1.03.2012

laundry room: before and after

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Hello friends!  Welcome back in 2012.  Between my kiddos and my husband being home, there wasn't much priority on blogging, but I'm back and ready to share the laundry room before and after pictures.


The cabinets were painted in Gunmetal 1602 by BM.  I am crazy for this color. 
 Can't get enough.
This little makeover started with the ugly fluorescent light that needed to be changed. 

But when my hubby went to install the new light the wiring was a mess and there was a huge hole of crumbling drywall. :-(  Cue the electrician and drywall guy.  Not what you want to pay for in the midst of present buying. BUT, not it's done correctly and we don't have to worry.
Ta Da!  Hole patched.

New light.  Everyone needs a little fancy in their life.

I move my framed watercolor of Charlevoix, MI to the coat area. I kept it slightly too high to leave room for an imaginary galvanized steal container I'm envisioning for the top of the shelf.  Know of any good Etsy stores for that?   I also bought the basket from Target that I've wanted for over a year now.  It's perfect to hold all our winter gear.  Long term we will build some sort of locker area/bench on this wall, but for now it works.

Now for the full before and after shots.  As always, I wish you could see the room in person because it looks so much better in person.

I'd still like to add a woven shade to the door window, and a fun, framed print on the 
wall to the right of the door.  I'll keep you posted.


Here is the view with the light on.  I like the shadows!

Thank you for checking out my laundry room makeover!  Let me tell you...I'm going to do a lot more laundry in 2012 just because I actually enjoy being in the room. 

Happy New Year!



30 comments:

  1. That's one fancy laundry room! I love it! - amanda

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  2. What a fun little element with the shadows! Wouldn't it be nice if we all had professional photographers at our expense so the "after" shots truly did represent?! Everything looks fabulous regardless. Great work!

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  3. Abby it looks so pretty!! I love the gunmetal with the wall color - gorgeous!! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :)
    ~Dana

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  4. Absolutely love the color and the pulls! That light is just fabulous as well!

    xoxo,

    Carly

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  5. Abby, it looks great! I am loving those knobs! What if you painted the bulkhead the same as the cabinets and added crown at the ceiling just above the cabinets??? Just a thought... Looks great!!,
    xoxo-kristi

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  6. Abby,
    Here is what I am talking about... :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=194730123891521&set=pu.192252747472592&type=1
    xo-kristi

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  7. The light cast on the walls is awesome! Great job. I wish I had a space I could pretti-fy for laundry!

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  8. What a pretty laundry room! Love the light & I have to make note of BM gunmetal.

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  9. I absolutely adore the gray with those fabulous green knobs, so lovely!!! And it all started with an ugly fluorescent light...not bad at all! (c: I'm not gonna lie, I had to look up how to spell "fluorescent"...*sigh*...

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  10. Abby! Looks fantastic. I love that gunmetal color, too. I'd feel like dancing while doing laundry with those reflections on the wall -- love it! And I can see your vision on the shelf. Wonder what your former homeowners think of all these changes if they follow your blog -- if it were my old house, I'd be wanting to move back in :)

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  11. Looks great...that light fixture is to die for!

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  12. Wow Abby, that looks wonderful. I'm crazy about the colors you have in there :)

    Have to tell you your comment made my day.. xo Sarah

    ( don't feel like you have to restrain yourself ;)

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  13. I love that you painted the cabinets the gunmetal color - they are really great. I'd be spending a ton of time in there too doing laundry. Do you have HomeGoods in MI? I've seen a ton of galvanized containers there lately and they are all affordable. I actually got one to use for a Christmas gift. They might have the shape you're looking for. Happy 2012!

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  14. What a cute room! You did a great job.
    You might find the container you're looking for at a garden center.
    Or the local home improvement store has those containers for holding plaster/joint compound for troweling it on the wall.

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  15. Looks great and everyone needs a bit of glam in the laundry room :)

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  16. It will make doing the laundry much more fun. Great transformation.

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  17. Gorgeous light fixture and paint colors, Abby! This is a wonderful transformation!

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  18. Great work, Abby! Turned out beautifully! I don't mind doing the laundry. It's the folding, sorting and putting away that I hate. At least we don't have to go down to the creek anymore like they did way back when. ...now, there's a thought!

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  19. What a great place to do laundry! Love the transformation, Abby. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! xo

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  20. Lovely! I really like how you put a pretty light in such an unexpected place. :) Our laundry room desperately needs to be finished... I'm hoping in 2012.

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  21. I love that cabinet color, and those knobs are amazing! I love how you always go for the fancy light, too!

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  22. It looks wonderful, Abby. The knobs are so pretty, but love the lighting in this unexpected place...fabulous!!

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  23. It's beautiful! I would want to do more laundry in that room too. The light is awesome and the cabinet color is perfect. I think I'm obsessed with it too.

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  24. Beautiful! Perhaps the laundry room should be the loveliest of all! That IS where we spend so much of our time! The paint, knobs and light are gorgeous, but I'm jealous of that big sink! And Home Depot or Lowe's should have your galvanized bin, although my son tells me "Lowe's is for the Ladies" so maybe try there first!

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  25. Hopped over from Mama's Laundry Talk. LOVE your pretty light - those shadows look like a fancy border on your walls! Love the makeover!

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  26. Abby....love those colors!!! Sometimes it doesn't take much to pull a room together. Looks great.

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  27. I love that line "everyone needs a little fancy in their life." It's beautiful, Abby. So glad that you are getting the new place all done up, you deserve it!

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  28. Such a pretty place to do laundry! The light is the perfect touch. Happy 2012!

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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