Our New Laundry Room – The Reveal
I’m officially an adult because I’ve never been more excited about a laundry room in my entire life! I mean, who gets this jazzed up about a place to wash their dirty clothes?! Me, I suppose. We spent about three weekends transforming this space from an empty room to a super functional laundry room, full of storage. Even though these projects were all smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, it was time well spent for us. Finn and I had a blast on this laundry room makeover and I hope you love it as much as we do.
Before we get to the goods, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Our Laundry Room – The Before
When we bought the house, we had a random landing that was not going to be used for much of anything. We decided to bump the laundry room wall out to gain a few more feet of space in that room.
Such a difference, right? Here’s a look at the interior before Finn and I took over the laundry room makeover (I love our patterned floor tile!)
Taking that wall out made such a difference and gave us tons of room to create the DIY laundry room of our dreams. And for all of September and October, this is exactly what this room looked like. Pretty empty with a hamper tucked in the corner for our dirty clothes. We were excited to change it up and make it work for our growing family.
New Appliances & Making a Gameplan
Our new Maytag front load washer and dryer arrived in October and they have been awesome! Obviously, the design and look is sleek and more modern than our previous setup. But they’re also incredibly powerful and make laundry a lot easier. We also opted for pedestals to raise the appliances up. We’re tall people and didn’t want to be bending down constantly when working away in here. You can read more about these appliances over in this blog post.
I went in with a vision for the space and it was all about GREEN. I’ve been digging dark green lately and wanted to incorporate it somewhere in our new house. Why not in our laundry room?! I stuck to the above gameplan for most of the big items but swapped out a few things in the end (like the tile!).
Laundry Room Cabinets & Tile
Finn and I learned a hell of a lot when we installed IKEA kitchen cabinets in this space. It only took us about two days to get everything in and looking good. It’s crazy how much storage these babies brought to the table. You can read more about that process here.
We took it one step further, adding a butcher block countertop to create a little folding station over here. You can read more about that process (and a little snafu we ran into) over in this post.
The final big DIY project in our laundry room makeover was tiling the wall over the washer and dryer. I originally planned to use gray/white tile here, but I’m so happy I went bold with the dark green!
Okay, now let’s get onto the good stuff.
Laundry Room Makeover – Before & After
From an empty room to an organized and functional space…I’m thrilled!
Let’s discuss the right side of the room first.
We ended up adding three pull-out trash cans (using IKEA kitchen cabinets) and transforming them into our hampers. I have one, Finn has one, and we’ll use the other for baby Finn! It was actually pretty difficult finding a slim and tall hamper to fit these, but luckily I found these on Amazon and they work perfectly.
These brass pulls complement the dark green beautifully and they work well as we pull them in and out constantly.
I’ve been using the butcher block countertop above as a folding station and it’s magical. I dump the clean clothes here and fold them into little piles. Then, I put them away, right away. It’s so nice to have a designated spot for this.
Above, I hung this drying rack and it’s another gamechanger for the space. We used to just lay damp clothes on the bed to dry and every surface would be covered. We use this rack every single day and I love it.
The four tall cabinets are the real workhorses of this room. In these bad boys, we store our ironing board, broom, mop, extra towels, linens, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and more!
They’re not organized to perfection, so I think I’m going to tackle these for a January organization post! That will be the motivation I need to get these looking good and blog ready!
I added some art to the wall that you see right when you walk into the room. I found the frames at Target but wasn’t in love with the art that came in them. So I shopped the Juniper Print Shop for some new ones that I could print myself. These colors in the two pieces worked out well for this space and go nicely with the gold and green.
Laundry Room Makeover – The Appliance Side
This side is both functional and purely decorative all at once!
Obviously, the washer and dryer are incredibly hardworking and we use them daily.
On top of them, we added a wood piece from IKEA. I originally planned to use the same butcher block that I have on the other side of the room, but it wouldn’t have been deep enough to cover most of the appliances. That’s when I found this wood tabletop from IKEA that was going to fit the space almost perfectly. We just had to cut one inch off the side to squeeze it in! It makes the top look much more finished and gave me the opportunity to add some pretty accessories up there. Because the appliances are so deep, I didn’t put anything super functional on top…just some fun decor!
I love having a spot to display fun objects, especially in a room that is devoted to chores. I smile every time I turn the corner and see this decor. Who knew a laundry room would be so fun to decorate?
Laundry Room Source List
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore “Ballet White” // Trim Color: Benjamin Moore “Simply White” // Washer // Dryer // Pedestals // Floor Tile // Green Tile // Wood Counter on Appliances // Butcher Block // Drying Rack // Cabinets // Gold Pulls // Gold Handles // Hampers // Rug // Window Treatment (Color: Quince) // Vase // Gold Wall Frames // Wall Art 1 // Wall Art 2 // Other Accessories (HomeGoods)
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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.