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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Contain Yourself~ It’s my laundry room

A year after moving in I am finally getting around to adding a bit of happy to the laundry room.

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Our laundry room is more like a laundry closet. A closet with no windows and bad overhead lighting~ which makes it pretty difficult to get a good picture.

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One thing you should know is that  I don’t like leaving the cleaning supplies in their original packaging.  Pretty much all of our laundry soap, etc.  gets set free from their cardboard and plastic prisons.


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Much better!

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Fabric softener and bleach is poured into old French lemonade bottles. (I don’t use them very often.) Dryer sheets are propped up next to the clothes pins and are easily grabbed.

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None of my glass soap containers have lids. Truthfully, in my best Jack Nicolson voice, I tell you “My family can’t handle the lids.” Literally. Dropped to smithereens.

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But that’s ok. It makes it all the easier to see my wonderfully rusty, crusty scoop I have had for years. Miraculously it holds the same amount as the boring plastic scoop that comes with the soap.

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Ditto for the sweet wooden scoop that came with some bath salts a few years ago.

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Sprinkled throughout are miniature children's toy clothespins. I have picked them up one at a time at estate sales.

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In the opposite corner is a lone topiary.

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After looking at the above image I felt something was “missing”. So walked out to our garage and scooped up something special.

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Did you spy the key box that I made over last year?

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Behind the door is a very small space where I created a pantry since I don’t have one in the kitchen. But I’ll save that area for another post. On the top of the panty is a laundry basket and another topiary. You can also see that I painted the ceiling blue for a bit of cheer. Perhaps someday we’ll add a bit of crown molding.

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Rub a dub, dub, thanks for seeing where I scrub.



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

It looks amazing!!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

I love your space. I have yet to do anything with our laundry closet...for one thing the shelf is too high for me to reach: MEN!!!

Desires of the Heart said...

So pretty, Laura and with minimal effort and expensive. I love the glass containers and I would think not having lids might make it a lot simpler ;) Love the blue ceiling too!! Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your blog!! Blessings, Linda

Karen said...

It makes me want to do something with mine. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I have the same type of laundry room, Laura. No natural light and not the best overhead lighting. I think making it as pretty as you can since you have to be in here anyway is a good thing. My daughter is currently working on sprucing up her laundry room, too.

Marydon Ford said...

FAbulous! When can you come do mine?!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now THAT is fun. I like the idea of using glass containers. So pretty and fun, and I love the toy clothes pins.

Love you, too!



Vel Criste said...

Prettiest containers I've seen so far Laura! Love it all!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

So washer and dryer is out in the garage I'd love to have yours!

ImagiMeri said...

I see you found a place to hang the "Home Sweet Home" that looks amazing! Love your idea, but since I'm the only one doing laundry, I just can't seem to pretty it up just for me.

Love ya'

Lorrie said...

Cute laundry room. I keep everything behind closed cabinet doors. The key box is charming!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is very cute the way you display your supplies!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your containers for all the soaps and etc. How fun and that picture is gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You make the "everyday" so beautiful! Laura, I love that old rusty scoop! Now I need to really do a lot of work in my laundry room!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Laura, I love all the sweet touches that you made to your laundry. I especially love the birdcages for storage, so cute!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

It looks great Laura! I love that you take the cleaning stuff out of the packages and make it look cute and fun!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...


My daughter saw some IKEA bottles that are an inexpensive look-a-like. She wanted some for pouring water at the table. Sharing just in case someone wants the look, but can't find an antique or vintage...

Maria Elena said...

Your laundry room looks so pretty! Love the jars!

Auntie Em said...

Great ideas and I love the pretty blue ceiling. We are just getting my miniscule laundry closet crackfilled (It's smaller than yours 5'5"x5'9" but it has a window and French doors.
I love your glass jar idea but I am the one most likely to drop the whole container in our house. (Maybe that's because I do the laundry lol)
A thought for covers if you find your detergent getting caked. Glue a cast off sugar bowl or tea pot lid to a little plate that fits over the top...right side up or upside down...with a really strong glue. Our climate is a little more humid and I have to think of these things. :)
Thanks for sharing the peek into your room and can't wait to see your pantry! :)

Christine said...

Can I live in your Laundry Room?

Kelley said...

Simply adorable!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

LOL, my laundry room is also my craft room. The walls above the washer & dryer are filled with spice racks that hold beads & wicker shelves that hold glues, thread, etc.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Great job! My "laundry room" is just about the same size.It makes me wonder what architect thought it that a closet would be just fine for a laundry room? said...

Such an inspiring space. I love the blue ceiling. I have a room in my house with a blue ceiling and also my front porch ceiling.

Linda said...

Hi Laura,

How is it that everything you have/do is soooo cute?!

Our laundry room is a dirty, messy mud room. The floor is the same standard that was installed in the adjoining kitchen space (vinyl) and it used to be white but the grime won't come out anymore. The cat litter boxes are in our laundry room, as are the furnace and water heater and there is absolutely no room to hide those components and they sit right in the middle of the laundry room/mud room. It's also the only way to the garage off the kitchen, so lots of coming and going. The only cute thing I have in there is the window covering I made years back and a couple of cute laundry room type tin wall hangings. Other than that, there's not a whole lot I can think of doing with the space to make it better.


A Designer's Tale said...

What a great idea! Your laundry room is absolutely adorable!!1

Chubby Chieque said...

Love the vintage touch, Laura.

In my cottage, I use hurricane jars and bottle of Lemoncillo §:-)

Bloggers think so much the same but in their way of thinking. Am I complicated?

Have a blessed Sunday & blissful week ahead.

/CC girl

The Tablescaper said...

Love all your touches.

- The Tablescaper

daysease said...

ohhh! I LOVE IT!!! i have just a similar placement of my washer, with a wall about that size. I have been considering what to do. I was debating on sticking shelving or cabinets. I could easily pretty up cabinets, too. not sure what I will do, yet. but this is one GREAT idea. thank you... I needed to be reminded that it is a part of our home, and it's ok to make it lovely in there, too...