Laundry Room Reveal

I’m SO happy with my laundry room. It functions like a dream (finally), and rather than being the blight just off my dining room, it is now a space I can allow my eyes to linger on rather than rush past. Ha, I no longer have to be embarrassed if I forgot to close the laundry room door when guests take a seat for dinner! I call that major progress. 
 
 
Remember what it looked like before? That ironic dingy mustard paint color on the walls… I mean c’mon, who wants to think about dingy mustard yellow when trying to get bright clean laundry?? Here is the laundry room right before we moved in, and my original plan (which clearly got tweaked a bit!):
Like most spaces in my home my laundry room has been a bit of a process. My first update was painting the walls and bringing in front loaders, then nothing for a year-and-a-half. Until that glorious day a month ago when I saw my dream flooring on sale at Home Depot! Travertine-like flooring I could lay myself? Uh, you should have seen my giddy dance right there in the Home Depot aisle. 

Then everything just seemed to fall into place…from finding these sparkly chrome frames, and prints at 25 cents (total…not each!), to finding the perfect accessories and that gorgeous Kichler light fixture.
 
The Practical Side of the Laundry Room
I like a beautiful space as much next decorating junkie…but this mama lives here, and I am all about the practical side of decorating! 
The best part of this laundry room is the oodles and oodles of storage! After all, where else am I going to store all my household cleaners?
 
Swapping out the old cabinet knobs for these modern pulls helped update the space without removing cabinetry.
 
 A row of medium sized cabinets across the top hold detergent, cleaners, and everything you can possibly need for the healthy home. I also have four large baskets that sit atop the cabinets to store extra tissue, toilet paper, and paper towels.Then the small pantry-like cabinet to the left of the dryer houses brooms, mops, my vacuum, and other cleaning tools…that is an entire post in of itself! 
The only items I keep out are frequent use items like these spray bottles containing ingredients for stain removal. 
 
The kids know that the moment they get a stain, they are to spray the stain and place the soiled garment into the laundry utility sink for soaking.
 
Having a utility sink in the laundry room is FANTASTIC! We clean everything in there… muddy boots, paint brushes, you name it… which is why I installed a trio of hooks right over the sink; it makes the perfect place to allow rags and paint brushes to drip dry.
Atop the washer and dryer I keep my regular use sprays inside a sleek porcelain tray. This is my catch all for miscellaneous items found in pockets, or that need immediate attention on laundry day.
 
I also a trio of small white dishes for the items that may not need immediate attention, but can house those small items often found in the washer or dryer. Buttons that are discovered in the dryer, but I’m not sure which item of clothing they belong to stay here until the needed.
 
I also keep three small baskets atop the dryer to store common use items such as a mesh bag for delicate’s, rubber gloves, and the all important chore checklist sheets! When the kids come to collect cleaners they also grab the appropriate checklist for the room. By the way, these checklists are a lifesaver! I provide free printables here for you.
So are you wondering where my laundry baskets are? That little green basket can’t possibly hold all our dirty laundry, so what’s the deal? *grin* Here is my tip for keeping a tidy well-decorated laundry space, and keeping it practical as well!
I use pop-up laundry baskets for dirty clothes, and smaller ones to carry my clean clothes. They are brought out on laundry day and we all bring our hamper/baskets from our various rooms and sort them into these pop-up baskets
At the end of laundry day, I simply fold them flat, and tuck them into the space by the dryer. Safely in their slot until next week and another laundry day! It keeps the floors in my small laundry room clear…very important since this is my indoor path to the garage and I often lug furniture (and tools) through here to be worked on.
The only basket that stays out at all times is this stylish little green basket I got from Home Goods for $12. It collects the dirty rags used to clean windows, wipe up spills, etc. throughout the week. It is allows them to air out, and dry between laundry days. 

I store my clean folded rags under the utility sink in this beautiful white basket I embellished with gold spray paint. Chrome may be the main finish in here, but my new favorite thing is to bring in hints of gold or copper in to each space! 

I was overjoyed to find these hooks at Target, marked down from $8 to $1!! Adding a couple hooks to temporarily catch the hubby and kids belts, hats, and unwashables they forget to remove before tossing in the laundry hamper.
 
