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Inside the Laundry Room Cabinets

laundry room socks
The laundry room is now back in working condition. I previously dished about the makeover and the gallery wall details but never gave you a peek into what was inside these newly white cabinets.
So today, I’m doing just that — opening the cabinets to give you a look at how I organize my laundry room essentials
Ta-daaaaaaa. My super simple, very white & pretty boring laundry room cabinets. Before I dive into the details, allow me to clarify a few of my organization philosophies.
1. You can never have too many bins, boxes or containers.
2. In order to stay organized, every single item (literally everything) must have a specific place to call “home”
3. Bins, boxes, and containers offer those places – utilize them as often as possible.
4. Labels are important but don’t necessarily have to be perfect… just informative and clear. Cute doesn’t hurt
5. When your organized area is “pretty”, it’s much easier to stay organized. So don’t feel guilty making it a little extra “pretty”.
Like I said, everything has to have a specific place to call home in order to stay organized. I use these super old locker bins my dad gave me from his old “shop” to hold extra towels. Below that shelf, I keep my stock of paper products.
I utilize these boxes from IKEA quite a bit because they are affordable, come in a variety of sizes and they’re white. I do have to confess that I absolutely hate building them but suck it up in the name of staying organized.
The labels are made from scrapbook paper and a marker. Not super professional, but heck… gets the job done and adds a little bit of “pretty”. The bin below is also from IKEA. I like this one because I can see what is in it, which is helpful for rags that need to be accessed frequently without a fuss.
One of my favorite, and most functional, parts of these cabinets is this IKEA tray that was like $3. Although it has a little price tag, it has a big responsibility in keeping things organized around here. Like I mentioned before, everything needs a home in order to stay organized (at least in our house). While you’re doing the wash, if you’re anything like me… you stumble upon some generous tips from your family members. If you don’t have a place for these tips (other than your own pocket, of course), it’s harder to keep the space organized. By having a place to quickly put these items, it’s much easier for me to stay organized- especially in a hurry.

My clients have been pretty generous this month!

And remember the gallery wall we chatted about a few weeks ago?
Well, I wanted to show it in action. I seriously use the hook & the single sock bin all.the.time.
As for the soaps and laundry must-haves? I keep those in this “wash” basket from HomeGoods with my dryer sheets in the silver box below the clothes pin jar. I find that with the jugs close and easy to access, it’s less of a hassle to get to work on a new load.
Regardless of what I’m organizing, I try to give everything a SPECIFIC home. When everything has a specific home (or holding place), it’s a safer bet that I’ll continue to be organized. So bring on the bins, baskets, crates, boxes….. I can always use ’em.
How do you stay organized?
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Gallery Wall Details

Laundry Room Gallery Wall Art
Yay for amazingly creative people who share their creations with the world to enjoy over & over again on the internet. I mean seriously though, I love them! It’s crazy how generous & resourceful the internet can be and how many amazing treasures you can borrow from the internet to make your home perfect for you & your style…. all free thanks to the selfless talents people share every single day! That’s pretty much exactly what I did for my laundry room gallery wall. Why go out and buy art, especially when you can’t find the perfect pieces, when you can find what you’re looking for as a free printable online?
Plus, I won’t feel bad re-doing my little wall of laundry room “happy” whenever I feel like it, as in when these bright summer colors fade into the fall.
But let’s not get a head of ourselves here, I’m still loving the bright and cheery personality these pieces bring. Here’s where I got each…
The basket may just be my favorite part of this gallery wall. I love that it adds some serious function to the wall. It is designed to hold socks that don’t have a pair at the moment- you know, those socks that had a partner when they were thrown into the wash but somehow lost their better halves along the way. #hatethat
The pink love quote was a greeting card from Target! I had it left over from this project and thought it could be a perfect fit for this colorful combo. I’m not typically someone who decorates with pink (especially for the sake of Matt), but I thought since I do most of the laundry… why not?! Plus, after our long & brutal Chicago winter, I just can’t get enough of these bright colors this Spring!
This hook also adds some serious function to the space and is so convenient on a day-to-day basis. It’s a three piece hook that I scored at HomeGoods for $5 (on sale!). I’ve been using it to hang my work blouses that can’t be put into the dryer, especially when I’m too lazy to get a hanger. It’s the perfect temporary solution when I’m in a rush and trying to change loads with little maintenance. I really do use it for at least three different shirts during most loads… it’s perfect!
You can download your own version of this laundry cheat sheet here. If you don’t like yellow, this print comes in four adorable colors. I enlarged the image and actually cut off some of the print (like the title) when I framed the chart. I thought it was a fun way to see the symbols more clearly and add a pop of laundry room color, plus I had an awkward 4×6 frame to fill and it just seemed to work. I mean how adorable are these FREE charts by Jennifer? What color do you like the best?
If you know me outside of the blog, you probably know that I love junk food- especially donuts. I have never met a donut I didn’t like love and so it’s no surprise that I adore the donut-as-decor trend that’s happening around the blogosphere. I used this adorable donut printable paired with a piece of old scrapbook paper. The printable comes with at least a baker’s dozen of colorful donuts to choose from, unfortunately, I could only fit 3 into the mix.  If you end up using these sweet prints for anything, you have to let me know!! I’d love to see how you put your own spin on them, plus, a little extra inspiration to use the rest of these donuts is much welcomed.
I’m a sucker for Sarah M. Dorsey designs… I mean seriously, her free printables are amazing, plus there are so many to choose from!! You can find this flamingo here, but wow… don’t miss out on her polka dot print, Be Amazing printable, or her super creative His & Hers frame ideas & prints!! Did I mention that she offers almost all of her free prints in a variety of colors to fit your space? Ugh…. love her!
And how stinkin’ cute are these stain removal tags? I found this free printable from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I used the yellow tags, but they come in a variety of colors and with a variety of directions for any type of stain you can imagine. Lipstick, grass, a few types of food, even wine! Such an adorable idea that can be used in all sorts of ways in the laundry room. Check out how they use them on a ring… love!

