2.28.2010

At Last

The laundry room is done.
 
Finally.
 
This might just have been the 2nd longest timeline for a room reno (the kitchen still puts it to shame), but I am so happy it it finally done.  I won’t bore you with the process (in case you missed it click here) and get straight to the before and afters.
 
Ready?
 
Ahhhh honey oak, how I love that you are in every room.
 
 
And the afters (which I might add are very difficult to take in a small room)
 
laundry room
What did we do?  Well first we got new machines by default of the old ones breaking.   This allowed us to rework the entire space and add a counter and other shelving.  And hanging space.
 
After much discussion and my bright pink getting the husband veto, the walls went from 20 year old dingy stained cream to Foggy Day by Sherwin Williams.
 
laundry room
 
On the other side of the room we also added another cabinet and a pegboard.  And hanging space for brooms and such.
 
laundry room
 
And a random shelf for random crap that belongs in a laundry room.
 
laundry room after
 
Some people might think that it strange to have a picture gallery in a laundry room.  Originally we were going to tile the backsplash with left over tile that we bought for the kitchen, never used and forgot to return.  But since we did not want the counter to be permanent fixture in the laundry room in case our washer and dryer bite the dust and we have to buy different size machines.  That would suck, but it would suck even more if we had to rip out tile and drywall as well.  And let’s face it…laundry is not one of my favorite activities.  Looking at fun personal pictures makes it just a little more bearable.
 
And then there were also the water valves I wanted to hide.
 
laundry room afterlaundry room after
 
Much better.
 
The counter followed a similar theme….cheap, cute and non permanent.  The counter also had the extra special issue of having to be higher than the actual washer and dryer because of outlets, making anchoring something heavy like granite more problematic.  Not to mention expensive. So we went with MDF.  For the whole how-to, click here.  Let’s just say that pattern involved some beer drinking.
 
laundry room

laundry room

My new drying rack inspired by Centsational Girl and with materials left over from the bed.  I love it for how it functions in the space but becomes invisible when it is folded up.  For the complete how-to click here.

laundry room

I think the chandelier gets the most comments.  As in “You put a chandelier in your laundry room!?”  Well yes I did.  And I like it.laundry room after

And we can’t forget the laundry basket storage/sorting area (which also conveniently serves as a dog storm shelter when it is thundering…who would have thought?)laundry room after

And here it is in use…because you know that I can only wash white clothes in this room now since it matches the color scheme-laundry room after

And now for the nitty gritty-

Wall Paint Color-$40-Foggy Day-Sherwin Williams

Counter Color-Free (used leftover from master bedroom)-Dovetail-Sherwin Williams

Wall Cabinet and Floor Cabinet- $175- Lowe’s

Wood Supplies for Shelving and Counter- $100

Picture Frames- $25- Wal-Mart (and some I had laying around)

Phone Enlargements-$50

Chandelier-$50- Lowe’s

Pegboard-$5-Lowe’s

Grand Total- $445

Maybe laundry might even be fun now?  No I didn’t think so.  Oh Well.

51 comments:

  1. Umm.....LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Holy cow, is that really the same room? Oh honey oak...why does it exist? Great job!

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  2. You have a chandelier in your laundry room and you shop at Costco. That makes you super awesome in my book.

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  3. Wow!! my laundry room is hell compared to this...

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  4. WOW! Jenny - it's stunning. I'm super envious. My laundry room is a disaster. You did an amazing job!

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration in the DIY Project Parade. I love it!

    Roeshel

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  5. WOW! It looks fab!! I love the gray with the black and white photos. You doing a gallery in your laundry room is very sweet. It's like a hidden place for you to build your memories.

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  6. Awesome! I love the counter the most I think! The whole Laundry room turned out great!

    ~Liz

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  7. What a beautiful room! You've given me some great ideas for mine! Well done. - Jen SheEndeavors

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  8. I Love it!!!!! you have inspired me to spruce up my laundry room, when I get finihed with the million other projects I have going on lol! Love ur blog Btw :-)

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  9. Is it weird that I want to live in your laundry room?

    What an amazing transformation!

    xo,
    - e

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  10. What a gorgeous place to do laundry! I am in love with the drying rack and folding table. And the chandelier...love that you put it in there!

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  11. I keep coming across your blog through other blogs I follow but never comment. But your projects are just too good to not compliment! Seriously great job. I love the countertops! Your entire house is extremely inspiring!

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  12. Fantastic!!!! That would make me want to do laundry and actually keep my laundry room clean!

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  13. I definitely have laundry room envy. It is a place to kick off your shoes and relax in. WHAT IN THE WORLD!? And the chandy...unbelievable. I want to live in your laundry room. can I?

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  14. I really love the unique touches that you added to your laundry room. You made it so inviting. I hate doing laundry but I would love to do it if our laundry room looked like that.

