A couple weeks ago I was surfing around for photos of board and batten and came across this laundry room transformation:
I just love how bloggers can inadvertently change a room in your house just because they shared what they did in theirs!
Part B: My Own Laundry Room Makeover
My own sad little laundry room had a very similar layout and I had an ah-ha moment. I too could put board and batten on my boring wall opposite the washer and dryer. Next thing you know I found myself at Home Depot buying mdf, and at various other places to collect up everything I needed to transform my messy neglected laundry cave:
Right off the bat I was interested in seeing what the little room would look like if I took the doors off the cupboard. As you can see below, it was really nothing more than a big junk collector. I cut out some paper trim and taped them up into the corners to see what that would look like. If I did this, I’d want it to look finished and I figured some trim would help.
Less than two weeks later, I now have a laundry room that is a pleasure to walk into! I don’t even mind my old washer and dryer.
Maybe it’s obvious to some, but the beadboard is actually paintable beadboard wallpaper. I chose to use the Wall Doctor brand by Graham and Brown, made in England, and found it at my local Canadian Tire. I compared it to the Martha Stewart one sold at Home Depot (which is NOT prepasted – NO thank you!) and found the Wall Doctor one to be of a superior quality. It was super easy to work with and well worth the money.
In case you’re wondering where the heck the laundry detergent is etc., I keep a jug of detergent on the floor, and bleach and fabric softener up in the closet in the next room (the back entry). I don’t use those much, so they don’t need to be super handy.
A few baskets hold dish towels, dish cloths, and single socks.
It’s a pretty room to do laundry in, and I find I’m keeping up on the clothes washing much better than I used to!
Yesterday I said I’d have the pattern for the Cascade 220 Wool version of The Ashling Tote available in the near future. Sometimes things take much longer than you anticipated. This is not one of those times!
I have about 5 prototypes for the Cascade 220 version. Let’s just say that being a perfectionist is a curse.
I had this perfectly adorable pale green sample and I have chosen it as “the one”. I think I might even steal the sample and use it for myself.