We have decided our next project is to overhaul our laundry room. Our kitchen renovation has reached a stopping point until we can afford flooring for the two main areas on our first floor and budget-wise the laundry room is a pretty affordable project.
Currently, our laundry is your basic basement set up. Concrete floors, furnace, rafters for the ceiling. It’s nothing special but I am hoping I can take what is a pretty common and unsightly setup and transform it into something cool.
It is actually a pretty large space and we plan on building two walls; one to separate the furnace/storage half and one to hide the washer/dryer hookups. We originally planned on getting new cabinets but as usual, JR talked me out of it and I am going to try and salvage the ones we have. We also marked out a little square area next to the dryer. We are going to try our hand at implementing a laundry chute! I think this is JR’s favorite part of this project.
As you can see we also have a top loading washer. Initially, we were going to eventually switch over to a front loading. After looking for some used front-loading options, I saw a lot of people were selling theirs because they switched back to top-loading. If you have had any experience with front-loading and switching back to top-loading I would love to hear it! I love the look of a front-loading set but I think I will go with function over aesthetic with this choice!
This is the other half where we plan on putting up some storage. It is just too large of an area and I think it will be better utilized if we wall it off. We marked a tape line down to help visualize where the wall will soon be. Another hurdle is the ceiling. It is pretty low so we will need to decide if we want to paint everything or put some kind of paneling up as well. I am thinking we paint it all white and then add some cool drop down pendants over areas where there will be cabinets or the washer/dryer.
This is the view of the doorway and the edge of the cabinets. We plan on putting the freezer over here and keeping the base cabinets in a similar formation. As you can see we also have some lovely paneling so instead of trying to fuss with drywall I am going to take a page out of Leanne Ford’s book (I am currently obsessed with her style!) and paint the paneling white. We are also going to put paneling on the walls we put up as well. Fingers crossed it goes more bohemian modern than seventies drab. Ready for the design plan?
My goal is to keep all the permanent fixtures similar to what we have in the rest of the house. We have mainly stuck with black and brass for fixtures with lots of white and hints of navy. Instead of going full farmhouse with the decor, however, I wanted to give it my usual bohemian flair. I’m super excited to attempt to DIY the hanging brass clothing rack. We also haven’t decided on whether or not we will keep the upper cabinets. Part of me says go for the storage (and so does my adamant sister!) but the majority of you on the Instagram poll said to ditch em’!
Time will tell! I think I am going to purchase things throughout instead of all at once like I usually do and feel it out. What is your laundry room vibe? Any creative ways to add more color without it being too much?