Thursday, January 14, 2010

Little and kinda funky laundry re-do…

…But first

a word from our sponsor

that would be me


No…I didn’t do this, nor is it in our laundry room

But Ohhhh if it were.

I tackled what I thought would be an easy peasy spiff up to our laundryroom/back door.

I had the wood {ish} flooring waiting for awhile in the garage.

I used mexican tile on the counters. That was once many moons ago going to go in the kitchen.

I found a cabinet in the as is dept at IKEA for 50 clams

…and so I started…

and here is where I end up…


I painted the side of the cabinet in blackboard paint…to the left is the door

to the garage. In case you really care.

Added shelves attached from the cabinet to the wall…to create more storage and somewhat of a nook

for the washer and dryer. When that dryer dies and goes to dryer Heaven which it will...soon.

we'll get the dryer brother to the washer...then build a counter on top...and maybe even doors or a skirt...or neither. keepin' ya on your toes.

Inside the 50 clam cabinet…

important stuff. Toilet paper and rubber gloves?

don’t ask.


Even found a good place for my house numbers I brought back from Argentina…

i was on a roll…


Then…inspired by our old madge coathangers

I decided to dabble in a little bit of an orangey red. Mai Tai by Ralph Lauren Paints

I was told I shouldn’t….



But I did

smack dab on the new door from

Home Depot….40 clams….run to your nearest…see if they are still


the doors were 369 if special ordered….they had tons for 40 buckaroos.



added a couple of cute barn lights.

I needed help with one….but

installed the ceiling light

and the house is still standing. Can I have an Amen!


Oh…rug was a 5 buck steal at IKEA…won’t last forever

but am loving the punch of color!


Um. The mosaic is what happens when you don’t measure your tile correctly

and you like to fly by the seat of your pants

and then you find an old rusted metal bird in the garage

and you just stuff him in too.



yeah, yeah…need to re-paint the cabinets and maybe change out the knobs



Oh yeah.

do some laundry.


**I need to go round up some befores...then you might be a teeeensy bit impressed. At least I was. Teensily.


Anonymous said...


The laundry room looks great!!!! I love the doors, both of them! Where is the other pineapple painting? I thought you were going to put it in the laundry room?

Just took some pics of my 'art' work that you inspired me to do and will send if they turn out.


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Hi Susan! No the pinapple is too big for this is currently in the powder room... YES send your pics!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love doing laundry and your laundry room is great! Love the surprising little touches and the RED chair...and the little bird! Just perfect!

Stephanie said...

That door!! both of the doors...and so happy that you ran out of tile because the little bird mosaic is perfect!!

forget the laundry and go remodel some other fabulous space....

Anonymous said...

It looks great!!! Bet you'll like to the laundry now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
take care,

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I could do some laundry in that AWESOME room...looking gooood girl...LOVE those doors! have a new's ME!!!


Michelle said...

what a wonderful place to be to do your laundry...surely it won't be such a hard task to stay in the room's fabo !! I especially love your rusty bird - what a lovely friend to share your chores with !! xxxx well done my little friend!! well done indeed !!!

welltraveled said...

FAb laundry room done on a shoe string.Way to go....

Farmgirl Paints said...

You are so good at taking pictures. Love the light, the red door, the numbers and BE. Just fabulous Linda and it's even sweeter because it didn't break the bank.

Blue Muse said...

Here's your Amen, sister-friend. You did a great job. I'm loving that Mai Tai red door and the house numbers you brought back from Argentina... YUM!!! The field boots are great, are they by chance a size 8? haha.

You, as always, are such an inspiration to me in oh so many ways.
xo Isa

anita said...
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anita said...

yep YEP

it'll def make laundry time happy!

Visual Vamp said...

So fab!
Please come over and help with mine!
(The laundry and thelaundry room ha ha.
xo xo

J - Pacha Mama said...

Luv it. Am having MAJOR laundry room envy, which is surprising cuz we don't even have a laundry room. Boo :(

J - Pacha Mama said...

Luv it. Am having MAJOR laundry room envy, which is surprising cuz we don't even have a laundry room. Boo :(

gdaybeautiful said...

Wow, well done, looks great. I especially love the red door and the mat (I'm a colour nut)I have just had my front door painted a stunning red too!

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, it looks FANTASTIC! I think the little bird in the mosaic is my favorite part of the whole place, but I also really dig the pops of orange and other colors. Let me know when you want to come do mine!

Natalia said...

Gah! I love it!!!

I *need* to do seriously...the poor thing is somewhere back in my blog archives unless the shame made me go back and delete the post, lol.

Great job!


Deborah said...

ooOOOOOOoooo I'm lovin it! The colors, the doors. Good job!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wow! I love all of it, right down to that sweet little ol' bird!

Fifi Flowers said...

I LOVE decorative laundry rooms... I HATE laundry!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

What a fabulous laundry room! So much fun and lots of personality. I'll be right over - to borrow that ironing board, of course :) By the way, it's a vintage board, made of red metal tubing with an off-white cover. And it's chunky - the top is wider and shorter than normal. It was a vivid dream ,I tell ya! lol. xo

Mary said...

I am in love with your laundry room! I dream of having a room so large and function to laundry in some day!

g+m said...

I AM impressed--you don't need the before pictures (although they'd be fun to see).

Don't ever tell anyone again that that bird and the mosiac were kind of accidental. It's the best part of the whole room.

You did a great job.

rjerdee said...

Wow, cool job on the laundry!! My favorite part is the red door and the instruction to Be...oh, to BE in your laundry room!!!

My Notting Hill said...

Looks terrific. Love the barn lights.

Renae Moore said...

I am VERY impressed....just love-r-ly! Such a nice big area to do LOTS of laundry! I really like that chalk board paint...I need to put some....somewhere!

