Friday, August 31, 2012

Laundry Room--Before and After

Okay, so this week I've been showing you a few finishing projects/touches I've been making for the laundry room. Well, I'm proud to say 

IT'S FINISHED!! 

(Or at least until I decide to do anything else. Is a room really ever finished? Just don't tell my husband. :)



Anyway, I figured in order to give you the full effect, we needed to do a proper before and after. So I needed to show you the befores first.


  This is what we started with. Not horrible. Hey I was happy to have a laundry room at all considering our last house just had a little spot carved out in our basement. This was a MUCH needed improvement.

 But, let's admit...it's a little blah. Builder grade floors, counters, everything.

 Oh and I didn't seem to have any before pics of the cute but dated border that went around the entire room. That was the first to go.
 Another problem in this room, for me anyway, was the layout or overall function. I had my dad originally build me a riser for underneath the washer and dryer simply because I needed room for laundry baskets (this room is also a mudroom and pass through from our garage and serves many purposes). I thought this might be my answer and while it helped, it was just sort of a bandaid. I not only needed a place to get baskets out of the way, but I needed a place to fold and hang clothes when coming out of the washer/dryer. 

So, the laundry riser got moved and given an even more important duty (our girls' stage in the playroom. See more of that here.)
 And holes were cut in the walls and electrical and plumbing were moved a bit. Although we had a sink, it was smack dab in the middle of our counter which really limited what you could do with the existing countertop. And there were already two electrical outlets but they were positioned behind the washer and dryer and obviously weren't able to be used. (Do they think about this stuff when building houses? Obviously not.) So the outlets got moved a bit so that we could actually use them (you know to iron {cough} or something).

 All that cutting, moving, and patching took longer than we expected (like everything else) but when it got finished, we were able to say goodbye to country blue and hello to a fresher green color (Dried Parsley by Benjamin Moore). I have used this color in a few other spots in our house and have been really happy with it. Just very easy on the eyes and gives lots of possibilities to bring in other colors as accents.
 Oooh and then one of the biggest differences was the floor. Ryan (my husband) and I both loved the look of the long rectangular (12x24) tile and wanted something a little sleek. We found this (I'm pretty sure it is called "Strands Twilight") and fell in love. Makes SUCH a difference.
 We also gave the boring, dirty door that leads into the garage two coats of black satin paint (Black Tuxedo by Valspar Paint and Primer in one). Love that.
 As I mentioned before, there really just wasn't much counter room, even if the sink was in another spot. So we stacked the washer and dryer and hubs built a surround.
 We also gave the base cabinets a few coats of white paint to match.
 Then came counters. Since granite wasn't really in the budget and it IS a laundry/utility room, we opted for a thick slab of wood that we found at a specialty store here in Denver. (The name escapes me right now but if you want more info, email me and I'll be sure to find out.)

Here you can see Ryan cut out a spot for the sink and faucet and is now sanding it down smooth.
 He then sealed the whole thing with about three coats of rub on polyurethane.
 Since we were extending the counter, he had to build braces on the wall and washer/dryer surround to hold up the right side of the counter (although I don't really have a shot of that).
Then came the tile backsplash. We decided to go with a classic subway tiled Travertine with a smaller black accent tile.


Are you ready for the final results? Hope so, because there's a lot of pictures. This room is sort of small which makes it tricky to get the greatest pics. So I have to break it up quite a bit. Okay enough already...here is the after.
 As you can see, we added a shelf under the counter. So I still got my basket storage.
 Some decorative yet functional accents help keep everything at arms reach. Those are dryer sheets in the "fluff" box and a stool hangs when I need it--especially now that we've stacked the dryer and I'm only 5'1"!
 Here is my hanging peg project I made earlier this week. Great for hanging clothes on hangers before taking them upstairs to put away. I was always looking for a place to do that before.
 I downloaded and printed these cute tip sheets off of Better Homes and Gardens' website. Then bought frames from Ikea to put them in and add a pop of color.
 This drying rack also came from Ikea and was the perfect addition--right over the sink. It can by raised and lowered if needed and the bottom bar is the perfect spot to hang a hand towel and little bucket for sponges, etc.
 Another, and possibly my favorite Ikea purchase for this space was an Expedit shelving unit. The top will be used for paper towels, light bulbs, etc. While the bottom cubbies will be used to help me when I'm folding clothes.


 I bought these little metal label holders from Staples and gave them a quick spray of oil-rubbed bronze. They are adhesive so they were easy to stick right on. I assigned each family member a cubby to help put the folded clothes until they're ready to put away.

Laundry detergent and such got put into cute glass jars.

Labeled baskets make it easy to sort laundry before washing.

 I made a few things with my Silhouette including this cute little saying and idea --both found on Pinterest. The hangers I found at Ikea (go figure) and gave them a coat of red spray paint. I then took some of my left over fabric and covered some cardboard to serve as a sort of mat for the kids' "messy pics".
 The chandy came from Lowes and is a HUGE improvement over the huge florescent thing we had going on. And the light it provides is so much softer and more pleasant. I told hubs I may actually like doing laundry now. (We'll see.)

