Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Now I WANT To Be In My Laundry Room!



I recently completed redecorating my laundry room, all because of a light.  We had a big fluorescent light in there that I really didn't like.  We've never changed one of those out in a house before, so we didn't really know what to expect once we got it down.  Thankfully, it was just a regular hole and connections like any other ceiling light fixture.  I had purchased an iron chandelier from a thrift store over a year ago thinking my sister might want to use it in her new house but it didn't work out for her.  Yea for me! My plans were to just paint it and have my handsome helper install it, but that started a big snowball rolling for a redo. 

One night while my youngest sister was visiting (who is very hip and cool and creative!) I asked for her thoughts on a fun color for the light.  At this time, the laundry room was a celery/sagey green that we had painted when we moved in.  I really wasn't planning on re-painting, just spiffing it up a bit.  She looked around and said "I'm really loving the navy/coral color combo right now," and I thought "I am too!"  At the time I was seeing some coral on blogs and really liked the bright pop of color.  I had nothing like that color combo in my house but the more I thought about it, I decided to go for it!  Although I knew I didn't want a dark navy in such a small, dark room, I love the color that we painted my son's room and thought it would be perfect.  It's a blue-ish smoky gray which I'm sorry to say I don't have the name of.  I wanted to make this a really fun room and could really do whatever I wanted since it's totally set apart and didn't have to blend with the rest of the house.

So, here's the before shots (after I had already done some clean-up.  Why is the laundry room always such a dumping ground? At least for me it is!).  Nothing was really connected and I had temporarily clipped that fabric up for a curtain to see if I liked it, 
OVER A YEAR AGO! 
 

And the other side:



And, the after! 



It's so nice to just have everything fresh and clean!


Here's the light that started the ball rolling.  Sorry for the bad picture, but I'm still working on my photography skills and it's really hard to photograph lighting!  The color is Behr "Lipstick" and it's a great bright-orangey coral.  I started off by brushing this when I couldn't find anything close to a coral colored spray paint.  It was awful trying to coat all of those arms and twisty iron parts.  I finally improvised and gathered up a pump aeresol bottle, watered down my paint pretty thin and sprayed it with the pump.  It's definitely not perfect, but it's way up on the ceiling and no one can see it up close!  My parents' garage is a treasure trove, and they have a huge box full of a variety of crystal prisms, so I borrowed a few to bling it up.  I also covered the candle covers with scrapbook paper, being careful to trim it enough so that the paper wouldn't touch the bulbs. 


I also couldn't resist these new knobs from Hobby Lobby.  How perfect are those?


I painted the sink cabinet base black.  Someday we'll redo that little strip of counter and sink, but it's usually full of paintbrushes and splatters anyway.  The curtain is a scrap of this fabric that I had left over from making some pillows.  I wanted something colorful to tie together the coral and blue, and you can't beat free!  It is tied up with a few strips of zebra ribbon and hot-glued onto the metal frame of the blinds.  I searched around town for a zebra rug but could not find a good one, so I checked Ebay and got a super deal on a great rug.  


 I LOVE the gallery wall and just stand at the door and stare at all of the pictures.  The day I was wrapping up the painting I had to run in to Hobby Lobby and happened upon the 80% off aisle, where I found those awesome black frames with blue polka dots.  Could not have been a better fit if I had planned it from the beginning.  All of the other frames I had and just sprayed them all black so they would be uniform.  I'll be sharing more details on the gallery wall soon.  I think I'll probably continue it around the rest of the room...it would be great to fill the walls with treasured memories and loving faces. 


Backpack/jacket hooks-I've had this coat rack for a long time but painted it using a stencil from-you guessed it-Hobby Lobby.  My kids are actually using the hooks.  Yea!  I do enjoy having this side entrance door, but the laundry room was usually too trashed to bring friends through that way.  Now it's so nice to have an inviting entrance for back-door guests.  We all know they're the best anyway, right?

Well, laundry still isn't too much fun to do, but at least I enjoy my space when I'm washing and folding now!


I'm linking up to these fun parties.  Check them out for lots of inspiration!


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36 comments:

  1. I LOVE this room! What a beautiful job! I don't know where to start...gallery wall, coordinating colors, hardware, paint, rug, window treatment...it all blends seamlessly together and is gorgeous! I'm so happy you shared this with us through Roomspiration! I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing all your other awesome posts. Have a beautiful day! :D

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  2. WOW!! found you on the blog party from Mustard Ceiling... must say you're laundry room is AMAZING!!! Nicer than some living rooms!

