Only this one says 'Wash', to go above the washer/dryer. While I was at it, I figured I might as well take this whole creativity blitz a step further and just makeover the whole darn laundry/sewing room while I was in there. I needed some cheeriness, and that turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Without further ado (and, with apologies for the sub-par photo quality)...
First, the awful(ly embarrassing) BEFORE shots:
Aaaannnndddd.... the AFTER:
This room truly is a multipurpose room. Our back door is the one with the red curtains, and it gets a pretty fair share of foot traffic. This is not only our laundry and ironing room, but our mudroom, sewing room, storage room, kitchen extension (our 2nd fridge is in here), coat room, and bottled water central (we can't drink the water on campus -- it's horrifically icky, so we go through a LOT of bottled water).
The bones of this room are terrible -- ugly wood cupboards, 80's linoleum, and busted, yellowing walls with crooked switch plates. My decorating challenge is (always) that I can't paint the walls or anything attached (like, the awful cupboards), or change the flooring or do anything remotely permanent.
The photos don't show it but I hung bulletin boards down the side of the refrigerator in there, and hung vintage prints of 50's housewives giving laundry tips on them for another touch of cuteness. Best of all, the only thing I bought for this room was the $2.34 tension rod that I hung the brown curtain across (it's peeking just to the left of the "s-e-w" signs and hides a massive shelving area which stores my fabric and sewing supplies and other house miscellany). The red polka dot containers in the sewing area house my sewing notions (and were made from used-up coffee cans and wrapping paper). I already had the shelving and stuff on hand. Yay!
Ok, I know... waaaaaaay too excited about a laundry room, but a girl's gotta get excited about the little things, amiright?
Weird lighting, I know... sorry. The sign says 'sew'. Every room in this house has fluorescent overhead lighting, including the bedroom (yuk! Hellooooo migraines), so I compensated with a little table lamp. Not so great for photo-taking, but much easier on my poor aching head. Does anyone else get migraines from fluorescent lights? No? Just me then...
Well, that's it for my little laundry room. Next is my the master bedroom (which I'm aiming to do for less than $20 and that's a MAJOR job... so wish me luck!). So far, I've stuck to my "do something creative every day" project and its felt GREAT. I think I underestimated the value of creative work in my daily life. Good on the endorphins, methinks!
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