We finally finished the laundry room yesterday! I have all the details for you in case you are curious.
(I really enjoyed Erika's kitchen detail post so I am trying the same format)
For the wall color, I wanted something that was a deeper, darker version of our living room color. The living room color is also in the entry/hallway and right outside of the laundry room, so it flows really well. I found this color at Home Depot and I love it!
I wanted a countertop in the laundry room, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I looked at a couple different options (for example, a desk top from IKEA and the butcher block countertop from IKEA) but decided to go with the plywood. It was so inexpensive and easy (Lowes cut it for me). I just rubbed some Danish Oil on it and it was good to go! I like the warmth it adds to the room and it's SOOO great for folding, etc.
I love the little rug - it's so soft. It's a vintage Turkish rug from eBay.
The "art" was free and super easy. All the frames are from IKEA (the two large ones are RIBBA) The red floral print is a Robert Allen fabric (called Anya). I painted the watercolor to mimic another one of my favorite fabrics which reminds me of embroidery (Mulberry Home, Swash Stripe):
My version isn't as pretty, but it was easy and free! :)
It's really dark under the cabinets, so I needed some extra lighting. You can't beat these IKEA lights at only $15 a pop. I also got the small galvanized buckets from IKEA. Here are detail shots of the corners:
I love having things I use a lot within easy reach (screw driver, leatherman tool, permanent markers, etc). The dryer sheets make the laundry room smell really good.
I got the amber glass knobs on Amazon.com. They match the counter top really well (not planned).
Here is a shot of all the chalkboard area we have. It's actually really helpful, I love it.
Here is a shot of the counter without the lights on.. as you can see it's pretty dark. It's helpful having the option of extra light for when I need it.
And here is the laundry room in action! (Some of my clothes air drying). These hooks have been the best thing ever.
The cabinets store all my DIY stuff. It's so so helpful having everything organized and at reach unlike before where it was just mad chaos. It's not the prettiest form of organization, but it works.
Laundry detergent on the first shelf. On the second shelf, my palm sander and it's stuff, nails/screws, lightbulbs and outlet covers.
My watering can, drills and tools on the first shelf. Drop cloth, painting supplies and furniture supplies on the second shelf. All the plastic boxes you see are from IKEA.
I wish I could have gotten a good shot of the light in the room, but I couldn't. This was as good as it got:
As I mentioned before, I wanted to install the IKEA OTTAVA light in this space but the space really needs a flush mount. We actually installed the OTTAVA and it didn't light the space well enough.
Since I was purchasing the light at the very end of the project, I really didn't want to spend much money. This is the light I found:
It was only $17!!! Can't beat that. I really love this light, especially the white painted detail on the thick glass shade. It has a schoolhouse feel that goes well with the tile. And did I mention it was only $17?!
I think I covered everything! Please ask away if I missed anything and if you have any questions.
ps - I had to post this before picture again. I can't believe this is what it used to look like!!! Since re-doing my laundry room, it's never been messy once and I have to admit I actually enjoy doing laundry now. I call that a success :)
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