Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Laundry *Room* Re-Do!

TWO (2) weeks since I've last shared some love with you?!?! Really? Well, if it makes you feel any better I haven't posted on my family blog either so I'm sorta slackin' everywhere, but remember this post about summertime? I've been true to every word of it and we have been kickin' it every day, night, and waking hour playing! Mr. Sweet Love had the last 2 weeks off of school (the break between summer and fall classes) so we have been soaking up every second of having him home more before he disappears again for the next-and LAST!-8 months (which means of course that I will re-appear here:) ). But while he's doing some new cell-phone shopping (he's been waiting for his upgrade for months and is drooling over words I can't even pronounce), I thought I'd sneak in a little blog time and share with you my Laundry *Room* Renovation. *Room* because it's technically just a closet :).

Keeping in mind that we're in a rental and can't paint, add wallpaper, add shelving, or new lighting, etc., this is what I came up with to organize our space using LOTS of inspiration from this post of Kelsey's over at Tattered and Inked.

Before-seriously. This room was not staged to look this bad before I took the picture, it really was this bad.

Alllllmmossst ready...

AND after!

A little closer up view so I can break it down for ya!

Starting off to the left, on the wall to the left of the washing machine is a free printable, also created and provided by Kelsey at Tattered and Inked, I just printed it off at home and framed it in a frame I already had.

I picked up 2 hanging baskets from Home Depot for about $5 each to take advantage of the space underneath the shelf as well as the space above (b/c remember we can't add any shelving of our own!). I love that I can hang hangers and clothespins from it as well as use the basket to hold different small laundry items.

Just to jazz up the space a little, but not wanting to add any more holes to the wall (I really would have loved to hang up old cabinets here like Kelsey did in her laundry room) I used these chalkboard stickers I found at the dollar store (2 in the pack for $1) to write Wash, Dry and Lost Socks on.

My second hanging basket holds dryer sheets and old microfiber cloths used for cleaning.

On this plate screwed into the wall on the right side of the dryer, I added this vinyl quote that I've seen around the blog world just using my cricut to cut the vinyl. I added a shower suction cup underneath to catch anything and everything that comes out of those pockets before they get washed. (this may or may not be the result of having previously washed my husbands wallet) $ in picture not staged-I typically find about $10 a month in pockets doing laundry- Finders Keepers!

Off to the right side of the dryer I added 2 mesh hampers for dirty towels and a small trashcan (all from the $store).

Besides the brown basket on the top shelf for cleaning supplies (which used to be under the kitchen sink) and the 3 tiered drawer unit used to hold "stuff"-light bulbs, soap, extra cleaning know just the junk that you don't really have a designated space for but you don't need to get to very often-is...

...a laundry soap dispenser (drink dispenser purchased at walmart on clearance for $2 about a month ago) and...

...a glass bowl for my oxi clean (purchased at a thrift store for $1). Vinyl letters cut using my cricut.

One of my FAVORITE things I added to this room are the 3M hooks on the insides of the doors. I use them to hang up damp bathing suits or shirts right out of the dryer if I know I'm not going to be able to get to the folding of clothes for awhile (or more realistically...b/c the Mr. thought he did the laundry b/c he threw a load into the washer and then the dryer, where it will sit until I can get a chance to fold it. The act of putting laundry into a machine is not laundry. Folding and putting away clothes is doing laundry. Just so you know.)

And one last look. Ahhhhhh. I love a fresh, clean space.

Thank you SO SO SO much for stopping by and takin' a looksy today! Don't worry, I promise there won't be another 2 week absence so stay tuned... :) Love yall!


Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Love your redo!! Totally taking note because we are in a rental too and all your ideas are so super cute!!! Please link up to our Help a Momma Out linky party if you have time ;) Pinning this too ;))) THANKS for sharing!

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked said...

Eek!! I love everything! I'm so glad you enjoyed my post- yours is wonderful too!! And your printable looks adorable in there :) I love your suds container and your wash and dry signs!!! I'll be sharing this on FB!

Jaime Lyn said...

You are back your back yourrrrr backkkk!!!!!!!!! I MISSED YOU!!!!!! :O) what an amazing laundry room makeover every little detail is wonderful and I am in love with everything! I especially love the framed quote----it made me think of you guys out in the rain! :o) Anyways---I misseddddd youuuuu!!!!!! Hope you and your family is doing well!

Maranda said...

Ok, I know I've said this before but I LOVE everything you do. I'm going to come back to this one in a week or two when I'm trying to get my new laundry "room" organized.

Cheryl Nelson said...

This turned out sooooo AMAZING!!! YOU are an INSPIRATION to me!!!

Kelly said...

This is awesome! I am in a rental too and totally need to do something like this. I love all your ideas. Found you through Sweet Peas and Bumblebees Link Party. Would love if you stopped by my blog.


Just Jaime said...

Very cool! You scored with the stickers!

The Doodler said...

Love the laundry space! I pinned a couple photos so I have them for future inspiration, espeicially diggin the check your pockets sign. I'm a new follower from the someday crafts link party!

Brie from

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Thank you SO much for linking up to my little party---you are such a wonderful blog friend, I am so lucky! :o)

Zoe said...

Love this- I need to do this, but we just moved and sadly the laundry room is not the highest on my list of priorities!

Favorite part is the check your pockets sign- so cute and useful!!
Zoe at

Michelle Church said...

Okay, this is incredible!! You need to be featured in a magazine or something!!!! LOVE IT!!! That is awesome you were able to get oxiclean at a thrift store!!

Jessica :) said...

This looks so great! Way to organize everything and make it look cute at the same time. A dispenser for laundry soap is, like, the best idea! I make my own laundry detergent and I always containers all over with it. But this would look better and make it easier to use! I also love the idea for that drawer for cleaners and light bulbs. I hate having those things under my sink. And, I love love love the printable and the plate! What great ideas for a laundry room! Even though I share my laundry room with our tenants (yes, it's true, I have to share my washing machine), I think I want to pretty it up a little now and you've given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing! It look awesome!

Brave Brooke said...

We redid our laundry room and it made me excited to do laundry! It's so nice to have everything have a place. I love your signs!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Now you're making me want to organize my laundry room. Great job! Like all the little signs. Found you via 36th Avenue. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

B said...

Ohh I like that you used a drink dispenser for the soap. So clever!! I switched to dry detergent because I use a cookie jar.. but I like that idea!

Michelle said...

How fun! I love the chalkboard stickers. EVERYTIME I ask my 11 year old to "change the laundry" he says "which one is the washer?" I'll have to look for these, I can't believe you found them for $1!!!
Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday, your project has been featured this week.

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