Laundry Room Get’s a Facelift

25 Jul

Since I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on Olive’s room this summer, I was beginning to feel the need to move my focus over to something different this weekend, something small and quick that would give me a sense of accomplishment without committing to a huge and costly undertaking.  So after being inspired by two bloggers that chose to take on their laundry rooms last week, a lightbulb went off in my head, and I decided that spiffening up our laundry room would both fulfill my desire to have a change of venue along with getting something quick and easy DONE, all the while meeting my requirement of spending little to no cash.  

Here and here are the inspiring posts from the blog Young House Love and here is another from I Heart Organizing , which includes lots of great laundry room eye-candy if you want to click over and get hit by the insperado-bug yourself!

This is what the laundry room looked like before:

Not too shabby, but also not too spiffy either.  I didn’t do much in there, just slapped some paint on the walls, added a shelf under the existing cabinets, and placed a Billy bookcase (that wasn’t getting much use in the blue-room of the house) into the corner for some good ol’ stream-lining action.  The first move was to get everything, with the exception of the washer and dryer, out of there:

The next move was to wipe down and paint the walls.  I already mentioned how I wanted to keep this project cheap, so I opted to use paint that I already had lying around instead of buying new paint.  I used leftover paint from my bedroom – Martha Stewart’s Araucana Sage:

Then I mounted a shelf that I took out of Olive’s room (more on that here), brought in a bookcase, and accessorized a little in there by bringing in some framed photos of Olive and a painting that I did early last year:

Yeah, my washer and dryer don’t match, and I’m totally ok with that.


Although the change is subtle, the space is definitely cleaner and has much more organizational potential than it did before.  Not to mention giving me the sense of accomplishment that I was looking for and for free to boot!  I plan on storing extra curtains and table linens that rarely get used on the bookcase in there, and keeping unsightly wires and things that Rob keeps around for who-knows-what reason in the clear and black storage cubbies next to the dryer.

Still on the list in here:

  • Paint the cabinets as a means of practicing my cabinet painting method before taking on the huge cabinet painting project in the kitchen
  • Adding some sort of light cover over that exposed bulb
  • And installing a clothing rod on the far left wall by the dryer.

But after getting this little project done, I feel like I can meander back into Olive’s room and scratch a couple more things off the to-do list in there 🙂

This post is linked up to Addicted2Decorating, click the button below to see what greatthings other bloggers out there have been crafting and making-over themselves!

Thanks for looking!


2 Responses to “Laundry Room Get’s a Facelift”

  1. Dee July 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    It makes a girl feel good to clean, organize, move things around and splash some paint on the walls to make a room feel re energized! Good work! Dee


  1. Olive’s Bedroom Progress – Shelfy Business « Apples for Olive - July 27, 2011

    […] I’m glad I was able to streamline things in there with the use of items that we already had lying around the house yet again  (see how three different rooms in the house got mini-makeovers just by moving around tables that we already owned right here and how I made use of two shelves from different rooms in the house to spiffen up the laundry room right here).  […]

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