Good morning, good afternoon and good evening! If you’ve visited this page before thanks so much for coming back to the Nest! If you’re new here, thanks so much for checking me out ( in the most wholesome way of course :). So it appears that we have done it! We have arrived at the end of the Spring ORC!! It’s REVEAL WEEK and it is the most exciting post for all participants and those who have followed along with us on this wild and crazy 6 week design journey! Before we start with the picture party, lets give a nice big thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for orchestrating the décor champion of challenges! We must also thank our Media Partner, Better Homes and Gardens for being a part of this amazing challenge.
I also want to thank my fantastic sponsors for this challenge for providing some beautiful inspiration and products. While some items have been sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.
So I started with a very standard, builder grade laundry room. Just a little background on this room; the laundry room is 100% the reason we are in this particular house. I can still remember walking up the stairs and seeing this cute second floor laundry room and I was like SOLD!!!…sure the house itself was pretty nice but the laundry room on the second floor, yeah that was all I needed in my life at the time.
Fast forward 6 1/2 years later and that room looks exactly the same as it did when we first walked in……….standard, builder grade room. Great bones, no jazz! Don’t believe me just look……
Okay so I literally just aired my dirty laundry 🤦🏾♀️
Again, this is why I love the ORC, it gives me the structure I need to get stuff done! I think I probably could’ve kept the door closed for another 3 years and just ignored the lack of style and grace, but this challenge was just what I needed to put some pep in my design step. Being that the room is so small it was the perfect room for me to work on at this insanely busy time in my life!
So would you like to see? Are you sure? Okkkayyy……here you go……
Let’s talk details shall we?
Before I truly decided to revamp this room, I was browsing the Spoonflower site and looking at their wallpaper designs. Low and behold, I came across this work of art, and that was all she wrote! I knew I had to have this paper and I knew it would be perfect for this room. It’s like wall jewelry people!!!! Being that the room is long and narrow, it was the perfect room to use it in as it’s a real showstopper.
It’s not overwhelming but you will stop and stare and smile. That’s what I need when I go into the laundry room; I need to stop stare and smile! And on occasion, I will wash clothing too, but mostly stop, stare, smile and go!
As I knew I would only use the wallpaper on one wall, I had to decide on a paint color for the remaining walls; I also wanted to keep the refresh under budget so I looked to my paint stash to see what may work. Boom! I found it and it was in my garage! I have used this color paint before in my daughters room. Its called Starlight Evening by Valspar. It’s a very subtle lavender with gray undertones. It reads a bit more purple in our laundry room for some reason, but I still really like it.
Okay I’m really putting my business in the streets now……just look at this light ya’ll……. (DO NOT be judgey!!!!!!)
I was experimenting and the experiment lasted 6 years too long. The original light was the dreaded boob light so I decided to swap out that shade for an actual lampshade. I didn’t love it and honestly meant to take it down, but yeah that just never happened. I must not have EVER looked up when I was in there 🤦🏾♀️
Let me introduce you to my stunning Craftmade light fixture ….Oh Mylanta!!!
This is their Sigrid light and it is ironically described as “the moment when chaos comes into order”. Perfect word picture for what I was going for with this Laundry Room Refresh. Could this beauty be any more perfect!? I just don’t know what else to say about it except for I LOVE it so much!
It looks wild and free and sophisticated and classy all at the same time. I’m sure your thinking, a light fixture can do all of that? Yes, yes it certainly can and does.
So at this point, I’m thinking this room has a bit of an art deco vibe and I’m going with it because Art Deco screams fun glamour and that is right up my alley. I searched for sconces that would work with the vibe and happened upon four of these vintage beauties. I won’t use them as lights, but the design is a work of art so lets just go with that. They’re now wall art.
I want to try and maybe use them as planters or something other than what they’re intended for, but I’ll keep playing with that idea and something will come to me in time.
