How to rejuvenate a tired laundry room in 5 easy steps.

I have been working on my cottage laundry room for awhile now and I am thrilled to share with you my completely rejuvenated (and inexpensive) laundry room.

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This is the before shot, when the previous owners had the cottage.

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1.  First thing we did was change the floor.  We had put these wood look porcelain tiles in our adjoining hallway and nearby powder room and I made sure that we purchased enough to also do the laundry room.  They are durable, easy to clean and look fabulous.   Goodbye, old, stained and tired vinyl flooring and hello, lovely!

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2. Next up, painting the walls, though it is usually recommended to do the painting prior to new flooring going in, I must admit I did this backwards.  I chose the same colour as I did for my nearby powder room, Benjamin Moore’s  Woodlawn Blue HC-147.   I  justified this as both rooms have no natural light and I wanted something cheerful, light but definitely a colour and of course, I already knew that this paint colour went beautifully with the new flooring.  As a bonus, it also helps tone down the faintly striped pink countertops and cabinetry, that due to budget constraints, were not getting replaced.

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3. Change the hardware (click here to read my previous post on this).  Just by replacing this, it made a huge difference in the entire space. It completely modernized it and made the cabinetry that much more sleek.  To make things as easy as possible I went with hardware that fit the existing drilled holes, as I knew I wouldn’t be painting the cabinetry.

You can see the blackboard painted laundry chute well in this photo. If you want to read more about it, click here.

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4. Remove some cabinetry or just some doors. This room was cabinet heavy, which don’t get me wrong is great for storage. But as this is our cottage and we are fortunate enough to have a ton of storage in this place, I wasn’t going to get too upset about losing a few cabinet doors, in order to lighten up the space.  Plus, I added in some grey fabric boxes that are just perfect for tucking away small items.

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5. Add some decorative touches.  I painted out the laundry chute as I blogged about in this previous post.  I couldn’t hide it so making it a cute little whimsical piece was the next best thing.   I also decided to stencil some flowers randomly at the back of the open cabinetry, this adds a little bit of pattern.  I’ll be posting about this little project next week.

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I also added in some cute black hooks for drying items and a few colourful pieces on the counter make it fun to do laundry…well sort of….fun.

Lisa

 

 

Injecting whimsey in your home

I’ve been quite sick for the last while, so please excuse the lack of posts, I just haven’t been feeling it.

After a restful weekend at the cottage, I managed to do a little work down there, but unfortunately, no painting which I had hoped to accomplish.

And I mean a very little work……with some home made stencils and some chalk pens.

In my laundry room I have a laundry chute, I know so cool and I do love it.  It however, is pretty much an eyesore in the room and since it is front and center as soon as you come into the space, I knew I wanted to do something with it. Since I can’t hide it, I thought I’d make it at least fun.

Before it looked like this.

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 And now with some chalk board paint, stencils and some chalk pens it is much more fun.

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I did up my own home made stencil and then just placed the clothespins where I wanted them to dress up the side.  When I want a change it’s as easy as wiping them off with a dry cloth.

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And I just added some fun laundry words of wisdom on the door.   Perhaps I will get the room painted next time I’m up….

Lisa

The easy way to update cabinetry

So you want to know how to easily and inexpensively to update your cabinetry. One word  –

HARDWARE!

Yes, so simple and it makes a huge difference. I just changed up the pink, yes, I said, pink hardware in my cottage laundry room and it has made an absolutely huge difference.

Here’s the original hardware….I know, I know, you are jealous. They are actually very solid metal and no signs of any chips even after 20 years of use.  If you’d like them let me know I’d be glad to pass them along….  I’m sure everyone will be fighting for them 🙂 Otherwise, they will be heading to the ReStore.

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And the new version, courtesy of Ikea (Ekeboda handles) in a lovely stainless steel finish.

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It instantly made the cupboards look modern and played down the faint pink stripe in the cabinets and countertop…yes, they match…don’t ask me…it was like that when we bought the house.

DESIGN TIP – straight, square or linear handles will give a modern edge to your cabinetry and round knobs or curved handles offer a more traditional feel.  Please ensure that you purchase the same size hardware as your existing handles or you will be drilling and filling holes in your cabinetry.

Final review coming soon…well, hopefully soon.

Lisa