Thursday, January 30, 2014

Laundry Room Re-do

The laundry room.

One of the most dreaded rooms of the house, so much time is spent there doing chores that, let's face it, most of us don't want to do.

Paired with a super tiny space to work with, laundry is definitely not my favorite weekly task.

One of my biggest problems is that I have no room to sort laundry in the laundry room. Our laundry room in Germany was MASSIVE! It was probably one of the biggest rooms in the entire house. We had our laundry room, storage and even were able to keep the dog food in there. The new laundry room has just enough room to do laundry and since it also has a door that connects to the garage, I was very limited on space.

What is a girl to do when she doesn't have any clue what to do? She turns to Pinterest, of course!

I came across this photo that I found on Amazon:

I'm sure a lot of you have seen it floating around Pinterest, but when I saw it, I knew that this is what I had to do.

I didn't need 6 bags, just 3.

I had been eyeballing these things for months, but they were $10/piece. A few days ago, I finally bit the bullet and ordered them. They were supposed to be here two days later but showed up less than 24 hours after I ordered them.

I heart Amazon.

I had a big empty wall and I knew that just hanging these on the wall would look lame so I decided to add the word WASH to the wall. I went down to my local Hobby Lobby and bought these 13" wooden letters, and painted them with white acrylic paint (it's what I had on hand, but if I had to do it again, I would definitely spray paint these babies!)

I have days where I'm thankful that my husband was not home. There was no way a home cooked meal got made in this kitchen that night, thank you pizza delivery. (Yes, Hayley also has her pants on backwards, it had been one of those days!)

See that long piece of wood looking thing there? As I got the project going, I knew that just hanging these bags on the wall wouldn't be the look I wanted, it needed something. I liked how in the picture I had seen on Amazon, she had them on what looked to be a piece of decorative wood molding. I wanted that. I did NOT want to go to Lowe's and find something and have them cut it while hauling my two toddlers around. I literally opened my garage door to see what I could possibly have that might work and the old molding I pulled down in the kitchen was staring me right in the face. It was perfect.

It's not real wood, it's kind of foamy so I'm not 100% sure how well it was going to work but I figured that if I put it up and it eventually falls, I'm only out my time from painting it so I slapped some white paint on it and called it a night to let everything dry.

The first step was determining where I wanted the bags to hang. I knew that in a year or so, I would want the toddlers to be able to help but right now, I want them to stay out of them. Once I determined the perfect height, I put up the molding.

My laundry room has really weird studs, they're small, but I did get three screws into the studs, one on each end and one in the middle. I knew with how flimsy this was, it would need all of the support it could get.

Once that was up, I decided I wanted the letters 6" above the railing so those went up!

Please pardon my incredibly terrible painting skills, I haven't had a chance to touch up the ceilings!

When I posted this on Facebook, I told everyone to make no mention of how crooked or spaced apart they are. I had the "halp" of two three year olds, one of which was trying to use my hammer to "fix" my brand new washing machine. The "S" is off, I will live.

I bought a pack of hooks for $6 at Walmart, they had 6 in the pack, I only needed three but I have plans for the other three. I spaced them out evenly, using the bags as a guide, and screwed them, hung up the bags and voila! My project was finally complete!

I told you the room was so small and awkward, the only way to get a photo of the fully finished project was to lay on the floor!

So there you have it! I love it and I have already begun to use the system. I will keep you updated on how it works out!

(PS Total cost was about $50ish, I spent $30 on the bags and $20 at Hobby Lobby) Linking up here:
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  1. I am visiting from the Wildly Original link party and I saw your link and said "I need this!" I have WAY too much laundry! Your post was also super relatable!! I have had many days like that!!! :) Super cute and love the WASH on the wall!


  2. I love this! The paint color is awesome! Nice work. Stopping by from #sitsblogging