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Domestic Imperfection: Laundry Room Before and After

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Laundry Room Before and After

I love (LOVE!) before and after pictures.  Our laundry room is the only room that is pretty much complete and I feel good about posting an 'after' picture. First, the before...


First thing to go was that awful paint color. I painted it a muted green, same as in our living room and guest/kids bath. Next, the cabinets. This isn't our forever house so everything has to be done as cheaply as possible...Which means no new cabinets. I wanted them to look custom and unique so I painted them white, removed the cabinet door inset thingy and replaced it with...chicken wire! I love how they turned out.

Next, our craigslist washer and dryer happen to be (probably the first ever) front loading. I saw in a DIY magazines once a counter over the washer/dryer used for folding a loved the idea. I wanted to counter to be unique (of course!) and couldn't decide on what to use. I decided to use an old door laid sideways - and even found a door - but it ended up not working out.  Then I decided to use cedar and gathered up the husband for a Home Depot trip...turns out that was going to be too expensive. What we ended up doing was using scraps from the flooring we installed (more on that later) in our living room and scraps from the trim and baseboards we are installing. Here it is, and once again...I love it!


Since our washer and dryer are ummm....not pretty...I wanted to hide them. I ended up using electrical conduit and installing it under the counter (when I say I, I mean my awesome husband) and then sewing some curtains.


We also replaced the light fixture (and painted the ceiling, because of course those we pink/salmon as well.) We found it on clearance at Home Depot.


The finished product is beautiful AND functional. Here is the before and the after for easy comparison.




Overall, the total cost was roughly $130. Isn't it crazy what you can do with a little money and a lot of creativity?!?!

Side note: That little wicker basket on the counter is dubbed "The Lonely Socks Club". Whenever I am folding and a sock doesn't have a mate (which is like five socks a load) I put it in there. Every week or so I go though it and match up socks. Guess what...I (almost) always find the mates! No more lonely socks for the rag bin!

Second side note: That last picture is a good comparison for our before and after trim. You can see the "before" trim in the laundry room, and the "after" trim on the outside of the bathroom door.


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66 Comments:

At March 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM , Blogger {northern cottage} said...

wow wow wow...Love the flooring countertop (that was weird to type out!) sounds wrong but it turned out so right! nice!

come on by for a visit - www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

 
At March 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM , Blogger kara@elements-interiors.net said...

I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!

*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

xoxokara

 
At March 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM , Blogger kara@elements-interiors.net said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE chickenwire!

Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

 
At July 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM , Blogger The Not So Functional Housewife said...

You did a great job! I love the fabric!

I can't wait to visit your blog again to see what else you have in store.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

Your laundry room is lovely. I love the chicken wire cabinets and the flooring countertop. I also like the curtains. You and your hubby did a great job! Visiting you from Tip Junkie.

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Adorable! Great job. I love the colors.

 
At July 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger April@ Natural Nester said...

That countertop is stunning! How creative! Your laundry room is just beautiful now...love it! :)

 
At August 5, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Jessie said...

It looks gorgeous! I love everything about it...the chicken wire cabinets, the counter, and your fabric is all beautiful!

 
At August 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Tanya Anurag said...

Nice transformation! Love how the room looks all bright now. The basket for Mr. Lonely Sock is a smart idea :)

Thanks for linking. The party for this week - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner - is on. Hope to see you there with latest posts.
http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

 
At August 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Blogger amber wallace said...

I love it! I need to do a table top in my laundry room someday.

 
At August 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Angie said...

Your room looks great! I love the countertop and curtains to cover your washer and dryer. So cute.

 
At August 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Vicki said...

This was a great makeover. Love your laundry room. Did you cut out the cabinet inserts?

 
At August 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Blogger FABBY'S LIVING said...

How great, it is a terrific new look for your laundry room, I want to do the same, so maybe I will be a kopy-kat, sooner than you think. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

 
At August 15, 2011 at 9:43 PM , Anonymous Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Really great redo. i love the curtain idea hiding the machines. So pretty!