And last but very not least, I found this cheerful canvas art from Target because heck, today & everyday is a very good day! I don’t know about you, but an unexpected reminder that life really is amazing is much appreciated, especially when I’m cursing under my breath as I finish the laundry. I’m one lucky lady and have so much to be thankful for. This positive reminder makes sure I remember just that…

Plus, I can’t say no to my favorite pop of blue-y teal.
I’m so thankful for the crazy creative (and generous) people that put this amazing art on the internet for people like me to use! The color, the personality, the price tag… I love it all.
But let me ask you… where are your favorite places to get free printables?! Where do you use free art in your home? Do you change it often or is it typically there to stay? I’d love to hear from you…
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  1. Michelle

    Love your laundry room redo, thanks for sharing the printables! Now I can’t wait to make better use of our laundry space and do a little fun decorating.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks @alliferg!! I found the basket randomly in the kitchen section of Burlington Coat Factory, It was originally supposed to hang over a cabinet, but I was able to take off that hardware and hang it on the wall. I found it hard to find a basket that is strictly meant for hanging on a wall, so keep your eyes peeled to turn a over the cabinet basket into one of these. Good luck!

  2. Amye Mae

    The sock storage basket is so clever! I will definitely be adding that to our laundry room ASAP for all those unmatched partners. Love the rest of the artwork too!

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  3. Desaree Martin

    I really love all of this and thank you for linking back to where you got all of your free printables. I can’t wait to frame some of them. I am also a big Sarah Dorsey Designs fan. Some others that I love for their free printables are Shanty2Chic, The Handmade Home and On Sutton Place

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Desaree! Those are all wonderful sources. There are just so many talented people out there and we’re always so happy when they share prints for free!

      Happy framing!

      xo,
      B

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  1. Michelle

    Love your laundry room redo, thanks for sharing the printables! Now I can’t wait to make better use of our laundry space and do a little fun decorating.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks @alliferg!! I found the basket randomly in the kitchen section of Burlington Coat Factory, It was originally supposed to hang over a cabinet, but I was able to take off that hardware and hang it on the wall. I found it hard to find a basket that is strictly meant for hanging on a wall, so keep your eyes peeled to turn a over the cabinet basket into one of these. Good luck!

  2. Amye Mae

    The sock storage basket is so clever! I will definitely be adding that to our laundry room ASAP for all those unmatched partners. Love the rest of the artwork too!

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  3. Desaree Martin

    I really love all of this and thank you for linking back to where you got all of your free printables. I can’t wait to frame some of them. I am also a big Sarah Dorsey Designs fan. Some others that I love for their free printables are Shanty2Chic, The Handmade Home and On Sutton Place

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Desaree! Those are all wonderful sources. There are just so many talented people out there and we’re always so happy when they share prints for free!

