We’ve recently moved into a new home. It is lovely. I mean what’s not to like about a new house? Even better, I was able to select all of the finishes and paint color etc… Still, a new home can be rather lacking in personality. On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to change a lot for fear of messing up your brand new home. Right?
I decided that I would start with my laundry room – it’s small, not a lot of people visit the room besides me. So, if I messed it up, it wouldn’t be completely tragic. Also, with 3 teenage boys I do spend a bit of time in there, and it would be nice if it felt a little happier. Can the laundry room be a happy place? I wish I had thought to take a before pic, but you’ll have to trust me that it was your standard, nondescript laundry room with white walls, an outlet for appliances, and a built-in cabinet above.
Adding a Countertop
The first thing we needed was a counter space to fold clothes and a place to put my heat press as well (more on all the lovely projects you can tackle with one of those bad boys later). Lucky for me, hubby is pretty handy and he was able to purchase a ready-made counter at a local home improvements store. (Though I wish I could have talked him into a ‘nicer’ product than laminate. 🙁 )He bought a 12 foot length and was able to cut it into two sections. He affixed 2×4” wood beams to the wall by anchoring them into the studs. Then, he sat the counter on top of the wood and using L brackets, secured the counter to the beams from the under side. Voila!
Now the room would function better, but I couldn’t take those plain white walls!
My Wallpaper Inspiration
Now it was time to make it pretty. I saw an amazing wallpaper while reading another blog, hiSugarplum , and thought it was perfect. My joy was quickly dashed when I discovered the paper is $165 a roll! While that may not be a lot for the beautiful paper, it is more than I really wanted to spend on my laundry room. Moreover, if I didn’t have any luck on the countertop, I hardly think hubby we could for that much money on wallpaper. Especially for the laundry room! #firstworldproblems
Don’t you love it? It can be found here: Hygge & West ‘Daydream’ in gray colorway
So, what’s a frugal girl to do? Get out the paintbrushes of course! I decided to try to imitate the wallpaper by painting a similar design. First, I painted the walls gray. Sherwin Williams – Now, I consider myself somewhat handy and crafty, but I am no artist. So, painting a bird was out of the question. Perhaps I could try a stencil?? I ordered the medium-sized stencil “Fly Away with Me” ($22.95)from Royal Design Studios. I also ordered the lime green stencil cream and brush.
Stenciling the Wall
The stencil was very easy to do. In fact, it may be the easiest project I’ve tackled! To use the stencil, I simply applied masking tape to the corners to make sure it wouldn’t move. Then, I dabbed the brush into the paint pot, just a little. The paint goes a long way – you just need to pounce over the stencil multiple times until the design is covered. Then, carefully remove the stencil and move on to the next location for your design.
Now For Adding the Clouds
Next up was to tackle the clouds. In the wallpaper design, the clouds are very whimsical and have a distinct hand drawn quality. There is no easy way to accomplish this – you just have to grab a brush and start. I carefully looked at the cloud designs and then tried to mimic the look in my own clouds. Don’t look to close. They are really a far cry from the original wallpaper, but I’m okay with them. To paint them I used a small paintbrush and some plain white latex paint. I tried to use a paint pen in the hopes that it would be easier to draw with, but the paint pen didn’t show up on the wall very well. So, back to free-handing. #flyingwithoutanet
Adding Finishing Touches
After the painting was complete, it was time to add a few finishing touches. I added some baskets to the shelves to hold laundry essentials and my stash of Scentsys. I found these at Ikea. (KNARRA Basket, white $8.99 Article Number: 702.433.16)
I found the lidded jar at TJ Max and use that to store my laundry pods so that they’re super easy to get to when it’s time to start a new load – which seriously is a daily occurrence around here!
Overall, I am really happy with the way it turned out, and the room does seem more cheerful when I go in to do laundry ~ and who wouldn’t like to add a smile to that never-ending task? So, what do you think? How have you spruced up your laundry room? Do you have any thoughts on what to do with all those unsightly bottles of stain remover, starch, etc..? Comment below and let me know what projects you’re working on.