Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Powering up the laundry room with red and white!

Well, here it is Wednesday once again! So I am off to visit White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage, Sue's Rednesday and Tabletop Tuesday.

Last week I mentioned our small kitchen, well, this week I'm going to show you our even smaller utility room.

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This room is only six feet wide, really it is the hallway from the back patio to the dining area.  A difficult space to photograph, at least for me and my camera.  Pretty typical room with sink and space for washer and dryer.

 

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With the flash on, it washes it out, a bit, but also brightens...any way, notice the I used the same Bakelite and chrome handles on these doors as in the kitchen.  Hubby added the bead board to the cabinet doors and the trim, that I painted red.

 

 

laundry 008On the soffit above the cupboards I painted lemons, apples, cherries and black polka dots, ala Mary Engelbriet.

laundry 006More bright and white on this glass light cover in the form of checks and teapot and pitcher shapes.

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Wow, the other side of the room!  Complete with red metal shelf unit from IKEA and a vintage stool........not to mention the cute apron my granddaughter made for me.

 

 

laundry 002And then my personal favorite.....I used vintage crochet pot holders in white, red, yellow and green. I strung a wire and hung them with clothespins for the door window cover.

Now, it is a cheerful fun room with a surprising amount of storage for its small footprint, it almost makes laundry fun!

46 comments:

oldgreymare said...

I'll take a tiny room with sunshine over my dark laundry "closet" any day!

Potholders too cute!

Suzan

The Thrifty Designer said...

Those have to be the cutest potholders I've ever seen. What a clever way to dress up the window.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love your pot holders, what a cheerful room! (Almost makes doing the laundry fun...)

Vintage Remixed said...

What a delightful laundry room makeover. Happy WW.

Patti said...

Very sweet!! Love the ceiling light!

Dawn said...

Very cute. My laundry room really needs a makeover ~ The pot holders are a great idea and just my colors!

craftyles said...

I love your laundry room, especially the little potholders. You did a great job painting the designs.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

YOur laundry room looks so fresh and clean. I love it. Bright and cheery. Your potholders are just the most creative thing I've seen. So cute. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I love the vintage potholders as a valance!! What a cute idea!

Happy Rednesday and White Wednesday!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl your laundry room is too cute...I just did a post on mine also ha ha!!Love the pot holders what a clever idea you had...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melody said...

Love the Laundry area. The potholder window topper is a great idea! That red shelf is perfect.

D said...

You did a wonderful job on your laundry room. I love all of it. That light fixture is adorable!

afistfullofweeds* said...

It all looks great!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I sooooo LOVE the style of your room...those vintage pot holders are darling!

Blessings,
Linda

rustandruffles said...

Such a warm and cozy looking place..well done!
Happy WW!
xojanis

Sandy said...

My room is similar except no window!!!!! I have a small solar tube, but I want more light! Any ideas????? I am about to tackle decorating it....I need to paint the walls and the cupboards...ugly yellow piney things.....I like your room, and that light cover....where did you get that?????? Sandy

32˙North said...

The potholders are a great idea - they look darling!

Amanda

Grannys Attic said...

That is just to cute! Love the way you painted trim around cabinet doors. Blessings, Vicky

Debbie~ said...

Bright n' beautiful n' full of charm n' makes me want to linger awhile! ps...I looove your crochet pot holder cuties hung for a valance! Debbie @ Hann~Me~Downs

Angela said...

I love the beautiful vignettes you have made with that delightful colour red...also that light cover on your ceiling is just WOW...I'm so loving it. Thanks for sharing my absolute favorite colour!

Ann said...

What an adorable laundry room!! Sure would motivate me to want to do some laundry. :)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Oh I just love how sweet and fresh it looks. I have a dark closet - you are SO lucky. Great job.

SueLovesCherries said...

Jan, you've done a fabulous job with the room! From the red trim to the painted fruit to the Ikea stand and the wonderfully innovative potholder curtain!

I'm with Sandy - you HAVE to tell us where you got that lamp fixture - it's to die for!

Cherry Chick said...

Hi Jan,
Very cute and cheerful! Love the light fixture and your hanging pot holders. You are so creative.
Thanks so much for sharing with us all.
Vicki

~~Carol~~ said...

I love your utility room! It's so bright and cheery. My washer and dryer are in the dungeon, I mean basement! Love the stool, the light cover, and the pot holders. It looks like doing laundry in there would actually be fun!
Happy REDnesday!
Carol

skoots1mom said...

what a precious window cover!! love your idea

mishebe said...

oh it is cute. Love the doilies.

Manang Kim said...

The red and white combination is pretty nice. Your laundry room is beautiful! Happy Wednesday!
RT~Fiesta Hollyhock

The Happy Homemaker said...

Very pretty!Love the "clothesline"!

Ro Magnolia said...

Just popped over from White Wednesday. What a delightful way of decorating a small room! I have a very similar laundry room/mud room that is about the same size as yours and accesses from our side yard. It is currently quite dreary but with inspiration like you've given us today, maybe I can make it a little more inviting! I especially love the light fixture and the crocheted pot holders. :)

Jan LaFollette said...

Hi, Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments, I love hearing from you. Some have asked about the light cover......I bought it at a yard sale a few years back, when I still had a space in a mall, it didn't sell so I kept it...now it proudly hangs in the utility room. Hadn't thought about it but, now, most light covers are plain white. IKEA has some interesting lighting. The fun is in the search. Have a great day, Jan

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

How Sweet ~ What a Cheery Room, which is a good thing for a Laundry room ~ Love the cupboards, the Light & the Window treatment ~ Thanks for Sharing

AshTreeCottage said...

Very charming and it must be a pleasure to do the laundry in such a cheerful room!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

thisamericantourist said...

What a fresh, sweet laundry room! Certainly a step up from our basement laundry dungeon. Nothing fresh there but the spiderwebs.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a fun and pretty laundry room! That soffit is adorable and I love the pot holder valance and the awesome light!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Shelley said...

Very nice....blessings

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

For heaven's sake, you've made me excited to come do laundry at your house! I love this room and I am so jealous! Our laundry is in the garage and this is one of the things I really wish our little cottage has. Oh well, I'll come visit yours whenever I want, okay? LOL

sewingseeds4U said...

The light fixture is gorgeous and the line of pot holders is adorable.

Marit Irene said...

Nice room and the potholders is so "grandmother".
Think I will go to town tomorrow and buy some potholders on fleamarket! Nice idea!

Carol said...

Looks so cute!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Cute potholders used as a "curtain"! I love the red shelf with the red stool also. It adds a nice bright pop of color. I'd love a sweet little laundry room like yours (instead of my sort of dark, stone walled basement laundry area!!! LOL)

Halo Hill said...

Very cool, Jan! I can "download you" today!

Hurray!
Sheila

Candylei said...

Love the potholder "curtans." Cute!

Melody said...

Hi Jan!
I just wanted to invite you over to a blog where I co-host a party. It's called Market Monday at etsycottagestyle.blogspot.com. Over 70 of us vendors get together in a virtual Flea Market..for the whole week! i know you don't have a selling site, but youm may find some things you have been looking for or find you can not live without..LOL
Hope to see you there!

Pearl Maple said...

As another lover of red - well done, this looks fabulous and the crochet potholders are the perfect accent.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I love how you fixed your laundry room. Especially love the apron your granddaughter made you. Does she sell them. It is beautiful as is your little clothsline across the window.
Honey nothing wrong with this room...you would not want me to tell you where my washing machine and dryer are in the ole farmhouse. But thank goodness I have one
Love
Maggie