Tuesday, March 15, 2011

laundry room makeover

I don't exactly have a laundry room, per se - but I do have a laundry area. It's in the unfinished part of my basement, AKA The Dungeon. The area basically consists of a washer and dryer with two ugly pieces of plywood serving as shelves, nailed onto plywood above the washer and dryer.

These shelves became a catch-all for all kinds of stuff: snacks, cat food, rags, laundry detergent, extra Tupperware, a plastic grocery bag filled with cut-out recipes, and lots of dust.

I'm a little embarrassed to even show you all what the area looked like BEFORE:

Here's the AFTER:

This was just a super-quick-maybe-one-hour makeover on a Saturday afternoon. I started out by taking everything off the shelves, taking the shelves down and washing them in the laundry tub, then lining them with yellow "rubbery" contact paper from Wal-Mart. It doesn't have any sticky backing, but "holds" to the shelves with its rubbery material.

I then took a look in my scrapbook papers and found some yellow and purple papers I liked. I simply taped those to the drywall beside the shelves.

Found a copper wire basket that used to hang in my kitchen and hung that above the washing machine to hold the rags and clothespins. The green basket on the bottom shelf is from Michaels. I'm using that to hold the cat food cans. The little round basket on the top shelf (found in one of my bins of household decor) holds dryer sheets. The green bird planter on the top shelf holds extra plastic grocery bags that I use when I scoop out the cat boxes.

I then added some cheerful decor that again, I found in my stash of household decor.

Now if the Laundry Fairy would just make a visit to my house...


  1. Nice job! That looks cute with the little changes you made - but now, you'll have to think of a new name - not the DUNGEON any longer!

  2. Wow how cute! I love the color you added. You inspired me to do some spiffing up in my laundry room.

  3. I too have a corner of the dungeon that I dream of redecorating some day. Not yet though! It would require so much work and energy -- a late spring task, I would say!

    Your little corner looks much prettier!

  4. I like your blog thanks for sharing.

  5. You have inspired me to do something with my laundry area now!! Yours looks so cute. Mine is 10 times worse looking than your "before" picture - LOL!

    Linda in VA

  6. Mel, you've given me some things to think about. I'm getting near done on the 'reno' part, but that leaves the bare walls, etc. I want it pretty! Your laundry area looks so lovely now. Makes you almost want to do the wash! almost, I know.. when that fairy finally does arrive, could you send her my way?

  7. WOW! Maybe I'd better tear down my cabinets, cause I just LOVE this!

  8. I know it';s been said before , in the comments above but...WOW! great job!
    I'm so happy I found you, I really enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I'm following you now! Wishing you happiness, Katherine

  9. If you remember from CHL, I love doing laundry. I miss my laundry room. In this house, it is a space in the garage but I still plan to make it a pretty space. I am slowly sorting the mess from moving in in the garage. Love this and it inspires me to get done quicker so I can start on my getting a drainboard for workspace. Jos did hang my shelf already. I love the scrapbooking paper. It is like seeing a patchwork quilt on the wall. Will you continue that over the rest of the drywall you see there? I think it is a great idea! It is so cheerful.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  10. So pretty- I bet it makes laundry a little less of a chore : )


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