Well…I have to say, participating as a guest participant in Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge was a real treat and now I’m ready for…(TA DA) my laundry room reveal.
I entered the challenge at the last moment at the encouragement of a fellow blogger friend and, as a result, really had no plan except to makeover my gruesome green laundry room. As a point of reference, it’s always helpful to go back and see from whence we began this journey. This room was a bit of an assault to the senses with the green walls and counters and brown floors. Other than the green, there was nothing cohesive in the room. It was just a real mish-mash.
I wish I could blame the ‘previous owner’ for the puce green walls and counters…but I am the previous owner…so no go there. In defense, my sweet daughter reminded me that we built this house when she was in kindergarten and that she’s sure I picked the colors as they would be good colors for a kindergartner to come home to. Thanks, Kate.
Originally the floors were a black and white linoleum tile, which worked better with the green but just didn’t stand up to the traffic that this room receives as it is the way we enter and exit our home 99.5% of the time. It’s also where the dog is fed, the cat is fed and the cat’s litter box resides.
It is a well-used room. I love the functionality of the room with the laundry chute, the rod to hang drying clothes and the cubbies. It has so much great storage, but…
… this room was probably 10 years overdue for a facelift.
Enter the One Room Challenge! I’m a firm believer in Kismet and so when my friend Jenny encouraged me to enter I figured it was not only a Kismet speaking…but a figurative and much-needed kick in the butt.
Laundry Room Reveal
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So, 6 weeks later I have a much calmer and unified laundry room. Here’s what I accomplished:
- Refinished the countertops
- Painted the entire room, including the trim. The walls are Benjamin Moore, Feather Down, OC-6.
- Painted a floor cloth since I couldn’t find the right rug in the right size and right color
- Used an upcycled window frame to display my favorite ‘from the behind’ photos of my babes
- Made some art using a piece of paper and some acrylic frames
- Found bins and baskets to hold dirty laundry, clean laundry and other personal stuff that we keep in our cubbies but which doesn’t need to be on full display at all times (think hats, spare sunglasses, waterproof phone cases, etc…) I found all the baskets at Target and they are perfect for my laundry room. I had originally set my sites on some galvanized tubs, but the cost for how many I wanted quickly shot that idea down. In retrospect, the galvanized tubs would have scraped the shelves that I just repainted (which really would’ve hurt my feelings) so the woven silver-gray baskets really were a much better solution. The two baskets shown below are the exact same color; the light from the window just really hit one more than the other. You can see the baskets I used here:
Woven Floor Bin
Small Gray Woven Storage Bin
Large Gray Woven Storage Bin
The silver basket with the handle on the counter was in my 1,001 basket stash. I’ve held on to it as it is divided into 4 sections inside. I spray painted it and we’re using it for frequently accessed items like pens/pencils and dog treats.
- Cleaned out and organized the cubbies (again). The storage bins on the bottom of the cubbies are for clean and folded laundry. I am still the ‘master laundress’ of the home, but everyone is responsible for putting away their own laundry. These baskets make it easy for me to fold the laundry and put it in the appropriate basket.
- Made some labels for our bins and baskets. Funny story here. When the labels arrived, the side that I assumed was to be facing out was blue, instead of the silver indicated. Since I was planning on painting them gold, I didn’t give it another thought and just spray painted them. But for whatever reason, the spray paint wasn’t adhering! Ugh. I keep spray painting until I realized that the ‘blue’ was actually a film that was placed on the exterior of the label holder so that it didn’t get scratched. Ummm…brain fart.
- I laughed out loud at myself when I realized this and even invited my 16-year old son to come to laugh at my, ummm…moment….which of course he gladly accepted.
- Made a curtain to hide the litter box
My ‘new’ laundry room, in neutral ‘silver and gold’, is such a pleasant change from the previous jarring green. And I’m so happy that I spent the time to clear out and organize our cubbies. The convenience of cubbies can be both a blessing and a curse in that it is so convenient to just toss stuff in them and forget about it. While I thought I had cleaned the cubbies during my Unclutter Bootcamp in January, there was still a great deal of ‘clutter’ lingering.
Thanks for ‘attending’ my Laundry Room Reveal! To see what other bloggers have accomplished during their One Room Challenge, make sure you stop by Calling It Home.
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