House Tour – The Laundry Room

Hi everyone!  Today I want to show you my laundry room.

I think that I’ve mentioned before that our house was a builder’s spec house.  Everything was painted off-white.  Now I know that so many of you love neutrals (and I have seen many gorgeous neutral rooms), but that just isn’t me.  I have to have some color!

This print, by artist William Mangum, served as the inspiration for the decor of this entire room.

It is titled “Cynthia’s Garden” and I just love it!  It was the very first Christmas present that Pookie ever gave me.  Want to know why I love it so much?  Look closer.

 

It’s that bunny!  I first told you here about my love of bunnies.

If you aren’t familiar with William Magnum, I urge you check his work out – especially if you are from or live in or just plain ole love North Carolina.

Not only was this room painted off-white when we moved in, there was only a wire shelf above the washer/dryer and the worst excuse for a laundry sink that you ever saw.  It didn’t take long for Pookie to replace the wire shelf with these
ready-made cabinets from Lowes.

The baskets up on top came from Target and hold extra paper towels, lightbulbs, napkins and stuff.

We replaced the ridiculous laundry sink with something better.  We found a close-out base cabinet at Lowes, purchased a laundry sink and dropped it in.  Pookie raised it up a little so it wouldn’t be so hard on my back when I wash the dogs.

Here’s a shot directly from the front. 

 
 
UPDATE: The cabinet that the laundry sink is in measures:
Outside dimensions are 24″ wide x 24.75″ deep.
Inside dimensions are: 21.5″ wide x 19.5″ deep.

Do you love that little birdy clock?  I’ll do a feature one day about the place where I bought it for a song.  

The towel holder was a Goodwill find.  I think that I found the fingertip towel at Target.

Let’s take another look at the wall where my inspiration is located.

Wonder what that thing is below the picture?  Why, it’s only the hardest working thing in the room – after the washer/dryer, that is.  It’s an aluminum, expanding clothes rack.  It may not be as pretty as some of the wooden ones that I’ve seen, but y’all, it will hold a ton of wet clothes.

I simply pull it out when I need to use it, then push it back against the wall when it’s no longer needed.

On the back wall, I originally intended to find and hang an old window frame with a mirror added to it.  But once I decided to use “Cythia’s Garden” as my inspiration, I had an “Aha!” moment.  After raiding my stash of stuff and finding a few things at Goodwill, my garden theme came together.

The shelf was originally white and was a Goodwill find.  I found the little sign below it there too.  It says “With each thought of you, happiness blooms”.  Awww.  The giant pear and fat, little birdies were found on clearance at Lowes.

 

The chalkboard was also a Goodwill find.  It’s really a mirror with a silver frame.  I painted over the mirror with chalkboard paint, painted the frame a glossy black and hot glued red ribbon down each side.  Now I use a chalk pen (love those things!) to change out scripture that I want (or need!) to be reminded of.

I stole the topiary plate and garden plaque from my stash.

And lastly, the most recent addition are these two jars that I purchased at Walmart,  One holds my washing powders (that’s laundry detergent for you non-Southerner’s) and the other holds clothespins.  I cut oval shapes out of some black vinyl that I already had and wrote on them with the chalk pen.

Well, that’s it.  Hope you enjoyed this tour of my little laundry room!

 

 

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  1. I love it. Your laundry room is the same color as my guest bathroom. I caught some flack about the color, but honestly…I think it’s a great color. My laundry room is “in process”. The thing that is holding me back is all the stuff that is in it. Sighs. Oh well…a new project perhaps for me? and I think I’m going to use that paint color!

    http://mtashie-theplace.blogspot.com/

  2. Your laundry room is the same color as my laundry room! Yours may be a LITTLE brighter, mine is like a sage green. WHERE did you find the expandible drying rack???? Please let me know so I can get one!!!! LOVE the idea of the sink dropped into the cabinet!!!!!!!!!! I don’t have room for a laundry tub:(:(:( XO, Pinky

    1. I love your laundry room and the cabinets that you used for the sink. We have a very similar laundry room. I hate the hose that drains the water into the sink from the washer. Where does you water drain from your washing machine? Thank you. You can email me at pearl9@optonline.net

      1. Hi Pat. The drain for the washing machine hose is in between the hot and cold water faucets that are located in that white box you get a peek of behind the washing machine. It drains into our regular waste water drain – the same place the sinks drain into. Hope I answered your question.

