Laundry Room Refresh!
Here it goes. My first post ever on my brand new blog! It’s about to get all exciting up in here! We have been in our home for approximately three years. Those three years have seen seemingly non-stop projects. I chose to post this project first because it is relatively finished. Is any project ever really finished? Doubt it. However, this one isn’t getting any more love for the time being!
This makeover started out of necessity. No…not because I was uninspired to keep my laundry room tidy! See the counter in these photos? The counter is already replaced in these pics. The original counter was sink height all the way across (you can see the jump in height on the new counter in the after photo). This is completely fine if you have a smaller, front load washer and dryer set. The washer and dryer set that we moved into the house was front load, but it was also a lot taller. We hacked off that counter to get them in….then I set about finding a contractor to build out the new counter. After choosing a white laminate (did you know how many shades of white you can get a countertop in?!?), consulting with the contractor on design and ordering materials, this new counter was done and in! Not that impressed? Well, it’s actually quite a bit of work to get that far.
Before the new counter is in, I took the time to patch and paint the ceiling, trim & walls. I waited to stencil at this point because I knew the counter would be a must to stencil that far up! Believe me. I’ve done a lot of stenciling and you take any amount of help to make it easier. I chose to paint the trim to keep a design flow in the room. Hence the pic of the trim being caulked before primer and paint.
See the ceiling before? The beam in this room (as compared to the rest of the home) wasn’t stained and had quite a bit of overspray on it. Not much I could do with it but paint it. If I’m painting the beam…why not do an awesome ceiling? So now every time I walk in the room I start singing “gold on the ceiling….I ain’t blind…just a matter of time…” The ceiling is finished in gold. LOVE it! Idea came from my incredibly talented and beautiful friend and designer Tonya. (or is it incredibly beautiful and talented? either way) Check her out here.
Counter in…time to stencil. I used Martha Stewart Precious Metals Gold Base tinted to Kiwi Peel for the paint. It was a discontinued version when I bought it. AKA – Super cheap clearance. The Martha Stewart line still has some gold paint but I couldn’t recommend any of the current line since it’s not what I used. The stencil itself is Navajo Arrows from Cutting Edge Stencils. It looks a lot harder to stencil than it really is. Cutting Edge’s website and Youtube have detailed tutorials. I won’t elaborate the method in this post.
I see how jealous you are of my rack! I love it so much for it’s functionality that I’ve moved it to and from multiple abodes. You can have your very own!
Don’t hate on the picture’s hanging height. It makes more sense when the laundry baskets are there! 🙂
I ended up reusing the wire shelf, utility sink and the storage mirror that were here when we moved in. The faucet I transferred from my kitchen sink
The Distant Future…The Distant Future
Eventually I’ll swap out the tile for something a little more pretty and pleasing to the eye. At that point I’ll finally break down and throw some base trim on this room. It wasn’t finished when we moved in and it really hasn’t bothered me so far!
So that’s it! Love it? Leave a comment. Hate it? See if you can do better in your laundry room! 😉
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