I did it!!! Luckily, this #oneroomchallenge isn’t about who finishes first- Lol. If I had full-time babysitters or grandparents near by, I’m sure I would have had my post on my usual Wednesday night deadline. But, I’m am so excited to FINALLY share my Laundry Room Reveal with you. Ready for a good load of laundry?!
** CLICK THROUGH FOR “BEFORE & AFTER” GALLERY**
Wait a second, before we get bright whites, we have to get dirty first! Remember this Before Photo? Bleh. This was my life for the last 3 years. A dark dungeon of a laundry room, that I dreaded entering to do the laundry. (The fact is, my incredible husband did a lot of the laundry). For a quick rundown to jog your memory I was desperate to change the dated boob-light in the ceiling, add a neutral color to the walls, organize the baker’s rack to be more useful, replace the flooring, and hide the chaos of clutter on the open shelves above the washer and dryer units. YIKES.
Of course the laundry room needs to be more functional, but I also wanted to create a beautiful space that I would feel refreshed to be in, and take care of my little family. Beautiful floral fabric, baby keepsakes, and the quote artwork “So Fresh & So Clean” would definitely transform my laundry room into chic and stylish space.
It’s a springtime miracle :D. I so happy with my laundry room redesign!! When I step in, I definitely feel my inspiration of Spring Flowers & Bright Whites wrap around me. These before and after photos just amaze me. (I can’t stop smiling while I’m writing this- SERIOUSLY.) This is the true power of interior design. This is why I’m so passionate about what I do, because I truly feel that a well-designed room can enhance your life!
This view just peaks your interest as you enter from the hallway. Immediately you are pulled in my the beautiful floral curtains, and the bright white floors.
The baker’s rack remains on the right-hand side when you walk in the room. It received a full-blown makeover with beautiful white storage bins. I found this glossy white collection at The Container Store. It was so hard to find baskets that were 16” deep or less to fit on the baker’s rack. It was a double challenge to find a large and a small basket to fit within these depth perimeters, but these fit the bill.
I needed a combo of small and large bins to fit wash cloths and tea towels, as well as large bath and pool towels. Every item now has a home. (BTW- You have to watch “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix!)
What do you think about these woven laundry baskets? I love the natural materials and chunky weave. The golden color blocking on the bottom half picks up on my warm metallic accents in the space.
I’m sure you spent sleepless nights wondering how the great handheld vacuum debate of Week 5 was going to end up, right? Well, my husband humbly agreed to give the design reigns back to me and we relocated its position. (He’s totally a keeper!) I had planned to put the white shoe cabinet perpendicular to the washer to create an L-shape, but the charging cord wasn’t long enough to reach around. I’m actually really pleased about our vacuum’s new home. It is easily accessible for us, and Toddler S, so he can help too. But the best part? It is completely hidden when you enter the room. Check and mate!
Yes, the shoe cabinet made an encore performance. I had planned to switch it our for a children’s laundry bin, but in the end my husband and I decided it was more functional to have a shoe cabinet in the laundry room, rather than a plastic door hanger in the coat closet. I know that I am going to make much better use of it now that this room is so welcoming. Plus, every time I put my shoes away I’ll get see the baby prints of my little boys. It’s the sweetest…
What a difference lighting can make… The new, sleek light fixture brightens the room on the rainiest of Portland days. And I’m so relieved to announce that all ugly boob lights have officially been removed from my home!
While, the new light fixture lowers my blood pressure, I am totally IN LOVE with my DIY floral curtains. As I’ve mentioned, this beautiful floral fabric is designed by @crystal.w.design . I have been following her on Instagram for a while, and by chance selected one of her prints on Spoonflower.com. I think it was meant to be! This fabric brings in the color story from the rest of home into the laundry room, and it no longer feels like a disjointed utility room. It’s springtime in a fabric~
Bronze ring clips are the perfect way to hang my DIY curtains over the metal, floating shelves. Just slide the rings on to your curtain rod and clip them onto your fabric. Ring clips are also good for functional drapery, opposed to grommets which are best for stationary panels.
I chose a white suspension rod to hang my curtains for an easy and quick installation. No additional hardware is needed, and no extra holes in the walls. I chose to mix a white rod with bronze rings, so the rings stand out as my metallic accent, and the white rod disappears into the ceilings and implied crown molding. I think it turned out pretty chic.
I think it’s handy to keep a few wash cloths at reach, in case of any spills of detergent or sprays of spot remover. Especially if you have “little helpers” who aren’t always so helpful… #momlife
This is the third, and final wall, of my laundry room redesign. (The fourth wall is just the door, so not much to do there.) My “contractor” hubby rehung out coat rack in practically the same spot, but we will only hang one item per hook from now on- hopefully,
I love these antler iron hooks from Mooi Good. I actually won these from a giveaway hosted by @simplygrove shortly after I moved to Portland. They were hiding in their little box for a few years, but now I’m so happy to hang them up for my baby boys to use each day.
And here she is, the quote artwork that inspired my whole Laundry Room Refesh! This quote encapsulates the complete feeling of how I wanted my new space to feel. When I think of fresh and clean, I immediately think of spring flowers and bright whites. What could be more fitting? As I mentioned last week, I repurposed the picture frame from my temporary ketubah frame from my wedding. It will always serve as a little reminder of the lovely day.
Last but not least, check out our faux marble floors! I asked for your opinion on my InstaStories, and I’m so glad you agreed with me to spend a little more for these peel-and-stick vinyl tiles. They just elevated the whole design to another level of chic on a mom budget. These tiles were more sturdy and had a stronger adhesive, so we did not even have to use an additional adhesive like we anticipated from last week.
From this higher view, you can also see what a small footprint it is. Each tile is 12”x12”, so we only have about 4'x 6’ to stand in, which is really only room for one person comfortably. Hint, hint
My “contractor” did an amazing job with all the painting, electrical & flooring installation on this project. My incredible hubby “contractor” really went above and beyond for me, and for letting me be the boss- I mean interior designer and project manager. Thank you sooo much!
Gosh, I feel like I just turned in my final project for school- Lol. Being part of the #oneroomchallenge has been such an amazing experience. I’m so glad I decided to join even though I was going to be out of town for two weeks for a wedding and my baby’s 1st birthday! Despite all the craziness of being a #momdesigner, this was the perfect motivational community that I needed to get a interior design project completed in my own home. I met new designers on Instagram, and hopefully made some new friends as well. I’m just so pleased with the outcome of my new laundry room, truly. And it’s been so fun tagging along on everyone else’s journeys, and reminding myself that I’m not the only one with a crazy-obsessed mind about design details!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed MY design process, and you’ll stay in touch with me here, on my blog, or on Instagram, or your social media of choice @decoranddiapers!
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