ic Kathe With an E: Laundry Room Reveal

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Laundry Room Reveal

As you know, we had to replace our washer and dryer recently. I was able to get rid off our very old set on Craigslist. While waiting for the new set to be delivered, I figured this would be the perfect time to tackle one of my to-do's, paint and clean up the laundry room. It's not a big room, only 6'x6', and was looking tired and worn out. It was past time to treat this room like every other room in the house and shine it up!

That doesn't mean it can't be cute, right?? But, it had to be cheap too!
We had almost a full gallon of Lowes Olympic paint, color camel, so I used that to lighten up the room somewhat.
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You can see here, in this very fuzzy photo, where I did a couple of test patches before committing to doing the whole room.
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I had painted the cabinets and baseboards white several years ago so that saved me that task!
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And this is the fugly brown door leading out to the garage.

Once the machines were in place, Mr. B and I had discussed taking out one of the cabinets and stacking the washer and dryer but after some thought, we decided not to.
We did know that we would not purchase the pedestals and thought about building our own but, because of the bulkhead, there wasn't much room to work with so, we decided to just have a countertop span them. After pricing out materials we were kind of stumped until Mr. B had the genius idea to use an Ikea tabletop as a countertop.
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$24.99! The 59" length is just perfect! And I now have a space to fold clothes!
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I bought 2.25 yards of springy floral material, on sale, at Hobby Lobby for $11.00 and made a curtain to hide the water hoses and electrical and to give the room a little bit of whimsy. 
A $10.00 shower curtain rod from WalMart holds it in place.
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Whenever we go to Ikea I always check out the As-Is section. This trip there was a stack of white cabinet doors, for get this, 99 cents each! Perfect for making signs! I just used some drywall spackle to plug up the hole for a knob. I then purchased some wooden letters from Hobby Lobby, painted them a color that coordinated with the fabric and hot glued them onto the door. 
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On the wall opposite the washer and dryer, I used another of the cabinet doors to hang our jackets on when we come home. The cute checkered knobs were a clearance find at Hobby Lobby for $1.02 each!  Perfect! Instead of wooden letters, I stenciled the letters on using a nice bright pink.
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I used up some white trim paint we had on hand to paint the fugly brown door.  Sooo much brighter and cleaner looking, yes?
Using a picture frame I already had, I created a whiteboard to hang on the door. The dry erase ink wipes right off the glass.  I can now leave Mr. B little notes that he will see as he leaves in the morning. Or, reminders of things we might need to pick up, like dog food or light bulbs.
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On the wall leading into the house I still have all of my cleaning tools. I need to figure out how to camouflage the recharging cord for my Swiffer vacuum.  Any ideas?
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Max's dog food bin, a trash can and some dusters are nicely hidden away.
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So, for around $50.00 (not including the new machines of course) I was able to create a fun little space. And, to be honest, as much as I really hated doing laundry, I am actually enjoying it a bit more now! That's worth more than $50.00 right there!


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90 comments:

  1. Taaaaa-Daaaaaa! Love love love LOVE! You are good girl! I actually wouldn't mind doing laundry in there.. well maybe! ;) I love the bright curtain you added..makes it Fun in there! Great job..and enjoy those fancy machines...dang I wouldn't know what button to even push! Great job!

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  2. Can I come over and play laundry??? Love this cheerful little place!! I am with Jen, I wouldn't know what button to push on those fancy smancy machines!!! You rocked it!!

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  3. Very cheerful and pretty. There's nothing as great as a neat pretty place if you have to wash clothes. Hugs, Peggy

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  4. Kathe,
    looks great!! My washer and dryer is in a closet in my Powder Room so there is not much i could do with it there...

