I like the idea of painting/glazing the laundry cabinets and adding some fun wallpaper
black and white
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AT Boston: Cool Industrial Laundry Baskets
industrial laundry baskets -- info on different manufacturers in the comments section of this apartment therapy article
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Made in the USA by the same company that's been manufacturing laundry carts for hotels and the U.S. government since 1918, these industrial-grade canvas baskets on casters makes it easy to roll a mountain of laundry to and from the machine.