Wednesday, December 28, 2011

the laundry room revisited....

i think that this room has to be the one i am most proud of in my little diy portfolio.....
the before: 
yuk!!! 
(and i am the one who painted it like that in the first place....
i can't even blame it on the previous owners of the home because we bought it new).

i had ideas for the room swirling around in my brain for a long time.  i just wanted light and bright...i considered painting the room white.  that was a fleeting thought...what would my family and friends say....the girl with the easter egg house.....(so named because of the bright colors we painted when when we first moved into the house).  then i fell in love with turquoise.  hard.  i am sure that the inspiration for the paint came from the blue mason jars i love so much.
so i mixed the color myself from a can of  $5.00 oops paint.
when i started redoing the room, more ideas kept popping into my head and i just went with them.  

a chandelier in the laundry room???  who does that? 
i do..
(look at that bling bling)
tiffany blue walls in the laundry room??? who does that?
i do...
mason jars styled, photographed as art and framed?? who does that?
i do....
board and batten treatment in the laundry room??  who does that?
well, i saw lots of people who had done that in their houses so i figured i could do that too, so, 
i did....
and i did it all by myself...
well........almost.
don hung the chandelier 
because ever since i stuck a butter knife into a lamp socket when i was about 9 years old,  
i am afraid of electricity...
even if the power is off.  
and he helped me use the nail gun for the board and batten ledge 
because that thing is scary, 
especially when it blew the air into my face when i pulled the trigger.....
it scared the bejeebers outta me....

 i am, however, very proud of the fact that 95% of the work was done by yours truly.....
the planning, the painting, the woodwork and the decor....
 i love the room.  everyone that has come over to the house loves the room.  
it makes you want to do the laundry.
sigh......
there have been a few changes in the room since it was first transformed.  
most have been cosmetic changes, changing out the decor and adding other girly touches...
glass containers to hold detergent and oxyclean....
a wire basket to hold towels

and more of my favorite blue mason jars.
i made a little cover from a vintage sheet for the shoe storage cube. 
    the picnic basket holds gloves, scarves and hats for winter. 
i had an old half circle table cloth with lace trim that i added to the roman shade.
my friend lisa's parents have an old barn where i found this window.  the glass was so dirty that i thought it was opaque....when i washed it i realized that the glass was perfect.  the paint is original.  it was turquoise.  i didn't have to do anything to this window to get it to look like it does.  
the patina and rust on this frame is gorgeous and they let me take the window for free....
(thanks walt and penny)  
the one thing that i don't like rust and patina on is my washing machine.  
especially one that is only about 9 years old.  
of course, don tried to fix it. using caulk . which as you can see didn't work very well.
that lovely orange below??  rust!!  
i know that 9 years is a long time for appliances nowadays but it drives me crazy that the lid of my washer rusted.  
so i am entering a contest to win PartSelect’s $5000 GE Giveaway contest for new appliances
because a new washer and dryer would be the icing on the cake in this beautiful laundry room!
and
because my dishwasher is on it's last leg.....
i am keeping my fingers crossed to win. someone has to win, right?  why not me??

wish me luck!!!!


36 comments:

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

This room is just gorgeous. I really love it. So many tasteful touches you added to it. Just charming!!

Rachel said...

Oh good Lord... I would never want to leave the laundry room if it looked like that! Just gorgeous! I adore those windows too - what an incredible gift!

debbie refresh restyle said...

I love this room! saw you at A-Z, this is amazing!
Debbie

Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom said...

This is so great! This was just the inspiration I needed to finish my craft room - I've got the color, but no lamp or shades. Can't wait to do it now. Thank YOU!

Melanie said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!! I am absolutely speechless!!! Can you please please please come to my house?!?!?!?! :)

Did you take the mason jar photos or purchase them? I love them!!!!!

I love it ALL!!!!
Melanie :)

JIll said...

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! I've been wanting to re-do my tired, ugly laundry room but never thought it could be this wonderful! All of the mason jars and other touches that you added are just lovely! Thanks!!

Georgianna said...

Completely fabulous!!! Well done!! xo

jeannie1108 said...

I love your room. Where did you get your roman shade? I am in love with the fabric!

pipigirl said...

looks better than any room in my house grrrr...... nice job. im looking @ a house with a laun. rm on that order. stickin this babe in my faves:)

Nancy StyleDecor said...

