A Thoughtful Place: Laundry Room Lovin’

10.07.2010

Laundry Room Lovin’

We all spend an inordinate amount of time in the laundry room, right? So I am a big fan of making the laundry area seem somewhat inviting and dare I say charming. Of course I failed to take a photo of the rather drab and boring laundry room before, but here is a look into the space now.

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What I did to add a little bit of charm:

  • folded a piece of black and white damask  fabric over a rod for a valance { it was actually a round tablecloth I found at Homegoods}
  • added upper cabinets
  • hung a rod between the cabinets and the wall for items we need to hang to dry
  • painted the walls from beige to sage
  • dressed up the linen cabinet
  • flowers {they are fake and I am proud of it. not watering flowers in my laundry room. don’t tell anyone}
  • added damask paper to both the vase and the picture frame to tie it all together
  • replaced the light fixture with a brighter one from good old Home Depot

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My favorite transformation is the before and after of the linen cabinet. It’s a cabinet we bought form Target years ago for our first apartment. I held on to it and am glad I did. It is a great size for this laundry room and is home to our guest towels and extra sheets.  HOWEVER, it would bug me every single time I walked by the laundry room because of the glass door. I could see the miss matched towels and it drove me up the wall. Plus, they always had to be folded perfectly. Here it is before

 

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So I took a piece of the damask fabric and cut it to fit the door. I simply taped it to the inside. Super fancy!

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So now the towels are nicely tucked inside ready for our guests. And now I no longer have to look at them when I walk by. And I can enlist the help of my four year old to put them away because all I have to do is shut the cabinet door. Better, don’t you think?

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For more laundry room lovin’ head over here to see what Kristen did with hers at two birds. one blog. It’s adorable.

Do you have any fun ideas for “hiding” the messier things around your house? Would love to hear.

Linking it up:

                    The Shabby Nest 

                         Just a Girl

                         Frou Frou D├ęcor

                         Tatertots and Jello

                 Under the Table and Dreaming

                 I Heart Organization

 

                         

23 comments :

  1. Love it! Wish I had that much in my laundry room. We can hardly turn around in ours!!

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  2. It's funny how the laundry room is one of the most used rooms in a house but the most neglected! I love what you have done to yours...very simple fixes but they make a big difference!

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  3. This is seriously Awesome!! I love how you added the damask paper to the frame! I've never thought to do that but now I want to try it- and also wrapping the paper around the vase! I love your laundry room- I bet it makes the chore so much more fun now. Hanging that rod was also a great idea . . .hmmm- now you've got me thinking . . .

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  4. So pretty! I love how little touches can entirely change a room. And the photo of your little one is too cute!!

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  5. Your laundry looks wonderful. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  6. So cute! Its funny, in my little house, I don't have a laundry room, I have a nook at the end of the hall. I hated the doors so I took them down and hung rich, shiny brown drapes. It is unconventional but it does add color and texture to the hall.....

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  7. Oh, I love the idea of adding rich drapes instead of the door. That must look amazing. So much more interesting. Unconventional and that's what makes it great.

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  8. I am in LOVE with your beautiful laundry room!! My room is horrible and covered in dog hair!! But with a family of 6 you are right I do use it a lot, so I should make it look like yours {or at least attempt to}! Great job. {and thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog!}

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  9. Love your laundry room revamp! Love the damask pattern you've choosen--awesome!!! I'm your newest follower via Just a Girl blog hop. Hope you'll stop by SewWoodsy.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!! Girl, you've certainly got a talent for this stuff! :-)

    Oh, and have you stopped by yet to add your city to the LOCATION CENTRAL blog? It's where you can see other bloggers in your area.
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  11. Cute indeed... I can see some fun pops of orange in there for spring!

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  12. It looks SO nice! Will you come do mine?
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie party.
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  13. Soooo, pretty!!!! I'm sure it makes doing laundry just a 'bit' easier. :)

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  14. Turned out great!!! Love your fabric choice!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! I have three boys (7, 6 and 2), and so I do a LOT of laundry, too! I wish I had a "room," but I just have a closet. I would take hints from what you've done here, though, if I had a room to decorate! Great job.

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  16. LOVE it! Looks sooo great!

    - Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

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  17. Looks great! I love the color scheme you chose. I'm thinking this is next on my plate as well; the cabinets with a tension rod is a great idea for those items you can't throw in the dryer. Love the blog!

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  18. This is really cute. Isn't it amazing how just a few simple tweaks (other than hanging cabinets) can make such a huge difference. Great job! Happy New Year!
    CAS

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  19. Wow, your room is wonderful. Love the black and white damask. Never would have thought to put it on the picture frame and the vase. Well done!

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  20. Just lovely! It's so beautiful and pulled together! I adore that damask, especially in the frame also, totally brought a smile to my face!

    Thanks for linking up and sharing with me!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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