Angela Ploetz

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Angela’s House: Laundry Room Makeover II

by Angela On November 13, 2012

Ahhh, more laundry room bliss.  A few months ago I posted the first phase of my laundry room makeover.  This project is so funny because it started so long ago. I started this laundry room makeover OVER a year ago!  This portion was about 85% complete when life happened and everything else became a priority.  Here is what it looked like a year and a half ago.

Oh my!!!  If you know me at all, you know that my blood pressure is going up just looking at this picture and I have that terrible feeling in my stomach.  Isn’t it interesting to see how chaos can affect how we feel?

In the picture above the BIGGEST thing you need to notice is the number of shelves shown. You can see we only had two shelves so the top shelf was double stacked with bins and baskets.  Since I’m only 5′ 2″ I couldn’t reach the baskets at the very top without a stool.  What a pain!

So I came up with a brilliant solution, if I do say so myself!  I had my super handy hubby add another shelf, but here is where the brilliance comes in.  Instead of making the shelves equal distance from the ceiling to the existing shelf.  I had him add the third shelf only eight and a half inches from the existing top shelf.  You can see my shelf heights in the photo above.  My poor husband thought I was crazy. But after measuring and measuring again I showed him how this would allow me to easily reach those small bins and baskets that were filled with things we used on a weekly basis without a stool. The things on the top row are the taller things and the things we use less frequently.

 In the picture above you can see how the shelves were spaced perfectly to fit those taller containers. These bins contain: adhesives, small tools, candles and candle supplies, batteries, and “extra parts”.

I know this is not the best picture, but I just wanted to share with you what I did for the boxes.  I used the leftover fabric from the Pegboard Makeover and used spray adhesive to attach it to heavy card stock/cardboard.  Then I just slipped the covered cardboard into the front of the boxes.

Next it was time to make labels.  I found these gift tags at The Container Store several months ago and thought they would be perfect. I was feeling like the room was heavy on the green so I wanted to bring in a little more blue. The only problem was I wanted the font to match the font I used for the Peg Board Makeover but I couldn’t run these tags through the printer.

So I printed the words I wanted to use and then I pulled out the trusty old light table!  I’m so glad I never got rid of this! I turned on the light table and placed the label over the text I printed and used a Fine Tip Sharpie to trace the font. You can barely see the text in the picture above.

Voila! Tags were done!  Then came the task of trying to figure out how to attach the tags to the bins and baskets.

 

This is where I started to loose steam.  I could not come up with a solution I thought would last. I thought about using a clothes pin-that will never last; or using adhesive-they will all end up stuck to my washer and dryer; or using jump rings-could damage baskets & wouldn’t fit; or hanging the tags by string from the hole in the tag-too difficult to read this font sideways! My brain was hurting.

I knew the only solution would be to sew the tags to the baskets.  I can sew, but I really don’t like to, so I stalled a little bit more.  Then I rallied and told myself if you just do this you will be done in 10-15 minutes.  So I shifted into hyper focus and whipped these puppies out like it was nothing! Phew, done!

The bins above hold laundry supplies like starch, stain remover, microfiber towels, and cleaning rags.

 

This is a shot of my acrylic shoe drawer that is one of my favorite parts of the laundry room!  I have used this drawer for years but I love it because it is the perfect size to hold the fabric softener sheets and it just makes me happy whenever I have to get one because it is so easy! I’m not kidding! Happy!  Slide open, pull out laundry softener sheet, slide closed, done!

 

You can see that I used some of the Martha Stewart Avery labels on these little Ikea Bygel bins.  I keep scissors, mesh wash bags, stain remover, and hand sanitizer in these handy bins.

We have a small bit of space left between the washing machine and our extra refrigerator so was able to slide a folding drying rack between the two.  This is supposed to expand to about double the size, but I just folded what would be the top down on the left hand side. This actually gives me a few more places to hang things.

Since the top is open I added a small wire shelf that I had to hold small and precious items while they are drying.  Honestly, that bear was just washed!

I am so happy that I finally finished this project! I’m also happy that my laundry room is now a place I enjoy going into instead of wanting to run!  I even like leaving the door open just so I can see it! Ha, ha!

Correction: I just had my husband read my post before I hit the publish button and he said that we/he added the bottom shelf when we first moved in.  Can you imagine!  My laundry room only had ONE shelf to start!!!  What a difference two shelves make!

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