Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Maytag®. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of the least favorite rooms in my house is my laundry room. It’s layout is long and narrow….it’s location is far and not convenient from the bedrooms (hauling seven people’s dirty towels, clothing and bedding up and down those stairs is when I lose my Jesus)….and it’s size is tiny compared to other spaces. I mean, my foyer is probably four times bigger and WAY less used. Don’t you just hate that?! A grand foyer is beautiful no doubt but a total waste of space. I would completely trade a totally unfunctional two story foyer for a big laundry space….and I would plan lavish parties and invite people in there just to sniff that amazing fresh linen scent….like an oxygen bar but with dryer sheets!
So the layout of my laundry room must stay the same….that is until I am ready to take down a load-bearing wall, it will stay the way it is. But I realized that I did need to do some small tweaks to make the room work and look a little different. First, let me share with you what we were working with originally. When we moved in, the room was sporting a utility sink, a toothpaste color on the walls and some faux tile floors.
We painted an ombre wall (hey it was cool then!), installed a countertop & proper sink, tiled the floor and the backsplash and revealed that vibrant blue beauty to the whole world. I honestly did love the new look and felt very confident that it was a bazillion times more attractive than the original space. But there were some underlying issues.
The ombre wall was slowly becoming a trend that I was over in this space. I grew tired of it. And I would have just painted over it, but the color on the walls was no longer available at Home Depot (it was a Martha Stewart color that they didn’t make anymore). So I felt like this was the green light on a completely new look.
Also, our appliances were approaching ten years old and we had been through the ringer with them (get it? laundry jokes?). We knew that the time was approaching where we would have to replace them for something that could keep up with our heavy load. Literally and figuratively. I would guess that we had done at least twenty years worth of laundry loads in the last ten years. After attempting some repairs on our own and experiencing temporary residency at the local laundromat, we realized we needed a new, dependable washer and dryer for the space. We also knew we wanted a front loader, preferably in white. After a bit of research and a whole lot of scheming….we found what we were looking for – this Maytag front load washer and dryer! Remember that moodboard I shared with you guys? That was our desired look!
I can not tell you how excited I was to get this washer and dryer! I even did that thing on the first day of the new appliances where you pop a squat right in front of them for the inaugural cycle.
It was a nice little treat getting a washer and dryer set that is there for us whenever we need. Mom heaven! I love having appliances I can count on!
Once the appliances were installed and running, we wanted to make the rest of the room just as functional and effective. One of the things that we absolutely needed was to make the room feel as big as possible. Since we couldn’t actually increase the square footage, we instead decided to give the illusion of space by repainting it a lighter color.
I narrowed it down to four different colors and in the end, we went with the greenest of the hues – Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. It didn’t take long to get a couple coats on the previously blue walls….
The effect was immediate – it felt twice as large and so fresh and clean!
Along with the paint, we also added new hooks to the walls to create extra hanging space. It will be great to have spots when we have damp bathing suits or laundry items for each kiddo to take upstairs.
I got the hooks at Hobby Lobby and hung them about eight inches apart to allow for six on the longest wall. Since this wall wouldn’t allow for any other type of extra storage (we brainstormed EVERY option….pegboards, shelving, etc.) and still allow for a comfortable access to the washer and dryer, we were really happy that we could add these.
On the far end of the room is a sink and storage area. Previously the upper shelf became a stacking nightmare.
By adding an additional shelf in the upper open cabinet, it became so functional! It was the perfect spot for two baskets and the extra paper towels. Those baskets now hold extra sponges, vacuum cleaner bags and clorox wipes.
Even those this cabinet is open, it is still closed storage just because I switched out the baskets.
Above the sink I added a longer decorative basket and a little word art. Both were from Hobby Lobby and I always think that no matter what, we should really remember how blessed we are! I mean….clean running water! A machine that dries our clothing indoors! A room completely dedicated to the washing of our mounds of clothes! There is so much to be thankful for.
Another decorative item that is also a switch for the better is the new rug. The previous rug was beautiful and so plush but showed all the spots. I got this indoor outdoor beauty from Dash & Albert and it is bleachable! That means if I spill bleach, I won’t be crying a river.
On the far side of the room we have the hanging mini ironing board. Jeremy actually uses this a lot. I accidentally messed up the last cover so I picked up some faux fawn fabric and it adds the perfect patterned touch to this end of the room.
On the countertop, I found a big metal bin that was perfect for lost socks. It adds a little farmhouse flavor to the mix, don’t ya think?!
And I like the balance it adds to the styles in here. The cabinets are very traditional, the ironing board a little modern, the farmhouse bins and then the coastal feel to the tile.
Oh and switching out the knobs for these beauties adds glam to the list too! Aren’t they stunning?!
Overall, it was such a fast makeover. We did it in under 48 hours and the end result feels like a breath of fresh air! And compared to the before, it is not only beautiful but gained so much functionality! Remember the version of this room when we moved in?
And the same viewpoint gives off a completely different vibe….one that shows a very relaxed and clean mix of styles.
Here is another before and after….
And the last area of the room that got a mini face lift….
And I can’t wait to talk more about this space soon! I have a lot more info to share with you – especially about this washer and dryer….they have some super cool features that I never thought I would need but we rave about them all the time. Stay tuned for that! And I hope that you guys are doing the little improvements to your spaces to make them more functional….because after all, the spaces we live in should be made for living!