      Happy framing!

      xo,
      B

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Laundry Room Reveal

laundry Room reveal
I left you with a serious laundry room teaser last week (not cool, I know) and even chatted about the HONEST, behind-the-scenes look into the not so glamorous life of messy DIY projects. Today, I’m officially putting that behind me and skipping to my favorite part of DIY – the pretty end result that makes you quickly forget the blood, sweat, tears and curse words that went into the process while focusing on the new look that magically made it all worth it. (Quite a sick cycle if you ask me…)
So here ya have it… I would like to formally introduce you to the new and improved laundry room. Although the cabinets are the same ones I started with, I can promise you that their time in the DIY beauty shop was well worth it.
It’s a pretty dramatic change from the what the room looked like just a year & a half ago when we moved in. The before & after pictures side by side make it all worth it…
So I have good news, bad news, and breaking news to share.
The Good News: The laundry room is OFFICIALLY complete & I could not be more excited to move on to the next DIY on my to-do list. I am so proud of the transformation and am so grateful that this space finally feels like it belongs in our house without sticking out like a sore thumb dipped in iodine.
The Bad News: A finished laundry room means one thing and one thing only- it’s time to do laundry again. An old pile of laundry wasn’t exactly the greeting I was hoping for when I finally finished this transformation.
The Breaking News: You can access every.single.printable on my gallery wall for FREE by clicking HERE.
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  1. Marian

    It looks really nice! Good job 🙂
    Thank you for the printables, i love the yellow tags, i wanted them the moment I saw them.
    Thanks

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  2. Kris

    Do you girls make house calls for the overwhelmed and ones with creativity blocks? 🙂 your blog is amazing

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  3. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ooooh I need to do this! Trying to decide the best way to get mine organized – this helps! 🙂

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  4. Shanae

    Your blog gives me such great ideas. I’m moving into my first apartment later this month and I love your DIY inspiration. Thanks so much, Bridget!

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  5. Amye Mae

    It came out beautifully! What would you say was the hardest part – the sanding?
    Smart to have those informative prints on the gallery wall, very handy!

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  6. ramya

    I live in Carol stream, Il and was happy to see your blog, your laundry room and the gallery wall is so creative and such a happy place to look at. Its very neat too. Wish I find some time to do something other than laundry in that room and add some life to it. There is always pile of some clothes or rags to be washed, where do you store the “to be washed rags or comforters” ?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Ramya,
      Thanks so much! So great to hear from a reader who lives so close by.

      As for the clothes to be washed, I have limited space in that area so I keep a hamper in a larger linen closet in our bathroom. It gets the job done.

      xo,
      B

  7. Andrea

    Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! Who thought id say that about a laundry room! Do you have the sources for the baskets and hooks? So excited to transform my room too!

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    1. Vanessa B.

      Thank you! It seems like every time I see a wall color I love lately it is Revere Pewter. I think the design universe is trying to tell me something! 🙂 So glad I found your blog through I Heart Organizing!

  8. Valentine Eberhardt

    I really like your cabinets! How did you add the layers and moulding? I think that’s exactly what my laundry room needs. Thank you!

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    1. Valentine Eberhardt

      Thank you! I appreciate the fair warning that this is not some light undertaking 🙂 I’ll mentally prep myself too. Thanks for the detailed step-by-step, you’re awesome!

  9. Amna Munawar

    Hi B, I love this makeover. I’ll be getting on with my laundry room project soon. In my case its all wall paper and will be putting textured wall paper. lets see how it turns out. I am big on organization and I wanted to know where you got the “wash” basket from and also noticed a steel box for dryer sheets?!? are these DIY or can I look for them somewhere?
    Thank you!

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  1. Marian

    It looks really nice! Good job 🙂
    Thank you for the printables, i love the yellow tags, i wanted them the moment I saw them.
    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Kris

    Do you girls make house calls for the overwhelmed and ones with creativity blocks? 🙂 your blog is amazing

    Reply
  3. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ooooh I need to do this! Trying to decide the best way to get mine organized – this helps! 🙂

    Reply
  4. Shanae

    Your blog gives me such great ideas. I’m moving into my first apartment later this month and I love your DIY inspiration. Thanks so much, Bridget!

    Reply
  5. Amye Mae

    It came out beautifully! What would you say was the hardest part – the sanding?
    Smart to have those informative prints on the gallery wall, very handy!

