Monday, January 31, 2011

Laundry Closet Re-Vamp

As I've mentioned we are renting this home. It is an older home with no upgrades, we were only going to be here a short time so we have made due. Our landlord gave us the okay to paint if we wanted and so just updating the paint made a huge difference. One area that I totally despise is our basement (wood paneling). We mainly use it for storage, but our laundry is located down there. This closet is such a downer. So dark and yucky feeling. I always stand and fold laundry right out of the dryer so I wanted to improve things.  Last Spring I decided to make it a little cuter. Here is the before:   
              (Beware: All of these pics are taken with flash, I have no natural light down here.)
Notice the paint swatches. I decided that adding a light color to the top over the shelf would look nice. So I got 3 choices. With the lighting, or lack thereof, I decided to go with the pale yellow.
I also decided that the shelf was lacking, but I didn't want to waste money on a shelf, so I just used a piece of molding and used liquid nails to adhere it to the front of the shelf. It was a great inexpensive way to make it look a little nicer. I just used masking tape to hold it in place while it dried.
I put all the paint cans that were up there in the storage shed and started looking for storage options. I found this basket in my closet upstairs and thought it would be perfect for my detergents and sprays.
Found this perfect size box at hobby lobby for my fabric sheets. With my 40% coupon it was only a couple bucks. (I looked for an antique box but never found anything that was the right size for this)
I found an old window at the antique store. It has such a beautiful patina. (I didn't wash the glass though for the pic so don't look to close!)
A $5 washboard and some flowers in a metal pitcher. I was hoping for an antique zinc pitcher but couldn't find one locally. So I got this $5 pitcher at Old Time Pottery.
All together. I think it turned out great for such a dark closet in the basement! I still want to find a new ironing board cover and make a cute holder for it, but since I have waited this long and we are moving in 5 months I will wait and see what my next laundry area is like!  It makes me happy and was a cheap fix for a rental.
Although it was only a few changes, I think it made a big difference.
linking to:
The DIY Show Off
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  1. Much improved! I love the yellow. :)

  2. What a great improvement! And ooh you could do some great stuff with that antique window! Etching...vinyl...I'm itching to redo my laundry room, too. It's a constant eyesore!

  3. Very nice! I am totally procrastinating on doing the laundry room. I have the paint though! Also, make sure u grab my button since i featured u!

  4. I love this!!! Beautiful. I am getting ready to over haul my laundry room. I just ordered paint yesterday and it is a similar yellow color. Maybe that is why I love it so much :)

  5. Love the new look...the window looks great! I have a weekly linky party called NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS…would love to have you come by and join in on the fun…also having a GIVEAWAY going on…it’s a $65 gift card and some goodies from me!

  6. Very nice! Those small changes make a big difference!! Found you on House of Hepworths linky party.

  7. What a transformation! The accent decors are just enough, not cluttering, and pretty! Would love love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now Feel free to link up other projects too if you'd like. Happy new year! My

  8. Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link


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