Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Show and Tell: Laundry Room

It's done, I'm so happy!  Now only if I can keep it clean and organized!  That may actually be a bigger challenge than finishing the room.

My laundry room has been a mess for the last year.  When we moved into the house, hardly anything was finished.  None of the cabinets were stained or painted, the only plumbing that was finished was the kitchen and one full bathroom.  No back splashes anywhere, nothing was grouted except the one bath that was finished.  No counetertops in the laundry room.  Only about one quarter of the trim in the house had been caulked and painted.  And the whole house had to be repainted.  There was over-spray everywhere and Lowe's could not re-match the paint they sold us.  (They blame it on an old paint mixer that they have now replaced.)  We are still slowly working on the painting and caulking.

Since I had to repaint anyway, I went ahead and chose a new color.  The original color was just too dark, especially since this room doesn't have any windows.  The new paint is an Olympic brand, something new that has paint and primer in one.  It did work, we only had to apply one coat to cover the old color.  The new color is called Flemish Sky.

I have a nice new counter top for folding laundry.  Of course, it hardly ever looks this nice as it is usually covered with... wait for it...    Laundry!

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I have been sending my husband photos of all the laundry storage cabinets people have been making from the plans off of Ana-white.com.  I think he got tired of it, because out of the blue one day, he brought me home this chrome shelf from Lowes.  It certainly helps.  Everyone has a basket and I am able to sort clothing as it comes out of the dryer for folding later.  In the past, I have been doing all the laundry at one time, about every 7 to 10 days.  That is a lot of laundry coming out of the dryer in a short amount of time.  So it is nice to have a place to put it out of the way until I am ready to fold it, as this is a very high traffic area.  

The white shelf hanging on the wall was just one of those unfinished shelves you find at the craft stores.  I got this one from Hobby Lobby and was able to use my 40% off coupon on it.  I just painted it with leftover trim paint.  I had the white framed flower pictures put away in a closet.  I used to have them in an extra bedroom (pre-children.) I am glad to have a place to put them, because I have always thought they were so cute!


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Tucked around the corner, across from the white shelf is a laundry chute.  Or as the kids call it, "the dirty clothes hole."   I didn't get around to painting that and probably never will.  (At least not until it is time to sell the house.)



I love my washer and dryer.  I have had them for almost 2 years now.  They are one of the new 4.0 capacity HE washers.  We had to scrimp for quite a while to be able to buy these.  After doing a little research, I opted for a top load instead of the front load.  I do wish I had done a little more research on steam dryers.  I feel like I wasted my money on that feature.  The steam dryer doesn't work any better than throwing in a damp cloth.

The door on the left, leads out to the driveway and the door on the right, leads to one of the garages.  I do want to get an exterior glass door with mini-blinds built into the glass.  I would love to have some natural light in this room.  We have a contact that re-sells all of the doors that have been returned to the construction supply places.  We have gotten almost all our doors from him and they are deeply discounted.


Yep, this is a picture of the dirty laundry sorter.  My new goal is to actually put the dirty laundry in here, instead of on the floor.  Then when a basket gets full, I will throw it into the wash.  I am going to really try hard to keep up with this...  Keeping up with the laundry is my weakness.

The two little pictures on the wall next to the laundry sorter are more pictures I had put away in a closet.  Their frames were bright gold, I just painted them with some white primer and rubbed brown glaze over them to make the detail on the frames stand out a little more.  (As I am typing this, I just remembered two other pictures that might look better here, they were also in that spare bedroom. I will hunt them down later today and see how they look...)


My husband has bought a new shorter attachment for the back of my dryer.  Once he hooks it up, I will be able to push the washer and dryer back several more inches.  

We also have a friend who owns a liquor store.  He has promised me a bunch of his leftover wine crates.  I have several places in mind to put them.  (A couple of spots on top of the upper cabinets and on top of the fridge.)


I picked up the little brown baskets at Target.  They are really more decorative than anything else as I have plenty of storage in this room.  

See the little colored glass jars on the shelf?  I tried to color them myself using a tutorial I found online using food coloring and Mod Podge.  Well, don't waste your time on this one, they look terrible.  I am slightly annoyed I messed up a couple of my prettiest jars on this project.  I did find another tutorial to do the same thing, using Crystal Gloss Enamel.  I want to try this again once I am able to recycle a few more jars.

This photo is the view from the laundry room to the mud room.  I have more pictures of the mud room in my kitchen tour post that I will link up to the Roomspiration kitchen party on Friday.


Here are a few pictures I found of the laundry room in progress.  I never thought to take a true before picture.  We have been working on everything in stages and I wish I had done a better job documenting how unfinished everything that was when we moved in.



 
See the overspray?  It is everywhere!  Very noticeable here...


I will be linking up to some of the fabulous linky parties found here and here: Visit thecsiproject.com.

