New and Improved Laundry Area

It all started with this.  We shared the dismal pictures of my basement laundry area last week, and I am happy to show you the finished product today.

 

 

It’s one of the joys of living in an old house.  While you get the great character, you get the dingy basement laundry.  I hated going down to do laundry, and I wanted to create a laundry room that was fun and girly.  Then I would have my own space just as Mr. Spring has his wood working area.  This is what I started with, a hodge podge of mess.

 

 

It was not a pretty sight.  First off, I had cords in every direction.  Insulation was showing around the window, which does help bring in some good light.  The first step was we (meaning my mom and yours truly) painted the walls that were exposed.  I didn’t want to spend much money on this room so I chose the color I used for the dresser I painted a couple months ago. I also painted some of the wood a nice bright white.

 

 

What do you think?  I am thrilled with the difference and how it turned out.

 

 

On the left you can see how I created “walls” with a curtain.

 

 

We bought rods from Ikea and attached them to the ceiling.  Be warned  – the hooks and rods to attach the curtains from Ikea were horrible.  I resorted to zip ties.  It is a good way to create walls in our basement and make this space feel more like a true laundry room.  My space is separated from the workshop and storage area.

 

 

My “old but still works” great washer and dryer got a little makeover.  Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a tutorial on how to update the look of your machines.  They look clean and crisp to me.  I use the top of the dryer as my folding table so it works perfectly.

 

 

I had the horrible electrical box staring me down every time I went to do some laundry, and then I realized I had the perfect solution on hand to use as a cover. This old window was an original window from our house, and last year I converted it into a chalkboard.  If Mr.Spring ever feels he wants to do laundry, I have a cheat sheet on the old window for him to follow.

 

 

Since I didn’t want to spend much on this space, I tried to use what I could that was around the house.  Before I just had a light bulb hanging, and I thought it needed to be spiffed up a little bit.  I decided to use the shade from the lamp I made from last year’s neighborhood beer crawl.  I then took some ribbon, which I had on hand, and my mom glued it to the shade.  I thought it was a good way to add a feminine touch to this once masculine shade.

 

 

I am lucky to have both of my grandmothers still living.  One of them who is 88 would go down very narrow stairs to an old house basement and do laundry up until last year.  I said I would never complain about doing laundry because she was still doing laundry in her basement.  Now, both of my grandmothers have washers and dryers on the main floors of their houses, and they love it.  I said I won’t complain till I am 88.  So, I decided I needed to have my grandmothers as part of my laundry room.  Here they are in their younger days on their bikes.  I just love this photo of both of these amazing and strong women.  It’s amazing to me that they lived in different parts of the country but had similar photos of themselves on bikes.

 

 

There isn’t a darn thing I can do about this huge pipe.  I found this cute sign at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, so I thought I would make the most of the pipe and hang this sign on it.  After all, this whole deal is about changing a negative into a positive. The basket is for clothes pins.  A cheery plant, my homemade detergent, and a jar for all the found  change help make this room functional.

 

 

 Since there were no doors on the storage cabinets, we selected some frilly fabric, and my mom made curtains to use as doors.  They are a nice bright spot in my newly redone laundry area.

 

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Comments

  1. Oh, it turned out nicely! Love that pretty fabric you’ve used.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Oh my gosh. AH-mazing. I am so impressed! I love the fabric and is that a rug or did you paint the floor? This gives me hope that perhaps something can be done with my basement!

  3. Love the transformation to your laundry room! Looks great!!
    Mary Alice

  4. I just popped over from Savvy Southern Style to tell you I love your laundry room transformation! It is so darling, and you did such a great job of making the most of what you had to work with, without spending alot of money. I love the color you put on the walls, and the fabric is such a charming touch. Thanks for sharing!

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  5. This could make doing laundry fun…especially looking at your darling grandmothers!

  6. Great makeover! I have an old basement, as well when my washer and dryer are. You have inspired me!

  7. I love this! I am visiting you via Wow Us Wednesday and I would love for you to stop by :)

  8. I love your laundry room makeover! I found you through the Savvy Southern Style link-up, and the timing is perfect for me. I have been trying to figure out how to freshen up my own dingy basement laundry room and your transformation is great inspiration. I’m looking forward to your painted play mat tutorial. Great job!