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  15. Wow, this looks great! I love how fancy it is!!

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  16. Your laundry room looks great! I love the clean lines look. You did a great job! I need to tackle mine. I guess I could at least get in and take the before pictures, that could really be scary!

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  17. WOW!! Talk abotu jaw dropping, at 1st I was like is that the laundry room after, nah it can't be - its way to cool/pretty
    you've blown me away I love it!!!

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  18. Very nice! I especially like the countertop treatment. We're going to be making a counter for DD2 at her new home. I wouldn't have questioned the chandelier - it's adorable. I have two three arm chandelier's in our MBR closet. ;)
    Allison

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  19. Love it! I am very jealous that you have a window in your laundry room. I could totally do laundry in that space! Great work!

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  20. Oh my goodness - it looks AMAZING! WOW! Will you come over and do mine next?!

    Also, thanks for commenting on my blog, and I think we might be on the same mission: bye bye honey oak! :)

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  21. This is seriously GORGEOUS! I am absolutely enamored with the counter. As in, I need a counter IDENTiCAL to this counter in our next home. And, the wall color. Perfection

    I, for one, love the photos in the laundry room. And, I love the frames/mats you chose. Pretty! Never would have thought to do that.

    My favorite thing is that even though it's pretty, it's still functional. Everything has its place.

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  22. Oh wow, I'd do laundry in there anytime! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  23. I think this is marvelous. I have a problem with chandeliers... i just love them. A chandy in my laundry room would take the cake!

    Stop by my blog and say hello sometime!

    Great makeover! And you can never have too make pictures! ha!

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  24. UM THIS IS AMAZING! I cannot believe that the after is the same space! Such a fabulous job you did. FABULOUS.

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  25. This make over is fabulous! Love the grey and white! You did an amazing job!

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  26. Looks great and most importantly - the honey oak is gone!

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  27. Wow, this is a gorgeous laundry room! I love the design on the counter, the paint color, and that light fixture. Beautiful!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! And a chandelier in the laundry room is opulent! Pat yourself on the back for that one. Score one for the person who does the laundry!

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  29. And that's just the laundry room! I would spend all my time there if I had one that looked like yours!

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  30. EXCELLENT job Jenny! So pretty. I really love that countertop.

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  31. Gorgeous job! Love what you did to the counter, especially.

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  32. it looks amazing. and i love your picture backsplash!

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  33. Really inspiring! I definitely need to get better function out of my laundry room. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I love your laundry room, the drying rack and the chandy are great !

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  35. New follower alert... I must stick around to see more! (The counter top is on my must see and do list).

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  36. Ooo! I love it!! All of it!

    Visiting from
    http://imalazymom.blogspot.com

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  37. Oh my goodness, that is pure gorgeousness. That counter top is TDF girl, and the chandy ? Yes, I agree a girl needs a little glam in her laundry room - the perfect touch !
    xoxo
    Kate

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  38. I love the folding counter! We just finished redoing our laundry room, but now I need to add one of those!

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  39. Wow! You did a fabulous job and great pricing too! I love the color you chose and all of your black and white photography, and the chandelier of course!

    My kitchen is all honey oak, I feel your pain! :(

    My laundry room is next on the list, I'm hoping it will make laundry more enjoyable, that and dishes are my least favorite.

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  40. My laundry room is so horrid but because of it's set up, I can never decide what to do with it. Your post has inspired me and with a few Ana-style cubbies and one of your counter tops I think I can...I think I can...

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  41. Wow! I'm in love!! The pattern is so cool and the walls and accessories would make my least favorite task so much more bearable. Great job!

    I saw your post on this over at remodelaholic and had to laugh when I saw your beverage in the pics... I recently posted how we taped off and painted our kitchen floor, and I had to include the glass of wine that was *needed* in the midst of all the measuring and taping! Totally necessary!

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  42. This is stunning. I think I'd want to just hang out in there. The chandelier is the perfect finishing touch. Amazing. I'm your new biggest fan.

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  43. I love it! That drying rack is a fabulous idea for small spaces! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Wow. I can't thank you enough for sharing your hard work. This is just AWESOME! We are buying a 1970's ranch with all honey oak, everywhere. I love home projects and you are my inspiration!!

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  45. I absolutely love what you have done with your home. Just beautiful! I have those honey oak cabinets and I hate them with a passion. I'll have to look for your how to redo them. Inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. So many great ideas!! I'm so inspired to try some of these things!! Glad I stubbled upon your blog today :)

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  47. I cracked up... The lines on your counter required some beer drinking, eh?? So totally hilarious:)

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  48. Laundry basket storage? GENIUS!

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  49. Wow what a difference a little paint can make!!

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  50. Oh yes, you DID put a chandelier in your laundry room... And I love it!!

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