Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Laundry Room Worth Loving

Hello Everyone! Happy Spring. In true New England fashion, it was in the high 60's on Friday and then actually snowed for a little while yesterday. (And this is why we love it here!) That jolt of sunshine and warmth got this house in action and inspired everyone here to get busy! We spent most of the day Friday outside, plotting out our gardens, planning out the arrangement of the boys new swing set and turning our compost pile!

On the inside, things got cranking too. Maybe it was because we had all the windows open, maybe it was the sun I got all day, but suddenly I had a crazy desire to use the new yellow paint I picked up at Lowe's. The paint was a great find. I usually swing by the "2nd's Table" right when I walk in....this is that sad sad table filled with paints that were not good enough to go home and be splashed on a wall....but another person's trash is my treasure. On a recent trip I found this lovely shade just sitting there, begging to be taken home and used!

After chit chatting with the Hubs, it hit us where we could use this! After tossing around Option A: the master bedroom walk in or Option B: the laundry nook, we unanimously decided on the laundry nook. It was an easy decision based on the colors that are used in the half bath that is attached to the nook. Check out these curtains I this print so much!

To give this post some serious WOW power, here is the hideous "before" shot (this would be why I was slightly obsessed with keeping the doors to this nook shut).

Fairly typical. Overflow of cleaning products, white walls, boooooooooooooooring! So I started by removing everything from the shelf and pulling the washer and dryer forward by about 5-8 inches. After surveying the shelf and measuring the height of the wall from the baseboard to the ceiling, I decided the easiest thing to do would be to paint horizontal stripes. This way, I didn't have to get crazy behind the washer and dryer, I used the least amount of paint and time and the graphic punch of stripes would draw the eye in from the bathroom.

I decided to start my first stripe around the shelf and work up and down from there. This way I did not have to remove the shelf as it would be a white stripe. Using a level and a tape measure, I lightly penciled in 8 inch wide stripes. **A little hint to keep yourself from going crazy is to mark the stripes that will be painted. I lightly penciled a "Y" for yellow in these stripes.""

I didn't feel like messing with painter's tape so I hand cut each stripe with a small angled paint brush. It took absolutely no time at all and I didn't have to worry about bleeding through (as sometimes....ok most of the time happens to me with tape.) Since there were only a couple of stripes it really flew and in no time I was starting to really like the look of what was happening.....

Loving this color even more!

Wow! Me likey!
One coat seemed to do the trick and since I can be lazy sometimes, I did not bother with the wall behind the washer and dryer. Those appliances aren't going anywhere and I needed to be able to do this quickly (working in a nap time again!!)

After some reorganization in our broom closet, I was amazed at how little needed to go back in to the nook, but it still felt like something was missing.....Voila! My DIY Starburst Mirror. LOVE. THIS. NOOK.

So without further ado.....



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  1. A-door-able! Love the yellow and the fabric is so pretty!

  2. What a big difference! I love how you hung the mirror in there too - I would never have thought to incorporate that kind of decor in a laundry room. It looks great!

  3. Oh My God, That is awesome! Who wouldn't want to do laundry in that cheerful and charming room!


  4. I have found my way into your lovely little world and I am ever smitten. I am off to explore more...but just from a peek or two...I can tell that we are kindred spirits when it comes to decorating our homes. :)

    Oh...and consider me your newest follower.


  5. Thanks all! I can't lie....the Hubs found me in there this morning sipping my coffee and smiling. To which he muttered (laughing under his breath as he walked away), "That is why I love you." HAHA!

    E- I just stopped over and yes, where have you been all my life. HAHA! It seems we have a similar eye! Can't wait to explore more!


  6. I was not expecting the strip..Love it..AWESOME job..

  7. Okay, I just commented on your starburst mirror, then I get to this post! Wow!!! I am in the middle of revamping my laundry, which is *exactly* like yours. I had been stressin' about whether to take that wire shelf off and move the w/d to paint, and then I see this genius idea, and I feel like you just fixed all my problems in there! Yeah, thanks!

  8. Colleen,
    I love the laundry room! The stripes remind me of the box that Giorgio perfume (you know the "ritzy" Beverly Hills scent every 8th grade girl just had to have?) came in. I just told my sister today that if I had a Fairy Godmother that would do any household chore it would be laundry...but happy stripes like yours might make the task more bearable...great job taking an often overlooked space and making it so fun!

  9. Gorgeous! That is the best yellow! I just might enjoy doing laundry in a room like this!

  10. Cute, cute, cute, the stripes just woke up the space. It is so cheery and bright, just what i'd need to keep me in a good mood while doing laundry everyday!!!!!

  11. Love it! I bet you love doing the laundry now!!
    Have a wonderful day!

  12. The stripes are awesome! I love that hanging basket, too! Brilliant.

  13. Very pretty! It makes such a big difference and the room becomes so much more fresh and bright!

  14. Thank you all so much! I still can't believe that an hour or so of my time and a little bit of paint made such an impact. Makes me start looking at other spaces differently now too. I am starting to look at stencils too......I feel the need to paint more! AHHHHH!!!



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