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Monday, January 16, 2012

Laundry Room Redo

This is the only 'before' photo I have! Here is the laundry room in green paint and pink floral border. The shelf hung high to the ceiling was used for hangers and clothes from the dryer. Now it's grey, a little more organized, and much more pleasant to use!

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  1. My laundry room is actually a hallway. Things like that happen when you do renovations and build on additions. :) We have a long "L" shaped hallway in the house. I'm standing at the corner of the L, just in front of the master suite. The hallway in front of me extends the length of the ceramic tile and ends at the triplet's bedroom (which used to be a two-car garage!)
  2. I had some custom-made wood shelves in the attic that The Mister installed above the washer and dryer for me.
  3. I'm loving the grey color! Across from the washer and dryer I hung a memo board and cork board. To see how I made them, click HERE. Halfway down the hallway is a door opening that used to lead to the garage.
  4. The shelves got a fresh coat of paint, too.
  5. There aren't any windows, but the triplet's room has a very large window that lets light come down the hallway.

  1. Standing at the second doorway, halfway down the hall.
  2. This space is what started the redo to begin with. We had an upright freezer here. I decided to move it to my workroom so I could get one of these rolling laundry sorters.
  3. Looking at the wall across from the hamper.
  4. Since my laundry sorter came with a hanging bar, that freed up the space above the washer and dryer for the shelves!
  5. Standing at the door to the boys' room and looking back. Beside the laundry sorter is a 2nd pantry, which comes in handy for storing extra canned and paper goods. It also holds seasonal things like the pressure canner, punch bowl, light bulbs and the carpet steamer. Across the hall from the pantry is my workroom for my gift basket business and crafty stuff.

  1. I'm really enjoying my display of collectibles. Here's my vintage Cream of Wheat advertisement. It's nautical, too!
  2. This framed photo I picked up in the auction trash. It was in the grass in the freezing rain. I picked it up thinking I could use the frame, but when I got it home and took a closer look, I fell in love with the four kids, balancing on a floating log in the water. They are poised to dive in! So cute! Can't believe nobody in the family wanted it! I decided to clean it up and keep it with my nautical stuff. Besides a little water damage on the mat, it was in good condition.
  3. The big crock with the spigot is holding my liquid Era. And it looks better than the big red plastic jug, too. :)
  4. I painted the cherry branches on the bird house years ago. It's held a few nests while hanging on the front porch, but was beginning to show a lot of wear, so I brought it inside. It's new home is with the wicker lidded jar holding some wooden clothespins.
  5. The old metal ice bucket is holding baking soda and a scoop. I'll add a scoop to a load of Taylor's basketball and workout clothes. :)
  6. A collection of brown bottles. Love the one with the fish on it.
  7. My favorite big yellow metal bucket with wooden handle. I think it's been in every room of the house and even in the garden at some point in time. :)
  8. The shelf above the laundry sorter holds my vintage picnic basket, wooden ammunition box and some extra large blue Ball jars with zinc lids.
  9. The antique washboard with copper board had a broken top. I filled in the broken space with cork and am using it to display my sterling nautical broaches. Click HERE to see how I put it together!

Thanks again to Susan for hosting Metamorphosis Monday. I hadn't participated since last March when I redid the triplet's bedroom! I'll be back with her next Monday to show you what I did with all the doors in the house. That project is still in progress today. In fact, three doors are laying on my kitchen island as I'm typing up this post! They are looking good, though! :)

I've linked up with Metamorphosis Monday!

To see more decorating redo's click HERE!

102 comments:

  1. Wow. There's a heck of a lot of work there! Surprised it ever got done. Oh, wait, that's MY apartment I'm, thinking about...

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  2. i like the old wash board and the bottles...your washer dryer is the same color as the walls? is that right?

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  3. Brian ~ the walls are grey and the w/d are white. :)

    Silver ~ are you saying you aren't ambitious when it comes to household projects? I could nag you if you thought it would help. ha.

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  4. There are better ways to bribe someone, doll...

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  5. I love it! I would never have picked gray but now that I see it done, it looks great! You have such a knack for decorating and using those fun finds!

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  6. This is I need Betsy! a Laundry room , really I dont have mine is so little :)
    Look beautiful!

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  7. Thanks, Mari! After I did our bedroom in grey, I'm wanting all the rooms to be that color! ha.

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  8. Thanks, Gloria~ Since I spend so much time doing laundry, I'm really enjoying this!

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  9. I LOVE it!! I especially like the laundry soap dispenser! You did a very nice job!

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  10. I thought that Gray, might make the laundry room dark and dreary.
    Far from that!
    Clean and crisp is more like it.
    Really like the laundry basket area. What a bonus.
    Well done Betsy!

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  11. Rebecca ~ if I can find another one at the thrift store, I'd like one for the fabric softener! :)

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  12. Thanks, Christine~ I feel so organized! ha.

