06 July 2011

Easy Laundry Room Update


I showed you HERE, how I made my laundry room cafe curtain.  I thought I'd show you the other simple things I did to make the laundry room a happier place to manage the mountains of laundry a family of six generates.  This is what our laundry room looked like shortly after we moved in:


Can I tell you how much I hate vertical blinds???
First...the art.  I found THIS darling bright laundry room makeover on BHG.com.  

via bhg.com

I encourage you to look through all the photos. They also included a free pdf download of these vintage-inspired prints.  I loved them...but wanted to personalize them to the "beachy" colors I had in my laundry curtain.  I just copied the pictures into the free paint program included in windows, and colored them to match my needs and altered the wording a bit.


When I got them the way I wanted, I printed the pictures on cardstock.
To frame the photos, I spray painted some old oak frames white, and then cut foam board to fit.  I adhered the prints, and then created mattes with fabric and ribbon.  I used fabric glue to keep it all in place.  Here's a little photo tutorial:


I hung the pictures, and loved how they looked with my curtain.  The oak grain shows through the paint, and looks more "beachy" to me.



I used the quote from my old laundry room (was that just last summer?)

The room still needed something!  So, using scraps I had around, I made a little banner.  The flags are the same size as the larger triangles on my July wreath.


So there you have it.  Adding a cafe curtain and some simple details made a huge difference.


Now I'm off to start some more laundry!



Sharing with Someday Crafts, Lemontree CreationsFreckled Laundry Creation Corner, and Just a Girl.

22 happy thoughts:

Stephanie said...

Love the vintage quotes and the flag banner...so darn cute!

Erin said...

adorable! i wish i had a laundry room. someday!

Cathy said...

So cute! Love it.

stephanie said...

Your laundry room is so sweet...Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas...I'm inspired!

freckled laundry said...

Too cute! I love the little quotes. "She sang while she did the laundry." If I had first floor laundry, MAYBE that would be true. lol Is all of this stuff in a moving box yet? :)

XO,
Jami

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

So sweet and cheery! I'd smile every time I walked into that room. ☺

Lorie said...

Love it!!

Jen said...

This is a happy Laundry room, love those print make-overs!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What great prints!!! Thanks so much for sharing your laundry room!! Love it.

Patrice said...

I love the colors, prints and the pennant banner! It is all so cute! Thanks for linking up with Lemon Tree Creations today!

Nat said...

I am SO doing this in my laundry room! I recently posted about some tubs I "did up" with Mod Podge and have been pondering what to do next- it's such a hum-drum place. Thanks for such great inspiration!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This looks fabulous, Chris. The flag banner alone made a huge difference, but then the artwork and the curtains just take it to a whole other level. Love it!

Delaney said...

Lovin' this! How fun!
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Tasha said...

I just love it! That is some fabulous art you found. Every small details comes together to make it so cheery and happy. Just as a laundry room should be

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

The archtiect we're working with on our house has found a way to squeeze in a laundry room and I'm so, so excited!! Most British houses (well, normal ones, anyway!) don't have laundry rooms as standard. I guess because they're too old to have needed space for washing machines!! But anyway...I'm waffling!! My point is seeing yours makes me feel very excited!! I simply LOVE your bunting and your vintage-style signs!! You must constantly be singing in there. ;-)

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Chantal said...

Love the idea of making the laundry a happier place! Bunting is gorgeous and great choice of pics.

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

what a sunny and fun place to laundry! and thanks for the link to the vintage prints- I might need to use those over my washer...

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Wow! I just love your laundry room. The pennant banner is so charming and really brightens up the space. Love the artwork as well.

Amy@Sassy Scarlett said...

Very cheery!

Whosies said...

how totally cute! i love those prints-- i just downgraded from a laundry room to a laundy closet. with bi-folds. oh the joy.

Delaney said...

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MJ said...

What a cute laundry room! I'm sure it'll make doing laundry a little more fun. :)

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