Monday, April 29, 2013

Laundry Room Progress

Hello Lovelies.  In true bad blogger fashion, I have been missing in action for the last two weeks.  Where does time go?

I was a busy bee this weekend and updated our laundry room.  It all started with my mom's bathroom.  How are the two related, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you.  For my mama's birthday (can you tell I'm Southern since I say Mama?), I made her a new shower curtain from Brunschwig & Fils iconic Le Lac.  This, of course, led to other changes in the bathroom (Thank the Lord!) which included new lighting.  We picked out a vintage chandelier before hanging the valance in the room.  When it arrived it did not work in her bathroom, but was *perfect* for my laundry room.  Lemons and lemonade, right?

On Saturday I got to work transforming the little beauty.  My husband thought I was nuts.  What is it about spray painting a chandelier Rustoleum's Safety Red that men don't understand???  Here she is in all her glory.

Isn't she a beauty?  Original "Made in Italy" tag intact.  At this point I was completely smitten.  And then I realized something important.  There were two links of chain left and about twelve inches of wire.  Not nearly enough for our laundry room that has 12' ceilings.   The chain was an easy fix, I just painted some extra that I had on hand from other fixtures I've hung.  The short wire meant I had to re-wire the darn thing.  It's not difficult, just kind of a pain.  So I got busy and about thirty minutes later she was ready to replace the monstrosity that was living in our laundry room.  Want to see?  While we are looking at ugly, I may as well show you how bad the laundry room looked.  Prepare yourself.

In came the ladder and out came that horrible 4' fluorescent light.  I must admit that some very un-ladylike language was muttered while removing it.  It was not heavy, but each end was secured with the World's.  Longest.  Screws.  Imagine me standing on a ladder, holding up the fixture while trying to unscrew this bad boy.  

Yes, that's a quarter next to that screw.  

Two gaping holes and some crumbling plaster?  I'll take that any day and be happy to do the sheetrock repair if it means no more fluorescent.

Are you ready to see the pretties?  After all this whining and ugly, I'm sure you are!  

Brunschwig & Fils Le Lac relaxed roman shade and Les Touches runner

Notice the vintage tissue holder?  It now holds my dryer sheets.  *Genius*

Italian Tole Chandelier

Still a few things I'd like to do in here.  I'll be sure to keep you updated with any progress.  In the meantime, here is a source list:

Runner - Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches available from House of Pemberley
Roman Shade - Brunschwig & Fils Le Lac available from House of Pemberley
Chandelier - Vintage painted Rustoleum Safety Red
Wall Paint - Martha Stewart Bakery Box White

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you enjoy the new laundry room as much as I do.  Oh and PS - I actually did do all the laundry in the before photos.  Promise.




  1. Hi Kimber,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you did, so I could find yours. I've long been familiar with your Etsy store but didn't realize you had a blog. Yay! Your laundry rooms looks better than 95% of my entire house. I would kill for some Le Lac fabric. B&F have some killer fabrics, no? And that chandelier - love! For some reason (temporary insanity, maybe), I didn't buy one of those when I had the chance. Oh, the regret. Can't wait to see more of your home!

  2. My laundry room is going to be so embarrassed. It looks fantastic, and would you believe I have your chandelier's twin in my guest bath- in green.. I also have one I got for a client who changed her mind. What?

  3. Oh my word- love! Of course I first noticed the vintage light, but everything is great too. The roman shade fabric...and the runner over your washer and dryer. Awesome way to incorporate fabric in a laundry room.

  4. This is fabulous! I die over that chandelier- never thought to hang something like that in a laundry room, but what a great idea. I bought several yards of Le Lac on ebay a few months ago, but it must be a different colorway than yours. Mine seems to be more of an earth tone palette. I'll have to look again. I like your colorway much better.