{Airing my Dirty} Laundry Room Makeover

Allrighty guys, are you ready to hear all my dirty little secrets? I mean, these aren’t like Katie Holmes / Tom Cruise tell-all dirty little Scientology secrets, but they are pretty dirty by my standards.

I’m about to reveal a lot of things that I’m ashamed to admit here on the old blog, but I’m hoping the end result will make up for it. Please don’t run away screaming… at least skip to the ending if the middle part is too scary for you.

Let me begin by saying that an embarrassingly long time ago (for real, it was August of 2011. That’s nearly a year ago, people.) I was contacted by a very nice man who represented Dutch Boy paints. He offered to send me two whole gallons of Dutch Boy Refresh Paint in exchange for the promotion of a fun contest that Dutch Boy was running last year called Restore My Decor. That contest ended approximately six months ago while I was busy boozing it up on Bourbon Street painting striped walls LIKE A BOSS, or I would totally link you up to it. I’m so sorry. πŸ™

This paint has been sitting in my house for nearly a year waiting on me to get off my booty and do something about it.

dutch boy refresh paint review

How shameful is that? Those guys were kind enough to send me free paint and this is how I repay them? By waiting so long to blog about that their contest ends. Oy vey. I’m so sorry, Dutch Boy!! That’s not a good excuse, I know, but it’s who I am, so there’s dirty secret number 1.

This is why I don’t sign up for Izea or SocialSpark or one of those marketing sites that sends you stuff in exchange for regularly scheduled sponsored posts. I really suck at this kind of thing, even when it’s GREAT product like this one.

Lemme just say… the paint they sent me isn’t just any regular old paint. It’s incredible! It’s a no-VOC latex enamel paint with Arm and Hammer odor-reducing technology. It literally sucks the stink out of the air and makes your house smell fresh. How cool is that? And it’s much needed around these parts, with two enormous dogs whose crates sit in the garage right outside my laundry room door. And I do have to say the room has smelled a lot fresher since it was painted, but not in a fresh coat of paint kind of way. The paint fumes were very low and not overpowering at all. That was a huge bonus. The paint went on the walls like a dream, covering in just one coat with no problems. In fact, I painted this room all by myself, thank you very much. I thought it would be a breeze until I was up and down on a ladder all day long and wound up using the entire gallon of paint for the room! I guess I underestimated the size of this room, because I wasn’t expecting it to take a full gallon of paint. But, I laid it on pretty thick because I had very minimal touchups. The paint coverage was incredible.

Along with the free gallons of paint, Dutch Boy was also kind enough to send me a paint fan chart! They actually sent me the fan first so that I could choose a color. I love paint fans. They make me so happy.

Dutch boy paint fan

From the fan I chose this color for the walls- Dutch Boy Half Moon Bay (E4-3). It was the happiest color that I could find, and I knew I wanted the happiest color possible to liven up my laundry piles. It’s like the color of a Smurf sitting inside a Tiffany box on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. In other words…a beautiful aqua color! I love it!

Dutch boy paint Half Moon Bay

OK, now let me show you what became of all that free paint and move onto dirty secret number 2.

You ready? Brace yourself.

The Keeping it Real “Before” Photos

Welcome to my dirty laundry room!

dirty laundry room

The before photo of my laundry room, that is…

How’s THAT for some dirty little secrets? Yes, my laundry room has looked like a bomb exploded ever since the day we moved into this house. The laundry beast just grew and grew and the piles of clutter just kept taking over until I could have filmed my own episode of Hoarders.

Let the dry heaving commence.

This is horrific, right? I might have just taken keeping it real to a whole new level.

keeping it real

It’s just awful, y’all! Check out this cute attempt I made at containing the clutter in baskets. HAHAHA!

dirty laundry room keeping it real

There is this weird nook by my garage door that holds even more junk. Cue the Psycho music, right?

unorganized closet

Since this is right beside the door where I enter and exit to get to my car, this is what I was greeted with every.single.day.of.my.life!

It stressed me out.

It made me feel angry.

It made me feel defeated.

I wished and hoped that some magical fairy would come and clean it all up for me. That didn’t happen. Instead, I put on my work clothes and got to digging through all the piles of junk. I decided it was time to TAME THE CLUTTER BEAST and reclaim my space.


The Big Laundry Room Reveal

So let’s get to the part of this story where you can uncover your eyes. Welcome to my new and improved laundry room, courtesy of moi, my husband and Dutch Boy Paints! I’m now greeted at the door by this beautiful DIY mud room bench that J and I made together this weekend.

aqua blue laundry room with mud bench

I love love love it!

