The Laundry Rooms of 11 Magnolia Lane

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laundry room redo
Amy and I both firmly believe that you should ALWAYS decorate your laundry room (because don’t we all spend a lot of time in there?!).  That being said, my laundry right now is in the basement (more like a dungeon!) of our little old MCC House, so there’s no decor to show off–just spider webs!  But since we’ve washed, dried, and folded in quite a few different laundry rooms over the years, I thought today it would be fun to show you how we’ve decorated them in the past.

The first time we featured a laundry room, it was the one in our Nashville house {full home tour here}.  The laundry room was right off of the kitchen and pretty small compared to the overall size of the house.  Here’s the “before”:

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My project list in this room included removing the white wire shelving (my nemesis!) and building solid cafe-style shelving, painting a quatrefoil pattern on the walls, removing the fluorescent light fixture and hanging a chandelier, and making it pretty while maximizing storage.  And yes, it was a big job!

Here are a few “after” shots:

blue white laundry room chandelier

A couple of spare boxes of borax (hey, they're decorative!) and a basket of clothespins
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There are tons of photos in the original post {here} and the update {here}.  This laundry room was featured in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, too–our first print feature!


Amy’s laundry room in her coastal Virginia house {full tour here} was similarly charming.

full view laundry
She started with a larger space than I did, but maximized it with great organization, including the DIY folding shelf that she and her husband built (tutorial in the original post here).

I also love the pretty ironing board rack that she built–so easy, but it makes such a difference in the look of the room!

ironing board


laundry tin

I love how this space turned out!


In our Savannah house {full tour here}, my laundry room was the pass-through from the house to the garage, and was–shall we say, petite.  I also was limited in that I couldn’t paint or remove/replace cabinets since this was military housing.

Here’s the “before”:


I gave it a coat of paint and moved in my vintage enamelware and some other decorative items.




I always hang this sweet little Bible verse printable in my laundry rooms:

Wash Me and I Will Be Whiter Than Snow | 11 Magnolia Lane

You can download it {here}, and see the rest of the laundry room {here}.


Our previous house in North Carolina (see more of it here) started out with a laundry room that featured tons of space:

Laundry room-NC house-before

Before we moved in, I gave it a coat of Glidden’s Almost Aqua:

Ideas for making your laundry room organized, functional, and attractive | 11 Magnolia Lane

{ See more of this space here | download laundry labels here }

I hope those photos helped inspire you a bit.  You can see all of our laundry room posts {here}.  Now I’m off to the basement to throw in another load!


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