Laundry Room Reveal

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Well.  It's finally here.  The day I can officially say my laundry room is lovely.

Before I started to change the space into something that was not only functional, but nice to see...it took much planning.

The laundry room (which is the small little room between the kitchen and the garage) functions also as the pantry.  So, when I was planning the space I had to consider where to store my potato chips and my laundry baskets.

Here are a few BEFORE shots.


Don't sneeze!  This wall of junk could fall on you.

View from in front of washer and dryer toward pantry area.
View of wall with top pantry started (removing old and unpainted beadboard).

Another door trim half finished (or half started, depending on your view point).
This was the place where my husband's work coats breed more coats.  I swear there were at least 20 of them when I removed that coat hook.
Nine foot ceilings means you can stack lots of stuff on top of these cabinets :(

The "keeping it real" photo.
View from door to garage toward window.

View after I started removing some of the old trim.  Apparently, I had painted the room this horrible yellow color during one of my pregnancies.
 
Half finished door trim around magnetic chalkboard door I did last year.

I will be posting the details of the projects all week, but I couldn't wait to show you the completed room.  And now here are some of the AFTER pictures. 


I installed a metal backsplash for under $25 and built a counter top for around $35.
 


Here is a view of the can good holders I made for the cabinets.

Another angle of the counter and the metal backsplash.

For more information on how I made the wood countertops, CLICK HERE!
For more information on how I made the metal backsplash, CLICK HERE!
For more information on the ceiling and trim, CLICK HERE!
For more information on the inexpensive window hardware, CLICK HERE!


Small little splash of green (see it in the inspiration photo below).

Inspiration Board

More pops of green.

Instead of having laundry baskets blocking my path to the washer and dryer, they are tucked away in this cabinet.  No one will ever know I have dirty clothes :)

See...the path is clear!



Unfortunately, there wasn't much I could do about the tiny laundry room size, but I tried to get as much use out of the counter (for folding laundry) and the tall wall cabinets.

Added a roll out shelf for the kids snacks (easier for them to reach).

For a mini tutorial on how I installed the two base cabinets, CLICK HERE!

Rich wood tones, silver hardware and white.  My favorite.

This white wall is the one you can see from the kitchen so I made it as clean and simple as possible.



This light is so bright and functional for the entire 12x5 room.

Strategically placed fruit bowl to hide the hoses for the washer.




Cozy little decorations make it more enjoyable to visit and fold clothes.

White trim with a grey blue wall.

This was where the old coat rack was hanging on the wall.  My daughter's new favorite spot in the house.

I used cedar planks for the counter. 

Found a small silverware caddy at the store today to use for incoming mail.  New rule - no mail on the counter.

Cute little wall art.

I'm still in the middle of trying to decorate the pantry space, but I added a few canisters, baskets and jars for many items.
 
Instead of scraping the painted popcorn ceilings, I added plank paneling (hubs helped with that).

Follow your heart!


Thanks for checking in to see the new room.  I think I may change the dining room into an office/library next since we never use the dining room (and it is becoming the new hot spot of clutter).

More posts coming all week on the projects involved with the laundry room.  Stay with me.

Karen :)



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61 comments:

  1. G O R G E O U S ! ! I love that planked countertop and the walls and the trim and the... well, everything! I'm pinning your inspiration board too :)

    TFS!

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  2. Again you amaze me. Love it! Now u want to come over and do some projects here. I have a list a mile long that you might enjoy Haha.

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  3. @Missy Hahaha! As soon as I'm able to move again?

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  4. Wow, what a great room! Almost makes me WANT to do laundry. :) Speaking of which, I've got to go start mine. It's never ending, isn't it?!

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  5. @Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It Thanks Kimberly! It's true. I did want to do a couple of baskets of laundry last night after I finished the room.

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  6. Looking good! What a great makeover... love it!

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  7. Beautiful transformation! I could do laundry there every day -happily!!!

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  8. @Kelly Thanks! I agree. It is so much nicer to be in there doing my laundry now.

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  9. This is FABULOUS! I hope you share this at the Weekend Warrior link party next week!!!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  10. It looks amazing! Great job!

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  11. @Anna Thank you Anna. I will be joining your party :)

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  12. Awesome transformation. I love the wood counter! The walls and ceiling are gorgeous too! Lovely.

    Have a great day!
    Deborah

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  13. Great re-do. I am feeling the need to make mine functional.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  14. Great re-do. I am feeling the need to make mine functional.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  15. Gorgeous transformation! Congratulations! And thanks for showing the "real" photos of unfinished projects. I start to feel like I am the only one when I get inundated with everyone's beautiful "afters" out here in Blogland.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  16. I'd use any excuse to do laundry in there. You did a fabulous job on a very functional plan.

