We have FINALLY bought our Colorado home after moving here 4 years ago. It’s kind of a fixer- upper. What’s Chip and Joanna Gaines quote? “We bought the worst house in the best neighborhood and made it our dream home” something like that. First of all it’s not the worst, but it definitely was a neglected house in a desirable neighborhood. The house was built in the mid 80’s and literally nothing had been done since that time. Blue carpeting EVEN in the bathrooms! This was the perfect house for us because we can totally rehab this baby to our own dream home style. I’ve been chomping at the bit since moving to Colorado and living in a rented condo to get out the paint and tools to renovate. So in a way, this house on several levels is a “dream house”
One of my first and smaller projects to tackle in our new house is the laundry room. Or should I say laundry closet. Do any of you have one of these? A closet made into a laundry room? For two empty nesters it’s actually the perfect size, we don’t need more than that or I’ll leave laundry in the baskets for another day till the laundry piles up!
It’s basically a closet with white walls, tired old linoleum and one white shelf. It’s begging to be uplifted. This project was an inexpensive and not so time consuming project. I went to one of my favorite resources for used items; the ReStore. I purchased a gallon of gray turquoise color paint for $5.00 for starters and a cabinet to mount on the wall above the shelf for detergent and other laundry supplies. Their paint is donated by construction contractors so I figured it can’t be all bad paint. Only thing I found with this paint is it smelled funky while it was drying. I put a couple of air fresheners and a Glad plug-in to help smother the odor.
I had a stencil from Hobby Lobby I purchased in the fall and some white craft paint I was dying to try on something. This project was perfect to do just above the shelf.
I chose to do only the back wall for the stencil and use it as as focus wall. I know, right? A focus wall in a laundry room! The cabinet I bought at the Restore was $5.00 and the color was that common honey oak. I painted it with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Old White. I attached a shower curtain rod from the cabinet to the wall for hanging items fresh from the dryer or shirts I want only to air dry.
The outlet for the water hoses and dryer were pretty unsightly but I had some quilting squares I had purchased at JoAnne’s for $2.99. I measured the opening and glue-gunned the fabric square to the outline of the fixture.
After putting in the washer and dryer in, it was time to accessorize this laundry room. I had hubby put up the utility hooks for brooms, mops, and dustpans on one side. He attached our grocery bag receptacle from Bed, Bath and Beyond on the left side of the room along with a decorative hook that I’ve had around the house in my craft box.
I purchased at Hobby Lobby (for 40% off of course,) the 3 laundry signs for roughly $20 altogether. I had the lamp in storage. I’m a lamp hoarder from my days teaching in an elementary school with fluorescent lighting. I shut those fluorescent lights off and used lots of lamps.
Voila! Laundry room uplifted and ready to work! I’m pretty pumped about how everything came together so quickly and cheaply. Laundry day never looked so good. Thanks for stopping by and if you have time leave a comment or your thoughts!