DIY Projects & Decor

Laundry Room Makeover

One of my Home Goals for 2012 is to get organized.  From the picture below, you can see why!  I probably should be horrified to show you this “before” picture, but this is my life.  To know me is to love me with all my messy, unorganized flaws.

I decided I wanted to do the laundry room make over on a budget, using materials I already had.  My BFF gave me almost a whole gallon of paint that was left over from a project I helped her with.  I had shutters in my garage that I picked up from Habitat Restore for $5.00 and last week I purchased metal brackets from Habitat just ‘cuz they were $2.00 each.  I’m ready to roll!

I keep paint cans in the laundry room so they don’t dry out from heat or cold in the garage. Not pretty to look at!
More paint stored on top of the cabinet. This cabinet is the only storage in the laundry room.
Ugh! More junk. All the pool paraphernalia are stored in here.
Not sure what I was thinking with this paint color and the valance. And how lovely are those baseball hats!??
The walls are repainted a light blue.  So much happier than the green.   Looks very fresh and clean.
This is one of the shutters I purchased at Habitat Restore. It’s 15 inches wide. Perfect for a shelf.
My $2.00 brackets from Habitat. I saw the same ones at Lowes for $7.00 each! I love a bargain!!
See?? $2.00!
I attached the brackets on each end of the shutter and one in the middle. The brackets are attached to the wall with anchors.
I found an old curtain rod and put it through the scrollies in the brackets. Woohoo! Now I have a rod to hang clothes on. This was an unexpected bonus!
Yeah! The hangers fit!
My paint collection doesn’t look so awful up high and in plastic containers.  Home Depot has plastic containers in various sizes to store left over paint.  And yes, that is Gatorade bottles filled with paint.  Just trying to do my part in recycling!  My car trunk is now full of paint cans ready to be disposed of properly.

Still need to get a few things for the laundry room.  More shelves would be wonderful and maybe some storage bins and artwork.  Do I love my laundry room now?  YES!  Does it make me want to do laundry?  HECK NO!  Laundry still sucks no matter what your laundry room looks like!  But at least it looks more organized and inviting to walk into.

If you have any brilliant ideas on how to organize a laundry room, I would love to hear!  Still have oodles of shoes to contend with, and all my mops and brooms are shoved in a corner right now.  I don’t want to resort to my old ways… if a messy room has a door, then shut it and run! ; )

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