My big girl laundry room!

As you are aware, my house, adorned with its brass doorknobs and other various demon fixtures of the 90's, was lacking any sense of style. One of the most depressing rooms to me was always the laundry room. I am lucky enough to have a tiny laundry room, period. I am pretty darn lucky to have a laundry room on the first floor, which is where our master bedroom is located. Last but not least, I am SUPER lucky to have a laundry room located in such a place that visitors could mistake it as the powder room. NOT.

After a few minutes months and months of trying to convince my husband that he would have clean underwear more often if he allowed me to indulge myself and fix what was broken in the laundry room, I sat down and pondered. I thought of every gaudy, naked detail of that room and made a list of what I would like to see in that room. It looked something like this:

1. less white

2. less oak

3. less space above cabinets

4. less white

5. stripes

4. less white

You get the picture :  )

So...after visiting the miniature Lowe's that I stack on the basement steps happily organized in the basement, I settled on the appropriate paint colors and the taping/measuring torture fun started. There's something you should know about me, I'm a closet "eyeballer." Yes, it's a very technical term. I was diagnosed at a young age. Luckily, it's treatable. Medication ranges from liquid nails to paintable latex caulk. Thank God there is a cure! Seriously, thank you, Jesus. Luckily, it usually works out in my favor...tee hee. Love you, Justin.

So once I got started eyeballing meticulously measuring the stripes, it was easy peasy!
one stripe...
two stripes...
(notice the old parquet in the foyer/hallway - more to come on that soon)
three stripes...
FOUR! (DISCLAIMER: I have yet to finish the fourth and final stripe. I know, I'm horrible. I'm the worst kind of horrible, I'm an eyeballin' project hopper. Gah.

After my stripes were unfinished finished, I glanced at my list and saw that I mentioned something about less oak....Hm, I can't remember why I would write such a thing like that. Then it hit me...it hit me hard.

I used the same semi gloss paint on the cabinets that I used for the lighter of the stripes. I soon realized after the first coat and addition of new hardware, I was falling in love...
And the big picture...complete with tiffany blue jar to hold love notes from your husband reminding you why you wash his underwear dog biscuits.

That's all folks.

Let's see that before one more time.

Yeah, I think I'll keep her....

I was inspired by many of the beautiful laundry rooms out there in Blogland, but are you aware there are still many a laundry room suffering from uglyitis?  Do what you can to help by posting your laundry room redo today! You never know when you'll inspire someone :  )

All of the paint for this project was on hand. I spent a couple of dollars on the milk glass and blue jar at a consignment shop. The new hardware was on sale for pennies, PENNIES, I tell you.


  1. so the big question is, has Justin seen a spike in clean underwear since the laundry room re-do. Answer: Who cares! you have an absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL laundry room now :) i love it!!

  2. No! I can't remember the last time I did a load of laundry. I've been wearing the same jeans for three days. Alas, Christmas is over, I must return to my domestic duties.

  3. Looks great! I am jealous! I have been dying to get my laudry room finished, just need to get the gusto to get it done...I am a project hopper like you! LOL!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up!!
    P.S. I am your newest follower!

  4. How fun to redo the laundry room! The stripes are awesome!

  5. Your makeover turned out so great! Hopefully it'll make doing laundry a bit more bearable!

  6. What a great update! I really need to get going on my laundry room!

  7. Love the stripes. It adds to much character to that space. Great job!

  8. It looks fantastic! The cabinets and stripes just makes the room look so different and calm, warm and almost (note I'll repeat almost) makes me want to do laundry!
    I'm a new follower from Be Different's blog hop. I'd love a follow back

  9. what a contrast! looks great!