Basement Laundry Room

The Blue Laundry Room Door

The laundry room looked like this a couple of weeks ago.

There is still a bit of work to be done before I show you the finished room, but it’s looking much better now that the back door has been replaced. It’s been painted a beautiful robin’s egg blue too!

I picked up a couple of matching accessories when I was at IKEA last weekend. I don’t remember where I picked up that little geometric mug, but isn’t it cute? It’s more orange than the red washer and dryer, but close enough.

Now I’ll need something to put in those pots. Any recommendations for houseplants that survive neglect?

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    Eye charts
    March 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Just lovely! I was also just at Ikea over the weekend and picked up those same accessories. I could not resist.

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    Laurie G.
    March 12, 2011 at 2:35 am

    jade plant

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    March 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

    someone mentioned “zamiouculas” FYI -it is poisonous if injested……. i know you have cats, don’t know if they frequent the basement but thought i would mention it.

    also, am i seeing things or does the door match the color of your sewing machine? too cute. love the blue with the red in here!

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    whatever DeeDee Wants
    March 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    It looks great. I love it!

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    March 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Since it is a laundry room, something casual like rooting a sweet potato for a vine would be fun and easy

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    March 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    My new favorite (and easy to care for) houseplant is Jade – also some succulents would look adorable.

    LOVE that blue door – what a difference a little paint makes.

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    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Sanseveria (aka snake plant)

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    March 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    what a great color choice for the door! it looks fantastic. what about succulents? my favorites because of the modern look & because everything else dies on me.

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    March 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    It’s going to be beautiful and the little orangey-red and white face is great. Lucky you!!

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    Down Comforter
    March 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Looks Like a whole new laundry room! the the blue and red together!

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    March 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    I am loving the basement reno. It’s looking incredible *of course I had high expectations*. Ironically we bought the same floor tile for our bathroom remodel, I love it!

    I have an off-topic question…could you recommend a beginners sewing machine? I am trying to convince my hubby to get me the Project Runway edition Brother

    However the $400 price tag is a tad much for someone who just recently mastered sewing on a button. I’d love a machine with embroidery *I am obsessed with monogramming my daughters clothes*.


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      Making it Lovely
      March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

      I don’t know much about different sewing machine models. Mine is a very basic Kenmore model (probably intended for children, as it comes in pastel colors!).

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    March 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Love it! That bright red and soft (but kinda mint) blue are the colors I used in my dressing room, so fun and fresh!

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    March 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Spider plants are super hardy. I left one in a moving box for 3 weeks and it lived. If you neglect them, they just don’t grow as fast, so if you do pay attention to them, you might have to trim them fairly often to keep them from getting too big.

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    March 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Love the door! That’s the same shade I’m thinking of painting our laundry room door! Please, please, please tell me more about that sink! PLEASE!!

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    April 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I am the absolute worst with plants. (I once killed a cactus.) But my spider plant seems to be thriving, against all odds. Peace lilies are also very hardy. I had one for several years that I routinely killed (when I forgot to water or went away) and resurrected. Unfortunately, when I moved to another city and left it in the car overnight, that finally did it in. I’ve also seen stores on Etsy that sell succulents (e.g.,–supposedly some of the easiest plants to grow. Good luck! :)
    Your basement is looking beautiful!

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    March 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve been trying to find the paint color you used for the door but haven’t been successful. Can you tell me what it is?

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      Making it Lovely
      March 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I color-matched Benjamin Moore paint to Martha Stewart’s “Sparkling Brook.” There’s a guide to all of the sources here.

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