Monday, February 21, 2011

From Drab to Fab:: Easy Laundry Room Makeover and Latest Style File Segment.

 My laundry room used to be a bit of an embarrassment....Plain white walls, florescent overhead lighting, storage shelves that didn't fit the space and clutter, clutter, clutter! It was overwhelming to go in there to do the wash, but go in I did, because I had to. The rest of my home is pretty much decorated to the nines, so it really didn't make any sense to NOT do the laundry room. Actually, I have long yearned for this space to be inviting and looking good, it was always just so much easier to close the door and forget about it!  Well, not any more. In one weekend, I banished the boring and corralled the clutter into what is now a functional, bright and cheery spot to do a chore we ALL have to do. I just love the color in there now, and it really does make a daily chore that much more pleasant.
 This wire shelving unit was waaay too big in here.

It's looking better already!

Isn't this a better use of the space?!

The same room also houses my water heater and air handling unit.........
...but they're nothing a curtain can't conceal! I love soft architecture.

An extra task light helps spot stains for pre-treating.

 Details help pull everything together

So, there you go! A laundry room transformed and another room decorated. Simple fixes like changing out the florescent light for a cool moravian star, getting the laundry baskets up off the floor by hanging them on the wall with chunky, silver hooks and adding a few more shelves all staggered to work together for storage in metal bins and bright, cheery baskets. A functional, well organized and great looking laundry room.  All in a days work! Just like laundry....

Oh, and check out my latest segment on KVOA channel 4 "Laura's Style File" where I talk more about this laundry room redo. Thanks and please consider following me. It's super easy! All you have to do is click 'follow' in the right sidebar!


Jaime @ Our Journey said...

Your segment was great! What, what! Storing paint in mason jars ... pure genius!

I am so thrilled to have found your blog!

Jaime @

Loribeth said...

You've inspired me to think more about our space. One of these days I will get to organizing and decorating our laundry/utility/mud room. It's the entrance we use the most often, so it probably should be higher on the list, but I really want the kitchen done first.

Kat from California said...

I'm enjoying the pictures of your home. Wow! You are very creative. What is in the glass bottles in the laundry room? Colored Sand? Laundry Detergent? Thanks, Katharine

Pamela Bates/Bates Mercantile Co. said...

Oh how I wish I could make my laundry area of the basement look so pretty. But alas, I have to walk through the rest of the basement/man cave to get to my end. I'll have to figure something out. Yours looks great!!

Carli said...

I have an extremely drab basement laundry room_You've inspired me to make some changes! New Follower here

Dara M. said...

I love your idea of hanging the laundry baskets from the wall, so ingenious. Your room looks great and a lot more pleasant to do laundry in.

Lorene Nance said...

Can you tell me where you got the hooks to hold the laundry baskets? I need some just like them! :)

Laura/Hayestone/Design Share said...

@Lorene Nance

I am in process of moving so apologies for the delay in responding to your question :-)
I got those hooks from Restoration Hardware many years ago and unfortunately, they aren't available anymore.

These boat hooks are similar and you can probably find them at a hardware store best of all, they are economical.

These are also similar, but a bit expensive

Hope that helps, thanks for visiting!

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