Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Farmhouse Laundry Room Mini Makeover

It has been almost 3 months since we closed on our suburban farmhouse. A lot was going on the first few months so only recently have I been able to start putting my touch on our new house turning it into a home. I can NOT tell you how happy that has made me! I have missed doing projects so much.
The first room on my list to get started on was our laundry room. Over the holidays the in-loves arrived and helped us remedy the dryer situation. The duct work made the dryer stick out from the wall over a foot and thus made a small space even smaller. After that was figured out we were able to place the washer and dryer in the proper place. The washing machine use to open up into the hallway and would drive me nuts.
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Before-Greige Paint-From My Front Porch To Yours

I am so happy to have a laundry room that I can actually work in now. We have plans to make this space over starting with the paint. 
Greige Paint-Farmhouse Laundry Room-From My Front Porch To Yours
The set up is not traditional thus we are brain storming  on what we are going to do.
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Storage Solutions-From My Front Porch To Yours
On each side of the machines we have a little space. 
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Built-In coming-From My Front Porch To Yours
The plan is to build a folding table over the appliances but it will have to stop at the end of the dryer because of the placement of the window.
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Upper Cabinet-From My Front Porch To Yours
Our oddly placed cabinet which may or may not come down. I would love to take it down and just have open shelving but I am using it for storage of candles and what not. 
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Mechanicals-From My Front Porch To Yours
Next challenge is to conceal all the mechanics on the wall. They come up on the wall much further than at the last house. We may build a shelf that comes out and covers it all up but that we can easily remove if need be. 
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Sea Salt-From My Front Porch To Yours
Since we do not have our garage set up yet for us to start on building things I opted to begin the makeover with some paint. I had several gallons of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt on hand from the last house. I painted one wall just to see how it would make the space feel. The greige color I had picked out for the entire house made the space very dark. I knew this as soon as it went up on the walls during the build process but we couldn't change. Though I liked Sea Salt and I mean really liked it I felt that it was not the right color for the space. I would have had to change out the light fixture because the two just did not play together very well.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk
I got out my trusty paint decks and end up picking out Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk. The color on the computer looks entirely different from the color card. It looks more flesh toned online.
Farmhouse Laundry Room-New Paint-Steamed Milk-Sherwin Williams-From My Front Porch To Yours
In actuality it is more of a cream color.
Farmhouse Laundry Room-French Farmhouse-From My Front Porch To Yours
The new paint color has made a world of difference!
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Antique Farmhouse Chandelier-From My Front Porch To Yours
Farmhouse Laundry Room-Lace Curtain-French Farmhouse-From My Front Porch To Yours
Farmhouse Laundry Room-French Farmhouse-Steamed Milk Sherwin Williams-From My Front Porch To Yours
It is a nice start on the makeover and I can not wait to get started on the second phase!
Farmhouse Laundry Room-French Farmhouse-Makeover-New Paint-Sherwin Williams-Steamed Milk-From My Front Porch To Yours
The lighter paint color just wakes the space up dramatically. They both have the same amount of lighting on and it is like night and day. Now the rest of our house is begging to be painted!
Farmhouse Laundry Room-French Farmhouse-From My Front Porch To Yours
 Here is a look back at the laundry room makeover at our previous home. Just click to see more.

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29 comments:

  1. Your laundry room looks great! I wonder why they stuck that cabinet over on the side? You could attach open shelves above the washer and dryer from one wall all the way to the cabinet. That would be similar to your last house and look great. I do love the new paint color.

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    1. Yes, I think we will be doing some shelving. I need more storage. We may move the cabinet to the middle and then do shelving on each side to balance things out. It drives me nuts that everything is out of sync but I may just have to live with it. Hope your day is going well Stacey! How is the build coming along?

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  2. The laundry room looks so light and bright, but then Steamed Milk is one of my favorite colors. Even if you don't get right back to the projects the paint really makes the room look good.

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    1. Thank you Debra and yes, the paint will make me very happy even if the other stuff doesn't happen till later. Thank you for stopping by for a visit!:)

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  3. I used that color in my home 3 houses ago. I used it in a guest bedroom and bath. It is a great color!

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    1. It is a great color Penny! Is the guest room you used it in the one that had the red toile bedding? That was always one of my favorite bedrooms!

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  4. Love the color Pamela. The floor in there is great too. I know with a few touches you will have that laundry space so pretty. It already is looking great. Happy New Week.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Kris thank you so much my friend! The floor is one of my favorites. Actually I love a lot of the flooring in our home and am so glad we picked what we did for flooring. We just wish we had continued our wood flooring thru the secondary bedrooms.Happy mid week!:)

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  5. Pam...I can draw you up a plan for this that will nake the most of your space and tackle your design problems. I already worked it out in my head. Just need to draw it out. Curious as to why you didn't have the builders arrange the outlets and hookups to your w/d specifications or add another cabinet. I hate windows on the end wall. Mine is like that too. If I had my way I would have a short wide double window higher up the wall. I'll work on the design plan and send it to you when I'm done...probably on Facebook.

    Sharon

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    1. Oh Sharon if you only knew the battles we faced with our build. I put up a fuss over the placement of the outlets and hook ups to no avail. There are more than several things that the builder did not do that I had requested. Our upstairs bathroom is not what I wanted because they messed up the plumbing and it could not be fixed so late in the game and still have us close on time. It was one drama after another but we are blessed to have had an opportunity to build our house and make it our home. I look forward to all the many memories we will have here flaws and all. As for the window I love the window but yes, wish it was further up on the wall but that would have messed with the elevation of the front of the house so there was no moving it. The cabinet was not even suppose to be in there but they had an extra left over from a kitchen snafu so hubby told um to just place it where it is so.....it may stay or it may come down. I may decided that it adds to its corky charm like an old house would have.

