We have lived in our new home now for 16 months. I decided it was time to up the cuteness factor on our basic laundry room. It is pretty beige in there to say the least. It is a decent size room with a large closet in it. It has a sink with a cupboard under it. Basic white front loader washer and dryer. That is about the extent of it.
I have been prowling Pinterest for a long time getting ideas for it. Oh the ideas I came up with! All of which my husband has vetoed. I wanted to do the ceiling in beadboard, he says forget it. I wanted to paint the walls, he said forget it. So I have had to dial it back a bit. I decided to just pretty it up without a whole lot of work and money spent. Here are a few before pictures:
My jumping off point is a floor runner I spotted in a local shop. It is sisal with a kind of rag rug thing going on in lots of colours. I really liked it so bought that. I can pull colours out of it when decorating. I had wanted to paint the walls a watery blue/green kind of colour and then do white beadboard on the ceiling and backsplash around the sink. As husband has said NO to doing the ceiling and he didn’t want to paint the walls, I decided fine then we will put the colour on the beadboard backsplash and the counter top over the washer dryer. He made a counter top out of pine and instead of a full solid piece we did it with narrow boards to get a vintage look. It is painted with Benjamin Moore palladian blue. It goes nicely with the beadboard around the sink and the grey floor.
Next is some shelving. We put up a small one above the sink and 2 longer ones above the washer and dryer. I bought some nice iron brackets for the shelves which are also painted in the palladian blue. Over the last couple of months I collected a few decor items to display on the shelves and put up on the walls. I found a nice vintage white enamel basin, a vintage wash board, a lost sock sign and a yellow metal towel hanger with a crystal knob. Husband also made a wooden drying rack and painted it the same palladian blue colour. I have been searching forever for a light fixture. I wanted something vintage inspired and finally found one. Even better it was almost 50% off!
Here is how the costs turned out approximately:
primer zero, we already had some
iron brackets $70.00
vintage sign $20.00
vintage enamel pan $25.00
vintage wash board $30.00
hand towels and metal basket $30.00
iron towel hook $25.00
baskets on shelves $20.00
light fixture $190.00
sign and clock $20.00
Total cost: $515.00
All in all I am happy with my little laundry room. If we have to do laundry it might as well be in a room that makes us feel good after all. We didn’t spend a whole lot on this room. This is a house that we have been very conscious about not putting too much money into. So far we are really happy with our decision to downsize and relocate when we retired. But one never knows what the future will hold and we wanted to keep our options open if we decide it is not for us in the long term. But so far so good! Here are some after pictures:
I found the vintage honey tin to put my washing machine pods in.
I put some vintage bottles and glass insulators on the shelves. I may take them away and put more baskets up should more storage be required in future.
The framed black and white picture on the wall is a photo of me taken by my father. My daughter had it framed for me for Christmas and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to go in this room. It adds to the vintage vibe.