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With about 12 hours to spare before this post had to go live for the One Room Challenge Link-Up, the laundry room makeover is finished. We may or may not still need to actually complete the plumbing for the faucet (keeping it real), but it’s 99% complete. Plumbing only counts for 1% at this point because it’ll be about a 30-minute job for my increasingly handy husband to complete. He’s awesome like that.

If you want to see all of the nitty gritty from the very beginning, you can check out weeks 1-5:

WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4 | WEEK 5

Now let’s take a stroll down memory lane for a moment and see what this room used to look like…

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I actually can’t believe that this was our laundry room just 5 weeks ago! That seems like forever ago now, and it’s hard to imagine the room with so much wasted space and machines that had doors that opened into one another, not away from one another – making laundry an even MORE daunting task!

First, I’ll show you the view from the hallway (aka my office) into the room 3 weeks ago, 2 weeks ago, and now:

Insert my smiling face right here, because this view can plaster a giant smile on my face almost as quickly as a giant slice of cheesecake.

Almost.

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The sliding doors are part of a project I’ll be sharing much more about with you, breaking down costs and materials. Let me just entice you with the knowledge that this cost less than one-third of what most barn-door hardware would have, and I dare say it looks pretty darn great!

Here you can see several of our DIY projects, like:

  • moving and painting the original cabinetry
  • adding shelving in between the cabinets to make them look more built-in
  • countertop above machines made with 2×6’s
  • laundry basket storage

On the cabinets I used Lichen by Fusion Mineral Paint and added these handles from The Home Depot. (I’ll have a list of all materials and colours at the bottom of the post.)

The countertop is help up by 1×2’s along the wall, which we screwed into studs. The 2×6’s are just sitting loosely on top since it’s a countertop we’re just using for occasional laundry folding, and this makes it super easy for us to get behind the machines if ever necessary.

The laundry basket storage was made with 1×2’s along the wall and some simple brackets next to the washing machine. We just used some old plywood we found in the garage and stained it the same colour as the countertop – Provincial by Minwax.

Our biggest DIY project had to be the sink base. This is another project I’ll be breaking down into a separate post because there is too much to explain here. Spoiler? The whole cabinet, doors, countertop and hardware cost under $200.

Now that I’ve shown you the big things, let’s look at the accessories!

The flowers and the faux fiddle leaf fig (Fiona 2.0 since I killed the real thing) are all from Afloral and they are STUNNING. I cannot rave about them enough! Seriously. The faux lemons are also from there, and so is that adorable vase!

 

The letterboard is one of my favourite things, Like ever! I love that I can move it around (it’s been in the kitchen until now, waiting for its home in here) and that I can always change what’s on it easily. It’s a great way to leave your significant other some messages to see how often they’re actually IN the laundry room. HA! Just kidding…

The laundry baskets and that amazing clock are all from Giant Tiger. I wish I had purchased another clock because I really do love it, and I think it would be so great in the playroom, or the kitchen, or basically anywhere. I find that I need clocks everywhere now – not just because I like how they look, but because I’m always looking to find out when nap time is coming up, know what I mean?

I have to say, I love how lush the flowers look and how unexpected a floral arrangement of this size is for a laundry room. I’m officially a believer in having a clean and beautiful laundry room to make you want to spend more time in there. I may even shut the door and hide from the kids in here!

The baskets on the shelves in between the cabinets are from Canadian Tire, from their CANVAS collection, which is honest to goodness gorgeous. Like, all of it!

And as you may already know because I have talked about it incessantly on social media, the amazing Lovely Lemons wallpaper is from Walls Need Love. I am in love with it. So much so that I had to add a bit of it above the sink, so it can be seen from all angles!

 

This brings me to the sink and faucet, both of which are from Blanco. You guys, I have NEVER seen a more beautiful sink in all my life! I am in love with the IKON 30″ sink in white Silgranit. Because the sink is the first thing visible from the hallway and kitchen, I wanted the space to always look great, and this sink delivers. The Culina Mini faucet is just the icing on the cake with those clean lines.

The braided jute rug is from Rugs USA and is so much softer than I expected! It makes the floors warm enough to walk on without socks, since the tiles make it always a bit chilly in there.

The cute little ring dish is from OhVello, and I chose to use it in this space because it’s always nice to have a spot to put my wedding ring if I know I’ll be washing or soaking something as it slips off my finger. Having a safe space for these things is key to making sure they never get lost!

Now for a less pretty corner of the room, but one I’m super excited about because it means our vacuum finally has a home…

We hung up the Dyson along with the mop (bucket under the sink), a duster and a basket for little things like vacuum parts. We also prettied up Luther’s corner a bit by painting his bowl holder the same colour as the cabinets.

