I’ve got the typical basement, unfinished laundry room. I love it and I’m so grateful to have it. After years at our last house of having only a closet off the kitchen with our washer and dryer in it, I’m grateful to have a room that is larger and offers more storage as well.
However, walking into the concrete room was rather uninspiring. Not to mention that most of the time when I’d walk in there it was to wash or fold or grab cleaning products. blah…
Recently we were finally able to give it a moderate makeover. There is tons of wiring, pipes, tubes and other goodies all over that were going to be exposed so we just did the best we could. We aren’t ready to sheetrock and insulate yet so we compromised and did the cheapest yet biggest impact thing we could do… paint.
We purchased special white paint that is made to also help block moisture and specifically made for these cinder blocks then we started painting. We also ripped out a couple temporary walls and shelves that had been left in there from the last owner, part of the ceiling was covered by a piece of plywood so I painted that also. I even crawled back in behind the sink and cleaned and painted. Pictures don’t always do it justice but it’s amazing what some bright paint can do for a room. I also scrubbed the plastic sink on the outside and then taped it off and primed it with paint for plastic, then painted it a taupe/green color.
We drilled some larger inset circles on the stair supports and placed some tubing under the stairs as another option to hang laundry on during the winter. I use an outside line during the summer but hanging inside during the winter also really helps add moisture into the dry air as well.
Now the fun part. I had our son’s room decorated in a cabin and nature theme and he wasn’t feeling it. (He’s preferring legos and minecraft these days) so I took all those pieces along with some of our travel postcards and pictures and magnets and I covered the electrical boxes, added a world map and a few pieces of decor. One of my favorite pieces over the small folding table is a United States map. On it we’ve dotted and highlighted all of our road trips. It’s so fun to be folding laundry now and looking at that map and those photos and remembering so many great adventures. It also gets me dreaming about our next road trip or vacation each time I see it.
So that my friends is how I turned the most boring room in the house into one of dreams and joy. I light up every single time I walk in there and smile to myself now. Mission accomplished!
Is there is a spot in your home or office that is drab right now that you could makeover with something simple? A new light fixture, a picture, or a new pillow? That’s my challenge to you, find a way to take your least favorite place and make it into one of your favorites. Message me a picture if you would like my ideas and I’d be happy to give you some ideas. 🙂
Wishing you inspiration and joy!