Farmhouse laundry room reveal

It is so good to have this project completed!  
I am so happy with how everything came together, and the overall look.

This room is our 'real' entry into the house- we are always coming through the garage, into the laundry room.

  I never realized what an impact it had on me until the other day when I walked in
with the bright new look.
Having a utilitarian space like this that is pretty and put together really does make me feel better coming home.

I started by freshening up the color.
I've been on a mission to rid the walls of the awful, claustrophobic, beige.

The new color is the same one we used in our master bedroom, Benjamin Moore's Navajo White, mixed in Home Depot's Behr paint.

The cabinets were all painted in Annie Sloan's Pure White chalk paint.
I distressed the edges of the cabinets slightly, the same way I do my furniture.

It was still laborious, just like the kitchen makeover, but with a few less steps involved.
I think using the chalk paint was also less expensive, product wise.
I used just one quart for the entire cabinetry makeover!
No sanding, no Flotrol, no TSP cleaning, no primer... much simpler.

We also have lovely new pumpkin knobs from D. Lawless Hardware!

I received a nice message on Facebook as we were working on the laundry room, and they sent me these beautiful pieces to complete our cabinet makeover!
Thank you so much!!!
I can't wait to order some more hardware from them in the future- they have some really interesting and affordable products.

There's a couple things I have tucked away in my brain for future furniture makeovers!
Check out their site for a huge selection of hardware products.

The color choice for our laundry room came from a lot of Pinterest inspiration, and my love of this ironing board cover:

I saw it in Country Living's March 2013 issue. 
It was sold out almost instantly online.

After posting it on my Instagram, Kenesha at Restoration House went to her local West Elm
(we don't have one nearby), picked one up and sent it to me!
Thanks again, K!!
The fun and friendships thanks to Instagram and blogging! :)

The base of the ironing board was formerly bright aqua.

We've had it since we were newlyweds, and it was time to update it.
A few coats of Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze, and it was totally transformed.

Our new rug was the perfect size for the narrow space.
I wanted a cotton rug that I could toss into the wash when needed.
The pattern worked with the modern farmhouse look in here.

I purchased some fun new accessories as well~
the baskets to accommodate the 'new' open shelving.

I removed a couple of the doors so we didn't have a massive expanse of wall cabinets.  
Much more interesting, and great texture!
The top shelf holds extra white pottery that I use seasonally.
I added the little chalk board tags to help I.D. what is in each basket.

Our laundry cleaning essentials are all on our newly installed shelf.

I used clear glass candy jars, with some fun chalkboard labels.
Vintage punch cups are what I used for scoops.  It holds the perfect amount of soap for a full load of laundry.

I've been using the vintage lunch pail for a while for our dryer sheets.

I still like it, and I'm still usin' it.
There's nothing pretty or interesting about dryer sheets, so keeping it in an interesting box works for me.

One thing that I LOVE about our makeover is the drying rack!
I've been wanting one for a long time.

Before, if there were washed items that needed to be air dryed, they would get hung on every available knob on the cabinets.
Or, over the back of the chairs in the nook.

Now, we have a new metal folding drying rack from Ikea. 
It is a great space saver, super simple to install, and holds all of our air dry items.
A vintage basket above adds warmth and texture.

I discovered {after removing the previous curtains} that I really liked all the natural light pouring in.
I decided to keep the clean look and just added a row of faux plants to the window sill.

I've tried keeping real plants alive in here, and it turns in to a plant graveyard.  
Faux it is.

We each have our own laundry basket now.
 I put our initials on them.

These are all vintage, and I love them!
So much more visually appealing than plastic baskets, and just as sturdy.   

The small French enamel plate is from Attic Antics on Etsy.

I've had the privelege of meeting Alex a couple times at shows we were involved in, and love her European treasures.
I wanted to add something interesting to the plain sink front, and this was the perfect piece.
No significance to the just worked!

The vintage linens on the sink skirt were also from another Etsy seller- Jane's Vintage Too.
These were 3 individual towels that I sewed together and made a little rod pocket at the top.

Now all my paint supplies are hidden under the sink instead of taking up counter space
(and visual clutter).

Speaking of visual clutter, we cleaned up and organized this catchall spot by adding in the enamelware
organizer set from Ikea.
 I've been admiring it the last few times we went shopping, and I realized this would be a great option for a wall storage unit for coupons, papers, and pens.

And here's the little aqua step stool I talked about in this post.
It's already getting lots of use!

Our cork board got a little update too- some burlap and upholstery tacks.
I stenciled some white stripes on it just to tie in with the other farmhouse stripes going on.

