Cue the dramatic music! Turn off your ringers! Take your seats people! The grand reveal of my laundry room is happening! right! now! Put a few more exclamation marks in there for emphasis!!! (!!!!!!) This real-life docu-series spanned three years, two pregnancies and is finally ready for it’s red-carpet moment. I am so excited to share with you our new finished laundry room (I use the term ‘finished’ very loosely…it’s kinda like how I use the word ‘diet’ or ‘exercise’….interpret it as you will.)
This space is so nice to have….a dedicated laundry area on our first floor that is closely located to our garage door and was equipped with it’s own sink. The problem was….it was kinda ugly.
It had upper cabinets (great for storage!) and a utility sink (thank goodness the plumbing was already done!) and a spot for the washer and dryer. Other than that…it was more function over fancy.
A couple years ago we began the renovation and it has been PAINFULLY slow. We began with tearing out the floor and painting the walls and cabinets. Slowly but surely, we made small steps toward a finished space. This past December marked the ‘beginning of the end’ when we finished our countertops, installed tile and completed the space with additional storage and finishes.
I am so proud to share this with you! I hope you love it as much as I do….
We kept the ombre wall and I still am a firm believer in the fact that it makes the room feel bigger. This space is only nine by five and half feet so it’s not the most spacious room in our house (why our foyer is huge and the laundry room is so small, I will never know), and the progressively lighter wall does keep it light and bright feeling.
It also helps to have lighting. If you remember, we put the laundry room on a motion sensor switch and it just makes me so happy to know that when I leave the room, holding a baby in one hand and a basket in the other, that I don’t have to worry about switching off the light 🙂
Also – these Anthropologie clearance knobs make me smile. I love the color and pattern and think they partner really well with the wall and tile.
Another small detail that I love is this floor vent cover. It’s amazing how updating something so small can make the room feel fresh and new.
Before you see the big picture – just know that I am the crazy lady that put a faux flower wreath in here. I don’t care if it’s completely impractical…I am not put on this earth to be practical. I also get naked. every. day. (you are welcome for that logic.)
We went with a chrome faucet and I am so happy that this is DONE. It was a huge headache (more on that later) but thankfully this faucet came to the rescue and I love it.
I got these little storage jar thingies (technical term) at the grocery store and they are great for clothes pins and things we don’t often use – like bleach pens.
Running water…indoor plumbing…these things should never be underestimated.
The DIY shelves are perfect for adding support to the countertop and for adding storage for lost socks and for extra pantry items like baggies and trash can liners.
Another detail that I am obsessed with is the fact that I worked in a spot for my ironing board! I knew that I couldn’t fit a full sized board in here so I found this mini one at a Goodwill. I sewed an easy cover for it and found the perfect hanging spot. The door to the cabinet can still fully open without hitting the white woven picture-hanging knob (it’s one of my BFF Sherry’s designs!) and I love how the top of the board mimics the shape on the neighboring cabinet door.
And when I need to iron, I can put the board down, take out our iron and get to it! We also have a full sized ironing board upstairs but Jeremy tends to be an iron-hog 🙂
I can’t wait to share with you how I sewed that cover and also how to make this easy reversible window shade! It’s super simple and the dark shade is perfect for adding depth to this room.
Also – some people asked about that small hook rack below the window. That is from TJMaxx and I got it for the boys to hang their wet clothing on…we have so many times when a shirt gets soaked from apple juice or socks are worn outside in puddles or whatever so I decided that they could learn to hang them up until they are ready for the wash. Sometimes that rack is empty and sometimes full is an understatement.
Now are you ready to see the entire thing? Here is our grand reveal! Drum roll please…….Ta-Da!
Here are the before and afters. These are my favorite to see because you can really tell it was a huge transformation!
If you want to catch up on the past laundry room posts – here are the oldie posts….
Laundry Room Posts
- Laundry Room Befores
- Venting a hood
- Making Cabinetry Taller
- Demoing the Floor
- Painting the walls
- Painting an Ombre Wall
- Painting Cabinetry
- Installing Floor Tile – Part 1
- Installing Floor Tile – Part 2
- Building a Door
- Fixing the Dryer
- MDFing and A new Cabinet
- Countertop installation
- Tiling the backsplash
- Building a Storage Shelf
Update : Looking for more info on something you see in our house? We have a Shop the Bower House page with paint colors and links to accessories, furniture and decor!