Sunday, January 8, 2012

Laundry Room: Before & After

I was really excited when we bought this house because it had a real laundry room. In most of our past houses, it was just a creepy corner in the basement. I had visions of perfectly folded laundry and a pretty little decorated space where I would want to go and do my least favorite chore. I don't mind actually putting the laundry in to get clean. But. I HATE folding and even more, putting away. Ick.

When we moved in, it didn't take too much time for me to paint the laundry room an Oops color...(that hasn't worked out so well for me) that I immediately hated, but finished painting anyway. And because I didn't like always looked like this. Obviously it didn't turn out as planned...


Nice, right? Aren't you jealous? The real bonus here is that you can see it from the bottom of the stairs. I couldn't take it any more once the baby was born because I was in there a whole lot doing diapers and buckets of baby clothes.

I originally bought Turquoise Mist (Benjamin Moore) for the baby's room ceiling, but didn't care for it with the pink. I didn't want it to go to waste and I thought it would lighten up the laundry room and make it fresh and clean. I think it worked out well.

BEFORE                                                          AFTER

I love the difference the paint made (ok, and taking out all of the hoard helped too). Here are the details on the "goods" if you are interested.

Paint: Turquoise Mist (BM) - Mixed at Wally-weird (as my friend Amy calls it) $15
Black and White striped rug - Big Lots $10
Baskets - Big Lots $12/ea
Sign - Already had
Mirror - Goodwill $4
Board & Batten - done by me (hooks from local craft store) ~$40 for all
Jars and painting - Already had
Shelf unit (not pretty, but functional)- $20 Craigslist
Lamp - Big Lots $40 (expensive for me, but I wanted the shade)

Just over $100. Thrifty and beautiful. Yay!I hope you love it as much as I do. Now...if you will excuse me. I have some laundry to do. 

xo - Chris

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  1. Oh my, this is a fabulous laundry room. I think you did a first-rate job! All the details make it seem so opulent and to think~ it's a utility room just beckoning you to come in. Love it!


  2. Thanks so much for the nice comment Dana!

  3. That came out great. You must love being in there now. It looks so serene. Great work! I am a new follower visiting from Making the World Cuter. Vicky from Mess For Less

  4. What a pretty laundry room! This is a great transformation! I am your newest follower from the Motivated Monday party. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  5. It looks great! The lamp is the crowning glory, I love it!

  6. Love it! Especially the striped rug. Can't believe that came from Big Lots! Did you get it recently?

  7. You have no idea how much I needed to see this.
    Let me say I LOVE every detail of it. My laudry looks a lot like your before,if fact its shaped almost exactly the same too.

    I am bookmarking your post so if I ever get mine done I can give you credit for the inspiration.

    may I ask please where you got your lampshade. I need 2 of those badly..
    thanks so much for showing us this amazingly beautiful transformation..

  8. Looks great! Love the colors that you chose, my laundry room also needs some TLC. Great inspiration!

  9. Wow this looks great! Love the colors! Lucky you! :)

  10. Love that you hung art in there! I think that is just what my laundry room needs!! And I too despise putting laundry away! I think it is because I work retail and do it all the time there (at least that is what I tell my husband!)

  11. Ahhhhhh. Almost spa like. :0 If only it came with someone to do the laundry. hehe. I love the color and that stripe rug give it the pop that makes it fun. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  12. So pretty! Mine is almost the same color (Icy Teal by Glidden). I love the stripe rug and lamp, too! Rana

  13. Love the colors! It turned out great! That's a project that is on my list for this year too. I'm your newest follower from the uncommon slice of suburbia party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  14. Chris @ Freckle Face GirlJanuary 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Wow - thanks everyone for the nice comments. I loved reading all of them.
    Sonny-The lampshades were from Big Lots - you never know what you will find there.

    Julie-The striped rug (also from Big Lots) was purchased maybe about a year ago. I saw some other colors (red, blue-got that one for the boys room) not so long ago. It's worth looking.

    Big Lots is a great place to find stuff - you may go 5 times and not see anything, but the next time you will see 10 things. Also look in nooks and cranny's, high and low, I found the best stuff there that way.

    Thanks again everyone! I better get back to my project. Sewing duvet's for the boys bedroom! :)


  15. Oh mi gosh this is gorgeous! I am a new follower! Found you on Sumo's Sweet Stuff, hope you have a great week!

  16. Very pretty. Your paint color looks very similar to my laundry room... I am going to be updating in mine too. Love if you stop by my blog :)

  17. This is gorgeous!!! I'll be featuring it next Tuesday, thanks for linking up!

  18. Chris @ Freckle Face GirlJanuary 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Wow-Thanks Kristin!! How exciting, CANNOT wait!!


  19. looks great and super jealous...for i am still stuck with creepy corner in the basement. we've been trying to make it a little less creepy, but it's no real room like this.

    big lots for that rug? score!

  20. It looks great!! Love the paint color. I don't think I would mind doing laundry in a room that cute :)

  21. Love how bright, cheery, and organized your laundry room turned out. I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

  22. Great color, Chris! Thanks for sharing the name. Your laundry room looks great. I love how you decorated the top of the W&D. I've got the pedestals for mine {which makes them kind of high} but I should see if I can't add a few pretties. I'm remaking ours over, too. We will have to paint, but I have no windows on this side of our condo so I have to keep it light.

  23. I love the wall color. And think that all the decor came out so good. Hope you enjoy laundry a bit more now.

  24. Very pretty! I just painted my laundry room just about that same color! I'm hoping it will make me want to do laundry more;)
    Great job!!

  25. I love the molding on the wall! And how did you do the lampshade?? I'd totally do laundry in that room. Totally.

  26. Chris @ Freckle Face GirlJanuary 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Meg-thanks for the comment! I bought the lampshade that way. It had an ugly base, but I just bought it for the shade. Another idea that I've seen out there, if you want to recreate the script type of shade - has Michael Miller script fabric (in different colors too!) and you can just recover a shade in that.

  27. LOVE the color and the entire transformation and YES, I'm jealous!!!...enjoy the never ending task in your fab new room...just found you and am now a follower...nice to meet you...come on over for a visit..Mariaelena

  28. What a wonderful makeover - I spend tons of time in my laundry room - 8 kids - for it to be cheery is wonderful! It does help doing the least favorite chore!

  29. I'm so jealous! It looks incredible and I love, love, love that color!

  30. gorgeous love the makeover! You've inspired me to look at my dingy laundry sometime this year!

  31. Lovely room. I have that exact same rug but use it in my entry way. so in love with the chunky black and white stripes. Got mine for a steal and hope you did too.


  32. Looks amazing- love how it turned out- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  33. Ok I Love your ideas! We have the same floor plan so you give me all kinds of ideas! Thank You, Alicia Johnston

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