Is there a room in your house that you always make sure is out of sight when guests come because it is so embarrasing? That was my laundry room, but thanks to a week of obsessive scheming and working during naptimes and baby’s bedtimes (okay, I woke up at 4:30 one morning and couldn’t go back to sleep because I was so excited to make some progress before he woke up) the room of former shame is now my happy place, my craft/laundry room! Laundry is even more fun now!
I started by removing everything except the built-ins and washer/dryer (a really daunting job since I had been stuffing all kinds of fabrics and crafty materials in any nook I could find). I removed the cabinet doors so I would be forced to stay organized since I could see all the beautiful stacks of fabric, then I painted all the cabinets black. Here are some of the cheap crafty highlights:
1. New countertop for craft work-space– made out of 3/4″ MDF (medium density fiberboard). The guy at Lowes cut it to size for me and then my sweet hubby helped me use a router to round over the edge. I just painted it black like the cabinets and set it on top of the 2 drawer units.
2. Pegboard- again the nice man at Lowes cut it to size for me and I bought a mounting kit with a variety of different hangers that attach to the board. Before hanging it I painted it a lovely shade of robin-egg blue. This was the most expensive part of the whole project at about $18 for the pegboard and kit.
3. Shelves- my sweet hubby (he’s the power tools expert in the famiy) helped me cut a board to size and mount it on the wall. The storage containers were left in our house by a former occupant and I had just been waiting for the right use for them!
4. Storage Boxes- these are just cardboard file storage boxes I bought at an office supply store. On the front side I used Mod Podge to attach a piece of lovely scrapbook paper, then painted on a couple coats of Mod Podge (love that stuff!) to keep them looking pretty!
5. Labels- these are just nametags I found in the wedding section at Michaels
6. Floor- I tore out the old vinyl floors (very liberating experience) and just painted the concrete with a few coats of latex paint that I got by mixing up some old paints I had. If you want to really do it right you can buy floor paint but I was told that the only difference is the floor paint is more durable to foot traffic and I figured I’m not going to be getting much traffic in there (and I’m too cheap to buy new paint when I’ve got plenty of old paint)
7. Fabric- this fabric used to be just jammed in the cabinets and I could never see what I had. Just by folding them in uniform sizes and organizing by color and type of fabric, they all fit in the cabinets and I can see what I have and be inspired to create new projects with what I have instead of buying new fabric!
So now my laundry room is my favorite room in the house, it makes me so happy! If you don’t have a large laundry room, try to find a corner of a room or closet that could work for you. You don’t have to have an extra room in your house to have your own creative space. The best thing about it (besides making me SO happy) is that it inspires me to make crafts and gifts out of what I already have instead of buying new materials (that makes the hubby happy)!
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