Today I’m so excited to share my laundry room makeover with you!! (Prepare for A LOT of photos!) I’ve been wanting to work on this space for ages but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Finally, this past weekend, I had had enough and decided to just dive in and make it both functional AND pretty. The poor space had just become a catch-all for lots of random items and since it’s behind closed doors it was easy to just toss stuff in and forget it. But it was also making laundry an even more dreaded chore, but not anymore!
Here’s how it happened, last week an old friend of mine from high school got in touch with me and we made plans to meet up this past Friday. I was very excited because it has been more than 20 years since we have seen each other! She has children too so we planned to let our kiddos play while we caught up. All was “go” until my phone rang in the late morning and my little one had to be picked up from school early because she was having a tantrum – she’s three years old and is in that difficult stage of learning how to control her temper. Well, Friday wasn’t her best day and sadly I had to go pick her up, even more frustrating for me was realizing that I couldn’t keep the meeting with my friend because I didn’t want to confuse my daughter with a fun play-date when she was having bad behavior at school earlier. My friend kindly understood and we rescheduled but I was still feeling pretty frustrated, so I decided to channel my frustration into finally tackling my much neglected laundry room – turns out it was a very productive stress reliever!
My original idea was to use a color scheme inspired by Laduree – a french pastry shop that I fell in love with in Paris. I even wanted to spell out laundry as “LAUNDREE” as a fun little play on words but as the design continued to evolve I decided to go with a somewhat french, but more garden inspired space.
To start, I took everything out of the space. Originally I wished that I could replace the wire shelves but I just don’t have the budget for that right now, but in the end, I actually like how the white wire shelves look! The steps I took in the process were:
1) Empty the room including take down the shelves.
2) Hang the chair rail molding. Yep! I hung it myself!! It’s not a perfect job but it was not as scary as I thought and I have to say, it’s tempting me to want to begin hanging more molding around my house – especially crown molding! I primed it and then put the finished coat of paint on after it was hung. This worked well for me.
3) Paint the wall above the chair rail.
4) Hang beadboard wallpaper below the chair rail.
5) Hang new light fixture while the space is still empty.
6) Put it all back together, decorate, and ENJOY!
Since it’s a dark closet with zero natural light, nothing will grow here so preserved boxwoods and silk branches were the only option I had to bring in a garden feeling.
A decorative shelf holds a pretty tray, a glittery Eiffel tower and my inspiration piece for the room. (More on that a little lower in this post)
This pint sized trash can is just right for catching lint.
Last spring I made this shadow box craft and shared it with readers over on The Graphics Fairy site here. I loved the vintage illustration of the girl doing laundry and knew I wanted to incorporate it into my own laundry space at some point. I’m so happy it has a spot of its own now!
A simple ironing board/iron hanger is such an easy solution that I wonder why I didn’t at least hang this ages ago!
A measuring cup hung with an “S” hook, keeps this handy for measuring out detergent and fabric softener.
A bouquet of silk peonies brings a bright pop of color!
The cart rolls easily in and out and is a great storage solution for some of my tools and a few other odds and ends. The tools are in the black metal box on the middle shelf. I like the vintage vibe of the box but it’s actually new!
I really like the copper handles on these wire baskets – and they are perfect for storing toilet paper and helping me see, at a glance, when we need to purchase more!
I had seen the jar idea for storing detergent in a jar on Pinterest and LOVED that. I hate the look of the detergent bottles, so this was a great way to avoid that all together!
A sparkly chandelier adds a bit of glamour – and I think that the boring task of laundry can use all the help it can get to be more fun and special!
A small wire bread basket makes a great caddy for both dryer and color catcher sheets.
This little painted glass adds a bit of French flair and is simply pretty to me – I don’t have a particular use in mind for it. I just liked it!
I was so excited to find this watercolor of Laduree online and print it so that it could hang in the space! I’ll share a little tutorial about framing it with a ribbon border soon!
A metal wall caddy provides a bit more storage space for jars of laundry add-ins as well as clothespins. I’m planning to hang a retractable clothesline in here too but it’s the one thing left on my to-do list. Hope to get it up in the next day or two!
Sign: “Boulangerie” sign from Home Goods
Chandelier: Allen + Roth “Eberline” Pendant light from Lowe’s
Paint above chair rail: Benjamin Moore 450 “Nob Hill Sage” in semi-gloss
Paint on chair rail: Valspar “White” in a semi-gloss
Wallpaper below chair rail: Allen + Roth “Beadboard pattern” paintable wallpaper from Lowe’s
Top Shelf Baskets: Wire storage bin and Milk crate decorative basket from Target
Second Shelf: Aqua lattice tray, White Lattice tray, and wooden tray, Glass drink dispenser, Metal bread basket, Smith + Hawkin preserved boxwood bouquets, Smith + Hawkin Medium Copper metal planter, Smith + Hawkin small Copper metal planter, and Threshold Traditional White decorative shelf all from Target
Iron + Ironing board holder: Room Essentials white ironing organizer from Target
Metal Hanging Basket: Galvanized Ashton Basket from World Market; Green Ball Jars from Target; “S” hooks from Lowe’s; Metal measuring cups from World Market
Cart: Austin Metal 3-tier cart in Espresso from World Market
Cart Shelf 1: Silver vase and silk branches from Target; Painted Moroccan tea glass, Peony bunch from World Market
Cart Shelf 2 + 3: Espresso Austin Metal Box and Aqua caddy/basket from World Market
Trash Can: Mint Retro Galvanized Trash Can from World Market
Now that the room is done, I’m really excited to do laundry! Can you imagine?!?!
I hope you enjoy this makeover!
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