With our kitchen 90% done we are already planning our next project… the laundry room, which happens to be right off the kitchen.
When we moved into our house the laundry room was an empty room. The walls had painted over wallpaper, but other than that it was a blank slate. We just moved in the washer and dryer and put up some temporary shelving unit to act as a pantry.
After our popcorn ceilings were scraped, skim coated, and painted I decided to remove the painted over wallpaper since it was bubbling in my areas and give the room a fresh coat of paint.
(mid removing the old wallpaper)
This led to other problems… As I was ripping of the wallpaper we found mold on the wall behind the washer and dryer. As it turns out the water valves for the washer had slowly been leaking over a long period of time. There was some black mold nasty so we had to rip part of the drywall out behind the washer and dryer. Luckily the mold was fairly well contained and was able to be removed easily (no, we did not have this professionally done, just chose to do it ourselves after much research since it was such a small area). The wall is now fixed and the laundry room is painted a pretty light blue-gray color (BM Sterling).
Needless to say the laundry room could still use a little more love. It is functioning, but currently lacks storage and is not an efficient use of our space.
After much dreaming and scheming, we’ve finally come up with a plan and are ready to start tackling the laundry room.
Below is a list of our wants for the room:
- Stacked washer/dryer
- Cabinets for laundry & cleaning storage
- Folding counter
- Clothes hanging rack
- Built in shelves for a pantry
- Dog food & water station
This laundry room set up by Yellow Brick Home was our main source of inspiration in the overall layout of the laundry room. The stacked washer and dryer, with the surrounding cabinets and counter space (minus the sink) is exactly what we are hoping to install in our laundry room to make use of all the vertical space.
I love the look of these pantry shelves by Jen Loves Kev. Clean, simple, while still adding a bit of warmth with the natural wood tones. We plan to add similar shelving along the longest wall of the laundry room for ample pantry space.
This wallpaper… I fell in love at first site. I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to use it as an accent wall in the laundry room. It’s pretty and a little whimsical. I don’t think I would want an entire room of it, but for a small area in the laundry room it will be perfect.
Last, but not least, we are planning to paint and stencil our tile floor!!! In the laundry room AND in the kitchen. I am so excited to try this! The existing tile is not terrible, but is not my favorite. We are not ready to completely replace the tile in the laundry room and kitchen at this point, so after a lot of convincing, I talked Nathan into painting our existing tile floor as a temporary and inexpensive solution. The pattern and color of this tile is the inspiration for our current plan. Not to mention the whole kitchen… just gorgeous. I love Studio McGee and everything they do, but this house they redid might be my all time favorite.
I can’t wait to get started on the laundry room to create a more functional and prettier space for a room that we use on a daily basis!