August 2, 2009

laundry room after!

Can we just take a minute and remember the nastiness before?
Dark cabinets, dark doors, to-do projects piled everywhere, a floor that needed to be cleaned:



Are you ready to see inside?


Well, come on in, then!


Remember this steal of a basket from the Hob Lob clearance? I use it for odd socks. And of course, you remember the lamp from a yardsale with some fabric.
The green balls were from a yard sale and I was going to use them for Christmas, but why not in the laundry room? The tin holding them is the Southern Living one I found at a yard sale as well...
I used the beadboard wallpaper on my cabinets! Love, love them. My husband kept going back in and saying, wow, they look so good! I'll do another post on how I did them, but Rhoda was my inspiration for these, and the paint color on the walls, which is Behr Grasscloth. Thank you, Rhoda! The new knobs are from Hob Lob, 50% off. ($3 each)
I used an old fashioned candy container from a yard sale ($2) and filled it with color safe bleach powder I use to soak stained clothes in. Since the shelves are on wheels, I hot glued it to the top to stay put.
I painted the door black and used the reverse side of the comforter for a new-sew window treatment. Just hung it up with a few upholstery tacks ala Nester style, and that was it:
And you've seen the little work area across from the washer/dryer:

Thanks for coming in and thank you for choosing the green for me!
I really love it, and I figure if you can't have fun in the laundry room with paint, where in the world can you?? :)

P.S. If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I'll try to answer them in a follow up post~
I'm linking up to Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures:






108 comments:

  1. OMG it is awesome. I hope it will inspire me to do my laundry room

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  2. I love what you did with the cabinet doors and the color of green you chose!

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  3. Wow- That looks sooo good! Do you want to come over and do my Laundry Room?

    Good job!!

    Kelly

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  4. ~WOW! Oh my Goodness this is GORGEOUS Melissa! LOVE everything!

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  5. I LOVE IT! I love love love how the green looks! And the beadboard on the front of the cabinets? Fabulous!!! It looks so awesome girl! I soooo want that hobby lobby basket, I love it! I am doing my kitchen in a similar green, I hope it looks as lovely as yours!

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  6. Oh and I have a bloggy award for you, stop over when you get a chance!

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  7. WOW. You did an amazing job!!! I have been following along, excitedly anticipating the laundry room reveal. LOVE the cabinets! Love everything actually. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Do you make housecalls? I wouldn't mind if you stopped by and worked your magic on my laundry room. It looks amazing, what a great transformation.

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  9. Melissa,
    I absolutely love it!! I originally voted for the blue, but I am completely enarmored with the green. It is so cheerful and refreshing!
    I love all of your thrifty finds. The accessories make the room.
    Great job!

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  10. LOVE it! it makes me really really want to redo mine! the white bead board cabinets are perfect!

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  11. WOW and WOW! That;s beautiful! Almost inspires me to want to do laundry....almost.

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  12. I am sooooo in LOVE! Can I come live in there? It's so clean and happy! I'll even do your laundry for you!

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  13. I am absolutely speechless! It's gorgeous, and seems so much bigger now! LOVE the beadboard wallpaper on the cabs...fantastic idea. I love it all, every single detail!

    ~Amanda

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  14. Wow I absolutely love the beadboard wallpaper I never knew that existed but I am going to search for it. I want to use it in my hallway.

    Blessings,

    Linda

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  15. That's quite the transformation. The cabinets look really nice, and I love the combination of all the white with green walls. Also, I was wondering if you were going to do anything with the light. All the pictures seem rather dim, how can you craft there?

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  16. What a wonderful redo... everything is so bright and fresh! You'll be wanting to do laundry all the time now!!! Wonderful job, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  17. What a great transformation!! I love your laundry room!!

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  18. Gorgeous! I am in love with that green.

    I want to bring my laundry to your house!

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  19. Beautiful and so organized!!!

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  20. Hi Melissa !
    Great re-do !!!!!
    Love that color !!!!
    Kammy

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  21. hey, the laundry room is so fab! Love the organization! Love the color and what you did with the spread!
    With a room like that I would be so caught up on my laundry!

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  22. I love the new look...especially the bead board cabinet. You did well!

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  23. Melissa, fabulous transformation! Love the colors and the beadboard. The desk is great!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely week!

    Tina

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  24. Holy Moly!
    I love love love it!

