Laundry Closet Makeover - Part 1

I'm so excited to share Part 1 of my Laundry Closet Makeover! This post will be focusing on the first of many cute accessories I've been creating to make my closet more cheerful!
I think that at some point in our lives we are all lucky enough to have the opportunity of having a Laundry Room Closet, as opposed to a Laundry Room. My husband and I have been renters our entire married life and have experienced our fair share of these closets...some good and some bad. The one I currently have to work with ranks at the bottom of my list. The space is so narrow that I can't hang my ironing board on the side, the lovely wire shelf was hung so high I need a step stool to reach anything, and the folding doors were hung crooked and we can't get them to straighten out. It is all I have to work with, though, and I'm making the best of it. 

Here is my embarrassing before shot. It ends up being a catch-all for anything that I don't know what to do with. I'm hoping that by decorating this cute, I can keep it clean and organized!
And, here is my inspiration! I fell in love with the Nicey Jane Collection by Heather Bailey as soon as I saw it. I'm fighting the urge to not put it in every room of the house, in all the different color ways. I wanted something fresh, clean, bright and airy....and the blue and green combination fit the bill perfectly!

I picked up my fabric at Fabric.com, using a coupon (easily found online) and receiving free shipping. I think I payed around $6.50 a yard for my fabric, which is awesome for designer quilting fabric! I also love that I almost always receive my orders from Fabric.com in 2 days. 

I have grand plans for my fabric...I ordered 5 of the coordinating prints. First on my list:

Storage Baskets
I found this super cute tutorial a couple months ago called "The Undercover Crate".  I love the crates, but they were too wide to fit on my lovely wire shelf above the washer and dryer, so I picked up some narrower plastic storage pins at Big Lots for $5 each. They fit on my shelf perfectly. The tutorial explains in easy to follow directions how to adjust the liner to fit the bin of your choice. These took me about 45 minutes each, from start to finish.
I added the ribbon to separate the two fabrics using Tacky Craft Glue. I like things to be more defined and I love the extra detail it brought to the over all design. I'm still looking for the perfect green ribbon for the bottom crate. Because my bin had round corners instead of square corners, my cover was a little to loose fitting on my bin. To give it a more tailored look, I pleated the sides and held them closed with a cute little flower button.
These make me smile every time I open the door. LOVE them!

Come back tomorrow, when I will be revealing more of my accessories and maybe a tutorial, or two!

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2 comments:

Allison said...

Those are adorable! And I LOVE that fabric too!

kati said...

First... so happy that I found you... I have been looking at the laundry makeover and I AM OH SO HAPPY that you have a closet laundry... unfortunatly mine in still smaller with stackables.... BUT YOU GIVE ME HOPE! I am in love with the laundry rule because if you knew me (i mean really knew me) I hate laundry... well no i take that back I love to sort and put laundry on but hate putting it in the dryer and then folding it.... YUCK!!! maybe a redo is in my future.... THANKS!!!

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