Laundry Room Reveal–One Room Challenge Week 6

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Hello! Are we done yet? Yes, yes we are, because it’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. The twenty featured designers/bloggers revealed their rooms yesterday, and there are some gorgeous designs for you to see! Check them all out here. Today is when the linking participants (that’s me!) reveal their spaces, and I’m certain you’ll be able to find tons of inspiration for your own home. Check out the linking participants here.

You may recall my laundry room used to look like this. I had no place to fold clothes, a big flourescent box light, and beige walls. It was uninspiring, to say the least.

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I came up with a design plan that I would call “Global Laundry,” if forced to label it. I’d just as soon call it awesome, because that’s my favorite word when I love something this much! You can see the plan and get caught up on each week of the challenge here. I know you’re really just here for the pictures, so let’s go!

Pretty Practical Home Laundry Room Reveal

It’s hard to believe it’s the same room. I’m reminded it’s still a laundry room and not a new space for me to have cocktails in because of the dirty clothes and appliances. Can’t I just move those out and put a chaise lounge in there instead?

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We had to do a few projects to get this room to its current state, including putting casters on the hampers, stenciling the walls, and building a folding table. Once those projects were done, I was finally let loose to go shopping for accessories to pull the room together. The mirror in my original plan was round, but I’m glad it was out of my budget because I love the arched mirror I found consignment shopping. Plus, we have arches all through the house, and you know how I love when patterns repeat. So soothing.

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Speaking of pattern repeat, I will be counting the number of paisleys on the walls in the future. Right now it’s just too soon–the memories are so vivid, so raw. I ditched my plan for shelving because of the mirror’s size. I opted to move the laundry supplies from the cabinet to a rolling utility cart, and the art supplies are now in the cabinet.

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The baskets along the top of the hanging bar now house light bulbs, batteries, and glue (which we have a ridiculous amount of for some unknown reason.)

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IKEA carries white hangers, which made my day because I had the hardest time finding hangers that worked well with the design plan. (Taking crazy to the next level since 1976!)  laundry14

I found that cute little bowl at Target, which I thought would be handy to place the odd button or change that shows up in the laundry.

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When I mentioned I added some palm branches to the room, my husband was all “what the what for.” I know y’all will appreciate the effort, though.

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I found the vase and tray at T.J. Maxx during a Hail Mary shopping trip. They were exactly what I wanted for the room, which almost never happens when I’m shopping under duress. Here are just a few more pictures. (It’s a 10′ x 6′ room with no windows, so there are only so many views of the room I can show you.)

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And a final before and after, because I’ve been a sucker for makeovers ever since MTV aired ZZ Top’s Legs. Rooms or people, I love them both!Gorgeous laundry room created with a wall stencil and plywood!

Thanks so much for following along with me each week! I’ve had a wonderful time meeting other bloggers and enjoying the camaraderie of people who are as obsessed with interiors as I am. I’m about to start on my girls’ bedrooms now that this room is finished (minus the still absent Anthropologie cabinet pulls–gah!) I hope you’ll follow along with me as I continue working to make my home both pretty and practical!

113 thoughts on “Laundry Room Reveal–One Room Challenge Week 6

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Lizzie. The laundry room is still my favorite room in the house, and I’m doing laundry right now. I appreciate you stopping by from Better After–love Lindsey’s blog!

  1. Hi Sharon!
    Let me begin by first saying WOW! I wish I could live in your laundry room or at least re-create it in my own home. I love that vintage-mod Miami feel and kudos to you for making the rest of your home so gorgeous. I know this post is older and I apologize for asking so late in the game, but where are the large baskets on the floor in here from? I have been searching high and low for large laundry baskets and I’ve come up empty. These are exactly what I [and more importantly, my husband] want! Any response would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi, Sydney! Thanks for the kind words about the laundry room. The baskets are from Target and you can find the exact ones here. They’re currently on sale and also come in a lighter color. I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. I’am still picking up my mouth off my lap as if dropped when I saw the gorgeous transformation you made in your laundry room. I love what you did and I can’t wait to see, I am sure, the beautiful job you will do in your daughter’s room.

