Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Painting the mid-century laundry

The one-wall-a-weekend painting program has been quickly stepped up to one-room-a-weekend now we are unlocking our doors to be part of Brisbane Open House 2014! Nothing like a deadline to get things moving.

Last weekend we attacked the laundry with a tin of 'fresh frappe' green paint. We intend to keep some of the original colours used in certain rooms of this mid-mod home. 

Our initial thought, before we moved in, was to paint the entire interior white but having lived here for about six months our line of thinking has changed. Yes, who are we? 

I know, the light mid-century colours can be polarising...but we think they're fun and add to the personality of the home. The colour is also entirely appropriate for the era of the house. 

The laundry feels much fresher and cleaner with the newly painted walls. The change is not markedly different, however we believe the overall first impression is better.

After: repainted the laundry walls with light green paint. Jason also had more success painting the stable or dutch door. He's only painted it the once!

In progress shot of the walls as they were being painted

Before: this is laundry when it was owned by the previous owners


  1. I love the color you chose. As you said, it's very period appropriate. I know, because we had that color in our home back then. More than that, I think it's a color that's cheerful and soothing at the same time...two things most of us need when we do laundry.

    When you did your post about the home tour, I wondered if your painting schedule had been put into high gear. :)

    1. How interesting that you had that colour back in the day! The colour does make the laundry more cheerier - doing laundry needs as much cheers as possible! ha! And Dana, we have increased the painting. We won't have everything done in time but that's okay as it really is a work in progress...hopefully people will understand. xx

  2. You know this is odd ... I came into our renovation wanting to paint everything Dulux Vivid White. The only room I've put any effort into is the main toilet. The original colour for that room is an avocado green. It was only this weekend that I thought maybe I should keep it that colour. So I've stopped all work to mull-it-over. It's a strange space so I'm not sure what I'll do. I love seeing the different, but traditional colours you're using. Our houses are similar in some respects but different in others. xo

    1. I'm kind of glad that we didn't paint straight away. We were even going to paint the entire house before we moved in but I'm glad we held off. I'm happy for the main living area to be white though. Never in a millions years would I have thought that we'd have colour in the bedrooms and the other rooms...xx


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