 Here's my scrap fabric valance I showed you earlier this week and another stool--just in case.
 Even the washer and dryer got a little bling--in the form of vinyl. Why not?
 Remember these cute knobs?
 And these cardboard letters covered in fabric?





 One quick reminder of what it used to look like.....
And now! I have to say I am so happy with how it turned out. It is SO much more functional than it was before and I love all the bright pops of color. Makes me smile every time I walk in. Can't say I did that before.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your input or ideas that you have!!



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50 comments:

  1. Wow! You did a gorgeous job. It looks so nice and it looks like a great place to stay a while...since doing laundry usually requires being in there for a little while. Love all the touches of color and the vinyl on the washer/dryer.

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    1. Thanks so much! I do actually like being in there now so I'm hoping that means I'll like doing laundry more too. One can hope anyway. :)

      Susan

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  2. It's beautiful Susan!! I love how much thought you put into every little part of it. You made it much more functional and then so pretty too :) Great job!

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    1. Thanks Hilda! It finally came together. Love when things come together and work, you know? Have a great weekend!
      Susan

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  3. I knew I was gonna love it when I saw all the little bits you were putting in. :)
    It's really fabulous! I love the way you did the cubbies and the shelves.
    Have a great weekend...hopefully NOT doing laundry!
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I think I'm going to try and avoid laundry this weekend if possible. As much as I love my new space, I've spent enough time in there this week to take a little time off. Next week I'll be ready though. Bring on the laundry! :)
      Susan

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  4. Amazing before and after! Great job. I LOVE the vintage styled tips from Better Homes and Gardens. Do you use your silhouette machine a lot? I just learned about them and they sound fascinating. Just not sure if I'd use it enough to make it worthwhile.

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    1. Thanks Heather! I do actually use my Silhouette quite a bit. I think it is just totally a personal decision. I know people who use it for scrap booking too. I don't really use it for that but I use it a ton for labeling and such. There are also all sorts of sites that sell vinyl (for wall quotes, etc.) If you just want a few things done, that may be the way to go. Etsy is full of them.

      Have a great weekend!
      Susan

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  5. Looks wonderful!!!! I can't wait to see it in person! Love all the details and how functional the space is! GREAT JOB!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! You'll have to come by next week!

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  6. Love the after photos! BEAUTIFUL!It doesn't even look like the same room! You guys did a great job!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    xoxo ♥ Shar
    http://sharmartinez.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Shar! It was a lot of fun putting on the final touches! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend as well!

      Susan

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  7. LOVE IT!!!! I am impressed but not at all surprised by you're creativity!

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  8. Oh my gosh this is over the top amazing. I love it. Great job on all the little details. I would love doing laundry in such a cheerful room.

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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    1. Thanks so much Lindy! I think I may actually enjoy laundry (a bit more) myself!
      Susan

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  9. I sooo want to hang an Expedit in my laundry room! If you get a chance would you e-mail me on how it is secured to the wall? Or do a post about it??

    thanks!
    shelley,
    chocolateshel at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Shelley. There is actually hardware included with the Expedit so that it can be hung. This particular size only came with two brackets and my husband felt like we needed more. Fortunately, (in this case) I am an Ikea-aholic and had brackets from another Expedit piece that we didn't hang--so we used those. However, I'm sure you could also find some sort of L bracket or something at the hardware store that would work just as well. Hope that helps!

      Susan

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  10. what a fantastic laundry room makeover! I absolutely love it! I wish I had that much space. I'm a new email follower :D

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    1. Thanks so much Micki! The laundry room was a lot of fun to do--especially the finishing touches. Hope you continue to come back and visit. Lots of projects yet to come! :)
      Susan

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  11. Looks awesome!! You've inspired me to go do something to my laundry room.

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    1. Thanks so much Kristen! Good luck with yours as well!
      Susan

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  12. So sweet, Susan! Great space - makes doing laundry almost fun. Maybe not quite, but being in that room with so many pretty details and perfect organization...who'd mind? Love it!

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    1. It definitely makes it easier than before! Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you have a great week!

      Susan

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  13. Now that it's been a month, I'm curious of your personal opinion of the "stacked" solution. We also have limited space and I'm considering stacking our washer and dryer, but I nervous I will hate it! Your laundry room is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! You know I really don't hate it. I do admit I was nervous at first too but I think because I now have actual counter room to fold clothes on, I really don't mind the stacked washer and dryer. I do typically use a stool though just because it is hard for me to reach in the very back--but then I seriously just throw the clothes onto the counter so it really isn't a big deal. I think it really is a personal preference. Good luck with what you decide!
      Susan

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  14. I have laundry room envy real bad now! Your new laundry room is cheerful and I wouldn't mind doing laundry at all if I could do it there. I'm in love with the laundry tip sheets you framed - how fun are they. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan! I had so much fun putting it together! It took a while to do but I am so happy now that it is done. Has made doing the laundry SO much more enjoyable. Have a great weekend!

