It wasn’t really our intention to redo the laundry room again, but, um, LIFE.
Call it part spilled liquid detergent, part washer that died on Cyber Monday and you have a recipe for a little sprucing up in the lights and darks department. The original, original laundry was such a sad state of affairs. It was the land of blah, so we painted the walls aqua, added some peel-and-stick faux wood flooring, installed some shelving and called it done.
Then came the day that I left the liquid detergent (this was pre-homemade detergent days) on the dryer. There may have been some choice words yelled and a husband that was none too pleased. After mopping up that mess for like the 1,891st time, we thought we had it licked. Until the peel and stick flooring started to peel and not stick. So, we busted out a few new pieces of it, cleaned the floors again (we thought) and reapplied.
Then, the freezer started leaking. Insert lost cause. Last summer, we finally replaced the floors with faux wood tile. You might remember that from the guest bath reno. It officially became my new favorite room of the house.
We skipped all the way to November crushing on this room until the washer died. Well, technically it didn’t “die,” but because we were looking at nearly $700 in repairs to kickstart it again, we cashed in on the Cyber Monday deals and scored a great washer/dryer set. After typing that I realize now that I am officially middle-aged. Le sigh. I opted for the top loader because I always hated the front loader. Our laundry room is the pass-through from the garage to the house, so leaving the door open was never an option. Mildew, I was so over it. They had a good 11-year run, though!
After my massive nesting binge, there were a few more touches I added. This wire basket got relocated from the pantry to house everyday cleaners I’m always needing (glass cleaner, carpet spot remover and Clorox wipes).
These two frames got the boot from the boys’ room so I whipped up some art, including those super confusing laundry symbols, and hung them on the wall. That might just be my favorite new addition. The “wash ’em, dry ’em, put ’em up” is something we say often around here, usually when we refer to the bedtime routine with the kids. It’s like dishes, we say, wash ’em, dry ’em and put ’em up. If you’d like to purchase that art, buying information is at the bottom of the post.
Everything else stayed the same: party supplies (here’s a few details on how I did it), cleaning products, detergent supplies and our message board for invitations and special announcements. Each item is housed in a different basket and the zones have really helped it stay organized, except on laundry day. That day it resembles a tornado.
Here’s the side-by-side before and after. It almost makes you WANT to do laundry, doesn’t it? Aqua, pretty art and tile floors have that effect on people. Happy washing, y’all.
White baskets/shelving: The Container Store
Silver bucket: The Dollar Store
Red bucket: Wal-Mart
Wire basket: Crate & Barrel
Paint: Kingston Aqua (Olympic)
Ironing pad cover: Etsy
Ironing board/iron over-the-door hanger: The Container Store
Magnetic message board: Etsy (no longer for sale)
Laundry symbol artwork: me! ($5 for the set of 6, 5×7 printables, leave your email in the comments and I’ll send an invoice via paypal, followed by the PDF artwork)
For more home renovations, click on over to the Before & After page!