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Friday, August 31, 2012

Laundry Room Reveal

Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal. Baskets with chalkboard labels.

Don't you love looking into other peoples' homes to see how they live? Of course you do, or you wouldn't be here. You'll hear me say it a million times. Our house is small. We have five humans (three adult-size and two fun-size) crammed into 1644 square feet. But,
I love our small house. We have great neighbors, privacy, and a mortgage that doesn't force us to eat fried Spam three days a week. I'm having flash backs to my childhood. I forgive you, Mom. 
In my dream home, I would have a laundry room like this. 
Meredith Heron Design via Houzz
 Dream on, sister. In reality, our laundry room is 9.5' x 3' wide.

Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal. Baskets with chalkboard labels.
Since the room is small, I have to utilize every square inch possible for storage. This means taking advantage of vertical space. I bet you're trying to read what is on the chalkboard labels. I would be, too. Stop squinting and let me tell you what they say.
The top row: cake pans and party supplies (these aren't utilized nearly as much as I'd like them to be). Middle row: light bulbs, air fresheners and lonely socks. Bottom row: play dough/paint, miscellaneous stuff , cleaning rags, and tape & twine. In the galvanized bins are dryer sheets, pet food, and trash bags. I got the idea for the hanging bins from this pin that links back to Beneath My Heart.  (**Edit on 10-4-12: As soon as I get the correct link for the original inspiration, I'll post it here.) Here is the link for the chalkboard labels that I made for the baskets.

 A few people have wanted to know how the metal bins are hung on the wall. I used a regular drill bit to make the holes for the screws.

Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal

On the left side of the laundry room, I keep all of my paint hidden behind a curtain on a tension rod. Here she is, curtainless. I hoard paint, I do confess.
Simplicity In The South: Laundry Room Reveal

I seriously think I pulled a muscle trying to get pictures of the room. Behind the curtain on the right side of the room, we store the laundry supplies, the crock pot, the pressure cooker, and more (rarely used) party supplies.

Fabric covered galvanized bins for storage.

Want to see behind that curtain? Never mind. It is a mess. I have to leave something to the imagination. Here's a closer look, instead. I covered the laundry bin and the floral bin with fabric. If you want me to do a tutorial on how to do a fabric-covered galvanized bin, email me or leave a comment. They make great gift baskets!

Fabric covered galvanized bins for storage. Laundry room reveal.

My favorite thing in here is the idea/bulletin board that I made. It was inspired by the one that Ballard Designs sells for $149.00. It's just a salvaged frame with cork board tiles glued to a piece of plywood. With three boys and a husband who is a landscaper, I spend a lot of time in here. It's nice to have something pretty to look at and it hides the fuse box.

Bulletin board that covers the fuse box. Laundry room reveal.

Otherwise, the fuse box would be staring you in the face! Blue and green together make me smile! :)
Bulletin board that covers the fuse box. Laundry room reveal.

See how I changed our bi-fold doors to french style doors in this post!
I hope you enjoyed peeking inside our laundry room and that you were able to gather some inspiration for your laundry room! While you're here, leave a comment and tell me how you've organized a small space. I love to get new ideas!

Oh, by the way, we have lived here since 1998, so the changes we've made in here have been done a little bit at a time. I couldn't have done all of this in week or even in a month, believe me!

I've linked this up to Remodelaholic's Home Sweet Home on a Budget Laundry Rooms,
  Simply Designing Simply Link Party 
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special 
Cherished Treasures Sunday Blog Love Linky Party 
Wednesday's Adorned From Above Linky Party 
Delightful Order- Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party
A Bowl Full Of Lemons

43 comments:

  1. Love your great laundry space! You did a fantastic job organizing such a small space. Everything is neat and tidy and has its specific place. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I'm following your blog now. I love that you are flipping houses. It's something that I'd like to do if I had the time and money.

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  2. Looks great! That curtain is a perfect hiding place for all the paint.

    Smile, Nancy

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  3. Looks like a great use of space! I love all the labels!

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    1. Thanks,Shawna!I'm planning on doing a tutorial on how to make the labels soon.

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  4. That is a beautiful laundry room. I love the curtain to hide the stuff on the shelves. That first laundry room is amazing, but I think yours is a lot more friendly!

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    1. Thanks! A girl can still dream of one day folding clothes without hitting her elbows on the walls. Lol! But I do love my space! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. WOW!! Love this! I like your room better than your "dream room." I'm going to use your curtain trip for my shelving above my washer/dryer. Great job!!

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    1. Thank you! I love it when I can give someone some inspiration to use their own home. Glad you stopped by!

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  6. As I expected, I LOVE it! I especially like that you used three different styles of baskets but all the same color. Gives it a lot more interest but is very cohesive. The metal bins on the walls are adorable! How did you attach them?

    I think I might be able to stay on top of my laundry if my laundry room was this pretty because I'd be spending a lot of time in there!

