Most people I know don’t worry too much about what their laundry looks like – and fair enough too – but in our case, our “front” door is usually through the laundry so I had to make it nice and neat!
Our laundry is also the area where I’m coming and going to the car, so it needed to serve other purposes of general storage and functional space for everyday stuff like nappy bags, swimming bags etc. So, I filled gaps, cleaned and painted the whole room. I used Dulux Aquanamel in white for the walls and roof, and a feature wall of Dulux Midnight Sea.
I also painted the tiled floor. There was nothing technically wrong with the floor tiles… I just wanted to update their look a bit. To paint the tiles (floor and behind sink), I used a paving paint and added some grit into it (which you can buy as an extra to the paint).
I can’t remember the brand but it was just the standard white paving paint one that you can purchase from Bunnings. I also used the undercoat that they recommended to use with the paving paint. After doing a couple of coats with the paving paint, I then purchased a high gloss enamel (Dulux in white) and painted a couple of coats of that over the top.
I have to say that the floor is wearing extremely well, and, as I’ve mentioned above, the laundry floor is a high traffic area so it gets a work out! The only time it chips is if I drop something really heavy on it (like a hammer).
I also gave the laundry tub a new coat of paint in the high gloss enamel. It looks new now!
For storage I used a simple white shelf that I already had – I braced it to the wall at the top so there’s no chance of it falling on anyone! This shelf is the main space for our stuff.
The bottom shelf has shoe cleaning things and a basket for the ironing to be done; the next shelf up has my tool box for household jobs (very important!); the middle shelf has my children’s bags for nappies, swimming, daycare/preschool; and the baskets on the top shelf have handy stuff in them like torches, nails and screws and other ‘fixing’ things. The buckets are also very useful – one has extension chords and double adapters in it, and the other has the first aid kit and emergency stuff. All hidden so it looks neat!
And of course I needed room to hang coats, hats (and the mop!), so I put up a few hooks that sit right next to the door.
The canvases I painted myself to help brighten the room further. I also saved space by purchasing a washer/dryer (the chest freezer takes up so much room as it is!).
The final thing I did was have an electrician change the light fitting and change the light switches and power points from brown to white ones.
Our laundry now works really well and looks good! It’s actually a nice place to be.
Good luck with your decorating!