  9. I love it! You did such an amazing job! The colours and the accessories are just perfect! Angie xo

  10. Mary Crain says:

    This is fantastic! I was looking forward to seeing the transformation. Great ideas!!,

  11. love the makeover – we are in the process of doing ours as well – I have selected some pretty fabric too in the hopes of cheering up the place – yours in great inspiration!

  12. very creative and clever. Probably didn’t cost alot either. I love ideas like this & the effort you took to do it. So many folks out there are so lazy that they would have just kept it like it was.

  13. Nice post today.

  14. You did a wonderful job!! You took a dark gloomy spot and made it bright, cute and cheery!

  15. I started laughing when read this because I see alot of “Laundry Room Reveals” in blogland and I was just thinking the other day “geez doesn’t anyone have to do their laundry in their basement ? ”

    And then look what you did to it….so cute!!!!

  16. It looks great! Shared it on FB :)
    Debbie

  17. Your room looks adorable…I love it!!!

  18. I’m a sucker for a good before & after. And considering I saw the “before” in person, I can’t believe the change!! It looks so good!! Nice work, ladies. (p.s. love the new profile pic, too)

  19. Oh what a great looking transformation! You all did such a wonderful job on this area and I bet it is going to be fun doing laundry now! Also I really like the new photo of you and your mom on your sidebar. You both look awesome!!

  20. So cute! The fabric totally makes it…so happy & fun! A little creativity & elbow grease can move mountains, huh? Great job!!!

  21. Wow! It looks amazing! Hard to believe it is the same space. Great job!

  22. Jordan! What a lovely project! You and your mom are gifted :) My favorite part is the photos of your grandmothers on bicycles – I guess you come by it naturally! Someday you’ll have to add a photo of yourself at the same age – riding a bike in a skirt :)
    Love,
    Mairin

  23. You have made a silk purse. I have issues with architects and builders that put no thought into utility. When you think of how much time we spend doing laundry you would think they would give it more thought. When I am feeling frustrated it is my wish they get to spend the hereafter doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and working in a too small kitchen – not to sound perverse or anything.

    I love those photos of your grandmothers.

  24. Wow, what a transformation! You did a great job. Visiting from Sherry’s Open House Party.

  25. That impressed me more than any of the big ticket renovations in blogdom!

  26. I love it! My favorite kind of project! Using what you have on hand. Fabulous job!

  27. Thank you so much for stopping by My Dream Canvas. Anu

  28. Great job! Especially on a budget! Love the color you used on the walls. The curtains you put up on the cabinet and sink area are so cheery looking. Thankfully you do have a window here to bring in some natural light. While I’ve got a very nice laundry area here in our condo, I’ve got no windows on this side and no natural light. I really miss that from our last house.

  29. Love this transformation. I especially love the old window chalkboard and the words on the washer and dryer are too clever.

  30. Your laundry room is now so cute! The tranformation is wonderful and I appreciate you sharing it at the Open House party. Check out this weeks party for your feature.
    xx, Sherry

  31. I’m stopping by from Savvy Southern Style. I had to comment because of your dryer. My young, single mother bought the same dryer (and matching washer) around 1981. I was just a little girl. I’ve been told she was so proud of them. She was only able to use them for about a year due to a terrible illness that left her severely disabled. Since they were practically brand new, my grandmother stored them, and when I finished college and had a home of my own, my grandmother turned the over to me. That dryer ran for about 10 more years before it finally gave out. I loved that dryer. It was a symbol of the optimism I’d like to think my mother had about our future, even though it didn’t turn out like anyone planned. Thank you for this memory!

    • It’s always nice to have fond memories come out for a visit. Your mom and grandmother sound like great people.

      Pam

  32. Hi Girls!!!!

    I love what you did to your space. Now when you have to go there, it’s a lovely
    place to visit.

    Very well planned out and I love the idea of the fabric. Once it was finished you
    really don’t notice the pipe. You did a great job!! Like you said, ‘turning a negative
    into a positive.’ It doesn’t matter where you live and what you call home, we all
    like to have positive areas throughout our home.

    Love this room!!!!!

    Pam

  33. Oh how I wish we could fix our laundry room up this nice! Yours is BEautiful! Thanks for giving me Hope!