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  5. Great job Kathe! It turned out beautifully. Love the curtain...and the white door...and the signs...and the counter. OK, I love it all! As for the Swiffer cord, can you hang it closer to the plug? Then it wouldn't show up as much. I wouldn't have noticed if you didn't point it out though :)

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  6. Looks fabulous and a lot more than $50. Your curtain is so sweet. xo

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  7. I love it! And the idea about the curtain...genius! Looks great Kathe! Have a great night.

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  8. Looks Great - we are in the midst of a laundry room redo as well...I purchased some cheery fabric too to do something similar in my laundry room in the clearance bin at Walmart...love the idea of the shower rod...I have a few of those hanging around here - going to steal your idea!

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  9. Great job and such a smart idea to use the table top!

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  10. I now know what I want on my next trip to Denver-a stop at IKEA for a table top to put over the top of my machines!! Thanks for sharing! And as a way to hide the cord-who cares. This is your work center, not a fancy display. It all looks great to me!♥♫

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  11. I don't know what to compliment first...the table or the 'curtain'! Fantastic ideas!! I'd give anything if my daughter would let me tackle our laundry room. But, alas, no such luck. Yet!!! Thanks for sharing! Dona

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  12. I love it! The curtain fabric is so cute and I love the basket on the tabletop. I can't wait until I can get a new front load washer and dryer! They look so nice and I love that you can have a table on top to fold! One day.....:) As for the cord....could you plug it into an extension cord and run it down along the floor and then up to the sweeper? It doesn't look bad though as is!

    Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

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  13. This turned out great! Love the new color and the fabric really brightens it up, but those signs are my favorite! Love Them!!!! Great job. I might have to redo my laundry room 'one of these days'!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  14. The gathered curtain is a brilliant idea! Love the re-do. You could move the Swiffer vacumn closer to the cabinets and then the cord would not have to reach so far. Enjoy the end of January,
    Shawn

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  15. Wow what a nice transformation! I love the countertop idea you guys came up with and your cute door signs!

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  16. It looks great, Kathe! I love the curtain & cute door signs!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  17. Kathe, how nice the laundry room looks. The curtain is cheery and the door painting really brightened it up too. Do you like the swiffer vacuum?

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  18. What a great idea for the counter top Kathe!!! And the curtain is brilliant ( and pretty too )
    What a team the both of you are :)
    XOX

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  19. Good job, I love it. Love the WASH sign, it looks fantastic.

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  20. Oh Kathe this all looks so great! I dream of a laundry room like yours...I just have a laundry "area" off of the kitchen, but you've inspired me with your cute curtain and rod and your counter that spans the two machines! Thank you!

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  21. Great job!! Such a nice transformation. We too have a fugly door to our garage and it never occurred to me to paint it. You are my inspiration. And by inspiration I mean bugging my hubby to paint it! LOL!

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  22. It looks modern and clean and fun! Love the curtain, and the signs are so cute! Definitely fits your personality! My laundry room is in the unfinished part of our basement, so I am VERY envious!

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  23. The laundry room looks great! It's amazing what a coat of white paint on an ugly door will do!

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  24. Great job Kathe! I think my favorite part is the sweet floral curtain and the cabinet door coat hanger. Actually having a space to fold laundry may be the best part. My folding space is my kitchen island, which also serves as my crafting area! Thanks for sharing this wonderful transformation at A Humble Creation. You've given me some great ideas!

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  25. You really scored with those cabinet doors! The curtains are sweet, and hubby came through with an awesome idea! Your laundry space is about the same size as mine! Come on over and work your magic :).

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  26. Prettier and so much more organised great job Kathe

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  27. Thanks for the link party. Your newest follower via GFC and Twitter.

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  28. Love it! I never thought about using a curtain to hide the hoses. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to hide them. lol Thank you for such a fantastic idea. Looks like I may need to go back to the As-is section at Ikea and look for some doors. :)

    Great makeover!

    Julie

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  29. Looks really fresh now,great ideas. :)

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  30. a perfect place for a very boring task uh? a place like this makes it go easier I guess:) great job!