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    2. Actually Pamela , I was thinking that very thing about the cabinet .. it's kind of quirky in an old house way ! And no reason why you can't put open shelving all along the wall above the washer and dryer ;) I love the window too;)

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  6. What a difference a paint color makes! the new color makes the room so much brighter! I love the floor on your laundry room! It must be very exciting to have move to a new house and start over decorating it and making it your home!

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    1. It is exciting but at the same time quite daunting. Our last home still had a ways to go but it had come so far and we were use to having things just so. Now it is like starting over but we are at least starting out ahead of the game with this house. We do not have to replace major flooring or anything like that so things hopefully will happen a lot quicker and not take 7 years to get just right!:)LOL.

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  7. Pamela, I do love the paint color, flooring, and light fixture. I'm sure you will figure everything else out. How difficult would it be to get another cabinet to put in the other corner for more storage and connect the two cabinets with open shelving?

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  8. Love the paint color - your laundry room is marvelous!

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  9. Pamela, love the new color, it looks so much brighter!

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  10. I am looking for laundry room inspirations. This is a great start. I absolutely love the fun funky flooring in this room. Looking forward to your next post.

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  11. I love that color Pamela!...and I also love the way your chandy reflects on the ceiling!...sounds like you have a great plan. So happy you are enjoying the process of making this house your home!

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  12. Pamela, I see a lot of potential in this room! The cabinet does certainly stand out and I would probably put it on the other side of that wall but I can see how breaking up the wall with the cabinet in the middle would be appealing. Seems to me the spot, where the cabinet is located right now, is wanting floor to ceiling shelving (depth would be just to the window of course). I would hold so much and finish off that side of the room. You will soon have a space that works for you I am sure!

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  13. The paint color is gorgeous. I love the window treatment and the chippy picture frame. I know what you mean about decorating. I just have to. So cute.

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  14. Pamela, I just love the new color. It is amazing what a difference paint can make. You have a wonderful space to work with. The flooring is beautiful! I think open shelves would be so pretty and useful. Maybe you guys can move that cabinet to the center of the wall and build shelves on each side, that way you don't loose your cabinet storage for your candles and it will be more balanced. I know whatever you do it will be gorgeous. Take care, Maria

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  15. Pamela, I love the wall color that you chose. It really brightened up the room. I am also loving the flooring you chose. I need to do something with my laundry room. It seems to be the one room in my house that gets neglected. I hope that you are having a wonderful week, and I can't wait to see the rest of your beautiful new house!!!

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  16. I love cream colors! There is just something so warm about them. Good choice! I was thinking about you having to cut the shelving shorter because of the window. What if it just didn't stick out as deep as it would need to be over the appliance? Sort of like ___|---picture this at the top-----|___?

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  17. Love!love! That color! Your laundry room looks great! Good job!

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  18. Congrats on your new home! Your laundry room is looking good; love your light fixture. Hop over and share at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  19. It's crazy how much difference a new paint job can make in a room! I am going to be tackling our laundry room soon too. I have an off white color of paint leftover from doing our master bedroom that I believe I am going to use. I can't wait to see your finished project! I will definitely be posting about mine once I get the motivation to tackle it.

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  20. The color makes all the difference in the world! Have you seen Dear Lillie's laundry room makeover she did recently (think it was in January)? She has a wooden shelf than covers the entire tops of the washer and dryer and then has sides to it to hold it up. Almost like a desk??? Anyhow, just thought it might be an idea :)

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    1. No Pam I have not seen hers. I will go check it out. We plan on making a plank top and then having it all look built in so probably something similar to what you mentioned they did. We just need to get our garage and tools set up so the fun can begin!:) I actually think we ar going to start on our kitchen first though. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  21. Hi, my laundry room looks exactly like this shape. I'll share a bit with you that we found helpful. I know whatever you decide will be beautiful...love watching your progress over the years. Anyway, first we put the matching drawer units under the washer/dryer, which raised them up enough to cover the utility areas on the wall. This only works if you're willing to give up a lower folding area...I still fold on top of ours though. Second, we pushed the dryer, thus washer, as close to the window casing as possible...that freed up enough space beside the washer for a very useful utility sink/cabinet...LOVE IT! I also found a very shallow beautiful white wood hamper unit that has 4 swing open hampers, that unit fits perfectly on wall in front of washer and dryer...this unit (4 hampers), plus the drawers under washer/dryer gives me 6 hamper spaces!! Love that! I also place 2 large vintage rattan laundry baskets on top of the washer/dryer...plus I have the top of the white wooden hamper to set things on as well (I put my cleaning caddy on top, plus some decorative things, such as a wire basket for my wood clothes pins). We kept the 4 doored white wood cabinets over the washer/dryer for things I didn't want to be seen, as well as the hanging rod that goes from the side of the hanging cabinets & connects to the wall (cabinet begins in line with the washer...rod begins on the side of this cabinet and connects to wall over sink) this is very handy for keeping hangers & hanging laundry to put away. Hope these descriptions make sense. Good luck! My favorite floor has always been black & white tiles!! Love you, Carol

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