Our laundry room is a small room at the end of the hall on the second floor. Its convenient to have near our bedrooms & bathrooms, but its pretty uninspiring when it comes to motivating us to want to do actually doing the laundry! As any adult knows, laundry is truly the never ending story. In one weekend’s time, we updated the laundry room.
I am almost embarrassed to show you the before shot. But, it’s what builders grade looks like!
Laundry Room Before
This picture was taken less than two weeks before our home closing. I promise, nothing was “enhanced” by the home builder between this picture and when we obtained possession. Well, they did add a door handle, but you get the idea. Pretty boring, right? Lots of white walls and zero storage. I had nowhere to stack detergent, stain removers, and all the extra things that we need in there.
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I did lots of “research” on Pinterest and found several pretty ideas. Unfortunately, some were beautiful and lacked hidden storage, or some were so utilitarian, that I just didn’t find it pretty. Measuring the space we had, we tried to compromise between storage and having the luxury of a blank space at our disposal.
We installed two pre-built cabinets from Lowes and we were able to get creative about the wall space in-between. This made both hubby & I satisfied. The industrial shelving is something we both liked on Pinterest boards and we were excited to try it on a small-scale. The wall paint was leftover from the downstairs powder room and it gave a nice pop of color against the white cabinets. For less than $300 we have usable and beautiful storage in the laundry room!
Laundry Room After
We decided to buy a top loader washer and front dryer for the space. We knew we had a second baby on the way and wanted to make sure we could do as much laundry done in a single load as possible. If only the quantity of clothing needing folded was proportional to the number of loads completed. Since NONE of our closets in the house have an electrical outlet, our cordless vacuum takes up real estate in the laundry room. What bothers me the most is that we do not use it upstairs, it goes downstairs several times over the week.
My husband purchased the industrial fittings at Lowe’s. They had two options for the fitting finishes and we went for the brighter nickel look. I think they contrast nicely against the dark stain. The cabinet grade shelving is from a piece of extra wood he had downstairs. He notched out a piece on each side to accommodate the cabinets. With a quick coat of the stain he had lying around, the shelving was finished! See the complete industrial shelving tutorial here.
My next task is to find some cute coordinating baskets to go across the top of the shelf. I don’t need the storage, right now. But give me a few years and I’ll be trying to cram stuff everywhere. Now, the laundry room is still small and at the end of the hallway, but more pleasing to the eye when we have to do the laundry.
How do you make the laundry room more interesting? Have you done something out of the ordinary decor-wise?