Laundry Room Recap (Budget Breakdown)

If you’ve been by the blog in the last couple of weeks you probably noticed that we’ve been fixing up our laundry room. After many nights and a couple weekends worth of work this is really the first room that I would call “complete”.

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Since I always enjoy reading posts from other bloggers on what the final cost of their project was I thought I would share my source list and price breakdown as well. So here’s the low down.

Back before we started any building or decorating we painted the room.

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I used a full gallon of satin paint in Martha Stewart’s Love in a Mist (MSL#142). I purchased the paint from Miller Paint and it cost about $40.

After the painting was done Chris helped me hang a broom and mop behind the door. I bought two sets of Baren hooks from Ikea for hang things from. We also installed one of the four hooks next the sink for our new grey Frajen Hand Towel also from Ikea. Together the hooks and towel were $18.

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The last little update before we started the larger projects was labeling a few buckets to make them organized and pretty. The two buckets for laundry are actually beverage buckets that I bought from Target last summer. The other can which is for kitty food is the Knodd bin from ikea and it was $15.

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The room sat like this for a number of weeks until we decided (I convinced Chris to help me) to tackle the biggest part of the make over which was building shelving to go around and between the washer and dryer.

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We used three sheets of 1/2″ MDF to build all the shelving you can see as well as the sliding drawers. The plywood cost about $90 total.

For the sliding drawers I purchased two sets of bottom mount 24″ drawer slides. They cost about $16 for both sets.

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We also installed a decorative shelf above the main shelf. I bought five sets of the Ekby Mans brackets from Ikea for a total of $15. I then used a metallic silver spray paint to paint them all glitzy and glittery. I used two cans of paint which was about $11.

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To finish off the shelving and to give it a more polished look we also added some small curvy molding. We ended up using close to six 8′ sticks of the molding which cost us about $30 from Home Depot.

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While we were working on the shelving I also started to make a diy mirror with a shelf. I used some of the left over MDF plywood from the shelving for the back of the mirror. I already had most of the paint which came from tester posts. The only color I didn’t have was the red which cost $3 for another little tester pot. I had the mirror cut down to 16″ x 16″ and the whole thing cost $12. To attach the mirror to the board we bought a tube of liquid nails mirror adhesive which was about $5. As for the hardware to hang the mirror on the wall that cost about $8. The mason jars on the shelf I bought at a local hardware store for $3 for the two.

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Once I had most of the building done I started decorating the room. First I bought five Virserum frames from Ikea for $15 and filled them with some picture cards I already had.

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I also bought some glass jars at Hobby Lobby for $5.50 and some artificial flowers to put in them for $4.

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While at Ikea last time I picked up three metal pots for $3.50 and various artificial plants for $13 total to decorate the shelf.

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Some of the last decorations for the shelf included a candle and tray I already had along with a hand painted board from my mom.

While at Target a while back I picked up the little rope basket for $7 on clearance because I fell in love with the color and feel and I couldn’t resist it.

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To finish up the room I cut out some vinyl decor using my Silhouette Portrait and some vinyl that I already had.

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Whew! I think that was everything. So here’s the summary of all the costs:

Paint: $40
Hooks: Baren $10
Hand Towels: Frajen Hand Towel $8
Beverage Buckets (Target): Already Had
Kitty Food Bin (Knodd): $15
Wood: $90
Drawer Slides: $16
Brackets: Ekby Mans $15
Spray Paint: $11
Molding: $30
Red Paint: $3
Mirror: $12
Mirror Hardware: $8
Mirror Adhesive: $5
Mason Jars: $3
Frames: Virserum $15
Glass Jars: (Hobby Lobby) $5.50
Pots (Socker): $3.50
Artificial Plants (Fejka): $13
Rope Basket: $7

I didn’t account for some of the hardware and paint supplies since we already had them on hand. Even though I know of course they did cost money at sometime.

