Hi Friends! We have been busting out some projects over here that had been put on the back burner since they weren’t necessarily pressing to get done. But it feels so good to cross some of these of my list. You know that list that my husband thinks never ends, and can’t tangibly see because it exists in my head, and I slowly add to it. Todays project was one that I actually put on the list when we bought our house. But as I said it wasn’t the most important so it got pushed down to the bottom. Well not anymore friends! Today it is officially done, and I can’t wait to show you! I teamed up with Weaber Lumber to complete this project, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome! Say hello to our most recent makeover – our Farmhouse Laundry Room.
Our laundry room is actual in a small room right off of our dining room. It’s actually apart of my office, which I will be sharing more of next week, because I made a few upgrades in there as well. The side of the room that our washer and dryer are on was not functioning very well for us. Here’s what it looked like BEFORE:
When we first moved in I hung a long curtain rod from the ceiling to help close off the area, since the washer and dryer are in a room on our first floor. There was this cabinet that we had hanging, and then our first attempt at open shelves for storage worked in the beginning, but as you can see we quickly grew out of it.
Since the shelves were no longer containing our things well anymore, I needed a better set up. In fact what I originally stored on those shelves when we first put them up got moved to the basement last year when I got a new shelving system to help house all of my seasonal decor. As the kids have grown since we moved in, so have their toys. It was a temporary solution to store their boardgames in here, but it ended up just feeling like a whole bunch of clutter.
I took everything off the wall. The cabinet, the shelves, and put all the things that were on them on my dining room table to sort through and re-organize. When I had re-painted this room from gray to navy, as you can see I never really made it to behind the washer and dryer. Like I said, some things just weren’t a priority at the time, ha ha!
The best part about this project though was it didn’t matter what the wall looked like before. Since we were installing white washed boards, I didn’t have to worry about patching any holes or touching up paint. Just that my surface was clean and ready to go.
We planked the entire wall with White Wash wall boards from Weaber Lumber, which can also be found at Home Depot. These sturdy hardwood boards are easy to install, but give loads of texture and visual interest to what could seemingly be a boring space. The boards come pre-finished, so all you have to do is install them and viola- instant farmhouse charm!
Installation was a breeze. There are a few different ways you can install them, I used our nail gun, and the boards went up without a hitch. Each board is slightly different, which adds to the rustic charm, and gives you plenty of flexibility of it not having to be “perfect, matchy – matchy”, which I love. In the design world we call that character, I call it grace, meaning I can complete a project without having to put in too much effort, lol!
Once the accent wall was complete, we installed 2 floating shelves, from old barn wood, that were the entire width of the wall.
I sanded the boards, and then we created brackets out of scrap wood. We cut the down to the exact width of the board, and then made a 45 degree cut, angling the bottom inwards. The hubby installed some heavy duty wall mount anchors so that my new shelves would be able to withstand some serious weight.
After reorganizing what was on the shelves and in the cabinet before. I was able to provide a space for everything. The kids board games went in a deep basket we have in the living room, which makes it easier for them to get as well.
Our new white wash boards visually cleaned up the space for me, while also making it desirable to look at. Which is great if you ask me, because doing chores isn’t always the most fun, so it’s nice to have a space to do it in that is visually pleasing as well.
I added a few touches of decor to the space as well, because although some question it’s practicality (i.e. usually husbands), you and I both know when a space is prettier, you want to spend more time in that space. It visually invites you in, and the last time I checked nobody ever complained about having drawers full of freshly washed clothes 😛
I included some framed art, you may remember the landscape canvas from our Spring Living room tour from the Secret Zebra. It adds the perfect pop of color without competing with those beautiful planks.
I also included some faux flowers, because it is the laundry room after all, and I would kill them in a week from lack of watering, let’s be real.
The curtain also got a little upgrade. To keep things feeling neat and tidy, I used some rope to create a tie back, so the curtain is still out of the way when I’m using the washer and dryer, but can be easily untied if I want to close off the space.
However I’m not sure that will ever happen now that this area looks so good!
Let’s look at one more Before and After:
I will be sharing the rest of this room with you next week! And I can’t wait! Have a great day!
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