      Susan

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  15. Hi ~ you mentioned just painting the cabinet, but you switched the drawers and doors, they are different now. How?

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for noticing! That was a lot of the reason my husband had to rework the plumbing. Originally the sink was in the middle of the counter space which wasted a lot of space. We decided to switch the cabinet with the drawers and put the sink on the end near the window. This ended up giving us at least another foot of precious counter space. Hope that explains it! Let me know if you have other questions. :)
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  16. Thanks for answering, so did your husband like regut the the inside of the cabinet and then put all back to together? Because wouldn't you have to take out the board rails (or whatever their called so the drawers slide in and out) for the drawers and then put back on the other side.....we just never did that before, sounds like a lit of work...LOL. Your laundry room looks awesome. I was liking it before with all the room and cabinets, but really like the new updated look better. GREAT JOB!!

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    1. Actually all of the rails and everything stayed the same. The cabinet was separate from the drawer unit so it was just a matter of switching the two. It was some work moving the plumbing but more just because we'd never done it before. We are so happy with the result though. Thanks for the encouragement!
      Susan

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  17. The cabinet was separate from the drawer unit so it was just a matter of switching the two........Ah, got it! You did such a good job it looks like 1 piece!! I figured it had to be 2 pieces, that would be a real project to rearrange the insides...lol. Again, wonderful job!!

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    1. Yah--not sure we would have gone as far as rearranging all of the drawer tracks, etc. Thanks for being so observant though! It was quite the project but I'm so glad we did it. One of my favorite rooms in the house now. Never would have thought I could say that about my LAUNDRY room. Have a great weekend!
      Susan

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  18. OMG this is SO awesome, you guys did SUCH a great job! I can't wait till I can have a real laundry room... it's still the basement for us.

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    1. Thanks so much Katie! It was quite a bit of work but so worth it! We had our laundry in our basement in our previous house so I feel ya there. There are still things you can do with it being in the basement as well though. Good luck!! Thanks for stopping by!
      Susan

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  19. Wow, Susan, this looks amazing! I'm kind of late getting my laundry redo posted and having a chance to visit all these other wonderful makeovers. Your blog looks very interesting, fun and informative, so I'm now a new follower. I'm older than most of ya'll, but I have always loved to organize and still do! Thanks for sharing. I hope you might visit me, too.

    Carol

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    1. Thanks so much Carol and thanks for following! I always love meeting others who love organizing! I'll definitely stop by and check yours out as well!

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  20. I love it! I never realized how big front load washser and dryers were until we bought them and put them in the laundry "room" (more like closet) lol I wanted cabinet space but couldn't figure out how to add it. If I have enough room to stack the washer and dryer I'm totally doing that! I'm in love with the decals too:) Great job!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! You aren't kidding about how big those suckers are. :) I'm happy with stacking them just because it gave me so much more room. I'd love to check out your laundry transformation when it's complete as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. This is so fun! I like my laundry room and can't wait to paint it when it gets warmer. Great ideas. What did we do before IKEA?!?!

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    1. Thank you. And to answer your question: I have no idea what I did before Ikea. :)

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  22. I love your laundry room! It's so pretty! :) You did a great job.

    Where did you find the Laundry tip sheets at Better Homes & Gardens?

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    1. Thank you Christy! Here is the link for those laundry tip downloads! http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/wall-art/laundry-room-wall-art/?sssdmh=dm17.611621&esrc=nwcu080712&email=4910291093

      Have a great week!

      Susan

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  23. Love, love, love it. So cute and bright. Gives me ideas. Mine is in the basement that we need to redo from brown paneling. Ugh! Just bought the house.
    Consider yourself hugged.
    Simplee Sue

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    1. I know how that goes. Thanks! Glad to give you some ideas! Good luck! :)

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  24. My name is Elena Sullivan and I am currently curating a collection of IKEA Expedit hacks and styling tips for Looksisquare(dot)com. I don't know if you're familiar with Looksi but it's a lot like Craft or Dwelling Gawker: they display a thumbnail image from your blog along with a short description and a link. Typically you would submit your own images (like you do on CraftGawker) but they also have curators (such as myself) who do theme-based round ups. I would love to include a picture of your Expedit laundry room storage. If you would prefer that I don't include it please let me know. The collection goes up on Friday (10/4).
    Thanks!!
    Elena
    (looksissquare.com & acasarella.net)

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  25. I LOVE the rugs! Where did you find them? (The rest of the laundry room is pretty awesome too!)

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I found the rugs at Pier 1 a while ago but I think I saw them on their website still! Thanks for your nice comment!

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  26. Love the laundry room re-do! You are SO lucky to have a handy man hubs! I have a space under the counter that I now see needs a shelf to hold baskets- brilliant! You mentioned this is a med room as well- did you create a space to hang backpacks, etc? Thats my struggle- coats in the closet but my daughter the bag lady always has STUFF. Thanks for sharing. I am now a loyal follower.

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