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  13. And yet........there are no beaded curtains I noticed. :)

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  14. Betsy, this looks so nice and organized. Inspires me to get to work on my laundry room.

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  15. I know, Rebecca~! LOL... Beaded curtains sure would be fun! haha. I can just see them hanging in the middle of that hallway! ha.

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  16. Beaded curtains sound kinda Sixties to me!

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  17. Clattering against you as you walked past with your arms full of laundry. ;) I guess they are sort of 60ish aren't they?

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  18. I'm trying to picture Betsy as a hippie chick, sashaying around wearing love beads and some modified Gypsy outfit...

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  19. Rebecca ~ Yep ~ I'd have to sing "Help" and "Hey Jude" and "And I Love Her" while swinging through them! haha.

    Thanks, Michelle ~ this was a good project to get done!

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  20. I could do that! Barefoot...hoop earrings....

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  21. A nice white peasant blouse, a long, flowing skirt... Oh, yeah. I can picture all of that!

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  22. Hmmm, that's a little hard to picture, but I wasn't even born during the 60's. :)

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  23. Hey, I like to go barefoot, does that make me a hippie?

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  24. Rebecca, you're just a baby, as I've said before, haha!

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  25. No, it takes more than bare feet to make a hippie!

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  26. Well, I was born, but just a baby! I didn't know who the Beatles were then. :)

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  27. I think look really beauty betsy, but I find beauty too the colours you have before:)

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  28. @Betsy: I was pretty young then, too, but older than you!

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  29. I know, I know! I grew up in kind of a hick town, and there were a few hippies around when I was little. I guess they missed the memo that it was the 80's. :)

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  30. I was a hippie maybe you dont believe:)and was nice, I think still I am

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  31. Gloria, I'd love to see a photo of you from the late 1960s or early 1970s!

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  32. Gloria ~ the old colors were nice...but the paint was dirty down where the boys touched the walls a lot when they were tiny. ha. It was time for a change.

    Yes, I believe you were a hippie...and a nice one, too! Of course..you are always nice, dear!

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  33. The hippies I knew were nice too!! They just chose to live a little differently than a lot of people. Nothing wrong with that!

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  34. Yes I have but you dont have to see:)

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  35. Of course not. A lot of good music came from that era, too.

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  36. By the way Silver, I noticed you visited my blog! Nice to see you there. :)

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  37. Im still a barefoot sometimes Rebecca

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  38. Me too Gloria, I only wear shoes when I HAVE to. :)

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  39. Wow looks like you went right to town there
    Making it look all the better in your lair
    Displaying you collectibles and all
    Althouhg I have never saw a laundry room in the middle of the hall
    Must be fun jumping over piles if they are in the way
    Oh and your painting and advertisement art beats the ones today at my bay..haha

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  40. Yes, I did, Rebecca. Mine was the comment you didn't acknowledge, IIRC... *ahem*

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  41. I know you say betsy but always love green and the flowers, but of course look amazing

    I enjoyed my hippie times, and still I am

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  42. Gloria ~ we want to see your old photos....really!

    I love to be barefoot...unless it's too cold!

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  43. Pat ~

    Oh, did you noticee the mountain is gone?
    To do that I worked hard and long!
    We got our dryer vent repaired
    and not it's done much quicker at my lair.
    Hopefully the mountain won't come back
    because I am on the quick attack!

    hahaha..yes, I'll take my art over yours any day
    You keep all of that at your bay.

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  44. I'm sorry, I don't always reply to every comment. What does llRC mean?

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  45. Gloria, would you show your old pictures to me? :)

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  46. Sometimes I have injuries in my feet cause I dont use shoes sometimes and here have many things in the grass sometimes,

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  47. Would you like me to go back and acknowledge it now. :)

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  48. I dont know Betsy and If you laugh me??

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  49. LOOKS GREAT, Betsy!! And, I love the wonderful second mosaic items!!! blessings ~ tanna

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  50. I would NEVER laugh at you Gloria!

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  51. Rebecca did you see the link I sent you?

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  52. I would never laugh, Gloria. I bet you were a beauty!...I mean, you are now, I think!

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  53. Yes, I did Gloria, and I read the post, your children are beautiful!!

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  54. well rebecca I have to find these pictures if I find did you know ? I never look pictures of mine, I love see of my kids pictures!

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  55. Yea, Gloria, me too. I got picked on a lot in school, and that's hard to forget. :(

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  56. I was a hippie but never smoke marihuana, dont matter but dont like like smell:)

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  57. Silver, are you working on new ideas for your blog?

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  58. Gloria ~ I bet your kids would love to see pictures of you when you were their age! :)

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  59. No, Rebecca. I'm on hiatus for now.

