The laundry room has been getting on my nerves. It was crowded with a bunch of stuff, as if it were a storage bin that happened to have a washer and dryer in it. I’m also pretty sure it hadn’t been painted since 1986.
It was pretty clear that it wasn’t working well the way it was. It became the junk room, catch all spot. It is a nice size. It even has it’s own closet. But in the room itself, there were no shelves for storage. There was nothing that really made it functional for laundry or anything else.
At first, I planned to tackle it in phases. Weekend one: sort, declutter, and clean. Weekend two: put up shelves. Weekend three: paint. Of course, that’s not the way it went. Guess what? One day, a handyman just arrived at my doorstep. Yes, really. Oh okay, yes, I knew him beforehand. And yes, he is my uncle. And you got it, he volunteered to put up shelves for me.
We bought one piece of melamine board and cut a wide enough piece for a countertop and then two pieces a smaller width for the shelves. Putting it all up really didn’t take long. He trimmed all three pieces out in a wood trim that we already had in the garage from a previous project.
Once the shelves were up, I moved the mess out, I painted and then scrubbed the floors and baseboards. The color I chose for the walls is Glidden’s Icy Teal. The online paint chip looks green but it looks more blue in real life.
For more private storage, I hung curtains on a tension rod underneath the countertop. I used Ikea’s VIVAN curtains and just cut them to the right length.
Notice the light fixture that’s been in the room since I moved in. It didn’t exactly look like this the entire time This is how it’s looked since someone broke the glass sphere that surrounded it.
I took inspiration from the Pinterest Challenge and created a clothespin chandelier that I hung right on the screws that used to hold the old glass in the fixture. Super simple.
I am not a fan of that walnut wood stain that is so prevalent in my house, so I am going to paint all the baseboards and trim white eventually. We also need to do something about the floor. It’s old and worn out. Despite that stuff, the room is just much better now and I am so glad! Basically it’s the opposite of what it was before: a complete disaster area. YAY YAY YAY!
- Materials for shelves – $45
- Paint – $20
- Baskets – $30
- Rug – $10
- Curtains and rod – $22
Roman shade – $16
- Clothespin light fixture – ($18 for clothespins and wire fencing, everything else we already had)
$161.00$145.00 You may notice the window remains naked. The roman shade I chose is on back order. I also plan to find a bright rug for the floor. And with that we’ll call it a wrap…..until we get around to replacing the floor that is.
9/5 Update! This may sound crazy, but can you believe I found a white roman shade in a closet upstairs? I’d gotten it a few years ago for a bathroom and decided to go a different route and it was just stashed away in the original packaging! So, I canceled my back ordered shade and hung this one, originally from Target, instead. Yay!
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