Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Off the Chain Laundry Room

This is a before and after story of insanity. I'm talking lock me up and throw away the key. Sometimes, as some of you may know, I get an idea in my head and I just can't let it go. My husband urged me not to do this, Ann urged me not to do this without medication on hand, but I just couldn't let it go. I couldn't just leave well enough alone. 
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it", that's what they say. Whoever "they" is. Well...Define broke. Once I gave my kitchen a face lift, my laundry room (where I spend 75% of my day) was looking tired. Sad, tired and was a constant reminder of my Cinderella status. One morning, bright and early, Read took all of the kids to the circus. If you recall, it is dangerous to leave me home alone. While he was at the circus, I was creating a 3-ring circus of my own at home. Let's just say that the painted floor images I have seen on all of the blogs these days, wouldn't get out of my mind. Yes, I am out of my mind.

 I painted. Lots. Coat after coat of annoying white porch paint. Called Ann every five minutes for advice. I don't paint. I would not try this at home. It's awful. Leave it to a professional (Ann). She was worried once I pulled it off that I might steal her job. No worries Ann, it was like having a baby without an epidural and I haven't even gotten to the awful part. Then, I started taping. 
I wanted to come up with a design that expressed how it feels to spend day in and day out in my laundry room. Fluff and fold. Fluff and fold. Fluff and fold... you get the gist. So.... I came up with a design that just nails it. It's a satire on a floor. 

I painted a chain. What felt like hundreds of chain links. Millions actually. A great geometric with meaning. 
Yes, I did that. After taping it off (which involved lots of math, which I also don't do), I painted over the tape with gray 
semi-gloss paint.

Then, I added a coat of poly for protection and shine and Viola! 

 Then, I added fluff to my fluff and fold room... The valance is from one of my favorite local boutiques. My designer friend is redecorating the store, and the valance was the perfect shape and size. Who says you can't go in for a pair of shoes and come home with a valance?
 Can you see my new broom peeking out? Who knew sweeping could be so much fun! Watch out crumbs.
 I covered this space in cork  board and then upholstered it in a fun fabric for kids' artwork. 
 A couple of ceramic "tufted" garden stools for putting on shoes or time out. 

 A chalkboard wall so kids can stop coloring on my living room wall and a covered canvas for invitations. 
Not that we get invited anywhere, but if we do, I sure don't want to miss it!
 Tons of hooks for totes and my favorite sun hats (cause they make me smile and it might just be warm enough to wear them soon). 
 Bins for dirty and clean and yet to be folded clothes... storage up top for recipes, keepsakes, coupons, photos and anything else I may need a random spot for.
 Pictures that make me happy while I am fluffing and folding, fluffing and folding... 
                   A touch of Spring in my window
And lots of bright sunshine in my new and improved laundry room! What do you think? I kinda don't want to leave. 


Bye bye birdie...
~H

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your creativity and talent is tremendous; thank you for this blog. It is always refreshing to read this blog and see what the next design insight will be. You are truly talented in both actions and words. BTW, the floor is amazing!

Hooper Patterson said...

Awwww... Read is that you?

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Unbelievable! I would never try anything like this because of my math phobia, but yours is so worth the effort. It looks fantastic!

A Perfect Gray said...

oh my stars. you rocked that out. that floor is amazing. and the wall color? 'perfect'!

donna

shellie said...

well stick me in a dryer and spin me around! amazing laundary room! i actually that you're "before" pic was the "after"! which was also so nice, but then! wow! i'm very proud of you doing that floor! ann must be proud too! thank you for posting! and who is the boutique you got the valance from? lovely.

bluehydrangea said...

Hopper,
It looks great!! I wish it would motivate me to finish my laundry room floor but the thought of taping and painting again makes me weep.

Jana said...

First off it looks great! I was half expecting some disaster w/ the way you were talking at the beginning of the post. Painting a floor for the first time IS scary! I know, I've done it...but now...don't you feel like you have all the floor painting confidence to go forward boldly and paint to your hearts desire? Well if you don't you should...because apparently you've got a knack!

It almost makes you want to do laundry just to spend time in that lovely room....almost ;)

paula said...

this is AMAZING! I want to do laundry at your house.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

That floor is just awesome! It must have taken forever but the results are so fantastic- found you via Emily Hewitt:)

Laura said...

Hooper- this floor and whole room is amazing! I love the pop of orange for storage. Miss you! Laura Satterly

Haven and Home said...

Oh my gosh, I love this. I can't stop laughing at the sheer genious of the chain design!!! It looks so, so good!!!

The Laniers said...

Hoop I love it! Just amazing! :o)

Down and Out Chic said...

wow, a laundry room like that might actually motivate me to do some laundry! amazing job. the floor is fantastic.

tarheel said...

so when will you be here to do my laundry room?!

Brilliant Chic said...

Tt looks so great!!!!!! Love the chain pattern on the floor.

The Marshes said...

I love this floor! I linked over from Haven and Home. Great "fluff and fold" room:)

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Hilarious and beautiful at the same time. I hate all the laundry for our family, but that cheerful room sure would make it more enjoyable and I bet that floor makes you smile every time!

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Amazing Transformation! I wouldn't mind doing laundry in that room, well wouldn't mind it as much, anyway. Love all the pics & your irreverant writing style.

My hubs is afraid to leave the house, too. The last 2 times he went somewhere with the kids, I had the sawzall out before the car was out of the driveway. Thanks for sharing.

Caroline said...

This is fantastic! I was chuckling throughout this entire post! Thanks.

Sherri Cassara said...

It is seeing posts like these that completely amaze, inspire (and intimidate) me. I would have stopped after taping the first few squares! Your creativity, patience, sense of humor is over-the-top! I'm so glad I had a chance to see this. You must be so happy ;) GREAT job!

Baylor Love said...

That is wonderful!!! I'm so envious of your grand laundry room...maybe I need to paint chains on top of my dining room table since that's where my laundry gets folded. :-)

Great job, very well done!

Simple Dwellings said...

I saw your finished laundry room over at Haven and Home, and had to stop by your blog to see the process! Wow- amazing job! I'm also not much of a painter or fan of math- you give me hope!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing!! love it!

Katie @ covestreetblog said...

beautiful!! It makes me want to re-do my laundry room:)

Fashion-isha said...

This is absolutely amazing!
xo
Sharon

Roni said...
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Roni said...

This is amazing!

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

fantastic! I just love it!

Gabrielle Lyons said...

So impressed. You go girl!

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