    Reply
  6. ramya

    I live in Carol stream, Il and was happy to see your blog, your laundry room and the gallery wall is so creative and such a happy place to look at. Its very neat too. Wish I find some time to do something other than laundry in that room and add some life to it. There is always pile of some clothes or rags to be washed, where do you store the “to be washed rags or comforters” ?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Ramya,
      Thanks so much! So great to hear from a reader who lives so close by.

      As for the clothes to be washed, I have limited space in that area so I keep a hamper in a larger linen closet in our bathroom. It gets the job done.

      xo,
      B

  7. Andrea

    Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! Who thought id say that about a laundry room! Do you have the sources for the baskets and hooks? So excited to transform my room too!

    Reply
    1. Vanessa B.

      Thank you! It seems like every time I see a wall color I love lately it is Revere Pewter. I think the design universe is trying to tell me something! 🙂 So glad I found your blog through I Heart Organizing!

  8. Valentine Eberhardt

    I really like your cabinets! How did you add the layers and moulding? I think that’s exactly what my laundry room needs. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Valentine Eberhardt

      Thank you! I appreciate the fair warning that this is not some light undertaking 🙂 I’ll mentally prep myself too. Thanks for the detailed step-by-step, you’re awesome!

  9. Amna Munawar

    Hi B, I love this makeover. I’ll be getting on with my laundry room project soon. In my case its all wall paper and will be putting textured wall paper. lets see how it turns out. I am big on organization and I wanted to know where you got the “wash” basket from and also noticed a steel box for dryer sheets?!? are these DIY or can I look for them somewhere?
    Thank you!

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White Cabinet Makeover on a Budget

white cabinet makeover
The laundry room makeover is officially underway! (If you missed the plans, check them out here). First on the DIY to-do list: Get rid of the vintage orange cabinets, which happened to be our home’s original kitchen cabinets, and replace them with WHITE cabinets.
When I started to create the plan for the laundry room, I originally planned to take off the doors of each cabinet and order new doors from a local hardware store. I planned to then paint the cabinet’s base white to match the purchased doors, which I figured would save me money and make the space into everything I dreamed it could be. Well, well, well… little did I know that my 1960’s laundry room cabinets are not “standard” sizes to the type of cabinet doors that are sold in stores in 2014. After doing my research on the internet and around the suburbs of Chicago, I figured that buying three new cabinet doors to replace these old, orange ones would have cost me up $400+ bucks. Back to the drawing board…
The budget-friendly alternative to this dilemma you ask? DIY-ing these suckers top to bottom, inside & out. Ugh.
So that was my NEW plan. New hardware, original cabinets. I was okay with painting the cabinets (I tried my hand at painting chalkboard cabinets last summer in my garage) but I decided to step it up a notch and challenge myself with this DIY project. Not only was I going to paint these eyesores, I decided to add a “frame”/”border”/’new face detail” onto each of these flat faced cabinets as well. (What was I thinking?!)

Before I dive into the dirty (and yes, I mean DIRTY) details of how I tackled these cabinets… allow me to highlight a few points of interest:

  1. This project was Time consuming! (with a capital T and !)
  2. I completed this DIY 100% on my own.
  3. In honor of full disclosure, I do have to admit that I did consult stalk the gentlemen at some local hardware stores for information/supply questions/general advice on what the heck to do. #lovethem
  4. I also called my dad several times throughout the process for some “pointers” or some necessary moral support. (…. thanks Dad! Every word of encouragement helped)
  5. The before & after shots look fabulous, but don’t be fooled & think that I snapped my fingers and the place was white, clean, and amazing. Sometimes I wish DIY’s worked like that…
  6. But not even close. The process was frustrating, challenging, tedious, messy, yet fun, and very fulfilling all at the same time.
  7. I did most of the work at night after I came home from my day job – lesson learned.
  8. I want to be REAL about this process and really highlight the fact that I was not skipping around, painting the cabinets while whistling my favorite tune. Not.at.all. This was one tough DIY, especially as a one-man team, but I survived… and even lived to tell the tale.
  9. Although the process was not all sunshines & smiles, I DO think this is my proudest DIY accomplishment to date. Partly because I love the outcome, but mostly because I did it independently and LEARNED so much along the way.
  10. If I did this, so can you! Just don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, lose a little sleep, and come out feeling like one accomplished rookie DIY-er!

So here’s where I started. With a screw driver, I removed the cabinet doors from the cabinet’s base. Oddly enough, the cabinets were already white on the inside… which was a HUGE bonus!

I decided to tackle the base before I addressed the doors. My first step in doing this involved a palm sander and heavy-duty sand paper to sand down the wood.

