I am so excited to finally show you a room that has been in progress for a long, long time… my hard-working, sweet little laundry room.
Here’s a little glimpse of what it looked like before:
See those almost orange cabinets? They were the catalyst for this little makeover. They actually used to be off white, but because the painter sprayed them with an oil-based gloss (a band-aid to make up for painting these in the wrong paint finish), they ambered over the past four years to this. Every time I walked in there I wanted to vomit, mostly because I was so dang mad about it. He even sprayed them while they were hanging, so there were obvious drip marks. *Fuming*
So, I did what any DIY gal would do: I stopped getting mad and started painting.
See the inside of this cabinet? That’s the color it’s supposed to be.
Anyhoo… after deglossing, sanding, priming, and painting these cabinets, I’m thankfully no longer seeing orange.
The cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint in Alabaster – it’s the perfect creamy white, and the paint finish is really smooth since it self-levels as it dries. I used a trim brush to get into corners and details and rolled the rest with a foam roller.
My laundry room is really more like a laundry hallway, as it is the entry point to my home from my garage (no glamorous mudroom here folks) – and although I really wanted to get front loaders when we replaced our washer and dryer, I knew that keeping the washer door open to discourage mildew growth would likely lead to a broken washer in this thoroughfare. We went instead with a traditional top load washer, but upgraded to high-efficiency to save water and we’ve been quite happy with our choice.
I use the tops of the cabinets for additional storage by adding baskets – these hold bulk paper towels, seasonal items, and seldom used appliances. I made the cute patchwork grocery bag dispenser a while back and it’s still hanging in there!
Since this is the door my family walks through as we leave our home to start our days, I wanted it to be fun and inspiring so there’s a message to be awesome and a fun little fabric garland on the door. The laundry chalkboard printables were free from the Simple Things and Sweet Bellaroos.
One last peek…
So there you have it guys – the little laundry room that could, made much more cheerful with a nice coat of bright, white paint.
Next up, some kitchen cabinets that fell victim to the same awful painting mistake will be getting a fresh coat of white paint as well – this time, I’ll be trying my hand with a paint sprayer. Whoop! If you have any tips for using a paint sprayer, please share – I’m a little intimidated by the whole thing. Talk me off the ledge?