Monday, June 14, 2010

Laundry Room Makeover & {Storage} Tips

I have {nearly} completed our laundry room makeover. Aside from hanging a couple of things up on the wall {more about that later} there is not much else I can do to finish this space. The room is actually a large hallway closet and it is small. I didn't change much from the previous layout other than painting the walls, adding accessories & storage and rearranging some stuff on the walls that was already in there. This room now has plenty of storage for everyday household items such as cleaning supplies, sewing notions, hardware and tools. If you take a close look you'll see storage containers just about everywhere in all shapes and sizes, some of which are pretty and some are plain but either way they serve their purpose. Everything I used I already had except the paint so the total cost was about $25.

The paint color is called "Mocha Accent" by Behr. I wouldn't recommend using it in an entire room because it is rather dark but that is the look I wanted for our laundry room. I figured since it really is a closet and closets are usually dark I wanted it to stay that way to some degree and not stick out of our house like a sore thumb. All of the white from the appliances to the shelving really tones down the darkness as well which I was counting on.

Here are a couple of before pictures of the laundry room without appliances:

Here are the after photos and a breakdown the changes that I made.

The new washer and dryer, although with increased capacity from our old ones, are much smaller so I was able to fit a 3 drawer organizer on the floor next to the dryer. This is great for additional storage of large items such as humidifier filters which is what I have in there right now. On top of that I found a large, heavy duty wire basket at Goodwill for a whopping one dollar and I loaded it up with toilet paper rolls. We buy these from Costco so we get a million at a time {too many to fit all under the bathroom cabinets}.

I rehung my little white shelf on the other side of the room where there was additional space. On top of it I added two cute, little matching mason jars; one holds screws & nails the other holds buttons. Between those is a beautiful white jar that contains various light bulbs. The shelf below that contains some pretty accessories for now until I need additional storage. The bottom shelf holds a silver, metal mesh container with dryer sheets, a brown beaded candler holder with chalk and a shiny silver container with random hardware. I might hang a hook rack below this shelving unit if I find I need to hang stuff up but for now I don't have a use for one. It's good to know that there is ways to add different kinds of storage if need be.

I filled up the white wire shelving that runs the entire width of the room with a combination of glass and white accessories as well as round shallow baskets resting against the wall. I also added two photo boxes filled with sewing supplies that fit perfectly in the corner. Although this type of shelving isn't very eye-catching I opted to keep it instead of replacing it because it was no cost and I need it to hang clothes that are drying. At some point I may purchase or make my own wood shelving and hang a curtain or shower rod but right now this was much more feasible for now.

The shorter white wire shelf above the dryer contains a plastic bin that holds lots of cleaning supplies. Again, not very pretty but functional and I know the items are out of reach of little hands which was my goal. Storing these items here is a good thing because it means I don't have to store them under bathroom cabinets and bother with childproofing them. I have been looking for something else to use instead of a clear plastic container like a basket or colorful tote but so far no luck. I use these 19 quart clear plastic containers everywhere in my house because they are so versatile and cheap {$4 at Wal-Mart}. I use them to store seasonal items, baby stuff, kids cups, cleaning supplies, blankets, name it and they'll hold it and fit practically anywhere! This shelf also contains a basket with basic tools that are mostly used for hanging stuff. I already had this basket and it was not being used so at some point I may swap it out if I find one that is more suitable for the space and function. And of course this is where I keep the large container of laundry detergent {also purchased from Costco which explains why it is so big}. I love the idea of storing powder laundry detergent in glass jars but I have always preferred liquid detergent so no such luck!

On top of the dryer I put a small plastic container to put things in that I find when I am doing the laundry. This keeps these items from rolling onto the floor before I have a chance to put them where they really belong. I also have a round glass candle holder sitting under the laundry detergent dispenser which is also where I put my soap cup so there is no mess to clean up. I also have a plastic mat covering the top of the dryer to avoid dings and scratches.

The hanging iron and ironing board organizer serves its purpose as well and I'm glad I was able to put it where the board can rest between the wall and the washer so it's out of the way. Before we hung it up there were did a test run to make sure I could get it in and out of the closet.

I am going to make a chalkboard to hang in this space so I can make notes or leave messages. I think a chalkboard hanging by a ribbon from a silver decorative knob would look great! I will also hang my clock as soon as I decide where the chalkboard will go.

For now the space is a big improvement from before and I am happy that this project fell into my lap, even if we did have to buy brand new appliances! If only I could find a way to organize my kitchen and pantry this well.

All Linked Up:
Today's Creative Blog...Get Your Craft on Tuesday
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Just Alice...Laundry Room Party
Organize and Decorate Everything...We're Organized Wednesday

~Momma to Bug n' Bear~


House of Smiths said...

LOVE it all! Looks so modern and new!
You did a GREAT job!
I love the accessory shelf!
So cute!
Shelley Smith

Carry Grace said...

What a difference! The paint color looks great. I could definitely enjoy doing laundry it that closet. It looks very organized.

~Mommy+Me~ said...

Nice job. :)

Recaptured Charm said...

Great Redo! I love the dark backdrop as well. It brings everything to life, doesn't it? Your space has a much warmer feel to it. Great job. Thanks for visitng today.

Chris said...

I couldn't click over here fast enough when I saw you had done your laundry room. LOVE laundry rooms, and yours is no exception! That wall color! Gorgeous!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great color! It really makes a difference.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow the color is fabulous! It looks great with the fresh white! Your laundry room looks great! Fantastic job! Stopping by from Just a Girl. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

I love what you did with this space! The color is amazing -- and I love your ironing organizer. Great job!!

Leanne said...

What great organizing and I love the wall color too. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday. Hope to see you again this week.