Does it seem like these house shares are coming in the most random of orders? lol Well, they probably are I suppose. So far I have shared the front entry, my craft space/office, Laine's room.. and now the laundry room!? Ummm.. what about the living room and the kitchen dining rooms? ha ha! I dunno. Those rooms are just too much pressure I suppose. Probably because they are never perfectly clean.. or I still want to change out a few lights.. or hang more pictures... or or or... ha ha!
Laundry room = smallest room in the house, which = usually clean, which = easiest to take photos of at this moment in time. hee.
I love love love that our laundry room is upstairs with the bedrooms in this house, makes the process of laundry sooo much easier. Since laundry is my least favourite thing to do in the whole entire world.. this is a good thing. Our last house had main floor laundry, which was the same floor as the bedrooms then too.. but it was at the opposite end of the house, and for some reason just didn't work as well as this one in this house.
Because this room is right at the top of the stairs, it is the first thing you see as you are going up to the second floor.. I wanted to make it pretty. I didn't want to always be shutting the door to hide it, since it has a fairly large window and brings in so much light and air flow. I wanted to keep the door open, but still have it feel like the rest of the house.
Simple things like open shelving and a light switcheroo really helped with that.. in my opinion anyway. Oh.. and the nice oversized basket that holds (and hides) the laundry soap and other such things (paper towel, stain remover, iron..) ..I use the same products over and over anyway, so I really tried to simplify which things I actually needed to keep on hand.
See.. laundry left in the dryer. I took these photos a few days ago, and I think that same load is still in there. Don't judge. ha ha! ;)
I scored this mini chandelier 50% off at Canadian Tire of all places! Yes, all non Canadians are probably thinking "a tire shop!?" lol ..it is kind of like a mini Walmart ..sort of, they have all kinds of home goods.. but do focus more so on automotive and camping/outdoor stuff. I have found a few gems there in the past though. ;)
Is a chandelier in a laundry room weird? ;)
Our kitty (or should I say Laine's kitty) eats in there on top of the dryer. The reason.. the dogs have no manners and chow down on it as soon as nobody is looking. No manners at all. Jeesh.
Oh.. and gotta love $3 Ikea rugs...
Shelves and curtains are from Ikea too.. you probably figured that though huh!? Laundry really does feel like less of a chore now.. who would have thought?
This is definitely a room on a budget (other wise this little makeover probably wouldn't happen.. cause really, it is just a laundry room right!?) ..so so worth it! Here is a bit of a breakdown on spending (not including washer and dryer though.. which we brought from our last house)..
- shelves $17 each for a total of $34
- brackets $2.50 each for a total of $10
- rug $3
- curtains ..can't find them on the Ikea site, but I think they were $40
- light $50 (got it half price, regular $100)
SO that makes a grand total of $137.. not too bad for shelving, curtains, a rug and a cute little chandelier right!? Everything else we already owned, and was used in other areas of our last house. When I packed up before the move, I deliberately packed all decor items together.. instead of what room they had come from. I knew that I didn't necessarily want things to go back where they were.. like the clocks were in our last living room and in my old office, but look super cute as collection all on their own.. in a random spot like the laundry room!
Who says a laundry room can't be pretty!? hee heee!