One Room Challenge: First week

inspiration image via Design Inspirations, Inc.
It’s Week One, Day One of the One Room Challenge (ORC) and I’m thrilled to be participating once again (this is my third time)! The One Room Challenge is Linda from Calling It Home’s creation.
Twenty design bloggers will be redesigning a room in six short weeks.
Every Wednesday we’ll be posting our progress.
I always like to kick things off with an inspiration image.
It’s not only a great way to start a project but it’s a fun way to begin this post as well. 
In case you haven’t already guessed from the image above, I’m tackling our laundry room this time around.



As you can see from these “before” shots, our laundry room has a lot of potential.
Right now it’s just a dumping ground for random things and pretty much a big mess.
We moved into this house about a year and a half ago, and it’s been neglected ever since.
I’ve never had a laundry room this big and also one conveniently located on the second floor, where all the bedrooms are.
Between the space and location our laundry room has a lot going for it, but I’d love to get a more cohesive and overall pretty design happening in here.
First off, I know I want to replace the old dryer with a new dryer that matches the new washing machine.
I’m also going to switch out the sink faucet to something a bit more stylish.
Getting all the clutter and junk out and organizing this room better is going to make a huge difference. 
Ideally I’d love to rip out the tile floor and replace it with something with a lot of personality.
Speaking of ripping out, the beige counter tops have got to go, too.
I love the white cabinetry and the hardware, so those are going to stay.
The walls have a lot going on with different angles due to the attic type ceiling.
I’m trying to decide how to deal with them, paint or wallpaper?
I LOVE Schumacher’s Birds and Butterflies wallpaper (in the inspiration image above) and I’ve always wanted to do a room with it.
I’m going to order a sample from Decorator’s Best, a sponsor of the ORC.
While I’m at it, I’m ordering a bunch of other samples as well.
I’ll also be on the lookout for some pretty paint colors, thinking maybe dove white or a light shade of gray.
I’ve included a few more inspiration images of both painted and wallpapered laundry rooms below.

As you can see, I have no shortage of inspiration and ideas and a lot of choices to think about.

Most of the decisions will come down to price and availability, as there’s only six weeks to work with here.

I love the kick in the pants that this challenge provides, it’s a great way to motivate and get a room done.

Of course you won’t want to miss out on all the exciting projects going on with the rest of the ORC participants – go check them all out:
Claire Brody | The Curated House | Design Manifest | Driven by Decor | Honey We’re Home | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | My Sweet Savannah | Pencil and Paper Co. | The Pink Clutch | Savvy Home | Simplified Bee | Sketch 42 | Jill Sorensen | Orlando Soria | Thou Swell | The Vault Files | Waiting on Martha | The Zhush | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH 
inspiration laundry room images via:
Cameron Custom Houmes,
Home and Garden Design Ideas,
Studion M Interiors   
Suellen Gregory

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  1. Published on 4.6.16 · Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    This room definitely has great potential- I can't wait to see what you do with it! I was so excited to see you're doing the ORC again this year:)
    I used the birds and butterflies wallpaper in a little reading nook for my daughter and absolutely love it! All the black in the pattern really grounds it and makes it look so sophisticated.

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  3. Sue I always love following along on the ORC's. Your laundry room has so much potential!Love the blue and white wallpaper as well.

    The Arts by Karena

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  5. A laundry room is such a wonderful space to get creative in and do something fun. I look forward to your weekly progress.

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  6. Oh my gosh. I already have a feeling I'm going to be drooling over your transformation. What a great space. Cannot wait to see it on steroids with ORC madness and fun! πŸ˜‰

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  7. Your space is already great so I can't wait to see what you do. Love all the inspiration photos. You are so lucky to have the laundry room on the 2nd floor – very convenient! Can't wait to follow along!

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  8. Ok, I may need to move into your laundry room. It's fantastic. Love your inspiration.

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  9. Love the inspiration image!! There is so much potential…OMG this will be stunning!!

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  10. I can't wait to see how you "zhush" your laundry room! We have eaves in our upper rooms (my master bedroom, for one) and they are a royal pain to deal with. Love your inspiration photos!

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  11. It's sure to be beautiful, like everything you do!

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  12. Leslie wrote:

    Hi Sue, Wow! Lots of great ideas and you are starting with a nice sized space. I need to follow your progress as I have yet to anything to mine since we finished the house 8 months ago.. My room is a square space with ONLY my washer and dryer so I'm thinking open shelves and lots of counter space. We have a sink in our mudroom but not in the laundry room and I wish we'd designed that in. Have fun!

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  13. Vel Criste wrote:

    Can't wait! I know it's going to be fabulous!

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  14. Ivy wrote:

    Looking forward to more fab details.

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  15. Love the inspirational photos! As your third ORC you are certainly a pro now! πŸ™‚ This is my first time as a guest participant, so I can't wait to see all of your finished spaces! Best of luck! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

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  16. I am so jealous that you have a real laundry room…and that wallpaper with the dogs is to die for! Can't wait to see what you do with the space!

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  17. I am having "laundry room" envy! Love the inspiration images and can't wait to see what you do with yours.

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  18. What a great laundry room space and when you finish it will be prettier than any laundry room out there!! Excited to follow along.

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  19. Tilisa wrote:

    Your laundry room looks like such a great space with so much potential! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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