Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover


For quite sometime I have been planning in my head how I wanted to remodel our 1980’s laundry room in our home. 
The quest:  a farmhouse looking laundry room with white bead board on the walls, an industrial sink,
open shelving and a textured ceiling – and accessorized with vintage items.

For about a year I collected vintage bits and bobs
 that were found whilst out perusing flea markets, estate sales and antique stores. 
Some items ended up not being used because I wanted more of a minimal look,
so these will be placed elsewhere in the house –
and some will be given away here on the blog. 
More to follow at the end of this post.


Old galvanized scoops, mason jars, a laundry room sign (that was made by my friend Marcia), and a
funky metal corner
 shelf with lots of chippy paint will find their spot in the room.


Everything purchased was done on a budget
and the IVORY soap box was a score
for $10.00 at a flea market.  It will
sit next to the sink and hold laundry soap, towels, etc.


One of my favorite finds were a pair of
these rusty metal light fixtures that
were a great find at an estate
sale over the summer.  Ready for the price? 
 Just $4.00 each!  LOVE that! 
And the black metal shelf brackets –
including the small amounts of rust on
them – were just $2.00 each.


Here’s the fun part – the homely reveal. 
See the missing door…the doors were starting to fall off – a sign? 
 Yes!  Time to pretty up the room
that I spend a lot of time in.


Below is the finished room with floor
to ceiling bead board, a hand
textured ceiling and open
 shelving that I absolutely am loving.


I didn’t get a picture of the original sink
and laminate as my husband
was quick to rip it out and work on
the plumbing for our new stainless steel sink. 
  I searched for months for a good
industrial sink and found the Griffin
 scullery sink at Home Depot.  It is HUGE! 
The sink stands on four legs, which
 makes the room appear larger, too.  The antique
 mirror over the sink was a recent find for $22.00 – just what I was looking for with the black shabby frame.


You can really see the before and
after of the ceiling…


..and after! 

 I  love the look of the light fixture (below) against the
 textured ceiling!  The paint that I used on the
bead board is Extra White by Sherwin Williams. 
 I used a darker white on the ceiling called Weathered White,
 also by Sherwin Williams.  The Weathered White
has a bit of gray in it and looks so
 pretty next to the bright white and the rusty light fixture. 
I did use a clear matte spray on the light
 fixture and the shelf brackets. 
It just helps seal the rust and gives a nice patina
to the old metal.


Here’s the corner shelf adorned with some fun
vintage collections.  An old trophy filled
 with 6-inch advertising rulers, old scoops,
and old clock, mason jar, a stain removal pamphlet
 and some ironstone pitchers.

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One of my favorite pieces is the Watkins
salesman box that was snapped up at
The Alameda Flea market for $25.00.  Next to it are early turn of the century postage scales that
were a find for $25.00 and $35.00.
Skat hand soap?  Had to laugh when I
found that and new it would be a great
addition to the vignettes and add a pop of color as well.


Our friend, Don, applied all of the bead board,
textured the ceiling and hung up the shelving
 for us.  He also gave us the old fence board for the shelves. 
 I really like the rustic feel of the raw wood – so farmhouse looking! 


For now I just tacked up an antique tablecloth
 in the window but will soon be making
 some curtains for the window.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to come back
 in a few days for a vintage farmhouse giveaway to celebrate
 (a wee bit late) my five years of blogging,
 my new blog redo and the completion of our remodeling!

I am linking up today with Kim's Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style Blog. 
Be sure to stop by and say HI to Kim
and be inspired by all of the wonderful WOW’s
being shared for the week.

10-5-12:  Today I am linking up with Claudia for her Favorite Things post!  Please stop by and visit my friend from New York if you haven't already done so.  I know I've had this post up for several days, but really, besides my new laminate flooring, this room is now one of my favorite rooms in our home.  A long desired dream that is now reality.  And yes, it is much nicer to do laundry in here now.  Don't ask my why, maybe because it feels lighter, brighter and more open.

Happy Weekend!!


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

OH MY! You did such a great job with your makeover- love it!

Well done!

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow so different! Love it!

marie said...

The laundry makeover is wonderful...those light fixture are amazing. I bet it looks really neat when it's on. I think you've achieved the look you were going Becky! It looks awesome!!

vintage grey said...

So beautiful and I just love all the vintage pretties! xo Heather

pembrokeshire lass said...

I love the look!! Just wonder how the door fell off...and...was it helped!! (I'm not saying more or I might incriminate myself on some of my makeovers!!) Love the sink and the light fitting is just right. I could go on and on. Joan

The Old Cupboard Door said...

Beautifully done. I love the shelves you used and all the vintage finds you added are charming. Love the make-over.


Kathleen Grace said...

It's beautiful Becky! I love the light fixture, I would have grinned all the way home finding something like that, and the scoops and shelves and scales.. well I love it all. I think my laundry would never back up with such a pretty place to take care of it:>)

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

I love your laundry room!! We are redoing ours this month too... I have been on pinterest looking for ideas for months now... I think yours looks fab!

