Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Laundry Room revamp

I am excited to share a slowly evolving project today! I did a little revamp on the laundry room over the last month and a half after some cool things sort of fell into my lap. As usual, budget was key so when I started working on the project I made a conscious choice to keep the grand total under the $200 mark. Sounds like a lot for a laundry room, but it is a little bigger than most. And when you want something to look $$$ you have to be willing to spend something.

If you are a new or recent reader you may not know how our laundry room looked way back in the day. Here is a link to our original reno for anyone wanting to refresh their memory. It was also a major budget friendly project and was entirely done with our own blood, sweat and tears!

And here it is today.

It all started when I won these sea shell prints at an Ethan Allen auction a couple months ago (the same one I got the mirrors at, and some other items I haven't shared yet).

The prints themselves were in great shape, but the frames were extremely scratched up. I got all 4 for $60 (more than 90% off!!! who buys this stuff???) and loved the way the sides of the frames were black with the wood a warmer wood color. So I went down to Michael's, bought a small bottle of coral pink paint from the Martha Stewart line and painstakingly painted just the fronts of the frames.

After two nights of delicate brush strokes and countless paper towels wiping away errors and splatters! I LOVE the new color and I think the prints really have a subtle vibrancy now. The black inner and outter edges really give dimension and add some interest.

I found the garden bench on clearance at HomeSense for $80 about a month ago, thinking it would be great either in the dining room or maybe even outside? But when I brought it in through the garage it looked so good in here that it hasn't left!
The wall color in here is still one of my all time favorite greys (windham grey by Pratt & Lambert). The coral/pink tones really pull out the warmer tones in the grey.

Ralph Lauren Pillows. The pink stiped linen pillow is up there as one of my all time best finds, I found it at a Ralph Lauren outlet back in college marked down from $360 to $100 and it was an extra 80% off. I always wonder who drops $360 on pillows and what the heck would make a pillow worth that?! But after 7-8 years of constant use the down insert is still as soft and fluffy as the day I bought it and the linen has only gotten better with age. Would I pay $360? no way, but I do understand and appreciate the quality!
Besides the bench and prints, the only other additions were the striped rug ($19, Ikea) and some faux pink roses ($1.50 each, Ikea) in one of the yellow buckets which are hard to see in this light. I love that pink is such an unexpected color for a laundry room, specially because laundry rooms are typically one of the  most "industrial" spaces in a home. The feminine tones make me smile as I fold piles of laundry.

For those last minute touch ups as we head out. The mirror was a $20 clearance find a TJ Maxx I brought back from Holiday in March.

My photography assistant! Always behind the lens, but prefers to be in front.

My total spent was as follows
Prints {$60}
Bench {$80}
Rug {$20}
Mirror {$20}
Ikea flowers {$6}
Martha Stewart Craft Paint {$2.50}

Grand Total: $188.50


MrsSouthernBelle said...

Looks great!! Could you tell a little about how you did the counter top over the washer and dryer? Love it all!!

bagfashionista said...

the horsebit bag! =)

I think it was you who alerted the JS members that one of the gucci outlets had it on sale --- which was how i got my hands on one

LOL -- that was ages ago!!

Holly and Sean said...

Ha! So many good memories Steph. The sad fact is I barely use it any more in fear of getting jams smears on it and other random messes little hands get into. This way I can still enjoy it (until she is old enough to reach it Eeek!)

Mrs Southern Belle, we used Ikea desk legs on the front and screwed a small 2x2 wood beam into the studs in the back wall which we then screwed the counter to from underneath. Sounds like a lot of work, but it cost under $100 and was done in an hour!

bagfashionista said...

i don't use it much either these days. It gets a bit troublesome to lug it around while trying to hold on to a 3 year old!

and you're right, i have a tendency to use a bag that i won't care so much about getting nicked up or dirty during the weekends when i am out and about with Isabel. Lessens the stress somewhat!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

The frames look fantastic! Worth all of the tedious work.

JAG&SCM said...

I need to know where this Ethan Allan auction is! I tried my first auction last year (Kastner Auctions near Westmount) and...it sucked. I was so bored and they were auctioning off boxes of vhs movies and baby linens (gross by the way).


Barbara said...

The prints look go good.

Michelle Richardson said...

Looks fab as always! Wren's hair is darkening up! Such a cutie!

Michele said...

You certainly have a talent for designing and decorating ~~ nice job.

I just bought a RL pillow from TJMaxx ~ found it for $15.

God Bless You,

Candylizzie said...

Sarah you need to check out Wards Auctions in town. Check the web site for dates. Brad has "our" kinda stuff.

Becca said...

As usual- I just love your space! Great updates!
xo Becca

How2home said...

this is my first time visiting your blog and its great! and this revamp looks great and not too expensive...perfect for me to try out! nice post!

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