When we started our remodeling in January, we weren’t planning on doing the laundry room as well. However, we were already painting all the ceilings on our main level and decided to include the laundry room in the mix. Then we figured as long as we were painting the ceiling in there, we might as well paint the walls since I’ve had in mind what I’ve wanted for several years.
This is the finished room.
To fully appreciate this, I feel like you need to see the before.
I didn’t actually think to take a “before” picture until we were moving everything out to start painting, but hopefully, you get the idea.
(And no, I didn’t clean the floor underneath my washer before taking this picture…please don’t judge, k?)
Much better, right?
I L.O.V.E. it! It’s so much more clean, crisp, and fresh.
Ahhhh! Exactly how I want my laundry room to feel.
Here’s a breakdown of the improvements.
1. Obviously we painted – ceilings white, walls Valspar “New Day” (4006-5A)
2. The shelf got ripped out and my dad installed these white cabinets which have PLENTY of room to hold anything my heart desires.
3. See that clothing rod? That was actually there before and I use it so much that it had to go back. It’s great to hang clothes that need ironing or items I “hang to dry”.
My laundry basket is underneath the counter and I have one giant bucket where dirty clothes go. It’s perfect for me because I don’t like my laundry to get backed up, so once that bucket is full I know I need to do laundry. It only holds 3 loads at the most, which basically means I do laundry every day.
4. The ironing board got a new cover, which you might recognize from the tutorial I posted last week.
5. I also made this “Laundry” sign with my Silhouette and their fabric interfacing. I got the idea from this name sign on Crap I’ve Made.
I found a 24”x20” frame at my local thrift store for only $5, then used white spray paint, followed by a coat of red spray paint. Once dry I sanded it down a bit to distress it and allow some of the white paint to show through.
Fonts and fabrics are:
6. I’ve won exactly ONE giveaway in my life and that was a year ago. It happened to be a gift certificate to WordyBird. One of the things I got with my gift certificate was this dandelion decal.
It’s kind of hard to see because there aren’t any windows in my laundry room which means no natural light and I couldn’t get rid of the glare.
I wanted to put some sort of quote with it and had a jumble of thoughts. Thanks to your help on Facebook, I came up with this: “Don’t let your troubles pile up like loads of laundry, simply let go.”
I used my ever-fabulous Silhouette to cut out the quote, and did you know that you can change the width so you can get the entire quote in one cut? Thanks to my SIL, Nicole of Wannabe Crafty for discovering this, I just learned how this week.
My quote was 23” long, so I adjusted my width to 24”, loaded my longer piece of vinyl and cut away.
7. The last addition was this shoe organizer from IKEA.
It’s so much better to store our shoes and get them out of the way since they were in a very untidy pile by the door.
However, it needed a little sprucing up.
Once again I turned to my handy-dandy Silhouette to cut out some vinyl names for each of my kids.
This machine is seriously a crafter’s best friend. What did I ever do without it?
Font is Inspiration.
I also made a table runner because I LOVED my fabrics, and wanted to add more of those to the room.
It’s kind of my favorite part about the whole room right now. I almost wish I was having a girl so I could use these fabrics for crib bedding.
I used this tutorial by Amy of Diary of a Quilter and thought it was a fantastic tutorial. Great instructions and I love the end result!
***Updated: many of you asked for pictures of the inside of the shoe organizer, so here you go.***
The drawers pull out at an angle, then easily push right back in. The entire thing is only about 6” deep so it doesn’t stick out very far at all or take up too much space.
Each drawer fits two pairs of adult shoes or many pairs of kids’ shoes.
Phew! Did you stick with me through all of that? Sorry, kind of lengthy, but there you go. My new and improved laundry room. At least, I think it is. Whatta ya think?