Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laundry Room Makeover

I never thought of a laundry room as a place to decorate before I started blogging. Whew that looks bad.. bet a prison laundry room is more interesting.
Blogging has given me the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful makeovers posted by so many of you. I have been inspired to update something in every room of my house. I recently got an itch to redo the laundry room. Hubby helped me out, OK, OK, he did everything but hang the pics. But I was the brains! Now my laundry room is tiny, so don't get all excited. This will be a quick down and dirty before and after. It is the size of a small closet. We added on to the back of the house a few years ago and I had the choice of having more room in the laundry area or having a very large pantry.. I choose the pantry. (I wish I had known back then we would redo the kitchen) I had no cabinets to speak of before the kitchen redo. You can see the kitchen project here http://southernhomesweethome.blogspot.com/2011/02/kitchen-redo.html
 We had this cabinet, it is one of those cheap-o's you can get at a home improvement stores. Stark white and no detail. Hey it holds supplies great.
So I asked hubby to add on some molding and help me re-do the room. His response, "it's a laundry room".  Don't ask why I let a response like that surprise me after 30 some years of marriage? So sweet guy did it for me. (Probably because he didn't want to hear me go on and on about how that room was important to me) I really do have a wonderful husband who will do most anything he can to make me happy.
He also gave the cabinet a coat of off white paint. You can't really see the difference in the colors but it is a better color. I bought pulls but not sure if they will work since the trim goes all the way to the edge. What do you think?
This is a cabinet from the same store.. we actually used it for extra storage for years in the kitchen. It got a new coat of paint and some new pulls.. So much better!
How cute are these pics? I picked them up at the thrift store last week for under $10 for both. Didn't even have to paint the frames!  

I think they look so cute in there. I love me some roosters and chickens. 

I found the picture over the cloth baskets at the thrift store a while back for $8, they came from Walmart..  hubby put a shelf up for me to put them on..they made a great place to store socks, some receipts and odds and ends. Also found the large wicke laundry basket at GW. I think it was $5. A great place for all my hangers. Hubby put a counter top on top of the washer dryer .. nice.
A close up of the pic and my mess in the baskets.
The washboard , yep thrift store.. $10. I love the wear on it.   

This room is so small I had to stand outside of the door to get these pics. Last look
Before

After

I know it is not Better Homes and Gardens (they have a larger budget than mine) but,  better don't you think? I now make an effort to keep my laundry caught up and keep the room clean. 
 Thanks for the inspiration!
So glad you stopped by. 
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30 comments:

Bobbi said...

Love your washroom redo :) You were very creative with your tiny space. Hubby put up shelves in mine, but haven't gotten around to painting yet, maybe I am closer to being inspired, thanks.

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

You did an excellent job - it now looks like an inviting space which it should be since we spend a lot of time there! Have a lovely day. x Sharon

Ever - The red house by the lake said...

What a transformation! Amazing!

I love the way you used molding to create what looks like totally new doors.

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

you did an amazing job!!! Great finds, and excellent color scheme!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Great job!! You have a most pleasant place to do your laundry!! Could you come give mine some help? LOL! Very nice. blessings ~ tanna

All About Vignettes said...

I love what you did with your laundry room. It's a total transformation. Almost makes you want to do laundry. ha! Very creative and you found some real bargains. Love it.

Poppy said...

Visiting from Show off your Cottage Monday. Your laundry room makeover is gorgeous! I won't mind doing laundry in this room... and you have such a sweet hubby!! I love the wall color and the rooster pictures.. adorable! and the counter over the washer-dryer... such a wonderful idea. Great post and thanks for inspiring me to do my laundry room~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think you did a great job fixing up your laundry room! Mine is not very big either; probably a standard sized walk in closet. Love the molding on the cabinets. I think you could do without knobs or handles on there {unless you are having a tough time opening them}. Love those rooster prints and I'm not even into roosters! What a great find!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You did great...and I bet you are happy you decorated the laundry room. I love the rooster pics. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party, please add my link or button as well. Thanks.

Beverly said...

It looks great, Beverly. Very much improved, and I love that shade of green.

I use Tide, too. ;-)

Colleen said...

I think it looks great. It's the little things, right? There wasn't much to do with mine as it's in a closet but at least you have some pretty paint and artwork : )

Desire Empire said...

This is just lovely. And anyway isn't that what husband are for? You are lucky to have one that lets you be 'the brains', as we all know wives really are. You have made beautiful improvements to your laundry. It must make that most boring of tasks almost tolerable in that stunning room.
Best Carolyn

Miss Char said...

Those rooster prints are fabulous and your "new" laundry room looks fresh and inviting...can a laundry room look inviting???? Anyway, between your brains of the operation and hubby's talents I'd say you've got a winner!

Lisa said...

Definitely better - so lovely and organized! I too never thought much about decorating the laundry room until I started blogging and seeing beautifully organized laundry rooms out there. Why not make a place you have to spend any amount of time pretty as well as functional? You did a great job - love the rooster prints!

Kathy said...

Darling!!! I love that color, I have it in a room and it feels so soothing!

Pam said...

You did a great job with the laundry makeover. Isn't it funny what we want to decorate when we see how great they look on other people's blogs? I haven't redone my laundry room yet, but it's on my short list!

Tracy H. said...

This is adorable! Gotta say I'm a tad jealous of those chicken/rooter pictures! But I'm happy for you - I LOVE it when someone scores a bargain!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

GREAT MAKEOVER THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENT ON MY CUBBY ORGANIZER PROJECT AND IM YOUR NEWEST FOLLOWER.

Stitchfork said...

You washed and dried out a fabulous laundry room!
xo Cathy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love it and now you can come do mine. Mine is bad. Thanks for sharing this at WUW.

Kelsey said...

Lovely! Love the color of the wall.

Cindy said...

Such a nice laundry room! Love it!!!

Liz said...

Love it all! The Rooster prints are too cute, thanks for sharing! =) XO ~Liz

Michele Smith said...

I'm visiting from Kim's. Love your laundry room, its perfect!

Shelia said...

Your laundry room looks wonderful! I love all you did and I adore those cute Rooster pictures. You have the most lovely appliances. I'm not jealous, no not a bit! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jill said...

Great transformation - your laundry looks fantastic now!

Just wanted to let you know I featured your designer jeans on my jeans upcycling post today! Thanks for linking them to my clothes upcycling linky!!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Made In The South said...

Gosh that looks great! Now you have me itching to spruce up my laundry room!
Those rooster prints would feel right at home in my kitchen. I just hung some that look similar to those that are antique prints.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Melissa

Babs said...

I think you did a fabulous job and on a budget, too. I'll bet you notice a big difference with the shelf over the tops of the washer and dryer. Lots of space for folding and baskets. Love that green color and your rooster prints. So cheerful.
Have a great weekend,
Babs

Designs By Pinky said...

Great redo! I ahve a hubby (43 years!!!) who will do almost anything for me too! It is wonderful! he is quite handy. I am inspired to blog my laundry room now, but first I better clean it up:):) XO, Pinky

RodrigoPinto said...

This is really impressive share.. Awesome makeover was done.. I like the color of the laundry room. I also even don't think to decor Laundry room but now look forward to decor and remodel it....
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