Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Laundry...Loads of Fun

Yeah right!!  I'm sure this is no surprise to you moms out there but I do about 1-2 loads of laundry every day.  Every. Single. Day.  I'm not sure if it's a result of living with all boys or what, but the piles of dirty clothes, socks, dish towels, bath towels, face towels, linens and blankies seem to be never-ending.  I  spend so much time in this little laundry closet that I HAD to do something to make it a little more inviting.  Some fresh paint and a few small updates and "Lo and Behold"... so peeerdy.

Here are the "Before" shots.  Not only is this room used for laundry but it also serves as the downstairs diaper changing station and where all the back-up cleaning supplies and trash bags are stored.

We patched up areas where some old shelving used to be and painted the walls the same Benjamin Moore "Waterfall" used in the Office Closet Make-over (seen here).

Do you have one of those washing machines that mysteriously eats up socks so you have about 57 single socks sitting in a laundry basket?  Yeah me,  too.  UNTIL I saw this idea on Pinterest to hang a shelf right above the washer & dryer.  It makes it more difficult for those little socks to take the ultimate plunge down into the abyss behind the washer & dryer.  The hubs cut an extra piece of plywood we had lying around and I used the same batting/fabric process used for the kitchen stools (seen here) to cover the shelf.  Not only have our socks stayed paired up but now the clothes pins, wet ones, and sewing/mending supplies have a home.

The cabinets pretty much stayed the same, I just cleaned them up and added some storage containers from Target to organize the band-aids and cold medicines.  I feel like I need some pretty labels... hmmmm for another day.

We installed a retractable clothes line.  I am notorious for draping wet clothes over doors and furniture, so this addition will hopeful help control that habit.  The cute polka dot bin is to quickly toss the boys dirty play clothes into after I change them.  This helps reduce those aforementioned piles of clothes from accumulating on the floor.

An easy access detergent shelf and broom rack are a nice space saver and organizer as well.

Not to say that laundry will be fun moving forward but don't you think a little paint can really cheer up a space?!

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  1. This looks so awesome, and so much more inviting. Laundry is still my arch nemesis, but doing laundry in a space as cute as this wouldn't be so bad.

    1. Thanks, Erin! And thanks for stopping by! I'm loving your 'date night jar' idea. It's date night tonight with the hubs...

  2. It looks great! I like the clothesline idea...I have the same bad habit! =)

  3. This looks terrific! I love the shelf and clothesline......!
    And blue is such a bright and clean color....

  4. I love your laundry room! The before and after pics are great!! It is just gorgeous! Found you through a linky party and I'm excited to be a new follower! :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by Chrissy and thanks for following!

  5. Wow! Amazing! My laundry room definitely needs a makeover!

  6. Wow! What a drastic change. Love it! The colors really come together beautifully. Lots of awesome ideas and inspiration! Thanks :)

  7. Love, love, love this!! You did a fabulous job!! So happy you linked up today!


  8. Your laundry looks great! LOVE the colour you chose for the walls!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Your laundry room looks great! I love the Waterfall colour, and the shelf above the washer & dryer was genius. Love that you covered it with fabric. I saw your link on It's a Hodgepodge Life and just had to stop by for a visit. I'm now your newest follower.
    Tuula :)

  10. your new laundry space
    looks clean and bright and pretty

    and so organized

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded

    now following via GFC
    and just featured your post
    on the Stuff and Nonsense FB page!


  11. Looks great and I love the little shelf!



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