Hey guys! Have you subscribed to my free weekly newsletter yet? If not, CLICK HERE. Welcome to the “Laundry Room Makeover (Part 4 the Final Reveal)” which is honestly one of the longest posts I have ever written 😯 , so hold on tight. What I’m going to do is review the entire process quickly, and then BOOM, the final reveal will be all yours. Geesh, I sure hope you like it.
I dug so deep for these before photos that I almost didn’t make it out of there alive. Lets get right to it, shall we…
This is what our laundry room looked like right after we moved in about 8.5 years ago. I think the only changes I had made was to the knobs on the cabinets.
Then, I lost my mind and decided to have the wallpaper removed, and re-done with the ugliest wallpaper I could find. Honestly, I think I was just searching for my style, you know? It looks cozy, but very dated, dark, & busy.
Here’s more of THAT after we transformed our bi-fold door closet into a laundry folding nook. You can read all about that here (I’m still very happy we did this): “Laundry Folding Nook“.
So, here we are now in 2017. We dove right in by removing that terrible wallpaper do-it-yourself style. We wrote a full step-by-step tutorial on stripping wallpaper the easy way in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 1:
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Then, we got serious about what we wanted to do on that big wall after the wallpaper was gone. We decided on something similar to shiplap called tongue-and-groove wood siding. We also include a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a tongue-and-groove wood siding wall in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 2:
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Next, came the fun part for me. Choosing the rug. Oh, I did good guys. Real good. You can find all of the details about this gorgeous vintage turquoise rug in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 3:
Okay, are you ready?
This is what our laundry room looks like NOW. Keep your sunglasses handy.
So, before I go any further, I have to confess that photographing this room is very difficult because of shooting directly into the window. You may recall I have the same issue in our living room. So, I apologize for the over exposed windows. The good news is the rest of the shot is very clear and hopefully I will inspire you with some of these cute colorful ideas.
The main ingredient in this makeover has always been color. We created a bright, clean, white back drop with dark brown moldings that allowed me to get creative with the accent colors. Keep in mind, I switch things up often around here, so what you see here now, will probably be different in another year. Don’t forget sources and similar products are listed below in my source list.
Now, what do you think about those colorful laundry bins? I really like how they almost look tin, and they just happen to fit perfectly into our little folding nook shelves. I will use these bins to sort laundry before I do it. I like to keep my blacks, whites, & delicates sorted in the colorful bins, and then the big wicker hamper is for everything else. When they get full I do a load. I usually do 1 load of laundry a day which seems easier than all in one day (that would take forever). It takes minutes a day to stay on top of it this way. There is also more information on this cute folding nook up in the link above.
Notice anything missing from the window? Yes indeed, we opted not to have window treatments! I’ve mentioned before how I am not a fan of curtains, and I just wasn’t in the mood for a shade or a blind (they get too dusty). We have a lot of landscaping outside that covers the window pretty well, so it really doesn’t require any privacy. Besides I don’t recall being naked in my laundry room 😯
Hey, isn’t it kind of cool how the vintage “LAUNDRY” sign looks like it is almost an extension of the window? It fit perfectly up there (my source is listed below if you want that exact sign).
Then the two little spiffy bow tied guys (or gals) look like they are looking through a window, don’t they? I couldn’t resist them because they add a certain element of humor, and charm to the space. Here’s a little secret…I actually altered the dog’s tie by adding a little green to it with a permanent marker
Next up, the green chairs. We need a chair there to put on our shoes, so I spray painted one of my favorite antique chairs bright green. I absolutely LOVE IT. The little sister chair next to it has a story, but I’ll be posting that information soon. Paint colors are listed below.
Note: In all the rooms I design, I enjoy having something “alive”. The plants have that covered.
Okay, so what the heck did I do with the light fixture? Well, I painted it of course. I didn’t want to buy a new light fixture when this one was in beautiful condition, and I kind of like it. I just needed to tone it down a little.
I found the easiest way to spray the chandelier was to hang it from a tree and spray it from there. This way you can get to all of the sides at once. Our swans totally ignored the entire process.
Oh wait, I can’t forget to show you my favorite ironing board! Check this baby out (source listed below). It’s very convenient because I just fold it down when needed from the inside of my laundry room pantry and my plug for the ironing board is over by the sink. Way better than messing with a big ironing board.
Lastly, I hung this cute little light box in the folding nook for fun. It actually lights up and makes a cute night light! You can switch the letters to make different words, and there is also an electric plug if needed.
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Wicker Hamper (similar to mine)
“Spiffy” Green Sign (these are actually dark green in person)
Ice Cube Plant-Home Depot
White Chandelier (similar to mine)
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