8/24/11

Laundry Room Redo

One of the things that sold me on my current house is the bedroom-level laundry room. Coming from my first house, a side-split built in 1977 with the laundry space in the basement which meant climbing three sets of stairs, I was ecstatic to find a laundry room on the second floor in my 2nd house. No more running up and down stairs=easier laundry time.

However, the room was so plain and had do natural light. It was pretty deary, even in the middle of the day.
*I realize my dryer looks tiny in this pic. I picked up the brand new dryer for $100 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore but it was a euro-size, which means WAY smaller than standard. It works and was a great deal, so it stays for now. I plan to sell on Craigslist and buy the matching dryer in the next month or two.

I used these pictures as inspiration-

I love the turquoise color and used this as inspiration for my walls. It just brightens up the space and has a clean, serene feel. via Design Sponge/my Pinterest


The counter top is perfect for folding laundry and providing more space. via BHG/MyPinterest


I adore the hooks Bryn added to her laundry room, perfect for my delicate clothes that I allow to air dry. via BrynAlexandra/my Pinterest

I chose Glidden eggshell paint, color matched to Behr's 'Pensive Sky', the middle color.

It's a gorgeous blend of pale green/blue/gray.

Much better!

The nest step was to conceal the detergent/iron/dryer sheets etc on the shelf. Because custom cabinets are not in the budget, I knew a fabric curtain was the most affordable option. I picked up some fabric at Joanne's ($10.99/yd x 40% off) that went with the pale blue/green color scheme I wanted to go with.

I used the no-iron hem tape (my new BFF) and purchased a tension rod at Bed Bath & Beyond to hang the new curtain.


The third stage was figuring out a counter top option. Because I needed to finish this room on a budget, I needed to find a cheap solution to the 74'' wide counter top. We browsed the plywood section at Home Depot and purchased a large pre-sanded 3/4'' thick sheet. For extra stability, I grabbed handrail trim to use for legs. We went with the round handrail trim because it could be cut to any height and was very affordable. 
After considering several options, including stain, paint the same as wall color, paint a bold color etc. I ended up deciding to go with a pale green color that compliments the wall color and fabric.


 I used Glidden's Frosted Green Grape in semi-gloss for added durability.

I also added a $20 cabinet from Target to sit in between the washer and dryer, which hides our trash can:)

Here's a close up and better representation of the wall and counter color:


Another Before pic to refresh your memory:

and Current In-Progress Pic:


Still Left To-Do:
1. Add trim with hooks
2. Add DIY artwork on the walls
3. Add accessories for counter top
4. New light fixture

*I am trying out a new blog design. I thought it was time for a change. What do you think?
best, S

5 comments:

  1. Looks great! Much brighter and happier looking. I'm so jealous that you have a 2nd story laundry room! Our laundry area is in the pantry...weird right? Nothing like dragging your dirty clothes through the kitchen! :)

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  2. Great job! I am now motivated to do something about my dark basement laundry space. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. @Kristen- I've seen lots of laundry rooms off the kitchen but IN the pantry is certainly unique:) I guess you can work on your grocery list, as your clothes dry!
    @jbsoffel- Thanks! It makes such a difference. You should go for it:)

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  4. wow, what a great transformation! great job!

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  5. Hey Suzanne! Love the new laundry room. Very updated and pretty colors! My current laundry "room" (ahem...space between my garage and the door to the backyard) definitely could use some updating, and you've inspired me! :-)

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