I’m so excited to share the Laundry Room Makeover Reveal with you!!
If you could see me right now, you’d see me sitting here with an ear to ear grin.
Some of you may have been impatient with me as I shared my laundry room makeover in bits and pieces. It all started last summer and then finally a few weeks ago, I made up for lost time.
Have you ever wanted to makeover a room, but had no funds in your account?
Don’t let that stop you. My zero budget forced me to get creative with what I had around my house and proved to me, once again, that I don’t need to let the lack of money prevent me from making my home extraordinary.
My laundry room makeover was a fun creative challenge. And I know you are dying to see how it all has come together.
So, without further ado….
Ahhh! This feels so much better than…..
Sometimes it is good to be reminded where it all started.
The photo doesn’t tell all. When I first moved into the house, the bi-fold doors will still on the laundry closet. And though it probably isn’t really clear to you in this picture, even here, in order to load and unload the washer I had to reach around the wall. It was super awkward. I’m grateful that the bi-fold doors came down….it helped a wee bit. But, when the contractors removed the washer and dryer to install new sewer piping for the basement it allowed us to be able to do a little bit of work.
Since we rent the house, we weren’t able to do a large-scale renovation. But, my husband did enlarge the opening as much as he could which did two things. One :: allowed us to slide the appliances back in place without a shoehorn…and this is no joke. Two :: we were able to get into the space finally and clean it well and paint the walls which had only been primed, with several coats of paint. We had just a tiny window of time before the contractors would move everything back in place. So, one night in the midst of preparing for VBS, we stopped at Lowe’s, choose a paint color in ten minutes, cleaned the space, and threw the first coat on the wall. The following night I painted again.
There was one more silver lining in this project. I was finally able to get the yucky washer out and enjoy using mine. And you know how good that felt. Having my own washer, and not being wedged up against the wall in order to load and unload the washer, was wonderful. It took the dread out of doing laundry. I guess so much so that the project came to a halt. Well maybe that and the fact that I had an incredible case of poison ivy on my arms and legs that took forever to heal.
The addition of pale yellow really worked to make the closet a bright spot. Especially as there is no wiring in the area, I couldn’t even add a lamp or other hanging fixture for light and brightness. The color really serves to warm things up.
The swan border easily came down on the adjacent hall walls for painting. Yay! I didn’t have much of the yellow paint left as I used it to paint a wall in the guest room last winter. So I added nearly a quart of white paint to what was left. Thankfully, it was just enough. The walls really are creamier than they look here and help transition to the other the nearby areas. Isn’t it fun when things work out like that?
My laundry closet and adjacent hallway has now morphed into a real laundry room!
This view helps you to see the whole room. It’s not a large space, but there’s plenty of room for sorting laundry. And I have some natural daylight, too.
I’m not a fan of the floor….it’s a little busy for me…but it didn’t need to be replaced after the sewer project, so I live with it. Blue is better than some other possibilities, so we’ll give thanks for that.
It’s hard to see in the photo above, but I even decorated the windowsill with a few of my older blue Mason jars filled with clothespins.
There is a bit of a theme….if you can see it coming together. It’s sort a cottage collected look with the added whimsy of clothespins as art, in jars, and on the “clothesline.” With the black fabric skirt over the washer and dryer, and the chalkboard art, I’m pleased the way it all came together.
My Longaberger Laundry Hamper looks fabulous sitting against the wall there, and nicely complements the old wood frame on the chalkboard. Since it holds a lot of laundry, my space usually looks pretty good…until I spill the contents for sorting, that is. [wink]
There are shelves over the washer and dryer, but reaching up for was awkward and my gallon jug of white vinegar didn’t fit on the bottom shelf, so instead of sitting the cleaners on the floor, I put them in my old copper boiler. I picked it up a long time ago at the Allegan Antiques Fair (MI). The bench upon which it sits I made.
To complete the vignette….I added some old washboards I inherited from my parents. A laundry room with a vintage throw-back couldn’t be without these icons of the past.
My plan was for the laundry room to have a whimsical flair. I had a fun playing around with clothespins, creating the wall art on the left, and hanging vintage ladies’ hankies from the clothesline strung down the wall.
The banner was created with leftover fabric from making the pleated skirt to hide the dryer vent and the washer shut-off valves. The pennants were the same pattern I used for this banner. Because the fabric was just a little lightweight, I fused some fabric left over from my studio table skirt to stiffen it a bit, and then hot glued the pennants directly to the jute. And then for fun, I clipped some vintage hankies I had to the line. You’ll notice that I also created some fabric roses to hang at the ends of the clothesline and at the top of the chalkboard, to hide the nails and screws.
Over time I have collected Longaberger Baskets with red accent weaving. Most of these are Christmas edition baskets. Together, with the vintage Mason jars, they are the perfect complement to the colorful Mary Englebreit fabric hanging below the shelf.
This Laundry Room Makeover has somehow become a series.
And now, the series has now come to an end. If you missed any of the posts, you can check them all out here:
Are you inspired to spruce up your own laundry room on a dime?
Wherever you find yourself in the wash-dry-fold-repeat routine, make it a pleasant place to be. You don’t have to do all the things I did. But, a fresh coat of paint, some artwork that you or your kids have created, and a few things that make you smile are all you need for a laundry room makeover that will be extraordinary.
Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary.
Now go do a little something to put the extra in your ordinary laundry spot!
May your whites be bright!
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