Monday, June 11, 2012

Laundry Room

I don’t think I’ve shown you much of the laundry room in our new condo.  This is the side with no windows so it doesn’t get any natural light.  This is also where the garage entrance door is and it is sandwiched between the back where I have my craft/sewing room, and the way to the kitchen where the pantry and a storage closet are.  Here is one of the best “before” pictures I could find.


It photographs as a brighter yellow than it actually was, but rather than brightening up the space, this yellow wasn’t doing much for this dark area.  We decided to go with the new Ace paint, Clark & Kensington in White Linen.  I had no idea my hubby was going to paint this while I was visiting in New York.  So I came home to a nice surprise!


The picture above is facing toward my craft/sewing room with the pantry closets and kitchen behind me.  The picture below is with my back to the craft/sewing room.


It really brightened it up noticeably!  He had only just finished it up on Memorial Day and then he was off on another business trip.  He asked me to wait until he got back before putting anything back up on the wall, but I would have done anyway as I needed his help with the Ballard café shelves for in here.


He also cut down our laundry cart’s length so that it would fit in between the dryer and the cabinet, which cleaned up the opposing wall so it didn’t look so congested with stuff on it.  He wants to extend the counter {which means a new countertop}.  If he does that, I will probably skirt it so the laundry cart is behind it and then I will just pull it out when I’m doing laundry.


The laundry cart used to sit on this wall next to the water cooler.


I gathered all the décor I had in here, plus the extra fern prints I had from the master bedroom. 


I noticed I seem to have a lot of nature décor, which is good because I can tie this all in together.


Here it is now!   I had to bring in extra lighting to get decent pictures in this windowless area {shop lights for Pete’s sake}, so the shadows you see are from those lights.


My wrapping paper holder which has been sitting in here for months, waiting to be hung up.


Ballard café shelves.


Baskets I already had and I just added Michael’s dollar bin frames painted Heirloom White with some printed out labels.


Metal pails from Goodwill {about two years ago}.  I added number tags to them.


I bought a real ivy plant when I was at Lowe’s recently and found the pot on clearance at Michaels.  I felt I needed something that would drape down {eventually} and I have always loved ivy ~ especially the variegated variety.  The frame I received as a special win from Jennifer Rizzo.


My fern prints which had been in our master bedroom {and an extra one I had in the water closet} hang above the laundry cart.  On top of the cabinet I just put the nest plaque and glass container with eggs.  They had been there previously.



A shelf I found at the local antique and flea mart, made over with Heirloom White and a wood embellishment.  It holds the Beatrix Potter figurines that I had given my Mom over the years many years ago and that she gave to me before we moved.


My recently framed print is placed just outside my craft/sewing room.


Such a big difference this new paint color makes!  It looks like a white white in the pictures, but it is actually more of a creamy white ~ very close to the cabinet color.


Definitely liking the lighter feel in this area!

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Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your laundry room looks great! What a gorgeous washer/dryer you have:) I think mine is an antique.

Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous, love the lighter look, and all your special touches really make the room "yours." Thanks for sharing the ideas with us, I pinned one of your pictures and commented that it came from your blog (Pinterest). Mary

Becca Bertotti said...

What a sweet husband for surprising you! I love the color you chose ... your shelves ... accessories ... ALL of it! Cute sign, too!

NanaDiana said...

It looks great and really does look a whole lot brighter and bigger. I bet you will be glad to get hubby home to help you get it finished up. The new counter top would be a nice addition, too. xo Diana

DIYbyDesign said...

Love your laundry room. It looks great and I love it lighter and brighter too.

Debra from Bungalow said...

Love this new laundry room. My laundry room is in the basement and has cinder block walls...ugh. You're inspiring me to pretty it up :)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your laundry rooms looks wonderful in its new lighter color. I love your wrapping paper holder!

Sonny G said...

lookin great Kathy,, give the hubs an extra kiss for that surprise painting job..

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

What a fab surprise from your hubby! Mine did that once, after I waited 7 years to get a wall painted in the master bedroom, ha ha, this go around I'm going to paint the walls in our master bathroom on his next trip out of town!

Your laundry room looks very nice, Kathy!!!


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy your laundry room looks fabulous with it's new lighter and brighter look! Love all the pretty accessories too!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Wow! My laundry room is on a long to-do list, but seeing yours makes me want to get started. Love what you've done, and you used what you already have to decorate! My husband would love that lol. It's really beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This looks great! I love the shelving from Ballards! This is quite a transformation! I need to do the same thing in my laundry room! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

I love how your laundry room turned out! The paint color is so nice. I love the shelf with the baskets and buckets. All the nature and Beatrix Potter decor are so cute. I wouldn't mind doing laundry in there at all! It must be so nice to have the whole project finally done. ~ Jamie

Olive said...

The laundry room looks good enough to have lunch it.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great room, I love the color and you have it decorated so beautifully. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Decor & Harmony said...

Wow if I had a space like yours maybe I would enjoy laundry a little more. You really fancied it up!Thanks for the post, have a great week.

The Feathered Nest said...

What a beautiful transformation Kathy!!!! I love the change...funny how the yellow did make it look so dark too :) I love the crisp, clean white...such a perfect backdrop for your goodies too!!! I hope you have a great week sweetie, hugs and love, Dawn

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great transformation Kathy!!...Looks terrific...The shelving not only looks beautiful, but it really gave you great storage..Isn't it great to have a beautiful room to do the everyday chores...makes doing laundry not so unpleasant!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I would call your laundy room very upscale compared to mine. Beautiful job. That Paris wrapping paper is soooo cute. You're right, the lighter color looks great. You are lucky to have such a handy husband.

Debbiedoos said...

What a nice sized laundry room you have there. Looks adorable. I also love your washer and dryer. I sure wish I would have bought those kind.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a very sweet husband you have. That is a very nice size laundry room. Nice washer and dryer and cute styling.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Kathy,

Your so lucky that your husband paints. I have the same color in my home and love it. Now if only I had a gorgeous laundry room like yours.


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Looks great, Kathy!
Must be so nice to be so organized. Love it when every
little thing is in it's special place. Peaceful when there is order, you know!?

You have inspired me!

Gail said...

WOW Kathy, your laundry room looks great! I love your shelving and all your decorative touches. I wish I had a laundry room that size. Mine is in a closet in the kitchen. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

K&B by the Sea said...

What a nice surprise to come home to, a room all painted by your hubby! :-) Your laundry room looks great - it's so fresh and clean and bright, even without any windows. I really like the shelves, the baskets, and the little metal buckets :-) And the Beatrix Potter figurines are charming :-)

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

Love the shelving and the cute picture frames on the baskets! adorable!

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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What a fabulous hubby to repaint while you're out of town!

And it looks so amazingly inviting ... makes doing laundry much more pleasant!



Unknown said...

Kathy! Look how beautiful your laundry room turned out! I LOVE SEEING MY KEEP CALM ART PRINT on the wall!! OMG! That makes me so happy! I'll be sharing your post on my facebook.

The Farmers Daughter said...

Really a great looking laundry! I might even enjoy washing clothes in a laundry like this!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It'a amazing the difference a fresh coat of paint can make to a room. I love this new colour and you styling is so pretty.

I hope you can share this at Shabbilicious Friday this week Kathy :)

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