Thursday, August 30, 2012

Laundry Room Reveal


At last, I finally completed and put the finishing touches on my laundry room!  I've been picking away at it here and there all summer, but finally got things hung up and organized...


When we moved into the house a year ago, it was pretty builder-basic...
...Plain walls, no built-ins, etc.  It's not an overly large laundry room and I had to sacrifice having a utility sink and proper mudroom because it's an upstairs laundry, but after living here for a year, I'm really happy to have an upstairs laundry.  With three kids, it feels like I'm always running a load and it's much more convenient to switch loads, not to mention that I don't have to schlep baskets of clothes up and down the stairs all the time!
The first thing that I did to liven up this small space was to whip out my favorite painter's tape...
I didn't have a single bleed through with the green Frog Tape.  Stripe painting tip:  Mark your stripes to differentiate where your paint goes!  I used the off-white builder color that was already on the wall and marked off and added Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter for the stripe color. In addition to the large horizontal stripes, my husband and step-dad installed a simple built-in laundry folding table in an empty niche.  The project was about $30 and worth every penny...
I love having that counter...so functional!  After the construction and painting, it was time to add the fun stuff...
I absolutely love decorating with vintage and flea market finds...adds a bit of character to a room!  I picked up the laundry carts in a barn dig and vintage show for about $50 for the pair a few years back and used them for display at shows, etc.  They are a bit different in size, but that's okay...
I also moved in a iron rack that I've had for a while and spray-painted it black to pop from the walls...
It's a perfect piece to hold some vintage goodies, cleaners, and other laundry storage.  I'm a sucker for displaying everyday items in creative ways...
I didn't have to purchase much for this room as far as accessories go, I simply "shopped" around my house for bowls, containers, and other items.  I did splurge and ordered the $35 oversize pin set from Ballard Designs...
Besides the pins, all I purchased was the lumber, paint (mixed in Behr), stripe rug, and fabric for the laundry carts and the black and white valance my mom whipped up for me to hide the plumbing, making the total laundry room makeover ring at at just about $130 out-of-pocket! 
And I haven't forgot...I promised a tutorial on making these laundry cart liners.  Unless you plunk down the cash for Pottery Barn's lined laundry carts, most vintage ones you come across won't have a liner. My mom and I teamed together and put together a "how-to" that will be up this weekend!

Kristen

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54 comments:

Andrea said...

I loooove your laundry room! I am about to start our laundry room facelift next week. I've had fun collecting vintage goodness for it, and can't wait to get started. I am hoping for a similar vibe to yours =) ps do you have any more typewriter bracelet letters? I bought one a few months back for my Mom and wanted one for myself, but you didn't have the letters (need a C, E, and M). Thanks! =)

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

That just could not be any cuter! Reminds me of a model home :) Perfection!! Enjoy it.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful! you have done such an amazing job- love the vintagey touches and the stripes and colors!

Angela said...

I'm in LOVE!!!! I want those carts so badly. Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing.

The Other Me Is Sane said...

I love the stripes, it really perks the room up.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love, love the laundry room...just love the wide horizontal stripes...Such a gorgeous room that makes the laundry seem not so much of a chore...well, somewhat!...Love all the of cute accessories...and a great use of that niche!...Great job Kristen!!...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Kristen! Love the stripes and the folding counter. That wire shelf looks great there, too.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It would not be a chore doing laundry in this pretty room. I have my eye on painting stripes on an accent wall in one of our bathrooms.

Suzy said...

What an adorable room! Those laundry carts are to die for! Love, love, love all of the details.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your laundry room looks great. I don't have the patience to do stripes. Those really look good. Your room is bigger than mine. Good job.

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous laundry room at Potpourri Friday! Remember to enter the Home Depot Giveaway!

Susan said...

Your laundry room is lovely. Congratulations on your finish!

House on the Way said...

What a great laundry room transformation! That's the next dream project of mine! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It would make a great addition to the party!
Leslie

Julie said...

Absolutely adorable! I have a black & white striped rug in front of my washer/dryer, too. Looks great.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

So beautiful!! Love the cart. Megan

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This is great! I wouldn't mind doing laundry in here at all! Great job!

ournextgreatadventure said...

Gorgeous! What a great way to update a builder basic room.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Cute room! I'm a sucker for black and white. I have that rug in my kitchen! Your accessories are perfect.

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

That came out super cute. I also like how the stripes pull your eye along the wall and away from the floor. It is great!

sissie said...

This is so lovely that I had to PIN it!!

hugs
Sissie

Dream Mom said...

Wow, it looks great! Love all the vintage detailing, the stripes and the little curtain is a cute surprise. Beautiful job!

Lady Pamela said...

Whoa! This is fabulous. I would love to do laundry in a space like this. You did an amazing job of decorating.

smart momma said...

i love your laundry room!! from the striped wall to the two giant safety pins on the wall!! they're giant but ironically cute!!!

let's trade laundry rooms please... ;)

huggies***
smartmomma

All About Vignettes said...

Wow!!! What a transformation. The horizontal stripes are awesome. I have to say that I'm partial to stripes and walls. Everything looks great. It almost makes me want to do some laundry. Well,almost!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Wow, I love this beautiful room. doing the laundry would actually be FUN here!

Warmly, Michelle

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your laundry room is beautiful! I'd be doing laundry every day if I had a space like yours! Visiting from FJI.

A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love your laundry room! Especially all the vintage touches!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

So beautiful! I've done a few wide stripe walls in my home...both horizontal and vertical. They make a nice bold statement that gives a space a lot of character!

I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative projects!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Perfection...love all the fun details!! Laurel

Cocalores said...

What a pretty room! I'd even consider doing the laundry voluntarily if I could do it in there =)

Kelly said...

I seriously think having a pretty room like this might inspire me to do laundry more often! I am loving the striped walls and the giant pins. Awesome job.

Pollyanna said...

Love and adore the whole room. I especially love the wire details and the color scheme .... from your newest follower - Pollyanna

Cassidy said...

Oh I LOVE the classic black white and gray look. All the details are awesome. My laundry room is the one space that is still neglected!!

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

this is truly beautiful!! great job!

Lissa said...

I love this! Totally pinning for inspiration for when I do our laundry room. I'd love for you to share this at my MightyCrafty Mondays link party: http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/2012/09/mightycrafty-mondays-round-10.html#.UEYCD5bTDfY

Vel Criste said...

this is great! I love the stripes you did - I'm also going for back and white motif in mine with a mix of vintage knick-knacks here and there. thanks for sharing, you did a great job designing and decorating!

linking back from http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/

Eclectically Vintage said...

Gorgeous - you must want to do laundry all day long! Those laundry carts are amazing and what a find!
Kelly

Michelle said...

No way that is not the same laundry! You have made that nook look like it was made for the cabinet and bench. What an awesome makeover you should be feeling very proud :)

Blissful Blooms said...

Love! Love! Love! You have such a knack for using and displaying fun vintage goodies! I recently redid our laundry room too! I need to blog about it . . . but it always seems to be covered in laundry! :)

Britney Jean said...

This is wonderful! I love the mini fabric curtain! What a great idea! My laundry room is smaller than yours and has no cabinets or anything in it (my only complaint about this house we just moved into 4 months ago). I need to redo it SOON because it's driving me nutso! Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I may have to order those pins as well!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I LOVE that laundry cart!!!! You have done a great job on your laundry room!

pam {simple details} said...

Love the unique vintage details throughout and mixed with the modern stripes...perfect!

Shelia said...

What a wonderful and fun laundry room. Love the shelf and all of the pretties you've placed on it and those safety pins - love em!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bente said...

Beautiful laundry room. Love it.

the cape on the corner said...

wow, this really is amazing. i love the stripes and the rug with the opposite way stripes...it just totally works.

Geri O said...

I love the giant pins and the stripes on the wall. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a second at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

Honey at 2805 said...

You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful laundry room transformation, Kristen. I love the stripes, I love the way you used black, and I really love all the cool vintage items that you used to decorate your shelf--all so very pretty!

Comeca Jones said...

Total Perfection!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, such a lovely transformation! I'm your newest follower :) Greetings from Australia ~Pernilla

Hollie Joy In The Morning said...

I love your black and white...it's becoming a theme in parts of my home...can't wait to post my desk makeover...and Liam my 6 year old said..is our whole house going to be black and white now;)!
Love your creativity and giving me hope that my projects can be done too inspiring girl!!
Hollie

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love your laundry room! I'll be featuring it tomorrow.
Xo

Jeannine said...

I love everything about your space! You put everything together just beautifully! Amazing job!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

TheMoonAndMe said...

I love your whole laundry room!
But my absolute favorite part is the NOOK area and EVERYTHING in it! Oh man. I love the baskets and your style is sweet!
Kelly

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