Aqua blue and beadboard white mudroom bench

It’s got a ton of hooks for me to hang all of our coats/ scarves/ backpacks/ splash day bags, etc etc etc etc…

Mudroom coat racks

Underneath are baskets for Garrett’s shoes to live instead of being strewn all over my living room. I’ve told him this is the new shoe house where all his shoes need to sleep at night. Let’s hope they all stay home.

mudroom bench with baskets underneath

It’s also got a touch of beadboard, which I just love in a laundry room. Beadboard +Laundry Rooms = Peas + Carrots in my book.

mudroom with beadboard and coat hanger

And speaking of beadboard, if you’ve been observant you might have noticed that the ugly old acoustical ceiling tiles got replaced by beautiful new pieces of beadboard! J spent a weekend cutting each of these 2×4 ceiling tiles out of sheets of beadboard, then he took out the old ones and popped these in their place!

I don’t have a good close-up picture of the old ones, but they were your standard ugly ceiling tiles. This was SUCH an easy way to dress up a T-grid ceiling. I would have loved to have a hard ceiling made of 100% beadboard, but this was a HUGE time-saving shortcut for us since the ceiling grid was already in place. It totally gives the effect of the real thing without all the work. I love it!

beadboard ceiling to replace old tiles

The trusty old school washer and dryer are still here!

aqua laundry room

These guys are quickly becoming antiques (circa 2002) but since they both still work pretty well no front loaders are in my future just yet.

pretty teal blue laundry

Above them hangs the aquarium glass bookshelf that J created for me back in 2005. It’s finally got a new home after many years of living in basement storage.

smurf glass collection

J bought me this tropical fish stained glass piece for a wedding gift in 2004, then he built me this giant bookshelf for the guest room at our old house. It’s perfect in this space, so out of storage it came. I’ve had that “Laugh” sign since 1997. If you look closely you’ll still see smoke damage from the time I nearly burned down my college apartment while waxing my upper lip.

under the sea stained glass

Also out of storage is my Smurf glass collection! Do you remember these? I had quite a collection of these as a kid in 1983. All of my originals were shattered long ago, so when I stumbled upon this pristine collection at a flea market in 1999, I snatched em up. I displayed them for a while, but then I got married and registered for pretty new dishes and these got put back into the box because I was trying to play grown-up and junk. I’m shedding that grown-up facade and getting back to my kitschy roots! What better place for a Smurf glass collection that a happy turquoise laundry room resembling the color of Smurf skin?

smurf glasses from the 80s

When I walk in my door now I’m greeted by this GORGEOUS aqua, lime and periwinkle curtain (Richloom fabric from Jo-Ann) that I created without any sewing machine or hardware required.

mudroom bench in hallway

Seriously, easiest curtain ever! Here is my tutorial on how I made it. It was a 10 minute no-sew curtain that looks great and fits this really long space perfectly since I was able to cut it to size.


I decided that I would never, ever be able to make that nook look neat and organized since it holds all of the random bottles of cleaning supplies and insect killer and batteries and household junk that is necessary to maintain a home. So, instead of trying to make all that ugly stuff pretty, I just decided to hide it all behind a pretty curtain.

The ugly is still there, believe me! But I love that with one quick tug I can hide it all again. I can feel my blood pressure lowering just looking at that fabric.

No sew curtain to cover tall closet door

Behind the door is this super fun and funky picture frame. It’s the perfect coordinating teal color for these walls.

aqua blue organic bloom picture frame

Across from the washer and dry I’ve completely re-organized my shelving units and adopted the curtain strategy there as well.

aqua blue and white shelving

This aqua honeycomb fabric is also from Jo-Ann, and also made in The Nester’s mistreatment style with no-sewing, no-hardware required. And behind Curtain Number Two we have paper goods, tape and tools, etc. More household essentials.

towel storage

The pretty stuff gets displayed without a curtain. Serving pieces and party supplies take up one side of the shelf:

serving pieces and cook books

I love these drink dispensers!

drink dispensers

More of my pewter serving platters and lunch bags go on the bottom shelves.

pewter serving pieces

At the very bottom are baskets holding light bulbs and flood lights. (Remember the ugly yellow baskets from the before pics? SAME ONES! Yes. Spray paint. Love it.)

spray painted wicker baskets

We shifted the refrigerator over to the other side of the washer and dryer, which freed up this entire corner. I have my ironing board opened as if I actually iron things. Ha! A husband can dream, right?

ironing board in blue laundry

I’m really hoping that this happy aqua laundry room will inspire me to keep things clean and organized in there. I refuse to let it become the mess that was in there before. This is my pledge to myself to never let my inner Hoarder rear her ugly head again in this room.

It’s going to take some practice, though, since two minutes after I took all these pictures this happened…..

dirty laundry

Baby steps, right?

DISCLAIMER: I was given a paint fan and two free gallons of Dutch Boy Refresh paint in exchange for this super embarrassing and extremely tardy post. The opinions and scary photo expressed here are completely my own and should not reflect poorly in any way on Dutch Boy brand. My sincerest apologies for being such a super crappy sponsored post blogger, Dutch Boy, but THANK YOU for the paint! I LOVE IT! πŸ™‚

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  1. I love the color, and that bench/hanging area is to die for. This whole area is so cute – makes me want to finally tackle our UGLY laundry room too! The Dutch Boy paint is a great idea to use for rooms like this, I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks for being brave enough to share the before and after! πŸ™‚

  2. Marypat says:

    I’m new to your blog and am loving it! My laundry room is even more hoarderesque, so you’ve given me some inspiration. LOVE that color!!

  3. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    Beth – this looks amazing. I love the bright and cheery color you chose and the details are wonderful. The fabric for the big curtain is soooo pretty and the bench your husband built is fabulous. And hOw handy will that be??? I’m also seriously digging the idea of using the breadboard as ceiling files. This is such a brilliant way to update the ceiling.

  4. Girl, you have outdone yourself once again!! I’m in love. Everything looks great, Beth! I love the fabrics you chose. So beautiful!

    By the way, I love keeping it real posts! πŸ™‚

  5. Korrie Bastian says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job!

  6. Colleen says:

    fan decks make me happy too : )

    Love the color you chose. So cheerful and pretty in there. Nice job Beth!

  7. Inspire Me Heather says:

    You’ve done a wonderful job Beth – it’s gorgeous!

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  9. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    What a transformation! Nice work Beth!

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Wow, your laundry room is fabulous. I love it. What a wonderful idea. I love the new color and all the storage solutions. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  11. Christine @ First Home...Love Life says:

    Looooooove the mundrrom bench! You did an awesome job girl! Fingers crossed the BEAST stays tamed! XO

  12. Laura Beth says:

    What a makeover!! I LOVE the beadboard ceiling!!

  13. DIY Show Off says:

    Beautiful, Beth! Wow! What a transformation! And even your before isn’t that bad! Ours isn’t nearly as nice as yours even ‘before’. haha! Great job on all of the DIY! It’s so pretty and organized! Great job!

  14. Amy Renea says:

    ok — my favorites…

    #1 – Peas and Carrots analogy – BRILLIANT

    #2 – Those ceiling tiles replaced with beadboard – BEYOND brilliant

    #3 — Last picture – HEElarious πŸ™‚

  15. Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    What a delight this will be to come home to, do laundry and iron in. Love the wall color. It’s so bold and fresh. The curtain fabric is super darling! I adore that πŸ™‚
    And the built in bench/storage
    piece is fantastic!!!!

    ENJOY πŸ™‚

  16. Deneen@dreaming-n-color says:

    Beth Looks great! The color is right on! And…the bench and shelf are awesome. I know what you mean about disaster. I am in the middle of my craft room makeover! Ugh!

  17. What an awesome job Beth! Can you come do mine? Mine is tiny, probably 6’x6′ if that. You could put a twin bed in yours and still have room πŸ™‚
    Your colors are beautiful!

  18. The White City Project says:

    It looks amazing! I am inspired to tackle my own laundry room after seeing this post.

    P.S. The Smurf glasses take me back…they are so rad!

  19. Beverly says:

    absolutely gorgeous, love the beadboard and the blue color, good job Dutch Boy!

  20. Doesn’t it feel good to get such a major eyesore all prettied up?! Our laundry room is CRAPTASTIC. It’s actually laundry/utility/pantry/storage/dog and cat feeding stations, so it’s a constant DISASTER. I hate it. And unfortunately, since it’s so many things in such a small face, there’s really no hope for it in the pretty department. So I keep the door closed and imagine it looks like yours. :o)

  21. Kirby Dunton Carespodi says:

    oooo! This is GREAT! I’m doing the laundry room next…but in actuality, I’ll have to do half the basement, because it’s all connected. I am putting it off as long as humanly possible.

  22. Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} says:

    Great job. I love how you conquered the drop ceiling. So many people have those and never know what to do with them. The room turned out great and I’m sure the mess wasn’t done by you- it seems childlike πŸ™‚
    Or at least that is what I claim in my house πŸ™‚

  23. Shannon {ava_caitlyn} says:

    LOVE it!!! Can’t wait to buy another home, I am making me a fancy shmancy laundry room!!! My current fave combo is Turq & Red. πŸ™‚

  24. Chelsea @ two twenty one says:

    Awesome transformation, Beth! I love the color you chose. The fabric curtains are a great, colorful touch to the space too! I bet the room makes doing laundry a little more enjoyable!

