 by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
Great work!!!!

I love the way your laundry room turned out. The floor reminds me of my grandfather's bathrooms from many years ago.

And I love the Westinghouse laundry machines. The washer cleans well and is practically silent except when it spins. I always thought the dryers were superior to most others.

Pat yourself on the back. YOU DONE GOOD!!!

Jerry Gay

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