A little over a month ago Birch Lane contacted me to see if there was a space in my house I wanted to add a little spring refresh to.
And did I need a little help?
As a matter of fact I do.
Then I jumped up and down and tried a cart-wheel and thought I might take up yodeling to celebrate.
I knew I had the perfect space for the refresh. I’ve been wanting to add a little something to the laundry room.
At least that’s how the conversation went when I explained it all to my husband later. Just a little bit here and there, I told him.
And somewhere between a little bit and a little something…..
….I kind of got a little carried away.
And completely made over the entire room. 🙂
Now here’s the before before.
This is the laundry room before I wrote a blog when we first bought the house. I had no idea how much I would one day need before pictures. This is all the before I have.
The walls were yellow.
The trim was dark.
Here’s the during.
I love the space. I love that window. I love the black and white and I love the pieces and how they fit in the space.
I love the green trees outside in this picture that are currently brown.
The room had looked like this for five years and I loved every minute of those five years, but I was ready for a change.
Now it looks like this.
Can you even believe it?
Please scroll to that before before picture one more time.
Laundry has never made me so happy.
We started the make-over by painting the room.
The new paint color is SW Rice Grain.
I think it lightened up the space and made it all look a little fresher.
We wrapped the paint onto the ceiling too.
There was an old fluorescent light up there and we took it down, attached a ceiling medallion and added this chandelier.
It’s perfect for the space because it’s light and airy and the burnished gold color is so pretty against the paint color on the walls.
It comes in different colors, too, and it’s even on sale right now.
Then we painted the big pieces of furniture that were already in the space with a fresh coat of white paint.
This armoire used to be black.
I bought it years ago at a yard sale for $5 with the best story behind it.
I didn’t want to change it out for something else, so we painted it and striped the door with more SW Rice Grain.
We also added new handles.
These were just plain silver handles from the hardware store.
I simply sprayed them with a coat of burnished gold spray paint.
The large piece on the other side?
I added ship lap to the back of it and hung a twig basket in the middle of the ship lap.
It’s perfect for paper towel storage.
Here’s a better view of the armoire painted with its new burnished gold jewelry.
I love these wire baskets with burlap liners and they make the perfect storage for folded laundry on top of the washer and dryer.
But my favorite part of the new room?
Drum roll please.
It’s the sliding barn door with burnished gold hinges above the washer and dryer.
I’m going to show the DIY later, but we bought the hinges and track at Tractor Supply and I spray painted them gold.
You can roll the door from side to side on the track.
Here’s another angle so you can see how the hinges roll on the track.
It’s the perfect place to put laundry and cleaning supplies that aren’t cute.
Use what you need and then slide it closed when you’re done.
It slides so easily across the track.
We also added an indoor/outdoor rug to the space.
Because the area is high traffic and gets a lot of water, this runner was a great option for adding a graphic pattern to the floor.
The room was finished this week and I did laundry in here yesterday. I went around and asked everyone if they had towels to wash so I could try it out. I was hoping that since the room was new and improved and made over, it might want to wash the towels for me.
I’m still waiting. 🙂
PS A GIANT shout out to Birch Lane for inspiring the make-over and putting together the spring refresh program. Yesterday, Lucy from Craftberry Bush showed us her spring refresh and tomorrow Melissa from The Inspired Room is sharing with us her room. And I’m also taking over the Birch Lane Instagram today. You can follow along with me here.
disclosure: Birch Lane sponsored this post and compensated me for the campaign.
All opinions on barn doors and burnished gold and amazing light fixtures are completely my own.
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