4.20.2009

New Laundry Room

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This was quite the productive weekend around my house. The new-old chandelier was hung, a ceiling fan was installed in Kevin's music room/office, and our teeny-tiny laundry room was FINALLY spruced up. After one to many times of looking at our depressing laundry and tool space, I decided to take action. The first step was a fresh coat of turquoise paint. I love how bright and cheerful it looks, and how the white appliances and shelves pop against the vivid walls. Below is a better shot of the setup of the room (please forgive the many shadows as well as the odd angles - it's a tiny space with a single overhead light which creates many photographic challenges)...

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If you are wondering what the striped and chained item is on the wall, it's our solution for a folding table. Kevin simply took a pre-cut white melamine shelf (this one is from Lowe's and measures 16" x 36"), attached hinges and eye hooks, and used these plastic-coated metals chains to attach. The yellow chains are so glossy and playful, and such a great accent color to the blue walls. The stripes come from a piece of wrapping paper that is adhered to the back of the board with adhesive craft spray. Here it is descended from the wall...

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Now I can unload the dryer and place my freshly folded towels and sheets on this convenient work surface! As for the other side of the space, we have a set of wire shelves holding linens, cleaning products and tools. I've been looking for a place to hang my circus paint-by-numbers ever since we moved in. They have been with me since I moved to Philly 15 years ago, so I am glad they finally have a home in our new house.

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Oh, this little fella holds coins and bobby pins that I find in our pockets or at the bottom of the washing machine...

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It feels so great to have a truly organized space that is fun to look at. And with these improvements, hopefully doing laundry won't be so much of a chore!

So, what did you do this weekend?

(P.S. The white antlers are from Urban Outfitters, the wall color is Valspar 5006-10A "Bayside," and the metal stool seat color is American Accents "Sour Apple" by Rustoleum)

16 comments:

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Just beautiful! I love the blue my office is that same shade. I wish I could do the same in my laundry room. You've inspired me. The folding table is amazing. Kudos to your hubby!

Love the white antlers. Do you remember where they are from?

Also love your blog name. My married name means peacock in italian so peacocks hold a special place in my heart. I was even going to name my design business peacock designs!

TheDecoDetective said...

Oh, Elizabeth, this looks fantastic! Great makeover - this room is both cheerful and practical. I love the turquoise/yellow combo!
I didn't do quite as much as you, but I did make curtains for my living room plus I went treasure hunting at the Salvation Army shop.
Have a wonderful Monday!
Trudi

bopbopdesigns said...

Wow I am impressed. That will deifnitely make doing laundry more enjoyable!

Pop Culture Casualty said...

I love an organized room! Beautiful work Ms. Peacock. The circus prints are my favorite. Where did you get those antlers? Urban? Is this one of those things you spray painted? When are you coming over to my place to teach me the art of good spray painting?

Can't wait to see photos of the new chandelier! xoxo

Amanda said...

Love it so much! What color/brand are the walls? Very pretty shade!

Mintage Home said...

what a great space, happy and cheery. This weekend, we had a heat wave, so we hung out at the beach, and the pool with great friends.

kay* said...

gosh doesn't some paint and organization make a big difference! and make you feel so much better? it looks great.

this weekend i made a trip to ikea, bought a rug for my living area and some other random stuff...quite productive!

kay* said...

oh and i finally ordered the ceramic monkey with the banana bowl. the large one! it was on sale for $27 at amazon!!!!! but the price went back up 45 minutes later - lucky me :) thanks for finding it again :)

Amy said...

That looks great! Love the wall color - and the folding table is genius (painting (or buying whichever happened) the chains yellow was too!)!

Erin said...

I'm drooling all over my keyboard!!!! This room is PERFECT in every way! Love all the details, and of course, the turquoise wall color. :)

Miss Aimee said...

looks great!!! Oh you should see mine! Needs some help and $$.

:)

KristenB said...

I don't think I would have ever thought to design my laundry room. You are a genius. Thank you for sharing this! I think I will paint my new laundry room orange.

This weekend I made three stuffed animals!

LindsB said...

I LOVE your laundry room! It is so bright and cheery, I would want to stay in there all day and fold laundry. I also LOVE the DIY folding table, what a great use of space!

lucyatfourwallsandaroof said...

This is genius! There are so many cool ideas in here. Our laundry area is in the garage, so gloomy, dusty and cold. Maybe some bright paint and clever storage like this is the answer. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lee Ann said...

I googled the paint color and found your blog. I LOVE IT! How fabulous is this! Thanks for posting pictures and sharing!!

Valerie said...

This is AMAZING!