Like most of the other organizing challenges, I don't really have a 'before' picture of the laundry room closet so just imagine it empty. Or imagine what the in-between looked like.... all our coats crammed in, a falling-apart shoe organizer hanging on the door with miscellaneous gloves, hats, and scarves falling out, cleaning tools, and a broken shoe cubby organizer on the floor.
When we painted the laundry room, I painted the closet too. We were running out of paint so I used my fav creamy white, Crumb Cookie by Olympic (from Lowe's.) We're using Crumb Cookie throughout the house on all ceilings and trim. It looks as yummy as it sounds! :)
Here are the 'afters' of the closet:
Off season coats for me and hubby. Extra hangers for wet laundry.
Steam and Sweep attachments in a box on the shelf along with my static duster.
Vacuum, Steam and Sweep cleaner, folding step ladder, and extra folding hamper on the floor on the right side.
Mini hand-held vacuum, which doesn't charge that well, up there too.
Clean with room to spare and a home for my pretty ironing board!
The rest of the laundry room is coming along too! Here are the hideous before pics:
From the laundry looking towards the kitchen. The sink and its plumbing were so gross that they got ripped out and tossed right into the dumpster. Ick!
Next to the sink along that same wall were the previous owner's washer and dryer. Not exactly 'energy star rated', I don't think. They went out in the yard until a friend took them to the salvage yard for us.
A trip to our local Re-Store the week after Christmas netted us brand new cabinets for the laundry room and a few additional cabinets for an empty wall in the kitchen. We weren't really planning to re-do the luandry room at this point but the savings at the Re-Store made it totally worth it. To get the cabinets out of the living room, we got right to work removing the built-in green cupboards. I guess they painted around them after installation. :) (Note that the cupboards were green as was the wall, trim, ceiling, and doors.) Along with the old cupboards, we had to empty out the rest of the room too. Everything in here ended up in the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
New cabinets in; junk back in there because of the bathroom reno; no baseboard molding yet but a huge improvement.
I thought we'd be leaving the room green for the foreseeable future but my mom (who has some mad-phat painting skillz) offered to come out for a day to help with the house. This room was the only thing left on the list (that we didn't have to buy more paint for.) Here are the almost done pics:
And for anyone who'd like to be nosy but doesn't want to ask, the cabinet insides look like this (from left to right):
Laundry stuff on the left; Spare towels, rags, and lost socks on the right.
Phew----a lot goes on in this little space! Now that it's almost completely finished, it's actually peaceful to come in here to get the cleaning stuff or work on laundry. :)
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