Designing a Fun and Functional Laundry Room with Fabric and Paint

Mar 17 2019
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Moving on to room design and paint in my laundry. It’s technically a closet but now with my changes its beginning to feel like a REAL room! OMG I can literally come in here and even shut the door behind me! There’s still a lot to do in this space but I have finally moved on to the fun stuff. The colors and room design that have my heart just giddy and painting it all out.

(See how I got here in my post about how I rearranged this room and the other on how I built my custom shelves!)

It all started with this GORGEOUS table cloth I spotted on Amazon that I totally fell for. It had my colors, it had my vintage feel and yet, it still felt beautiful and sexy and bold.

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First, everything needed to painted out in white.

(I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again. I have been BURNED multiple times by other paints. If I have a choice I won’t use anything but Royal by Ace Hardware.)

My mom stopped by and helped one weekend. Painting is a great winter project because of the low humidity the paint dried really quickly. She and I got three coats done on the whole room in just a couple of hours!

I was thrilled at this point with how all the wood working I did came together. Its hard to imagine how its all going to look until you paint.

After she left I did three coats on the floor too.

Attacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtain

It was finally time to hang my curtain!

I purchased a long curtain rod from Amazon and hung it between the wall and board I put above my machine. It came with finials but I didn’t use them so the curtain would go all the way.

I needed to cut the curtain to hang ABOVE my counter top and then also so it would hang to the floor after that. I made sure to keep the lovely trim at the bottom of each piece and lined the pattern up as best I could before clipping them together.

I used these great clips to hang it (I also used them on my privacy curtain in my guest bedroom as well, they are inexpensive and so easy to use).

From there I stood back and was just so pleased! What was a dingy space that was totally underutilized became a real room and I just loved moving on to accessories!

Attacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtainAttacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtain

First thing is first though I am still a firm believer that function is still the most important thing.

This is still a laundry room and it needed to work for me.

I have a mop, a broom, a bin for kitchen towels and things that still need to be here! So, besides prettying it up, I figured out a few ways to showcase even the ugly necessities in a way that makes me happy to have them out for everyone to see!

(Yes that is a washer/dryer combo machine by LG and I absolutely LOVE it. In about 2 1/2 hours it washes and dries my clothes without needing an outside vent and using a LOT less water than a regular machine. It also plugs in to a regular wall outlet unlike dryers that require a much bigger receptacle. Cheers to never forgetting my clothes in the washing machine again lol! Oh and YEP it is kinda beat up and dented, I purchased it “brand new” from a scratch and dent place.)

Attacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtain

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4 Comments

  1. Toni (in Niagara)
    March 17, 2019 at 9:56 am

    WOW! What a great job you and your mum did! I love the curtain – it goes with the house! You’ve turned your laundry room into such a cheery place!

  2. March 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Nice job, Tarah, nice and bright and just what you wanted. My laundry room is not. I mean no room in my little house for that kind of thing!! My washing machine is in the kitchen where I have room for it, but my dryer is outside in a shed (only use it in the winter or for a no-knickers emergency scenario as I am at the top of hill and when sunny the garden gets the sun from daybreak till around 4.pm which is great for drying). But I understand that living through awful winters like you, it really is necessary to have a machine that dries every wash.

    And a PS. I see comments are closed on the old barn, but I choose to comment here so that you see it. I am so sorry about it, but if it is any consolation, no horses or people were hurt. And that is the most important thing of all. Get yourself on one of those TV programmes that fix up things and maybe, just maybe this could be rebuilt. Love to you anyway. x

    • March 18, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Susan, thank you so much for letting me know that comments were off in my barn post, that was a accident :/ So that’s fixed now. Thank you so much for your kind words, as my Mom and I have told each other many times, “No one got hurt, the barn is still there.” But its still just such a bummer!

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