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Calling this a laundry “room” update is generous. We don’t really have a room per se. It’s more like a walkway from our garage entrance to the main living area. So when I saw this post on Nesting with Grace about this $20 light, I got inspired to do something about this eye sore of a space.
Laundry Room Before
This is where we are starting with the laundry room, these are unedited and exactly how this space looks on any given day. It’s a high traffic area and it goes without saying that it gets a lot of use. And I look at it every time I sit on my couch….
There are great (original) cabinets above the washer and dryer that provide critical storage. Given my short stature, they are hard to reach so I’m going to paint them and add some pulls to modernize the cabinets and make them easier to reach.
Also needed in this space is a countertop. We tend to pile things up in here on top of the machines and then items fall off during the spin cycle. I’m also hoping that installing a countertop will muffle a little bit of the sound when the machines are running.
There is also a small bathroom here – we’re gonna leave that alone…for now. I’m sure this design will dictate what I do with that little powder room when it comes around time to update it. And no, the baby didn’t get into the toilet. She tried to sit on it to read her book. HA!
Probably one of my most important tasks with this project is moving our growth chart. I started to record the girls growth when we moved in 3 years ago. I will transfer this to a ruler growth chart that I’ll install on the back of a closet door.
This is the view when you come in from the garage.
That’s where we are starting with this room and I’m hoping to do this entire makeover for under $300.
The Laundry Room Design Plan
Target has a line of removable wallpaper that is peel and stick. It’s $30 per roll and if I don’t like it, then it’s easy to take off. I’ve always loved the large palm leaf wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and this pattern reminded me of that but in more muted beachy tones. I found this print online but our local store had a few limited patterns in stock. Lots of options online though.
The wallpaper comes with a few corresponding paint colors so I went with the greenish gray for the cabinets. This I picked up at my local Target once I had decided on the wall pattern. The gold pulls I found on clearance at Target as well and the hooks are from Anthropologie and are my splurge item.
We have family coming into town so I don’t think we’re going to get this project started until after Easter but I’m really happy with our plan.
UPDATE! The room is done and I couldn’t be more thrilled….or shocked….by the transformation. See it here.