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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Laundry make-over.. and my sewing nook..

Hi girls, today I thought I'd show you my laundry transformation. It was the worst room in the house and was the dumping ground for all the junk, bits and pieces I couldn't find a place for in the rest of the house. It was soooo bad that I was too embarrassed to take a pic of all the mess! My daily mantra used to be " keep that laundry door closed" to the kids and I would say it alteast 10 times a day!!  In saying that though, my laundry is not a bad size and has lots of natural light which I just love. Here are the befores.....
face on..

side window..I attach a pipe from my washing machine to take all the gray water to my garden..


french door leading to front of house on our side verandah, which I never use..

closet door and other door leading into house, there is also a spare loo hiding behind that little wall  in  there...


I didn't do any major changes, just painted the walls, which needed to be redone with spack filler first and sanded back, which is probably why we left it so long. All the tiling was done by the previous owner. So we didn't bother changing that. Whilst I was painting away, I thought how nice this room would have been as a sewing room. You see I don't have a craft room just for my sewing (not yet anyway).  I would normally take my machine out when I needed it each and every time. I would use my dining table or leave it out in the family room, which needless to say can get a bit messy at times.


My gorgeous painting by Tanya.. she sells her lovely work on ebay under the username 'boudoir123'


Any crafter will tell you there is NOTHING worse than having to set up everything, everytime you want to work and then pack it all away again. So in order to have my machine out ready to go for whenever I needed it, I decided to turn half the laundry into my sewing nook.

These white shelves were originally pine so had to paint them too.

My gorgeous print by Gail McCormack, the one on the shelves is hers too!



I wanted to put a table in there but it wouldn't fit because of the dryer. So out came the dryer.. it's an ugly looking thing anyway which I only use when I absolutely have to. So it's sitting in my wardrobe for now till I can sneek it into my hubby's garage.


Remember this shelf I painted up a while ago.. this is where it ended up!


My gorgeous little painting by Natasha Burns




It's not quite finished yet, but again, if I wait till I'm 100% finished with it, I'd never get to show you! Cause I'm NEVER 100% finished with anything..

I no longer have my daily mantra... (not that one anyway)

and I just love being in my laundry.. I practically live in there.. 6 days out of 7! I have so much washing all the time I don't even want to get started on that one..!     take care, Maryann xxx

I'm linking up with Cindy over at 'My Romantic Home' for Show and Tell Friday,
Gina over at 'The shabby Chic Cottage' for Transformation Thursday,
and Cielo at 'The house in the Roses' for Show off your cottage Monday.

PS.. just want to add on, as a couple of gals have asked what colours I used on the table and chairs. Well the table was actually already green when I bought it.. so all Idid was distress it and for the shelves, it ended up being my own concoction of colours as the original green colour I bought turned out too torquoise so I ended up adding some black, white and a dark green to the mix. Sorry I can't give you a definite colour as I don't think I could replicate it exactly if I wanted to!

30 comments:

Vicki said...

OMG Marion!!! i am soooo inlove with your laundry/nook!!! you can seriosuly do over mine anyday... but its tiny LOL
ok better go so i can scroll up and salavate over your wonderful room again!!!
take care
Vic xxxx

Mari said...

HELLO MARION~YOUR SPACE TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL!!! PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK FOR A JOB BEAUTIFULLY DONE :)

XO~MARI

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love the room and the colors are just beautiful! What a lovely space to sew and craft!~Hugs, Patti

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi :) Love what you've done with your laundry/sewing room!! It's wonderful...we ladies MUST have a pretty room to do our laundry in, otherwise, it's not much fun doing the laundry, is it, lol :) Love it!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hello Marion, Your laundry/sewing room makeover is beautiful... I love the decoration, specially the lovely paintings. Great job!!!
Blessings ~*~ Wendy ~*~

Pattie said...

I just found your blog from Cindy's and I'm so glad I did... Love your blog and now follow you. My friend Bonnie is going to die when I tell her to come visit you. your home is just so sweet. come over a visit sometime.

Pattie

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

What a pretty space to do your projects! What color is that green on the shelf and table...so divine! What a big improvement, I know you are thrilled.

Gail McCormack said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect!!
A beautiful space you've made for yourself to create and of course to do the laundry

Love it
Gail xx

Cindy@shabbynsweet said...

What a beautiful laundry, a great inspiration for us all. Our laundry tends to be a dumping ground too, but not after seeing this...

Comeca Jones said...

Im in love with all your pinks!Very nice job lady!

Suzann said...

Hello Marion,
I love your laundry/sewing room!!! It is so pretty! I love all the pictures you have they are beautiful!!!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving me the sweet comment!!
Enjoy your new room!
Suzann

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh how lovely! You did a beautiful job ~ I just love that bold pop of color ~ so cheerful!

Carol said...

Marion,
What an absolutely dreamy laundry room! I can see spending time in there, just hanging out, sitting at that gorgeous table, and even...doing laundry!

tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

The laundry looks fantastic, it turned out so well.
Tina xxx

Lucinda Obrien said...

Love it!!!! You have done a fantastic job Maryann.....how lovely it must be to spend time in there now!!Take care Lucinda xxx

Beach Vintage.com said...

This is stunning. My laundry is so ugly. It is my dream to oneday have one that looks like this one!

Pretty Chic said...

OMG!! Just gorgeous!!!! What a pretty space you have created! LOVE LOVE LOVE the green colour, would you mind sharing the name of the paint?
Sheryn xoxo

Cindy said...

Whoa! What an amazing transformation! I Love that you have your little table in there!

Cindy

Дуся-Маруся said...

браво!! очень красиво!!!
привет из России

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Such a pretty, happy room! Bet you don't mind doing laundry when you have that fun space to be in. Love your blog and I just became a follower.

Banaghaisge said...

Oh that is fabulous!!! Well done! I am trawling through laundry and bathroom make-overs as I just got flooded (again, sigh) and it was all a bit sad to start with! Your room is a great inspiration, thank you!!
Hugs, Jasmine (on 5 acres in Central Vic).
PS you can get a fitting (Bunnings prob) to fit over your outside pipe to divert grey water on to the garden. My washing water goes into the bath and then there is a little ancient electric pump out the window which waters the garden etc.

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi Marion, Thanks for stopping to visit to my blog, i love new followers:)Im so glad i came over here. Ur laundry room is awesome...I loooooooooove ur style! Im ur newest follower and ile visit often. I too am a pink and shabby lover and ur pics are so inspiring. Til next time.............Bonnie

Lounging with a Latte said...

Love the makeover of your laundry, it has inspired me to put a few more things on my laundry walls as they are a bit bare! Looks great!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything really is picture perfect! I love how you've arranged your shelves....pretty but functional, too! ♥

Karen said...

What a transformation. You have added such lovely touches to your laundry/sewing room. So fresh & such an enjoyable place to work in.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

dreammmy ~ thx for sharing your inspiration!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

You are such a talented decorator! Love what you have created here and cannot wait to see what you come up with next.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Maryann...

My friend, your laundry/sewing room is simply divine! Ohhh...what a lovely transformation! Loved getting to see all the "before" and "after" photos of this beautiful room! Thanks for sharing them with us! I'm sooo happy for you...that you were able to add a place for your sewing! You are such a creative and talented lady...you certainly need and deserve a place to work! I love it!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

stunnign stunning makeover, it looks fabulous. And Gails paintings well you cant beat them to lift a room, exquisite! So glad I popped in for a visit :0)
alicia

prolix said...

I am happy to see ur blogs I like ur houses is super and made very suprise to me..Great job!
Ur room ,kicthen,hall are really nice to see..............

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