Laundry Room Redo

I didn’t mean to leave you hanging with my bit of deconstruction the other day. There were some good guesses. Suzanne came closest when she said shower curtain. Well, it’s a curtain of sorts.


I gave it a weathered paint job with some gray, white and black paint and used it for my valance in my laundry room. I like the driftwood look that it has now.

Let me refresh your memory a bit on my laundry room. The before.

And here it is now.  For those who are new here you may notice that there is now a bathroom instead of a closet. You can read about how that came about here. And get a better view of it. Best thing we could have done. Now we have a guest bath on the main floor and it’s right next to the pool.


The laundry got painted the with leftover paint from the bathroom. The fabric, yellow trim and rope I already had. I just had to get the grommets for the top. The rope actually came from a hammock that fell apart. I saved it because I wanted to try to make the monkey’s fist knot like Suzanne of Meridian Road did. I am still going to try it.


The cabinet I had too, I just added some fabric behind the glass to hide all my cleaning stuff.


The bell I bought last summer on clearance and had set it aside. I knew I wanted to put it in here. I can’t hammer anything into that far wall due to the pocket door. So I needed something light that could hang from a command hook. I found the shell/driftwood thing (I don’t know what to call it) at TJ Maxx. I just need to hide the hook a bit.

laundry3 bell

The yellow shelves fit the wall nicely. I need to add some containers to hold some sun block and other things. Right now I filled the bucket with goggles and sunglasses. We always have to have spare sunglasses for the boat.

The doors still need to be painted. It was hard enough painting the trim. And the new laundry room door make such a huge difference. You can see a bit of the old one in the before shot. With having 4 doors in here they will all be white. BUT the garage side of the garage door will be a color.


So there you have it. My lighter and brighter laundry room. It is such a tight spot and it's the entry we use most. I'm so glad it is finished and nicer to look at. Now I have to do laundry before I start hearing, I don’t have any underwear, and they go commando.

Linking up to:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Tuesdays Treasures
Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party
a Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesday 
Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After 
Freckled Laundry Textile Party

see ya,


  1. This turned out beautifully! So bright, cheery, and functional!

  2. Oh commando never hurt anybody!

    It looks great! So sunny and bright. I LOVE the bell. Oh and the cutain is adorable. Great job, Anita.

  3. Anita,
    It all looks outstanding...love that curtain idea...it sooooo CUTE!!


  4. It all looks fantastic Anita. Man, even I'd enjoy doing laundry in there. Great makeover, and what a great use for those shelf hooks.

    Lisa x

  5. Your laundry room looks so good Anita, it's full of great ideas. I love the beachy look :)

  6. Hi there Miss Anita~ your laundry room looks absolutely beautiful!! I love the new valance and the whole look of it... you must just love it!! :)

  7. Anita~
    Love your newly decorated laundry room!! So bright & cheery you may not mind doing laundry...well that may be going a little too far!! LOL! Great job!

  8. I am head over heels with that valance idea. I would never have thought of the peg idea to hang a curtain...brilliant I tell ya! I always read your blog in google reader and now that I clicked over here, I've got to tell you that your blog look is fabulous!

  9. It all turned out beautifully. You not only have a lot of doors, but a lot of door trim too! Yikes. that was a lot of painting.
    The curtain turned out fantastic, so cute and clever. I love all the little details, you always do that so well.
    Great redo, you must be sooooo pleased!

  10. Oh My! It is GORGEOUS! My laundry room is in serious need of a makeover (to put it politely!)...this is inspirational.

  11. That looks stunning, Anita. I particularly love the paintjob on that coatrack-turned-curtain-hanger and I would love a tutorial on obtaining that effect :)

    xx Karen

  12. It all looks really great. Just he right amoutn of details without overwhelming the small space. The curtain is my favorite part!

    How nice to have a bathroom so close now too!

  13. Wow, what a great place to do your laundry now...It turned out great!!

  14. OMG this turned out so good. It now goes perfectly with your fabulous bathroom. You will enjoy walking in this door and seein this room. You have really changed it up. I am still smiling from seeing it.

