First It Scared Me, But Now I Love It. The Laundry Room Paint and Plans.

by Kimba on March 24, 2011

in Do it yourself,Laundry Room,Sponsors

Once upon a time, there was a sad little laundry room that just didn’t work. It did the laundry alright, but it just didn’t function well. There wasn’t proper storage. There wasn’t a sink for soaking stained clothes and there wasn’t a place to fold the clothes.

But that’s all a-changin’ since I’ve already made a little progress on the Laundry Room Remodel.

Before any of the structural changes, I needed to paint the room. As soon as I saw my Red Hot Red Electrolux washer and dryer, I knew I wanted to paint the room aqua. I love aqua and red together. But it’s not a color combo that I would normally use in my home. The colors in my house are fairly muted and calm, but I wanted do something bright and fun in the laundry room.

After trying out several shades of aqua and turquoise, I finally settled on Valspar’s Aqua Glow. It’s a true aqua and it’s bright. (It’s also nearly impossible to photograph in this room, so don’t trust your monitor.) I nearly had a cow when I first started putting it on the walls. But I had confidence prayed my head off that it would be beautiful and I kept on painting.

Some of the other colors that I considered were Lagoon by Martha Stewart…Melissa from The Inspired Room is using it in her kid’s bathroom and it’s gorg. I also tried Valspar’s Woodlawn Charm that Edie from Life in Grace used on her old kitchen cabinets. Also gorg, but it didn’t work in this tiny room with zero natural light.

Do you have that “gasp” moment when you open up a new can of paint? I did.

What are the plans for this room?

Function first. Then beauty. Hopefully both.

Do my drawing skills knock your socks off?

Our first step will be to add a laundry tub or sink of some sort. It makes me crazy having to soak clothes and clean paint brushes in either the kitchen sink or the bathtub. Now that the washer and dryer are stacked, we have room to put in the sink.

Then we’ll add some sort of storage tower in the space between the sink and the washer/dryer. I’m picturing open shelving to hold extra detergent and such. And some baskets for things like orphaned socks. I’m also hoping to get shelving the whole way across the top for even more storage.

Then there’s this funny spot in front of the washer and dryer. I’d like to build a simple cabinet that can hold a couple of laundry baskets. (Although 2 baskets will hardly contain Mt. Washmore.) The top of that cabinet will be a surface for folding laundry. Above the laundry station will be a hanging rod.

So that’s where we are today.

Some of you have asked what I think of the machines so far. One word. Love. I did 10 loads of laundry the day they arrived. For real. I washed every bit of fabric in this house. I never could have done that with my old machines that took nearly 80 minutes just to WASH!

This post is part of a series sponsored by Electrolux as part of Homebuzz. I received an Electrolux appliance in exchange for my participation. The opinions stated in this post are my own.

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1 Debbie Booth March 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU. This is wonderful…love that washer and dryer. Hubby and I are talking about getting them! Love your color choices. I agree the laundry room SHOULD be one of the prettiest decorated rooms in the house…so you don’t dread going in there…and you are so captivated by the beauty of the room you can fold 10 loads…and time will fly! yeah right…sounded good.
I’ve tried to really make my laundry room full of my favorite things…since I’m in there so much! hahahaaha

2 Laura March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oh how would love a beautiful laundry room! The one I have is huge, not too attractive, and we park our cars in it. It is commonly referred to as the garage! At least if something leaks it doesn’t ruin the flooring! I know it is not always the most beautiful, but Elfa from the Container Store makes amazing laundry sorting storage. We have it in our closet, in the kids’ bathroom, and on the laundry wall in the garage, and everything gets sorted into one of three sliding drawers. We are total Elfa-heads at our house, but I do prefer the look of pretty wood shelves for more “decorative” spaces. But oh, the glorious organization possibilities of the Container Store! (They are not paying me for this. I pay them.) Have fun planning, and I will live vicariously through/in your laundry room!

3 Kimba March 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

Oh! Off to research Elfa. Soooo many spaces need organization around here.

4 shannon March 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

Sometimes choosing color is the hardest part. I love the color, and cant wait to see the finished project.

5 Roeshel March 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

I love the new color and color combination and can’t wait to see it all come together! I know it’ll be fabulous! 😉
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6 Haley March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

Have you seen the “Laundry Basket Dresser” plans from Ana White? Might be worth making for your folding station.

I would LOVE to have a laundry room rather than the little closet we’ve got now. It is on the list of “must haves” for our next home, whenever that may be.

7 Karen At Home March 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I love the color! It is going to look beautiful with the red washer and dryer. Nice choice!!! Can’t wait to see the finished product!
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8 Sharon@ Decorating is bliss March 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Love the color combo and those are some mad drawing skills! The pictures kind of remind me of Blues Clues with the doodles….very cool. (You can tell my kids are a little older with the Blues Clues reference. Is that show still on….? Anywho….

Great job and congratulations on the fab washer and dryer!

9 Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D March 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I think your combination will be fun!
My last bathroom was painted by the previous owners and was a medium aqua with darker aqua woodwork.

I thought I would hate it – but really, it was fun! Retro, watery, cool, clean..very nice. So I’m really glad they took the chance on those bold colors. They worked for them – and for me!

Psst – Still time to enter our current giveaway and a new giveaway starts tomorrow.
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10 Annie March 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love the idea of butcher block in the laundry room not sealed. Ikea sells it for kitchen counter tops.

Warms up the space.

11 Ruth March 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Your washroom is going to be wonderful. I can’t wait to see the completed room.

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12 Missy @ It's Almost Naptime March 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Kimba, I’ll tell you what I just did in my laundry room that has changed my life.

I got elfa stacking shelves – similar to these, with 6 uniform sized drawers

and each kid has a basket with his/her name on it. When I fold, I put the clothes in each kid’s basket, and every day they are responsible for emptying their own clothes. Every day. They do it. Every day.

Changed. My. Life.

13 Sarah March 25, 2011 at 4:56 am

I am LOVING that color…my laundry room is sad sorry shape, we haven’t finished it…it’s the last on Bessie’s list, but you have spurred me on!

14 Kerri March 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

LOVE IT!!! I am also a huge aqua and red fan!! Much of my home has shades of the aqua colour, from a deep aqua in my bathroom to the almost exact shade you chose in the playroom. In our home, red is the colour in our kitchen….but man, I love the red washer/dryer!! Can’t wait to see the complete room!! Have fun putting it all together and enjoy your aqua….it is such a happy colour!! Something every laundry room needs!!

15 Abbie March 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Very pretty color! I painted a bathroom valspar’s spring breeze – which is another variation of aqua. 😉 Hadn’t thought about accenting with red, but I might!

16 Elizabeth Horn March 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

you can’t go wrong with that color. So pretty!

17 The Chubby Dove April 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I love it so far! So excited for you and can’t wait to see the results of your laundry room!

I really like my laundry room and my new Electrolux appliances.

This is a silly question, but your washer/dryer don’t look like the typical stackables that you’d see in an apartment or condo. Are you stacking large capacity ones? Mine look like yours, also without the bottom drawer.

Could it be that Electrolux is even more heavenly than I originally thought and you can do this with standard large capacity machines?

18 Kimba April 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

YES! They are full-size machines!!! Actually, they’re the largest capacity washer/dryer available. And they can be stacked! I never knew you could do this with full-size machines either. It’s heavenly.

19 Gayle April 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Awesome! That is the exact color of my laundry room and kitchen. I used it in my last house and loved it so much I went and found it again. I love the way red looks against it.

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