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  31. All sorts of clever going on there!! I love the idea of the curtain to hide the hoses...so great!

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  32. It looks great! Great ideas too! I need to remember that Ikea countertop idea :)

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  33. That looks fabulous! Usually when people post before & after's they seem so costly and time consuming; it's inspiring to see a frugal but fabulous makeover! I am an Independent Thirty One Consultant and we have some totes, bins and bags that could accessorize up the space too! If you are interested in having an online party for your readers I'd be happy to throw in a giveaway! https://www.mythirtyone.com/tracybillet/ And you are always welcome to hop on over to my blog: the2010shousewife.com Thanks for sharing!

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  34. It looks wonderful. Great job with the counter and the paint and fabric are so fun and happy. Hugs, Marty

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  35. That curtain is so fun. At least it would help to make laundry duties bearable. :)
    You did a great job! The Ikea table as a counter top was genius!

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  36. You sure did do a lot with a little! Great colors and whites....yes that was a pun :)

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  37. Love the way you used the doors to make signs! I seriously need to spruce up my laundry and you shared some great ideas.

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  38. The table top and the curtain are my favorites. Looks like you really utilized your space well.. Good for you!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  39. It turned out really cute!! Love the little curtain and the repurposed cabinet doors :))

    Thanks for stopping by this weekend and linking up with my NO RULES Party!!

    Paula
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  40. Good job Kathe, love the small curtain and the signs.

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  41. That looks super cute! You did a great job!

    Leslie
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  42. I love the little curtain! Such a cute idea. We just got a new washer and dryer set. Unfortunately my plans include demolition so we're waiting until the spring time to bust out the outdated to-narrow-to-use cabinets. I really like the wall color, it's so warm!

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  43. Hi Kathe,

    Saw your post on Sara Dawn Pintastic Monday. Love the makeover. Pinning!

    Reecea

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  44. Christina @ Floridays MomJanuary 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Love the update! And that little sign to send your hubs off with a fun message each day is adorable!

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  45. Oh I love what you did! The laundry room is on my list, but I try to avoid going in there :). This came out so cute!

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  46. That looks great Kathe! What a great idea for the counter top! My hubbie now has a new project!
    Jenna

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  47. Wow, Kathe, it looks great! Enjoy!

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  48. Your laundry room came out great! I love the curtain.

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  49. Hey Kathe! Looks much better! Love the curtain and the counter top. Don't you love Ikea? I know I do! Thank you for sharing this project with us.

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  50. How fun - I love the WASH sign! Found you @ Adventures of a DIY Mom... I'm your newest follower!

    Have a great week!
    Danielle
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  51. That looks so GREAT Kathe.. I can't believe the difference a door color change makes! And I love the curtain. It came out great!

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  52. Wonderful transformation! Love your WASH sign and coat rack! I wish we lived closer to an Ikea. Closest one to us is about a 6 hour drive so can only make the trip once or twice a year. New follower visiting from PJH Designs Transformed Tuesdays.

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  53. What a beautiful laundry room! I love the counter you have over your set. Love it. Megan

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  54. Thanks for linking up with us at In And Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party with Feeding Big. I am in the middle of re-do/makeover for our bathroom. Lots of work but worth it.
    Dawn
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  55. Wow, so bright and fun. I Love it! You can link up with me for organization tactics/makeovers on Tuesdays. I just started a new series.

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  56. Great job! I am stopping by from i should be mopping the floor blog hop today! I would love a visit back!
    http://www.homemaker-mom.com/the-homemakers-journey-blog.html

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  57. Wow! It looks great. I Love the fabric you used for your little curtain. :) Awesome job! I'm your newest follower.

    Visiting from Craft o Maniac

    ~Emily @ Texas Life Blog

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  58. Kathe you are so creative! Great re-do! I love love love the curtain to hide the hoses and electrical! Thank you for sharing on Party In Polka Dots! I am also visiting your link from the party over at I Gotta Try That!

