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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 backsplashes anywhere, nothing was grouted except the one bath that was finished.  No countertops 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 we were repainting anyway, I went ahead and chose a different color for the laundry room.  The original color was just too dark, especially since this room doesn’t have any windows.  The new paint is a new brand from Olympic and has paint and primer in one.  It worked really well and we only had to apply one coat to cover the old color.  The new color is called Flemish Sky.  I love how bright and pretty it is.

I finally have a nice new countertop for folding laundry.  (Hubby installed it himself.)  Of course, it hardly ever looks this nice as it is usually covered with…

wait for it…    

Laundry!

I’d 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’d 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 an unfinished shelf 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 painted it with leftover trim paint and the white framed flower pictures were something I already had.  The flower pictures used to be in our spare bedroom (pre-children.) I am glad to have a place to put them, because I always thought they were so cute!

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,lol.)

 

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, it would be so nice to have some natural light in this room.

So, my new goal is to actually put the dirty laundry in the laundry sorter, instead of the floor! When a basket gets full, I’ll just throw it into the wash. 🙂  At least, I think that’s how it will work- keeping up with the laundry is definitely my weakness.

Hubby 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.  

A friend has promised me a bunch of his leftover wine crates (he owns a liquor store,)  I would love to have a few for the tops of the upper cabinets and on top of the fridge.

These little brown baskets are from Target.  They’re really more decorative than anything else as I have plenty of storage in this room.  

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. 

I don’t have many true “before” pictures, but here are a few pictures I found of the laundry room in progress.  We’ve just 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…

  

 

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39 Comments

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

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

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!!!

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

  10. 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/

  11. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Janelle
    homemadethisandthat.blogspot.com

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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
    http://www.ladybirdln.com

  18. 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

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

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

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

    xxoo,
    Liberty

  22. Your laundry room looks huge! Great color!

  23. 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 : )