Thursday, November 8, 2012

More House Makeovers

Okay, so I hope you can appreciated that we are real people.

This is our laundry room we are talking about, AND we actually do laundry in it.

We don't have vignettes and accent lamps strewn about.

We have cat litter and underwear strewn about.

Get it?



 This last shot is standing in front of the sink and looking at the back wall.  Like every other room in our house, this one started out a shade of off white... the same shade on the walls, trim, doors, ceiling, etc... it was asylum time all the time when we moved in.  Also, please notice that pathetic light fixture.  I really don't think it was like that when we first saw our house, but it was like that when we moved in. It stayed like that for nearly two years.  Don't worry, you never would have noticed it, all the dirty laundry would have distracted your eye.  I promise you.

Now, note what is most unfortunate:  the laundry room is also the access point between out kitchen on the right and our family room on the left.  The other door leads to the basement/garage.  This is UNFORTUNATE!!!  Every person that comes through our house will at some point go through our laundry room.  No one wants that!  If we had a million dollars we'd put up a wall and enclose the laundry room and form a hallway for connecting the kitchen to the family room.  But we don't.  So...


We painted the room a light green with bright white trim.  Mr F removed the under sink cabinet doors and painted the cabinet and shelves a nice dark grey color.  I made the curtains, the under sink one now hides a cat litter box! I also added that chevron cotton throw rug (for $8! and the pattern makes it look blurry in the pic but it is sharp in real life), which kind of keeps kitty litter from being tracked all over the house.  Mr F hung that vintage chandelier (it's just taller than his head), and added the decorative hooks from World Market to the back wall.  We finished it with the Boston Fern, which I kind of think makes all the difference in the world.  Think about plants, people!  

All in all:  $13 for the hooks, $80 for the chandelier, $15 for fabric & curtain rods, $10 for the plant, $8 for the throw rug, and $60 for paint (I think, that is not my department... you could do it for less but we buy expensive no VOC paint).  Whole room was under $200.  


Brenda said...

First things first. Even in the before pictures, this is a fantastic room. My laundry area is a dank corner of the basement with exposed pipes and cinderblock walls. That being said, the transformation is fantastic! I think the curtains are my favorite part. At any rate, as long as you keep the underwear hidden you can now definitely be proud to usher folks right through there. Nice!

Marlee said...

First: I love this laundry room.

Second: You don't know me, but I'm friends with Katie Miller, and I followed a comment you made on her blog to your blog and I've been stalking you for at least 20 minutes, which is more than enough time for me to conclude that I'll probably stalk you (or your blog) (or just you) forever.

Mrs Furious said...

Hey Marlee! I love when I find a new blog!... I've been known to carry my laptop everywhere I go for 2 straight days obsessively reading their archives and ignoring all my responsibilities. Have fun, although I fear I've gotten boring in my old age ;)

Do you have a foot of snow?! The nice thing about having a ranch is the main floor laundry. It helps tremendously in taking the laundry all the way... instead of just throwing it down the basement stairs and hoping it would wash itself as was our old custom.

ML Webster said...

It looks awesome!!

Mrs Furious said...

Thanks, ML!

Marlee said...

I just realized that you started blogging when I was still in high school. this is like an early christmas!

Andrea said...

I'm jealous you have that much space to do laundry in, I have to keep up with the laundry or else we wouldn't find or washer in our tiny laundry closet which I guess in hindsight means there's rarely dirty piles of clothes there usually clean and on every flat surface of the house lol. It look great by the way, where did you find the chevron rug?

katieo said...

" the laundry room is also the access point between out kitchen on the right and our family room on the left. "

that would drive me BONKERS.

(and oh hey! Marlee! aaah! two worlds are colliding...)

Laundry room looks awesome. really. great job.

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