The Total came to $310. So I know it’s a lot for one little room and I know that I could have found things that cost a lot less but it would have just taken more time which I’m sorry to say I just didn’t want to spend. All in all I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. Did I already say that I’m so happy to finally have a room finished!?!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the laundry saga posts to find out more information. Check out the painting, hanging hooks and making labels, building shelving, building the mirror, decorating and adding vinyl decor.

Laundry Room Decals

So far in the laundry room saga we have painted, installed shelving, made a mirror and decorated.

To finally finish up the last part of the laundry room I decided to add some custom vinyl decor. I had one wall still with nothing on it but due to the size of the room I didn’t want to put anything on it that would feel like it was sticking out into the room. Vinyl stickers seemed like a good solution.

After doing some searching online I came across two different ideas. One was a cute laundry room sign and the other was bubbles.

First up I created a little sign using the silhouette design software. I cut out a frame I purchased from the silhouette online store. Then I cut a title and block of words from white and red. I love the font I used for the red but it was so curvy and small that it was really hard to pull off the extra vinyl. I also had a bunch of dots in between the words but all of those came off. Oh well close enough.

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I then attempted to layer them on the transfer paper. Unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job so everything was a little off.

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So instead of relying on on my lining thing up on the transfer paper I ended up adhering each layer separately.

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The nice thing about the transfer paper though is that you can move the vinyl around before choosing the final spot. As you can see I put up the red lettering first. I did loose a few letters along the way that I had to move by hand.

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It took some time to get all the pieces smooth and placed where I wanted them but it did work out ok.

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When you step back you can see that the sign is centered between the washer and dryer.

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To fill up the rest of this empty wall a little more I purchased a set of bubbles from the online store again and cut out about an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of solid bubbles to put on the wall.

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I randomly placed them on the wall in a diagonal starting from about the middle of the door when it’s open.

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I also made some non-solid versions and randomly placed those among the others.

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I think the bubbles may be the best part of the room. I love the way they turned out. I also love that the bubble are the first thing you can see coming around the corner and into this room.

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I know that I jumped on the wall vinyl train a little late in the game and it may already be going out of style but I love the way this wall turned out. It’s more than just a quote it ended up being almost wall art.

So what do you think about wall vinyl? Is it still in style or is it making it’s way out?

Laundry Room Decor

In my attempt to finish the laundry room I’ve already painted, installed shelving and built a diy mirror.

Well, no room is complete without some decor of course. While we were working on finishing up the shelving I started to arrange some decor. My first accomplishment was hanging a set of 5 Virserum frames with a set of photos from Ikea.

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I really liked the way the white frames look on the wall as well as how the pictures inside look.

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Now back to the shelving. When we were installing it we had some gaping due to some really uneven walls. To fix this we bought some 3/4″ molding to cover all the cut edges and to fill the spots against the walls.

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I ended up choosing a molding that has a curvy profile. It actually ended up making it really difficult to miter and smoothly connect a lot of edges but I do like the look. Once it was painted, nailed in and caulked the trim made the shelves look a lot more finished.

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To decorate the upper shelf I bought a couple of glass jars on sale at Hobby Lobby and put some fake flowers in them.

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I also bought a couple metal pots and fake plants from Ikea to go on the shelf. To add a little more custom look I cut some more labels with my silhouette to label the pots. At first I wanted to get some live succulents but seeing as we have a lack of natural light in this room it just seemed like a bad idea.

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Here are both the shelves cleaned up and looking a little better. The painting that’s hanging in the center is one that my mom painted for me a few years ago. I’m glad I finally found a spot for it and I think it looks great in this room.

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It’s so nice to have this room looking so finished and pretty. It makes doing laundry a little better. . . .just a little.

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I’ve just got one more little update and this room is finished! Check out the vinyl decor I added to finish off the room. 

Laundry Room Striped Mirror & Shelf

I’ve been working on our laundry room. Check out the last post to see the shelving that we installed.

While we were cutting and painting wood for the shelving I started working on a custom mirror to go in the laundry room as well.

