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My Dark Little Laundry Room Transformation!

By Laharris1


my dark little laundry room transformation!
Remember when I went into Home Depot and saw those thin cedar strips in the lumber aisle? 

I instantly knew they should go on this ceiling despite how low it is(7' 5 inch). And maybe I should have been nervous, but I admit---I tend to make design decisions with my gut. 

And lucky for me this time it worked.

my dark little laundry room transformation!

new view from the bathroom
Turns out that putting cedar on the ceiling draws the eye up and combined with the horizontal planks that I slathered in white paint, this small space feels much more spacious.

my dark little laundry room transformation!

We actually got used to looking for clothes with the lights from our IPhones for awhile because of wiring issues. And now with two light fixtures it's so bright and happy looking! 


my dark little laundry room transformation!
my dark little laundry room transformation!

Here's a few more changes that made this space work for us.

1. Changed our stacked washer/dryer and re-routed water and electrical lines for this.
2. Added countertop
3. Added industrial rods to hang clothes


my dark little laundry room transformation!

 After the plumber and electrician were done I could finish installing the planks. The ceiling was already done. And I was ready to decide on the countertop.
my dark little laundry room transformation!
When it came to the countertop I originally planned using the butcher block from Lowes, but I couldn't get the depth of 33 inches without it being an expensive special order.
So I went to the lumberyard and picked some smooth pine pieces and made my own with my Dad's help.


my dark little laundry room transformation!


Oh yeah. And one funny confession I have to make. 

When discussing the two industrial style rods I wanted add on the side walls, my Dad happened to ask me one crucial question,

 "You did nail your planks into studs right?"

Me: Gulp

I know. What the heck was I thinking? But in my defense it had been awhile since I installed planks. The good news is that I got lucky and hit the studs on most of them. But to make sure I went back and with my Dad's help, located the studs and I completed the job.


my dark little laundry room transformation!

If you follow me on Instagram you already know about this black door. 
my dark little laundry room transformation!
When I went to sand it for some touch-up paint, strips of black literally peeled away. 
my dark little laundry room transformation!

Since I had to re-paint the entire door anyway, I decided to paint it with the same Behr Pure White as the walls. This is the door to the garage so I felt ok about changing it even though the rest of my interior doors are black.

The bathroom is directly off this little laundry room and since this door is black, I didn't like having both black doors so close. This white door enlarges the space.


my dark little laundry room transformation!

In this picture you get an idea of how many cuts I had to make when installing these planks. Not only did I install all the ceiling strips but every plank in this room. Then I had fill the nail holes and paint everything.
If you're ever in need of a helpful distraction from your grief, this is a good one.

my dark little laundry room transformation!

I was standing in the aisle with all the cabinet hardware (Home Depot again) when this woman asked me for my opinion about these pretty glass knobs.
my dark little laundry room transformation!



 Not only did I encourage her to use them on her shabby chic dresser but I bought them myself for this storage cabinet in here. And no, I didn't have to build it, it was already here it just needed some fresh paint.

my dark little laundry room transformation!

my dark little laundry room transformation!

my dark little laundry room transformation!

my dark little laundry room transformation!

my dark little laundry room transformation!

my dark little laundry room transformation!

I'm so glad I found this vintage oil painting in the consignment store. Nobody wanted her so I got her for half off and the colors and the vibe---along with the cedar strips became the inspiration for this entire project. 
One little thing leads to another. 

Have you noticed that too?





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