Seriously can’t believe this, but…. MY FARMHOUSE LAUNDRY ROOM IS DONE! What? I seriously wasn’t going to even TOUCH this space for several more months, but then my friends over at Crates And Pallet asked me if I wanted to do a project with their new white washed crates. The catch, it had to be done this month. Ahhhh! That got the ball rolling, and motivated me to finish up this space.
Disclaimer: This post was a partnership with Crates And Pallet, and CrownBolt. I received products for this project, and there are affiliate links in this post. But all opinions are my own, and I only share things I love & think you will too.
Don’t these two spaces together just make your heart skip a beat? Ever since we moved into this house, I wanted the pantry and laundry room to be side by side, just like this. And I wanted a sliding barn door across the long hallway leading up to the laundry room opening.
This space needed a pretty antique door. After months of searching high and low on craigslist and fb marketplace, I finally found this antique beauty that was original to a 200 year old farmhouse. I stripped away all those years of paint (and LEAD!) to bring it back to the original wood. It took a good 8 months to get it to look like this, but I was finally able to set aside two weeks to finish it up. I couldn’t be more proud. I’ll have to do a more detailed post about how I stripped it down (safely removing the lead paint), replaced the glass, and how I bleached, sealed, and waxed the wood.
Here are two reminders of what this space looked like before. Ah! Seriously SO bad. The left photo shows how it looked the day we moved in… the right is from when we were smack in the middle of tearing up the bead board, floor, and getting the pantry installed. I think it’s important to share the before so that you guys can see the transformation- mess and all! When it comes to renovations, things have to get worse before they get better.
And look at it now! The mess was worth it!
Silas built storage shelves to hold these awesome white washed crates from Crates And Pallet.
It was a tight fit because there was very little wiggle room between the wall and the washer & dryer, but this set up worked perfect!
I am obsessed with the extra storage it gives us. And now I have a little folding shelf, which is super nice since we have a top loading washer.
The hardware for the barn door track we used is from Crown Bolt (Everbilt)– you can get them at Home Depot.
I always have a hard time putting nails in the wall- I think its becuase we moved around so much while Silas was in the Marines. That lifestyle has definitely contributed to my decorating style: Minimal, Functional, but Beautiful Decor. Everything has to have a purpose & use.
With that said, I got super excited when Crates & Pallet sent me these 6″ brackets for shelves. I didn’t want them to stick out too much, so these two small shelves allowed me to create pretty visual interest. And the extra storage for my cleaning bottles & bath salts was an extra bonus.
I’ve gravitated towards simple & minimal spaces a lot though out the years. Less stuff means less to clean, which helps me focus my time on being mommy to my littles.
I’ve tried to be mindful about investing in timeless pieces. This cleaning wall is an example of how I’ve collected every day cleaning supplies, and made them something pretty. Wooden handles for my brooms, a copper dustpan, all hanging on the peg storage rack I made out of a board and some dowels.
I also have been trying to switch over to more organic cleaning supplies. For our laundry soap, I’ve been using Molly’s Suds. It’s a powdered laundry soap, smells like peppermint, and you just need one little scoop per load. I love how I can store it in a glass jar on the shelf!
I wanted a “touch of old” in this space. If you watch my instagram stories, you will know that I added some dark wax & liming wax to these brand new Magnolia seltzer bottles I got from Marshalls. I also built this cute little chippy architectural element. You can see both stories in my highlights @welivedhappilyeverafter.
This sweet bench was built using some left over shelving boards, and my favorite hairpin legs from Crates And Pallet.
I just kept on adding (and taking away!) items until this space felt just right.
These three hand-painted pieces of artwork between the pantry and laundry room are available as free printables HERE.
I can’t wait to add a little box of chalk for the kids to draw here. Funny story, this chalkboard was actually one of my very first DIY’s back when we lived in military base housing. So glad it finally has a home.
This little corner just makes me so happy now. I’ve found myself sitting in my mudroom, drinking coffee, while just staring at it. Haha!
I painted this sweet plant lady sign on a remanent board from my daughter’s old headboard.
So that’s a little tour of our laundry room. I’ll post a video with all the DIY stories I took on instagram one of these days. But in the meanwhile, here is a list of the products I used to make this space come together.
If you want to see more details on how we built the pantry, go to this post HERE.
Go HERE for the three FREE printables I used on the wall next to the pantry opening.
PRODUCTS USED IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM:
BOTTLES AND JARS:
CLEANING SUPPLY PRODUCTS: