Friday, November 27, 2009

NYR #21, Laundry Makeover

Our laundry room has served us well and we are ever so grateful for all the many loads of laundry that have been cleaned in this space. But while it functions fine enough, it's never really lived up to it's full potential.
With just one shelf, there was a lot of unused space up above. And it was nothing lovely to look at. Thus I decided to take it on as NYR #21.
The first step was to buy a crow bar. Which made me wonder how we had we survived without one for so long?! Then we ripped out the shelf and the strip of wood that was supporting it. This left the walls looking pretty rough.
Thankfully I had a cute helper to do the spackling for me. Okay to be honest, he was the one wielding the crow bar too. I just can't handle hard labor with this bun in my oven.
Then my cute spackler went to the SBL Conference for the weekend. So I did the next few steps on my own. The liquid laundry detergent was leaking a few months back and we didn't know it until it created this nastiness. The floors were also rather yucky.
After I cleaned the mess, I primed twice and painted twice and we were ready to hang up the shelves when my helper got back from New Orleans.We located the studs in the closet and placed brackets on the shelves accordingly. These shelves were in the AS IS section at Ikea - $1.99 each! I was VERY THANKFUL for my husband who stayed up 'til 2 am on Thanksgiving Eve to help me hang them.
TA DA! Our Laundry Room makeover is complete!
Because we have so much extra space, we moved the cleaning supplies from the pantry and the extra toilet paper and extra tissues from the hall closet.Likewise, all the extra filters, paper towels, dish soap, shoe polish, etc. that were crammed in various places around the house have a new home here.
And did you see what's in the middle of the bottom shelf?! MORE SPACE!!!And with the extra space I made in the pantry...
I was able to move the cookbooks out of sight!
Thank you again to my cute helper for helping make this laundry dream a reality!p.s. I am tempted to make cute fabric covered boxes to hyper-organize everything and make it look cute, but based on this article I recently read, I will resist that urge. Besides the best part about this laundry room is that I CAN HIDE IT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!

11 comments:

rev shane lems said...

What was the article that discouraged you from hyper organizing things and making them look cute? ;-) I should probably read that as well! Love your blog by the way, I check it all the time! Lisa

Nancy said...

AWESOME! I'm so totally impressed!! #21? So only four to go and a WHOLE MONTH in which to complete them. You go, Rachel!!

Jen said...

wow! I'd do laundry in that space! Very nice.

Julie said...

Great laundry closet makeover! And I love the article you linked at the bottom. Very wise.

Rachel said...

It looks amazing! What a great job!

Deb said...

Hey! Your cute helper looks EXACTLY like the hunky gardener. Wow!...that guy sure comes in handy! :)

Rachel said...

Nice work! I love reading Small Notebook, but I had somehow missed that post. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Your vision and creativity never cease to amaze me. This is a GREAT use of space. love it!

sarah said...

I think you could put the extra Qtips in the extra space on the bottom drawer.

ChrisandMissy said...

Looks great Rachel! I too am amazed at your ability to see potential for spaces.
I am also impressed with all the painting going on at the Fixes...you really are serious about having the place in perfect order by the time Fix fille arrives!

Leslie said...

amazing redo of the laundry...it looks great. thanks for coming to my bog, saying hello and entering the giveaway. good luck