July 13, 2011

Laundry Closet Redo REVEAL

No more waiting!
The reveal is finally here!!

I've been dying to show you guys the finished room :)
I showed you a quick peek with the Italian Inspired Chalkboard
and hopefully put you in a laundry glam mood with the fun printable I shared yesterday!

So now onto the whole dealio!!

Remember my before picture?
It's pretty awful...

The previous owners half-painted it.
(They liked to do that a lot should see the garage...)
As in...not clean lines either.
Splotches. Yuck.
I think they just decided to use the leftover paint from the rest of the house and slap it on...

And I went with it until I couldn't stand it anymore.

That and the open shelving just made things messsssy...
hard to organize nicely when you see everything.

First step was cleaning everything out and getting the monstrous machines out.
This was before the washing machine decided to launch it's attack on the house.
So we were on good terms then.

I painted the entire room in a glossy white I got from Habitat for five bucks.
It was perfect.
Although I had it in my hair for days...

Next I printed out a quatrefoil stencil I found online (just google it)
and carefully cut it out.
The most tedious part of this whole thing was standing on top of the washer and dryer to stencil this puppy.

You should have seen me all scrunched up into that closet...
my back didn't like me much that week :)

I used Sherwin Williams 'Krypton' which I adore to paint the pattern.
I only did the back upper wall with the stencil and going around that detector in the wall was NOT my favorite part... just in case you were wondering.

I was so proud of that first little bit...
and then I did more and more and more...

Looking better already, huh?

After I had enough of painting, I whipped up some fun cabinet door signs for the spaces above the washer and dryer.

Seriously easy.
I started with a plain white cabinet door and painted it in espresso brown.
Printed the words on white vinyl. Stuck em on.
Presto Chango.
Oh, and I sanded it just a bit.

I love these little signs.
Super easy and made a big difference.

Are you ready to see the whole thing??
Alrighty then...

Not bad for a closet, huh?
Of course, the Brinks box is fabulous :)

Here's my little sign and chalkboard making acquantances.
And my little yellow wooden bowls for catching loose change.

I took the plain Walmart storage box from the before pictures and added some scrapbook paper to the drawers.
Just measure, cut and modpodge them into the inside of the drawers.
No more mess and it's cute to boot :)

It all looks so much fresher with a coat of white paint...

And it is so much more functional.
I'm not paralyzed by the ugliness of it all anymore :)

I kept some brown and white baskets up there for storage.
Since there aren't cabinets I had to find creative ways to store things without making it look too cluttered.
The under cabinet shelves from the Container Store help corral things like dryer sheets and dog shampoo :)

These little brown baskets are from Michaels and I glammed them up with a couple of small frames
(also from Michaels) and just printed labels to go in them.
"B' for bathroom supplies and "A" for all-purpose.

This cute jar I got from Hobby Lobby when I decided the Tide Bleach Box no longer matched my decor :)
Wouldn't Tide look better in blue and white?
I cut out some brown vinyl with my cricut and it was instant glam.
I threw a little scoop in too.

The regular detergents sit on a blue tray I've had for a while.
Keeps them in their place!

Originally, we had these awful laminate peel and stick tiles down.
The wood floor in here looks sooo much better :)

Here's a couple side by side before and afters...



What do you think?
Not bad for a Laundry closet?

It may just make me actually want to do laundry...maybe.


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  1. Great job! Looks so clean and fresh now!

  2. Almost makes me want to do laundry (almost)

  3. Fantastic job Kelsey!!! It's amazing with a little of this and a little of that...comes out looking fabulous and organized and functional!

  4. Oh my gosh I can't even tell you how much I love this! (totally pinning it btw!) I have the EXACT same laundry closet and saw so many gorgeous pictures of laundry rooms and was so sad I couldn't do anything *fun* like theirs and now I see I can! I hope you don't mind if I steal 100% of your ideas (giving you credit of course! :) ) Thank you Thank you for sharing!

  5. Look great!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Oh wow! I did realize my laundry room was in need of a redo till I saw how cute yours is. :)

  7. You did such a great job! I loooove the stenciling!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  8. You did a fantastic job. I was actually happy with my laundry room until I saw this. Now I'm going to look at it with different eyes.

  9. It looks so much better. I'm so glad you re-painted it because that brown before was hideous.

  10. Amazing! I have been so inspired by the laundry re-dos I've seen lately. Mine is a "closet" type, like yours - so nice to know you can make it look fabulous, even if you don't have a big, spacious laundry room. I love it!

  11. Wow, Wow and Wow! The laundry re-do looks amazing!

  12. LOVE!! I want to try stencils SO BAD but Im super nervous. What did you think? Any tips?

  13. Love Love Love it! The stencil is fabulous and I really love the wash and dry signs!

  14. Kelsey I just love how this turned out. It looks fabulous! I especially love the Wash and Dry cuboard doors! Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Cuteness! i love all the labels!Come check me out when you get a chance. www.

  16. Love! (Found you over at Catch a Glimpse and am your newest follower.)

  17. I really like your tea laundry room transformation! I'd love for you to share it at my first weekly blog party. It is all about things that have been repurposed, reinvented, revamped, recycle, reused, reorganized, and redone.

    Hope to see you over at my place soon!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

  18. It turned out great! Love the transformation! It does make laundry a little less dull! :)

  19. I LOVE the wash and dry cupboard doors. SO CuTe! :)

  20. It is fantastic, love it! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  21. Looks great! I need to do something to my laundry area to make laundry more enjoyable. Does that work?

  22. Love it! Looks great! May even make laundry enjoyable.

  23. Love your a and b bins. Definitly going to do that for myself. Instead of plastic drawers I will probalby do an "L" bin for laundery supplies. Thanks for posting such great pictures and details!

  24. This is fabulous! I love how organized it all is, now. Thanks for sharing!

  25. It looks so good! I love that design. I am a new follower!

  26. Looks amazing. I love the wash and dry signs. I would love for you to stop by on Monday to link up your laundry room and any other projects you would like to share.

  27. WOW! I am totally jealous! Your laundry room is fantastic! Ours is just stud walls and concrete right now!

    Featuring you today on SJ!


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