OK... so maybe "lovely" is too strong a word for any room that by nature requires you to wash, dry, sort, fold, hang, and iron clothing, but I do feel like ours is so much more lovely now than how it started. In planning this laundry room reno, our goal was to make the laundry room more functional. We brainstormed every possible way of making the room more spacious - knocking out walls, eliminating a closet, adding on to the house, moving plumbing, and finishing our attic. In the end, we couldn't justify the expense of any of those major renovations, so we settled on doing the best we could with the space we have. Here are the before pictures:
Depressing place, eh? With a family of five, we spend a lot of time in here. Although the space is tiny, there had to be a way to make it a little more usable and inviting.
The first step was new flooring and paint. JC laid the tile. The tile was that "sale tile that is always on the end cap at Lowe's" stuff... cheap, and perfect for this project. Then I painted. It is already cheerier, right?
Next, our plans called for a front loading washer and dryer, so that we could have counter space across the top of both for sorting and folding. Sadly, we discovered while shopping that the space wasn't deep enough for a front loading washer. We wouldn't be able to open the door to the laundry room which makes actually using the room a bit difficult. Since that plan fell through, we went with the next best option - the highest capacity top load washer and front load dryer that we could find with a counter over half. If the counter top looks familiar, it is our kitchen island, conveniently recyled and repurposed into a laundry room counter. Although the counter space isn't as big as we had hoped it could be, it is still a vast improvement over what we had before. The new hooks give us some space for hanging swim suits and delicates too.
Every laundry room deserves a little decor and whimsy, so I added a fun vinyl decal from TweetHeartWallArt on Etsy. "Self Serve" is definitely appropriate too. Addison is the only one in the family who gets help with her laundry, and I'm weaning her off of that as fast as I can. Unfortunately, right now, she is too short to reach the bottom of the washing machine without falling in.
We didn't bother to upgrade the nasty old stained sink since it is mostly used for washing out paint brushes and stained clothing anyway, but I think it looks a bit more chipper and festive with new artwork as well from CarolAlden on Etsy.
We also found a new home for the ironing board behind the door. Perfect.
Laundry is still by far my least favorite household chore, but I think our laundry room improvements have made it a little more tolerable. Wouldn't you agree?