Old House / Project: Laundry Room ~ Complete

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. . .when we moved in, it looked like this . . .

Ugly Burgundy Laundry Room -before

. . .and with a little help from my brother . . .

brother+security coveralls+hooking up washer dryer  brother+coveralls

. . . it became this . . .

laundry room before

. . . and with a little white paint & elbow grease
…and cute aqua polka dotted contact paper I made it look like this . . .

laundry room -after

. . . and now it looks like this . . .

laundry room

laundry room+white+aqua -4-2  laundry room+canvas grocery bags-3

laundry room+white+aqua -5

kitchen+laundry room+guest bath+doorway  laundry room aqua

laundry room+white+aqua -3-1

While it’s not the glamourous extreme of the laundry rooms in my inspiration post it is far superior to our old laundry room in our condo I used for the 5-1/2 years prior.

I love the white …I love the light. I love that it’s off the kitchen and leads to a small guest bathroom with hilarious fern wallpaper and out to the backyard. I hung two Tiffany blue small canvases that I painted for our old master bedroom {dog bowls below} and pillow cases {also from our old master} for the curtains to hide the ugly power cords and any mess that might accumulate on that handy little shelf. I found the white tension-rod at Bed Bath & Beyond by Umbra for $14.99 as well as the Umbra Rosetta drapery clips for $7.99 {bought 2 packs} which easily clip on to the fabric holding it in place. The tall cupboard hides our water heater, and above it I hung an inexpensive wall mounted coat rack to hang our eco grocery bags on. Shown is my beSmartbeGreen logo bag but you can find other cute eco canvas bags here. I’ve also hung random hooks on the sides to hold mesh lingerie wash bag and the striped fruit and veggie plastic bag dispenser, which I found at the market for $3.99 {DIY your own with Dioramarama}.

One thing I would love to add is a top to place over both the washer and dryer that extends to the wall {like in this inspiration photo} …not only to give me a level surface but to protect the tops of my machines and also extend to the wall & give me a few extra inches of counter space. But for now, I love it.


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses

    June 8, 2010 |

    Much improved! I really like it. Light and airy. I love the little curtains and your gorgeous bloom.


  • Iva

    June 8, 2010 |

    It looks beautiful Maegan! I LOVE IT! I love everything about it! The colors, the details, the help of your brother, the doggy bowls , your eco bags…on and on and on. Its a beautiful project and you did a remarkable job with it! AMAZING! I hope you are having a nice day and enjoy the remainder of your vacation!!

  • Chrissy

    June 8, 2010 |

    This laundry room looks great. I really like it. Mine is in the basement and looks far worse than what is shown in your ‘before’ pics.

  • Chelsea

    June 8, 2010 |

    You did such a great job. It has a wonderful spring feel to it, and I love the pale blue accents.

    my life in style

  • Stephanie

    June 8, 2010 |


    Might be obsessive but I read your blog every morning when I clock in to work at 9. I’m one of those creepers who don’t comment, ever. Just thought I would let you know you have a fan in New Jersey 😛

    Have a lovely day,

  • Fashion Butter

    June 8, 2010 |

    SUPER cute. And the curtains are a great idea! will have to keep that one in mind.

  • Einat

    June 8, 2010 |

    Looks amazing! You can maybe have plexi glass cut to order from homedepot or online (they have all sorts of thickness options) to use on top of the washer/dryer.

    I love the whole look and could imagine looking FORWARD to doing laundry! Right now, we send ours out in NYC 😉

  • Katie

    June 8, 2010 |

    It looks great!

  • Elle Sees

    June 8, 2010 |

    So much an improvement! Just a breath of fresh air!

  • fabulous finds

    June 8, 2010 |

    what a great job! love how “light” it all looks…love the little fruit/veggie bag holder…
    p.s. fantastic brother…i can’t even get mine to move a furniture piece for me =/

  • ebeepaperie

    June 8, 2010 |

    That looks amazing!

