First of all, I should say that even having a laundry room is something of a luxury for me. Our old house (in Ohio, where I am from and where Brent and I met and married) was built in the 1920s and therefore didn't have anything as sexy as a laundry room in the original floorplan. Instead, we hauled ourselves down our rickety basement steps to the cockroach-infested bowels of our house and...I am having flashbacks. Let's move on.
So here we are in Colorado and we have a laundry room. On the main floor of the house! With a light that doesn't require a dangling string to turn on! And NO cockroaches! So what did I decide to do with it? Paint it, of course! This is a whole new decorating opportunity for me! Think of all the fun laundry-themed little goodies I can buy! Above and below, you can see my very favorite of these goodies:
The laundry sign above my cabinets was so fun to come up with. I had seen things like it in the Ballard Designs catalogue but knew I could do it myself for less. So I started with buying the letters, but if you look closely you can see that the "N" is a different font than the others. That's because JoAnn's didn't have any more N's and I was too impatient to wait for the letters to be re-stocked! So I bought another font for the N and I actually really like the way it turned out...adds a little unexpected sassiness! My husband screwed the letters to a piece of scrap lumber, and then I painted the whole thing black. Voila!
These adorable jars are a new addition. I found the smaller one on sale at Hobby Lobby, and the bigger one just a few days later at Target. Same brand and everything! As you can see, laundry has not been as high a priority as decorating, because I am out of detergent and have not gone out to buy more for the larger jar. The smaller one holds Oxyclean, which we use every day around here for toddler-induced stains!
The other half of the laundry room that you can't see (because I am having photo trouble at the moment) has been turned into the pantry. I would LOVE to have a separate pantry (a nice big butler's pantry...oh, someday!), but in the meantime, a large baker's rack-style shelf works well.
So there you go! Thanks for distracting me from laundry for a little while!