Yep…..the dreaded Laundry Room redo. This room is heavily used not only for laundry, but somehow became the drop-all, catch-all, dirty shoes and paws, walk thru room. You know, the most used room in the house but the one I never really wanted to spend a lot of time in, let alone redecorate. However, it was time….time to somehow make it blend in with the rest of my Little Cottage in the City. But with plans for a major overhaul of this room in the future, spending much (or any) money in the overhaul of this area was just not in the budget.
However, this room happens to be located just off our dining room and as mentioned, serves as the pass thru room to the garage and also provides access to the side and the back yards too. It is the room our beloved pet uses to gain access outside to “do his business” and of course, where I do laundry. So basically, this room is always in use all day, every day and needed some love and attention. So what did I do?
First, the room was freshened up with leftover white paint and weird placed shelving found throughout the space was taken down which immediately helped this room feel larger and brighter. Next, I searched thru my decorating closet and decided to utilize a gray striped shower curtain (which could withstand my pet and Mr. Mobile Cottage) and trimmed it to size for a “skirt” on my former island turned laundry folding table. Once skirted, this former island now provides me the opportunity to put my laundry necessities along with other items out of sight and also helps with “decluttering” the space. I next turned my attention to the remaining issues in the room, namely disguising the unsightly furnace/hot water heater and also dressing up my ugly utilitarian mop sink. Using leftover white curtains around the furnace area and the rest of the gray stripe shower curtain fabric around my mop sink, the room was starting to take shape, but it still needed charm.
Looking around the space, I decided I needed to find something to help disguise the wall between this room and the garage. With not much to choose from, I decided to utilize a pair or tall, rowing oars and painted them white. While these may be a bit unconventional for a laundry room, they actually bring unexpected charm to the space. Looking further inside and outside the cottage and in my decorating closet for additional items I could use, I found a striped lampshade and lamp base, an old shutter, a wooden laundry sign (which I painted white), a small bench and a cute window all of which are now housed in this room. And yes, I even decided to utilize my cute chandelier given to me by a close friend.
While it does seem odd that all of these items would work together, they actually now provide a hearty dose of cottage charm that even I didn’t anticipate. Couple that with a dab of greenery sprinkled in and my multi-use laundry and pass-thru room is now a space which will endure the daily heavy usage while serving its main purpose of completing laundry chores.
I find sometimes the more I am challenged with a project, the better it turns out. Such as the case with my laundry room. Using items I already had on hand, this little utilitarian space now oozes charm with unexpected items that cohesively work together and best of all it didn’t cost a dime and what can be better than that?
Stay tuned….more reveals coming soon!