    Shelley

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  59. Saw this on the link up... Love the redo so simple and super cheap cant beat that.
    Danielle
    www.thesweetpeapod.blogspot.com

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  60. Looks so clean and organized!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. So many great ideas! I didn't know that Ikea has an 'as is' section. I'll have to find that the next time I go. We used table tops to make two desks and they work great! We just put them on some organizer cube shelves we already had, so we were able to make 2 desks for $12.00! You gotta love Ikea!

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  62. Awesome transformation! Love the curtain idea...my connections are visible too. Thanks for sharing your creativity and reveal, Kathy!

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  63. and in my rush to hit reply, I knew I misspelled your name. Sorry! :)

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  64. Great idea with the Ikea tabletop! Our laundry is in the walkway to the garage too, and I'm always wishing I had a place to fold the clothes from the dryer. The curtain is a cute touch. Visiting from Open House Party.

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  65. I love that little curtain! What a great idea & such a cute fabric. Also love your choice of paint colour. Very fresh.

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  66. I just love the frugal ideas you had with items from Ikea! And love the little curtain idea, I have ugly pipes showing in my laundry room, I'm going to try something like this. The signs are great, and the door looks good. Great job!

    Mary

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  67. Here from Delightful Order. I'd say get a short extension cord (1-3ft) then you can have the cord go down and then over, minimizing it's visibility.

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  68. I like it your Laundry Room . Looks so clean and organized.
    I'm from NO RULES Party!!
    I 'm your new follower if your like my blog follow back http://becreativemommy.blogspot.co.uk
    Joanna

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  69. I love this. My laundry room needs a good make over! Thanks for sharing Kathe.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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  70. Anything is worth making laundry more bearable! The room looks amazing, and I love your budget! I have a fond love of the "as-is" section in Ikea as well. Great finds!

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  71. Your laundry room looks so pretty! I love the signs and the curtain.

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  72. Looks great! Love that curtain fabric :)

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  73. Your laundry room looks so pretty! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  74. Hi Kathe!

    You did a great job! I love the curtains! I am your newest follower. I'm new to blogging and am enjoying all of the beautiful creativity from everyone. Would love for you to visit my blog Maddiebella Home, and follow me back.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    Betty (Maddiebella Home)

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  75. What a difference! I especially love the shelf and the little curtain you added. And .99 for cabinet doors? Awesome! :)

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  76. Hello!
    Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-2

    Kathie

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  77. LOVE a cute laundry room. True, my laundry room is one of my favorites in our house! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  78. OMGosh! Kathe, you did an amazing job!!! It's so cute and looks so organized. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  79. Looking great, Kathe! Btw, this is the week's fave post :) Thanks for joining CBPH!

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  80. This looks fantastic. I am going to have to pinch your idea for the little curtain and rail so I can hide some of the uglier laundry items that usually sit on the shelves in mine. Take care. Chel

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  81. cute! So true, helping make the laundry chore better is always a good thing! Thanks for sharing! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  82. Cute, cute Kathe! Love the fabric, and the tabletop was a smart idea. I have never checked out the as is dept. at Ikea. Never knew there was one. But then, I've only been there 3 or 4 times. The only suggestion I have for the cord is to cover it with a cute fabric. You know how they do with light cords? Thanks for sharing your sunny new laundry with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  83. How did I miss this? Wow, what a transformation! It almost makes me want to come do laundry over there, ALMOST. Great job! Love the little curtains.

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  84. I love the curtain to cover the cords and shut off valves. We are in the middle of redoing our laundry room that opens to our kitchen. I have been looking for a solution to hide our cords/valves/ drain and I think I will have to borrow your great idea. Thanks for the inspiring pictures.

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  85. Wow! This is so great! We're working on ours...thanks for the encouragement to keep on going! XO, Aimee

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  86. Wow, you did a great job Kathe! Your laundry room turned out wonderful and you did it on an amazing budget! Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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