Laundry Room Reveal

11.14.2011

Before you scroll down to the photos please run and grab a pair of sunglasses. I would hate for you to be blinded by the brightness. The bright walls are soooooo much better than the dark drab ones in here before.

Just a quick reminder of this room before.

Okay, put on those sunglasses.
Sunny and bright! The new color is Hawthorne Yellow by Benjamin Moore. It was hard choosing a color for this windowless room. This color actually looks creamier on walls where outside light comes in.

I was thrilled when Cutting Edge Stencils offered me a stencil to try. I chose the Brocade No.1 stencil in small. It adds just enough color to break up all the yellow.

The stenciling was very easy to do. I highly recommend getting the stencil level. Mine would have surely been crooked if I had not used the level. From start to finish it took about an hour to do this room.
I used the white semi gloss trim paint that is used in our house called Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.

Do you remember the flower wallpaper border that was in here. I am sure it is burned in your mind forever. We could not get it down without major wall damage so I thought we could just add a strip of trim to the bottom of the border and then I would just paint over the border and trim in the white trim paint and make it look like molding added to the room. I had painted three coats of the white on and the flowers just kept popping through. Mr. Savvy, who added the trim, also added a piece at the top because it would not have looked right with just the bottom strip. Thanks, dear. I ended up grabbing the can of my kitchen wall color paint and painted two more coats to finally finish. I kind of like the different color up there. I left the ceiling as it was. I just did not want to paint the ceiling, too. That kills my neck.

To glam up the room a little I hung these two lithographs in here by Rodo Boulanger that I had stored away. So glad to have these out again to enjoy.



Added some pottery to the top of the cabinet. More things that were stored away.

I started to add a regular laundry room vinyl sign in here, but when I came across this quote I knew I wanted it in here instead.

The table between the washer and dryer used to be used as an extra kitchen island in the kitchen and recently was just stored behind the door in the laundry room. This was a free table that we had trim added to and then Mr. Savvy tiled the top of it and I painted it of course. This table will be good to fold laundry on as it comes out of the dryer. It feels so good to be more organized in here.

It has two rooster hooks on the front where I used to hang potholders. I painted and distressed the legs red years ago. I may paint this table again with chalk paint and change it up.

Red striped rugs by Dash & Albert.

Vintage wicker basket holds freshly laundered flannel sheets. Getting the flannels ready for the colder nights.

I purchased this little bag for clothespins long time ago just to add whimsy in here.

Filled it up with vintage clothespins. I remember helping my mom hang out the laundry when I was a child before the dryers for the home became popular.

This blue and white stone wastebasket was purchase on clearance at Steinmart several years ago. It was originally, believe it or not, $75 and I got it for $15.



Not a glamorous room, but certainly better than any laundry room I have had. Mine have always just been plain Jane and strictly utilitarian. First one was out in the garage and then it moved to the basement for twenty years so this one is much better. Hopefully it will stay neat and organized.
It is a lot easier to actually enjoy doing laundry in pretty surroundings.

Have a super duper week!

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If you want to try the stencil I did just go to Cutting Edge Stencils. Or try another one. They have several to choose from.

93 comments:

  1. Oh what a pleasure it would be to do my work in your new laundry room. Yellow is my favorite color and I love the stencils you did.
    It's all a lot of work, but it's so worth it.
    Beautiful place to do the laundry, Char

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  2. It looks fabulous Kim.. This is a room that will bring a smile to your face even though you have to do laundry in there.

    great stenciling you did too~!

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  3. You did it, made it bright, cheerful and so much fun, Happy wash, dry and fold.Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  4. Love your laundry room makeover! The new color is bright and cheery, and the stencil adds just the right amount of interest.

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  5. I like this brighter yellow much better than the gold you had in there. And I like the way the white stencil breaks up the yellow. The whole room looks very nice. If you ever have to paint over wallpaper again you might want to use Binz or Kilz. One light coat and it keeps it from bleeding through. It looks very nice though, now that it is covered up. I like the trim Mr.Savvy added. It really finishes the room off! NICE JOB KIM...NOW what are you going to do?;>) xo Diana

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  6. You did a fabulous job Kim. I love the stenciling and how you painted over the wall paper border and added trim. Great idea! It is now a bright and lovely place for doing your laundry!

