Today, I’m excited to finally share the laundry room makeover we’ve created at my childhood home, Loblolly Manor, as we celebrate Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda creator of the One Room Challenge and media partner House Beautiful. You can catch up on Week 1: The Laundry Room Design Plan here, Week 2: How to Cover an Air Conditioner Return here, Week 3: Laundry Room Buffet Makeover here, Week 4: Laundry Room Folding Station here, and Week 5: Laundry Room Shelves here if you missed it. Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
The past 6 weeks have been filled with a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, good days and bad but we rallied to the finish line and not a moment too soon. If you’re new here, welcome! While we’ve been working on the laundry room for the past 6 weeks, we’ve also been working to finish the rest of Loblolly by Mother’s Day as a gift to my Mom!
My parents have owned this home for most our lives and even though we moved around a lot growing up and it is no longer their primary home, Loblolly has always had special place in our hearts. We had to pretty much gut the house and take it down to the studs in late 2015. We took it from the construction zone stage to house stage in 2016. And now that the house been lived in a little more (2017) we’re ready to give Loblolly a bit of a refresh and make it feel more like a retreat space for our entire family to use.
The biggest project on my Mom’s wish list was for the laundry room to be finished because over the years it has been used more as a utility-storage room than an actual laundry room.
The space is T-I-N-Y and was not very functional at all. It was basically a 5 x 8 box with a laundry closet inside, offered no storage options and was very poorly lit.
It took a few weeks but the three of us sat down together, created a design plan and got to work.
The first order of business was to clear out the clutter.
Then we set about covering up the air conditioner return which was a huge job. Thankfully, my Dad not only built the eight-foot screen cover but he also delivered it and installed it so that I could give the screen cover the European Oak finish my Mom had envisioned.
While this piece looks like a beast and don’t get me wrong, it totally is, the screen cover can be easily moved to access the air conditioner return when needed.
In an effort to make the laundry room more functional, we decided to “go vertical” by installing white oak shelves
and these vintage style corbels.
At the last minute, we realized the artwork we had ordered wasn’t going to work at all so we had to quickly create our own. You won’t believe how easy this French inspired laundry room art was to make!
We scoured a five-county area for weeks looking for the perfect buffet to go under the newly installed shelves.
Although the laundry room is small, we still needed a folding station and this $5 table we picked up at a yard sale proved to be the perfect fit.
We chose this rug to help ground the space
and this chandelier to help make the laundry room a bit brighter.
As far as the laundry closet portion of the rooms goes, it was a bit tougher to wrangle than we had time for so we did some painting, added a few baskets to help with storage and a piece of vintage art.
All in all, we’re excited about the way that everything came together!
Thank you to Linda of the One Room Challenge and House Beautiful for giving us this platform each Spring and Fall so we can share our adventures and participate in this event.
In addition, I can’t end this post without saying a HUGE thank you to Team Crowned Goat! My rock star parents were invaluable by helping with so many projects from building the return, to hanging the shelves, to making almost daily runs to the hardware store for supplies. One of my uncles helped to hang the chandelier and do some rewiring with my Dad in the laundry room after we ran into a pretty big electrical issue. One of my aunts helped to source a few accessories and another called us on crazy work days to offer lunch, dinner and snacks. Thank you to my bestie S who held the fort down and ran the TCG website so I could travel back and forth from this project each week. Finally, thank you to all of you who have supported us and cheered us on along the way. You made all the hard days and speed bumps so much easier to handle! You guys are THE BEST!
I hope you all have a happy and relaxed Mother’s Day weekend! I can’t even tell you how many times I worried we would not have this laundry room makeover finished much less the Loblolly Manor refresh completed in time. We have so many things to celebrate this weekend and I know you guys do too. I hope your weekend is a special one.
We have a great week coming up next week! I’ll be back here on Monday with the fabulous ladies of the Back to Basics Series as we share our best tips for mixing and matching patterns and prints. On Tuesday, I’ll share the easiest way to create French inspired pots. Wednesday, I’ll share a simple way we customized a piece of wall art for one of the bedroom makeovers. Finally, on Thursday, I’ll share all the details of the master bathroom reveal at Loblolly Manor! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.