Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Our new home {part 6/ laundry room redo}

We have finished our laundry room and I am beyond excited because it is functional and pretty darn cute.  I am so thankful to have a place to fold laundry that doesn't involve me hauling clean clothes half way across the house to a bed or floor to fold.  In our last home (rental) we had absolutely no available space on top of the washer or dryer because it had to also act as our pantry (gasp right?).  So, when we bought our new home I was giddy that the laundry had a designated area and I couldn't wait to make it functional.  Lets cut to the chase, I spend lots of time dealing with laundry and I absolutely dislike it beyond measure.  I figured if maybe, just maybe I liked the space I was working in, that I may just enjoy doing the laundry.  We'll see if it works now that the laundry area is completed.  This redo cost little to nothing and that is what I want many of you to understand.  Making a space like-able, functional and appealing doesn't have to cost a fortune.  Sometimes it just takes being resourceful, handy on a small measure and creative.
This is what we created for almost nothing!!!  Continue on for all the details.


Here is what the laundry area looked like before we moved in:

It had baby blue walls, a chalkboard-like white paint on the cabinets (honestly never seen a finish like it), yellowed trim, horrible carpet and extremely dated washer and dryer.  And yet I saw this space and it was like hearing birds chirping...I was in aah.  I knew this space would work and work great!  I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Here is the in-between stage; we had painted the cabinets with a fresh coat of semi-gloss pure white paint and the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Light Pewter.  We had the Frigidaire front loading washer and dryer already.

The space was a bit better, but it was not working, it was always messy, and not functional at all.  If any of you have tried to fold laundry on top of a washer and dryer you know how many socks and personal items have fallen between the two!  Something needed to be done and quick.

So my husband and I got to work. When we started looking at the options of either a large piece of wood approximately 28"x65" or a slab of some type of counter top to make into the shelf we wanted, we were looking at more then our little budget could handle at the moment.  We happened to have an extra door that used to be part of our three door bathroom (don't even get me started on that) that my husband decided would work just right.  It would need to be cut down a bit and the door handle hole needed to be filled in.  Wood putty to the rescue for us.
Here is the door trimmed down, I had never seen the inside of a door like ours, interestingly enough it is mostly cardboard...great quality door ha! =)

Here you can see where we have filled in the door handle hole.

And final step, just painting over what we had filled in and it disappeared.  
(And yes, a water table works perfectly as a work station.)

We let the door dry and then we installed really simple, black metal brackets similar to these from Home Depot to hold the shelf up.


With some measuring and leveling, the shelf was up.  Then all the final touches came together and here it is now:








This laundry area is part of the main hallway so it had to be appealing to the eye and I have to say we are really enjoying it.  I hope you do too.

Sources:
Southwest minis by Walls by Mur
Guide to Procedures
Hanging rod
Hangers
All baskets from Home Goods
Light was available at Target, but doesn't appear to be online any longer. My husband wired it into the ceiling
Total cost of my redo:
$110.00
(already had washer and dryer)
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31 comments:

  1. I absolutely love it! What an awesome space!

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    1. Thanks Jamie...can't wait to see what you do with your new home!

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  3. Simply beautiful, thanks for sharing.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

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  4. Loved this makeover SO much that I featured you today on Work it Wednedsay no. 3!! Make sure to come check out your feature!

    xo
    amy
    www.theblissfulbee.com

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  5. This is amazing! So glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie @ Better With Age

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  6. I just came over from BlissfulBee - This is a wonderful job. You should contract with builders to let them know what type of space really works. Did I notice that your dog coordinates? :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you found me. And yes my Boston Terrier definitely coordinates, haha, I trip over him sometimes cause he gets camouflaged with the rug. =)

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  7. Anything black and white works for me! I love the black machines... I just redid mine and got new machines too.. I love your inspiration!
    Susan

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  8. I'm in the market for a new set myself! I love the black SO MUCH! What a huge difference this made -- LOVE your new laundry room! XO, Aimee

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  9. Are the baskets like drawers that pull out or do they just rest on top of the machines and what do you use them for mostly? It looks so great!

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  10. I love that guide to laundry symbols! Did you make it/where did you find it? I would love to have that on the wall of my laundry room!

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    1. Hi Jennifer...I didn't make the symbols sign, but I love it too. You can find it on Etsy and it comes in so many colors...so fun!
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/123145799/set-the-laundry-and-stain-removal-mid?utm_campaign=Share&share_id=10016373&utm_medium=PageTools&hmac=bd0924b2238ebb65b0522ac4c89cdb1d188659fd&utm_source=Pinterest
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Beautiful space, simple & tasteful. Love the light fixture! Where did you find that beauty?

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    1. Hi Amanda...thank you for your sweet compliment. Anything to make laundry more fun right?! The light fixture was actually available last spring through Target. My husband wired it into the ceiling. Sadly, it isn't available anymore.

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    2. Thank you very much for the info, even though it isn't available :(

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  12. We're about to move to a new (to us) house and the laundry room also needs some updating. I love what you did with yours - very inspirational! Do you happen to remember where you got your rug?

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    1. How exciting Stacy! It's so fun to get to put your own spin on a new space. That rug is Nate Berkus for Target. I think they still have them. For sure I've seen a few in store still if you can't find it online.

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  13. Your new laundry looks fantastic. I love the colours. It looks clean and fresh. Great job!

    https://www.facebook.com/LibbysLifestyle?ref=hl

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    1. It's Benjamin Moore Light Pewter...I love it. I have it through out my entire house.

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  15. This is fabulous!! I totally want to do this now, I love the idea of building the counter since the bases for washers/dryers are like $200 each and then you still have gaps in between them! Inspired!

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  16. Beautiful update! I love that rug. Is it from Target?

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