  3. All i can say is wow. The stencil is BEAUTIFUL. Will you come stencil a wall in my home?! This might be the chicest laundry room I have ever seen and I love it!!

    1. Thanks, Katie! I don’t think you could talk me into any stencil work for at least another 6 months, but I do love the way the room turned out. I need to build my patience reserves back up!

    1. Thank you, Jenna Sue. I’m thrilled for you that your lovely bathroom ORC has been receiving so much attention. I wish you all the best as you start your design business, and I look forward to seeing your upcoming projects!

  4. This is so beautiful. I love how you put a mirror in there and the baskets. I did something similar with the blue paisley stencil in a bedroom for ORC years ago–just one wall–YOURS is much more elaborate and I can really appreciate the workmanship. Can I do my laundry in there. I will bring the wine 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I took a look at your guest room from the 2013 ORC–the challenge certainly has grown in size, hasn’t it! Your guest room turned out lovely. I’m a stencil convert, although you are right that it was a tremendous amount of work. If you bring wine, I’ll wash the clothes ;). Thanks for stopping by!

  5. WOW! Just hopped over here from Dimples & Tangle’s recommendation and I’m so glad I found you! This laundry room is ah-mazing and I would so have a cocktail in there. 😉 My first question was actually what someone else asked…where was the ironing board? 😉 I love storing mine behind the door too. Super pretty job! Congrats!!

    1. Hi, Betsy! I’m happy that you found my little slice of the internet pie, too! We thought about installing a drop-down wall ironing board, but aren’t quite there with the DIY skills yet. Baby steps. :)Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi, Annie. That’s a great question! After the reveal photos were done, we installed simple hooks on the back of the laundry room door. The door still opens all the way and you can’t see the ironing board unless the door is closed and you’re standing in the room. I donated the old iron and ironing board holder, since the iron and spray starch are on the utility cart next to the washing machine now. I’m so glad you stopped by–thanks for reading!

    1. Thank you, Pat! The walls were born out of necessity, since the budget didn’t allow for wallpaper. I appreciate you stopping by!

  6. Hi, over from Design Indulgence! Love your laundry room, especially the blue stencil! This space came out awesome and those are some of my favorite colors! Great job!

    1. Thanks for coming to visit, Melanie! I love Sherry’s blog and was thrilled she featured my room. Blue and white is my favorite combo–I forced myself to add the orange, but it’s growing on me!

  7. WOW what a fabulous transformation! Love the stencil & the mirror makes the space look a billion times bigger! I’d be delighted to do laundry in this space, well done!

    1. Thank you, Jana! We are really enjoying the new laundry room. I absolutely loved your ORC (well, really 2 rooms) and hope you’re enjoying the new living/dining area just as much!

  8. Nope. I do not believe this is the same space. I adore the walls….and all of the styling! I keep saying I am going to redo my laundry room but I can’t get my husband on board:( I need his help too! Wonderful job Sharon!

    1. Thank you, Sherry! Not to sound like a crazed groupie, but I’m a huge fan of your work so I appreciate that you like the room. My husband didn’t realize when I started blogging that he was getting roped into blogging, too, by being forced into projects he’d just as soon not tackle. Poor man. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. This laundry room feel right out of the Islands. I love it! You had me laughing at the ‘Hail Mary’ shopping trip. Boy, can I relate to that. I also can’t get over the fact that this is not wallpaper. Amazing!! Great job. I’m jealous.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I’m still getting over the fact that my husband’s job sent us back to Texas when I thought we were going to Ponte Vedra. I’m living my dashed dream vicariously through the laundry room. I so enjoyed participating in the ORC and have marked my calendar for October 8th!

    1. Thank you, Michelle. We love the laundry baskets, too–they added much needed texture to the room. I appreciate you stopping by!

    1. Hi, Jessica. I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference (laundry’s laundry, right?) but I do enjoy the surroundings much, much more! The mirror allows me to see into the hallway so I don’t feel closed in while I’m folding the clothes. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your new dining room as much as I enjoy my laundry room!

