Why was I in here again? Oh yeah – to wash clothes. That, too.
Our laundry room is boring and dull and has TERRIBLE lighting. Good thing I can just shut the doors and high tail it outta there.
P.S. I had recently reorganized the laundry room – this is the “after” picture…can you imagine how awesome ugly it was before that?!
I’ve never really had the desire to make my laundry room look even a little cute. It’s not that I haven’t seen it done…I just thought I wouldn’t bother because I wouldn’t be making drastic cosmetic changes. We rent our home, but that means we can’t make major changes like adding new cabinets. And I don’t want to shell out lots of $$ to make improvements to some one else’s house, even if I did get permission, because I can’t take the improvements with me when we move. Not really the investment deal I’m looking for.
But, BUT!!, I did a little Internet searching, and Tip Junky had a great post on cute laundry rooms, which got the wheels in my head turning. These ladies transformed their ho-hum rooms into really beautiful spaces. I started to realize I could, too! even if I don’t paint and replace the shelves.
OK, then. This laundry room thing is a go!
So here is my completed laundry room now and a breakdown of how it all went down:
Of course I removed the majority of the crap-o-la to better places. That, alone, was refreshing. I have a pretty standard rule (whether I always follow it or not wink wink) that each item in my home needs a reason and a purpose if it wants to be here. So the items that stayed, and the containers I put them in, were selected pretty much according to that rule.
I shopped my home for all of the accessories in the laundry room. The flower arrangement was in the kitchen, but I love it here. It gives the room a little color, and hydrangeas make me smile.
The glass jar holding powdered detergent was a wedding gift, and the heart-shaped measuring cup came with a set as a birthday present. I found the ceramic tomato dish at a small boutique years ago. It came with three other ceramic vegetables, and one or two were chipped, so they cost next to nothing. I use an artichoke for my spoon rest in the kitchen. The tomato now catches our change.
A few years ago, my grandma sent me an e-mail with her memories of washing clothes with her grandmother before they had a machine. Added to the e-mail was an old recipe for washing clothes an Alabama woman supposedly sent to a bride for a wedding gift. The recipe is crazy! Collect rain water, start a fire to boil the water, scrub your clothes in lye, etc. Then use the cold water to water the garden and the hot water to hand scrub your porch. Wow.
I keep a framed copy of the e-mail up to remind me
how great I really have it!!
I decided to make art work for the space. My rubbings were just the thing to help continue dispersing my love of all things scrolly throughout the house.