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  7. What a beautiful and cheerful room! You did such a great job on it. I love your solution for covering the border up there...clever and unique!

    ♥Linsey

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  8. So pretty and I love the stencils. The decal is icing on the cake! Now, time to do the laundry...
    Best,
    Susan

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  9. Wow Kim, what a transformation! I absolutely love the new paint color/colors, and the stencil pattern. It adds so much elegance to the room. And that quote by Emerson is one of my favorites. I loved hanging laundry on the line too when I was a kid. Even though we had a dryer, there is nothing like sleeping on line dried sheets!

    Enjoy your beautiful new space!

    Kat :)

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  10. You have such a fun, fun laundry room. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Haven

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  11. Beautiful makeover Kim! I love your bright walls and the stencil you chose! Your new room should make folding laundry fun! : )

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  12. I like the new changes in laundry room....The stencil and the quote are my favorites......

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  13. Your laundry room turned out so cheerful and pretty! I really like the colorscheme in there. The stencils are a great addition too. You know I just thought of something cute you could do in there. You could add a curtain panel on a tension rod hung between the two front legs of that table. Then it would provide hidden storage for you and look cute too.

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  14. What a pretty room, you made it very warm and inviting to do laundry. I have used the Hawthorn Yellow on furniture. It is a very pretty color. Love all your accents in the room so pretty.

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  15. Very pretty Kim! I love the wall color and the stencil.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  16. Wow, that is gorgeous Kim. I love it! The stencils are really neat. :)

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  17. Looks really good Kim! I love the different colors. I'm a "white" ceiling person, but I do like them painted other colors, just not bold enough myself. :(

    Great room!

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  18. I have a tiny windowless laundry room and I recently pulled everything out to reorganize it. There must be something in the air! I'll be posting about it this week and I'll link up to your weekly party. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  19. Kim, what a great update to your laundry room! It is so cheery and bright! Makes doing the laundry feel like less of a chore. I love that you used a lot of things that you already had. Very pretty!

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  20. This is just LOVELY! I love the bright, cheery color, and the stencil just makes it even better! Love, love, LOVE!

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  21. Bright and beautiful.
    I love the quote - a perfect touch.

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  22. Your laundry room is very pretty and bright with some lovely accent pieces. It was a great idea putting that little table between washer and dryer to give you more surface space. Great job!

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  23. Love how you just painted over your border! The different color really does add another layer of interest. The stencil and the quote are just perfect. Makes me want to do an overhaul of mine.

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  24. This is absolutely lovely! I'm sure I would be much more productive in a laundry room such as yours. I actually love to do laundry & iron too - strange huh? But i chose not to go to my ugly basement that often... Love your work! Blessings!

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  25. I haven't been here in a while...so I am catching up! You have been busy [of course I am not surprised!]..Love the new laundry room look. Those vintage close pins are so cute!

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  26. Looks great Kim! I love the quote you added....great touch to a laundry room.

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  27. Well I am in love with your Savvy Southern laundry room!!! Love the yellow, love the stencil, love the little table with tile and red legs, the clothespin bag with the cutey-patooty sign, the pics, the rugs, the basket, the trim that covers the wall paper and aren't y'all geniuses not to spend 43 years trying to get that mess down?!?! love your new Savvy laundry room so much that I hope some day to come by and do a load of mine there, just for the, you know, experience. Great fantastic job!

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  28. wow, that elegant stencil really dresses it up! just gorgeous!

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  29. To. Die. For. I would give anything to have a laundry room like this. You did a fantastic job and what a lot of work. Putting the table between the washer and dryer made the whole room. Mr. Savvy is a gem. I'm done gushing now...

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  30. I love it! And I am inspired! Thank you!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  31. Such a cheerful looking laundry room Kim and I love the stencil. Seeing yours now makes me want to lighten mine up. That will be a good winter project. Martina

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  32. The laundry room looks GREAT! But, I have a question??? In the first picture the W and D are right next to each other and there iosn't room for anything else. Did you put them on a different wall???? Love the wall letters and the table. I have to put my laundry on the kitche table to fold it:( XO, Pinky

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  33. Can I sleep in there Kim? It is so beautiful...love it all. Patty

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  34. Wow! I love everything about it from the sunny color to the stencils, sentiment and the fab little table... Beautiful.