Amy Jo

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

This is sthe most beautiful laundry room I've ever seen.
Should be in a magazine.


Perfectly Printed said...

Your laundry room makeover is amazing!! Such fun to see it all come together!! I love it!! I am gettng ready to work on my kitchen on a very limited budget....a little nervous about doing it myself. Seeing your's turn out so well gives me encouragement!!


Vee said...

Delightful. You were so successful at gathering items over the past year. I noticed the vintage stain removal guide and all the details that make this room special. Now you love working in this room, right? Where do you fold your laundry and hang it up?

Mabel Jane's said...

Now this is a room I wouldn't mind doing laundry in! You did a great job. Blessings...Pam

craftyles said...

What a wonderful laundry room. I love the beadboard and the light fixtures. All your little touches throughout make it so inviting. And that sink! Wow! Great re-do.

Stacey said...

Love it! It is like stepping back in time - except for the washer and dryer. Don't you love beadboard? It makes everything better. :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful space you've created. I love your attention to detail with all your fun accessories. That rusty corner shelf, the light fixture, curtain...it's all fabulous! Great job.

Lululiz said...

Fabulous makeover, thats how I would like my laundry to look. Sigh, one day. I love the French Laundry sign and the gorgeous corner unit with all those lovely vintage pieces. Great.

busyascanbe said...

Great Make over....You have such great ideas...I love it!

Anonymous said...

This is the lovliest laundry room i have seen! Well done! Sharon

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love, really love, your laundry room. Bead Board makes my heart sing as well as all your antique pieces. I don't have a window in my laundry room but have some vintage baby dresses. I guess I should repost again for those who are new. Thanks for sharing-can't wait to see what you do for your giveaway-five years, what an accomplishment. Who knew blogging would be such fun!
Hugs, Noreen

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

Gorgeous!! I love the french laundry sign, and that corner shelf!! I continue to drool over your home!! =) Deanna from Manteca!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You must love to do laundry now!! Fabulous bakeover! I love the clean spare look of your room and now I'm wishing I could move mine up from the murky old basement. :@

Elsie said...

Becky I love your new laundry room.
My favorite thing in there is the
Skat Hand Soap...and the walls...and the ceiling and the corner shelf and oh heck I just
love it all. :) Kinda makes ya
wanna wash don't it?

Unknown said...

Wow! What a beautiful laundry room! I love everything about it! The accessories are adorable. I like the tablecloth as the curtain. Looks French! Just Fabulous! I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog! That allowed me to find your blog. Can't wait to see your other posts.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh yes, Elsie, washing clothes is so much more enjoyable now! And Vee asked where I hang my clothes and fold them....well, the clothes get hung in the doorway till moved upstairs and the top of the washer and dryer are my folding areas.

Thanks to everyone for all the love!


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a cute laundry room! I don't think I've ever visited your blog. I love it!

Brenda Pruitt said...

It's lovely! Who wouldn't want to spend time in that room? You did a fantastic job.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love your vintage style laundry room. Your unique touches make it so special. Now I bet it makes doing the laundry a lit bit easier or at least it's prettier to look at.


Linda said...

That looks wonderful! I love the light fixtures...great job! Have an awesome day!!

Happy@Home said...

So, so pretty, Becky. Looks like it should be in a magazine. What a joy it will be to do laundry in there. I can't help but wonder where you're hiding the detergents, bleach, etc.

Deborah said...

Becky it is such a beautiful laundry room! You have made it so homey and I love it!
Love that light fixture too...wow! Wonderful job!!

Deborah xo

Blondie's Journal said...

I love every little detail, Becky! It's neat that you were collecting things before the room was actually done! I really love the light fixtures and the corner 3 shelf stand. Oh my, I so don't want to do my laundry down in the basement any more!


SImple and Serene Living said...

Wow, I love it. Everything just looks fantastic.


Donna said...

Your laundry is wonderful! What a great place to do laundry. Your vintage finds are perfect for the room.

Patty Marker said...

What a beautiful spot to do laundry. You put just enough old cool stuff in there, too. Love the before and after shots.

Low Tide High Style said...

It looks SO good! I love all of your vintage finds and your beautiful light fixture. I know you must be enjoying doing laundry in there!


Melanie said...

That is one gorgeous laundry room! I am loving all your vintage finds and that shelving caddy in the corner.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your laundry room...it looks great!! Great vintage finds and love the look of the open shelves above the washer and dryer.

Into Vintage said...

Wow! You have done an incredible job turning a functional room into something beautiful! I love it and all of your sweet details. That chippy corner shelf and the light fixture are wonderful. Well done, Miss B!

Mimi Sue said...

It's gorgeous! I wouldn't mind doing laundry in there! Mimi

WendyBee said...

Oh My! How lovely! You could hardly mind doing laundry in such a space. You have achieved that elusive balance between shabby and chic, between patina and gloss, light and shadow, old and new.
I think I will be forever asking: "Just how *does* one do that?"