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  17. Hi Karen!
    I totally WANT this laundry room! I just love it - you did a great job! I would love if you came by my Creative Inspiration linky party happening NOW to link it up!
    I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  18. Like others, I really love the wood countertop. Makes the whole room. I'm also really liking the storage for your canned goods. Many thoughtful, clever little touches.

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  19. This laundry room is amazing!!! Wonderful job. We have old barn board left over from our house build so we can definitely do the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Are you kidding me?! This space is amazing! I love the colors, the style, the functionality, those counters are amazing--it's all amazing!

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  21. I love the ceiling and the board and batten and the countertop.. actually i love it all. it is so nice to have a laundry room where you don't actually mind going!

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  22. This is SO great, and inspiring--I'm already planning on redoing my laundry room now. I am new follower!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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  23. Great transformation! I really like the color combo of white & gray-blue which also looks so good with your wood countertop. Nice job!
    CAS

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  24. What a fabulous room! It's probably a joy doing laundry now (ok, well, probably not a joy - but much better)!

    Love the countertop and the can holders!
    Kelly

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  25. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I truly appreciate hearing from you. And I try to answer every question you have, so don't be shy. Also, I am so happy to see so many new followers. You guys are A M A Z I N G! Have a great weekend.

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  26. Wow what a change it looks so lovely...I'll be pinning this to my Honey-Do pinboard. I need a Laundry room makeover too....I'd like to invite you to share this@CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party ...have a wonderful weekend:)

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  27. This looks absolutely fabulous! I'm a renter so I can't do all I want to make my laundry room fabulous, but if I could, I'd be doing something similar to this. I love the open shelving and the countertop is gorgeous!

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  28. This looks absolutely amazing!!! I love the transformation:):)

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  29. What a great use of your space! Laundry rooms should be inviting.... and oh, how inviting this one is.

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  30. so awesome! i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it's a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out! http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-5-decallove-giveaway.html
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  31. Awesome space! The counter and back splash are my favorite parts. Fun to be featured with you at tt&j. I'm pinning it. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  32. That looks FANTASTIC! Congrats :)

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  33. The top three winning ideas as far as I can tell....the ceiling, the can goods storage and the counter top.

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  34. Wow! That is just fantastic! I want that laundry room!

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  35. I think I may change the dining room into an office/library next since we never use the dining room (and it is becoming the new hot spot of clutter).

    this comment could come from my mouth. I'm currently trying to convince my husband to do the same thing, formal dining to a library/study room, for the kids. Now the room just holds clutter.

    love the new laundry room!.

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  36. Thank you :):):) It's been a week and it still looks clean and organized. It's crazy how it took a small remodel to make me want to do laundry and keep a room clean. Best money and effort spent in my house, apart from the kitchen.

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  37. totally green with envy! (in a very nice way!)

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  38. I'll be featuring you on Thursday. Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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  39. Wow! Every detail is amazing. Going to go back through and read them all. I LOVE the counter tops you made with the metal backsplash. It is all just lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Inspiration Friday, we'll be featuring it this week!

    Heather

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  40. The room looks fantastic! You did a great job!!

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  41. @At The Picket Fence You are so sweet. I appreciate your kind words. And thanks for the feature. :)

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  42. Your panty/lanudry room looks amazing! I have seen it all over blogland today- and I can see why!! You have done an incredible job- this has got to be the best looking food storage I have ever seen!! Love it!
    xo Becca

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  43. @Becca I was very lucky to be featured on a few wonderful blogs this week. Thank you for your comment, it made me smile.

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  44. What a great transformation! I love the wood counter tops! I found your blog via Whisper wood Cottage, I'm your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by my blog for a vist @

    http://thriftyparsonageliving.blogspot.com/

    I'm off to check out the rest of your blog :)

    Joy

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  45. This is a fantastic makeover! Makes me really want to learn how to use power tools even more!

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  46. I love that countertop and added door trim!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back. Good luck and feel free to follow us on facebook for all the contest updates!

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    1. I just found you on Facebook. Thanks so much. I can't wait to see your posts. :)

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  47. You know I love this!! Had to come by for another look. I would kill for all of that pantry space. :)

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  48. What a GORGEOUS laundry room. Im soooo jealous. I ran across this post on Facebook and came over to take a look. Now Im following you from PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com. Please come visit. 8-)

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  49. Hi Karen...absolutely amazing! Wish I were still young and had all of your energy...instead I will continue to look at your work! Can you tell me exactly what color grey you used on the walls?

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