Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Laundry Room Before & After - Reveal

Today I wanted to share with you some before and after photos of my recently updated laundry room!
It started something like this...
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and now it looks like this!

Here’s a before photo of the other side:

And after:

I could NOT be happier! (And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my dad, who listens to me explain my ideas, and then, with much talent and skill, makes it a reality. Thank you, dad!)

Here’s the scoop on everything we did…
The first thing I wanted to do was paint the room.  Decisions, decisions. I knew I wanted a beadboard wall, so I leaned the board against the wall with paint samples around it to see what I wanted.  We sampled SW Believable Buff, SW Kilem Beige, MS Spun Sugar, MS Forest Lichen, Valspar Frappe, MS Toasted Marshmallow and a few others.

The winner? Martha Stewart’s Toasted Marshmallow (color matched using Behr paint). It’s the one to the right of the blue swatch.


Here’s the biggest wall in the room, freshly painted.  LOVE this color. (And, the following photo a pretty good representation of the new paint color. Toasted marshmallow is a gorgeous neutral khaki color. The wall color used to be the same as the ceiling, so you can see the difference best in this photo, too.)


We added beadboard, molding, hooks and new artwork to finish off this wall. 

I found the wall art at Hobby Lobby.

The other side of the room got a major overhaul with new cabinets. (Custom cabinets with beadboard fronts that my dad made!)

Here they are completed.  I went with dark hardware and hinges  to match the hooks on the other side of the room.


(p.s. I LOVE the new small shelf over the washer/dryer which keeps everyday items off the tops off of them!) 

A few other small details to finish off the space like my new recyclable trash bag keeper that I made:

I used to keep my recyclable sacks in a plastic sack (where else?) here in this Target sack:


Now my new bag keeper hangs on the wall and out of the way, but easily accessible, as we seem to grab these a lot:


We also swapped out the builder grade light fixture for this fancy schmancy one I found at Lowes:

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And recently I found two rugs at Home Goods to complete the room.  IMG_7958 

I spend a LOT of time in this room, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! 

A few more before and after photos:
before and after



Let me know what you think! 

And thanks for visiting!

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  1. Its beautiful and very inspiring, thank you for sharing

  2. Wow, what a huge change! I bet you are loving it! I have a question about the tiniest detail of this room, your "bags" bag! How did you get the lettering on the bag? I love the look of it. Fantastic job Lori!

  3. Great job! Love the shelf above the washer/dryer! And those cabinets-WOW! Love it!

  4. Your room looks great! Love the bead board cabinets and bead board on the wall. What a great transformation. I'm in the process of redoing my laundry room as well. If you would like to see my progress you can check it out at my blog Thrifty Parsonage Living.

  5. This looks great! I painted mine last weekend and still needed some inspiration to get it finished! Thanks so much for sharing, I found you on Home Stories A to Z!

  6. Looks great! Room looks homey. Nice carpet!

  7. I adore it! And I think Martha makes the best colors. I use them all the time, since her palette is so perfect for my taste. I did my laundry room over too, but I have to say it is the one room I steered away from neutral.. and went crazy. I love the shelf and cabinets. Makes it look so much more finished!

  8. It looks great! I love the paneling and hooks you put up! Check out my basement laundry redo at

  9. It looks so good!!! I love extra storage, cabinets and cubbies and yours look great!!
    Thanks for stopping my by blog. I am your newest follower!!

  10. I love your new laundry/mud room! Thank you for sharing it with me.
    I especially LOVE those white cabinets! Gorgeous!
    Enjoy the new, fresh space. :)

  11. Really lovely! I adore the bead board. I am a new follower too!

  12. Love the beadboard and cabinets! makes me want to organize my laundry area!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered!