Laundry Room In Progress



I’ve been meaning to get around to changing up our laundry room.  And clearly that has everything to do with this chalkboard bedroom.

Ahhh, our laundry room.  I think the door has been closed twice since we moved in two and a half years ago.  It’s just easier to keep it open.  But, when someone is standing on our porch with the front door open, you can practically see straight into this room and it’s so boring and non-UMPHy.  Even though we are renting there are times it’s worth it to put a little money into the house.  The selves were serving no one well–there’s not enough clearance to hang something from them and wire shelves aren’t very pretty.  And really I don’t need that storage, as you can see the top shelf is empty.

We even have a pretty little window that lets in a flood of light.

Which is good because this micro fluorescent leaves a lot to be desired.

Naturally, I made a little laundry room pinboard at Pinterest.  I kept pinning chalkboard walls so that told me something.

So I decided to do the back wall in chalkboard paint. And the other three walls got a fresh coat of white.  Funny, if this were my house I’d just stop the paint all crazy like in the photo.  But then I remembered that the owners would see it when we move out and I want them to feel good about it, so even though you and I both know that anyone who lives here will always have a washer and dryer covering up the bottom of this wall–I wanted it to look better for showings if the house were empty one day.  So, today I’m going to go back and paint a crisp line and even paint the bottom half in white.

Actually, now that I look at it, I might just paint it all chalkboard.  I thought I would need to save the paint for a second coat but it looks like one coat is enough–anyone have experience with this?  Should I paint a second coat to be safe?

I can’t wait to prime the wall with chalk, Janell always makes it look so fun.

I wish I had a pretty finished photo to show but this will have to do.  There’s the light I’m planning on putting in the laundry room–the one I told you had been sitting on the floor around the house since October.  And you can see the two shelves that will go on the chalkboard wall right there leaning against the hutch.    The light and shelves are from Ikea although I think the light has been discontinued.

So far I’ve spent::

  • $15 Chalk paint
  • $60 Lack Wall shelves {they were $30 each when I bought them but now they are on sale for $20!}
  • $50 for the basket light–I’ll probably take it with us when we move unless I’m tired of it or too lazy to take it down

The owners of this home have been so kind to us.  And it’s been fun to do a few little makeovers that we hope will add value to their home and also really increase our enjoyment of their home while we live here.  Would I pay to put down all new wood floors in a house I’m renting?  Nope. But spending a hundred dollars for a major wow factor that also makes the house look a little more updated?  Sure!


  1. That bedroom is awesome!

  2. I love chalkboard walls – we have one at our cabin. I bet yours will look great.

  3. I would suggest painting 2 coats if you are going to write on the wall. I painted chalk board paint on a door once and whenever I would clean it really well with a wet rag the paint would start to come off in places, so I would neet to put on another coat. I can’t wait to see it when you are done!

  4. i love how bold you’ve gotten with decorating your home over the last year!!! :D

  5. Looking good! That light is going to be fantastic. I recently re-did my laundry room, too. We had that fabulous (not!) fluorescent light also and just changing that one thing made a huge difference, but I added some fun gallery walls and bright colors too. I still love it 6 months later, which says a lot for me…I constantly change my mind!
    Anxious to see yours all finished!

  6. Do at least 2 coats and paint them in opposite directions. It really does make a difference.

  7. We have a half chalkboard wall in our hall for our girl to color on. I would go with two coats. And be sure to prep it – after letting it dry longer than you want to (3 days or so), use the side of a piece of chalk and rub down the whole thing. Then use a cloth to rub it all in. That will prevent the first thing you write on it for being their permanently.

  8. Would you be interested in renting my house for a while, then I’ll move back in. I’d pay you to stay here and do that to my house!

    • Me next!

      • Haha!

        Seriously, as a current renter/former owner, I love that you are willing to upgrade a rental, and not see it as a waste of money. Truly, what in this housing market has a return for our money anyway other than daily enjoyment of our homes?!

  9. I want that light! That’s awesome. I’m trying to get up the nerve to tear apart my similarly boring laundry “space”. I can’t even call it a room…more like a closet. Maybe I need a fabulous light like that to inspire me.

  10. Such a fun thing to do. I love it. Two everybody says.

  11. 2 coats, maybe 3! More is better than less. The wait time is annoying, but I hope it looks great in the end!

  12. I love the idea & look of a chalk board wall, but oh the chalk dust! ACK! A fine messy line of powder on the floor in front of the offending wall… Am I the only one who has this strong aversion?? I guess it won’t really affect you since your dust will fall behind your machines… But have you ever tried chalk ink pens? {wow, I sound like a “paid advertisement,” ew} I heart them & use them all the time on the little chalk board in our kitchen. They are wet erase markers made to write on chalk boards (or plastic or glass or metal), and they come in a barrage of colors! Lovely and highly addictive.

  13. Yes! You need that second coat – paint the bottom white! Love your blog! xo

  14. I have that light hanging over my dining table. It’s fantastic. I love it so much. Maybe you can see it in a couple of weeks. May the odds be ever in your favor… for that to happen.

  15. Kristan Martin says

    I just painted the closet doors in our bedroom with chalkboard paint. It was my husband’s idea. I think he wants to write me love notes…

  16. I have laundry room envy.
    (Wish we had a great window in our room!)
    Ours is below ground, facing a driveway.
    Yeah, we have a window…but we need a little privacy more than daylight!)

