Monday, June 3, 2013

Lovin' My Laundry Room!

In the thirteen laundry rooms I've owned.. from the the thirteen different homes we've lived in... this one beats them all ~ hands down!  The minute I set eyes upon it, I was instantly smitten with the black and cream checkerboard flooring.  Twelve inch linoleum squares showing only a bit of wear.  Seemingly impossible as they are truly vintage!
And that sink!  This 1929 year old girl shows her age with this as it's a very deep, double sink set on cast iron legs.  A difficult thing to replace as they just don't make them like this anymore!

Again, I'm having to show you an "after" photo as this was the second project I tackled upon moving in eight years ago.  The first step I took in this makeover was to paint the cabinets and distress them.

A Laura Ashley shade of green, Olive 3, and an antiquing glaze I made up (did I write down the formula?  if only!!).  It was back breaking work but so worth it to breath some life into what was originally a stark white generic cupboard.  The top of the counter was a laminate.  Wanting to replace it, I headed to Ikea to purchase a wooden counter top, cutting it to size.  Now I had a long expanse of counter top that brought more warmth into the room!  New pulls for the cupboards and that project was complete.

Originally, there were shelves that went the entire length of the wall.  Not necessary and made the room appear smaller.  As I liked the white shelving there was no need to do anything to them.  Just cut them down to size and support them with new brackets.

With a passion for vintage, I now had a fresh space to reflect that..
making it feel more comfortable. After all, sorting through dirty underwear and untucking scrunched up dirty socks isn't life's most pleasurable chore, for sure! So why not make your laundry room a place you don't mind spending time in!

A large "antique" clock face that, like all antiques, "stopped short never to go again".  (Words from a song we sang in school when I was little that actually has some validity to it!)  With two large glass canisters containing laundry soap set on the counter underneath it, that area in the room is now complete.

Do you like old wooden children's chairs?  I am addicted to them!  This charming little one is painted the same color as the cabinet but without a glaze......

 .... and holds my waste basket.

 And the other little detail that tickles me?  This one.

This little vignette rests on the shelf above the sink.  I just love looking up and having it catch my eye!  All it takes are those little touches to bring a smile to your face.  Little touches that makes a house a home.  Dirty socks and all!!!

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  1. WOW I'm loving it too!
    I've never had a laundry " room " - yours is beautiful!
    I'd probably hang out in there a little too much lol

  2. What a "sweet" laundry room! As you get ready to leave this home I'm sure you must be reliving many wonderful memories... Having moved twelve times myself, I know it's never easy but knowing you Kadee, I have NO doubt that your new nest will be just as fabulous and lovely as this one. XOXO Colleen

  3. Good morning,
    I love what you did with the cabinets.. Beautiful job!
    This is some laundry room. Lucky lady you are.

  4. Wow, adorable, love, love the floor and sink!

  5. Wow Wow this laundry room is so amazing. Every detail is so sweet and inviting. I would want to do laundry in there!!!! Love that floor and sink too.

  6. Oh how I wish I had your laundry room! HUGE, pretty, and I LOVE your vintage sink!!! And so much storage...the perfect laundry room!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  7. I am in love with your laundry room too! Mine is so bad a nuclear bomb would be an improvement, lol. Yours is so sweet it would almost be fun to do laundry....

    totally jealous

  8. How cute is that? Your laundry room is adorable. Makes me want to re-do mine. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  9. Oh my word, you are right, this is the most wonderful laundry room ever. I love that . sink and the checked floor. Fabulous. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me Hugs, Marty

  10. Wow, you do have a great laundry room, Love the sink plus the counter on the opposite side of the room, It has great color too.

  11. Wow Kadee this laundry room is spectacular. I love all the attention to detail and all the room you have created for storage and folding laundry. I have a similar sink in my laundry room and now that I see your pretty skirt on it, I must copy the idea. Fabulous makeover friend.



  12. This is a wonderfully large laundry room with tons of charm. You certainly enhanced its charm with your touches. I would be happy to do laundry in this bright cheerful room. Happy Week Ahead...

  13. Oh what I would give to have this laundry room!!!!! Ours is just like a closet....AND the door opens IN! That has got to be fixed and fast! I love everything you have done and love that vignette too. Now, what is behind those doors????:):) xO, pinky

  14. Thank you so much for coming over to meet Buttercup, and leaving such a kind comment.
    I thought wire would work best for his little feet, and embroidery thread was thin enough to wrap around.. I'm glad you thought it a good idea also.
    Enjoy your week,

  15. Sheesh! The sinks in this house are freakin' amazing in blazes are you holding yourself back from rippin' them out and draggin' them with you? ROFLOL Great little makeover darlin'!!!! LOVE that color!!!!
    just me....a sink fanatic....jan

  16. Goodness... toss a mattress on the floor and call it my bedroom cause thats so darn cute!!!

  17. I HAVE THAT CLOCK, TOO!!!! And, you KNOW I should hate you - LOVE this room (you had me at the floor!). Hope all is well in Willowland - Happy Wednesday, Kadee! XOXO

  18. It's such a great space, spacious and charming! I would love doing laundry there!

  19. love your laundry room. I am going to steal that finish on your cabinets. Good luck with your move. Be sure to tell us all about it!

  20. Wow, that's a great space for laundry! Super bright and cheery.

  21. Beautiful, charming, perfect laundry room, Kadee! You've made a 'blah' space so totally warm and inviting! I hope you can duplicate some of the wonderful touches in your new home(s). The floor, the sink, the painted cabinet...all just yummy. I have a little child's chair exactly like yours, except mine is chippy dark green. I'm a sucker for little chairs, too!

    Have a great week! xoxo,

  22. Good heavens! A laundry room that would actually inspire me to do laundry! It's absolutely beautiful, Kadee!

  23. I LOVE your laundry room roo! WOW- and it is HUGE!

    Mine is a small galley-like one, hardly any room at all = lovin yours.

    You did a marvelous job with all of it, Kadee!

  24. Wow, what a marvelous room! The size of the room is amazing. Great job!

  25. The floor would have sold me too. I love how you painted the cabinets and chair and the sink has such charm. Someone will love what you did with the room.

  26. What a really cute laundry room! I love those floors. I have black and white vinyl squares laid on a diagonal in my kitchen and just love them.

    You created a beautiful space!