Fridays at Home

14th October 2011

Now that the exterior of the house is almost finished (I still need to finish the porch ceiling and porch steps), I am ready for my next, slightly smaller project: the laundry room. This room is in major need of help. It is currently lavender, and while there is nothing wrong with lavender, I ain’t feeling it. I went to school in a Texas-football-crazy town where the team colors were purple and white, and after years of it, I don’t want any shade of that stuff near me. That, and the floors are awful. The previous owners put tile in the laundry room and kitchen, and my house is pier-and-beam construction, meaning it’s badly cracked. Time to fix it up.

First step: Pinterest! I knew I wanted something light and bright, so I decided to check out other people’s ideas and see what I liked. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:

From the blog

Image from Better Homes

I’ve narrowed the color down to Olympic San Juan Spritz, Chilled Mint or Still Tidewater (I’ve never used Olympic paint before, but I’ve heard good things from the guys at Young House Love). I think any one would be an improvement.

olympic san juan spritz

olympic still tidewater

olympic lantana lime

Aren’t they beautiful together? If it weren’t such a small space, I’d use them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Flooring is another deal altogether. I hate linoleum, but it is a laundry room, and I’ve heard linoleum has come a long way. We shall see. That will go in after paint color anyway. Then there’s curtains. Nothing elaborate, but I would like to do laundry without seeing my neighbors at their kitchen sink, doing dishes. One thing I thought I knew: I wanted THIS rug.

Alas, Urban Outfitters is sold out of it. If anyone finds this rug, please, pretty please let me know. I. Want. It. It would work with any of the above colors, and I love the coral color in it.

So. What do you think? Anyone else have laundry room fantasies? I want to smell my Gain detergent and have a breezy, fun laundry room to match. Is that really asking too much?

  • I love these colors!

    • I know! They make me so happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love that rug and I love the first pinterest picture with the turquoise cabinet–so cute. You’d better share pics of the finished project because I can’t wait to see it!

    • Isn’t the rug perfect? I’m so sad I can’t find it anywhere.

      And yeah – I just like how vintage and cheery both the spaces look. And I’ll definitely post pics. It will be a process, that’s for sure.

  • At first I thought those pics were from your house and I started packing my bags because, you know, I’m moving in.

    I have no doubt your end result will be lovely. And that rug would look good anywhere!

    • You always make me laugh with your comments! Aren’t those rooms fantastic?

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I think I may just do a little paintin’ tonight.

  • Meagan

    Your whole post made me drool. Sadly, as an apartment dweller, I can’t have my own washer and dryer. I can honestly say that’s what I want above anything else I could buy for myself. So get on this right away so I have a lovely alternative to our dreary laundromat. I love all of those ideas. Hopefully, between Twitter and your blog, someone will have that rug and kindly let you have it. ; )

    • I remember those days, fo sho. Ugh. I hated life without a washer and dryer. And yes, I need an alternative to my ugly little laundry room. You’re always welcome to my laundry room – before or after redo.

      And yes, I hope someone takes pity on me and hands over the rug…before I hurt someone.

  • Yvette

    Love the whole idea! I too fantasize about a gorgeous laundry room. Unfortunately, so far, it has not happened. My laundry room continues to languish.

    Don’t know about finding that specific rug, but you might try HomeGoods. They usually have a great selection of fabulous rugs.

    • HomeGoods, aka Marshall’s is one of my all-time favorite stores. A lot of what I buy – clothes and for the home – is from there. So yes, I’ll be keeping an eye out. Thanks for the suggestion!