Happy Monday, friends! I’m taking a short break from fashion today to share the last of my room makeovers… our laundry room!
Laundry Room Makeover
First off, the laundry room in this house is on the 2nd floor. I’ve never had a laundry room on the bedroom level, and I have to say, it is soooooo convenient! I absolutely love having it up there.
It also has a window that lets in a lot of natural light, making it a pleasant place to stand and fold clothes. (I always fold my clothes as I take things out of the dryer.)
I took before and after pictures, so let’s get started!
Laundry Room Before
Before we moved in, as you can see, the walls were a pretty shade of blue, and the washer and dryer were stacked. There was some wire shelving for detergent and things.
We moved right in without changing anything, but I soon determined that I wanted to unstack the washer and dryer to give me folding space. (See above about how I like to stand and fold my clothes as I take them out of the dryer.)
Laundry Room Progress
After we were in the house for a few weeks, we had the walls painted Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey and the trim painted BM White Dove, to match the rest of the house. I liked the blue, and it actually worked well with all the blue I have going on in other areas of the house, but I decided to be consistent with neutrals on the walls and add blue accents with the decor.
At that point, we unstacked the washer and dryer, which I like SO much better!!! And Paul got a metal pan for under the washer, which looks nicer than the plastic one from before, plus that one was cracked and ready to be replaced anyway.
Laundry Room After
I lived like that for a while, but we desperately needed hanging space and storage for detergents, etc. so I had my friend Darla from Heartwork Organizing come in and work her magic.
She also designed my last laundry room, so I knew I was in good hands.
I now have ample hanging space above the washer and dryer, and a high shelf above that with baskets in which to store extra household cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaner bags, shoe care products, and basically anything else I don’t know what to do with.
And perhaps my favorite part — this beautiful vanity replaced the plastic utility sink.
We’ve also since adjusted the shelves above the sink so the lowest one is even lower, allowing more space to set my detergents, and also making it so the hoses aren’t as visible. #itsthelittlethings
The vanity and faucet are from Lowe’s, by the way.
Here’s the opposite wall — that closet houses the A/C unit, and we still need to change out the brass hinges and doorknob for matte black. I’ve had them for months; we just need to take 10 minutes and do it. #procrastinator
We installed a wall unit behind the door with hooks for hanging bathing suits and wet beach towels in the summertime, or any other wet items that need to air dry before throwing them into a hamper.
I usually do the bulk of the laundry for the household, but the idea here is for my family members to sort their own laundry into lights and darks, so I can easily toss a load in when a hamper gets full. (We’re still working on that!)
My laundry room is not only functional, it’s pretty too! Darla has a knack for both organization and design, and she combines the two when she works on a project.
It’s amazing how much more enjoyable it is to do household chores when you have a pretty and functional space to work in.
Be sure to check out Darla’s book, Organizing Your Home with SORT and SUCCEED: Five simple steps to stop clutter before it starts, save money and simplify your life. Even though I’ve worked with her on various projects over the past few years, and she teaches her method as she works with you, I still found her book extremely helpful and insightful as I maintain the organizational systems we’ve put into place, and I’m better able to apply her method to the projects I tackle on my own.
Thanks for all of your kind words about my home improvement projects so far. It’s definitely feeling more and more like home with each passing day.
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