Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Laundry Room Makeover


Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you how we were adding insulation and decking in our attic and I promised you some more home improvement projects?  Well, here's one of them!  I really debated about posting this now.  It's not finished yet and part of me wants to show the complete before and after.  But I'm really excited about how much progress we've made and I'm so excited to share it with you!

This pin on my Laundry Room Pinterest inspiration board really helped me get this project started.  I have a very small laundry room with hardly any storage space.  The laundry bags hanging on wall mounted hooks seemed like a great solution.

Image from Amazon

Here's what the laundry room looked like before we started.  Very small and not a lot of storage space.  Very plain and utilitarian.  An old leaky door that let in cold air and had a huge ugly pet door.  The laundry room is in between the dining room and garage.  It has three doors: one that opens to the main part of the house, one that opens to outside, and one that opens to the garage.  That's a lot of doors for such a small space!


And here's what laundry day typically looks like.  See why I wanted the hanging laundry bags?  After the laundry is sorted, it can be put in the bags and hung out of the way!


We started by replacing the trim around the door.  Whoever lived here before us had a dog that must have chewed or clawed it up. 


We've lived here for eight years.  For eight years I've looked at that and told my self I would do something about it and never did.  I can't tell you how good it feels to finally have that fixed and taken care of!  


Replacing the trim was really easy and I wish we'd done it sooner!  Here's what it looks like now.  It looks so much better!



 
Replacing the trim around the door was much easier than I thought it would be, and after getting that finished, I was fired up to move on to the next step.  We installed bead board and trim to the walls for a few reasons:
  • I love the look of bead board!
  • I thought it would be a good way to dress up some very plain and boring walls.
  • The hooks for the laundry bags will be mounted in the bead board trim. 
  • The door to the garage always bumps into the wall and the door knob damages the drywall.  The drywall has already been repaired once.  Hopefully the bead board will protect the wall and prevent any more damage.


We installed the bead board and it really does add some interest to these plain boring walls.




I really love it!  It makes such a huge difference!




After caulking everything, I painted the trim and the walls.  I'm terrible at picking paint colors.  Everything in my house that I've painted is some sort of beige (because it goes with everything and it's safe).  You can see here I'm trying to figure out which shade of beige I should use.  


I think I've decided I'm going with the lightest beige on the right.  It doesn't look great in this picture, but I've used it before in a bathroom and I really love it!

We've ordered a new door to replace the old leaky one with the pet door and it will be installed this weekend.  After that I can finish the painting and install the hooks.  When that's done I'll be able to share with you the complete make over!  Stay tuned!

67 comments:

  1. Already a huge improvement! Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's completely finished!! Thanks for the sneak peek!!

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  2. I love makeovers! It looks great already, I can't wait to see the end product! I found you through a linky party and am excited to be a new follower! I hope you will swing by my site if you have a chance!!

    http://www.thetaylor-house.com

    Thanks!
    Chrissy

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    1. Thanks for the invitation! I linked up and added your party to my "Where I Party" page.

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  3. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com



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  4. I need to do this to my laundry room. It looks like a family of 30 lives at my house. Everything seems everywhere in that room. i can’t wait to see what you do next. I hope you can find some time and stop by my blog and say hello. http://www.atmycounter.blogspot.com

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  5. great ideas for this bathroom makeover. I too love bead board and I am planning on redoing a bathroom and possibly the dining rooom with it. Cant wait to see your finished laundry room.
    Karin

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  6. haha, aren't we funny with what we live with and then when we fix it, we're like "why didn't I do that sooner?" It's looking good so far - can't wait to see the final look. Following you and hope you come over and visit me at http://thebfarm.blogspot.com.
    Cecilia

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  7. I've got a bathroom with water damaged trim. Now I am inspired to get it fixed!

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  8. Can't wait to see how this project turns out. We redid our laundry room a few years ago and now is nice to pass through heading out the door.

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    1. I can't wait to see how it turns out either! Hopefully it looks as good in real life as it does in my head! New door gets put in this weekend!

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  9. found you over @ Beyond the Picket Fence linky party - I too am in the midst of a laundry room reno...can't wait to see yours finished. I am a new follower!

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    1. Thanks for following! I can't wait to get it done and show you the big reveal!

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  10. I like the beige colors too (but my hubby likes bright colors, eek!). You're doing a great job here. I really like the bead board.

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

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  11. Great job! You've really been busy and your hard work has been worth it! You Go Girl!

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  12. I love these ideas. I need to revamp my laundry room.

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  13. That looks like the laundry in my old house - more a thoroughfare, than anything else. I look forward to seeing the finished product - good luck with the rest of the transformation!

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  14. looking really good already, and i look forward to seeing the whole room finished. i just started following on GFC after finding your link on the blog hop, hope you get a chance to check out my blog too.
    Angela x

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. I absolutely love all the helpful tips and ideas you and your party friends give, they get me SO MOTIVATED! Unfortunately I get so excited and want to do everything @ once and get myself overwhelmed ( which isn't hard to do) but im really trying to learn to pace myself. Its hard when ya got so much that needs to be done and then having all the wants that ya wana get to doing! Anyways, thank you and all your sponsors for all the inspiration, this is one follower that will always be anxiously awaiting new project ideas!

