Monday, April 26, 2010

Laundry Room Makeover-Met Monday

     We started a redo in our laundry room before I left for Florida. I finally put some of the finishing touches in place this weekend. I'm am really embarrassed to show the before picture. I knew it looked cluttered and knowing that we were getting ready to empty the room, I hadn't done my regular organizing for a while. But, my husband took the picture before he started painting and I was horrified at how it looked. Oh well, that is the point of Met Monday isn't it? Our house was built in the late 90's. It is a ranch with a finished basement. The laundry room is off of the kitchen. The shelves above the washer/dryer caught the overflow of large kitchen items, light bulbs and cleaning supplies.


I didn't even realize the energy sticker was still on my washer until I saw it in the picture. Duh.


We painted the room a dark taupe (my signature color in my house),
added cherry cabinets and a little shelf over the laundry sink.


     The items on top of the cabinets are my big mixing bowl that won't fit inside the cabinet, a recipe box that belonged to my paternal grandmother and a Fiesta coffee server that belonged to my maternal grandmother. The pulls on the cabinet doors are scallop shells.


     We found the cabinet at HomeGoods and the bottles were from a little shop in Florida. You can't really see that they have a starfish and a seahorse in tin around their necks. The laundry sign I ordered before I left from Darlene at her etsy shop, The Back Porch Shoppe. Don't you love it?


     I had this black iron fence piece with no place for it to live. So, a bit of paint and a little crafty stuff add to the end wall. I don't love my crafty WASH word very much, but it will do for now.


     We left the hanging rack on the other side of the room. I put very few of my clothes in the dryer, so a place to hang things is a must for me. Oops...see the dog leash?


     We discussed putting in a "real" sink and vanity, but opted to leave the utility sink instead. This is where we bath the dog, rinse out paintbrushes and wash our hands after playing in the dirt. It is a laundry room after all and the door is shut most of the time. In the case of the sink, function before style.


Please join Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday. I am always so impressed with the projects that my fellow bloggers are able to accomplish.

18 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

It's really wonderful Sue! Your before did not look that bad either. Like you said, it's a laundry room. I love that shelf you found and all the cute little decorating items you have added.
Hugs,
Cindy

Jenglamgirl said...

SUE~ it looks wonderful! love the white shelf cabinet, and your pieces you used to decorate too. Cabinets are wonderful for hiding all those overflow things... or laundry you don't want to fold... HA! hope all is well with your mom.. I am behind with all that, as my grandma just passed. Take care, and have a great day and week. Jenn

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

I'm lovin it! I really need to get my laundry room together, there are so many cute ideas!
dena

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like what you did - Pretty!

Jenny said...

I really enjoyed the before and after pictures - it turned out so wonderful!

dee dee said...

Sue, I must be honest with you and say your before photos were actually not as horrible as you think they were. As I was reading your description and scrolling downwards, I almost thought I had missed the the "terrible" before shots!
Your redo turned out fantastic! I love the color on the walls, very warm and inviting.
Your cabinets are almost too pretty to be behind closed doors! Love the Florida touches with the bottles and shells. Great Job!
Dee Dee
ps. How's your mom?

kim said...

Your laundry room looks a lot better than mine. Mine is more like your before except I do already have a cabinet that is white. I am getting inspired to repaint mine one more time!

FrugalMom said...

What a wonderful transformation Sue. Love the laundry sign!

My laundry room doubles as a storage room, so I have to be careful not to trip over bikes, balls and beach gear.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the paint color and the new cabinets are wonderful. The little shelf is just too cute too. Don't you love having a pretty laundry room. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

Your laundry room is perfect and functional, Sue. I love the cabinets including the little white one. Nice warm wall color!...Christine

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

wonderful! I love using baskets, too... very well done! I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

jenjen said...

It looks GREAT Sue!! I love the color you used, and the iron gate with the "Wash" banner. So cute!

Great job!

XOOX
Jen

Maria said...

Really great job, Sue...
You all truly inspire me to keep on tidying my own nest...
What a never ending job after three kids! Seems like there's no end to what's in closets and under beds!

Your laundry room looks fabulous! A+
Take Care, Sue! ~Maria

Roberta said...

A wonderful makeover! It feels so good to get organized eh? Gotta love that utility sink too ~ Bravo! xo

Lyneen said...

GREAT MAKEOVER... I would die for a utility sink in my house... the cabinets are beautiful! ENJOY!

koralee said...

Oh love it!!!! Those blue bottles caught my eye right away....your should see my laundry room it could use some TLC. Hugs to you today. xoxo

Pat said...

Sue, there is no need at all for embarrassment. Hey, we "live" in our homes and your pics were not bad at all. I grew up in a "sterile" home and it was miserable! Everything had to be perfect all the time in case "they" came by...after all, what would "they" think, say, etc? Funny thing is, my brother and I never knew who "they" were! :-) I love for things to be clean and organized, however, I want comfort too.

Your laundry room is wonderful! You've done a great job and I love the sign. Thanks so much for sharing.

Brightest blessings and continued prayers for you, my friend.

xoxo
Pat

Sandra said...

Sue, I love your laundry room! I love how you placed the iron fence on the wall! My next project is to redo my laundry room. It looks horrible! Thank you for sharing with us!
Sandra