You should contact GE, show them the photo of your laundry room, and tell them if they give you a new washer & dryer, you will post it on your blog and everywhere. You already have a ton of pins on Pinterest! Sell yourself! You are incredibly talented! If you need any help, my social media reaches over 15,000 followers and fans. I would be happy to post something for you.
Good Luck!
nancy

Anonymous said...

LOVE this color! Can you explain what it is called (since you made it up) by the number ratio on the paint can? I love how clear it looks. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

ps - the room is beautiful too! :)

TC said...

You really did an awesome job! It's the prettiest laundry room I've ever seen!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Gina said...

Wow! That is really nice! I love everything about it. Did you hang the shelf behind the washer yourself? And, did you buy the coated shelving or did you use something else?

I have a tiny laundry room and it needs help! Maybe I can look at yours long enough that I get inspired.

Did you re-do the chandelier yourself of did you buy it as is?

Very nice job! I did want to tell you that they sell appliance spray paint. Maybe that would hide the rust if you used kilz first? We've used appliance spray paint before and it works fine.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

I am in love with the roman shade! Please tell where you got it from!!

Anonymous said...

I love your room...I am going to try and model mine after yours...Where did you get the chandelier? Thanks!

Rachael said...

As a quick fix...get some rustoleum spray paint to match your w/d. It won't be perfect but at least you could touch it up until you get something new! LOVE this room, by the way :)

Carole said...

That is a beautiful wall color! I followed a link hoping to find a name. lol Beautiful room. :-)

I wish I had a laundry room. Sadly, in my current house the laundry is in the garage. Something when viewing the house I thought was a great idea and that I'd love...Hindsight and all. I actually have come to hate it with a passion. Live and learn.

I agree, Rustoleum paint (the original Rustoleum) for the 'fix' on your machine. You can mask off and repair those rusty areas pretty easily.

The life span of appliances is appalling. My first washer/dryer lasted over twelve years, but those days are of course long gone. I've been through three dishwashers in ten years. Sigh.

mandi said...

Just found this through pinterest...your laundry room is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! Thank you for the design inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I was sad when you said you mixed the color. Just wanted a clue how a did it. Sure is wonderful. I bet it fits in with the rest of the house also. You are blessed.

Anonymous said...

I too have a love for blue Mason jars, because my Grandmother has given me hers through the years...and that "vintage" sheet, reminded me of my childhood. I had that set, my sister had the same in pink. Absolutely love your laundry room~

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the adorable chandelier? It is too cute!

Anonymous said...

awe I was hoping to find out what paint color you used so I could do the same for my laundry room :( great job though....it turned out beautifully!

Anonymous said...

I love what you have done here...and oh, the inspiration it is providing me! I have just downsized to a temporary rental due to a divorce & now I have NO laundry room; only a closet. My criteria for a permanent altho' smaller home will definitely include a laundry room. And now I can plan & dream about what I might be able to accomplish myself to make it my own! Thank you for sharing. You should be very proud!

Amy said...

This laundry room is awesome. Your pictures are beautiful. I do think when the room is prettier you want to see it/be in it/do the job in that room more often. I love it!

Amy

Anonymous said...

Great room! Where did you find the chandelier?

Anonymous said...

Would love to know where you found that gorgeous chandelier!! The whole room is beautiful. What an inspiration.
Julie
jlittleton@tampabay.rr.com

Patty V said...

absolutely lovely, would enjoy doing laundry in this room anytime. Patty V

Kristina said...

I hope you win!! You (and your stunning laundry room) deserve it!! I loved your room so much that I had my husband do a similar set up in our laundry room-- turqouise wall, board n' batten, & a chandelier! : ) It turned out beautiful... now I just need to find hooks and decor, but I love it!!

Lisa said...

I love the blue colored walls in the landry room and I love how you have slightly blue colored jars there too.

Anonymous said...

I really love what you did with this space! You should be very proud of yourself. I know many people have asked you about that chandelier... are you sharing? If so, thanks in advance. If not, :( !!!!
Thanks for all the great pics and inspiration. Truly!

Robin Henderson said...

How do I get this color????

Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting when bloggers post, encourage feedback, but never answer the questions that people leave. Isn't the purpose of a blog to encourage an interactive forum?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous..I totally agree with you! The do it yourselfers brag how they did it all....and Never follow up on their so called DIY project comments! When I read that....I stop following their blog. Maybe everyone else should too!

Anonymous said...

In love, please come do mine. :) turquoise is my favorite!! Good work!! Did you make the roman shades?

Anonymous said...

Love this laundry room! You are my inspiration for my laundry room redo. Exactly which Behr paint color matches your walls?

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