It's nice to check off another project for 2013 from the list!
So far, I'm on track to completing everything!
You can see the before photos of our laundry room here, here, and here.

Want to know where I got the items for our laundry room makeover?
Here you go~

Source List:

Paint- Behr, Navajo White (BM color)
paint and wax on cabinets- Annie Sloan, Pure White and clear wax

Ikea items:
Wall brackets- Ekby Valter
shelf baskets- Byholma
drying rack- Grundtal
faux plants and basket pots-
white fabric lampshade- Lyrik
enamelware wall organizer- Fintorp
rug- Lappljung
step stool- Bekvam
(painted by me- Annie Sloan chalk paint, Provence)

Vintage items:
French enamelware number
linens for skirt sink
laundry baskets
white pottery
metal lunchbox for dryer sheets
clothespin bowl & clothespins
folding coat rack
floral art print
punch cups used for laundry powders
aqua pendant light

Other items:
hardware knobs- D. Lawless Hardware
jars for laundry powders- Cash and Carry
Chalkboard tags for baskets and soap jars- Staples, Martha Stewart line
key hook - Pier One (no longer available)
cork board - Target; covered in burlap and stenciled by me
ironing board cover - West Elm
(no longer available online; check your local store for availability)

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  1. it looks amazing!!!! the skirt is my favorite part! way to go denise! want to come over and do mine...

  2. I love every single thing about your changes!

  3. oh, your laundry room is beautiful! Looks like it came right out of a modern farmhouse. Good job! love the door knobs.

  4. Great job, Denise! It turned out really nice.

  5. love love love every little detail. want to come do mine??

  6. Fabulous! I love your new laundry room, almost makes you want to hang out in there all day, right? All your little touches add so much charm, right down to the ironing board cover. I need to do something about our laundry room.

  7. Awesome! Looks great! Thanks so much for the link!

  8. The mailbox for dryer sheets is brilliant! Love the makeover!

  9. I love what you have done! The lunchbox for the dryer sheets is such a cute idea. I bet they fit perfectly! I love those knobs too--how sweet they sent them to you! I will have to check them out. Enjoy your lovely real entry to the house :)

  10. Denise,
    Looks OUTSTANDING!!!! Love all of it. Sure wish that I had time to do mine.


  11. It looks amazing, Denise! I need to work on mine, it is the last dark brown room in my home, ugh. Mine is a tiny room, I love how large yours is. Great ideas, thank you for sharing!


  12. Denise your laundry room turned out so lovely! Perfectly farmhouse down to each detail, love it :)

    xo, Tanya

  13. Clean and fresh and simple... I love it! Great ironing board cover, too!

  14. Clean and fresh and simple... I love it! Great ironing board cover, too!

  15. Oh Denise, it looks fantastic! You must be so thrilled! And, don't you just love the enamelware organizers? I got a few sets of those when I went to Ikea..they're adorable!

  16. Your laundry room turned out spectacular. I LOVE every little touch. I was thinking about this other day believe or not.


  17. Oh Denise,
    You inspire me to get my laundry room perked up NOW!

  18. What an amazing laundry room. Love all the beautiful and practical details!

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

  19. Oh what a great laundry room! It's pretty, clean and fresh! Love the farmhouse style! And I have that ironing board cover too. Luckily I got it before it hit Country Living! But why have I never thought to paint the legs of my 35 year old ironing board?

  20. I have laundry room envy! You've done an amazing job. Thanks for the shopping list too. I'm impressed with your Ikea finds. Who knew? Blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  21. Your laundry room looks great and no wonder that you enjoy seeing it when you come home. So many great details and pretty farmhouse touches.

  22. It would be a pleasure to do laundry in your laundry room! Your project is really inspiring me to make some changes in my own laundry room. Visiting from Elizabeth & Co.

  23. Oh this is wonderful, Denise! same with us, we always come thru the utility room from the garage. I'd love love to have a sink in mine. You did a super job!!!

  24. Looks gorgeous Denise~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  25. Love it all! Very cute. Found link on Pinterest. Question - how has the chalk paint held up on your cabinets? I'm thinking about using chalk paint on my kitchen cabs, but worry about the durability. Have you had any issues? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mandy! It has held up great! I haven't had a single issue with it. It's been super durable, and worked great. Since I did our kitchen in latex, I have something to compare it to. ;) The kitchen cabinets have a couple knicks and dings, but nothing too awful. A little more high traffic use there though. Thanks for letting me know how you found me!


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