    It's so nice and airy now!

    Great job!

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  25. This is a fantastic transformation. You gave me some great ideas. Love the beadboard wallpaper and your little work area. It's all beautiful!

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  26. I love everything about this room. And I voted for the green - it turned out really good. It looks like a very happy room!

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  27. Love the laundry room! It is so cute!! The walpaper on the cabinets is fabulous!

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  28. Your laundry room turned out just great! I love the color green. You must be so happy with it!

    ~Liz

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  29. Wow, Melissa the laundry room makeover is incredible! I love it!

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  30. What a beautiful transformation. I will be redoing my laundry room in a few weeks-- thanks for a few ideas.

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  31. WOW! Awesome transformation!!!!! It's beautiful.. so bright and cheery!

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  32. This looks wonderful! Congratulations on getting this makeover done. I just made over my laundry room, too--isn't it amazing what a difference it makes? I guess it's because this room gets used so very much. I hadn't realized what a drag it was for my laundry room to be such a cave, but now that it's bright and cheerful, I'm so glad I've done it! Looks like you are, too.

    By the way, I LOVE the green. Green is absolutely my favorite color. I didn't paint my laundry room green because my kitchen is green, but seeing yours makes me remember just how much I do love green. Your room just looks terrific.

    Blessings!

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  33. Oh my! That is beautiful! I don't think I'd ever want to leave that room and maybe I'd get some of my piles of laundry finished. Thanks for sharing, and as always you are such an inspiration!

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  34. Oh Melissa it turned out wonderfully! I am so glad you shared the transformation with us. Now I'm debating on whether or not to paint my laundry room. You've got me thinking...

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  35. I adore the freshness of the green in your laundry room. It is a wonderful makeover and you should be popping your buttons over it. Thanks for sharing all the excitement with us.

    Charla

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  36. That looks so good - you deserve every compliment for being able to put everything together, while mothering 5 kids, while staying on a budget. you are a rock star!

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  37. I love what you did with your laundry room! Everything about it! Your cabinets look amazing and the "laundry" sign is just too cute!!

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  38. Your laundry room is lovely! I love your paint color and the little sign on your door especially. Great job!

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  39. Beautiful transformation. Love that beadboard wallpaper! Enjoy!

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  40. I've always thought of the laundry room as...wait, I've never thought about my laundry room! It's the poor little red-headed step child of our house. Now, after seeing all these makeovers, my wheels are turning and I've GOT to do something--anything--to jazz up that room. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. Oh, and yours looks fantastic!

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  42. Love it - it looks awesome and makes me want to re-do mine!! Love that green and the cabinets are great!!

    Happy Monday -

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  43. that looks fantastic!! great job! worth the wait for the reveal!

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  44. So, so beautiful! I LOVE the colors!!! After seeing this, I REALLY need to makeover my laundry room. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. I love your laundry room. I was wondering if you thought after messing with the beadboard wallpaper it would work in a kitchen.on the cabinets? Would it be able to hold up to that much use, or better to stick to areas without so much use?
    I love the look of it.

    troyandcarla@gmail.com

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  46. I'm glad you went with the green, it looks great! I love the beadboard cabinets, I look forward to your post about them. I'm dying to do something different with my cabinets in my bathroom and I think that might be just the thing! Great transformation, thanks for sharing!!

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  47. I'm having serious laundry-room envy! It looks GREAT!!!!

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  48. WOW! It looks amazing! Like I said before, I want to come do my laundry at your house. I love the cabinets, too. Everything looks great - good job!

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  49. That is a wonderfull transformation! You could almost (gasp) enjoy doing laudry in their

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  50. Wow Melissa it looks great I love the color and the cabinets are wonderful. Great Job!!!
    julie

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  51. Looked great to me before (my laundry room is the basement), but it's just gorgeous now! It's not supposed to be fun doing laundry! I could actually enjoy doing a load in there!

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  52. Man Melissa, you hit this one out of the park! Wow!! I love the beadboard wall paper on the cabinets and love the green that you used. The white cabinets just pop. I would seriously love doing laundry in there!

    Still just can get over how fantastic the cabinets look!!

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  53. Wow- it looks so beautiful! I voted for the blue, but loved how calming the green is. Well done!

