Hiya everyone, thanks so much for all the compliments on the laundry room makeover! It really is such a rewarding redo for me, it feels so fresh, clean and organized in there – I’ve been washing and folding in anticipation of our getaway this weekend.
Some questions came, up so here we go !
Can you tell me more about how you painted the cabinets? – Lynn
How did you paint the cabinets so quickly and effortlessly? -Kate
I’ve gotta tell ya gals, for me, painting cabinets is neither quick nor effortless! It’s actually quite time consuming and labor intensive, because I don’t rush it and I follow several steps. But in the end, it’s always worth it. I don’t own a sprayer (yet!), so here’s how I painted these by hand.
First, I always start with an oil based primer – I’m just old school like that when it comes to painting cabinetry. I also use an additive called Penetrol to condition my primer to reduce drag in the paint as it dries, and to minimize brush strokes. It really does help. I prefer to use a high quality angled 2” paintbrush when working with cabinetry or furniture by hand.
I roll the primer on for even coverage with a roller, then follow up with a brush over the entire front and back of the cabinet doors.
To avoid cleaning my brush between covering the front and back with primer, I used
I considered using oil based paint for my cabinets like I did in , but this time I decided to try a water based paint on these laundry room cabinets, since they don’t get as much traffic as my kitchen or bath cabinets.
I experimented with Valspar’s Kitchen and Bath Enamel. I must confess it was nice working with this paint instead of oil because the clean up is so much easier ! Two coats of paint, lightly sand between coats if necessary to remove drips or brush marks.
Time will tell if this paint holds up over time. My fingers are crossed !
Has anyone else used this particular paint on your kitchen or bath cabinetry ? Are you pleased with it over time?
The color I chose was ‘Cream Delight’ and this shade of white is true to its name! It’s not as vanilla as another favorite ‘Heirloom White’ but it’s not a bright white either. I think I just might use this same shade when I redo the hall bath later this summer !
Another upgrade was adding crown to the top of the cabinetry and also adding basic satin nickel knobs. Just those two details made a lot of difference.
My favorite thing is the shelf above the machines – your shelf is perfect for using that wasted space. – Jess
Thanks Jess ! The shelf was created with some basic plywood cut to fit the space, then primed and painted to match the cabinetry. I also primed and painted the oak laundry sorter with the same ‘Cream Delight’ by Valspar.
To support the shelf, I added some 1/2” x 2” birch all around, then screwed the supports into the wall studs. The shelf sits right on top.
It’s trimmed in some playful turquoise ribbon to hide the unfinished edge. You can also use wood filler like I did with
I also added these shelf liners to the wall to create a wallpapered look along the back. Double sided tape baby !
Ordinarily, I’m not a scented drawer liner kind of gal, but the fragrance is subtle and they smell goooooood – like a laundry room shooooouuuuuld.
What is that little cabinet across from the machines ? –Linda
Is that a bench in there ? -Megan
Nope, not a bench, that’s a plain three compartment laundry sorter that I’ve had forever. It made no sense to buy a new laundry bin when this one works perfectly fine, it just needed a fresh coat of paint – now I’m loving the fresh white beadboard paneling!
Can you post how you made the delicate drying rack ? -Shauna
Where did you get that chandelier ? Amy B. & Sheila
I found this chandy at Lowe’s and loved the flirty shape but not the color or plastic floral beads, so I removed those. It was $85 with a coupon, a little pricey for my taste, but I couldn’t find what I wanted for less.
I cheated on my usual ‘Heirloom White’ and used Rustoleum’s ‘Gloss White’ to lighten it up to compliment the cabinetry. Make sure whenever you spray paint a light fixture to tape off the electrical cords and sockets !
I didn’t paint the black cord, so to hide it, I stitched up a white cotton cord cover.
Because the old fixture was centered in the room, and I wanted the chandy centered on the shade, I swaged it with a chain and specialty ceiling hook.
How did you install the chandy ?
I, or should I say ‘we’, followed the instructions that came with the chandelier. Mr. CG was kind enough to do the deed for me, bless his taller frame. Changing a light fixture is truly simple if you just follow the steps as directed.
And be sure to turn off your power first !
How did you make the shade with the ribbon trim ? -Susan
Susan, I’m going to spill the beans about this shade, but I think it deserves its very own post !
Warning though. For those of you who have visions of a nifty tutorial of how to make your own fully functioning flat fold roman shade, brace yourself – mine’s a fake. Yep, a fake. Let’s just keep that between you, me, and the blogosphere shall we ?
Oh, and before I forget, the ironing board hangs right at the entrance, you can catch a glimpse of it to the left below.
Here’s some other sources too:
Personalized baskets: Pottery Barn Kids; Teal rug: Crate + Barrel; Paint: Valspar’s ‘Cream Delight’; Wall paint: Restoration Hardware’s ‘Silver Sage’ cut in half with white; Decorative paper behind shelf: The Container Store (drawer liners); Shade fabric: Joann’s Fabrics Linen ‘Faux Batik’ in blue; Chandelier: Porfolio from Lowe’s, spray painted white; Tray: Kohls; Garden stepping stones: local boutique; Jute bag, Pier One; Drying Rack: how-to here; ‘Suds’ container how-to here.
Thanks as always to you friends for reading !