GETTING ANTSY–LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER

This week, I about had it with the cold, but I’m sure that’s no new news for anyone.  But….it made me antsy to do a project.  I tried to get the hubs on board to no avail.  He told me the man cave is next, to which I simply replied, but that can’t happen til the weather warms up, let tackle something inside!:)

Nope.  Didn’t budge.

So, I pulled out the air nailer, compressor and hose and decided to work on a project by myself.

Ryan had to go into work yesterday for a few hours and on his way home he called and asked what we were doing.  I told him I was working on a project, to which he responded, okay.  Ha! He doesn’t even ask what I’m doing anymore.  He’s trained well:)  Anyway, we don’t have a  laundry room in our house, we have a “laundry closet.”

When we first moved in the laundry was located in the downstairs bathroom.  I knew that would never work, since I don’t have a great track record of keeping a laundry room clean, so we moved it upstairs into our room.  There really weren’t many options, so we made it work.  At the time it was a priority in the fact that I was sick of trying to find places to do our laundry during the remodel.  But that was about it.  It was about getting it in and functional. But not pretty.

Ry built me a stand for the washer and dryer so it would raise the height without the hefty price tags of the manufactured ones.  He made it out of plywood and 2×4′s we had laying around.  He always said we could “make it pretty” later, but 2 1/2 years later and it sat the.exact.same.way.  SURPRISE!

Until I got my hands on it:)

Here’s what my beautiful, organized, meticulous laundry closet looked like before…..(errr….)

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Yep, that’s about right.

So here’s a close up of the stand..

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Super functional, thanks honey for making it so I don’t have to bend over as far.  As for the puuurrrty factor? Well…we can do better:)

I had some pieces of tongue and groove beadboard in the shed that I had never used.  They were about 6 inches wide and had a tongue and groove edge, which allowed them to be SUPER easy to work with!  I just cut them to size and started gluing and nailing them on…

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Then I added the left over 1/4 MDF I had from the board and batten project, and a corner piece I had from the yet to be revealed bathroom project, and waa-lah!

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and it was SO MUCH FUN!  I realized that I love being a carpenter and “beautifying things”  I just don’t like the material set up and tear down part:)

Lastly I added some quarter round on the bottom to clean it up..

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Better.

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So step one is down, making the stand puurrtty.

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and step 1 was free!! Yay:)

I wish the rest of the steps would be.

Before..

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after…

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Yeah, she’s got a ways to go, but here’s some of the inspiration pics I pinned for the rest..

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since there are hoses and plumbing on the side of my washer and dryer, I’m thinking the curtains might be nice to hide that.  I also want to do a butcher block counter on top as well.

I love that I have a little bit of natural light in my laundry closet due to an awkward low window that was on that wall.  It helps with light.  I also have a fluorescent light in there now, but I’m thinking something like this would be cute hanging from the ceiling..

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It’s on a wire, so I can hook it, which would work well with our slanted ceilings…

And, it’s from IKEA for only $14.99.  Steal!

And for those of you who are concerned, don’t worry, I wouldn’t paint it.  I actually love the green color…and I can handle it in a closet;)

I also loved this pin….

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If it weren’t such an awkward space to get to, I’d consider subway tiling the whole back and do the dark gray grout. I love it.  But, I don’t  think that’s going to happen.  I do love the neutral colors with the pops of fun in the accessories.  Since we have slanted ceilings though, the shelves could be a bit hard.

And my last inspiration pin….

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I’m loving the hanging rod, which I think would fit our space well.  With the slant and all.  I also love the white with wood and naturals.  Surprise!

So, the next steps?

1.) Figure out wall color/treatment

2.)  Get a counter top and make curtains

3.) Get light

4.)  Hang a rod

and

5.)  Organize, organize, organize

Who is this girl?!?

Ry thinks this project is a complete waste of money, but I told him that it makes a heart happen to open a space and see it organized and put together.  Even if it’s in a closet.  Can I get an amen?? :)

And….I’m hoping to do this project on a tight budget, for reasons afore mentioned ^^^^Ryan;)  Love you babe!

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Comments

  1. Heather says:
  2. Oh goodness, Allie! I hope you’re never hoping to move out of your home!!!!!! SUCH a cute difference just from the base; WAY better than store ones:)))

  3. Such a simple change sure makes a big difference! Tell Ryan that women spend ALOT of time doing laundry and it makes it a more enjoyable process if it’s a nice looking, organized space! Love your ideas!! :)

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