Rookie Tip: As seen on the bottom of this picture, take all of the hardware from your project and store it in a sealed bag throughout the project. This will guarantee all of the nails/hardware stick together and will save them from getting any paint smears on them. I bought new hardware, but it was helpful to bring this bag to the hardware store in order to pick new hardware that was the same size. 

Back to the sanding. Below, you’ll see the bottom of the cabinets, which are already sanded vs. the top of the cabinets, which haven’t been touched just yet. I sanded all the way down to the wood, just to make sure I got off all the old varnish and the new paint would adhere to the new surface.

Rookie Tip: Cover EVERYTHING with drop cloths, dress in your crappiest clothes, and close any and all doors that you can to help minimize the amount of dust that will cover your house. Sanding is DUSTY! Any and all precautions you can take to help keep a handle on where this dust travels (or doesn’t travel for that matter) will be to your advantage in the long run. 

Here’s a look at the cabinets completely stripped and ready for some paint. After I was completely done sanding these suckers, I made sure to wipe them down very thoroughly so they would accept the primer + paint that was on its way. Because sanding gets so dusty, I would recommend wiping/drying at least two different times.

While those dried, I moved onto the cabinets.

Notice that I  took all of the hardware off of the cabinet doors before I even started sanding them. I did this for two reasons:

  1. I knew I was eventually going to replace both the pulls and the hinges, so it just made sense.
  2. I didn’t want to waste time taping and risk missing a spot on the cabinet because the hardware was still connected.

I laid the doors out and got ready for a serious arm workout and some more quality time with the palm sander.

Here’s one of those times where the blogosphere makes this process look like it was done in 2.5 flawless minutes. Boy, could that be any further from reality. I sanded these puppies for what felt like forever. It takes some serious elbow grease in order to get both side of each cabinet door down to the bare wood. On the bright side, I completed the sanding outside, which helped cut down on the mess.

Now, the new “frame” on the front side of the cabinet doors. This was a part I was completely clueless on how to do. I did a little research on the blogosphere, made a list of measurements and headed to HomeDepot for some cheap wood and the opportunity for one of the fabulous workers to cut my purchased wood… free of charge. I bought quarter inch thick poplar pieces and had them cut into the appropriate sizes.

With some wood glue and wood clamps (no power tools required… woohoo!), I was able to glue 4 pieces of wood onto the front of each cabinet door, creating a frame-like look. I wish I could give you some tips or tricks, but honestly… I had not clue what I was doing. I was lucky that the free wood cuts were pretty much SPOT ON and fit exactly how I imagined they would, which isn’t often the case.

I let them dry for 24 hours and when I removed the wood clamps…
I was one proud DIY-er!! Did I mention you needed absolutely NO power tools to do this?! Glue & some clamps… more my pace.

In other news, I also decided to paint the laundry room half way through the cabinet makeover. What was I thinking?! Like working full time and refacing the cabinets wasn’t enough in one week?

But boy was I glad I did it! Such a welcomed difference.
Now back to those darn cabinets. I primed the base with a small paint brush and mini roller. I used the same primer/paint combo and number of coats of each on both the cabinet base and cabinet doors. The total ended up being one coat primer, three coats white semi-gloss paint.

I used the small paint brush and mini roller on the doors as well.

Rookie Tip: If you notice that your seams from the wood pieces don’t match up perfectly, don’t be afraid to add a little painter’s putty into the seam to make it a more flush transition from one piece of wood to the next. Do this before painting and make sure you allow the putty to dry overnight before priming or painting it. Sanding the wood down can also help make the seams disappear. 
Rookie Tip: Before you paint the doors with your last coat of white paint, make sure you drill some pilot holes into the new wood to help guide your hardware. This will save you from having to drill through freshly painted doors, which could chip or blemish with the drill marks. I used the old holes in the original cabinet, which made creating new ones through the new layer of wood super simple. 
All that was left to do was add my new hardware and hinges and hang these babies back up! Like I said, the hardware and hinges went back in the same exact spot as they started, which made lining them up to hang that much easier!

Because the laundry room reveal isn’t until MONDAY, I’ll leave you with a little teaser of the finished product!

