Growing up, we never had a washing machine or dryer. A lot of time was spent at the laundrymat, or if I couldn't get to town, I'd handwash everything on a washboard. And when I was scrubbing away, I'd dream of someday owning a real washing machine that was electric. And now I do. And I believe that laundry rooms should be pretty because I spend a lot of time in there. And my walls should definitely be wallpapered. I chose red gingham because it's simple and homey and makes me happy.
When I'm not using the counter for folding, it doubles as a sewing table for me. I made a counter skirt out of darling vintage fabric that makes the room feel very cheery.
I love having open shelving in the laundry room so everything is just a quick grab away. Although open shelves and the things that are on them can become dusty, it's not an issue for me in the laundry room, as I use my supplies so often. Ironing is a little less tedious for me when the ironing board looks so pretty!
I found this old laundry soap dispenser at an estate sale. It works perfectly for my OxiClean, which is my all-time favorite soaking detergent for old linens. My shelves are covered in oilcloth, that not only looks pretty, but is also easily wipeable if there is a spill and doesn't damage easily.
Handtowels, dustcloths and microfiber dusters are now available in so many pretty colors and patterns.
An old clothespin bag holds utilitarian supplies.
Spray bottles are labelled for easy identification.
Sources: I found my old laundry sign at Floyd and Margaret's. The shelving and brackets are from Home Depot. The bath towels are from Cath Kidston and TJ Maxx. I found the vintage fabric at Spencer's Antique Mall in Spokane. The ironing board cover came from Linens and Things. The wire laundry baskets are from The Land of Nod. The laundry soap dispenser came from a Monarch estate sale in Spokane (I think Monarch is one of the best estate sale companies in the area). Oilcloth is from Cath Kidston. The handtowel is from Martha Stewart for KMart, dusting cloths from Cath Kidston, microfiber duster from William Sonoma. The clothespin bag was purchased at The Farm Chicks Show from dealer: Oma's Attic. The spray bottles are from JoAnn's fabric.
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