    1. Thanks, Kevin! Believe it or not, that’s a stencil. The product is designed so you can wrap the pattern around the room like wallpaper. A great money saver for a young student like yourself! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Rajni! I admire your portfolio and just love the project you completed for the ORC. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I’m not sure if it is legal to have a LAUNDRY ROOM that looks this good. The stencil is fabulous and I like (covet) that mirror. What a great job you did!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Brenda! I’m so glad I found that mirror–what are the chances I’d find something so perfect and in budget?! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. I thought I already left a comment on this, but I don’t see it, so I’ll try again because this is one of my favorites from the challenge! This has to be one of the prettiest laundry rooms I’ve ever seen! The stenciling is flawless and makes the room look so fabulous! You did such a great job on this room!

    1. Thanks, Sam! I really stenciled my little heart out in this room, and have a new dent in my dryer from trying to get back into a corner I needed to touch up. Hope you’re enjoying your lovely new dining space, and thanks for stopping by!

    1. Haha, Lindsay! I’m not a red wine drinker so no danger of ruining the laundry by staining it–I’ve got other ways of messing up the wash, though :). Keep checking Craigslist for your bed, and maybe consignment stores–you never know when you’ll get lucky! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I enjoy the laundry room so much more than I used to enjoy it. Having a place to fold and organize the clothes has made the biggest difference to me. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I have a serious case of black molding envy ;)!

    1. Thanks, Anna! I have been doing laundy all day long, since I’m trying to catch up after finishing the room this week ;).

    1. Thank you! I agree that the palm leaves were completely necessary. Now I just need to figure out how I can keep a steady supply handy without chopping up a new plant every couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by–enjoy that gorgeous bathroom of yours!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m still surprised a little by how well the stencil turned out–I’m not especially handy. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Had to pin a couple things from this one. Love the idea of baskets for lightbulbs and batteries, much better than what I have going on… (ripping the backing off the battery package and setting the plastic tray on the shelf). Also love the cute bowl for all those things that are hiding out in people’s pockets. I’m hoping to move on to my laundry closet as my next makeover, so this was great! Beautiful job!!! So fun having another newbie blogger to bounce ideas around.

    1. Thanks, Erin! I love blogging about the house for the sole reason that stuff gets done now, where before projects would linger indefinitely. There are several really great laundry rooms in this ORC–I think a couple are laundry closets, which would be helpful to you, too. You’re my unofficial tech-support, haha! I’m glad to have someone to bounce ideas off of, too :).

    1. Thank you, Katy! It’s definitely a nice sized space for a laundry room. After seeing your office I’m certain you’ll come up with a great plan even if your laundry room is on the small side. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. It’s breathtaking! The baskets make the space just sing. It’s amazing what a little texture can do for a room. Congratulations on your stunning laundry room!

    1. Thank you, Elisa! I’m a big texture girl–the room would’ve been flat without those baskets. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. The transformation is spectacular! And I agree, the plant is necessary and adds a nice touch to a gorgeous room. Congrats!

    1. Thank you, Erin! Be thinking of what you want done that we could knock out in a short amount of time and you can get featured here on the blog, wink wink.

    1. Thanks, Emily! I have about two weeks worth of laundry to catch up on now that the Challenge is wrapped up, so at least I’ll have a nicer spot to do it in. I’m thinking a cocktail wouldn’t be out of the question, either!

    1. Thank you, Camila! The stencil was designed to mimic wallpaper, which is why it has that great wrap-around effect. Thank you so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi, Jen! Tropical escape–I like that! Of course, in my ideal escape no one would have to wash clothes, and there would be a cabana boy ;). Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Who in the world would have thought a laundry room could be gorgeous. This is totally amazing. I love everything. Adding that mirror is genius. Great storage too. Now I really need to rething my laundry room.

    1. Thanks, Marty! I’m inspired by your amazing closet–maybe I’ll work on that space in the fall. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Leslie! A laundry room is a great place to be adventurous in your design. It’s a small space and you don’t have to spend much money to change it up. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Wow! Double Wow! This is such a pretty, peaceful place. Think I would just hide in there and forget any laundry or other housework. But oh, you have the Ladies Lounge as a place to hide. Enjoy that cocktail…but not before noon. You know the rules of a Southern girl.