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    1. Glad you like it! I got lucky with the baskets! I'm going to add a picture above so you can see how the metal bins are hung. I used a drill bit to get the holes in the bin. And then they are screwed into plastic wall anchors.

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  7. Found your blog from Remodelaholic linky party and your laundry space is very nice! I'm a new follower and would love to have you come over and link up at Sunday Blog Love this weekend. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and fun as you enter into bloggy world!

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I'm heading your way now!

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  8. I would really like to see a tutorial on how to cover buckets & galvanized bins. I'd like to try and make those for teacher gifts!
    thanks

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    1. Sure! I'm making one for a shower gift next week, so I will post it soon after that.

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  9. How pretty! And goodness how I love that basket storage!

    Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I've been a follower of your blog for a long time. So, the fact that I'm an itty bitty blog and I am getting a compliment from you, I feel honored.

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  10. wow! I love this.
    I don't know if you have an older home or what... but years ago... LIKE forever ago...the first little house we rented had a laundry room like this. I would of loved to done laundry in that room-- IF. IT. LOOKED. LIKE. YOURS.~~~ So pretty.
    Heck...I'd love it if my current laundry room looked this sweet.

    ...good job,Pat (via, FJI)

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Pat! Our house was built in 1985, but I'm trying my hardest to make it look like a 1920's cottage. We're slowly getting there!

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  11. Ok, you've inspired me. everyone I know has a large redecorated laundry room and mine is small like yours and you did a gorgeous fab job. K, now I have work to do. Hugs!!
    Jen @ www.beachmonkeys.net

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I know, I'm so jealous of all the people who have these huge laundry rooms, mud rooms, and walk in closets! But I'm working on making due with what God has blessed us with. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  12. I don't know what you are dreaming for............ your laundry room is awesome & I love your organizing. Where are your galvanized bins from (trash bags, etc)? Love them screwed to the wall and they are the perfect shape/size.

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    1. Aw, thank you! :) Here is the exact link: http://www.buhiimports.com/cgi-bin/webstore.cgi?user_action=detail&catalogno=BY14-1
      I usually order a bunch at one time because of shipping cost, but you can't beat the price @ $3.50. I did a post today on how to decoupage pails with fabric. These make good pails for teacher's gifts! http://simplicityinthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/09/tutorial-how-to-decoupage-galvanized.html

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  13. You have done an amazing job with your laundry room. It give me inspiration for mine. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I've linked it up and I am following you also!

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  14. I absolutely LOVE your laundry room. I love what you did for the baskets and especially the little tubs. Where did you purchase them?

    So glad I found you through the mercury glass shades and have subscribed to your feed.

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    1. Aw, thank you! :) Here is the exact link: http://www.buhiimports.com/cgi-bin/webstore.cgi?user_action=detail&catalogno=BY14-1
      I usually order a bunch at one time because of shipping cost, but you can't beat the price @ $3.50. I've also seen them in Hobby Lobby. They have the 1/2 price on everything that's metal now and then. Thanks for subscribing!

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  15. Such a beautiful laundry room. It makes me want to do laundry. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/reeses-smore-brownies-and-wednesdays.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. I'm just now getting caught up on comments, so I'm sorry I missed the linky party. I subscribed to your blog via RSS, so I'll have to make the next one! Thanks for the kind compliment!

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  16. I have a small laudry also, I love the shelves and the curtain. I have thought about a curtain, but wasn't sure if that would work. Thanks for showing me it looks awesome! Can't wait now to fix my laudry up with shelves and a curtain! Great Job, Hugs, Lynn

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  17. I would love to know how you turned the bi-fold door into french doors. That is exactly what I need for my laundry room.

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    1. Hey Shannon!Here is the link to how I turned the bi-fold door into french doors: http://simplicityinthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/09/small-home-big-ideas-turn-bifold-door.html

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  18. Loved this post! I had to laugh when you said, "You're trying to read the labels..." I had *just* pinched back in on the screen and turned ny head upright-- you nailed it. I'm looking forward to more great content. Thanks for blogging.

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    1. Ha! Ha! I'm sooo guilty of it too! I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! Glad you like my laundry room and thanks for visting!

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  19. This is wonderful! It has inspired me to start thinking about my own laundry room! I love the labels and those tins are awesome! I can't wait for the tutorials of how you did the chalkboard labels!

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    1. Hi Danielle! I just realized that I did not add the link to the chalkboard tags until I saw your comment. I just added the link to the post, but here is the direct link: http://simplicityinthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-your-own-chalkboard-tags.html Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  20. Are the baskets from ikea? They are very nice.

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    1. Yes, they're from Ikea! The top row is from Sam's Club and the middle row baskets are from Dollar General. They just happen to match.

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  21. Hello from another small space Mom.
    Great job! And yes I like to see what others are doing. :o)
    I have 7 children and a husband a home that is almost the same size as yours. Let creativity abound.

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    1. Wow! I commend you! Not only for living in a house the same size with 9 people, but for also raising 7 children! That is awesome!

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