You guys, it’s DONE! And I think you’re either going to love it or hate it. But I love our new bold and colorful laundry/bathroom!
For those just joining, I’ve been participating in the $100 Room Challenge with Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, and lots of other creative and talented bloggers (be sure to check out their amazing reveals, below), and today is the big reveal day!
I started with a laundry room that was thrown together, had no organization, and didn’t represent my design style. It didn’t flow well with our newly redesigned mudroom at all. Although I had some comments that this room already looked pretty good, I was never really happy with this space:
And the wire shelving was awful!
The design plan was to basically use up all of the leftover stuff that I have: paint, tile, and lumber. Plus add some color and pattern with pink vinyl pineapples.
I am so excited to show you the after!
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Our bold and colorful laundry/bathroom
The pink pineapples
The pink vinyl pineapple decals were a risk, but I love how they turned out. They were the last thing I added to the room, and it’s like they are the funfetti icing on the cupcake 🙂 And I love how they work with the aqua trim!
Both of the boys were at friend’s houses when I did the pineapples. When they came home and the pineapples were up, they both said, “I love the wallpaper!” #missionaccomplished
I did those with my Cricut Explore One. I’m still learning with it, but I’m thrilled with how this project came together!
I did run out of vinyl, probably because I wasted about 3 feet just trying to settle on a design, so there are a couple of places that are a little bare (around the sink base, behind the dryer). I’ll patch those up at some point.
The natural wood shelves
The wire shelving that was in place before has been replaced by substantial natural wood shelves. I loved the finish so much once I got them up that I just left them as is. SO much better than what was there before!
And I love how this little corner looks with the view from the mudroom now! It’s like the spaces finally make sense together!
The tile accent wall
One of my favorite parts of the redo is the tile accent wall. I used leftover subway tile from our kitchen and master bedroom fireplace surround to create a focal wall behind our washer and dryer.
I just love how it looks with the shelves and the pineapples. At first I was worried there was too much going on in this space, but now I love it.
So where’d the stuff go? I put all of the laundry supplies in the basket, which fit perfectly on the shelf. And, all of our Tide pods went in the blue ceramic bowl on the washer.
My boys are responsible for washing their own clothes, and I didn’t want the pods to be out of reach of Beau, who is 8, so I kept them on the washer. And that big blue bowl does a fair job of hiding the utility box behind it 🙂
I got rid of the ironing board. In the two years we’ve been here, we’ve never once used it. I know it’s probably laziness, but I usually put down a pillowcase and then iron directly on my dresser. It works great and saved me from having to go back and forth to get the ironing board. Plus, why are ironing boards always so dang loud?
Bold and colorful laundry/bathroom: ceiling and lighting
Okay, so a win/fail was the ceiling and light fixture. The dark ceiling I absolutely love. It was definitely a necessity to help done down the sweetness of the aqua and pink in the room, plus I just really adore dark ceilings (still love this color in our master bedroom ceiling!)
But, the light fixture? Ehh…
I did this project at the last minute this weekend using a gold paint pen and in my mind it looked phenomenal 🙂 In real life it looks, not so much. I thought I had some Rub ‘n Buff to even the marks out, but didn’t, and I was out of time and money to get more. And, Michael was supposed to spray the base of the fixture black, but we ran out of time (that’s why I wasn’t super careful about cutting in around the fixture).
What’s funny is, both of the boys think that light is the coolest thing ever! They loved it!
I’m planning to get some Rub ‘n Buff to even the marks out, but I do think that just adding one bold stripe to a plain jane fixture can easily add so much style and make a cheap fixture look custom. We’re also going to spray that base black.
The view to the mudroom from the laundry room now. The aqua trim is the door trim in the laundry room. I love how it all flows now!
One more of my favorite pics…
Bold and colorful laundry/bathroom: the budget
Okay, how’d I do on budget?
Well…I went over.
Did you know grout freezes? I didn’t. And not something I ever thought I would have to worry about in Georgia, even though we had it stored outside #thanksbombcyclone. But it does, and that pushed me over budget.
Unfortunately, I didn’t grout until towards the end of this project and so didn’t realize it until everything else had already been purchased, so I couldn’t adjust my budget.
Extra subway tiles: $66
I had pretty much a whole box of white subway tile and all of the marble mosaic tile, the paint, and the lumber leftover from other projects.
What’s great is, I really only spent $26 out of pocket. I was able to cash in some of my Discover card points for a Lowes gift card, and used that for all of my other purchases. So this room was done on a very minimal out-of-pocket budget!
Takeaways from our bold and colorful laundry/bathroom
So what I really learned from this challenge is how far I can go using leftovers. I have a tendency to start from scratch with a room design, which makes no sense at all! I mean, I obviously love the leftover stuff that I have because I bought it- why not use it?
Also, I’ve preached before how a powder room is a great spot to take a chance with bold design, but when it was time to actually put those pineapples up, I got nervous. I’m here to tell you- if you are nervous about a bold design choice- do it! I fall more in love with this room every day.
So what do you think of our new laundry/bathroom? Let me know your thoughts, and thanks for following along! And, thanks SO MUCH to Erin for sponsoring this challenge, and again, be sure to check out the other fabulous bloggers who are also posting their reveals today!
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