Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Tiny Laundry Room Makeover!

I have a little problem.  That is, a little, teeny, tiny laundry room problem.  Not sure why it didn't bother me when my husband was having this house built 10 years ago.  It could have something to do with the fact that we had only been dating a couple of months when he decided he wanted to get out of the apartment living and into a house of his own.  I knew I would live there some day, but since things were so new how could I say anything?  Another reason why I kept my mouth shut was that I had absolutely no clue what the laundry room should really be like and what was important.  After all I was a single lady who had lived the apartment lifestyle for quite some time.  I was not the stay-at-home-mom of two and wife of one that I am today where the laundry room is basically my second office.  If only future self could've told past self, "Yo...knock out some side yard and give yourself some space to breathe and fold."  Oh well, live...grow....learn.  I can't fault anyone but maybe the builder, I mean it's the size of a closet!  (sigh) Anyway, I've been trying to figure out the best way to organize and maximize the tiny space for years now.   You all know (if you read my blog frequently) that I change things around a LOT mostly because I have to live with it for a while and that's how I find out if it fits or not.  I've done a few things to the laundry room like hang curtains, put up other shelves, amongst other things.  Most things just get filthy from all the dusty lint or just look too cluttered.  In a tiny room things can get cluttered and overwhelming really fast.  (FYI on this DIY: This project was done with items I already had in my possession, part of my DIY on a budget series this summer. YAY!) 

Here's what I started with.  Don't you feel a tad bit sorry for me? :(

One good thing the laundry room has going for it is that it is tall.  Is that the right way to put it?  With the ceiling being so high it gives a lot of room/options for storage and dramatics.  So in my attempt to give the room some depth and show off it's height I decided to stencil one of the walls.  Of course I chose pink to glam it up and well, because I had a pint of that color in my stash.  SCORE!

Next, I needed to figure out the storage situation.  UGH.  Seriously.  I don't think we have THAT much stuff, but again in a small room, organization is KEY to not pulling your hair out every time you need a rag or dryer sheet.  I went out into the garage for something else and it hit me like a ray of filing cabinet!  I had a small shelving unit in there that had been in my little's room and it was ugly not to mention my dogs are magicians and were able to pull towels off of it to make a nest while we were out.....nice...that thing had to go.  SO...a filing cabinet???  Yea...sounds bizzarro, I know.  But it was the perfect size!  Just tall enough.  Just slim enough to fit in the only available corner without getting slammed by the dryer door.  

It holds old towels for doggy baths, rags, dryer sheets, essential oils, and much more!

I moved my ironing board next to the window and yes, I have a chevron ironing board cover. :)  of COURSE I do! I got it on Etsy about a year ago.  I used that as inspiration for the makeover.  It matched the pink paint perfectly!  

There needed to be a place for my Christmas wreathes that I didn't have space for in my hall closet.  They've always been in my laundry room, hanging on the wall.  I wanted/needed them to be combined to become something fancy.  I shopped my paint supply and found my new favorite color Rustoleum Aqua (Lowe's).  I sprayed an accordion hat rack I got at Goodwill a year ago, and it finally had it's purpose!  A wreathe holder!  Awesome-sauce, huh?

One other dilemma I had was that I had no place for my small trash can.  Really?  No room for a small trash can?? feel my pain now, don't you?  What to do when you don't have room for a trash can on the floor?  You mount it of course!  It is made of mesh wire so I covered it with fabric (like an amateur) and hung it on a hook.   I already had an accordion drying rack installed.  It's a DREAM for small laundry rooms.  There were mistake holes in the wall that I haven't had a chance to repair so I put up my birds on a wire wall stickers to cover them. :)   

Last but not least storage for the top shelf.  I cleared a lot of things off of that shelf because they were in the wrong place or we just didn't need it.  There were a few bottles of cleanser that I don't use that often and wanted to group/contain so that it looked neater.  BUT, I had nothing to put them in.  In my quest to only shop my house and DIY whatever I find, I couldn't very well go out and just buy a basket.  Then I found an Amazon box!  I cut the flaps off and then wrapped it in brown paper wrapping paper with aqua polka dots!  I had some left over from my daughter's birthday.   YES!   Instant cute storage box!

And just for fun how about a "Tips" box?  My husband giggled and that made me happy.  Truth is he has so much loose change on a daily basis, I have jars and boxes all over my house.  This one has always been in the laundry room but it was a dark brown wooden box with a Chinese word on it (from my Asian-style theme back in 2003).   

Here are some pics of the finished room!  I'm really stoked with how it all came together with flowers and other pops of that aqua.  In the future, I might make some roll down panels for the top shelf just to add some more texture and hidden storage, but until now, blank is good. :)  The first time my husband saw it he said, "wow, feels like a spa!  You should just move your office in here!"  Ha.  It's definitely not revolting walking in there every day.  Clean, fresh, pretty...the way nature intended a laundry room to be.  :)  
Do you love or loath your laundry room?  How would you fix up yours?  Please leave me a comment. :)
It's just amazing how you can transform rooms and then moods. :)  

I have a bonus project for you!  Following is the story....FYI on the DIY...of how the filing cabinet got it's look!
ENJOY!  And thanks for coming by!

A little bit of back story on my cabinet:  I got it at Goodwill many moons ago because it was super cheap and in decent condition...just a few dents.  

I picked it up thinking I could do something cute with it for my office AND because I had recently O-D'd on pins about filing cabinet makeovers.  Ooooops. :)  So I brought it home and there it sat for days and days, weeks and weeks because I wanted to do something original and fab and I just hadn't come up with any ideas yet.  FINALLY I got an idea to paint it light pink with a single, thick, gold zig-zag down the sides and back and paint the hardware gold.  Beauty, right?  Well....not quite.  The color pink was blush and delicate and it just didn't cover my BLACK filing cabinet.  FAIL.  Fail because I didn't prime it first and that's all on me.  Well, then I decided to just use that as my primer and spray it gold.  The gold paint I bought, well, sucked.  No other word best describes my horrible experience with that nasty drippy stuff.  I tossed it so I can't even tell you what brand it was, but that's what I get for straying from my old fave Rustoleum.  Word to the wise, just stick with what you know, especially if it's awesome and you have no need to stray!  ugh.  I just threw down my paint mask and went back to the drawing board.  A few days later I got the idea to tape off my zig- zag and paint the rest white, except the drawer fronts, they stayed gold.  So that's the way it looks today.  It wasn't the best result I ever had, but it looks so much better than it did.  Before I put it in my laundry room I used the same stencil I used on the wall, to give it a little something extra and so it would tie into the decor of the room.   

You've seen that stencil before if you follow me on Facebook when I revealed my husband's dresser makeover. 

Again thanks for stopping by!  
Have a great day!

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