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  35. I enjoyed this Kim. I believe that a too-fussy laundry room is just silly. Laundry rooms are work rooms and to try to gussy them up too much with things that have no business in them is just not right. Your room says 'open for business' in a very pretty way.

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  36. Great job! I love the color and the stencil, it gives it a warm feeling. I bet laundry won't seem like such a chore now.

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  37. Love it all! I especially love the little trim idea. It's got me thinking! Hope your Sunday is grand. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  38. I love it, Kim! This turned out great! Those lithographs are so fun and happy and really suit this room. Love the stencil. I have a couple of stencil projects to work on, too. Thankfully, I got the level! The table is a great little addition between the washer and dryer and I love the vinyl quote you added. I've been looking at the laundry themed ones; I had one in our laundry area in the old house and really loved it. Since you see our laundry area when you come into the new place from the garage, maybe a nicer quote is the way to go. Try and make it feel more like part of the house than just the laundry room.

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  39. Kim, The room turned out wonderful! Very pretty and I love the wall color and stencil.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  40. This is so well done Kim..just fantastic! Love the stencil too.

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  41. Happy Laundry Indeed. That stencil is beautiful.

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  42. I love it! That stencil looks great and I love the idea you had to cover the border. I have border up in my laundry room (what was I thinking!!!) that I am having a fit trying to get off. I may have to "borrow" your idea!

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  43. It is perfect and how great to have the little table in there too. The trim idea below the stencil is grand, I am sending that idea to my daughter.

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  44. What a fun place to do laundry!
    tot

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  45. Kim this is marvelous, I just got one of their stencils...what did you use, a roller or brush?

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  46. Kim, this turned out wonderful! I love the stenciled wall...

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  47. Kim this came out fabulous. I just text your link to my mom so she can enjoy it as well.

    Paula

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  48. Ya "done good", Kim. Love the color and really love the color of the ceiling and the crown treatment that Mr. Savvy did. Your table is great. I'd love to have a laundry room instead of a laundry closet. I like your red striped rugs too.

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  49. Kim, it's so bright and cheerful! I love your rooster hooks! Your table is perfect too! It looks amazing!

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  50. The new paint color looks great and the stencil makes the room. Because I have a slight hoarding problem, I'd have to add some shelves on each side to put all of my 'stuff'. I admire you for keeping it organized and simple. ;o)

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  51. Love it! It is so warm and welcoming and what a spot to do laundry! I have the same stencil in my living room I think. The trim solution to the border is perfect. All in all one I bet this is one satisfying makeover!

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  52. Your laundry room looks amazing! The stenciling looks wonderful! What a pleasure it'd be to do laundry in a room so sunny and bright. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Kim, you've inspired me to do something with my laundry room. And that is saying a lot. Carol

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  54. Beautiful and functional! I have a few Boulanger lithographs myself ~ love how whimsical they are. Super makeover, Kim!

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  55. okay, so suddenly i have the urge to re-do my laundry room so that i can feel as happy as you must feel when you walk into that GORGEOUS room!! way to go kim, as always, beautiful vision!

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  56. WOW! Love it, Kim!!! You know I especially love the quote!! Very nice job on the stenciling. Looks great! It would feel so different doing laundry in a room like this (mine needs a makeover in the worst kind of way!)! blessings ~ tanna

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  57. Your stenciling looks great! I also love how you worked around the border - so smart! Does it make doing the laundry any easier? ;) That is my one nemesis when it comes to "keeping house" - the dang laundry! UGH- maybe if I made my laundry room look pretty like yours it wouldn't feel like such a chore!

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  58. What a pretty way to dress up a laundry room. If mine looked like that I might not mine doing laundry!

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  59. What a great transformation! Loving the stencil!

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  60. Fabulous job! I really like the stencil and the trim work. xo ~Liz

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  61. Hi Kimmie! I love your laundry room and the color is gorgeous and the stencil! You did a super job!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  62. Your laundry room looks great, Kim! I love the stencil and the table for folding!

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  63. It looks wonderful, love the stencil and table! I need to put my laundry room on the to-do list!
    Debbie

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  64. I love your laundry room Kim. It's bright yet feels so happy and vibrant.