My mom gave me this nifty little hanging doodad. It hooks over the door, receives hangers (for clothing that needs to air dry, or be hung up straight out of the dryer), then folds down when not in use.
I hope you enjoyed my laundry room tour! I’m lucky to have a space of this size to commit to my laundry, 9’x6′ to be exact, and I’m making the most of it! However I have learned that if all I had was the space above my washer and dryer, this is the layout I would go for… open shelving is desperately beautiful, but I love being to adequately store household items and enjoying stylish decor at the same time.

24 Comments on Laundry Room Reveal

  1. Kimberley Hosmer
    March 1, 2016 at 3:09 am (2 years ago)

    A drop of Fray Check will keep buttons in place much longer. Just apply and let dry and no more buttons in the dryer.

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  2. adesigndiary
    October 30, 2015 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Ursula

    I have just discovered your blog and may I say, I LOVE it..I am not sure where I have been living but I am so happy to have found you and I am so excited to read all your past posts…I LOVE your DIY posts and I think your blog is just beautiful!

    Julie

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    • Ursula Carmona
      October 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw thank you! You have made my day…I truly appreciate the kind words. Oh and welcome! :)

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  3. Pam
    June 18, 2015 at 12:02 am (2 years ago)

    Where did you get your laundry room rugs? Love them! And the whole room!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      June 18, 2015 at 7:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I got it from Home Goods…they have a lovely set of rugs for great prices! 😉

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  4. Teresa Emrich
    June 15, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    Would love to know where your mom found the folding hook for drying those items unable to go into the dryer. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Karen
    April 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, the paintbrush hooks! You are brilliant!

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  6. Emily, Our house now a home
    February 23, 2015 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    This turned out great, I love the paint color. There are a lot of little elements that make the space work so well. Maximizing all of it! I am working on my laundry room too, and cannot wait to get done!

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  7. Susan
    September 15, 2014 at 12:30 am (3 years ago)

    Came by via Tip Junkie. I canNOT believe that is 9×6! It looks bigger & what great organization. We’ll be moving in a couple of months & building in a few years so this is being saved for the great ideas.

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  8. Nathy
    September 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow what a transformation! Love your wall color. May I ask what color it is?
    Thank you

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    • Ursula Carmona
      September 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! Unfortunately I do not know what the color is. I usually find my paint in the discount or “oops” section of the hardware store. This was a custom mix that some customer didn’t want and the store marked half price. One man’s trash… 😉

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      • Tammy O
        February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

        I know you said you do not know the name of the color, but is it more of a navy or a gray? In looks like each color in different pictures. We are building a house and our laundry room will be the same size as this one. I like the idea of a darker color on the wall and wondered if you are happy with the color, for as you say, helping your clothes to look bright and not dingy. Our laundry room will come with one long room length wire shelf so I am hoping to pick up some inexpensive cabinets from a local selling site or from The Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I really love the tall cabinet idea too.

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        • Ursula Carmona
          February 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm (3 years ago)

          It is more of a deep navy. Although, yes it looks very different depending on how the light is filling the room! Sounds like you have an amazing plan! Best of luck o your laundry room!! Sorry I don’t have the color for you. 😉

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  9. Sally
    September 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

    What did you do with the kitty litter?

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    • Ursula Carmona
      September 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Sent it away with the previous owners. 😀 I don’t have a cat, that particular before picture was taken while the previous owners lived here. 😉

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  10. polly plum
    September 11, 2014 at 8:24 am (3 years ago)

    Do you make your own laundry stain remover?If so, will you share your secrets? I’ve never found anything as good as putting a few drops of liquid laundry detergent on the stain and just letting it sit until I have enough laundry to run the washing machine(which is usually the next day-
    I have 5 kids( 3 at home, 2 at college), and do laundry just about every day.

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    • Ursula Carmona
      September 11, 2014 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

      I’m afraid I don’t. I call this era of my life (in stain remover) “trial and error”. :)

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  11. Katrina ChicLittleHouse
    July 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Your laundry room turned out fantastic, functional and lovely! Two key components!

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  12. Aliesha Caldwell
    July 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful makeover! I need to get one of those little hanging doodads. :)

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  13. Lily B
    June 27, 2014 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

    Amazing job. You are so resourceful and an inspiration. I cant wait to see what you do next.

    Reply

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