I’m excited to finally share the little laundry room makeover I completed last month. Our laundry room was in desperate need of some love. It was the only room (minus closets) in our home that still had builder’s paint on the walls, but it’s probably the most traversed room in the house.
A laundry room is the most traversed room in your house?
Yeah, you read that right.
It has three doors – one to our kitchen, one to our garage, and one to our powder room, which is definitely the most used bathroom in our home as the kids and I use it more than the other bathrooms during the day, and it’s the bathroom guests use too.
Also, like most families with attached garages, we enter and exit our home through the garage more than we do our front door, so we enter and exit our home through our laundry room.
Lastly, our trash can lives in the laundry room, as does our pantry, and one of our dogs sleeps in there at night (and he’s the dog who sheds the most). Soooooo, as you can see, our laundry room really needed some lovin’.
And what better way to love a room than to give it a fresh coat of paint?
My mom recently had her downstairs repainted in a beautiful blue gray. When I asked her for the name of the color she gave me an extra unopened gallon of it from the garage. (It may have felt like it was my birthday!)
Next I pulled everything out of the cabinets above the washer and dryer and everything out of the baskets above them. I ended up throwing half of what was there away which gave me a lot more storage space for things that had been cluttering up the kitchen (specifically lots and lots of toddler friendly arts and craft supplies).
Then I moved whatever could live in the garage into the garage, including the star hooks. AND the fly swatter. (Does anyone else have tons and tons of flies in their backyard? Accepting all tips on how to make them go away!!)
Then I mulled over how to keep my laundry room functional without it looking so cluttered in the open space in between the cabinets. Because, let’s face it, I can’t NOT do laundry things in my laundry room. I need to be able to hang stuff in there, and I knew there had to be a way to do that without it looking so junky. I reached out to a gal pal with a great eye for design (waving to you Jessica!), and she suggested more hooks to replace my hangars. I couldn’t be happier with these beautiful cast iron shabby chic wall hooks I found on Amazon. They’re subtle, functional, and pretty all at the same time.
While I waited for those to be delivered, I ran out to my local Homegood’s and grabbed these black baskets to replace the white ones and this cute Love sign. (So yes, I have a total of 12 hooks in my laundry room now, and I am 100% ok with that!)
Lastly, I replaced the green/yellow tray I had on top of the dryer with a beautiful wooden serving tray from Crate & Barrel we were given as a wedding present. I think it’s gorgeous against the grey blue walls and white appliances.
I love that this tiny room is so inviting now and because I threw a bunch of things away, reorganized, and invested in a few more storage pieces (ah hem, hooks!), it’s actually more functional than it was before. Even the dog seems to enjoy sleeping in it even more now. : )
Until next time,
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