  • Closet Fashionista

    June 8, 2010 |

    Very nice!! You did a great job…

  • JKreids

    June 8, 2010 |

    2 thumbs UP! I love the curtains to hide any clutter. Neat touch. 🙂

  • Rhianna

    June 8, 2010 |

    I love the little curtain, that is such a cute idea!

  • LâLz FaShioN

    June 8, 2010 |

    looks amazing 🙂 perfect job

  • PS~Erin

    June 8, 2010 |

    Awesome redo! It looks so heavenly to me… I dream of laundry rooms. For now, I’ll (try to) be thankful for my space in the garage.

  • this free bird

    June 8, 2010 |

    Oh my gosh what a breath of fresh air! Love it!!

  • Lorena

    June 8, 2010 |

    This looks SO NICE it makes me want to do laundry !
    What a difference !

  • Lynzy

    June 8, 2010 |

    What a job well done! Looks beautiful!

    I just found your blog, its lovely!
    I am now your follower 🙂


  • Jai

    June 8, 2010 |

    Looks fantastic! I love the curtain details as well.


    p.s. your brother is truly a hottie 😉

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    June 8, 2010 |

    That is awesome! Can you guys come do mine!

  • la reina cotilla

    June 8, 2010 |

    wow, it´s great, oh y god how it changed from dark red to pure white. Congrats to you and your brother. Why don´t you make a post of pictures of your house? I mean, all pictures together, I follow you since you bought the house and If you make an all togheter pictures, that will be great. (sorry for my bad english).
    Creo que queremos un super reportaje de decoracion de tu casa ya que veo los grandes cambios que estas haciendo y me parecen increibles y dignos de ser publicados en revistas.
    Thank you so much.

  • ...love Maegan

    June 8, 2010 |

    la reina cotilla ….I think once I finish all the rooms in the house, I will do a page/post or slideshow of the entire house completed …but I’m too much of a perfectionist to do it now …hopefully soon though 🙂

  • Francesca

    June 8, 2010 |

    wow you did a fantastic job!


    lekisskiss.blogspot.com <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  • Krystal

    June 8, 2010 |

    wow it looks so great!

  • Ann

    June 8, 2010 |

    Looks fantastic! I love how light and airy and fresh it feels.

  • Style Porn

    June 8, 2010 |

    I love seeing all the before pictures to help me understand how the process evolved. My laundry room in my rental apartment is a fright–pretty sure it hasn’t been cleaned/dusted EVER. In my defense I don’t know how I’m supposed to move a washing machine to clean behind it, but still, it’s gross. Hopefully these pictures will inspire me to get my act together and do a little tidying up in that area of my apartment.

  • Angela

    June 8, 2010 |

    Looks amazing!! I love how light and airy the room is <3

  • anhesty

    June 8, 2010 |

    it looks absolutely amazing!!!

  • K.Line

    June 8, 2010 |

    Honestly, you have TRANSFORMED it! I love your interior design as much as your crafting.

  • Y*

    June 8, 2010 |

    I love the way it looks now! You’re SUPER stylish all the way possible! As I said in previous comments, I’m totally in love with your home; tomorrow afternoon I’ll share these new updates with my boyfriend, just to repeat again “I still want one of this, keep in mind baby…”

    Regards from Spain!

  • Ale

    June 8, 2010 |

    I love what you’ve done! it’s so much brighter now, you’re an artist, I really loved what you did to your bathroom too. 🙂


  • Jac

    June 9, 2010 |

    Fresh and lovely

  • Nikosmommy

    June 9, 2010 |

    Looks great! Clean, fresh and contemporary… Good job M!

  • Nickie Frye

    June 9, 2010 |

    I am so jealous. My laundry room is outside & it has scary spiders in it. Not very inspiring, so the tedious task of doing laundry is even more unpleasant. Nice job!


