Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Laundry Room Update

I have hated my laundry room for years! It is tiny! Measures about 7 1/2 feet long by 5 1/2 feet wide. Sounds like a decent size until you add in a mud sink & oversized washer & dryer! There is no room in here.
Here are the before pictures, probably the 2nd messiest room in my house (my craft room being the 1st!). This is how it normally looks (just keeping it real!) The rug is always in a "pile", my littlest dog thinks the rugs in my house should look like this & honestly it's not worth the fight, he has much more free time on his hands than I do!  As for the full laundry basket, it pretty much always looks like that.  I don't mind putting the laundry into the washer & drying it 15 times (not really that much but it never dries the first 2 times) but I hate to fold & hang.  Most of the clothes aren't mine anyway so maybe that is why I hate to do it!

Looking in from kitchen, other door in photo is garage door.  Blue was a sample I was trying but it was way too dark for this tiny room with no windows.

Don't be jealous of all my junk stuff.  I'm not normally an unorganized person but this room just leads to piles of stuff!

Here are some of the inspiration pictures:

I wanted this wall

And this long table on the right side

We put the planks on the wall & I decided I wanted a weathered grey color.  I mixed up some vinegar & a steel wool pad.  When I brushed it on, it was clear.  I tried to figure out what I had done wrong but found something else to do.  When I came back, this is what the wall looked like. What!  What did I do wrong?  

I decided then I would paint the wall white, that I know how to do!  After the first coat of Zinsser primer, I was so tired of holding my arm above my head thought it looked perfectly rustic, white with some wood showing through.  The other 3 walls were painted SW Tidewater.  It looked so different on the walls than it did in the can.  We removed the door to allow for extra storage & stacked the washer & dryer.  We built a table for the back wall like the inspiration photo.  The shelves were the hardest part!  I couldn't decide what I wanted to do but I really wanted to finish the room so I just did the easiest thing.  I am happy now that I went with these.  I am still looking for a new light fixture (the fluorescent box just doesn't cut it!)  and I want some type of natural fiber rug (I have now bleached this gray one on both sides, ugh!)  And I want something to hang over the sink for wet bathing suits, etc.  For now I will call it done!

Added these hooks so I don't have to move backpacks & jackets off the kitchen chairs everyday! 

Used some old crates I had so I didn't have to buy a ton of baskets!

I picked up this picture at Goodwill.  I only bought it for the frame, it looks like old barn wood.  But it seemed to go perfectly in this spot. 

Basket on the top has been around since I was a little girl.  It is hiding my vases.  The basket on top of the table is holding all of the "dog towels".  

This rolling laundry basket is from Pottery Barn.  I got it at the outlet, I don't want to tell you what I paid for it, it will make you jealous!

Here is what the room looks like today.  We actually finished it back in December but wouldn't you know it, the washer died on me last week!  

The washer spins so fast that I have to peel some clothes off of the top of the tub!  Awesome!!

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  1. it looks fabulous! i hope one day to have a pretty laundry room... cinderblocks just don't cut it!

  2. oh WOW! This is awesome. Thanks too for "keepin' it real"! Loved this post. Thought I'd let you know though, that the pic isn't showing up in the links at my party - not sure if you want to try again? I would hate for people to miss out on this post!!!

  3. So organized! Looks wonderful....lucky you!
    Good job!

  4. Love the new grey washer! I wish I had a laundry room- ours is little a whole in the kitchen with 2 sliding doors. :( You would think the builder could have designed something better in a 3,000 sq ft house. Oh well... at least it's temporary!