Laundry Room Part 3- It’s Complete– A Love Letter to Mom & Dad!
Do you believe that people speak through their gifts? Do you think when that gift is great, it speaks louder than any words ever could? I do. Whitney Houston sang through her gift. Michael Jordan played through his. I believe styling interior spaces is my gift. That is exactly the case with the laundry room. We stretched our $300 budget and got my parents a new spectacular, functional space!
Designing spaces never gets old or boring. I could do it all day everyday because I love it. Designing is how I “speak” and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the completion of my Mom and Dad’s laundry room is basically my love letter to them!
I’ve heard other people in my field say that designing for others is easy because they take all the emotion out of it. They perform a service and when it’s done and they’re clients are happy, they move on to the next project.
It is not this way for us. I know when a project is done, I’ve left a little piece of my heart and soul in every space because we pour ourselves into the process. I really consider what the client wants and needs and then try to exceed their expectations every… single… time.
We take every project seriously and give all we can to make the space a success because the details matter. This is exactly what we did here in my Mom and Dad’s laundry room.
Remember this? The space before? Ouch!
As you can see, there was no light (literally) and no life. Just a small forgotten space with little to no function.
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this project, I explained the plan and then Wendy and I began taking action. We figured there was value in sharing this blog, because most people aren’t going to pay thousands to have their laundry room designed but still may want to make it more functional and improve it’s aesthetic. We hope you find some of these ideas valuable.
When we left off last time we shared several cosmetic changes we made including painting the walls and adding wall stripes, making a cool and simple DIY art project, and laying a vinyl tile floor.
Vinyl floor install
Now we could add the fun finishing touches! I originally wanted to add cabinets on the wall but our $300 wouldn’t allow for it. Instead we opted for a more inexpensive option—open shelving with brackets. The open shelving option is great because it offers lots of flexibility with storage. My parents now have their choice of bins or baskets to keep items out of site for less than a third of what it would’ve cost install wall cabinets. Not to mention you can paint the shelves any color you want!
Our shelves were cut from one 4’x8′ sheet of 3/4 inch mdf for about $30 (Home Depot). We got them cut to the size we needed and placed them on these $4.00 Ikea Ekby Brackets.
If you take your measurements to Home Depot you can have the mdf cut in the store. This is very convenient for transport and great if you don’t have access to a saw. *Since these shelves will be holding items with some heft, make sure to use wall anchors or find wall studs prior to screwing the brackets into the wall.
The great thing about mdf is you can paint it any color you want. It’s a very simple project where the kiddos can help too! We painted our shelves white. I loved the high contrast of the black brackets and white shelves against the gray and beige walls. Plus we were already using white to paint the trim so it was easier and more cost effective to keep same color.
Here are the shelves drying prior to being hung.
After the shelves were installed I wanted to add another pop of pattern besides the stripes. Because the 2 stripe colors were so subtle, we could implement some additional pattern without the two competing; even in a space as small as the laundry room. Enter our $2 contact paper from Big Lots.
I love this pattern!
Two rolls of 9 feet each were enough to put one strip down the wall to act as wallpaper and use the other strip for the backing on an additional small storage shelf. The contact paper also acted as the background on an old picture frame that I found in my parents’ garage. We framed three left over pieces from the DIY wall decal to create another art piece that made perfect sense in the laundry room. Thank goodness the frame was already black because it saved us a paint job!
You can see the contact paper being installed
Here’s the small shelf with the contact paper backing!
Here’s the frame and you can see we added a few decorative wall hooks too.
The final wow factor was really simple. I purchased wooden letters from Michael’s Art Supply and finished them in a high gloss spray paint. Hanging them vertically offered more high contrast. The vertical orientation makes your eye scan the whole word which in turn ends up making you take in a lot of the space at once. The black color also really pulled the room together!
Laundry room love letter complete, two happy parents, all just in time for Valentine’s Day. We think this beats a Hallmark card!! 🙂
Before & After Pics
Did you find any of these tips helpful? What do you think of the final space? Comment below and let us know!
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