Yes! The long-awaited day has arrived!
The day I reveal the laundry room!!!
I know, I know...you thought I was bluffing.
Now, hopefully you won't get so excited that you make a puddle on my
cute little rug I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
I'm going to start by apologizing for some not so great pictures.
Our laundry "room" is more of a tiny pass-through between the hallway
and the garage. There are NO windows and NO natural light makes its
way into this room at all. Part of the reason for the dark and sadness.
And due to the tight quarters, even my wide angle lens couldn't get the whole shot
with me smashed up against the hallway wall. So I had to resort to some phone pics.
To save you from having to look at all the scary before pictures one at a time,
I have conveniently put them into a collage. Nice of me, huh?
Oh, maybe I should also apologize for the scary mess that WAS my laundry room.
Because of its location, it was a dumping ground for stuff that
might eventually make its way to the garage.
(an empty flower pot, some chamois, the dremel)
My dryer is OOOOOOLD but still works great so I have no real
reason to replace it. But it's beat up and the color didn't match the washer.
I fixed the "dirty clothes everywhere" with a fabulous laundry sorter.
And, YES, everyone uses it. It's AWESOME!
There was just this one shelf which was just so disorganized and messy.
Once the sorter moved in, I knew I was ready to make the rest of the changes.
They replaced some ugly cabinets with some pretty, new ones.
Since they were throwing them out, I asked if I might have one.
Yes! Score! I knew we could use it for the laundry room.
I didn't get a picture of mine, even though it sat in the basement for MONTHS.
So I just snapped a pic of some of the same cabinets in HR.
Mine is only a 2 door.
Quite the beauties, huh?
Here's what it looks like with some 1/4 inch lathe attached to the front of the
doors (with powergrab) to frame it out. I painted the inside a beautiful aqua.
I wanted it to be fun when you opened it. My husband said,
"Fun? This is bordering on ready for the loony bin!"
What does he know?
I picked up the red polka dot knobs from Hobby Lobby.
After that, we built in the shelves and finished them off with moulding on the front.
I added crown to the top and I am in love with it.
We spray painted, YES, spray painted the washer and dryer to match!
The walls are Glidden's Aqua Mist.
I tried about 6 sample pots of color before I found the one that made the angels sing.
The cabinets and trim are SW Creamy (Behr color matched).
I went with birds as a minor theme. It all started with this cute
printable I found here and I just changed the little bird's color in photoshop.
Then I found the candle holder at the thrift store for about $2 and I knew it was meant to be.
Because then I found this adorable red ceramic birdie below on clearance at HobLob.
So I "borrowed" the red glass one above from my daughter. :)
I picked up the baskets at Michael's on sale.
You can see the iron peeking out of the right one.
The sunshine printable came from the same place as the birdies.
We found an over-the-door hanger for the ironing board...so it's out of the way.
And a cute "skinny" turquoise trash can. LOOOVE!
Here's the little rug I asked you not to piddle on.
This teeny print I made after seeing a similar one online somewhere.
Would you believe...the frames below came from Hobby Lobby?
$20 reg price for the 8X10...of course I used a coupon...
I also painted over the black and distressed it for the look I wanted.
But...how cool are they?
I found this image of fabric online and loved it...so it became art.
I have a cutter, but ordered this from Empressive Designs on Etsy because it was easier. :)
I sometimes just turn the light on and gaze upon its cuteness.
My husband was not exactly all in when we started this project...
but he really likes the "after" almost as much as I do.
The B & A:
Updated: I had a lightbulb moment...used my daughter's camera. It's a little better.
Here she is in all her glory:
It really works so much better for us this way.
Much more user friendly!
What do you think?
Have you redone your laundry room?
Do you love it?
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