Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

I'm really happy to show you how far our laundry room has come since we've moved in. I was really excited to have a larger laundry room than our previous house, especially because this house is a lot smaller. Our current laundry room is also a separate room and we don't have to enter walk through it to get into house from the garage. The main problem was that it didn't have any cabinets to store things in, which was a BIG problem, but easy to solve.


Here's what we started with.

We knew that those shelves were definitely not going to work for us, so Mr. DIY headed off to Lowes the day after we moved in to pick up 2 wall cabinets and a tall cabinet. Since our garage was a lot smaller, we needed to store cat food and a lot of cleaning tools, batteries and light bulbs in the tall cabinet which we kept in the garage at our last house.


Lowes carries these cabinets in stock and they were affordable and simple to install.








 Mr. DIY and I talked about moving the sink and installing the tall cabinet where the sink is and putting the sink next to the wall cabinets, but with so many other things that had to be done, he just needed to get this room functional. We were also thinking we might add more storage above the cabinets, if needed,which is why Mr. DIY didn't install crown molding at that time.


That was about all we did until this month. We had a couple of spare weekends, so Mr. DIY painted the walls and ceiling Sherwin Williams Silver Strand (cut 25%) and installed 2 additional can lights.
What a difference those can lights make! It is now super bright in the laundry room and I enjoy being able to sort black socks easily!


I painted the baskets and made new liners a couple of years ago and they work perfectly and keep me organized. I use one basket for socks without a match, one for rags and one for miscellaneous things.  You can find how I made the liners HERE.

I repainted the coat rack a couple of weeks ago while Mr. DIY was painting the room.


Here's how the laundry room looks now.









Here you can see the laundry room from the dining room. The door to the garage is around the corner in the hallway to the right, between the laundry room and dining room.
















 Now that the lighting in the laundry room is so bright, I'm finding that I'm actually folding laundry in the laundry room, so I ordered two of these stools from Walmart. This style stool is also available on Overstock, Wayfair and Amazon.





We still have some additions to make in this room...We might get a pendant light for ceiling, Mr. DIY will be installing a farmhouse sconce and a hanging rod over the sink and I'm working on a print for over the sink.

Here's the light we ordered from Amazon for over the sink:



At a later date, Mr. DIY really wants to install a wood countertop over the washer/dryer and we plan on adding that crown molding to the top of the cabinets.

For now, though, I think it's perfect!

Hope today is a good day for you!


Pam

If you'd like to see a little more "zhusing" with the light over the sink, you can see it HERE.

15 comments:

  1. What did you lay over the top of your machines?

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    1. It's felt backed vinyl that I bought at the Fabric store. I put it on there to keep the tops of the washer/dryer from getting scratched. It's easy to wipe down and inexpensive to replace, plus it keeps things from falling in between the washer and dryer.

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  2. It turned out fabulous Pam! I wish mine was as large as yours. I think it is the size of the one I had at the last house. Funny how I thought that was small and now I wish I had it.

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    1. Thanks Pamela! I like the window in your laundry room. At our house in SoCal, we turned a bathroom into a laundry room and had a french door out to the backyard. I loved that laundry room. It had a deep porcelain laundry tub in a cabinet that we gave our girls baths in. Loved it! I could fold laundry while they were having their bathtime. It was convenient because it was right inside the door and if they got dirty, I could plop them in the tub and run a bath.

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  3. I love how this turned out Pam. The cabinets look so much better than the shelves that were there and certainly offer more storage. You guys always do such a nice job on your projects!
    We did something similar in our laundry room a while back. For the small house that I live in I have a decent sized laundry room!

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    1. It''s so nice to have a laundry room where you can actually fold laundry!

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  4. Very nice! Looks like a nice place to spend time doing the laundry!!

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    1. Thanks Heather!Makes an ongoing chore a lot better!

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  5. Beautiful makeover Pam!!! .... You two always do such a great job!

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  6. Pretty, pretty, pretty. The cabinets great. Adore the stool too.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! We definitely needed cabinets to hide all of our stuff.

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  7. Love how bright this room is. I need some of those cabinets for my laundry room, it just has a shelf. Love that rug too. Looking great.

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  8. hard to imagine that even a laundry room can be well designed and cosy to be in but with a few embellishments like what you did here, it really does look transformed!

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    1. Thanks Thomas! A functional room can be pretty too.

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