Cheri Peoples

My Cottage Charm

by CHERI on January 10, 2012

We are stepping away from My Tuesday TOP THAT post for a special guest post.  I don’t even remember how long ago it was that I meet Missy (over the internet that is) but we have been internet friends since.


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Hi there!  My name is Missy and I can’t tell you how excited I was when Cheri asked me to do a guest post for her! (thanks Cheri, you’re such a sweetheart! )
My blog is called My Cottage Charm and I write mainly about decorating and building with power tools, but I also occasionally talk about new recipes, my family and our relationship with the Lord. (my hubs is the music pastor at our church).

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Today I thought I’d show you my recent transformation of my laundry room.  Boy oh boy was it a mess….and a total builders grade room from top to bottom!

Here’s how it started..
BEFORE pic: (we were about to sell our old washer and dryer..that’s why they were out in the floor) :0)

decorating ideas for a laundry room
See, I told you…all builders grade all the way down to the brass door knob… and beige, beige, beige!

Here’s the AFTER pic:

how to decorate a laundry room

Just a little difference there huh?!  (that curtain hides the ugly furnace in the before pic)

This whole room started because my hubby bought me a new stackable washer and dryer. (bet he thinks twice before buying me anymore new appliances…HA!)
I started off painting the top 1/3 of the wall a soft aqua…these were my inspirations…

Blue ball jars

The color was from Lowes and it was called Tropical Mist…


I went on to install board and batten 3/4 of the way up the wall….

how to install board and batten

Next, was the flooring! I didn’t have a huge budget, so I went with black marble peel and stick flooring, and it turned out great and it was pretty simple to install.

I knew I would need some storage in this room, so I went to Goodwill and found an old, VERY grungy dresser and did a serious makeover on it!

Before pic:

Goodwill dresser...$15.00 BEFORE pic

and AFTER:

dresser re-do

It was basically primed, painted and topped with plexi-glass. I’d say it’s SO much better than it was…wouldn’t you?! (oh, did I mention it was only $15.00!)  A little elbow grease and a can of paint can turn anything ugly duckling into a swan!  This dresser now holds all our unmentionables, socks etc.  It’s so easy to just take your stuff out of the dryer and put it away right there!

I wanted some more storage for things like our iron, meds, soaps and cleaning supplies, so I went vertical with these upper cabinets.

how to decorate a laundry room

I found two old cabinets from the Habitat Restore for the outside cabinets, and just built a couple of shelves to span the distance between them. I added a little trim on the edge and tada….more storage!

Here’s the before pics: (can you say YUCK!)

how to decorate a laundry room

A little scrubbing, sanding, painting and a new knob, and they looked like this..

how to paint cabinets

I knew I wanted a chandelier in my laundry room, but didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I went back to the Habitat restore and found this little brass thing for $8 bucks!

how to paint a chandelier

Again after the sanding, priming and painting I had this:

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So there ya have it, my Laundry room in a nutshell!

Here a few more pictures and a link to the original post where you can find links for a step by step tutorial for each project.

laundry room decor

glass door knob from 1916 house

how to decorate a laundry room

how to install wire shelving

how to decorate a laundry room

There are complete tutorials on my blog for each of these projects on the original post HERE.

Thanks again Cheri for having me over today!


Thanks so much Missy for sharing your laundry room with us.  If you would like to be a guest at Its So Very Cheri send me an e-mail.  I love remodeling, decorating and furniture makeovers as well as crafts and fabulous recipes.

I have a kitchen cabinet update over at The DIY Club.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Missy January 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

Thanks again Cheri for having me over……it’s such a blessing to call you my friend! 🙂

2 cassie January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

what a pretty laundry room! love the colors!

3 Shannon January 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

ohmygoodness, this laundry room looks more like a spa-inspired bathroom! Wonderful!

4 Lee Laurie January 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

This is the most beautiful laundry room! So inspiring. I love it. Missy did a great job.

5 Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

Can’t get enough of it, Missy…really a fabulous transformation!

6 Cindy January 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This HAS to be one of the best laundry room makeovers EVER!


7 Heather January 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

8 mary January 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Cheri thank you for sharing her wonderful laundry room!I dream of having a pretty laundry place someday!
Gosh, haven’t been commenting much do to being so busy but always come by to see what you are up to! Thanks for all the inspiration you have brought into my life!

9 Terry Moore January 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

A laundry room of my dreams. So pretty and functional!

10 Debbie @TheHipHostess January 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

Who knew a laundry room could be so unbelievably chic? It’s apparent a lot of thought and effort went into this and it shows! Could spend all day in that room! Nicely done, Missy and thanks for sharing, Cheri.

11 Michelle January 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I’m so impressed with your makeover. You did a wonderful job repurposing things! Love the color on the walls too!

12 CAS January 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

It’s so pretty! Love the color and the wainscoting. I have a similar color in my craft/sewing room — it’s very peaceful.

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