Hey y’all!!! I am so excited to share my laundry room makeover with you!!! My laundry room has become my favorite space in my home, and I’m sure it’s because it’s nicely organized. I had to do the adult thing last summer and purchase a new washer and dryer. I definitely didn’t want to spend the money, but my old – used washer and dryer set finally gave out on me. After about seven years and $200 dollars well spent that old pair had given me all they could give.
I knew that when I purchased a new set, that it was going to be an investment. As a homeowner, things that you purchase for your home becomes a real task. Well, at least for me it is. There’s the research involved, the budgeting and the overall desired look of what you’re purchasing. After doing extensive online market research at Home Depot and Lowe’s, I decided on this pair AND I LOVE IT!!!
After purchasing the pair, I immediately called my father, who was an AMAZING carpenter and told him I needed to customize my laundry room. I think he was more excited than I was to come up with a plan that I would love in my home. I went straight to Pinterest for some good ole pinspiration and I started sending the pins to my dad!
When my family visited for Christmas last year, my dad went to Home Depot and purchased everything we needed for the makeover. We stained the wood with a pecan colored stain, got bronzed colored hardware and my dad put it all together. Although I was excited, I kinda let the project fall by the wayside.
The first thing I purchased was these cloth hamper bags that I hand lettered on (I’ll post a link to that blog post) and these blue baskets for storage. It wasn’t until this summer that I finally decided – Okay Robyn, you have got to finish this project. On May 19 of this year, my father passed due to liver cancer and kidney failure. That was by far the worst day of my life. I have definitely neglected pretty much anything in my life other than those things I needed to do i.e. going to work, eating and sleeping; but I knew that I didn’t want my father’s hard work to be in vain. So I decided to complete our project. I couldn’t be happier with the turn out.
I’ll share the steps I took to finalize this project:
- Check out Pinterest for some pinspiration! There is no need to reinvent the wheel or try to figure out something which nine times out of ten has already been done. I didn’t use a certain pin per se, but I did look at tons of pins to kinda get a feel for the look I wanted.
- Gather your measurements. You need to complete this step, especially if you are customizing your space, but also for décor purposes. My laundry room had one wire shelf that was entirely too high for me and it made the laundry room dysfunctional. All of my supplies were high up and it made it very difficult to do anything in the room or in the house for that matter. Everything became a chore.
- Declutter. I know this is a big buzz word now, and for good reason. You want to know what you have and what you need to get rid of before purchasing anything. This will allow you to get a better understanding of how much organization elements you actually need. You don’t want to waste ANY money buying things you don’t need!!!
- Decide how you want to organize your space and what functions you will use your space for. I decided that my space was going to be used for laundry as well as cleaning supplies. I also knew that I wanted the space to be pretty – which I knew would be carried through with my organizational elements. I knew that I was going to put all of my laundry liquids in glass containers (which I got for a steal at Hobby Lobby) and put black labels on them with white lettering for a clean look.
- Purchase needed items. The extensiveness of this step depends on if you are customizing or just organizing. In my case I was customizing, so there was a lot of money spent in the space. Wood, nails, stain, etc. If you are just organizing, you only need to purchase the items you think would fit in your space.
- Place items in the areas you want before removing tags. This is key!!! Initially, I wanted the space to be gray, turquoise and yellow. I went to HomeGoods to purchase some baskets and I found a couple that were gorgeous!!! I mean I absolutely LOVED them!!! However, they did not fit on my shelves and I realized that they kinda clashed with the bronze hardware (back to step 2). I’m glad I decided to put them on the shelves to see how they looked before I removed the tags. I simply took them back and purchased more that I ended up keeping.
- Organize your space. Put the items in specific containers and other organizational elements to make sure your space flows.
- The final step is to start hand lettering!!! Of course, there is lettering in my laundry room and LOTS of it!!! I lettered the word “laundry” on the wall, there is lettering on all of my containers and organizational elements.
I have all of the supplies listed below as well as links to purchase most of the items I used to complete this project. I hope that this post motivates you to not only start showcasing your lettering in your home, but to get you a little bit organized as well!!!
Here a some close up photos of my laundry room:
Uni Posca Extra Fine Marker, White: https://www.amazon.com/Posca-Extra-Marker-White-PC1M-1/dp/B001B2OKHU/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1536498461&sr=1-1&keywords=uni+posca+extra+fine+marker%2C+white+pc1m.1
Behr Premium Plus Color Sample – Eggshell: https://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Premium-Plus-Ultra-8-oz-Ultra-Pure-White-Eggshell-Enamel-Interior-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-Sample-UL21016/205878208
Paintbrush – I cannot find a link to the paintbrush, but it is a Master’s Touch brand paintbrush, size 20 – round. I purchased it from Hobby Lobby.