I know, so not an exciting part of the room, but there has to be function in every corner of this small space!

Now that I have written the looooooongest post ever, I’ll stop. But before I go, I’ll leave you with this:

Source List

Last, but certainly not least, this makeover really and truly could not have happened without the help of all of these wonderful sponsors, and I am so very grateful to them all!

The Home Depot Canada | Blanco Canada | Rugs USA | Wayfair.ca | Letter Board Co. | Giant Tiger| Afloral | Walls Need Love | Fusion Mineral Paint

Thank you guys so much for all of the support you’ve shown over the last 5 weeks! It’s been another stressful challenge, but so worth it in the end – like always!




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Thalita

84 Comments

  1. Reply

    Vanessa Bruce

    May 10, 2017

    Thalita, it looks SO GOOD! You’ve got me thinking about adding wallpaper to our little laundry closet now. Well done, guys!!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Vanessa!!! I say go for it – especially removable wallpaper like this!

  2. Reply

    Cassie Bustamante

    May 10, 2017

    it looks amazing, thalita! i love the paper and colors so much, and can we talk about your fantastic letter board! ha!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Girl, I get that darn song in my head every time I walk into this room now! haha And thank you for the love!!

  3. Reply

    Emy

    May 10, 2017

    This is my dream laundry room! So pretty! Pinning!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Emy! You are so sweet!

  4. Reply

    jmaier45

    May 10, 2017

    Absolutely stunning! What a delightful place to the mundane, well done.

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you!!! I love the way you put that!

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    Laurie @ VinYet Etc.

    May 10, 2017

    I love everything! That sink is so dreamy and the cabinet less than 200.00 crazy!!! Can’t wait for that break down because I need to build one and the custom one I need is over 500.00, soooooo ya when you aren’t busy with twins and laundry get on that would ya? ;) Seriously though, outta the park guys, so much work but so worth it!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      haha working on it, my friend!!! Thank you so much. We’re so happy this is done and we have a functional space!

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    Tash @ thedreamhouseproject

    May 10, 2017

    WOW! Seriously you guys did an amazing job. What a beautifully warm & inviting space to do laundry in!! I love how all the colours came together & play off each other. And that sink is AMAZING!! Way to knock this one out of the park!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Tash!! We are ridiculously happy with it! So much so I just kinda wanna kids from the kids in there and not do any actual laundry.

  7. Reply

    Kristen

    May 10, 2017

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love the reconfiguration, the colors, that wallpaper(OMG!). Everything is just beautiful!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Kristen!!!! It feels like a dream to have this much functionality and a bit of colour in this room!

  8. Reply

    Susie

    May 10, 2017

    Love the colors and that wallpaper!! Swoon! This is one of the most amazing before and after rooms. Congrats on a great makeover! Susie from The Chelsea Project

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you so much, Susie!!!

  9. Reply

    Sabrina (@pinklilnotebook)

    May 10, 2017

    This laundry room is so refreshing!! Everything from the lemons to the colour palette to layout is just perfect! You guys did such an amazing job!!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Sabrina!!! It felt like we might lose our minds for a little while! haha

  10. Reply

    Jillian

    May 10, 2017

    Now that is some fun wallpaper! I adore the cabinet colors and all the fun details. Now doing laundry is fun in that space!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      That’s what I’m hoping for – fingers crossed! And thank you!

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    Annet M

    May 10, 2017

    Love this!!! Didn’t understand what you meant about “2×6 just sitting on top” though – I don’t seen any 2×6?

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Annet! The 2×6 pieces are sitting on top of the washer & dryer. They’re just held up by a frame of 1×2’s on the walls and butted up against one another. I totally didn’t explain that correctly in my post!

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    arielgarneau

    May 10, 2017

    Now THIS is a laundry room after my heart ❤️ the wall colour, wallpaper, flowers and styling are totally up my alley. Way to go girl!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      I’ve been telling you from day 1 I was channeling some Ariel for this room, and I am so glad it worked!!!! I guess we really just have you to thank for this whole room ;)

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    dannyellenicolle

    May 10, 2017

    It looks so great! I love it, I’m jealous. The colour scheme is awesome, I love the peachy pink and the cabinet colour too. And the wallpaper is awesome. Great job.

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Dannyelle!! My dose of pink in a house of boys!

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    Lindi Vanderschaaf

    May 10, 2017

    This is SO beautiful! You wouldn’t even know it was the same space! I love how you played with colours and patterns in here. I’m swooning! #laundryroomgoals

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Lindi!! It’s crazy how much joy a functional laundry room can bring!

