Little tid bits

Laundry Room, renos, Treasure Hunting August 1, 2010
I have major Laundry Brain these days. Well actually Laundry-room brain is more accurate, as Sean and Wren will remind me while pointing to the heaping piles in our closet…
Our budget for the room was as miniscule as they come, and my fancy pants Ikea cabinetry ( $450) and new floors ($300 in supplies and materials) took up the majority of that budget so accessories will need to be really really cheap!
These old brackets will be for the shelving, and while I had those laying around just waiting to be used since we moved (they supported a shelf at our old front door which was our answer to a hall table) I still need to acquire 2 more nearly identical ones for the second shelf. The old dry cleaning sign was anothe old find I have been stashing since we moved. I scooped up the replica locker basket for $5 at Home Sense and the 3 was on clearance for $1 last year there as well. So far the budget is in check, but I do want to mix these older things with new glass cannisters and a rolling laundry cart to go under the counter.
My inspiration for the overall feel of the room is actually a little different than my usual look, and it came from one of my favorite stores for jeans: Abercrombie!
I always love their mix of light grey and high gloss wainscotting, although they typically have grey ceilings and beadboard walls but I went the other way around.
And a little glimpse of my beautiful new cabinet!
It was MUCH more work than we anticipated, but now that is feels close to finished we are actually a little blown away that we accomplished some of the stuff we tackled (if you have never installed beadboard sheets on a ceiling here’s a little tip: it is hardly a job for 2 people and will probably result in the use of curse words if you attempt it).
And if you see 2 cute brackets like mine in the Edmonton area holler at me (excluding Anthro because I definitely cannot fit $60 in brackets in the budget LOL)!

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  1. charm home says on August 1, 2010

    It looks great so far. I can't wait to see the finished room. I love the wall color and the bead-board on the ceilings. -cristi

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  2. liz @ bon temps beignet says on August 1, 2010

    Do you know, I would kill for a laundry room like yours. Mine is just the corner of our 2 car garage and it's usually covered with my husband's tools and metal shavings and welding bits and pieces. Ah well, someday I'll have a real laundry room.

    Can't wait to see the rest and get even more jealous!

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  3. April says on August 2, 2010

    Note to self: it's never too early to starts stashing cool things away for rooms you don't even have yet. thanks! can't wait to see it all!~

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  4. Lovely Little Nest says on August 2, 2010

    I've always loved Abercrombie's look. Actually, I worked there one summer during college and eventually modeled our entire home after that crisp gray and white combo!

    Can't wait to see the big Laundry Room reveal :)

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  5. Amanda says on August 2, 2010

    as if i needed another reminder of how ugly our own laundry room is… looks stunning from the sneak peaks you gave us.

    i'm of to check the faq's for your laundry room paint color. or old blog posts. been searching for the right shade of pale pale gray for jack's room and i love what you chose.

    btw, i rescued a very similar side table from the side of the road recently for $0, don't judge me. can't wait to post about it. :)

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  6. Pine Tree Home says on August 2, 2010

    I can't wait to see more. My Hubs and I installed plain old drywall in our pool house…but the ceiling there too made a few cuss words come out. I told him never ever again will we hang drywall together. Arms up over head on a ladder…not fun.

    Love your style and look forward to a peak at the LR reveal.

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  7. Cozy.Cottage.Cute. says on August 2, 2010

    Oh, it looks so pretty already. And I love the accessories you will be using. We've used the same crown moulding in all of our bedrooms and love it. Combined with the beadboard on your ceiling it looks amazing!

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  8. Becky says on August 2, 2010

    LOVE IT! Especially because those are my kitchen cabinets that I installed last year. Unfortunately, there is no fabulous crown molding around the top of them because I cannot figure out how to close the gap between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. Do you have any tips? And what color white did you paint the crown molding? Please post more pix!

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  9. Beth Rutter says on August 2, 2010

    Such a tease! Can't wait to see the finished project so I can steal…er borrow some ideas for our laundry room!

    PS.
    I hear using beadboard wallpaper is a less horrific feat on a ceiling than actual beadboard.

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  10. DrayaAnn says on August 2, 2010

    Your laundry room looks great. I'm jealous! Mine is the smallest room ever with the heater in it and has zero potential for looking good. But I do have a weird love for decorating laundry rooms. I currently have up a little old wooden lingerie washboard hung up which was free from a box of stuff my dad gave me. It's the best part of the room to me.
    Your #3, dry cleaning sign and that bin are fantastic!

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  11. Revamped French Maison says on August 2, 2010

    Bead board ceilings are amazing! I'd like to attempt that some day. Your little collection of what-nots are adorable. I especially love your vintage sign too. I collect things too. They always get used down the road…better to have them than not is my motto.

    Can't wait to see the outcome :)

    Blessings,
    Shanna

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  12. Minty Alphabet says on August 4, 2010

    Wow, looks fantastic and crisp! I love your ceiling. You said they were sheets of beadboard? Do you mean the 4X8' sheets of heavy grade beadboard or the light grade(with flex to it)?

    How on earth did you get the seams of the sheets to disappear like that?

    We are attempting this in September with only two people so your comment about it being hard is scaring me!

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  13. Amy @ Design-Aholic says on August 6, 2010

    I don't know if you ended up finding more brackets or not, but I was just reading through my new edition of Country Living, and saw some that were similar to those you posted, and were $14.99 each… white distressed iron! The website is listed as vandykes.com. GL! Love the site- hadn't read for a while, and spent a good portion of the afternoon enthralled at all your work. Nice job!

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