Major projects at my house are currently at a stand still so I was excited to makeover a friend’s laundry room recently. I have missed getting my paint on! It is even more fun when you have a basic and blank slate to start with. Taralyn’s laundry room looks like a lot of builder grade laundry rooms. It is just inside the garage door and also acts as a pathway into the rest of the house. It was the perfect candidate for my first ScotchBlue project this year!
It was functional to a point, but we can do better than “sort of functional”. I pictured more storage and some sort of wow factor.
Paint, plywood, and some new storage containers were pretty much all it took! I spent less than $200 on everything including supplies. All the details are at the end of the post.
I think what makes this laundry room so fun and so, so different from a builder grade room, is the black wall. Do dark wall scare you? They shouldn’t! It is easier than you think to get crisp lines. Here is how…
Note: Follow all ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesion and removal.
Scotch Blue™ PLATINUM Tape Painter’s Tape
Nail hole filler
Fill any nail holes with putty. Either use a damp rag to wipe away excess putty while the putty is still wet or wait for the putty to dry and sand it smooth. Wash the walls really well and let them dry.
Tape off any areas you do not want to get painted like outlets, baseboards and trim using ScotchBlue PLATINUM Painter’s Tape, which tears at a straight, 90-degree angle.
Paint along the tape edge using the base paint color to help seal the tape.
Paint your wall with your choice of color. I chose black!
Remove tape by pulling back on itself at a 45-degree angle away from the surface.
Even though the room is small and has little natural light, the dark wall does not make it feel smaller. I think it helps that there is so much white. The white bins are from IKEA as well as the black ones. They started out grey, but I spray painted them black just like I did for the ones in my home office. The striped tote (which I am going to buy some for myself!) is from The Container Store.
We also painted the other walls with a fresh coat of white.
I built the rolling laundry hamper out of plywood and stained it the same color as the floating shelves I made. Early American from Minwax is one of my go to stains.
I bought a laundry bag and tried to dye it black but it came out as eggplant purple. I bought some black fabric and had my awesome friends, Kara, sew a new one for me that fit like a glove! When you hate to sew and are on a tight deadline, it helps to have a friend who likes to sew :) I painted the Xs onto the bag.
I am happy to say that I will have another room makeover at Taralyn’s house to share with you soon as well as some other fun projects as part of my collaboration with ScotchBlue.
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