Sunday, August 18, 2013

Laundry Room Reveal!

One of the things on my summer to-do list was to paint the laundry room. It's finally done!

Here is what it looked like before
Pretty awful right?!?! Besides all the clutter, that ugly water heater was a horrible eyesore. I knew we had to hide it, but how? I didn't want to completely close it off because if it needs repair or has to be replaced one day we'd need access. I've see people hide them behind curtains, but that wouldn't work for us with the high shelving that is sooo useful. I've also seen them hidden inside large cabinet doors. I liked that idea but it was WAY too expensive, so I sat down and drew up a plan to build a partition that would look similar to a cabinet, but would be removable if need be.  
You can see that the piece on the left and the front piece are attached to each other, but are free standing. The "wall" on the right is permanent because it holds up 3 shelves that are lower and hold the things we use regularly. This project only cost about $30 dollars because I found the plywood for FREE on craigslist. Best part was it was in the neighborhood right next to mine, so I didn't have to drive far at all. The most expensive part was the beadboard.
We painted wide stripes to make the narrow space feel larger. More about how to we painted the stripes coming soon. We tried the alternating flat and gloss paint in similar shades. I'm happy with how it turned out. Pinterest win!
I decided to hang our mop and broom, so they would be out of the way and wouldn't collect dust balls around the bottoms. I found a 4 pack of hooks at Ikea for $5. We attached them to a piece of 2x4 that was leftover. I had Mr. Wonderful pry them open a little wider so they would hold everything.
My steam mop's handle is in the wrong direction to hang, so I was having trouble, but I finally figured it out...hang it upside down! I used 2 hooks and rested the cleaning pad between them. 
I hung the key holder my best friend gave me (over 6 months ago) and my "Loads of Fun" sign I brought to my friend Cassie's pinterest party. Here are the thinks I made that night.
I also found a grapevine waste basket on the swap and shop and pulled out a shelf from the garage.
Now we have a "launching station"! Keys, bags, shoes and dog treats now all have a place. They will no longer be taking over the ottoman in the living room.

The Laundry room ins't completely finished. There are still a few projects I'd like to do. I have left over beadboard and plywood, so this DIY drying rack is on the list of my someday projects. I also want to make a runner for the floor. I'm thinking of making a custom one using fabric and a rubber mat. I want to paint the shelf white too, but that can wait for now. What is on your list of someday projects?


  1. It looks so the stripes and all the accessories.

  2. I think it turned out awesome! As lame as it sounds I love the grapevine waste basket, haha. My favorite update are the stripes! I want our nursery to be painted like that... whenever that day comes. I still can't believe how handy you guys are :)

    1. When that time comes give me a ring. I will totally come help you paint. I seriously love painting...weird huh?

  3. I have to redo my kitchen and bathroom, but I don't know if I can start those projects as soon as possible. Hehe! Anyway, you've done a great job on your laundry room. I bet you still have other renovations in line, don't you? Hope you'll continue to share the progress of your revamps. Thanks! :)

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