  • Sara Christine

    June 9, 2010 |

    Wow you guys did an awesome job! Looks straight out of Martha Stewart Living! 🙂

  • drollgirl

    June 9, 2010 |

    it looks amazing! 4 scrillion times better than before!!!

  • ashley nicole xx

    June 9, 2010 |

    That looks amazing!! So fresh and bright – you do amazing work! Gorgeous choice of coloring.. have a good day 🙂
    xx ashley nicole

  • ashley nicole xx

    June 9, 2010 |

    That looks amazing!! So fresh and bright – you do amazing work! Gorgeous choice of coloring.. have a good day 🙂
    xx ashley nicole

  • KP

    June 9, 2010 |

    Simply love everything about this. It’s fabulous, affordable, and attainable…every DIY home makeover should be like this one. Bravo.

  • Gina

    June 9, 2010 |

    Looks fantastic! At first I thought the top pic was from a magazine…seriously.

    I need to do something with my laundry room.

  • Silver Strands

    June 9, 2010 |

    Just found you and glad I did! What a beautiful makeover … with a laundry room like that I’d be sending my kids out in stocking feet and telling them to play in the mud!

  • le pearl

    June 9, 2010 |

    You are so creative. You must be so proud!


  • Beatriz

    June 9, 2010 |

    cute and clean!

  • 6roove

    June 9, 2010 |

    I love current look, everything looks so clean, gantle, friendly and fresh 🙂

  • duckalicious

    June 9, 2010 |

    this is too cute! makes me wish I had a laundry room 😀

  • Leia

    June 9, 2010 |

    you are so talented with decorating! this looks beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    June 9, 2010 |

    It looks really nice…Good Job!!I think if my laundry room looked this cool and breezy I’d be more motivated to stay up on doing laundry..

    Lovin it…Good day to ya!!

  • Tabitha

    June 9, 2010 |

    Wow! Amazing transformation! I’ve just started re-decorating our home and your posts are so inspiring 🙂

  • Pretty Little World

    June 9, 2010 |

    Gah… I’m SO jealous of your pretty laundry room! The laundry is one of the rooms in our house that I’m totally stuck on. I think it’s because there’s no natural light, so when I painted everything white, it still didn’t feel quite like I’d hoped.

    You did such a wonderful job! Love it!

  • Clarissa

    June 9, 2010 |

    I love the colors. The turquoise in the curtains is a nice touch. Very nice 😀

  • DailyDivaDish

    June 9, 2010 |

    Simple and elegant. You did an amazing job!
    XO Piper

  • Anonymous

    June 9, 2010 |
  • Cambriaaaa

    June 9, 2010 |

    So cute! Love the Aqua!

  • Gwen

    June 9, 2010 |

    So when are you and the construction crew (your hubs & bro) coming to my house to do a laundry room make over for me? Love it Maegan!!! Gorgeous!!! XOXO

  • JairMadison

    June 9, 2010 |

    This room makes me want to do laundry. Imagine that. As a matter of fact, I think I’d make my peach mint raspberry coolers and a magazine and kick my heels up while my clothes were drying in the crispness that is that laundryroom.

  • Kristin

    June 9, 2010 |

    It looks SO fresh and clean! Loooooove the blue!

  • tperry_trp

    June 10, 2010 |

    possibility for top of machines:
    a hollow door is very inexpensive and can be painted or covered in contact paper. A 1X2 along the walls to prop it on. Easy peasy…

  • thesydneygirl

    June 11, 2010 |

    very inspirational! x

  • StyleCake

    June 11, 2010 |

    oh my gosh that looks amazing!! I love seeing all your DIY projects and your home decor posts! They’re so inspiring!

  • Sarah Smile

    June 12, 2010 |

    Great work! You have inspired me to do my own laundry room makeover 🙂

  • Mae Lu

    June 17, 2010 |

    I wish I had a real laundry room instead of a laundry closet. Ah the lives of people living on condos.

    Mae Lu, thereafterish.

  • Nata

    June 27, 2010 |

    love it! love your ideas!!! 🙂

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