Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Laundry Days

I have been thinking about how to decorate my laundry room.  The first picture below is a BEFORE how the laundry room looked the day we bought it. (You can click any picture to enlarge.)
Below is how the laundry room looks now.  We didn't do much to it.  We removed the wire shelf on the wall to the right.  We removed a couple of the cabinets because they didn't match the original ones.
I painted the wall Steamed Milk from Sherwin Williams and we added tumbled limestone tile as a back spash above the laundry sink and counter.
Below are some inspiration photos from BH&G.  I like the first one because I like the glass door fronts.  I have enough closed door storage for cleaning supplies, so a couple of glass doors would open up the room.

This next one, I just like the decorative part of it.  Not really practical, but cute!

Because I have cream colored walls I like the look of the black and white prints in the laudry below.

This last one is my favorite.  It looks Country French to me.  I will be using my laundry tub as a cutting station for flowers too.
Right now I am in the dreaming and planning stages.  It might be a while before I do anything to the laundry room.  When I do, I will make sure to post about it.

Have you decorated your laundry room?  Have you done anything special with it you would like to share?  I would love to know!

Welcome Home,
Penny

27 comments:

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh yes I took my doors off the top cabinets and I love the look..... love the baskets in the last picture..... then I hung vintage embroidered blue birds all around like they are on a cloths line like a border..... love that farm sink in the last picture...... you washer and dryer look new.....nice...
HUgs
Linda

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Your laundry room look spacious. I did decorate mine because it is right off the kitchen. I made it a happy place, with sunny yellow walls. I figured since I spend so much time in there, I'd make it a nice place to be in. Enjoy decorating!

Shelley said...

YOu have such a nice sized - large laundry room! I love all the ideas you presented - that would make it pleasant enough to want to do laundry more often! LOL!
Hugs,
SHelley

kim said...

Hi Penny, I love the size of your laundry room. I wish I had thought about mine harder before we built. My room is too small. It is painted the same yellow as my dining room, but with no windows it is, too dark so I am afraid I will have to paint it yet again. It will be the third time. Seems all I do is paint. I love your tile backsplash. I am afraid I put off doing anything to my laundry room since really no one sees it but me.

Vee said...

My laundry room is a great wasteland. Ha! Love the clean, fresh look of yours and look forward to seeing how you dress it out.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The possibilities are endless! Have fun!

Merrie said...

Penny, the tiny changes that you have already made create a huge difference in the room. I love your inspirational pictures too. Looks like you are well on your way to another amazing space.

Mine...that's another story. I started it last May and it is half done. All 12 square feet of it.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your laundry room is already a dream for me. Mine is in the dark bowels (a truely descriptive word) of our unfinished basement. I will be watching for your "after" photo and fantasizing that it is actually my pretty laundry room. That's not sick is it? Is it?

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

My laundry room is very small. I do have the high washer and dryer..we have 2 open shelves above them that I filled with vintage laundry items. I can't reach them anyways for useful things. On the opposite wall I have an antique ironing board and my hubs and my baby outfit hanging on a line...I think it is cute. I would love to find a closed narrow cabinet between the washer and dryer for soaps and things...but haven't found one yet!
Your room looks lovely already...can't wait to see how you decorate!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

My laundry room is in need of some TLC, but that will be a while in coming. My other rooms need more attention than the laundry room. In your first picture are some large glass canisters. I got some just like them at Target to put in my kitchen for my flour, sugar, etc. I love them and they were very inexpensive. Love & blessings from NC!

Anonymous said...

Well, Penny, here I go again!! From your blog!!! Our kitchen walls are/were off white. had the same bisque color 3inch tile put on with two rows of 1 inch multi green glass tile!! Very happy with it!! and have enough tile left over to put in mudroom!!so now ... table, then the mudroom! you inspire me so much! Thank you!!
Pink Hugs,
Dee

Tutti Chic said...

This room too will be fabulous once you complete it Penny. The changes you made already make it awesome! I'm in awe of your decorating! :) xo chris

Pondside said...

I've used the laundry room to display a collection of blue enamel antique Danish kitchen ware. The bright blue goes very well with the pear green walls, and a large watercolour of clothes drying on lines strung between houses in Italy picks up both colours. I like the idea of the class doors on the upper cabinets!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I have an old refrigerator in mine that just will not die! It was my mother-in-laws and takes up so much space.

I love all of the inspiration pictures!

LW said...

I know whatever you decide to do it will be wonderful…

Louise

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

I'm in the middle of re-doing my laundry room. I wish I could have a sink and some counter space, but sadly it's not to be. At least I have a window, and soon a new french door :)

bj said...

O my...if I could have any laundry room in the entire world, I would choose that last photo..beautiful and it looks like something YOU would really enjoy! Go for it, girl!!
hugs, bj
O, and we saw RIVERDANCE last night and ...one word...AWESOME!!

Kathleen said...

Love your inspiration rooms! Some new glass front doors for your upper cabinets, a few new door knobs, open shelves over the washer and dryer with baskets and you'd have your dream room.
Love your decorating style, you do inspire me.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It looks so pretty so far! I absolutely LOVE the tiles behind the sink...I'm glad I got to see them in person. They are beautiful! ♥

Donna said...

Oooo, Penny, I like the last photo too! Looking forward to see what you do....

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a wonderful Laundry place. The first thing that I did when we moved in here was to decorate my laundry room in blue and white. I hung paintings, added baskets of towels, and put in a hanging rack. My curtains are cafe's and they are blue and white stripes. Every time I go in there, I feel happy.

Whatever you chose will be divine, I can't wait.
Karen

Bella said...

I really like the backsplash you did. And the glass doors would open up that space. One of my friends had the prettiest laundry room I have ever seen. She used a fabulous faded plaid wallpaper on the ceiling and hung what looked like an old latern for the light fixture. The walls had a different wallpaper - sort of plain, with a small pattern. And roosters, I believe, for the border. And she hung a huge basket bottom above the washer and dryer. It was just delightful. I wish I had photos of it. The ceiling was my favorite.

Cozy Little House said...

I just wish I had a laundry "room" and not a hallway directly to the garage about five feet long!
Brenda

Mimi Sue said...

It's always so much easier doing laundry in a beautiful space don't you think? Mimi

Tardevil said...

It's ironic you post on this now. Of course, I'm just the opposite of you. I have all the accessories, but haven't painted it or spruced it up yet. Maybe if we pool our stuff together, we'll have a completed laundry room! LOL!

Angie said...

Love all the beautiful inspiration pics you showed. You have a great laundry room and can't wait to see how you dress it up!

dobco said...

I love the glass doors. I don't have a laundry room but do have a laundry closet! I am very thankful for it...when we first looked at the parsonage the washer and dryer both were in the kitchen!