  15. Reply

    Tim@DesignMaze

    May 11, 2017

    oh what a fun space for laundry! that wallpaper is so charming and that sink + faucet combo is simply bang on! Love the sliding doors detail too … making a laundry room feeling grand and a lot more important! Bravo and congrats on week 6 of ORC!

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you so much, Tim! So kind of you!!!! I do love the feeling of sliding the doors open to walk into my grand palace…. I mean…. laundry room! #queenoflaundry

  16. Reply

    Andrea

    May 11, 2017

    Looks soo good! Yeah to getting the faucet in! Seriously, it looks like it was always meant to look like this. High five!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Andrea!!! We are in love with the sink and faucet combo! And I have to agree that this layout was just meant to be for this room. It’s so much more functional now – thank goodness!

  17. Reply

    happilyorganizedchaos

    May 11, 2017

    Beautiful space. I wish my laundry room was this peaceful and pretty!! Great job :)

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you so much! An organized laundry room certainly feels like a luxury after the basement dungeons we’ve had!

  18. Reply

    Jordana @WhiteCabana

    May 11, 2017

    Pretty! What a happy, fresh room you have! Now – if only you could get those sweet toddler boys to do some of their own laundry!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      haha I so look forward to the day that’s a reality!!

  19. Reply

    ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus

    May 11, 2017

    Gosh! IT looks so good!! I love the modern barn doors, the new layout and the pretty color scheme!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Ashley!!! We are so thrilled to have a laundry room with actual functionality!!

  20. Reply

    Lizzie | Emmerson & Fifteenth

    May 11, 2017

    Oo I love it! The wallpaper is gorgeous, and kinda perfect for a laundry room – I think I might even feel happy about folding laundry in a room like that! I also love the towel rail, and I’m super jealous of that little corner with the vacuum etc. hung up – I wish I had a spot like that for ours!

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Lizzie!!! I’m hoping it evokes joy when I tackle the mountain of laundry waiting for me daily (or so it feels that way!). And having a corner for the cleaning stuff makes such a difference already! After having that vacuum for so long and no proper place to put it, it’s so nice to have easy access to it – especially since it’s something we pretty much use daily!

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    jessica

    May 11, 2017

    I really, really, really like this space. The lemon wallpaper, the olive and pink combo, and the washer/dryer location. This room turned out amazing. This is one of my favorite reveals so far! Love it!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Jessica!!! I usually shy away from mixing colours, but this room needed some, otherwise the actual laundry becomes the star of the show and we just can’t let that happen!!

  22. Reply

    Bre

    May 11, 2017

    I wouldn’t be able to help myself from smiling every time I walked into this room! Turned out so good!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      That pretty much sums up how I feel about it. My one pink room in a house full of boys!!

  23. Reply

    Julie

    May 11, 2017

    What a beautiful space, T! You thought of everything and your handwork totally paid off! Love how much fun the space it!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Julie!!! Now I don’t want to mess it up with laundry! haha

  24. Reply

    gemma@thesweetestdigs

    May 11, 2017

    Such a cheery space! I love it.

    And I’m obsessed with that wallpaper :)

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Gemma!!

  25. Reply

    sarahsofiaproductions

    May 11, 2017

    Thalita, I absolutely love every detail of this cherry and functional laundry room! That wall paper is stunning and I love the doors! Need to figure out a solution for our laundry closet and this might be it, thanks for the inspiration! I am just amazed at everything you’ve done! Bravo my friend on another ORC on the books! XOXO, Sarah

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      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Sarah, you are just so sweet!!! I cannot believe how much I love these sliding doors. A swinging door would have been such a nuisance in this space, so we’re very happy to just be able to slide and not lose any valuable hallway space (aka my office!).

  26. Reply

    Kristi

    May 11, 2017

    It’s absolutely perfect Thalita!!! I’m so happy you went with that gorgeous lemon wallpaper, it works so perfectly with all of the other beautiful elements! LOVE it!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you, Kristi!!! I am SO happy with the wallpaper! And the kids love it, too! haha

  27. Reply

    Jessica Vanderveen

    May 11, 2017

    I love the doors and the wallpaper. It’s such a happy place to do laundry!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Jessica! It really does make me happy!

  28. Reply

    Andi

    May 11, 2017

    Turned out so great!! I love all of the colors and lemons in the room. I will have to keep your sink source in mind for whenever we get around to our kitchen. And I definitely have the song on your sign in my head :)

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      I get that song in my head every time I walk int this room now hahaha I might just have to change the letterboard soon or I’ll be forever singing Kenny Rogers lyrics! Oh and the sink is beyond amazing. Huge, and totally scratch and heat resistant. Perfect for a kitchen (we have the same material in the kitchen, too!).

