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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Laundry Room Makeover

 Wash...Rinse...Dry...Repeat...Wash...Rinse...Dry...Repeat...

This is the story of my life. We are a family of four and yet, I wash three loads of laundry two times a week. That is six loads per week! Or broken down, it is 1.5 loads per person per week. Is this a lot for a family of four? Maybe I'm too clean? Regardless, with all the time I spend in the laundry room, I wanted it to be attractive.

Our My laundry room looked like this right before we bought the house:
 
If you look up "blah" in the dictionary, you'll see that picture.

So, I set to work and painted dark blue on the bottom 2/3 of the room and the same color with some white mixed in to the top 1/3 of the room. I also painted the windows and trim a glossy white. It is amazing how much easier it is to dust a newly painted surface (a definite must in a lint-filled laundry room.)
Next, I bought several sections of peg racks and painted them the same color as the trim. I screwed them into studs, or
if there wasn't a stud to screw into I used Toggler anchors:
Then I set forth to cloak the biggest eye-sore in the room, the utility sink. All I did was cut a curtain down to size and used double-stick velcro. Then I hot glued some roped cording to the top. Abra-ca-dabra, it was sufficiently hidden.
Next I cut a piece of 1" x 6" pine to the length of my two windows. I rounded the corners with my jig saw and then used a router to give the edge a decorative finish.
After painting the shelf to match the windows, I mounted it to the wall with metal shelf brackets.

This gave me a sunny spot to rest my plants...
...and laundry supplies (Oxy clean powder, liquid laundry detergent and water spritzer for ironing wrinkles).
I also hung some drop cloth curtains that I painted stripes on (tutorial to come);
added a few letters above the windows;
and now I have a laundry room that I want to spend time in!
This makeover was very low budget. I had the paint leftover from our master bathroom. And the sink cover was one panel on clearance at Target for $3. The letters were $1.50 each and the drop cloths were $5 each. The curtain rod was stolen from another room in our house. And the shelf was from my wood pile. So, all-in-all, I spent about $25.

Some day I'd love to install cabinets with doors on them to hide all the supplies. But, until that day, I'm happy with the transformation.
So, am I the only one doing loads and loads and loads of laundry?



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40 Comments:

At December 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Kathy@ Gone North said...

Just lovely!! Feels much better to do laundry in a pretty room : ) LOVE the "sink curtain"
(maybe you could just hang a tension rod & hang a curtain over the closet area... to hide things?? ..... I used that trick before :)

 
At December 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM , Blogger The Gimlins said...

What great inspiration! Thank you! I have been brainstorming how to make my own laundry area more user-friendly and pretty. You have given me some wonderful ideas.

 
At December 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Proper Prim said...

How bright and cheery now. Love the blue and all your little touches. Great job.

 
At December 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Irina@CanDoGal said...

$25 for such a transformation? Wow! You really know how to stretch that budget. It looks bright and cheery. My laundry "room" is a lost cause for now. It's in a very dingy corner of the unfinished basement. I kind of try to avoid going down there, and let my laundry pile up for two weeks before I'll cry uncle. Then I'll do it all in one day. The plus side is that it's just the two of us, so it's not THAT much.

 
At December 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM , Blogger JeriDee said...

I have a family of 7, I do 2 loads of laundry a day 6 days a week. Just thought I would mention that so you know you are not alone. Although I wish my room was that nice. It is in the corner of a room that measures 40'x20' in the basement that is not finished. I'm stumped on what to do with it.

 
At December 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM , Blogger Kelli said...

ok i love this room!! this gives me some inspiration to get started on my laundry room...if only i can convince the hubby to let me!!

 
At December 15, 2010 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Rhiannon said...

i just love it!

 
At December 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Bargain Princess said...

WOWZA! it turned out beautiful. This belongs in a home interiors magazine =) if you'd saw my laundry room, you wouldn't totally understand why I'm gaga about your laundry room.

I'd love to have you take a peek at my spaces and tell me what you think.

http://bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

 
At December 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM , OpenID pioneervalleygirl said...

This is lovely! A really effect redecoration, especially on that budget. I wish I had a laundry room this appealing (well, actually, I wish I had a laundry room at all -- hauling my hampers to the laundromat is my least favorite feature of my otherwise lovely apartment)

 
At December 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM , Blogger michelle said...

Beautiful job! Love the color and the shelf that you added! Also, I am having utility sink envy right now, I would love one of those!!

 
At December 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so lovely! What I envy most of all is the window and the view of all the trees... I'd love to see that from my laundry room! I don't even have windows because my washer and drier are in my basement. :-(

 
At December 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM , Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a difference! It looks great. :)

 
At December 15, 2010 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

You've inspired me. Love the sink skirt and the shelf. My laundry/mud room is boring beige and doesn't get much natural light. I've been thinking of painting it to make doing laundry more enjoyable. Like you I do approximately 1 load/person/week. That's a lot of time in the laundry room. It's nice to pretty it up a bit!

