Laundry is not my favorite chore to do. The Laundry room in our rental house was more like a hallway. It was located right as you came into the house from the garage. There is a mud sink and cabinet, an old shelf and the washer and dryer. As it was, the shelf blocked a lot of the natural light coming into the room and was situated directly below the window. It was also a space collecting a bunch of clutter. I needed a clean, workable space. Being outdated and needing a facelift, we set out to create a beautiful space where I could sort and fold in peace.
Getting to Work
The first thing on the list was choose a color for the walls and cabinet. The new paint color is Pure White from Sherwin Williams. Next we headed to Amazon and found peel and stick subway tiles, farmhouse hooks for the board and batten wall that Jess was building, a “Lint” tin garbage can to hang on the wall and some farmhouse handles for the cabinet doors. Painting had to be done first. It has always been one of my favorite things to do, not to mention I find it relaxing oddly enough.
After the walls, ceiling and cabinets had two coats of paint and the board and batten was added to the main wall, it was time to install the peel and stick tiles. To tell the truth, it was an easy process and didn’t take too much time. We did have to trim some of the pieces in order to fit around the window. Not all peel and stick tiles are made the same, so we would suggest testing a small piece on the wall before placing it all up. This particular one is removeable and did not ruin the wall.
Then Jess built the wood countertop over the washer and dryer and the wood shelves above the mud sink. Placing the shelves specifically above the sink instead of under the window allowed the natural light to flow through the area and brighten up the space considerably. We love the farmhouse-y look and decided to opt for black accents. We used pipes and fittings we found in the plumbing section at Lowe’s to secure the shelves to the wall after staining and sealing the wood and spray painting the fittings black.
To keep the farmhouse look flowing, we added a Steel Lighting Co light fixture to the room. I love the added character it lends the space, a definite farmhouse feature. Once we installed the countertop over the machines it was time to accessorize the space.
The lint tin was attached to the wall to keep all tripping hazards off the ground in this tight space (and is easily removed for hassle free cleaning out). Glass containers hold laundry detergent and pods and there is room for baskets to hold the dryer sheets. Tossed down the rug, added a few fun signs from Adams and Co. as well as one we made and the new laundry room was open for business. My favorite part about this rug is that it’s vinyl- it wipes up easily and holds up well to all the in and out traffic, the constant coming and going through this space.
The Finished Look
As you can see, the space is a lot more open, brighter and much less cluttered. There is now space to fold towels and clothes on top of the washer and dryer. And we have hooks to hang jackets and coats on. I feel this space will be better utilized and more of an asset than an eye soar. This project from start to finish took us just under 6 weeks to complete.
We like to update spaces and breathe new life into tired, outdated rooms and furniture. What do you think about this space?
Joleen & Jess