Sunday, November 18, 2012

Laundry Room Fix Up

My laundry room really isn't a room, but a walk through to the garage from the house. It's where we come in from the car and leave from. What I mean is -it's pretty small. I did some tweaks to hide some uglies and make the shelf reachable. Before, I had to keep my detergent on top of the dryer, because I can't reach the high shelf.
  You can see what a jumble of stuff was on that high shelf. I also hate looking at the water thingies behind the washer. Hubby added a simple shelf and what a difference in function. Now I have space to keep the things I use all the time.
I added a little ruffle (like under a farmhouse sink) to hide the plugs, but still you can access the water shutoffs easily.Here's the before of the metal piesafes. I had one and bought another on Etsy to have enough storage for the stuff I don't use very often.
I painted and added the cute cherry decals.
I have plenty of space to keep the cleaning supplies I don't use as often. The enamelware dishpan on the high shelf holds all my rags.
The red shelf was made by Hubby a long time ago-now it holds aprons and the small embroidered one in the front was my Grandma's.


I had the lamp and made the little shade cover. A lamp makes it a cozy space. The little water sprinkler was my Mom's.
 Here, you can see how you have to walk through the space to the garage.
See my Laundry sign I showed a few weeks ago? The little metal case holds dryer sheets. The jars hold Biz and Oxy Clean.
This niche opposite the washer, is supposed to be for an extra fridge. We got rid of ours when we down sized, so I put a Craigs list hutch in here to extra store quilts, cleaning stuff below, batteries in the tackle box.

I found a neutral bottle to hold my detergent. 
This is my first embroidery-I was probably about 9 or 10 when I made this. 

The only thing we bought was the wood for the shelf and the second pie safe. Adding the second shelf doubled  the shelf space, made the room more functional and so much prettier on a tight budget. I'm linking on to Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday. Check out some other ideas and tweaks.
I'm having a 20% off sale in my Etsy Shop. this week. Just add the code Sale2 when you check out. I've added a few new items.
This is my Great Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ernie. I sure wish I knew when this pic was taken. . I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Leslie


44 comments:

  1. I love your laundry room make over.

    I always love a revamped room, it makes the house feel a bit new again.

    Hopeing you and your family have a happy thanksgiving as well.

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  2. Oh my gosh Leslie, I am in LOVE with your laundry space!! All the little touches... your repainted cherry pie safe, your mom's sprinkler (I hope mom has our old one still), the wee iron. Everything is adorable. I especially love your sampler. Could not be any cuter. Well done girl! :) Pinned and pining for!

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  3. Leslie,
    This is soooo cute! I have a laundry room that is a walk through to our storage unit...I have cupboards, but they are ugly, you have given me a ton of ideas! Thanks for this post! Happy Thanksgiving to your family also! Sandy

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  4. Leslie, it's sooo pretty! I love all the special little touches, like the lamp with the shade that you made, and your grandma's apron. My laundry room is in the basement. (ugh!) )

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  5. Leslie, your laundry room is so very Mary Engelbreit! It could have been featured in her magazine if it were still in publication. I bet you can't wait to throw in a load of laundry now, just to look at your cheerful room! The sampler you made is precious and the room is devine!!

    Your great-aunt and uncle look like a fun couple. :@

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  6. This is the same size as my washroom. Maybe a little bigger as I could never get a hutch in mine. I love how you worked the wall behind...I have such a time with that wall I am working on it right now...thank you for the inspiration and Happy Thanksgiving...smiles..Renee

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  7. Love your "new" laundry room space. You did a great job with all your cute decorations. I'm sure you smile each time you come in from the garage.

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  8. Your laundry room is darling. I love all your special touches. It's definitely very Mary Engelbreit worthy! Adorable picture of your Aunt & Uncle. Happy "almost" Thanksgiving.

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  9. Wow! I love your laundry walk through :) I'm off to Ebay to look for pie safes - the way you refinished yours is awesome! Enjoy your holidays - that turkey sure looks yummy in the photo ;P
    Smiles, DianeM

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  10. Wow!!! Looks great!!! So bright and colorful!! How can you not like doing laundry in a fun room like that?

    Chris

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  11. Wow Leslie! You really did an amazing job on your new laundry space! I love the pie safe and cherry decal! Your reds are always so cheerful and sweet! Thanks for sharing this fun remodel!
    Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! :)
    -Denise

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  12. My house was built in 1964. Guess they did not put in laundry rooms then. Mine is in the garage. I have shelves for my supplies, but nothing that looks as nice as yours. Well done. Wishing you and family many blessings for a great holiday. I thought of you yesterday when I was in Haslet.

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  13. It's beautiful! Really, every little detail is too cute!
    Great Job and thank you so much for sharing!
    Erica :)

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  14. Oh what I wouldn't give to have a super cute laundry room like this! You did such a fantastic job making this a really cozy place to pass through each day, and do your laundry. Sadly, I have to do laundry in our basement, and with the cement walls, there's just no pretty-fying it!

