7 December 2012

DIY laundry room cuteness

I wanted to add some colour and personality to the laundry room without spending much money and I  I managed to achieve that.

One of the things I did (that cost the most money) was buy a shelf and cut it to size to create a worktop over the washing machine and drier. I cut notches for the pipes and it sits on top of the washing machine and wedges beneath the board along the wall so I haven't actually had to create legs or fasten it to the wall - it is pretty well wedged in there but easily removed when I need to (since we are only renting). I also made a valance for the window, hung a clock, added some artwork, created a liner for the basket and painted the tray.

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Here is a detail shot of the peg (clothespin) basket liner so you can see the fabric I used for it and the valance. It is from the Space collection by The Henley Studio, and it's #875 "Starburst". I cut holes for the handle and used Fray Check to seal the edges.

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I'm so pleased with the artwork, it came out exactly as I imagined! I printed photos that bring back happy memories or make me laugh and I can easily switch them out. The middle print has a quote on it which says, "What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't happened yet."

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The artwork started as ancient Ikea prints bought at a car boot sale:

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I painted them navy, made paper bunting and hammered in some push pins to string wire from, with little wooden clothes pins from the dollar store.

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I also made a little "Laundry" sign out of a piece of pallet wood.

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I'm so pleased with it all, I think it's made a big difference to the space. Grant asked why I was bothering because "nobody will see it" - huh, I'm not "nobody"! I deserve to look at cute spaces as much as our guests do and since I use the room multiple times a day, why not make it cute so it makes me smile?

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6 comments:

  1. You made me cry man, when I saw the pic of me in your laundry. Jis, I just want to give you a big hug right now.

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  2. Oh Yes! Jen SOMEBODY! Powrie Morris!
    I loved the before and after photos - I thought "Where are the before photos so I can see the before and after..." And there they were! Happy Friday 7th December to you or whatever day it is for you now.

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  3. So cute!!! I just love it! You are very talented. And I agree, laundry is less if a chore in a cute space : )

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  4. Jen I am a fan of yours! I was wondering if you could help me.. I need to make a blind (like the one in your laundry window) but I would like for it to be able to roll down at night time and roll up in the day time. Any advice how I can make one?! I'm not crafty like you but I would love some advice :)

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    1. I've seen tutorials on Pinterest on how to take a regular roller blind and cover them with cute fabric - maybe something like that would work?

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