It’s finally time! Today I’m taking you on a tour of our completed laundry room remodel.
If you’re a regular visitor (hi, Mom), you know that this remodel has stretched on for months, and I’ve been writing posts as the project progressed. If you’d like to get caught up on past posts about the remodel (which was done in conjunction with our mudroom refresh), here is the list:
- A Scruffy Concrete Floor Gets a Facelift
- Our Laundry Room Remodel Begins
- Chalk It Up To Mystery
- A Laundry Room Remodel Progress Report
- Our Mudroom Before and After
- What’s Hiding Under the Countertop
And at the end of this post I’ve listed sources for, and information about, some of the products that we used in this remodel.
The laundry room measures only 7′ X 7′, so our goal was to make the best use of the space without overloading the room. The house was built in 1927, so I wanted the laundry room to be a mix of old world charm and modern efficiency.
Although my husband Chris and I came up with a detailed plan for the room, Chris did most of the actual work. My brother Dan gave us the initial push we needed by brainstorming with us about how to bring the plan to reality. Dan also helped to reroute and replace the plumbing – and later in this post you will see the beautiful built-in that he made for the room.
Okay, let’s walk in through the mudroom.
The North Wall
Now we’re inside, and this is what the north wall used to look like.
I liked having a utility sink. But there was very little surface space for folding clothes, and ironing in here was too much of a hassle because the only electrical outlet was up on the wall behind the appliances. As for storage, there was a little recessed wall cabinet, but it was very difficult to access. Things stored in there were quickly forgotten.
Here is how it looks now.
I think the space actually looks bigger now.
The appliances are 36″ tall, so the new sink base cabinet, which matches our kitchen cabinets, had to be customized to be taller than an ordinary base cabinet.
The quartz countertop had to be 38″ high – but that’s only about two inches higher than your typical kitchen countertop.
And it’s 33″ deep, which is almost 10″ deeper than a kitchen countertop. So there is lots of space for folding clothes and doing other projects.
Of course, with the deeper countertop, the upper shelves are not easy for me to reach without a ladder or stool. Our initial plan called for cabinets instead of shelves, but cabinets would have been just as difficult to access. And any shelf or cabinet that we hung near the window could only be 8 inches deep or it would obstruct the window.
So the shelves hold things that we don’t need often – like shoe care supplies.
A basket of rags sits on a lower shelf within reach.
And the shelves are a fun way to display a few vintage items.
I enjoy the look of wood and wicker against the white paneled walls.
And no matter what time it is anywhere else, it’s always 2:00 in our laundry room.
Chris remembers this mid century clock from very early in his childhood. Recently he brought it upstairs from the basement to repair it, and I stashed it in the laundry room to get it out of the way. And here it stayed – the perfect round object to go in the middle of all the straight lines on the north wall.
Chris has a plan to get it running again, but either way I love the way it looks in this room.
I thought about finding some way to conceal the valve box, but I turn the valves on and off every time I do laundry. So it’s fine.
We chose a stainless deep sink to use with a Delta faucet.
The East Wall
In the northeast corner, we hung hooks for a couple of vintage coat hangers – one that we found inside the kitchen wall during our kitchen remodel (and that we later realized the original home owners must have brought with them from England). The other belonged to my German grandfather.
This is what the east wall used to look like.
The little area behind the door, only 14 inches deep, was a mess.
And this is how it looks now.
I came up with the idea of an L-shaped shelf above a tool rack. Chris used a couple of leftover shelves and made it happen.
[Note: One reader was horrified to see the iron stored above eye level because, when removing it, the cord could drop and damage an eye – which is what happened to her. So I thank her for altering us to this potential hazard!]
The portable space heater from the before photo isn’t needed anymore because Chris added ducting and a heat vent to the room.
And it all tucks neatly behind the door.
Originally I wanted a built-in ironing board, but then I realized that I was too in love with the new wall paneling. I didn’t want a built-in ironing board to detract from the look. So a tabletop ironing board hangs behind the door, and I just take it to the counter to use it. This little downgrade saved us a few hundred dollars, and it’s probably just as easy to use as a built-in.
The South Wall
I didn’t get a before photo of the south wall, but this is how it looks now. Not the best photo, but I had to climb up on the countertop to get it.
The Southwest Corner and the West Wall
The southwest corner was a cluttery embarrassment. Only close family members were allowed to see this.
(By the way, Chris is proud of me for getting both toilet plungers into the before photo. Yeah, I really got my point across with this shot!)
There was a lot stored here. I found new homes for the things that didn’t really belong in the laundry room. And there would be some storage in the new sink base cabinet.
Still I knew we’d need more storage, and I wanted it to be easy to reach. A rectangular- or square- shaped cabinet, placed in this corner, would eat up too much floor space – and ruin the flow. We realized a corner cabinet would be perfect here.
Dan has built many cabinets for himself, so he offered to build us a corner cabinet – one that would match the sink base cabinet.
The little top drawer is very convenient, and there is a surprising amount of storage here. It works nicely in this corner, with the countertop fitting just below the window frame.
Above the corner cabinet is the expandable wall-mounted drying rack that we found on our recent trip back East.
I used a portable wooden drying rack for years. It would collapse at unexpected times, and it was a pain to store. I find myself using this wall-mounted rack all the time.
So this was the west wall before.
And this is the west wall now.
I went with inexpensive matchstick roller blinds for now, and I’m enjoying them. But I may get something else for the windows in the future since these aren’t very easy to roll up and down.
The washer door clears the corner cabinet – barely.
Even air space counts in a room this small. Between the two windows, we installed a stainless retractable clothesline.
It stretches across the room, giving me seven feet of space to hang laundry.
It’s high enough not to strangle us when we walk in, yet low enough for me to use easily. I love it since I have so many items that I would prefer to air dry.
The Light Fixture
With the windows, this room gets tons of natural light. We did hang a vintage light that we had in storage.
I guess I lied when I said this project was done. This room still needs a small towel bar. But we are very happy with the way it turned out. It’s functional, it works hard for such a small room, yet it’s has a cheerful, airy vibe. I love spending time in here – even if I am just folding clothes.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. In case you’re interested, I’ve listed a few things below that are either the same as or similar to products we used in this remodel.
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Wall-Mounted Drying Rack
This Pennsylvania Woodworks expandable wall rack is very similar to ours, although it is unfinished wood, so it would need sanding and either finish or paint.
Stainless Deep Sink
This Enbol SD2318 23 Inch 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Sink is very similar to ours in size and quality.
It is also sold via Amazon.
These Radiance Fruitwood Imperial Matchstick Bamboo Shades are very similar to the ones we installed in the laundry room. But as I mentioned above, ours are a little difficult to roll up and down. Their quality matches their modest price. Still I love the way they look. They do let a lot of light in, which is what I wanted for the laundry room. But of course that doesn’t work for every situation.
This KES Stainless Steel Retractable Clothesline is what we have in our laundry room. And for the price, I am very pleased with the quality.
Our shelves came from Home Decorators, but I believe that style has been discontinued. This Home Decorators 23″ Classic Floating Wall Shelf is not exactly the same, but the dimensions are very similar.
Tabletop Ironing Board
This collapsible tabletop ironing board works just fine for me – especially considering the small amount of ironing that I actually do.
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