 
At December 15, 2010 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just fantasic, love the shelf for the plants and the skirt and curtains!

 
At December 15, 2010 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Susie Q said...

I would SOOOO love a laundry room with an outside window. I've never had a window in my laundry room....nope, never had one. I would genuinely love one! But eventually I'm going to have a lovely laundry room.

 
At December 15, 2010 at 11:48 PM , Blogger Reenie said...

Looks cozy :)

 
At December 16, 2010 at 3:35 AM , Blogger Miranda said...

It all looks fantastic!! I especially love the letters above the window. Nothing like a window to look out when you're doing laundry. I have 4 kids, so there are 6 of us, and I do about 12 loads a week, so I don't think you do too many :)

 
At December 16, 2010 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Charlotta Ward said...

I am with you on the loads.. I too feel as if I am working a never ending washing basket, but the upside is that now that it's Summer we will mostly lounge around in bikinis and tunics, so the washing will reduce immensely!

I love what you have done to your laundry. The colours and style is great. Well done you clever girl!

x Charlotta

 
At December 16, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Carin said...

What a difference! Looks so much fresher and inviting now! And yep, hear you on the washing...it's never ending!

 
At December 16, 2010 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful makeover! I look forward to your curtain tutorial. How in the world did you get your floorcloths to look so white? Love it.

Monique

 
At December 16, 2010 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Tys said...

Back in Sept I was seeing all these laundry room makeovers and I was in LOVE... however, I have yet to do it. I even made myself an ideation board and had a plan in place. Lots of hope to get it done in the new year! Yours will be my kick in the pants & reminder to get mine done! It looks great, we're a family of four and I do a TON of laundry as well!!

 
At December 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

It looks great! And they are all inexpensive fixes, so I like it even more.

We're a family of two and we each do two loads a week. Our W/D are tiny, though, so maybe it would be the same 1.5 loads if we had normal machines. :-)

 
At December 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Your laundry room turned out just amazing! All that natural light coming in awesome!! Love the blue color, too!

I am having a giveaway that ends today if you would like to enter!!

 
At December 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Sweetie, what a transformation!!

 
At December 17, 2010 at 5:02 PM , Anonymous Melinda KE said...

Your laundry room turned out amazing and I'm shocked that it cost so little! I would say anyone doing that much laundry in a week deserves to have a pretty laundry room!

 
At December 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love the change in there. I still have to finish painting mine. Trim and all. I need to do that this weekend! And yes, Laundry is never ending. I have a load that need to get in the dryer right now!

 
At December 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

It's beautiful! I love gorgeous laundry rooms!

 
At December 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Love it!! so, so pretty! We are a family of 3, and I do 6-7 loads per week...

 
At December 30, 2010 at 1:24 PM , Blogger Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Wow! That is a great budget redo - $25? Looks great!

 
At December 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

What a beautiful laundry room! If mine looked like this, I might actually WANT to do laundry. Teehee!

Way to go, girl!

 
At January 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Pine Tree Home said...

I am in the process of fixing mine up and really like some of the small things in yours. The nice bottles, the paper towel on the rod and the plants. Such a homey place. Great work.

 
At January 4, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger {the vintage wren} said...

Love your transformation, the fact that it was done with such a small budget makes it that much better. -Carrie

 
At January 26, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Jen@AutomaticMoms.com said...

Love it, love it, love it! My laundry room is in a closet in our hallway so I don't have as much room to work with, but you've inspired me to try painting it and adding some accessories at least to make it a little more cheery!

I love the sink cover idea and can think of a few places in our home where that work work nicely!

 
At February 4, 2011 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Your laundry room looks awesome!! I love the blue color and you are so lucky to have a window!!! Love it.

It was so fun to meet you and hang out at Blissdom. You are so sweet!

xoox
Jen

 
At February 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

Your laundry room looks great! Love the containers you used for supplies, your curtians, the paint....all of it! How awesome to have a window in your laundry room!

 
At February 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Tonya said...

It looks great! I love the colors! I also love the drop cloth curtains with the painted stripes...ADORABLE!!

 
At February 4, 2011 at 2:42 PM , Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

I love the stripes and the cover around your sink. Very calming colors used. And I love your containers used for the soap!

 
At February 4, 2011 at 3:15 PM , Blogger The Domestic Chick said...

great idea for the spray bottles...i will use that somewhere:)

 
At February 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Brittany,
I love it!!!
The blues make it looks so fresh!
As soon as I saw that first picture, I thought I spotted me a drop cloth. :) You know I love me some drop cloths!
I have to make a skirt for my sink this weekend. Thinking of using burlap of course. We'll see.
I love the way you have your detergent and plants in the window. Beautimous!
Thanks for linking to my party!
xoxo
traci

 
At February 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM , Anonymous Leanne said...

I love the wall color. My favorite things are the containers for the cleaning detergents. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday through Saturday and would love for you to join the party if you get the chance.

 

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