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  15. Hello ~ thanks for stopping by ~! Love your little laundry room. It is just so sweet. This will make doing laundry happy ;-)

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  16. I am in love with it!!! Absolutely gorgeous, I love every detail. I'm especially fascinated by the way you found to hide those ugly pipes - I have the same thing in my laundry room and have pondered how to cover them but couldn't come up with anything. Now I know, a shelf with a little skirt on it, thank you SO much for that idea. You did so good, I'm proud of you! Hugs ~ Mary

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  17. I love your laundry room!! Such the sweetest vintage treasures! I would love doing laundry there!! Great photo of your sweet aunt and uncle!! So fun!! xo Heather

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  18. You really have a lot of charming "personality" going on in that small space ... lovely and so well organized. Love the idea of the skirt to hide the plumbing.
    New Follower and I will be back to visit more.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  19. hello Crafty Les, I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could find you.
    Your laundry room is too cute! The way your room is set up is almost the same floorplan and part of the house as mine. I especially like the shelf and ruffle over the appliances and think I should show it to my husband. Because I want one!

    and I love the vintage photo- looks like I remember my relatives looking. They sure looked happy and like they were having a good time.
    Looking forward to exploring your blog.

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  20. The red and white checks are delightful in your laundry room. I tell ya my laundry room is just horrid. Your vintage Thanksgiving image is awesome-love it.

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  21. Your laundry room is adorable! So much personality! I am inspired to redo mine now!

    hugs, Linda

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  22. You did a fantastic job of not only hiding the uglies but of creating the cutes! The little ruffle to hide the valves was pure genius! It looks so "cherry" now!

    ~Lynn

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  23. Love your makeover in your laundry room - easy to reach, great red/white vintage. I love the picture of your Aunt and Uncle, so happy.
    Joy

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  24. Your laundry room makeover is fabulous! I love the vintage items and the red and white theme.

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  25. What a cute laundry area. I love it. It's ok that it's small. Believe me. I have a pretty good sized room where my laundry is... and it's a catch all; AND.NOT.CUTE.
    I should just focus on the one corner; you can see it from the kitchen...Maybe that would make me happy! (I'm not hard to please...lol!)
    I'm pinning your laundry room on my :TOP LOAD LAUNDRY ROOM:: BOARD! I love this.
    --Pat

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  26. Your laundry room is so stinkin cute. Our is a walk through to the kitchen too. But there is a window above the washer and dryer and no room for cute shelves. You did a great job.
    Hugs
    donna

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  27. You are the queen of tweaking and DIY, Leslie! Your laundry space is darling. It's bigger than mine is - I have no room for that darling hutch - you lucky!

    What a wonderful photo of your great aunt and uncle, perfectly capturing the chaos and joy of the holiday.

    Wishing you and yours a lovely Thanksgiving!

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  28. What a sweet laundry room! I love all of the detail you put into it, and the red and white makes the space so cheery. Your photo of your Aunt and Uncle is just perfect - I love the nostalgia! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. This is the cutest laundry room ever! I love cherries and yours are so cute. Very clever of you to add that ruffle to hide the outlets and stuff. I would smile every time I went to do laundry in this room! Love it.

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  30. Love this fix-up! It looks so cute...you did an amazing job! Love the red! That picture of your Aunt & Uncle is absolutely priceless! Happy Thanksgiving! Angie xo

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  31. Oh, I LOVE your laundry room! The red is so cute. I have the same sampler that is hanging over your red shelf. I sewed it as a child. The picture of your aunt and uncle at Thanksgiving is just wonderful!

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  32. What a darling spot you made. I love everything you did to turn this spot into a delightful space.
    That photo of your Aunt and Uncle is PRICELESS...:))
    Happy Holiday...

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  33. Hi, I really enjoyed this post. Love all the red & white...Connie

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  34. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my banners. What a sweet laundry room and I love the Thanksgiving photo of your aunt and uncle. So adorable!

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  35. Your laundry "space" looks very pretty now, and like the ruffled skirt you added, hides and shines at the same time. Really like the red and white. Thank for stopping by and letting me know you liked my Burlap Wreath Drop Cloth curtains. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  36. Hi Leslie!
    Oh...My goodness! I, absolutely, LOVE your laundry room redo. It couldn't be any cuter. You and I both have a passion for red and those red and white checks make the most darling little skirt to hide the pipes. You are a genius!
    Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Carolynn

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  37. great organization!!! I am jealous of your happy laundry space!

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  38. This is now an absolutely adorable laundry area!

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  39. You made such great use of space in your laundry. It's so cheery (cherry) - I love the red! The pic of Ruth and Ernie is fabulous! Love it!

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  40. What an adorable laundry space! I was going to list all the different things I love about it, but I love it all! You were able to do so many wonderful things with that space! And the picture of your Aunt and Uncle is so cool. I like her kitchen curtains with their cheerful fruit patterns :)

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  41. This is so fantastic! I'm working on my laundry room right this very minute, so this is great inspiration for me! It's just darling. Thanks for such cute ideas!
    Cheers, Andrea

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  42. I love your laundry room! So cute. I really love all the red and white accents! May I pin this?

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  43. Your laundry room is adorable! Where did you find the neutral detergent bottle?

    Vicky
    Keep Calm & Imagine

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  44. Please check out my website "Luvin Laundry" on Etsy.com. I make custom washer/dryer covers. You will Luv them! Thanks, Darlene

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