Laundry Room Reveal

I'm so glad I told y'all I would reveal my laundry room makeover this week because it forced me to get it done.  I love how it turned out.  Ok, so you are probably thinking, "Why would she spend money fixing up her laundry room?"  That is a great question.  We were kind of forced into it really.  We had a leak upstairs in the girls bathroom and it caused water damage into the laundry room right below it.  These are the only before pictures I have.  Sorry.  

I should back up a bit.  4 years ago when we moved into our house we painted it a teal color.  I was going to add a cute border, if there is such a thing, after we painted, thus the reason why I didn't do cut in work at the top.  Well, 4 years later, the border was never added to the walls and I hated the color.  When we had to have the drywall replaced, I decided it was a great time to change the color.

I started off by painting the walls Cumulus Cloud by Martha Stewart.  I love it.  It's the perfect shade of grey.

Then I replaced the unattractive light fixture to the one you see above from Ikea. 
It was a steal at only $29.99.  I love the feel it lends to the room.  Thank you dad for hanging it. 

The safety pins I purchased from Ballard Design.  They were 3 for $35 and I just think they are so cute.   The accordion drying rack I already had.  I bought it from The Container Store years ago.  The wall hook I also had.  It's from Ikea.

I had to find a way of hiding the ugly hose box you see in the first picture above.  I got lucky that the towel I had, which I bought on sale, online, at Pottery Barn last Christmas for $5, was wide enough to cover it.  The towel bar is from Target and was $12.99. 

The wooden stool was $14.99 Ikea.  I will probably end up painting someday.  I'm dying to try out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I picked up a month or so ago.  The runner is from Costco and was $9.99.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's grey with creme pinstripes.  The basket in the corner was my huge score from Christmas last year.  It came in a set of 3 from Wisteria for $12.99.  Unfortunately, they no longer carry them.

The ironing board cover I got from Home Goods for $9.99.  The iron board rack I bought a long time ago from Bed Bath and Beyond.  Unfortunately, I got a new iron and the iron is too big to fit into the holder.  Not sure what I'm gonna do about that yet.  I hated the look of the utility sink so I bought a table cloth from Target for $16.99 and turned it into a skirt for the sink.  I simply sewed (who am I kidding, I had my dry cleaner do it for $10)Velcro on to the fabric and stuck it on.  Easy peasy.  It also gives me another place to hide extra detergent and other supplies.
I wanted to keep an open feel and not hang any cabinets on the wall, but need a little bit of storage to keep all of my supplies.  I found this laundry cart at Bed Bath and Beyond.  With a coupon I think it was under $35.  It fits perfectly between my washer and dryer.  I've talked about this on my blog before, but I love glass containers.  I'm a little obsessed with them actually.  You should see my pantry.  They are not only beautiful, but practical as well.  I know exactly how much I have in each jar so I never run out.

Well, there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour of my laundry room.  I can tell you that I no longer dread doing the laundry.  In case you were wondering about the price tag for this makeover, I did the whole project for around $250 including all the accessories. 

Not everyone is going to have an extra $250 laying around to spend in their laundry room.  I have some easy and inexpensive ways you can add some beauty to your room. 

1.  Add some photos. It's much harder to complain about doing laundry when you're staring at the people that mean the most to you.   

2. Add a little color.  A gallon of paint is cheap and it's the easiest way to transform a room.  I couldn't believe how much bigger the laundry room felt once I lightened it up.   

3. Add some pretty baskets and glass containers to keep your supplies in.  Ball jars are inexpensive and you can find them anywhere.  You may even have some lying around your house.

I'd love to hear what ya think.  Drop me a comment and you could win a burlap bag like the one hanging on the hook above.  I'll be picking a winner on Monday.  Good Luck!


pamk said...

I love the light, cheery look of your new laundry room! It really does look like a pleasant place to be. I will be remodeling to bring my laundry room up from the basement and combining it with my upstairs bathroom next summer, and I'll keep some of your ideas in mind!

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