Needless to say, I’m absolutely in LOVE with the new look and I am so proud of my cabinet accomplishments. Although the process was trying at times, the end product and feeling of being DONE is reason enough to stick with it!
Want to see the Laundry Room Reveal? Check it out HERE.
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Laundry Room Plans

A few weeks ago, I blogged about some MINOR laundry room updates & chatted about how I gave this neglected space a temporary fix. (little did I know just how “temporary” that fix would really turn out to be). After the post was published and I was looking back at the pictures, I quickly realized how much I disliked this room (and not because it was the room that was home to my not-so favorite chore). My intentions were there when I took small steps to decrease the ugliness, but these mini DIY projects were comparable to putting a band-aid on a life threatening wound… not working out too well. I needed more than a band-aid, more like a DIY doctor. *seriouslythough

Allow me to remind you of what the laundry room looked like when we moved in:

Don’t get my wrong, I’m NOT a huge brat that needs all new everything (or anything for that matter). And although I disliked the orange, glossy cabinets, which were actually the cabinets from our house’s original kitchen cabinets, I DID really appreciate the extra storage & their price tag…. FREE! When we moved in, I knew that this room would be on the DIY to-do list.

Fast forward a year & a half:

I tried to work around the “vintage” cabinets and bring pops of white, fun baskets, and anything else I could to add a little more “glam” to the space. I guess it was the thought that counted, but unfortunately, these items were like that useless band-aid & just seemed to highlight the old cabinets even more…#notwhatIwasgoingfor. As time passed, these old and greasy (and yes, I mean greasy from being in the old kitchen for 40+ years) cabinets moved further up my to-do list. I planned to tackle this project in the summer, when I was on summer vacation as a teacher, but I just couldn’t take it any longer. Spring hit and those darn cabinets had to go… immediately. 
So that’s where I am today. In the process of DIY-ing the HECK out of this room. You can rest assured that I will definitely be keeping the cabinets (FREE sounds good to me!), but I will NOT, and I repeat NOT, be keeping the orange tint any longer. This is more along the lines of what I have in mind for this space…  

B's Laundry Room Plans

I hope to bring far more WHITE into the space to create a more airy, clean look; one that will flow with the rest of the house. I hope to incorporate baskets and more opportunity for storage/hanging clothes to dry when necessary. I hope to bring in some colorful art to add a little personality to the space, and most importantly, I hope to get rid of the orange cabinets and never, ever look back! I may be biting off a little more than I can chew a little too close to the end of the school year, but heck… I’m determined to stop the bleeding regardless of how long the DIY surgery takes! 
Hopefully, I’ll have some serious updates for you next week… stay tuned. In the meantime, any advice? Laundry room ideas? Cabinet tips? I’ll take all the help I can get…

UPDATES: You can check out my progress here —
White Cabinet Tutorial
Laundry Room Reveal
Gallery Wall Prints for FREE

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Laundry Room PROGRESS

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Our laundry room doesn’t get a whole lot of attention here on the DIY Playbook. Although it’s screaming for some DIY help, I just haven’t had the time (or desire) to tackle the amount of work that this tiny space demands. Other than a few coat hooks we hung up right when we moved in, the laundry room hasn’t gotten any real DIY attention.
Right now the space looks like this…
Clutter… check! Rust colored cabinets finished in high gloss… check! Little room for folding… check! Wasted space… check! 
Here’s what I’m NOT loving about this space:
– The orange, glossy cabinets. Wow, do I dislike these puppies. They came with the house and actually were the original kitchen cabinets before the home was remodeled. (yikes) I like that they offer storage, but they are FIRST on the to-do list when the weather breaks. 
– Not having space to fold on top of the wash machine and dryer 
– The wasted space behind the washer and dryer… awkwardddd
– The ugly cords that make this space look more cluttered than it actually is 
– The crooked electrical outlet box
So as much as I wish I could strip the cabinets and start over… right NOW, that’s just not an option (oh winter, how parts of you Matt loves so much). While I count down to spring & the chance to paint these babies FRESH, I’ve decided to add a little shelving to get rid of that awkward space behind the machines, which will give me more space to fold on top of the dryer.
Casey introduced us to this same exact shelf a few weeks back and I could not help myself from falling in love. When I saw that they offered the same shelf as her in stainless steel, it was a no-brainer to add it to our laundry room disaster zone. It was the perfect way to get rid of that awkward space behind the washer (no more rogue socks falling back there!) and it added some extra storage.  Man oh man, this made me excited to fold laundry because I could actually do it on top of the machine again. 

With the shelf up, all that was left on my “short list” of laundry room improvements was to somehow hide that cord ugliness.

I figured a no-sew curtain just might do the trick!

