Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Guest Blogger: Jen from The Project Girl

This is Jen Allyson from The Project Girl, I am so excited to be guest blogging here at House of Turquoise. This is such an inspirational blog and I can't believe that my laundry room is now part of it!

My Husband, whom I refer to as "Mr. Project" has been fulfilling all my dreams this past year as he completely gutted and renovated our new home. We've completed so many projects like our Guest Bathroom, Master Bathroom, and biggest of all our Kitchen.

Our most recent project is my new shiny laundry room. When Mr. Project suggested we paint the cabinets blue, I was giddy with anticipation of my new turquoise laundry room. And the final product was even better than I could have imagined.

Our house is 35 years old, and this is the dingy and boring laundry room that we started out with. The floor is kind of charming with the retro hexagons, but the cabinets were cheap and outdated and the whole room just felt dark.

During the main overhaul renovation, we had the walls smoothed and painted SW Sea Salt as well as all the trim and casings updated. But after a year we were itching to gut it too and make a beautiful room.

And after we got our hands on it, this is the final product:

Now if that's not a HUGE transformation, I don't know what is. I know most people might have just painted the old cabinets and put on shiny new hardware, but I'm super lucky because Mr. Project has a wood shop and can build cabinets from scratch.

So knowing that the sky was the limit, I made a plan for my husband to start with. I decided on some open shelving to keep the space airy, added space for a sink, and then optimized the remaining space for storage and a big rolling hamper cart.

I also knew that I wanted a white marble floor in a herringbone pattern. So we found some affordable marble tile at Home Depot and had our tile guy go for it. It turned out absolutely stunning, and I wish the photos did it justice! Here's a quick close-up:

While the floor was being installed, Mr. Project built the new cabinets, doors, and countertops, and then once the floor was done, he expertly installed them all including the shelving and drawers. And when that was done he installed wood planking behind the shelves and as a backsplash.

Once everything was installed, he painted the cabinets KM Acapulco Aqua, the backsplash SW Duck White, and stained the alder countertop Minwax Jacobean. It was so much fun to see the space start to come together!

The last part was to hang the painted doors and install the lovely Strand pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware.

I added some accessories, and our laundry room renovation was complete!

I absolutely adore this room, The turquoise is just the right shade - not to bright, not to dull, and it makes the space such a fun place to be - which is exactly what you want out of a laundry room!

And to spice up the other side of the room we added a board & batten wall, and I'm going to frame some papers that I designed:

Well that's our new and very turquoise laundry room. You can see more laundry photos, house projects, and free downloads on my site TheProjectGirl.com

Thanks so much for taking a look at my pretty laundry room!

- Jen Allyson

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!


Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

Oh I love this room. I think doing laundry in a room like this would be FAR more tolerable. Excellent color choices.

Anonymous said...

Perfect!!! The color would make me want to do laundry and I like your dark wood table top for folding. -Monica

MJ said...

Super design details - I love the rich wood counter: what a high end finish and not typical!!

Lisa said...

Jen, You did an excellent job! And your husband is very talented! Thanks for sharing.

Merlin said...

Clean and fresh...and that's not even the laundry!!! franki

Lisa said...

What a bright and beautiful laundry room! Love it!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

LOVE it ! Looks great! I can't believe you didn't keep that floor (jk!)

Katherine said...

Well this makes doing laundry a lot more pleasant - the colour is happy. Mr. Project did a great custom job, it looks great.

Ashley said...

i love the cabinets, how lucky that the mister can just craft those up. also love the floor!

Anonymous said...

It looks amazing, but who in the world would put marble in a laundry room? It's asking for slips and major problems with staining. Pretty but not practical.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this lovely project.

Pamela Walker said...

I love the gorgeous home. Everything is perfect here.

Silvia Home Decor said...

I love the colour and everything!

Rosemary said...

Yay Project Girl... You knocked it out of the ballpark!

Linda said...

Jen, I would serve cocktails in it if that were my laundry room! Very nice job and well thought out. Congrats to you and Mr. Project!

Seaside Interiors said...

Amazing!!! I love the softer turquoise color on the cabinetry! The floors are gorgeous and I may have to look at restoration hardware for those handles. Way to GO!

mog said...

Absolutely lovely, adore the tile floor and of course all the turquoise on cabinets and walls.

Looked at your other pages, all very spiffy.

Jean said...

Awesomeness. Love the step by step narrative.

Raquel said...

Those are amazing renovations!

How2home said...

There isn't a thing i don't like about this laundry room! The turquoise cabinetry is beautiful and the new flooring is amazing! Great makeover!

BarbLed said...

Love this laundry room. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Jone Mark said...

nice post thanks for posting i will read this post another time
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