  17. Oh can’t wait to see the finished product! I know you will create something beautiful!

  18. I love love love your china cabinet (or would you call it a hutch?) I love the turquoise pop of color. I think it’s awesome that you are not afraid to show us the work in progress. Maybe more of us should be that honest about our lives too. Okay, I think I’m having one of those PMS overanalzying things day.

  19. I’m curious how chalk paint REALLY is to clean/or wipe of the chalk when you want to write something different.

    • you know, you can ALMOST use chalk on just regular walls, just rub it with chalk first and erase the whole thing. It’s not ideal, but it’s chalk, it comes off. I’ve used it on a non chalk painted piece of furniture and it worked fine. Anyone want to test out that theory?

  20. I am always inspired and motivated to do those projects in our rental, whenever I visit here.

    Chalkboard paint always makes me squeamish because I just shudder when I think about the texture of it and (omg) accidentally trailing a fingernail on it. Seriously- that is why I cannot have it in my house, no matter how much I like the look of it.

    You are thoughtful to paint below the washer/dryer. It would be waaaay tempted to skimp on that part.

  21. Thank you for the heads up on the basket light being marked down! I’ve wanted it forever and scored one today at my Ikea! Can’t wait to see your finished room!

  22. I find that 2 coats work best too. Sorry.

    And I just got some chalk board markers for Christmas and I LOVE them. They are like paint pens. You can find them on Amazon.

    Can’t wait to see the room all finished!

  23. In our last apartment we bought a kitchen base cabinet and countertop (stock from Lowe’s) and left them there when we moved. They were good landlords and we wanted to leave them with a parting gift. It’s the way I want to be remembered, as leaving things better than when I found them. Not perfect, but better.


  24. oh, to have a window in the laundry room. i didn’t know until this house that that would be on my “forever house” list. it makes such a difference, i imagine! love the idea of a chalk wall in there…look forward to the after photos!

  25. I admire your attitude about doing lovely things to your rental house, knowing others will enjoy your upgrades, and as a kindness to your landlords. Givingness is a gift of the heart!

  26. Such a cool idea, I have half a mind to buy a bunch of that paint when i move and copy you! haha :)

  27. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

  28. Remove door.

    Install closet ole holders, 3 bucks, white plastic.

    Wooden dowel cut to fit.

    Sew a curtain or a 60″-wide length of fabric. Hem the bottom.

    Fold over the top and pinch wooden curtain rings spaced evenly on the top of the length of fabric.

    Quiet, adorable doorless beauty.

    Lean the door somewhere to be cute.

  29. Love love love the chalkboard wall! Great idea for sprucing up your laundry room. We just finished a big laundry room project (our W/D was previously in our garage and we built a space off from the kitchen to inclose the W/D to create a “room”) and I SO WISH I would have thought to do one wall a chalkboard wall.

  30. I am new to your blog and just love your hutch! Can you tell me where you got it and what paint colors you used?


  31. you made me LOL with the “if this were my house” comment. i did stop painting in my laundry room (and didn’t make a nice even line) and promptly forgot all about it. UNTIL we sold our house and i was mortified when the new owners came to do their walk through. Ooops!!!!

    she was great about it and said, that’s ok, i’m going to put my washer/dryer right back and nobody will ever know.

    Love the look, can’t wait to see the finished product!

  32. What a fun idea for a laundry room! This is my first RSS post I’ve received from you and I can’t wait for the next one. I especially can’t wait to see the final reveal on your laundry room. You will post it, won’t you? Smiles, Lesli :)

  33. I think you and I have twin laundry rooms except my door doesn’t look directly at the machines. Can’t wait to see what you do! (May take a little less brain power for me…)

  34. Your chalkboard wall looks great so far! I can’t wait to see your finished laundry room.

  35. I never would have thought to do chalkboard in the washroom, but that’s pretty clever. I really like the basket light!

  36. Definitely do the two coats and as much as it PAINED me to wait the true curing time, you need to wait the few days to let it dry and then you can cover it with chalk and let your creativity run wild. Here’s the one I did in my 8 year old’s room and I used to go up there each day and stare at it thinking, “it’s been long enough, hasn’t it!” LOL!

  37. I’m obsessed with chalk paint. It started in my classroom ( I’m a 5th grade teacher.) I painted our classroom door and let the kids sigh their name under the logo. Then I painted cabinet doors to write the date and classroom jobs. My teacher friend painted the front of her desk adn wrote a letter to her students on the front.

    I recently painted my kitchen door and turned it into a huge calendar and to-do list. I LOVE it!

    I’ve seen some cute rooms where they’ve painted the whole wall…I wish I could be that brave.

  38. So exciting! The chalkboard looks awesome.

    I did a teeny tiny chair makeover this weekend and thought of you – it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful – as I did it. If you’d like to see it, here it is:

  39. Something just clicked for me. You are always updating and putting money into a home you know you will move out of sooner than later because you rent. We own our home and have the possibility of moving due to hubby’s job maybe in a month or maybe in 5 years or maybe never and I get so hung up on putting money into the house because of that possible move that could never happen. I need to just get over it, make it how I want it and enjoy it while we’re here. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and have known you rented but just had that Ah-ha moment. Wanted to say thanks for helping me figure that out. :)

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