 
At August 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

I have been working on my laundry room for a while and am newly inspired to finish it. Well done! Your room is gorgeous!

 
At August 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM , Anonymous Krista-Artista said...

I really love this. So clean and bright. It really doesn't even look like the same room. I'm your latest follower! Great Job!

 
At August 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

I love that countertop. I would love to have something like that except my washer and dryer are on opposite walls. Oh, and they're not front loading. hehehe I bet you don't mind doing laundry now - well, not as much.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Mami Made It said...

Wonderful! Great work!

 
At August 16, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Camie at "Home is where they love you" said...

This is awesome. I love the counter space and the chicken wire. So creative.

 
At August 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM , Blogger Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The room is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing with us and linking up!
XO
Kristin

 
At August 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Kathy C. said...

This is my first time on your blog and I love it! I had to come and comment on your fabulous laundry room! I wish ours was wide enough to be able to stay and fold laundry because I would totally do this!!
Thanks so much for sharing!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I was doing some blog-hopping and came across your gorgeous laundry room! So glad I did :) I love the changes you made. The countertop is fabulous and I love the fabric. Nice job :)

 
At August 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

So beautiful! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM , Blogger BabiesandBargains said...

I love it! I love the chicken wire and the fabric. Adorable..It always amazed me how the most amazing transformations cost so little.

 
At August 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

absolutely gorgeous! I love it and am so inspired. We are fixing up our house and I love the way your laundry room looks. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing:>

 
At August 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM , Blogger SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

 
At August 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Looks great! Love the curtain fabric and the shabby chic look in the room!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Very lovely~~ especially the cabinets and the wood counters!!!Nice!
Beth

 
At August 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Maria G. said...

Great job! Laundry is my next project and I 'm looking for some ideas around the blog land!Thank you for sharing.
Great blog I am your newest follower. I would love it if you follow me back!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous Sabrina said...

The counter and skirt are just beautiful!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Jen @ The Decor Scene said...

Love how your laundry room turned out. What a great idea with the flooring for the countertop. Stopping over from Serenity Now Link Party. Hope you will stop by and say Hi over at my blog. Have a great day.

 
At August 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Katherines Corner said...

Well done, looks terrific. big Hugs!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM , Blogger Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

I "crazy" love how your laundry room turned out...Mine is in much need of a make-over as well!!!

New follower from Sassy Sites blog hop..I would love for you to follow back...

Thanks for sharing!!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Marion said...

Your blog is very beautiful! I'm following him. I like domestics imperfection!!!

 
At August 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Sommer said...

Ooooh I LOVE the cabinets!! OMG what a fantastic idea! I would just love to highlight this on my blog next week, Please stop by and share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-24.html

 
At August 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Brooke said...

What an amazing transformation! Love the chicken wire mesh on those cabinets. Very chic

 
At August 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM , Blogger Kathie said...

Love that chicken wire and the countertop!

 
At August 20, 2011 at 5:15 AM , Anonymous Jenny - French A La Beach said...

Some really cute ideas - love the bird wire on the cupboards - takes me back to my grandma's house - so glad that look is back - I am working on some shabby chic at the moment - should be up on my blog hopefully Monday. Keep up the good work.

Jenny

 
At August 20, 2011 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Pine Tree Home said...

You are very creative. The electrical conduit as a rod is genius. I am a fan of the chicken wire, scrap wood counter and your new trim style too. A little goes a long way in home transformation when you think outside the box. Great job.

 
At August 20, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Christina said...

Wow! It looks fantastic!

 
At August 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM , Blogger SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I featured this excellent post here, on facebook, and pinned on Pinterest. Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

 
At August 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

This laundry room looks amazing!!! I can't wait to make over my laundry room. I'm a new follower! Thanks for the inspiration!
Kristen
http://mycoveredbridge.blogspot.com/

 
At August 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Amazing! I am so impressed by all your hard work! It definitely paid off!

