October 29, 2012

Wayfair DIY Challenge – My Laundry Room

Have you heard of Wayfair? Their tagline is ‘a zillion things home’ and that pretty much sums it up, because if it’s for your home, they’ve got it. I was invited to participate in the Wayfair DIY Challenge and was given a product and that I used it to inspire a mini transformation in my home. Giftcards.com provided a gift card to use towards the transformation.
I chose this simple white pendant light
I knew it would be perfect in my laundry room. Our laundry room is used multiple times during the day, but it’s a room that I haven’t decorated. Painted in builder’s white, it had a small wire shelf, the washer and dryer. This simple pendant light was just the springboard I needed to jump into the project.

Here’s the before:

very basic, small laundry room with a very dim, builder-grade light.

As soon I got the white pendant light I started thinking of ways to transform the space, making it prettier and more functional.

I sketched out a simple plan:

And started on my lamp transformation…I knew I wanted to paint the light and use either fabric or paper and do a little decoupage.
I found this new product at JoAnn’s – it’s adhesive fabric paper:
 Neat, right?
I taped off the cord and placed the light in a box to spray paint it.
I chose this Krylon Gloss spray paint in ‘blue ocean breeze’.
Once the paint was set and dry, I got my supplies together – fabric paper, scissors, ric-rac ribbon, and Martha Stewart’s Satin Finish.
I trimmed the fabric paper and pieced it together around the bottom of the light, creating a wide border.
Then I added two coats of this satin finish to protect the fabric.
Then I attached the ric-rac ribbon on the top and bottom of the border with my glue gun.
Once the light was complete, I was ready to complete the room.
I painted the laundry room in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – I have this paint in the majority of my house – it’s the perfect neutral.
Then I installed this cafe shelf from Ballard Designs.
Once the shelf was installed we installed the light and added the laundry room essentials.
I put some not as pretty laundry items in this wicker basket, laundry detergent packs in the vintage Ball jar, and laundry whitener in this Anchor Hocking glass canister (from Target).
I had a little paint left over so I painted this metal container.
On the other side of the shelf, I placed a plastic tray (to keep any drips off the shelf), detergent, rags in the white bucket, and a couple decorations.

Here’s my laundry room after the Wayfair DIY Challenge. It’s amazing how one item can help to inspire a whole room transformation.
Disclosure: I was given the choice of a Wayfair product to use in my home to complete this challenge as well as a gift card from Giftcards.com to purchase supplies toward this project. You can follow Wayfair on Pinterest and Facebook to see more of their products.

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