Laundry Room Essentials – Vintage Inspired

Welcome back to my laundry room!  Like you, it’s the place that captures much of my time.  Why not make it fun to be in that place that requires so many hours of your life?

You saw the wallpaper wall in my previous post about my laundry room decision.

Trim-Framed Wallpaper

The cabinet wall looks quite different now, too.

Vintage Laundry Wall

Most everything is something old, transformed in some way.  Do you remember the medicine cabinet I made into a seed storage organizer?  It serves me well.

I revealed the pure white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the child’s antique ironing board during my Stuck in Stall Mode post.  I added the lettering while painting the Life is Best at the Lake cabinet door sign.

Painting Lettering

Later, I painted a few clothes pins with Antibes Green Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) and glued them on the ironing board with E6000.  Love that stuff!

Clothes Pin Detail

The original idea was “Loads of Fun”, but I have to remind myself often that it’s a blessing to have clothes and to wash/dry/fold/iron them. :-/

Antique Ironing Board Decor

Laundry day is the day to repeat (repeatedly)…and sing it if you have to:

Laundry for the Lord!

Speaking of ironing, I painted the green ironing board in ASCP Antibes Green and sanded it to show some original finish through the paint.

Antique Ironing Board in ASCP Antibes Green

When you see the original look {Antique Ironing Board – Grimy to Great (and Green)}, you may think I was crazy for buying it.  I thought about painting Laundry on the green board, and I even gathered some great ideas on a Laundry Room Transformations Pinterest Board.  For now, the green board makes a statement all on its own.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the flashlight storage box, the Old Apple Crate , and my DIY Vintage Tray Clock hanging above.

Apple Crate Shelf

You saw the Easy French Cafe Curtain already, along with the No-Sew Vintage Valance made from my grandmother’s tablecloth.

Valance in Place

There are a few more items to share in the “working area” of the room.   How about this idea for a little hanger storage?  Not really considered vintage, I know.

Flower Pot Hanger for Hangers

This flower pot hanger laid on my laundry room counter for a long while, since last year when I removed it from the front porch.  While waiting to decide where to hang it again, I had a Eureka! moment.

This was the former look.  Yuk!  (A shower curtain rod functions well, but it’s not too pretty.)  Getting rid of that monstrosity opened up the entire area.  I can breathe now!  Ahhhh…

Shower Curtain Rod

 The canning kettle you see there holds my home-made laundry soap.

Clothes Hanger Storage System

After trial and error between several soap recipes, I’ll share the concoction I’ve settled on in the near future.

Last, but not least, I was challenged with a place to hang clothing fresh out of the dryer.  PAM told me about these flip-out clothes hangers they sell at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Thanks again, PAM!

Flip-Out Clothing Rack

I try to live wrinkle-free and no ironing required, but it requires immediate action at the sound of the slave buzzer.  How nifty is this?

Laundry Hanging Rack

Thank you for joining me for this tour of what is probably the least favorite room in our homes.  😉  I hope you found a little inspiration to make your laundry room more fun, so you can enjoy (at least a little) your hours in that room.

Do you have ideas to share?  Are there things you’ve done in your laundry room that make it a little more fun or functional?

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Comments

  1. says

    I love it!! Kim you really were creative in creating a vintage look with utility! Way to go girl!
    You take the cake for hanger storage…five stars for that!! And I need to remember the flip up hangers too. I’m one of those gals who dries her clothes just long enough for the wrinkles to fall out from the warmth and hangs them to dry. I’m convinced that’s why my clothes last forever. Then again…it’s probably God’s blessing. 😉 I hope you link up your lovely laundry room to Project Inspire{d} Link Party.

    Blessings….
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    • says

      Thank you, Diane! I agree about your clothing – limited drying time helps, but God is the best preserver. Your compliments encourage me so! I’ve linked this post and a couple of recipes to Project Inspire{d}. Great links there, so thanks! 🙂

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Your laundry room is so fab. How new and clean and neat and convenient. The clock is my favorite…. or is it the pot holder hanger….. no flip out clothes hanger….. well I like everything about it. I do love the clock, yes, it is my favorite. But then I like the kettle too. I am also very interested in your favorite homemade laundry soap recipe. I have tried several and did not really like most of them. I am sure I would love the expensive ones, but hey, for me it is all about saving money. I have went back to the Dollar Tree 28 loads, liquid for one dollar a month. But I would like to make my own again if not so messy and so expensive. I can not afford Dr. Bronners for anything.

    • says

      Thank you, Sheryll. I guess it’s a good sign that you like several things. 🙂 The clock has been around since last year, and it finally found its permanent location. Great idea to check Dollar Tree for inexpensive detergent. Thanks!

    • says

      Thank you! You really DID spend a lot of time in your laundry room! Never heard of having a TV in there, but I understand it. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Liz. I appreciate all your comments and your visit today. I hope you have a wonderful week!