11/09/2012

Laundry Room Makeover

I am going to show you a scary thing. A very scary thing. At least, in my opinion, it is.

My laundry room before it’s much needed makeover.

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Now, this is not what it looked like on an every day basis. I pulled everything out of the closet and from under the sink so I could start from scratch. And, boy, was I surprised at how much junk I had stashed in there!

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Isn’t this just the best way to store those extra plastic bags? Not!

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Handy, dandy laundry cart is somewhat of an eyesore.

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This is the sink station. Note the lovely blue handles and the funky gold mirror. That was here when we moved in and I just never got around to taking it down.

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And this is the ultimate in blech~the walls are covered in vinyl floor tiles. With country blue diamonds. I neglected to take a picture of the wall paper border that was patterned in the same said blue color and clothes drying on a line.

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One day, I just got tired of it. Who wants to do laundry in a depressing room? Especially when doing laundry in itself is depressing enough?

So, I started purging.

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And then I removed the horrid wall paper border. And then….then I went a little crazy.

And I painted every little blue diamond black.

And added a few more details.

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Such as the fun, little, floaty curtains strung on a rusty wire.

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This photo is a little blurry, but you can see the gold mirror is no longer so. I painted it black and distressed it. The knobs were changed to brushed nickel. I added some enamelware and the little wash sign was a gift from a friend.

You’ll see that not everything got an update. The cabinet is the same, as is, the lovely yellow countertop and the faucet. The faucet will be replaced soon as it has leaking issues.

I decided to incorporate a little of the yellow in this room since we had to keep the countertop. All part of remodeling cheaply on a budget.

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The laundry sorter is gone and in its place is an enamel topped table that is perfect for folding clothes. I placed three laundry baskets under it and concealed it with a burlap sack strung with clip rings.

The black shelf was found in our garden shed when we bought the house. It was gold and I spray painted it black. It holds lots of little treasures. The “m” picture is a framed vintage flashcard I picked up at Round Top.

The enamelware bowl holds cleaning towels. On the right side of the table is a jar of homemade laundry detergent and a bin that holds dryer sheets. It’s so nice to have them in the open and handy.

I bought the drying rack on the wall from one of the vendors at Smitten.

And I left the litter box in the picture because that’s where it normally resides.

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The picture was an old ad for Fels Naptha soap that I mounted on some scrapbooking paper and framed. You can see the black diamonds that I painted much better in this picture.

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Behind the door I hung a hook I made from a chunk of wood and a rusty drawer pull. It’s a great place to stash my apron.

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The closet is much more organized. I was able to find some baskets at Home Goods to corral everything from cleaning supplies to pet supplies. The baskets on the very top hold paper towels and garbage bags.

Plastic bags are now neatly shoved in a bag holder from Target that I mounted to the wall. My mop and broom hang on the inside of the closet.

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Because we have a dog and cat, we have little plastic baggies. The cat box liners and doggie bags for outside cleanup. I made a bag holder for each out of wipe containers and just labeled them with scrapbook stickers. No more runaway baggies.

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The pet food is now stored in canisters under the sink appropriately labeled, cat food and dog food.

I almost forgot my very favorite part of the room!

The chicken feeder light that my husband made for me! I know these are all over the internet, but I wanted one and adore how it finishes out my little farmhouse style laundry room.

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I now love, love, love my laundry room!

Thanks for taking the tour!

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Joining with:

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Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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10 comments:

  1. Hi Shannon ... I LOVE your laundry room too. The light is really neat. I guess I am way behind because I have not seen one like that. Great job on painting the diamonds black.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  2. WOW. That is one heck of a transformation. You have so many wonderful and interesting things decorating your laundry room. I love the soap and P&G sign. The baskets the chalkboard labels. And, I can't believe you painted all the blue tiles black. That is impressive. Does this make want to do laundry all of the time now?

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  3. What a change . It looks great. I wish my laundry room was that size . Mines about the size of a closet.

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  4. You did a fantastic job! I love how you really paid attention to the details.

    Ann-Marie

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  5. Wonderful room! Great transformation!

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  6. Great transformation! Love how organized it is too!
    xx
    Anne

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  7. My goodness this is just wonderful! Lovely transformation!

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  8. Wow...now that was ambitious! And definitely paid off:) It looks great! I too hate my current laundry room and cannot wait to redo it!! This was great inspiration for me to get started! I am new to the blogosphere and it is blogs like you that make me want to keep it up:D I can't wait to have rooms finished in my home to reveal..they are all under construstion!You do great work! Thank you for InsPirinG!

    Brittny @ deerlybeelovedcreations.com

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring laundry room on Simple & Sweet Fridays. It's so pretty now!!

    Jody

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  10. I don't want to steal your thunder, Shannon, but I have seen a lot worse "befores"! Haha! Your updates are great! It's funny how such a well used room can get so little attention. You've got some cute things and great organization!

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