9.09.2009

DIY Thursday : Laundry Room Overhaul

Over the years, my laundry room has served as my emergency catch-all. You know, someone suddenly drops by and you need a spot to shove things and shut the door. Unfortunately, it doesn't always get cleaned up as often as I'd like (or never, to be honest).

Since the munchkins are back in school and I had some free time and a creative itch, I decided to tackle this mess:



I pulled out all of the kids' craft supplies to relocate them in the basement since there isn't much time for crafts these days. Do you think I might have an issue with purchasing and/or holding onto craft supplies?



This is the nice, clean, boring laundry room after I finished cleaning



Amid the piles of construction paper, glue, feathers, and play doh, I came across a foam brush set similar to this. I think we all have bits and pieces of a set like this lying around.


Something popped into my head about Just a Girl's bathroom bubble-ish looking wall art so I pulled out the paint.

I decided I wanted one colorful, kid art friendly zone in my home where we can display some of the cooler projects they bring home from school.





I used rubber foot from a shelf to create an open bubble to mix with the solid bubbles for interest. I think you can find them in the aisle with PVC pipe at Lowe's. Try to choose a color theme, mine was blue, then sprinkle in other colors randomly like the red and purple and orange. Overlap some bubbles and make little bubble clusters. This really was fun and a quick coat of paint is all that's required when you get sick of it.

So, let's not take decorating so seriously all the time. Do you have a spot where you can just let loose and make it fun? The boys feel like they now have their own kid-friendly art gallery!



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DIY Day @ ASPTL

55 comments :

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  2. hmmmm...I've been wanting spruce mine up as well.....and I may use your idea for displaying artwork...the older two don't bring anything home until the end of the year now...but Cubby is just starting....he would feel so special....oh!! and we have the same exact washer and dryer!!!! PS check your mail...I sent you a little somethin' somethin' for your trip :)

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  3. I love that you incorporated a little tree! Very funky and fresh.

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  4. Adorable! I need all the happy I can get in my laundry room - ha! Love it!

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  5. Oooooh- this is WONDERFUL! Reorganizing my laundry room (which is in WAY worse shape than yours was- haha!) has been on my to-do list all summer. You've inspired me to finally take the plunge and get it back in order.
    Yours looks fantastic!

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  6. What a great look!! I'd love to do a painting like that . . . you've started the wheels turning!

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  7. What a super fun way to paint the walls! I am bookmarking this for future inspiration!!

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  8. Oh, it's so fun and pretty!!! I love that you let go and had fun with it. :) The colors are great...kicking myself that I don't have a front loading washer. ;) Stopping by from Kimba's party. :)

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  9. How fun is that laundry room?????

    You've got my wheels turning, as I imagine this is one room that you really can do anything in.

    I'm thinking.... thanks!

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  10. So cool! I need to do something like that to my laundry room.

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  11. I LOVE IT! How creative of you!

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  12. lovelovelove it! so cute! as always, i am super impressed by your talents!

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  13. Oh wow! I love how you transformed your laundry room into a colorful and happy room.

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  14. How fun! It definitely makes your laundry room more cheerful.

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  15. Wow! You've managed to make the laundry room a fun place to be. :)

    I'm here from DIY Day--thanks for sharing!

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  16. Oh my, I love it. I am going to keep this in mind for my new laundry room.

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  17. Hey kindred soul. I think woman who are not afraid of color are just, well, fanstastic. You just know anytime you walk in that room now, you just won't be able to help but smile....Great job letting your inner sunshine show....

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  18. Very cute!! Props to you for being skilled & patient enough to paint the whole room, it looks great!

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  19. What a cute room! Love the bubbles and the colors.

    Stopping from ASPTL

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  20. Really, really cute! I have a very boring laundry room, and seeing all of your counter space REALLY makes me want a front-loading washer. I officially have laundry room envy. :) The bubbles are adorable ... thanks for sharing!

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  21. Yeah, um, see I WANT to like you but right now I just don't. You're making me feel inadequate. Hmmm.... I think I can get over it. Just stop being so cool. K?! ;)

    XO*Tricia

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  22. LOVE IT! Incredibly inspiring!

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  23. I love, love, love what you did. I love color and I think that's the perfect spot to do something a little fun. Question, what's the in the little jar. I see the bigger one is detergent...just wondering.

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  24. How fun and whimsical! Love the tree. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  25. That is just adorable! Great job!

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  26. Cute!

    For me, I get creative with kid and pet spaces. I designed a playroom just for my dogs (only have one dog now though) and another for the cats, and then there's my son's room and playhouse.

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  27. So cute! I'd love to do this to one little wall in our playroom...

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  28. I LOVE it! You've inspired me to tackle my laundry room...someday...

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  29. I could not love this more! Can I buy you?

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  30. What a fun project! Why not make this room playful and fun?!

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  31. Jenn:

    That looks awesome. Great job.

    Cheri

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  32. What a fun and cute idea that you came up with spur of the moment!
    I am in awe of others like you that can go off the hip with decorating skills.

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  33. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

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  34. Love the transformation!

    Great job!

    Roeshel

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  35. That is so cute. It looks perfect for a laundry room. Like your kids most colorful clothes just popped and exploded all over the walls. Love it!

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  36. I'm so jealous of your laundry room -it's beautiful. I have an old washer and dryer -would love to have a set up like yours :)

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  37. Love this. What a great idea to inspire you (maybe--hee hee) to do laundry. It looks like a fun room.

    Thanks for sharing. BTW, found you via A Soft Place to Land DIY day.

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  38. Cute! It's such a more fun and vibrant spot now and gives purpose to an otherwise overlooked space. Your kids are going to love having a special place to display their works of art!

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  39. Very cute! What a fun design for your laundry room. It makes it look like such a happy place. Thanks for sharing!

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