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    1. This sounds like me too! There's nothing like seeing pictures of other people's beautiful spaces to make you want to fix up your own. I'm trying to learn to pace myself as well. Thanks so much for reading!

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  16. I love the bead board. It's funny you say that, we just did the same in our hallways and living room to give it a little facelift.

    I'm your newest follower :).

    Alexis from Running Away? I'll help you pack!

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    1. I'm noticing bead board and board and batten are both really popular on Pinterest right now.

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  17. I had to chuckle at the gnawned trim, because I've lived in my home with a piece of door trim that's in equally bad condition. Now that I've seen how much better your laundry room looks with that bit gone, I'm determined to get off my rear end and do something about mine!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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  18. Isn't it amazing what just a few minor changes can make! I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

    I'm visiting from Fancy This Friday at Truly Lovely.

    If you have a chance, come visit my new blog.

    Hugs ...
    Lani
    www.SimplyFreshVintage.com

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  19. Great idea! That finished picture should have names stenciled on the laundry bags for clean laundry and then "Colors", "Whites", etc. for the dirty sorted laundry.

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    1. You read my mind! That's exactly what I'm planning to do! I've already purchased the bags and have that exact idea pinned to my Pinterest laundry room inspiration board!

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  20. Love this redo in the laundry room! Love beadboard!! Makes everything seem so nice and clean!! Stopping on over from the link up.
    Kelly

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  21. Thanks for sharing your makeover progress...the beadboard looks really nice!

    I'm stopping by to say 'hi' from Katherine's Favorite Things Thursday - better late than never.

    http://artpark78.com/blog1

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  22. I love the idea of the hanging laundry hampers! I'm sure your laundry room will turn out awesome!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  23. What a fun remodel!! I'd love to have come and share them at Super Saturday Show & Tell party today! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

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  24. I love the way your laundry room is coming together. I too like bead-board and just put some up in my kitchen. I really like the idea of the hanging laundry bags. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs, Peggy

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  25. So happy for you! Getting things accomplished from the "to do list" feels so good! Your improvements look fabulous!

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  26. This is turning out great! Thanks for sharing and I am featuring this on I Gotta Try That Monday!
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature! I really appreciate it!

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  27. What a huge difference you have made already. I can't wait to see it when it's done.

    I found you over at Life on Lakeshore Drive. I'm your newest follower.

    Kelly from everythinginbetweenbykelly.blogspot.com

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  28. Some great changes! And I love that pin from Amazon too!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  29. Wow it is looking great!

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  30. Looks great so far and can only get better as you get more done! Good luck!

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  31. Your laundry room looks great! Totally jealous. We live in an outdated rental. Dang military life...one day I will have that dream laundry room lol

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    1. I know how you feel. My husband was in the Navy and we lived in rentals and base housing, too. I remember how badly I wanted my own home and to fix up to really make it feel like my own space.

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  32. Your laundry room is looking great! I love the bead board and can't wait to see the paint color.

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  33. Wonderful improvements. I host a DIY and home rennovation link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html

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  34. Ooo - you've made some great progress on your laundry room!! Love the bead board. Can't wait to see the hanging laundry baskets. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  35. Looks beautiful! I love the hanging bags! Thank you so much for participating and sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase Party!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-21.html

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  36. I can totally relate to two things you said: "It was so easy I wish we'd done it sooner" and "I'm terrible at picking paint colors." My husband just joked last night that he's always wanted kitchen walls that looked like camo. I get it; I'm terrible at choosing paint colors! :) The progress you've made looks great. I can't wait to see the completed after photos.

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  37. I can't wait to see the final makeover~ love the inspiration pic with the bags. Thanks for linking up and sharing last week on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  38. Looking great! Love the hanging laundry bag idea :)

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  39. Thanks for linking up at what to do Weekends because this is a GREAT thing to do on the weekends!!Take care, Linda

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  40. Oh, it's coming along nicely. I love bead and batten board. Doing some in our basement bath and craft room. Can't wait to see the laundry all finished. Love the bag idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Can't wait to see the finished room! I can see the major improvements already;)

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  42. I love how your laundry room fix up is going. My honey do list is so long!! lol Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com Hope your having a great week!

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  43. Wow, can't wait to see it finished!

    Thanks for sharing at The Best Blog Recipes @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope to see you link up again this weekend!

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  44. This is a neat laundry room. Awesome job!
    Thanks so much for linking!!

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  45. that hanging baskets are perfect, were about to remodel our laundry room too. thanks!
    Please come over and share at our 1st Linky Party

    http://www.lifewelive4.com/2013/03/love-it-list-it-linky-party.html

    :) Laura

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    1. Thanks for the invitation! I linked up.

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  46. Such awesome tips!! It is looking wonderful. Can't wait to see it finished. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Love your great posts. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  47. Great tip for the hanging laundry bags! Your makeover is looking good - anxious to see the finished project! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  48. What great changes you've made already! I think we all have that "something we've looked at for 8 years" project!! I know mine was my linen closet. Then when you are done you wonder why you waited? lol - Look forward to seeing more :)

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  49. Great tips! I love when I get those little DIY tasks out of the way and it's time for DIY fun! I can't wait to see more!

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  50. What is the name of the color you went with? I really like it.

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    1. The color I used is Waverly Home Classics Natural WV37001 at Lowe's. It's the perfect beige. I used it a bathroom makeover too.

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