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  60. Maybe Betsy you know like teeangers are also Esperanza always see their almbums pictures of them, we have a lot! you know with the kids we take a lot of pictures

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  61. haha yeah no mountain was seen
    All nice and clean
    Works great for my ocd
    Gives it glee
    And never fear
    I got better art coming soon from my little rhyming rear..haha

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  62. Pat ~
    Thought you'd like the nice and neat
    and so do I, it can't be beat.

    More art but better at your bay?
    Anything would be better, wouldn't you say?
    ha.

    You always like to put in a plug
    to give my heart a little tug
    So I'll feel the anticipation
    and give an exclamation
    on your new post
    and praise the cat host.
    ha.

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  63. hahaha yeah it's fun to give a plug
    Now and then at your rug
    As it should be interesting to see what you say
    When the new art decides to display

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  64. Pat ~
    you're such a tease
    but I know you aim to please.
    And you did say they were better than dVerse
    so I'm expecting great things when you give burst.
    :)

    And how is Cassie's paw?
    Is the cone done and all?

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  65. Very nice! Is that the same color you used in the living (or was it family) room?

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  66. Kathy ~ it's the same as the master bedroom and bath! We had an extra gallon, so it only made sense. :)

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  67. I love the new wall color, Betsy! The white really pops! Great job! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  68. Wow, looks great! A lot of work that is for sure! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  69. wow, a job well done! It looks great! I like the color too!

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  70. Great makeover! Love all of your collectables! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home (I have a Harry too)! Happy to be following you :)

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  71. Your laundry room looks like a BH&G magazine feature -- wonderful job making a functional space beautiful. I love all your collections.

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  72. Never thought a laundry room could look so beautiful. Nice work, Betsy!

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  73. Hi Betsy .. loved the starry starling, and the frosty outlook and all the other bits and bobs you've organised.

    Having four boys - means I guess organisation is the key and here you seem to have made the best of your space with the things you use ready and to hand.

    It does look really clean and fresh - enjoy using it this week! Cheers Hilary

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  74. Love love love your attention to the little details! You have such an artistic eye - I think the bottles really does it for me!! Wonderful! Take care
    x

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  75. i love it Betsy! me neither i would never thought that gray may look so good on a wall, wow! and that bird house - how cute! and i really like that you kept the picture of the four boys that you don't even know ... that's really cool - something almost magical about that ...

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  76. This is so great! I love the beautiful detergent dispenser!!

    Have you had a chance to check out our little Challenge? It's not too late to join. My project update post just went up. http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/word-of-the-year-and-i-might-be-screwed-just-once-a-gallery-wall-experiment-update/

    I am your newest follower!

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  77. Birdie ~ I couldn't just throw it out...wish you could see it upclose..it's just adorable.

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  78. Wonderful Betsy! All of the touches are so warm...I think the laundry room should be beautiful too...we spend SOOOOOOO much time there!!!

    I recognize those custom shelves. I re-purposed my two sets when we moved to The Glen as well. I ADORE THEM!

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  79. Jill ~ that is SO true. At least a third of our lives. lol...
    Yes, love my shelves...and the nice man that made them! :)

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  80. I love that colour - not quite blue, not quite grey.

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  81. It looks so good!! You're clearly very crafty :) I love the color scheme. My bedroom is a very similar steel blue.

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  82. Thanks, Jax! Love steel blue, too...that sounds so pretty!

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  83. Dear Betsy I posted my recipe that I made for my Mom birthday if you want to see(lol)

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  84. i like the collectibles a lot, especially the brown glass bottles. i always like feeling the different textures of glass, or just looking at them. glass is beautiful.

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  85. OK Gloria...would love to see!

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  86. Thanks, Ed. I've collected old bottles for as long as I can remember! I think it started with that fantasy of a message or treasure map in a bottle when I was young. :) The only thing that would make this better, is if they were in a window sill for the light to shine through them! :)

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  87. It looks wonderful, Betsy. I love your collectibles....they look great on your shelves.

    The spigot is a really good idea. Gonna have to find me one!

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  88. Love that you use the crock to dispense your detergent - may do that for my fabric softener! This is what I love about blogland - finding creative ideas shared by amazing women like you Betsy!!

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  89. yeah, i like 'em, sunlight or none.

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  90. Very nicely done! I think my favorite part is the liquid detergent dispenser. I love how homey you've made the room feel.

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  91. How lovely Betsy! You are one creative and ambitious woman for sure. The work alone is a lot, and then you put together beautiful posts like this to show us everything???? Amazing! I do believe the very first post I saw here was when you redid the boys bedroom. SO glad to know I'm still taking this journey with you. Sweet blessings on your week! XO

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  92. So very nice! I'm ready to start a winter renovation project, now, just to decide which one!

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  93. I do like the contrast with the gray and white. You really did a great job in making it look more like an art gallery instead of a laundry room.

    I too like the soap dispenser and hope you find one for the fabric softener pretty soon. I think one will show up at an auction sooner than later.

    God bless.

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