Renée Finberg said...

i HATE laudry too.
it's the folding that makes me sick.

i love how relaxed you are.
and you have super style. i love it.

*nice riding boots - they are so clean


Jane said...

Laundry is a four-letter word! I hate it, too. But if I had a room as bright and cheerful as yours...and a door to the outdoors(!), I might be more inspired. My L room seems to be the catch-all for everything that has no place to go. After seeing yours, it might be the next project...
Love that bold rug. I must head to IKEA this week!

Kate Riley said...

Love the rug, the colors, the red door, the chalkboard and Madge ! Who can think about laundry in a space like that ?

Kristin Lea said...

I LOVE IT!!!!! I totally loved the blackboard paint...what a great idea! Your laundry room looks like a great and fun place to hide from the world! Hide in the room and lock the laundry OUT! sounds good to me!

Colour me Happy said...

The red is so fabulous - this laundry room seriously belongs in a magazine!!

Cathy G. said...

Great laundry room..glad you went against advice and used the Mai tai paint. It makes the room....along with the bird in the tile! love love your style! Bet you have no laundry piles waiting now! Cathy G

Sharon said...

You did!!! Am very impressed with how much you accomplished yourself and on a small budget too (aren't these the best make-overs?). That mosaic is genius.

Gwen Driscoll said...

I love it. The happiest most charming space ever. I can't believe you did all that yourself. I would be a total disaster! Especially love the coat hangers, I've got a 9 year old red-head!

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~Bry~ said...

Well I love it!!!! The bird stuck in just ...because....could be my favorite. I think I actually would not mind doing laundry there. Maybe

Mango Gal said...

The laundry room looks goooooorgeous my friend! Love it! I love the chalkboard cabinet, the bright red door, that amazing little mosaic with the bird. Beautiful!

One day I would love to have a laundry room. I dread going into my garage to do's scary in there.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Amen! It's looking awesome! And your laundry room has access to the beautiful outdoors!?

And this one is quotable:
"The mosaic is what happens when you don’t measure your tile correctly." You should collect these in a design wisdom folder!

Have a great weekend, Linda.

Lauren said...

i'm so inspired linda!!!! it ALMOST makes me want to do laundry!! ;)

but seriously, what a cheerful fresh and fun space, it's so pretty and my favorite detail is your iron bird... SUCH a perfect touch!! beautiful room- just love it.

...remind me of the mess in mine i need to tackle!! eeeek


kj said...

this is timely.

i have a laundry room.

it needs you.

if not you

then a channeling

of you

inside me


you linda

know how to have fun

in every paintfilled

tile filled

rug filled

door filled

fun filled


shish swash.


Lori E said...

Thanks a bunch. Now I have to go to the dungeon to do my laundry. I will be down there staring into space picturing your bright beautiful laundry room and I will tell myself "don't worry Cinderella, you too will have a nice laundry room one day". Sniff.

Jenny said...

Laundry Room Looks Amazing. I had no idea that Ikea had the ''as is'' section. I will be checking it out really soon.

Love the mosaic even if it happened because of a miss measuring mistake. I just love mistakes!

Hill Country House Girl said...

My favorites are the baskets with the numbers - love them! Of course, the colors are wonderful and happy and might make doing laundry more fun, too!

dec0r8or said...

Wow. If I had a laundry room like that I might actually wash BF's clothes more often! Hee! I love everything about it...from the door to the floor. What's the deal with the floor...did you say "wood(ish)"?

donna baker said...

Love the redo. Would you like to do mine? I love Mrs. Meyers products. I get the geranium scent as it reminds me of my youth for some reason. She even has laundry soap and softener. My clothes smell so good.

Anonymous said...

This project turned out so great! It looks professionally done. Love all of the great, fun details you added.

for the love of a house said...

It's too pretty to do laundry! Grab a glass of wine and sit and admire- that's what I would do!! Love that little birdie in the mosaic!
Wonderful job Miss Linda!! Applause!

Sheri said...

Oh so awesome. Makes me want to redo my laundry room (who am I kidding, I ALWAYS want to redo my laundry room) but you gave me an idea for the door that leads outside!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

L. O. V. E. it!!

Unknown said...

Looks fabulous! Brave you to tackle lighting.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Nice job on the laundry room make-over and love the punch of color. Isn't IKEA great?

cotedetexas said...

i MIGHT even do laundry if I had a room like that. love the tile, the doors, the light! everything!!!!!
just adorable. love your whole house too! and the guest house (my fav)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Thanks you all...and it IS working. Laundry IS getting done....and more importantly put away! This week...anyway.

The floor is actually ruber like doesn't stick to the floor...but sticks to itself. The important thing is it's completely impervious to water. I didn't want more cold gave it a try. It is called traffic master allure...put it in myself (with some help from my daughter and a straight edge)In a few hours.

Dianna@DecorMadeSimple said...

Punch of color is good for the soul.
Great steal on your new door.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...


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Barbara Matson said...

I really like what you did. It looks so effortless. I am aiming to spiff up my laundry room. I am renting so I am not re-doing the floor or buying new doors but will paint and change knobs. Yours is inspiring!


Valley Girl said...

So...I think I would just hang out in there ALL DAY and wait for someone to bring me a dirty article of clothing to wash because yesterday I would have already done ALL the laundry because I would have just hung out in there all day yesterday too so today I would just be waiting for someone to bring me something to wash. All it needs is the coffee pot and I would never leave. Never. Just BEAUTIFUL!

Rocio @ Casa Haus said...

Absolutely LOVE it! And the hangers, sooooo cute! Great job!

Daisy Cottage said...

F A B U L O U S!


What lucky lucky laundry.


prashant said...

Just took some pics of my 'art' work that you inspired me to do and will send if they turn out.

Work from home India

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