  3. I love all the pretty things you have here.:) So clean and well put together.:) I’m a new follower from Creative Princess.:)

  4. Wow, what a beautiful room! I love the color & all the little details that you added! Great job!

  5. I love your laundry room. The color is gorgeous. One of my favorite colors. I used it a lot on my porches this year. It looks great and cheerful in the laundry room.
    I wouldn’t dare reveal my laundry room.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Ginger

  6. I love your laundry room. The color is gorgeous. One of my favorite colors. I used it a lot on my porches this year. It looks great and cheerful in the laundry room.
    I wouldn’t dare reveal my laundry room.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Ginger

  7. Suzy, I am so enjoying your house tour. I just had to see more after reading today’s post at BNOTP. I LOVE this laundry room, I could spend all day in there, washing, folding, ironing, putting new quotes on the board. So clever. xo,

  8. You know how much I ooohed and aaawed over your laundry room. It has inspired me to update mine, eventually…so much on the list ahead of it right now.

  9. hi! Love the colours you used! So cheerful. I was wondering–is that a drip pan under your washing machine? I could use something like that! Where did you get it?

  10. Lovely laundry room, I do like the color you did from the beauitful picture from your hubby! I love it!
    Hugs, FABBY

  11. I love it!! The green is so cheery and bright. And all of your accent pieces are just perfect. I love the drying rack, too handy! I just redid my laundry room,too – so I know how much work that little bitty space can take. Great job!

  12. Love the raised sink. What a great idea! Maybe I could build a raised TUB for my lab and boxer? haha!

    Dana
    craftedniche.wordpress.com

  13. What a lovely laundry room – I really like all the little touches you have added. Nice.

  14. Gorgeous! I am getting ready to redo my laundry room in a similar color and theme scheme. Seeing how yours turned out makes me more determined that I am on the right track with my design for mine. I think it helps make a chore such as laundry a little more fun when you get to do it in a nice, cheerful room such as yours. Great job!

  15. Pretty pretty pretty! There’s that lovely green again. Is that the same as your kitchen? You have quite the talent with accessories.

  16. You have probably used my very favorite color here and I love the red accents. Such a happy room that too often neglected design wise. Thanks so much for linking up your divine decor at BeColorful. I know everybody will love it as much as I do.
    Pam

  17. Your laundry room turned out great! I’m with you, I need some color around me, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Where did you get the drying rack? It would be perfect for our laundry room.

  18. What a lovely laundry room! The wall colour is really nice and love all your decors ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Anke – Please see my comment above yours for a place where you can buying a drying rack like this one.

  20. Now you could really have fun doing laundry in this room! Love the color and that drying rack is so clever! A great use of space on that wall.

  21. Sharing Shadymont says:

    You’ve done a fabulous job here. I like all of it, especially your color choices.

    Enjoy!!

    Kathy

  22. Love this space! Bright and cherry and that is what ya need in a room with no window! Mine is the same way.

  23. Jo's This and That says:

    So cute! Would you come and paint mine? I have got the paint,got to get to it.It is really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I LOVE this room! It’s super cute. Gal 2:20 is by far my favorite verse! Thanks for sharing!

    Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired

  25. Wow! How beautiful! I am with you about color…white is wonderful…but color pulls me right back. I am your newest follower. Found you @A Creative Princess’ Party.
    Blessings, Audrey

  26. The Decorative Dreamer says:

    Very pretty! I love the color and the glass laundry containers are adorable!

  27. How lovely. We have only painted but done nothing else in our laundry room. This is certainly inspirational. Love the scripture.