    Cathy

    1. Hi, Cathy! The room has in fact made me forget about laundry (at least for the past week or so while frantically trying to finish the space). I did have a drink today at 11:30, but it was Sangria which is really just fruit juice plus I’m still operating on Atlanta time, so it was 12:30. 🙂

  17. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thank you , Laura! I love blue and white and have to force myself not to use some version of it in every room. I’m impressed you tackled not one but three rooms–they turned out great! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I agree, move stuff around and make room to enjoy a cocktail in the new laundry room, HaHa. Seriously well done!!! I can’t imagine the hours it took to stencil the walls but they look fabulous. The arched mirror mimics the stenciling and is great too!! High five, well done
    Darlene

    1. Thanks, Darlene! I’m a details person so I’m glad you noticed how the mirror’s arch perfectly lined up with the stencil :). I would’ve had a meltdown if the pattern was off! The stenciling did take a good bit of time. I would work for a couple hours each day so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. You go ahead and mix yourself a big ol’ cocktail and sit in that gorgeous room. Invite some friends because washing unmentionables never looked so good. Those walls make a HUGE statement, never mind the pain. Bravo!

    1. Thanks, Mrs. V! I popped over to see your blog, and you have a beautiful home. We have very similar taste, and a mutual “problem” with Bravo reality shows. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi, Laurie! Thank you so much, I love it, too! I popped over to your blog and spotted my favorite tea brand in one of your pictures :). I appreciate a fellow design lover who doesn’t feel the need to be a slave to trends. I’m a lot more traditional than most bloggers, but that’s ok, because I know my people are out there!

    1. Thank you, Jackie! After seeing your guest room, I’m sure you’ll come up with a beautiful plan. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Sabrina! I’m not sure about wanting to do laundry all day long, but I do enjoy going in the room much more than I used to! 🙂

  20. Oh I couldn’t love your laundry room more!! Between the stencil (blue + white = perfection), the folding counter, the hampers for texture and warmth, the MIRROR, and the palm leaf that just makes this space a prettier place to be, you did a fantastic job!! I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of your home and projects – so glad to find you through the ORC!

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I’m so glad you enjoyed the room and want to see my upcoming projects. I’m going to attempt more DIY projects involving power tools, so hopefully that turns out ok! Hasn’t the ORC been a great way to meet other bloggers? I was starting to feel like the only people who would read my blog would be friends or relatives, since I’m not the best at self-promotion on social media. Just feels weird to me! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Such a beautiful laundry room! The stencil is amazing!!! Blue and white is so crisp and classic, and the details in this room are incredible! Laundry will be a joy for years to come! Congratulations!!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m much more excited about doing laundry than I used to be, that’s for sure! Your nursery is lovely, and congratulations on your future baby boy!

    1. Hi, Jill! This is a stencil that looked similar to a wallpaper that I wanted in the room but couldn’t afford. It’s the Sari Paisley Allover stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and you can make it any color you want since it’s painted on. Thanks for stopping by, and I love your office!

    2. Well I just flat missed that (teaches me to check out the afters before coffee). Great job. I mean it looks so much like wallpaper! I’ve always been leery of stencils but I will have to check it out!

  22. I adore this laundry room! It’s so fresh and lovely, I would have a hard time messing it up with dirty clothes (perhaps that’s the secret to getting laundry done in my house). It’s absolutely gorgeous, and looks so much bigger with the addition of the mirror! The stencil is fantastic as well – I love a crisp navy/white color palette. Great work! I participated in the ORC for the first time this spring, and even though I’m completely exhausted, it was so totally worth it!

    1. Thanks, Jenny, and I agree that this was exhausting but totally worth it. Even though two days before the reveal I was all, “I’m never doing this again, ever,” I’m already looking forward to October. I’m either really forgetful or a masochist. Kudos on your master bath–proof that a little paint can go a long way!

  23. I love it!!! I need a laundry room like this, then maybe our laundry would actually get done in a timely manner!! So beautiful!

    Meg

    1. Thank you, Meg! Having a pretty and functional room does make me a bit more motivated to wash clothes. But just a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, thank you! I’m currently doing laundry right now, so this will be the first time I get to use the new folding table. I’m excited about folding clothes for the first time ever! Hope you’re enjoying that lovely office of yours!

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