Ann at the Handley Bungalow said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! YOU are so creative! What a pretty space to do laundry. Everything is perfect. You have such an eye for detail and pretty things. Love it all!

June said...

Becky I can't even tell you how awesome I think this make-over is!!!! What a smile this must put on your face when you walk into it. You have found the bestest-est stuff to put in it too. I am IN LOVE with the light fixture!!!

You guys have been working so hard on your reno and you must be loving the results!

The Farmers Daughter said...

It's so lovely! Makes me want to do laundry!

Claudia said...

Oh Becky, the room is delightful! I love all the touches you've added to your space. You have such a wonderful touch and bring such beauty to your home.


Amy said...

I would never have a problem with doing laundry in your beautiful new laundry room!!!

wendy said...

my goodness, that turned out really REALLY nice!! I bet you are loving it

Jules said...

I loved every single detail of this makeover... especially the SKAT hand soap... is that what I think it is? Goodness, in such a cute little container. And that light fixture... gorgeous! You are wonderful!!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Becky, I love how your laundry room turned out, its you! I really love the light fixture its so perfect and looks very lacey me (its pretty). Wow that sink is to die for, I miss having a sink. I used to have one in my garage and I would color my hair and rise it in the deep sink..LOL. I sure did it was wonderful:)
By removing the cabinets its really added more space. I have been wanting to do our little laundry room, did you see the 1960 electric ironing board I have in there, its attached to the wall. If I took that out we would have more room. I think the laundry room is going to be our 2013 project. Beautifully done you guys!
Sending love and hugs, Elizabeth

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Becky!
What an amazing transformation...I love all the farmhouse touches. The beadboard reminds me of my Gramma's house in Missouri.
I hope you have a great weekend, my sweet friend.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Your room is so inviting! I might not be thinking "LessLaundry" if my room looked like that. I especially love the wooden crate! Linda

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You created a laundry room to LOVE. That sink is so great. Love your displayed collectibles. Great stuff. The soap box - the yellow hand soap tin, ...everything actually. Sure glad you shared at Claudia's.

Town and Country Gals said...

what a fantastic makeover you did! Love all the special touches, love the corner shelves and vintage treasures! It looks wonderful, takes the drudge out of laundry!

Babajeza said...

The table cloth at the window is fantastic. Happy weekend. Regula

Sandy said...

Your laundry room is very nice.
I noticed the ceiling, I want to do
my kitchen with the texture and yours
seems to be perfect.
Very nice indeed!

Geneva said...

Who wouldn't want to do laundry in such a pretty space! You've done a great job with the remodel and I love your styling! I can see why it is one of your favorite rooms.

Diane said...

My! Coming from someone who is chained to a dimly lit, cluttered, cobwebby basement laundry room-- I'm so impressed!!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

With all the rage being in 'front load' machines... It is nice to see your lovely washroom with a top load machine.
I HAD a front loader for about 8 years and it went out...meaning it DIED! KA-POOT!!! there was no fixing it. We went shopping for a new machine...a toploader again and I love it!
Wanting to redo my laundry area...but not much inspiration for wash rooms with toploads...
I know I go on...but the way your washer opens matters when decorating or adding storage. I just matters.

I love your washroom and am Pinning it!
Wondering what days are available, so I can bring my laundry over and do it in there!?!
you're laundry room is my favorite thing!
:) Pat
via MHC Favorite Things.

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

Now that would have to make doing laundry fun! Love your vintage finds, especially those scoops! And the sink-- how fabulous is that!!

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

You did such a beautiful job ! I really love it. I hope I can persuade you to come share this post on my Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-3.html

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

Beautiful ! I hope I can persuade you to come share this post on my Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-3.html

Susy said...

Mission accomplished and very well done. I love all the elements. Your planning and hunting certainly paid off. It's perfect!

Elma said...

OH my word I just LOVE the laundry room!! What a fantastic job you did!!!

debra said...

Good Grief a person would actually WANT to do laundry here! :)

Sandy said...

As much as I loathe doing laundry, I could hang out in your laundry room all day. What a fabulous makeover!!

Unknown said...

Oh My GOSH! It looks FABULOUS!! I love it so much. It is so you! :) UMMMM... how could I get my hubby on board for this kind of face lift in our laundry room???


Life at Still Woods said...

Your laundry room turned out so well. I love the beadboard! Visiting from A Favorite Thing Saturday and am your newest follower. Hope you have time to stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Can I come live in your laundry room??? Oh my HECK!! I don't even know where to start...so I won't. Besides - you're probably tired of being notified you have a new comment from me. (Sorry - life's been crazy lately and I didn't realize I was this far behind or I would have done a "quiet" catch up (looking but not talking...)) But...back to my point...can I just maybe make a nest or something on top of your washer and dryer? I don't take up much room!! ;o) (Alternative - you come here and redo my house....) Smiles & Best Hugs ~ Robin (Think I'm somewhat caught up now, so I'll be quiet for the night....)

Deborah said...

Your "new" laundry room is fantastic!!! I just love it and can hardly wait for a new do over on mine.