It’s interesting that I call this article ‘Laundry Room Design’ as frankly it is a ‘how to hide the fact that this is a laundry room as well as a bathroom’?’ article. The objective of this project has been to keep all laundry elements handy, however out of sight.
I thought I could get myself to complete this bathroom/laundry make-over project in 2 weeks, but alas, it has been a month now… Oh well. Most importantly, I did finish the project, sort off. There is still one thing to be done: buying Velcro and creating that sink-skirt… Given how many reactions I’ve had on my prior laundry room design, I thought to show you where I’m at, without the skirt in place.
As we are here in a temporary rental, no structural changes can be made. So, what DID I do?
1. Hide the Laundry
I’ve designed things so that the laundry elements do no longer show. I’ve done a few sewing projects, such as …
- Cover for the ironing board (which also hides the toilet paper supply behind it)
- Cover for the washing machine.
- Re-purposed wooden crate makes extra storage; covered with same fabric. It stores excess laundry powder, stain remover, iron, and specialty fabric soaps.
- As well, the small vintage bathroom cabinet is now used to the max, and well-organized thanks to a myriad of shelf-dividers, all made from recycled cardboard.
pictures of laundry room / bathroom
2. Add Pretty Decorating Details
I aimed to add details that gave the bathroom more of a living room feel, a place to be and stay for a while. So, I’ve prettied it up.
- For day-to-day use, the washing powder is easily accessible and has been made pretty in a giant glass container.
- There is a family of grass baskets on top of the washing machine now, which store anything from cotton balls, make-up, hair doodles and cream.
- I’ve added 2 plants that are said to purify the air… A good thing in a bathroom.. They are also pretty and have been constantly in bloom since I bought them last year.
- I’ve also usually have a little stack of books laying around.
Other Decorating Details
This house is endowed with interesting Italian country home features and artistic details, before we even moved in. Let me show you some…
|Handmade towel rack using vintage bottle openers. Showing glimpses of our antique door and beam.
|Vintage crochet curtains give a romantic feel to the room and allow for more light to come through:|
Further Bathroom / Laundry Room Plans
I think it looks pretty nice as it is. All the cotton covers give the room a very cozy feel. The pretty bow-ed basket is nice. However, I feel we either need another one, exactly like it, next to it, or we need to do the one outstanding project,
i.e. buy Velcro and create a nice curtain of the same cotton around the wash basin, covering the ugly pipes below the sink.
I’ll share that photo with you when I’m actually done with that project as well.
Bathroom Make Over Budget
The cotton I’ve used is very simple Ikea fabric that I bought for just $2 dollars a meter. So, indeed all done on a nearly $0 budget.
Wrapping it Up
I am not sure if you can feel it from the pictures, but the difference in the bathroom is humongous. It feels like a bathroom, and not a laundry room all the time.
If you have any questions or want any patterns (e.g. for the washing machine cover), let me know.
Click Here, to see the BEFORE shots of the bathroom / laundry room decorating challenges. As well, this article contains the laundry room organization & decorating ideas I’ve played with.
Other Home Decorating Ideas
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