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  65. What a fancy laundry room. I think I wouldn't mind folding towels if I could do it here.

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  66. You did a beautiful job! The stencil looks wonderful and I love the trim at the top. I think the pops of red are just perfect! Looks great!!!

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  67. What great transformation, Kim! You did a great job on the stencil! It turned out so pretty!

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  68. Now, I wouldn't mind doing laundry in this pretty room....my utility closet is yellow, too. Just makes ya feel happy to look at it.:))
    xo bj

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  69. What a great laundry room ... so cheery. It is hard to find a nice shade of yellow ... this one looks great. Love your clothes pin bag too!:)

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  70. I love your new laundry room and the stencils are a great touch. I love those tiles on the table...where did you find them? Would love to have those!! The only suggestion I might make is to put some cute knobs on that cabinet for a touch of whimsey. You are such a painting fool! Way to go :)

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  71. Gorgeous!!...can I bring my laundry over???
    xo, Mariaelena

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  72. Nanci, those tiles were purchased probably 13 years ago from Lowe's or Home Depot. I don't think they would still be available, but they might.

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  73. Kim I love your laundry!! I love each and every single special touch. It's such a happy room. I also have just a peek of a laundry room and that's fine by me since we don't spend much time in there.

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  74. The laundry room turned out great, love the stencils and the quote. I honestly don't think I would get any laundry finished in there, I would be to busy just looking at it! :o)

    Have a wonderful week.

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  75. Your laundry room is fabulous! I love the stencil.

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  76. I love the bright yellow. Makes me happy just looking at it. The stencil looks fabulous. Another great transformation!

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  77. It looks really good! I so need to do something in my laundry room. It's just plain, plain, plain.

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  78. I love everything about it! Beautiful!

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  79. It's a wonderful bright room. I love the quote on the wall! A perfect reminder.. what a treasure the blue and white is.. the double crown modeling effect is so rich looking.. hugs ~lynne~

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  80. Kim:

    I'm just loving this makeover!

    Favorites? The wonderful stencil, the vintage laundry bag, the sweet table and the "non" laundry room quote that I'd love to read as I'm folding : ).

    You sure are good!

    Your friend,

    Cori

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  81. Kim, you are the only one I know who has made a laundry room look so warm and inviting. LOVE the stencil, and the clothespin bag.

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  82. You did such a great job on the stenciling. I love the way it brightened up the room. I'm sure you love going in there now. The clothespin bag would make a good lost sock bag for me. I have a ton of unmatched socks!

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  83. Love your new laundry room. It might even be fun to do laundry in such a cute space.

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  84. I love, love, love your laundry room, and I am now totally addicted to your blog. Thanks for all the wonderful posts. Truly, I look forward to them every day.

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  85. Hi Kim,

    Wow, what a lovely sunny place to do the weekly laundry...So bright! All of the attention to detail is amazing!
    Love that you painted over that old border certainly saved you a lot of time. I like the way it draws your eyes up to the ceiling making the room feel larger...Excellent teamwork!!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  86. Fabulous! I love yellow! I have been researching a little laundry revamp I am planning so I was soooo happy to see you did a post on yours! I LOVE those dash and albert rugs. I have several and I love how they wash so great! Your blog is always such a great source of inspiration and yet you are sooooo friendly and fun! Thank you for the time you spend blogging and I hope you have have a great day!

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  87. Oh Kim!
    It turned out great!
    I love the three tones near the ceiling too. You are so fortunate to have those high ceilings. I just found a wallpaper that reminds me now of your stenciled walls. They look terrific!
    Thanks for telling us about the level too. That is a good tip and I did not even know they had such things!

    Love it all.
    xx
    a

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  88. A very beautiful place to do your laundry! Great job. sandie

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  89. I know EXACTLY where your laundry room redo excitement is coming from. I redid ours this past summer, and I am in love..I didn't mind doing laundry before, but now I REALLY don't mind. Here is a link to ours:
    http://myfavoritefinds.blogspot.com/2011/07/laundry-room-redo.html

    Nicely done!

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  90. I need to use a stencil on my bright yellow office walls. I love the color, but it could stand to be broken up a bit.

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  91. Love this and can't believe I missed this makeover!

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  92. I am very impresses and inspired. Beautiful make-over. Love it all.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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