I would love to have you share this project at my first link party--

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

 
At August 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Blogger BeingBrook said...

Beautiful job! Love the chicken wire and curtain fabric. Great idea for the little counter over the W/D!

 
At August 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

Wow, very nice! My favorite part is the chicken wire. Visiting from Serenity Now.

 
At August 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Jordan McCollum said...

Awesome! I'm going to share this with my friend who just got frontloaders to go in her kitchen.

 
At August 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword said...

Wow, you have achieved wonderful results on such a small budget. This is one of my next rooms to tackle- I am inspired.

 
At August 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

Wow, wish my laundry room could look this good. Great idea "hiding" ugly washer and dryer under counter. I think I'm gonna use this idea in mine. Thanks for posting!

 
At August 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Amy @MoMomma said...

Great job on this revamp! I love the idea of using the flooring as the countertop. Be sure to hop on over to my blog on Monday and link up ! :)

 
At August 21, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Anonymous Amy @ Kiwi Chic said...

I am INSANE about before and after pictures!!! Can't wait to have some of my own. You did a great job of this. Thank you for sharing :) I'm following your blog now :) - Amy

 
At August 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Krista-Artista said...

Wow, what a difference! That is beautiful and bright. I really love it. What a great job! Thanks for posting it.

I am a new follower.

http://www.krista-artista.blogspot.com

 
At August 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Leah said...

I love the chickenwire cabinet doors and the countertop over the washer and dryer. Beautiful!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Chad and Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country said...

Thank you so much for linking up with us.

We have featured you at Nothing But Country this week.

Thanks for your wonderful Creative Creation!!!

Kindest,
Mary Beth

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Looks awesome! I love the creativity with the countertop and I think it looks better than the cedar would have! And the fabric is great - well done!

 
At August 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I'm featuring it on today's link party. And I'm pretty sure that the fabric that you used on the skirt is the exact same fabric that I've been wanting to purchase (for months now) for the draperies in my bedroom.

 
At August 27, 2011 at 3:52 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Came over from Shabby Nest, what a great makeover - looks a million times better than before.

www.katiescreative.blogspot.com

 
At September 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM , Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Hi! I saw your post when it was featured from the blog party "Sunday Showcase". I bought the material to do a "skirt" in my laundry room over a year ago...it's still on the roll. You have inspired me to get going! I am following you now.

 
At December 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM , Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

What a great transformation! Love it!

 
At December 29, 2011 at 3:25 AM , Anonymous Kia @ A View From Here said...

Quite simply... I ♥ your chicken mesh fronted cabinets =)

 
At December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Anonymous Jae said...

I really like the counter top. So rich and warm. Good ideas!

 
At January 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Love the chicken wire cabinets! What a brilliant idea!

 
At January 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM , Blogger April@ Natural Nester said...

This is so beautiful! I LOVE the counter and hiding the appliances behind curtains to soften the space. I think you've added another project to my to-do list! :)

 
At January 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM , Anonymous Meagan said...

Love the counter...awesome idea using the scraps from flooring!

 
At January 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM , Anonymous Cindy said...

Hi,
I just started to follow your blog. I love your laundry room makeover. I was wondering if you would mind sharing where you got your fabric for the curtains covering your washer and dryer. I love it! I have been looking for fabric to make curtains for my living room and that fabric would be perfect. Thanks.

 
At January 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

Hi Cindy! I found the fabric at Joann's in the home decor fabric section. I want to say it's by Better Homes and Gardens, but don't quote me on that. I hope you see my response here, your e-mail isn't enabled on your account so I couldn't e-mail you directly. Thanks for becoming a follower!

 
At January 16, 2012 at 4:21 AM , Blogger Miranda said...

Wow, I love the chicken wire cabinets, but mostly I love the countertop. It's brilliant!

 

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