  29. Reply

    Jessica | Petal + Ply

    May 11, 2017

    I am totally smitten with your space! The colors, the wallpaper, the florals, the sliding doors!!! So so pretty!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much, Jessica!!

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    Maureen

    May 11, 2017

    Stunning! Changing the layout makes the room look so much bigger. Absolutely love the wallpaper. I am partial to the sink, as I just installed the same one in black in our kitchen for the ORC! I will definitely be “borrowing” a few ideas when I finally get around to tackling our own laundry room :)

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Maureen! This sink is honestly EVERYTHING! I love how large and deep it is! Now off to check out your kitchen!

  31. Reply

    Shannon Acheson - AKA Design

    May 11, 2017

    Your laundry room looks so much more cheerful than before! Awesome!

  32. Reply

    Christina Dennis

    May 12, 2017

    Wow; it’s so happy and beautiful!! Love those doors, love the wallpaper, love the sink… The whole mix of pretty and practical is amazing!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks, Christina! I think a laundry room needs a bit of happy in it! haha

  33. Reply

    craftivitydesigns

    May 12, 2017

    BEAUTIFUL! I need that cabinet color in my home.

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks so much!! I never thought I would like green THIS much!

  34. Reply

    Madness and Method

    May 12, 2017

    What a happy space! I really like the laundry basket shelves :)

  35. Reply

    Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    May 13, 2017

    Everything is so lovely and well thought out. I’m happy for you because I can imagine this just makes it so much nicer to do laundry! (For a while anyway.) I need to work on my laundry room as well and this is really inspiring. Love the wallpaper and the flowers and the sink and faucet…everything really!

  36. Reply

    Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    May 13, 2017

    (I got an error last time I tried posting a comment, so I apologize if this is a duplicate comment). I absolutely love this laundry room… so many amazing aspects: those doors (can’t wait to see how you did those!), the sink, the wallpaper! Love it all!!! And I totally hear ya on the plants… I kill ’em all, so fake is all we do in our house :)

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    Casey

    May 13, 2017

    Everything – EVERYTHING – about your laundry room is amazing. The cabinet colour, the doors – all gorgeous! Now I definitely need to give my laundry room a makeover! Great job :)

  38. Reply

    Johanna

    May 14, 2017

    This is such a gorgeous little space Thalita! We’re renovating our entire house right now (and it’s all massive concrete, stone, steel beams, etc.), and I am sometimes slightly jealous of the American/Australian/Canadian style of building because you can structurally knock out something like this in 6 weeks – we’ve been going for about that long, and all we’ve (almost!) finished is the garden – there are so many massive holes in our house right now haha to be fair, I’m even more impressed that you did this all yourself. We have to get professionals in for most of it, but even small things like choosing paint colors and tiles is so rewarding, I can just imagine how excited & proud you were to finish this. Great job lady!

  39. Reply

    Jane @SustainMyCraftHabit

    May 14, 2017

    Just stunning Thalita! You amaze me how much you can get accomplished with twin toddlers. This space would actually make me want to do laundry. Great job!

  40. Reply

    sweetparrishplace1970

    May 15, 2017

    This laundry room is just awesome! Love the wallpaper, the love the pink, love the sink! Love it all!

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 26, 2017

      Thank you so much!

  41. Reply

    lesli devito

    May 19, 2017

    This room is amazing!love every single little and big thing about it! I am doing a round up next week on my blog and this will def be included!!!

  42. Reply

    Colette @ restyle it wright

    May 20, 2017

    it turned out absolutely gorgeous! Love the pink walls, soft green cabinets, and floral wallpaper! and you’re right that floral arrangement is AMAZING!

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    lesli devito

    May 22, 2017

    Great transformation! I have posted a round-up of my favorite Laundry room transformations and yours great room is in there! Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://myoldcountryhouse.com/one-room-challenge-guest-stars-laundry-and-utility-rooms/

    • Reply

      Thalita

      May 26, 2017

      Thanks you so much for the feature!

  44. Reply

    Barb

    November 16, 2017

    Love your laundry basket shelves. How did you attach the shelves to the side of the washer?

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    Erin Ressler

    December 4, 2017

    Hello, I was wondering how much paint you needed to cover your cabinets? I am looking to cover 6 cabinets and I am unsure how much to order!! Any input would be appreciated!

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      Thalita

      December 4, 2017

      Hi Erin, one container of Fusion goes a very long way! I used about 1/3 of mine and I painted 3 cabinets so you should be ok with just one, but if you need several coats or have more sides to cover than I did, maybe do 2? Let me know if I can help in any other way!

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