beachy cottage laundry room reveal!!

very excited to share the new laundry room with y’all!  it was previously just a plain, boring ole laundry room.  no flavor, no pizzaz.

so here we go.

a fresh, very beachy, killer laundry room!

hooks on the left wall.  a rod to hang ironed items.  front loader washer and dryer lifted on the awesome Ana White pedestal.

perfect place to store 3 laundry baskets and hide the mess when stuff hasn’t yet been put away!

of course, i LOVE annie sloan’s chalk paint.  i’ll show you how i achieved this look…keep reading!

i love the detailing on the top, which matches the bead board on the walls.

we used MDX (exterior, waterproof version of MDF) and routed it to give it the bead board look.  was much cheaper and works well in the laundry room which has moisture.

the detailing around the window is a nice touch to trim it out.  doesn’t look so tract home any more!

i picked up these anthropologie hooks to spell WASH ME.  thought it brought a bit of levity to the mundane task of doing the wash.

I painted the bead board with Benjamin Moore Ultra White (CC-10) in semi-gloss.  Started out with flat, but it wasn’t giving it the cottage/beachy feel that I wanted.  Seemed unfinished.  So I went with semi.  Then got a GREAT BM color that’s a perfect in between of gray and blue…called Polar Ice.  Used eggshell on that.  Perfect!!  There’s only one small window, so the BM Wickham Gray that looks blue in a room full of natural sunlight, looked super gray in our laundry room.

The laundry pole is a great solution for air drying clothes and getting stuff off the floor.  Look at the world’s smallest wetsuit tops.  🙂

here’s the pedestal after it was built.  it was primed in BM ultra white flat.

then I used Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue and dry brushed with Paris Gray.  I experimented on the top as I knew the washer and dryer would hide any mistakes I made.  using a fine sandpaper, i sanded everything before the wax.  i wanted this to be super super smooth and silky.

then a coat of clear, rubbed in pretty well, and dark wax wipe off very well.  rub rub rub to a smooth, smooth finish.  LOVE.

yummy beachy, cottage look here.  looks darker in this picture than it actually is, but you get the idea.  i love how the wax brings out the routing detail.


laundry room after. beachy, soft, practical, utilitarian

what do you think?  i could do laundry all day in here!  well, ok, maybe not.  but at least it’s a lot more fun than it used to be!

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Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. Ricky says

    Nicely done! We will be stealing the idea for the washer/dryer pedestals. Did you build this yourself or had a contractor?

    • imeeshu says

      Ricky, I try to build stuff myself, but on this one, I hired a great finish carpenter. He does excellent work and refuses to use screws that don’t match. 🙂

  2. Star says

    Looks awesome!!!  I totally want to do laundry in there!!!!

    • imeeshu says

      anytime, Star! you could do your ironing while watching some Oprah. 🙂

  3. Stefanie says

    Great job Meesh! You should post a before pic….

  4. Racooneyes88 says

    Meesh, where do you find time to do all of these?  you are amazing.  Can you do my house?   I love you.