These are my curtain supplies. I found them all at JoAnn’s and HomeDepot and spent less than $25 on the makeover. Plus, I didn’t need a sewing machine to tackle this “curtain” which made the supplies worth every penny.

This package cost me like $4 and did the job perfectly. With a little measuring and a hot iron, you can make a finished edge in no time! (This is very similar to the way Casey hemmed her long Ikea curtains in this post)

Oh, and here’s an old rod I found in my closet that used to hold towels in the bathroom. I have no clue why I kept it, but boy am I glad I did! Free curtain rod… check!

I screwed this into the bottom of the cabinet (sadly, I couldn’t find a silver alternative… so for now, gold it is).

I slid the old rod through the hooks and was left with my soon-to-be curtain rod.

I liked that it just barely peeked out from the front of the cabinets.

I added the JoAnn clips & got to work on the curtains. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. My only advice: Follow the directions and make sure you have a hot iron.

About a half hour and some tedious measuring later, I was so excited to put this curtain up and give those ugly cords some serious PRIVACY!

The space isn’t perfect, but it’s making some progress. The Ikea shelf offers some extra storage and gives us more space on top of the machines to fold. The cords are now hidden and the crooked electrical outlet is out of sight out of mind… thank goodness.

I still dislike the orange cabinets (a lot), but I’m glad that they’re there for storage. Once spring comes and they get a little DIY Playbook makeover, I’m sure I will appreciate the function (& look) much more. Until then, the mini update is gonna have to do…

Now that I know what size the shelf is, I’ll be on the lookout for more appropriate boxes/laundry room function to add to area. For now, what I have works just fine…
It may not be much, but to me, this mini makeover will get me through until we say bye-bye to those gross orange cabinets. Oh the little things…
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Help! Any tips on how to upgrade this space even more (besides the cabinets of course)? I need all the advice I can get! This tiny space is one tough cookie to crack! 
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  1. Katie

    Hi Bridget! If you clamp down on the fabric about an inch or two down (from the inside of the curtain if that makes sense) it’ll totally hide the hook and the inch gap between rod and fabric if you’re interested! I commented on Casey’s curtains post about the same thing because I never knew until my mom told me 🙂

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  2. Katie

    Oh, also…you could leave the door off of the middle cabinet when you go to paint/stain and have it as open shelving with some pretty paper or design in the back.

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  3. Susan

    Until you can repaint the cabinets, you can always just use contact paper on it 😀 I’ve done it before in an emergency.

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  1. Katie

    Hi Bridget! If you clamp down on the fabric about an inch or two down (from the inside of the curtain if that makes sense) it’ll totally hide the hook and the inch gap between rod and fabric if you’re interested! I commented on Casey’s curtains post about the same thing because I never knew until my mom told me 🙂

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  2. Katie

    Oh, also…you could leave the door off of the middle cabinet when you go to paint/stain and have it as open shelving with some pretty paper or design in the back.

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  3. Susan

    Until you can repaint the cabinets, you can always just use contact paper on it 😀 I’ve done it before in an emergency.

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Entrance Updates

Meet Lord Griswold. 
He’s the handsome gentleman that completes Matt’s wonderful family. As the mayor of the neighborhood, Lord Griswold is everything he sounds like and more. He is a humble anchor that uses those charming eyes to win over everyone he meets. Ironically, he is also the focus behind our recent entrance updates.    
Four months ago, our laundry room entrance looked like this…
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Four months ago, I had big dreams for this space. I pictured a fabulous gallery wall filled with baskets of mail, a command center, a mirror, and lots of hooks for coats. Reality quickly set in and I soon realized this tiny space limited my gallery wall dreams. I was forced to settle for simple and functional.    
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Enter a simple frame, a functional coat hook, and a pop of color.  All thanks to Target’s home decor section, I only spent about $35 total. #score

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This is the picture that now guards our door; Lord Griswold as a sleeping puppy.
Lord Griswold is such an important part of Matt’s life, of course he deserves a prominent display at the Longview Lodge.  One day, I plan on adding more white accessories around “Griz”, but for now… a picture of this sleeping puppy is the perfect touch in welcoming our new guests and winning them over right from the start. 
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Board Makeover

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Pictures, Cards, Gifts, Ticket Stubs, Running Bibs, and lots & lots of memories. That’s what this board held so proudly in my teenage inspired bedroom at the Chestnut Club. It was home to a wide variety of smiles, tears and everything in between. I fondly referred to this piece of art as a board of inspiration. My mom referred to it as clutter, clutter & more clutter.