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  54. A.MA.ZING! How I love that laundry room. Looks fantastic! Way to go. = )

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  55. Your room turned out great. Thanks for sharing. I'll bet it is a lot more fun doing laundry now.
    JoAnn

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  56. Melissa, it's awesome!!! :) Did you buy the "Laundry" sign on the door or did you make that one? The piece in between the washer and dryer--is it a shelf unit or open storage? I LOVE the little skirt you made for it. :)

    I also love that you have the standard front load dryer/top load washer like I do. All I see in magazines is the front load stuff, which is great...if that's what you have. I love how you made your room beautiful!! Wish I had room for a cute cabinet, but T wanted a small freezer. :)

    Great job!!

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  57. Love..love...love the paint color! I use the candy store jars for my detergent and powdered bleach too..so handy!

    Great job on the make over!

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  58. Even though I was one who voted blue ;)... I must admit the green did turn out beautifully!! You did an amazing job!

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  59. WHAT??? You go girl! You completely overhauled that room and it looks SO GOOD! I can not even put it into words. The beadboard wallpaper is sensational. Fantastic, just fantastic.

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  60. Fabulous!! All of your hard work really paid off...it looks terrific. All of your little touches finish it off so nicely!!

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  61. I remember seeing the beadboard wallpaper on another blog...can somone refresh my memory-is this like a flat photo of beadboard or is it actually textured to look like beadboard?

    IN any case, it looks fan-tastic!!!!! What a wonderful transformation. I love the color scheme! Well done!

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  62. Wow- I love it!!! You did such a great job with everything. I keep thinking about that beadboard wall paper and after seeing your post I'll have to go for it now!

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  63. My 4 year old son said "A cage of hay?! Yuck! That's weird!" but I absolutely love it!
    Thank you for sharing all your ideas and showing that it can be done cheaply! Love the beadboard cabinets. Amazing!

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  64. This is darling what you have done!
    Like it alot and so glad you've shared on Met Monday.
    I posted for the first time this week...and it was our utility room as well.
    Blessings to you from Kansas,
    d

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  65. YAY, Melissa! I've been waiting to see your new space & it turned out fantastic! Good for you, you really made it your own & I just love it all. I love all the little details you did in here. What a change!

    I didn't know you were planning to do the beadboard wallpaper too on the doors, that looks great. I bet a lot of others will be following suit on that. I think we MUST have a beadboard wallpaper party soon. I just got an email from someone else who used it.

    Wouldn't it be fun to share what all we've done across blogland. The stuff has endless possibilities. I've got more planned too.

    And my sister copied my green laundryroom too, stay tuned for HER reveal on my blog. She loves it too.

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  66. Now I am inspired-time to get at my mess!! Crazy, but it seems I am always DOING laundry, so the free creating time gets back burnered....what better reason for the room to be nicer, right? You did a beautiful job!
    ~Nancy

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  67. Wonderful! I love the beadboard on the cabinets - fabulous. I'm sure you're inspired to do laundry everyday now!

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  68. Love the cabinets! Can't wait to hear more about how you did them! Your room looks awesome! Enjoy it!

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  69. A-dorable! I love it. I just cannot get over that beadboard wallpaper. Genius! I had seen it on Rhoda's site and bookmarked it for the future...now I am even more inspired! :)
    Carrie

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  70. All that scrolling down here to say- Wow! Fabulous. I may be feeling inspired now. My laundry room, bathroom, bedrooms and living room need makeovers.

    Heidi

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  71. What a GREAT transformation! I really like the beadboard wallpaper.

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  72. Looks great! I've been working on mine too. Come check it out:

    http://tammystimeflies.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation-by.html

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  73. I've been wanting to try that wallpaper and now you have given me the perfect place to try it. What color are your kitchen cabinets? Hope you'll post your "how-to" soon!

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  74. It came together wonderfully! I like that bead board wallpaper idea!
    Brenda

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  75. That turned out awesome!!

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  76. Love it!!! Looks so inviting. Maybe if my laundry room looked like that I would get more things done!!!

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  77. Wow, what a beautiful transformation! Love the green! Now, if my laundry room looked like that, I would'nt mind doing it!

    Debbie

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  78. What a great transformation! Looks wonderful.

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  79. I've been patiently waiting to see this makeover!! You did a fantastic job! I LOVE it!! Feels good to get a fresh pretty room doesn't it? I'm about ready to reveal my office make over - I keep standing in there smiling at the whole room, it makes me feel SO good, and even better knowing you did it all your self!!
    Good job!

