Today’s the day! Reveal day for our laundry room makeover of the $100 Room Challenge! I have to say that when Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry invited us to participate, I thought it would be a pretty easy update. And it has been, until today.
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Reveal day kind of snuck up on me! I have been crazy with getting estimates for work to be done on the new house, and forgot completely about this last post – the most important one! – until yesterday afternoon. At that point, I took a bunch of pictures of the room. But when I went to edit the pictures and write the post late last night, I noticed all kinds of things that I missed! For example, painting the supports for the shelves in the closet.
And painting the kick plate for the cabinets, and that the baseboards were a mess! Oh, and that I missed all kinds of paint spots on the new litter protector – there were still blue spots, the first color I tried on it.
It was too late to fix everything last night, so I got up early this morning and finished all the little tasks in about an hour. I decided to spray paint the litter protector with a gloss so it would be easy to clean, as the chalk paint I tried originally was not easy to wipe clean.
So, without further delay, here is our updated laundry room!
One of the things we just started with the kids is to have them all do their own laundry. Yep, even the little girls. I just couldn’t keep up with all the laundry, and they are all perfectly capable of doing it. I used this magnetic chalk board from MD Hobby and Craft to keep the schedule. It’s easy to clean and write on. It’s attached to the wall using four 3M Command poster strips. Holds like a charm!
I repainted the litter protector, so now it’s all shiny and black. Yeah, I admit, I kind of stink at details sometimes.
The kitty litter area is set up in the bottom of the former broom closet. We have it set-up with easy access to all the things we need to keep it clean – bag holder, scoops and a mini-broom and dustpan (IKEA). We put their food dish on the shelf above it, which keeps the dogs from being able to reach it. Apparently, dogs aren’t very picky when it comes to what they’ll eat.
I think my very favorite part of this makeover is the addition of the flamingos! I used the Flamingo Deco Wall Stencil from Royal Design Studio. I LOVE it! I chose to go with the lightest pink paint I could make out of my stash of chalk paint. It doesn’t look pink at all on the wall, but it really is pink, I swear. I didn’t want to get too crazy with the color choice, since we’ll be putting our house on the market soon. It was my first real experience with using a stencil on the wall, and I have to say it was very easy. I think the use of the chalk paint made it especially so, because it dries so quickly and I could move on the to the next set of flamingos in a few minutes. I think I might be using the same stencil in the new house too.
A close second to the flamingos, is the little shelf we were able to add right next to the dryer. We used leftover melamine board from Home Depot and some leftover pieces of wood. The laundry room really didn’t have any space to fold laundry, so I was always folding clothes and making piles on the kitchen counter. It was always a mess, and my towels ended up smelling like whatever I cooked that day.
The view is much better from the kitchen, don’t ya think?! So stinking cute!! It looks greenish here… it’s not. It’s painted Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams.
So, that’s it – the laundry room makeover reveal. I’m so glad I joined this challenge. It finally got me motivated to spruce up a space that was in serious need of attention.
Go check out the rest of the reveals from my friends. I can’t get over that these rooms were updated with just $100!!