Did you know that you can get a mirror custom cut at Lowe’s? Kate from Centsational Girl talks about it in this post and that’s how I found out about it. I bought a 24″x30″ mirror for $12.05 that I had cut into a 16″x16″ mirror. I kept what was left over so maybe I’ll end up using that for something else.

For a backer board I cut some of the 1/2″ MDF plywood we had left over into 28″x24″. After I primed it I did a couple coats of Love in a Mist (MSL#142 ) which I had a tester pot of.

Then I started to tape out a pattern to paint on some more colors. At first I thought I would do a chevron but I quickly realized I was much too lazy for that. I just didn’t have the patience to mess with it this time.

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So i just switched to a varying width stripe instead. I just randomly taped and painted in the lines. For the stripes I used Lagoon (MSL#125 ), Sunken Pool (MSL#126 ) and Barn (MSL#026) which matches the washer and dryer.

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It only took two coats for the blue stripes to have good coverage. The red however took four coats and I still don’t think it’s fully opaque. It looks good enough for me though.

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After the last coat dried I pulled off the tape. Next I taped off where I wanted the mirror and the shelf. The shelf was just a few inches shorter than the back board width and I just painted it with the Love in a Mist. Originally I thought I would paint stripes on it as well but it just seem like it would turn out a little crazy.

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We used the liquid nails mirror adhesive to attach the mirror to the board. Per the directions I roughed up the painted surface behind the mirror before we adhered it. I don’t think you really had to clamp it down but since it was lying flat we thought why not.

As a side note be careful about the adhesive you chose to mount a mirror. The first adhesive I bought stated specifically not to use on mirrors. Luckily Chris noticed it before we used it. We later found out that some chemicals in adhesives can actually eat away at the mirror coating. That would have been really disappointing.

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I waited 24 hours before I pulled off the magazines. Then before we attached the shelf we turned the board over and attached two hooks and some hanging wire to hang the mirror from.

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After that we just turned it back over and screwed the shelf in place using pocket hole screws.

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I was lucky this time and we were able to locate two studs behind where I wanted to hang the mirror. We just screwed in two screws, one on each stud and hung the wire over them.

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I’m glad Chris asked if I was put a mirror above the sink. It has already come in handy to see the paint I needed to wash off my face.

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I’m also glad I cam up with a way to count a shelf above the sink as well. It’s the perfect size to set mason jars that I can put my paint brushes in to dry after I clean them in the sink.

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I love how the colors on the mirror look with the wall. I thought it was a fun, simple project that is a perfect addition for this room.

Next up is adding some decor to those bare walls and shelves! Check that out here.

Laundry Room Shelving

Other than painting the laundry room a while back it’s one of the rooms we haven’t really done anything with since we moved in. That recently changed and in just a few weeks time it’s become the first room I’ve really felt was finished.

What I wanted to share today was the first step in the make over. Building and installing some usable shelving.

As usual I planned out what I wanted it all to look like as well as how much material I needed. My plan was to  create a shelf to cover the top of both machines as well as a set of drawers to fit in between the two machines.

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To start with we installed some 1×2 cleats on the wall to support the top with.

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Then we cut three different legs, the top and a shelf out of 1/2″ MDF plywood.  We chose MDF because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have band the edges before painting. After cutting everything to size we just went ahead and primed and painted any visible surfaces.

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After all the pieces were painted we assembled and installed them in the room. The first leg is the full depth of the top shelf as you can see below. We used pocket holes to attach the leg  to the top. Since we only used 1/2″ MDF it tended to split and not grab as well as we had hoped. We also screw the top down into the cleats underneath to hold the top in place.

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In the center we installed another set of legs. These ones were only 24″ deep so that they could be cut out of one sheet of plywood. Since they are shorter it also makes it so that there is space to get the backs of the washer and dryer if we need to. Even with the shorter depth the shelves are still pretty deep. Since the shelves are deep I wanted to install sliding shelves. That way I would be able to easier reach everything on the shelf.

Before we cut and assembled the shelves we installed the drawer slide halves so we could get an accurate measurement to build the shelves to.