  25. Mary Todnem says:

    LOVE IT!! I hate to go down stairs to our laundry room, it doesn’t have walls or a ceiling. Hubby kind of finished the rest of the basement but never touched the creepy laundry room. LOL

  26. What an amazing makeover! I’m inspired to do something with the room I hate most in my home. Thank you so much. That color is lovely, by the way.

  27. Jen @ Halo Headaches says:

    Beautiful makeover! I love how bright it feels and looks!

  28. reFresh reStyle says:

    First things first, I’m obsessed with drink dispenser too! Now for the pretty stuff, love the makeover and love that your laundry room did look like mine does right now. Ok, I’m inspired, I’m going to take some baby steps too! It looks great!

  29. At The Picket Fence says:

    it’s fabulous Beth! I love the color and all of the details you put into it. I just redid my laundry room as well to stage it for our sale and I seriously want to live in it now, so I totally understand how you feel! You did a great job.


  30. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Hey, Beth, someone sent me over to see your beadboard ceiling panels. Loved your post,great job with this space, it’s so happy & cheerful now. Love your beadboard ceiling idea. I have to come up with something for my old crappy drop ceiling, so I’m taking notes on the best way to address my 50+ needed replacement tiles. Still pondering!

  31. Anonymous says:


  32. Love the paint color. It looks so cheery. The fabric curtain is awesome too. Makes doing laundry a whole lot better.

  33. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Your laundry room makeover is wonderful, Beth! I love the color and your ceiling looks great! If we lived closer, I would trade you my front loaders for your regular machines- I hate the front loaders!

  34. thistlewoodfarm says:


    Okay….if I was Dutch Boy I would wait another 365 days for a post like this! I love the color and that fabric is wonderful…..but beadboard ceiling tiles….pure unadulterated genius πŸ™‚

    I’m pinning it!

    πŸ™‚ me

  35. Wow, That’s quite the transformation! I love seeing the bright colors go up on the wall. I’m a color girl through and through. Also, your laundry room might be the size of my son’s nursery.

  36. Kristel says:

    OMGoodness, I LOVE this color!!! I am also in dire need to redo my extremely small for any more than one person laundry room, but have been putting it off because I need to move the washer and dryer. This color makes the room so lively, and how awesome that it was free paint?? I so wish I could be contacted with free pain πŸ˜‰

  37. Erin Spain says:

    This looks great, Beth! When are you coming over to organize mine?? πŸ˜‰ Love the color too.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  38. Erin @ Wrap Around My Head says:

    I just found your blog today and have been reading through it all evening. You are hilarious and I added you to me reading list PRONTO! I am a newbie blogger so I’d love to have you visit my blog sometime. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. The laundry looks great!

  39. Fab makeover … it looks so much brighter and a place you want to be {well, as much as anyone wants to be in a laundry room!} Love the bench and the ceiling tiles!

  40. Sharon @ mrshinesclass says:

    I love the new beadboard ceiling tiles. I’m wanting beadboard my laundry room ceiling too. The fabric for the curtain panel is beautiful. I can 100% relate to how erasing the clutter with a tug of the curtain lowers your blood pressure. It’s so amazing how that works. You’ve inspired me to get moving on my laundry room makeover that I’ve been putting off for a year as well. It’s been almost a year since I posted about wanting to do one. Hopefully it won’t be another year. πŸ˜‰

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  41. OMG, i totally had those smurf glasses! love it!
    Thanks so much for linking up and grabbing a button. Good luck and feel free to follow us on facebook for all the contest updates!

  42. That’s so completely awesome! The color, the curtains, the Smurf glasses!! All of it! Great job!

  43. I love, love this!!! Especially the smurf glasses and the dirty laundry! πŸ™‚

  44. I am in the process of redoing my laundry room in the same color palette! It’s so great to see how the colors all come together. I have a long way to go on mine. Thanks for sharing your lovely work!

  45. Wowza, homie! That looks fantastic!!

  46. These are are great ideas! I love the curtain; so pretty! We’d love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes to share you great ideas! I know my readers will love this as well! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie πŸ™‚

  47. I know you already know I love this, but I want to thank you for linking up and joining our party. πŸ™‚

  48. Okay, that is the most amazing laundry room in the history of laundry rooms! That color is awesome … seriously awesome …

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!





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