I thought about calling this #ProjectDirtyLaundry...but you have to be careful with keywords on the internets these days! I mean, who knows the kind of reader that search could have brought over, right?! #nojudgementshere #thisisasafeplace However you got here, I'm thrilled...and pretty darn excited about this unexpected Laundry Room Makeover!
I tried to be meticulous about taking Before shots of this house before moving in, but apparently my definition of meticulous includes overlooking the Laundry Room, because the only pics I have are after we ripped up the tile floor! (It was the same tile as throughout the Kitchen, you can see it here.)
I've never had more than a laundry closet, so the fact that it's a legit, walk-in room was definitely a selling point for me. The sink, storage potential, and location by the back door, means it can also act as a Mudroom. Right now it's more of a dumping ground that happens to house our washer/dryer, but I'm excited to turn this space into more of a full-functioning, multi-use Utility Room.
We started a few cosmetic changes before moving in, like painting the fleshy-yellow walls white, but I wanted to see how we actually used the space before diving in with much more. Now that we've been here a year, I'm ready to tackle one of the most-used rooms in the house!
1 // Replace sink and faucet with larger versions...something deep enough to bathe Maggie.
2 // Add cabinets, drawers, and more hooks to the nook area, so it can serve as a full Mudroom/Drop Zone.
3 // Replace ancient washer and dryer with more efficient models. These guys have been with us forever and are true work-horses, but running the dryer four cycles for a single load isn't good for the environment, or our clothes!
4 // Carve out spots for laundry storage, like a drying rack and ironing board, as well as, a space for cleaning supplies like brooms and mops.
Here are my crude floor plans to give you an idea of the space and placement...
I think the Laundry Room is kind of like Powder Baths, in that it's a space to go a little wild and have some fun. So while my first goal is to squeeze all the function I can out of it, my second is to make it a lively space.
Pendant // I've been dying to add this light somewhere,
and I think it's the right amount of fun for this room.
Mudroom Lockers & Cabinets // Since the nook is an odd-sized space,
I'm hoping my contractor can work his magic like he did
Fabric // We'll inject some color & pattern with a roman shade on the window.
Paint // I'm still undecided on the exact shade,
but the ceiling is just asking for a color punch.
Faucet // The height and detachable sprayer will make the sink area more multi-functioning.
Washer & Dryer // These Samsung models do twice the work in half the time...
and the stainless steel black is so chic.
Black & White Hex Tile // Laid in a stripe pattern, it adds personality and interest.
The sink and faucet have been swapped out, as have the floors, and the new washer and dryer is being delivered next week from Nebraska Furniture Mart (it's on sale, so we jumped on it!)...so we're off to a great start! I'll report back on our progress soon!
Do you have a multi-function Laundry space? What tips do you have to help me make the most of ours?