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We used wood glue and a nail gun to assemble a box with 6″ sides to keep everything in the shelves when they slide out. Here I was also painting one last coat on another shelf.

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Speaking of the shelf I bought 3 sets of the Ekby Mans brackets in black from Ikea. I knew that I didn’t really want black brackets but the price was right and I like the bubble looking shapes. To change them up I sprayed them with a silver metallic spray paint. By the way if you’re looking for a glittery sliver spray paint this is the one. It was pretty much like spraying crazy thick glitter.

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As far as installing the brackets we were really lucky that we were able to align them all with a stud.

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Here is the shelf installed in the room and I think it helps the room to feel less empty and makes it look more polished and finished.

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Oh and check out those brackets in all their glittery goodness.

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Back to the drawer shelves we were making. Once the shelves were dry Chris installed the other half of the drawer slides on them.

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Then all we had to do was slide the drawers in and fill them up!

In the picture below you can see a piece of unpainted trim next to the washer. After we finished the shelving we thought that it would look a lot better if we had trim to finish off a lot of the raw edges as well as cover some screw holes on the top of the shelf. You’ll be able to see that more in the posts to come.

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Now back to the shelves. They are the perfect size to fit laundry supplies in the top and the kitty food bin in the bottom along with a lot of other stuff. I like that the drawers are easy to get to and I can grab things without pulling out the drawer. Of course if there’s something hidden in the back I can just pull out the drawers and easily reach it. I just love function storage and organization. Don’t you too?

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I’m so glad to finally have some usable storage in this room. It’s starting to look like a custom room instead of just a boring room with a washer and

Now stay tuned. Next up is a custom mirror! Check it our here.

Hook and Label Everything: Laundry Edition

Last weekend I started working on some custom shelving for my laundry room. Unfortunately this last week was crazy. It was a lot of appointment going, errand running and several separate trips to Home Depot.  So that meant I didn’t have time to finish my project. I’m pretty close but some other things took priority this week. While the laundry room is still a hot mess I thought I would share a couple of quick little updates that I made a few weeks ago to the laundry room.

The first thing was cutting some cute vinyl labels for my white bins. I have two bins I keep in the laundry room one’s for really dirty outside clothes and the other is for kitchen towels and cleaning rags. I like to keep both separate and I have been wanting to label the bins but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I purchased the bins last summer at Target and they are actually beverage buckets.

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I finally decided to use some red vinyl and cut out labels in the Halo Handletter font. It really was amazing how it quickly made the bins look much more expensive and custom.

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While I was at it I also labeled this bin that I bought at ikea. It wasn’t really necessary but I think it looks really cute.

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The other somewhat boring update was adding a couple of hooks. I bought these at Ikea as well. One is to hang a towel from by the sink.

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The other couple I bought I used to hang some cleaning supplies from. It’s actually nice to have these out of the way and and hidden behind the door.

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Neither of these things were expensive but they were part of just trying to finally finish out this  room.

Anyone else doing some little organization changes lately?

Painting the Laundry Room

We’ve got another room painted and checked off the list!

Last weekend we pulled everything we could out of the laundry room and got ready to paint.

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I went back and forth on the color before I bought the paint. With the red washer and dryer I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to do. I saw a number of laundry rooms online that mixed teal and red decor but they always had white machines. I finally saw Killer Bee’s laundry room and I loved it. I thought If her’s could look that great so could mine.

I chose to go with Sunken Pool (MSL126) from Martha Stewart paint matched into Acro Pure again. It’s not quite as bold as Brooke’s teal on Killer Bee but I already knew I loved the color from using it in the pantry and sewing room.

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There wasn’t a whole lot of prep work needed in this room since it’s pretty small.

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Even with not starting until late in the morning we were able to finish it in one day.

Let me just say that I’m in love! I love teal of course and I think it looks great with the red.

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Now that the room is painted I can’t wait to finish what I have in mind for the rest of the room. I’m dying to finally finish up the shelving and storage I want to build for this room.

Now I’m off to go stare at this room again.

Anyone else paint a room as the first step in a process to create a room you know you’ll love?