Brandi gave her laundry space a refresh by saying goodbye to tired wire shelving and adding a few new special touches. New paint and a little creative love go a long way, especially when you are staying on a strict budget. I asked her to come by today and share more about her chore ready hot spot.
What is the main function of the space?
"Although my laundry room is a space to wash our clothes, it also functions as a mudroom; the door opens up to our backyard and place for my dogs to sleep at night."
Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?
"I kept the room simple to avoid clutter. The pipe shelves we added are convenient for storing detergent, fabric softener and storing other supplies."
What items did you find were essential when organizing this space and why?
"The woven baskets I purchased from Target are great to conceal pet supplies. At the end of the day, we just toss in their toys while keeping their daily vitamins on hand. I purchased a couple of wire baskets from Home Goods to store extra blankets and paper towels. Laundry detergent is stored in pretty glass jars and few plants brighten the space."
What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty"?
"I had the light fixture replaced with something that was more my style. I added a rug for warmth and texture. Inexpensive artwork from Ikea really gave the room some personality."
What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?
"I painted the walls Revere Pewter, by Benjamin Moore and gave the trim a fresh coat of white paint. I wanted to paint the door a cheerful color. After going through a few samples, I chose Outer Space by Sherwin Williams. Both colors were matched to Glidden Paint to save money. Our DIY pipe shelves were inspired by tutorial I found on the blog, 7th House on the Left."
How has it impacted your life for the better?
"Creating a space that is pretty and functional makes doing laundry less of a chore. The style of the room compliments the rest of the house. It's much easier to keep the room neat and tidy because everything has its place!"
A common theme for majority of the projects I feature, is the "everything has a place" motto. It is so, so true that when you consider your needs and implement storage solutions to give each type of item a home, it is much easier to clean up those piles. When you begin putting those piles away, if something doesn't have a home, you can instantly decide if it is worth creating a home for, or say goodbye to it for good. And I love that Brandi really kept the items in the space to a minimum. Less upkeep and just the items she needs to use within the space each day. For me, the biggest impact are the beautiful shelves she DIY'd paired with the charming light fixture. Toss in a few warm accessories and you have a room ideal for getting into your laundry groove.
Now, go get hooked on Brandi's blog like I did! You can find all of her laundry room makeover details here.
* All images courtesy of Don't Disturb This Groove.
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