One Room Challenge | Laundry Room : The Reveal

Today I am sharing our renter friendly vintage inspired laundry room makeover as part of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge

 I am a kindergarten teacher by day and DIY/design aficionado by night. My husband and I are currently renting our home, but it hasn't stopped me from creating a comfortable and beautiful home for our family. Be sure to check out the progress s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out for 8 weeks!

week  1    |   week  2   |   week 3   |   week 4   |   week 5 & 6   |  week 7

Photographing this space was extremely challenging. It has no natural light as it is basically a walk through space from the garage to another hallway. It is tight with no clear area to even prop yourself to take a photo! So I am sad that the photos are not quite the quality I had hoped they would be! 

Let me start at the beginning, it was a dark and dreary space, lacking any personality. Since we rent, I couldn't make any structural changes. The starting off point that inspired the whole space was the Jungle Toile peel and stick wallpaper from Roommates Decor. I have been seeing a few influencers using peel and stick in their homes and was dying to try some. After spending my childhood in the 80's helping my mom install wallpaper and then spent the 90's of my adult hood stripping wallpaper in various homes we lived in, I LOVE that this product was peel and stick! Not only does it go on easily, it comes off just as easily. NO steamers or wallpaper stripper needed. So if I want a change or the landlords don't like it, I can remove it VERY easily!

The second change in the laundry room was the cabinet doors. I was gifted these beautiful handles that I selected from  Emagn Designs extensive high end hardware. They are so beautifully craftted and are truly unique pieces. I loved the sleek design of their Timeless Handle in satin brass and black. They worked perfectly with the wallpaper and the scale of them fit the flatness of the laminate cabinets. I primed and painted the cabinet doors with Linen from Fusion Mineral Paint. If I was to do it again, I would have purchased paint from the hardware store formulated for cabinets. I tried to use what I had.

The floors got painted with Behr's porch paint in black in a low-lustre finish. I was going to draw a faux hex tile but decided against it! I felt the rug I had sourced for the space, along with the pattern of the wallpaper was enough and decided to leave the floors plain. I hope I don't regret the black paint, it really shows the dust! I might paint a clear top coat on the floors to make them easier to clean!

One product which was SO helpful for painting was the Handy Pro pail from Handy Products! It fit a mini roller perfectly, was ergonomic and had a magnetic paint brush holder. It made painting tidier and so much easier! I can't recommend it enough! 

This was the before! Blah, blah, blah!

Accessories for the space were found at thrift shops, things from around the house or from FB Marketplace! This mirror I had found at a thrift shop about 10 years ago, which I added gold leaf to.

The basket and brass bowl were recent thrift store finds and the sweet painting was found on FB Marketplace in a hideous frame! I simply popped it out of the frame and it was perfect on it's own!

These beautiful pieces of vintage art were art pieces I downloaded from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they have 1000's of downloadable copyright free art! I simply sent the file to our local print shop and requested a size and paper quality. It cost me $2 for print these pieces up. The frames were a FB Marketplace find!

The beautiful vintage looking rug is a Loloi Rug I got at Overstock. Loloi Rugs are sold under different names on sites such as Wayfair or Overstock. On Overstock search: Alexander Home rugs and Loloi Rugs will pop up! I got this rug for $40 but of course adding Canadian taxes and shipping it came to $80.

I added some baskets for storage, one holds cleaning rags and the other holds paintbrushes and painting supplies. One of the cabinets is full of some of my paint collection. The rest is in the garage!

Thank you for following along! 

Also a big thanks to Linda from One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for this fun bi-annual event! I LOVE not only participating but following along with all the other amazing designers and guest participants. Who have you been following along with?
This room wouldn't have been possible with my generous sponsors! 
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  1. I love it Barb! Looks so much better now! The painted floor, game changer! I'm inspired to paint all the tile in my house.

  2. yay Barb you did it!! soooooo much better than the previous version and love that your embrace the rental and make it yours to enjoy! Love the black and white take on the traditional wallpaper pattern .. make it more chic and current. the painted floor looks amazing and so is the rug and nothing a can of paint can't fix!!

    Bravo for another fantastic ORC!


  3. Beautiful job! My laundry room looks like your before:)

  4. BARBARA. I can't even. I can't look directly at your makeover because it is so perfect. The colours. That wallpaper. That tiny vintage paining of flowers on that shelf with all the gold accents. It it so perfect. Honestly, I could eat your laundry room. It is stunning. That shade of green is perfection. ENCORE!

  5. What a lovely space! That wallpaper is everything. I wish my laundry room were so chic!


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