    ~TidyMom

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  80. Wahoo! It's just gorgeous. I LOOOOOVE it. Is laundry fun now? My laundry room is in the basement, I've got to come up with some ideas to make it pretty, or at least tolerable.

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  81. WOOOW!! That is a serious change. It looks so much bigger now, even though it seems like you have more in there. It's very crisp-looking with the colors. Great work! :)

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  82. WOW!!! It turned out so great! I showed your cabinets to my hubby and he agreed we should do the beadboard wallpaper on our kitchen cabinets. I am so excited! I hope mine turn out as good as yours!

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  83. Hey Melissa
    Your laundry room turned out fabulous! Can't get over how awesome your cabinets turned out! BTW I was in Lowes today and saw this kit that you can buy to check for lead paint and thought of your dresser you posted on Friday. It was over around the sandpaper and stripper section.

    Renee McCranie

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  84. Wonderful! What a difference, I was just thinking today about what to do to make mine a little more inviting...you have inspired me!
    Janell

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  85. Oh I am just "green" with envy! Your metamorphasis looks great~ well done.

    Have a blessed day!

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  86. Wow, what a happy, beautiful room! I love all the touches like the beadboard wallpaper and quilt curtains. It makes such a difference! I especially love the canister holding the detergent.

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  87. Awesome makeover, love the green.

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  88. It looks great Melissa! You did an awesome job. I so am ready to shabby up my laundry room now:)

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  89. this looks lovely! i am thrilled with the way the bead board wallpaper turned out.

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  90. That is just awesome Melissa! Has it made you just love doing laundry or is that stretching it?!!! Inspired as always!

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  91. This looks great! What a wonderful transformation!

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  92. Wow! That looks great. Wonderful project - I bet you LOVE doing laundry now. ;)

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  93. Oh wow! I'm drooling!!! You did an absolutely AMAZING job!!!!

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  94. Wowsers! I really wondered about the green, but now I am a believer you can make ANY color look amazing!! I wish my house were more transformed since the last time you saw it. I may have to run and buy me another few paint samples for you to pass off. I have to ask~doesn't it bother you to have the washer and dryer so far apart? You can't just throw them in from one and right into the other--uless you are a pretty good shot! Love it &, LOVE you!! 4 more days!! YEAH!

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  95. Wow, what a great makeover! I love how you have used every square inch of your laundry room. I am inspired to now find a small desk/cabinet to help better organize my laundry room. I can't wait to hear about the beadboard wallpaper. :)

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  96. That is fabulous! I painted my laundry room a color I love about two years ago, but I need to go back in there and finish up the "rest of the place" if you know what I mean. You're an inspiration.

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  97. 100th comment here.
    looks wonderful.
    xo

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  98. Love it! I love the green too! The beadboard cabinets are adorable! As far as resale value vs. color...that room re-do just added value to your home with what you've done! Buyer's are going to love your house!

    I need some help with my family room...maybe I will email you a picture. I just got new carpet and I went darker to hide all the dirt from the 5 kids but, now I have too much dark and brown! I need some help with paint color for end tables/coffee table? Would you help me out? I've spray painted our coffee table before black but, now it is too dark. I need your help because my husband won't go for a whole room re-do. It has to be small suttle things if you get my drift! lol

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  99. I really, really love the apple green and white combo. As a matter of fact...that is what my laundry room is too! Yours is still wayyyy cuter!
    ♥ Jen

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  100. Beautiful! What a huge difference! I love the light and airy look and the fabric you used is gorgeous!

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  101. WOW! I love love love what you have done to make the laundry room look so inviting! It looks terrific. I wish my laundry room looked like this. I just found your blog and love it. I just saw that the post was from August... Oh well. : ) Great job anyway , oh and by the way I love the little craft area on the other side.

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  102. BEAUTIFUL! Can you share with us about that cute 'Laundry' sign?!?!?! :)

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  103. It was from Real Deals shop in Utah, about 3 yrs ago. I wish I could give you a link or somethin...sorry!

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  104. I just ran across your blog and love your use of space. I have a small house at only 1700 sq feet with 2 little kids and I am always looking for ideas. I love the desk in the laundry room. Such a great idea.

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