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  3. Great laundry room! I love the gallery wall and colors you choice. If only we could figure out a way to make the laundry do itself. :)

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  4. All i have to say is WOW! You have really transformed your laundry room. I love the color combination and the way everything coordinates and pops. Fabulous job, thank you for linking up to Roomspiration!

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  5. Oh my goodness I love this! Such a great color and the zebra is so fun!

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  6. The after pretty much took my breath away!! Amazing...I can't even pick a favorite thing! You earned a spot on my pinterest board-now I just have to figure out where to recreate your look!

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  7. I am blown away by this room! My laundry room is the most boring in the house, I need to get it fixed. Thanks for the amazing inpsiration. I'd love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend, hope you can make it!

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  8. Wow! I want a laundry room like that! I love how you weren't afraid to bring in color and print.

    I would love for you to stop by and link up your laundry room makeover.
    http://www.thenotsofunctionalhousewife.com/2011/10/functional-friday-linky-party-2.html

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  9. Great looking room! It took me years to realize that if I am going to spend so much time in a room working, why not do something to it to make me smile? This room would make me smile

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  10. Fun stuff! Love the colors and chandy!

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  11. Nice to "meet" you! I am a pastor's wife as well!

    I love your laundry room and especially love that gallery wall of pictures and patterns. Too cool! I even pinned it on my pininterest so others could see it too (hoping you don't mind, if you do let me know and I'll remove it!).

    Have a great day and God bless!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous!
    I love the colors, the accessories, everything!
    Great Job!
    xo

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  13. Found you at momstheword...

    Wow. I know we just met, but can I come over and do laundry at your house? You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow! great transformation. Love the gallery wall:)

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  15. What a beautiful makeover! Sure wish I had a room like that to do my laundry in :) your newest fan!

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  16. So glad I've found you! I'm loving this laundry room re-do! In the works on my laundry room as we speak and plan is to go from LEMON YELLOW on the walls to a GRAY color like the one you've chosen for your laundry room! Plan to post some before and after pics on my blog! I'm so excited! Yours has turned out beautifully! I'm your newest follower! And LOVE even more that you're a Pastors wife! I grew up a PK and love everything about the ministry! God bless you!

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  17. I love your new laundry room. The colors are fabulous and I love the photo wall. Great job!

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  18. I could live in that room ... it's amazing. I just love the color choices!

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  19. I would love to be surrounded by all that awesomeness as I fold and fold and fold... lol! Great job!!!

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  20. It is so lovely! Btw, you've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Hope you can swing by and join us at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  21. That laundry room is so fun! And pretty! And functional! Great job!

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  22. I love the picture collage on the wall ! Great job! Visiting from tipjunkie

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  23. Love the picture collage on the wall! Looks great! Visiting from tipjunkie

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  24. Absolutely looks incredible! You did an amazing job!

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  25. Wow what an amazing transformation! Love the color combo, I never would have thought to put all of that together and it looks fab!! I love the rug, where did you get it?

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  26. Well it seems your laundry room is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic! Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Wonders blog party last week. It was much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon.

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  27. This is adorable! I would LOVE doing laundry if it was in a room as cute as this! I'm pinning this!

    Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired

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  28. I love how this turned out! You did a great job with it all... love the picture frames and wall color. Just fab. Glad to have found you. :)

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  29. How fun! I actually wouldn't mind doing laundry in there!

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  30. I am speechless and inspired by the transformation although your 'before' was pretty nice. You are fortunate to have some natural light but certainly had a vision to go dark and bold and it worked. My laundry room is shared with the boiler and has no natural light but I think i need to do something drastic soon. New follower!

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  31. Absolutely darling!
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  32. Love. Love. Love. I never thought a laundry room could move me...but yours sure did!! Such a happy place! :)

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  33. Hey there....just now finding you!! Love this laundry makeover. I'm your newest follower. Oh by the way...what is the color in the laundry room?
    Thanks....and happy creating!!
    Kelly

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  34. wow, I've just been all over your blog tonight. SO many great ideas! I've pinned and pinned :)

    Emily @52mantels.com

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