  15. I just love how you did your valance, it turned out great!

    As for hiding the hook — I have several beachy things I've hung with nails and I cover them up by simply gluing a small shell or sand dollar to it. Easy and adds to the overall theme.

    If I had a laundry room as lovely as yours, I'd probably be able to keep up with my wash. Just fabulous!

  16. Oh Anita, it looks wonderful! Love the window treatment, you did such a great job!

  17. It's all simply beautiful. You put everything together so well. What a transformation!

  18. What a sweet room and that little curtain is the best ever!

  19. really great job! love how bright and airy it is now! you should be so proud!! :)

  20. Anita, I LOVE your laundry room! Everything is so pretty, and your repurposing of those pegs is amazing! Great idea to put a bathroom in there - how nice to have it close to the pool. Thanks for sharing all your pictures.

  21. And you are writing your decorating book when???????????

  22. Wow - what a transformation. I love it.

  23. I LOVE what you did so much I added some of your photos to my "new home" file for when we get a new home!!!!


  24. Anita this is a GORGEOUS transformation....I know the area receives a lot of traffic as it is but I just BET you find ANY excuse to walk in there now....I LOVE how light & bright it is....!

    Now WHEN are ya gonna come & fix mine....hahahahaha....??

    Cheres for now from Oz,
    Tamarah xx

  25. This turned out so charming, Anita. I really like your window treatment - so cute hanging from the pegs. The bell is perfect in that spot, I just love it! Hugs, Kim

  26. it looks lovely, anita! i love the ticking stripe, soft colors and happy yellow as well- the "curtain rod" is genius!

  27. How on earth did I miss this, yesterday?! OH my... I just love it! Blue and yellow are one of my favorite color combinations. The valance and the way you hung it... just darling! Adore the bell, too. You guys have been busy! Looks great! :) Michelle

  28. Anita it is beautiful!! I love the hooks used as a curtain rod and I really like the fabric. It looks so beachy and soothing, a great place to do laundry and I ADORE that little bell!! Perfect!!

  29. You must love to spend time in your laundry room now!!!! The valance is adorable!

  30. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!



  31. Looks beautiful. love the curtains and the touch of a flower vase--so sweet! come on over and link up!

  32. Wow, Anita! It looks so good! I'd love coming into that room, too.
    I LOVE that valance! The grommets and the rope and the pegs~how smart are you? It's so cute!

  33. Anita, your laundry room looks so fresh and airy now. You did an amazing job and the ticking stripe will always be my favorite. Love the window treatment!

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  35. Anita, your laundry room turned out great. I love the valance. It all looks perfect. I need to do mine now.

  36. Great Laundry Room Redo...love the curtain!! Actually, love everything in there. You did an amazing job.

    Have a God Filled Day

  37. So pretty, Anita! I'm jealous, I don't have a laundry room in my house (w & d are in the garage), but if I did, I would be "borrowing" your look! Love it!

  38. Love the valance idea!! And the laundry room looks awesome!

  39. such a great makeover! i'm glad no one will have to go commando...LOL!!

  40. Hi Anita, Your laundry room is wonderful! I am in love with the valance and how you hung it from the pegs. Beautiful!

  41. Beautiful! I just found the same bell at TJ Maxx the other day and was wondering where to put it! I love it in the laundry room! The curtains are fabulous too!

  42. I'm just catching up on some of your posts. Your laundry room is just gorgeous!! I love the light and airy feeling. That curtain is too cute! Great job!!

  43. Beautiful transformation! Love the ticking valance. Thank you so much for linking with air your laundry Friday. :)


  44. Love your Laundry. I would have never thought to do some of the things you did (eg the window skirting). It looks Great!

  45. Beautiful laundry room! I linked this to my ticking fabric post too, I just love how you used yours!

  46. WOW, I love those valances. i would love to make that for my FR. Would you be so kind as to send me how you made them?? Like how did you know what size and what not. I really like it. I'd like to be able to make them for my kitchen and FR. Check out my blog and you'll see the transformation to the FR.

    I'm new to the sewing world so any help you can tell me would be awesome. I am so in love with those!


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