Our laundry room was pretty functional as far as laundry rooms go, with the exception of socks and t-shirts that would at times jump ship…..in other words, fall behind the machines. Then I’d either have to get a broom stick or move the entire machine to rescue the overboard clothing…..fun times people! I toyed with the idea of a table top, but my machines are on pedestals so that’s not a table top, that’s just awkward lol! I happened to be in Homegoods one night, on the hunt for a laundry basket and saw these two brass and wood shelves.
So I thought…hummmm……maybe line these two up against the back of each machine to keep clothing from falling off the top. I got them home and of course the shelves just happened to be the perfect length of the washer/dryer. I painted the wood black and it was a done deal. No more SOS signals will need to be sent out for socks and tees that have fallen overboard!
Don’t you love when things just fall into place in the most random ways? I know we’re just talking about shelves here, but go with the feeling okay? It’s special 🙂
They’re also providing me a place to put pretty things…..and it’s all about the pretty things, less about the function in my world hahaha! Fortunately, these are giving me both! I picked up these pretty glass jars at Target a few months ago and am using them to house the laundry pods and scent boosters that my daughter seems to NEED to wash her clothing.
In my day, we boosted the scent of laundry by hanging clothing outside on a line with pins…..not gold pins like these, but pins nonetheless!
I am SO lying!!! That was not MY day, that was more like my moms day but you know what I talking about !
As you saw, my utility sink was standard, but I knew it could exceed it’s perceived potential; I knew in my heart of hearts, it could be so much more. So one afternoon, I sacrificed a few brain cells and spray painted that baby high gloss black!
I truly believe that every space should have some black in it as it just instantly modernizes and upgrades your décor.
I still need to seal it so that it’s durable, but so far no wear and tear whatsoever. It’s just a utility sink, but at least it’s not the cream and gray eyesore that it formally was.
One part of this refresh that truly stumped me was art work. Truth be told, I’m still not completely satisfied with what I have going on in that area, but in time I’ll come across something that will be perfect and isn’t that exactly what spaces do; they evolve with time.
I am happy with the two prints that I have over the sink; when I found them, I had no idea where I wanted to use them, but I knew I would one day because I loved the colors in them and the modern botanical prints.
The wall opposite the washer/dryer was a blank canvas and for the life of me I could not figure out what I wanted to do there. Then it hit me, I had this huge piece in my oldest sons bedroom that I had up on the wall, but thought it would work pretty perfectly with my art deco inspired theme……and so up it went. The way the sun reflects off of this piece is amazing!
Now it’s time for us to get to the bottom of things, and by the bottom, we’re talking floors here folks. You saw the floors are fine. Nothing was structurally wrong with them and not necessarily ugly, and they’re also real tile; they just were not the look I want for the room. My first thought was a runner, however the one that I finally settled on was out of stock and wouldn’t arrive in time for the reveal. Then I thought about new floor tile, but nothing permanent because one day my husband has said that he wants to knock down a wall and make the kids/guest bathroom and laundry room, one big space. ( I not certain that I’ll will be on board for that….but we shall wait and see) however, in the spirit of compromise, I didn’t want anything that would require any real time and energy to remove.
I went with these beauties from Home Depot and they are oh so good.
I have tons of experience with temporary floor tile from my first apartment in Brooklyn. I had the entire place tiled and could not tell you if my life depended on it, what the actual floors looked like in that apartment!
These are awesome as they’re very large and can even be grouted. I decided not to grout because again, nothing too permanent, and grout my make removal a lot more difficult than I want it to be.
So there you have it! You don’t always need to knock down a wall to make an impact.
That goes for laundry rooms and real life – remember that!
Now I really do have about a weeks worth of laundry to tackle, but at least now I will stop, stare and smile before I do it! Thank you so very much for stopping by and checking out my new room. We love it and I hope you do too. Oh and just so you know, my iron broke a few days before the reveal so now I have a great excuse to get a jazzy iron for the room!!! Excuses, excuses………
Please go give the featured designers some love and check out their big room reveals and of course all of the guest participants as well. I spent the better part of yesterday browsing, a/k/a drooling over the new rooms and todays reveals are on my to-do list as well!
Hugs and love!!!!