Project Design: Laundry Rooms
This month’s Project Design, with my friends Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home and Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle, is laundry rooms. Joining us this month is My Sweet Savannah, My Soulful Home, Carla Aston Designed, Hygge Home. I have a pinterest board on laundry rooms and would have loved to design the perfect laundry room from an empty space. Our new home has a perfectly suitable laundry room in terms of space and function, but it was in major need of a refresh. It’s amazing what paint can do to transform a space. We painted everything, including the floors. The original flooring was a tile made to look like stone...I think. We used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. It required two coats of Chalk Paint ® graphite and two coats of Chalk Paint® Lacquer. It adhered to the tile well with very little prep. Now the floor really does look like stone. The walls went from a harvest gold color to white. And as you can imagine, that lightened things up dramatically.
To cover the existing shower I used this shower curtain above the glass shower door. It’s not that I minded that there was a shower, but the glass door is just not very pretty. The curtain hides it perfectly, but can still be used with no problem. To the left of the shower, there were shelves by California Closets. It seemed a bit much for this space, so we removed them and added two wood shelves for a bit of storage and a hook for a towel.
Small bathroom with hidden shower
Abstract mini original paintings by Westport artist Yvonne Claveloux.
The laundry room is sort of a mudroom as well as laundry room. There’s also a bathroom with a shower. This small space is very multi-purpose and since everyone that visits our house sees it, I wanted it to look as pretty as possible without spending a lot of money. The main things that needed to be addresses were walls, floors, back door and hiding the ugly shower door and cabinet next to the washer/dryer. We thought about removing the cabinet to the right of the washer and dryer, but we did need a little storage for laundry and cleaning supplies. I’ve reduced the amount of cleaning supplies I use dramatically over the last few years, but still need some storage. I didn’t like the look of the cabinet, but keeping it made more sense for a small, cramped space than taking it out. To soften the look of this area, I had two simple cafe style curtains made using leftover Perennials Shirting Stripe fabric from the bench in our previous home. We had to replace both the front and back doors. They were both in terrible condition, especially the back door, which was in clear view from the kitchen. We opted for a door with a window. What I love about this house is the amazing light and I wanted to be sure we kept it from all angles. The hardware is matte black from Emtek. We used it thoughout the entire house both on exterior and interior doors. This is the round key in knob with rectangular rosette. Laundry rooms and cleaning products go hand in hand and this project really opened my eyes to how many products I still used that are full of toxins.
Storage for laundry & cleaning supplies
Let’s detox our homes and use non-toxic cleaning products
Going for more non-toxic cleaning supplies has reduced the number of products I have around the house. Do you listen to podcasts? I loved this podcast from Kelly of My Soulful Home and Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse I listen to podcasts when I’m driving and recently I discovered that my friend Kelly has a podcast. Listening to Decorating Tips & Tricks with Kelly and Anita is like a having conversation about stuff I love with two old friends…except I’m just a listener!
Getting rid of plastic or reducing the amount you have in your home
Anita and Kelly talk about reducing plastic, getting rid of teflon pans, taking your shoes off inside and using all natural products for cleaning everything in your home.
It seems like a difficult challenge to rid our homes of plastic completely, but I do love these glass food containers they mentioned in the podcast. They are made in France by Duralex. They do have plastic lids, but the glass containers are very durable just like my favorite glassware.
Safe, non-toxic cleaning supplies
I’ve reduced the amount of cleaning supplies in our home dramatically. I counted about 15 products that we once used to clean our home. Now I have just a few. I recently switched to using Young Living Thieves household cleaner. You can clean floors, countertops, windows and just about any surface with one product. Depending on what you’re cleaning will determine the amount of the Thieves concentrate to water. You can add essential oils for a fresh scent that’s all natural.
Ditch your scented candles for a diffuser and essential oils instead
Get rid of scented candles and air fresheners. I’ve replaced with diffusers and room sprays using essential oils. You can read more here.
Open the windows
Open your windows and let the fresh air in! Even in the cold weather, it’s a good idea to open windows and let the cool air in for a few minutes. I open a window while making the bed every morning and then downstairs I open the front and back doors and let the air circulate. Of course, how cold it is outside dictates how much time I leave the doors open.
make the switch to wool dryer balls
Wool Dryer Balls have replaced dryer sheets at our house. I can’t believe I never gave this a second thought for years and tossed them into the dryer with everything but towels. Both liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets contain harmful chemicals. I use 4-5 balls for a medium load. The dryer balls separate and lift your clothes or towels increasing hot air flow. They also help reduce drying time. And you can still make your laundry smell fresh by adding a few drops of lavender essential oils on each ball. Just make sure the oil has time to absorb before tossing them in with your clothes.
Total cost for our little laundry/mudroom/bathroom makeover was about $400. We repurposed a lot of things from our former home and all that was left to purchase was paint, hardware, mirror, and the cost for making the curtains using our own fabric.
I hope you’ll check out these laundry rooms. We all do laundry…and it’s fun to see how everyone takes a functional room and makes it the way that works best for them and their family.
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