I think the truth lies somewhere in between. As I’m clearing the purple walls of the bedroom I’ve called home for the past 25 years, this board of inspiration was one of the first pieces to go. Luckily, when I say “go” I don’t mean “go into the garbage” (like many of its decor counterparts). I mean “go to the Longview Lodge”, where it will be home to a whole new cluster of “inspiration”.

Clearing the gosh darn thing was probably the hardest part, emotionally and physically of course.

After that exhaustion, I moved on to sanding the border in order for the new paint to stick to the surface. As much as I loved the purple and black combo in its hay-day, I’ve come to the conclusion that there will be no purple or black in the new digs… ever.

I taped off the cork board to ensure that it would not be victim to any stray drips.

I painted the border with some left over primer I had laying around, and eventually, added two coats of white paint.

It probably would have been easier to spray the border, but it has been so cold outside that spray paint just wasn’t an option for me. Fast forward a few months, and I would have definitely spray painted this masterpiece and saved myself some serious clean-up time.

Either way, I’m loving the Longview Lodge’s new command center! With a few fun accessories, this board is now a center for schedules, mail, and all things organized. I picked up the pin-up bin from Target. For about $9, this bin adds color, cuteness, and some necessary storage. Talk about a triple threat.

We keep outgoing mail, recent mail, and items on our to-do list in these bins. (No more clutter mom!)
From teenage clutter to grown-up command center…Who knew that a little white paint could make such a difference? To me, organizing is all about style. My theory on organizing states: If an organization system is fashionable, one is far more likely to stay organized. Although I’m no philosopher, I’m pretty sure that this theory is true, which means that this trendy command center is sure to keep the Longview Lodge far more organized than ever before.
What old piece have you re-designed recently? 
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Laundry Room Makeover

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So, my mom has been in her house for almost 3 years now. And during that time, her laundry room has always looked like this…
Pretty dark and dreary right? And how about those cabinets…bleh.
This is where laundry goes to die.
Jan has been working incredibly hard to put her “mark” on every room in her house. She’s been painting and personalizing every inch of her place, and I must say it has turned out beautifully! But for some reason she never thought about giving her laundry room a makeover.
So, I felt it was my duty to get her to see this room differently and turn it into something amazing! An oasis for fresh, clean clothes.  Every time I came home, I would bug her about sprucing up this tiny room. I would tease her about the “boob” light hanging in there, and wonder out loud when those cabinets were ever in style. (answer: never)
With a little a lotta pushing from me, we decided that we could create her dream laundry room on a budget.
First order of business was to get rid of the darn “boob light” and plastic shelving unit…
Jan replaced the boobie light with a FREE chandy that was hanging out in her storage unit. It belonged to her home’s previous owners, and it just needed a little TLC. She spray painted it white, and hung it in her new laundry oasis.
So bright and shiny. Who says laundry can’t be fancy?
Next, the 80’s cabinets were replaced with white chic ones she found at Home Depot. They look so crisp and clean to me!
The cute rose knobs add a nice pop of color against the white. She found those bad boys at Anthropologie (Jan is pretty trendy, isn’t she?!)
After the new cabinets were installed, Jan painted the walls a nice shade of “After Dinner Mint.” I would have chosen it based solely on the name (the color is pretty amazing too). What sounds fresher than a yummy after dinner mint?
Jan assembled a white little hamper (also from Home Depot) to hide all of her dirty laundry. One side for whites..the other for darks. Handy and cute.
And how about this adorable vintage box filled with clothespins? What a wonderful accessory for a laundry room. Jan (being the tech savvy lady that she is) found those on Ebay!
Side note: I’m not gonna lie…at first I had no idea what they were! Does that make me spoiled that I’ve never had to hang dry clothes? Hmmm…
Remember that hideous dark corner with the drying rack? Well, now it holds this…
Isn’t this drying rack from Ballard Designs awesome? It almost makes me want to do laundry, just so I can dry the clothes on it. Almost…
So there you have it folks. My mom’s “spa-like” laundry room.  She loves it, I love it, and every person that walks into her home loves it. (She drags EVERYONE in there to check it out!)
But hey, if I had a laundry room that looked that good, I would show it off too!

The only thing left to do is to maybe install a shelf over the washer and dryer units. It would be the perfect spot to display more cute accessories, and hold cleaning items.  That will be the final thing on Jan’s to-do list for this room.
So what do you think about transforming laundry rooms from drab to fab? Is yours a spa-like oasis…or more on the dark and dingy side? 
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