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39 comments:

  1. Wow! I love how tidy and cute everything looks! I've been pining for those ana-white built shelves too... but I don't have quite as much room as you do. The chrome shelf is a good stand in tho. I do agree with you on the steam dryers... Thought I would use mine all the time, and I just DON'T! Great job : )

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  2. Your laundry room looks huge! Great color!

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  3. I would kill to have a large laundry room like yours - you lucky girl! You did a great job on the transformation! It looks lovely!

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  4. I think I may even enjoy doing laundry in there!

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  5. LOVE it and I have laundry room envy! The decor, the counter, the color... Kudos.

    xxoo,
    Liberty

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  6. what an awesome laundry room. i just now have one ,but it is much smaller. your's is way cute!nice job

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  7. SO pretty! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-7.html

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  8. Man, how lucky are you to have such a large laundry space?! iT looks very fresh and calming! Come check me out- www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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  9. This looks so great--inviting even, if you can call a laundry room that! I can't believe the overspray, how disheartening.

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  10. This turned out so pretty! I love the bright blue. The room feels so open and fresh. You have great taste. I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested: http://mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2011/10/document.html

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  11. Its so pretty! My laundry room is the most boring in the house.

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  12. I love it all the organized work space awesome :) come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow, what a cheery, and large laundry room... I love all of your little storage ideas, and thanks for the info on steam dryers! I love that halloween dress too! Thanks for showing off!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  14. I love it! The crisp white and bright blue look great together. Your sorting area and shelves with baskets are so organized! Very jealous!

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  15. I like your choice of paint color, and wow! What a huge laundry room! Popping in from Whipperberry.

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  16. What a great size laundry room and you have done a beautiful job with the color and organization. It truly is a great place to do laundry. Thanks for linking up to Roomspiration this week.

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  17. Great laundry. So nice to see a sink in one. That is code here so we have to have one. Wish I had as much storage space and didn't have the kids' shower and toilet in mine (the shower currently stores my Dyson and broom,mop and bucket as I don't have a broom cupboard).

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  18. Gorgeous!! It really gives me some ideas for my laundry room. Thanks!

    Janelle
    homemadethisandthat.blogspot.com

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  19. I have major laundry room envy. My washer and dryer are inside my kitchen but at least there is a small wall that you don't see it in the main living space. Oh I'm grateful to have the washer and dryer after living in apartments for 15 years. My new kitchen counters are the same ones you have. I've had them over a year and still love them. :)

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  20. WOW! Your laundry really does look fantastic! Mine is tiny so I'm very envious! It looks so organised and welcoming! I think I'd actually ENJOY doing my laundry there!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  21. You have a seriously HUGE laundry room! I'm trying not to be jealous. :) It looks great, I love what you did with it!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  22. I am envious! Not only do you have a gorgeous laundry room, but it's HUGE. Such a practical space! Love it!

    Coley @
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  23. I love a good reveal! Your room looks awesome!

    I stumbled this!

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  24. Wow, what an impressive laundry room!!!

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  25. Gosh, that looks so pretty. It would make laundry almost fun to do!

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  26. O wow....I am so very jealous! I love it:) Tell Me Tuesday is going on now..if you have time I would love you to link up!!!

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  27. I featured your gorgeous laundry room at my party today!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. You have such a lovely space there! Ours is dark and pokey but you may just have inspired me to clear it put and maybe even paint!

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  29. Gorgeous room! Even I would enjoy laundry a little more if I had a laundry room like this.

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  30. Beautiful! Oh how I wish I actually had a laundry ROOM (as opposed to a small basement closet where we hide the washer/dryer)!

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  31. Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Thank you so much for linking up to last week's {wow me} wednesday party! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2011/10/take-look-at-you-goodies.html

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  32. Awesome! I love the idea of the shelf with laundry baskets for everyone, and have thought about using that idea myself, but can't figure out how to organize my baskets! I swear, there just isn't enough thought put into laundry rooms in today's home (especially for those of us with kids and perpetual laundry!)

    I'm jealous that you have a laundry room AND a mudroom! Heaven!!

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  33. This turned out beautifully!! Love the wall colour.
    i love this laundry room

    You might like the giveaway of children's room art happening on my blog -- come by if you'd like!

    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/

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  34. Gorgeous!

    My laundry "room" is an unfinished basement. It shall remain so until we win the lottery. I better go buy a ticket!

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  35. This is very interesting! I love the pictures. Laundry rooms are awesome and require a lot of maintenance. I, as well, use to work on mine and then I came across Speed Queen Parts for top quality parts and a cheaper rate. They have everything to offer and so much more. I fixed my washer and dryer using their parts and it was amazing! Enjoy!

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  36. This is the laundry room of my dreams! Thank you for sharing at my party!
    ~Kara

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  37. Boy I wish I could have a laundry room this large. Looks great even as a work in progress !!

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