    I am a new follower from It’s a Party at Creative Princess. If you have a chance stop by http://www.messforless.net and say hi!
    Thanks!

  28. I have the exact same laundry room! (except I have a window where you have the chalkboard wall)

    Q for you: do the lids on your jars rattle when you run the dryer? Because I have those (one with detergent and one with oxyclean) and they rattle like the dickens when the dryer runs. Atop the washer is even *worse*! I use fabric to dampen that, but I’m curious if yours do that same rattle thing.

  29. Gyen – Yes, the lids on the jars rattle and drive me crazy when they do! I mostly solved the problem by applying thick, felt, stick-on pads to the bottoms of the jars (you can buy them at Lowes and Home Depot). That got rid of the problem most of the time, but I still have to mess with the lids once in a while. If they’re turned just right – they don’t rattle. Great question – thanks for asking!

  30. Jacqueline says:

    Your laundry room is so cute! Love the bold green color, I always love a fun color in a small space, I did my laundry room over recently its about the same size as yours and did horizontal stripes on one wall. I’d love it if you could share this space at my link party….www.mysimplehomelife.com

  31. Prettier than most people’s living rooms- you showed taste and attention to detail.
    Who cares if the rest of the world loves neutrals – if you love color, go with it, which you did, beautifully.

  32. Emma in Edmonton – I just realized that I never answered your question – so sorry! Yes, that is a drip pan under the washer. I don’t know where it came from – probably Lowes – it was put there by the builder. The building code in our county/state requires a drip pan underneath the washer.

  33. My Kindred Spirit! I am not alone in my love of color, thank God! I love the green, it’s very similar to my Foyer…hmmm…mine might be a teensy bit brighter… Anyway, LOVE it!

  34. Suzy, What a pretty and cheerful laundry room! Great idea with the sink cabinet. Thanks again for joining the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

  35. Love the colors. My favorites! So bright and cheery too. I wouldn’t mind do laundry in your laundry room =).
    Followed you from Show and Tell Saturday.

  36. Thank you for sharing this over at my place!

  37. Wow! This is an awesome laundry room! Mine is bare walls, well really there isn’t even any walls, it’s unfinished, but I want it to look like this! More pink for me cause I’m supremely girly but this is gorgeous.

  38. I love your laundry room! It makes me want to paint mine this color… You did a great job on it! Thanks for joining my party! Kristen

  39. Anonymous says:

    Can you tell me what paint color you used. Thanks

  40. The paint color used in the laundry room is Sherwin Williams Lemon Verbena #SW7726. I painted the laundry room in a satin (or some people call it eggshell) finish.

  41. LOVE THIS ROOM! Love the color, it is so perfect here, I know I need something to wake me up when I’m doing laundry, and this color fits the bill perfectly!! Now I’m re thinking my color options for my laundry room make over….thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Love this laundry room! I’ve been working on mine and you’ve given me some things to think about (chalk pens, black vinyl cutouts, expandable rack). I also have a hard time going neutral. I like it in other people’s houses but I can’t seem to pick it for my own.

  43. Bunch of Bishops says:

    so glad I found you! i’m visiting from the Creative Princess link party. i love your laundry room and the verse on the way is the perfect verse to meditate on while busy about the daily tasks of life – great way to keep focused!

    blessings to you.
    janiene
    http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com

  44. What a darling room! We are designing ours now. Did you buy the utility sink cabinet or have it made?

  45. I love the idea of a utility sink dropped into a cabinet! I know this was a while back now, but do you remember what the brand and/or model the utility sink was? There are many brands and styles, so I’m trying to figure out which one would actually work. Thanks!

    1. I’m sorry, but I don’t know the brand of the sink. We purchased it at Lowes. I no longer live in this house so I can’t go look at the sink to see if there’s a brand on it. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help!

  46. Isi have been looking all over to install a sink this size in a cabinet just as you have done. It’s perfect! Wherever can I find the sink?

  47. Where is your laundry sink from?

    1. Both the sink and cabinet are from Lowes, over 10 years ago.