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That pretty much sums up how I feel to have the laundry room done, and not just because that means we can do laundry again (I’ve already knocked out 6 loads).
Never have I been so happy to be done with a project than when we hung the last cabinet door in the laundry room.
This project has been a roller coaster to say the least. Never has so much gone wrong in a project. It seemed like every step we took resulted in another unexpected issue that set us back three more.
All that to say, this laundry room is a testament that there are good things on the other side of project struggles. If you keep brainstorming and pivoting and refuse to give up, even the most frustrating projects can be amazing in the end (not to toot my own horn, but I’d say this before and after is pretty good).
Alright, alright. We’re almost to the reveal photos which I know is why you’re here 😉 But before we get to those, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane.
Laundry room before
Our laundry room was the epitome of builder grade, complete with a florescent light, a wire shelf, and…that’s pretty much it.
And that builder-grade laundry room wasn’t doing much for us. Just look how disorganized and stressful it looked when we were doing laundry.
When designing the new laundry room, one thing was a must: plenty of space to dry clothes. Andrew is really tall and finding clothes that fit him just right can be a struggle. So when he does find something, he NEVER puts it in the dryer. Wouldn’t want to risk it shrinking!
The habit of not drying 95% of clothes rubbed off on me, which I have to admit has been great for my clothes. Everything seems to look new for longer.
Since we need so much drying space, we completed 3 projects to help solve the issue.
First up was the fold-down drying rack.
I love that it folds up so that it practically doesn’t take up any space when it’s not in use. I love it so much that I might just make another…or two 😉
The next thing we made was the laundry folding table. I love that this table has not one, not two, but THREE purposes. It has six drying racks (4 are lay-flat, and 2 you can hang light things like yoga pants or tank tops), a space to store our laundry cart, and the huge countertop is perfect for folding.
I was a little concerned that the hanging clothes would get in the way of actually being able to use the folding table, but luckily I was wrong. Even with hanging clothes, there’s plenty of space to get everything folded and organized.
That brings us to the last thing we added to dry clothes: a hanging rod. Nothing fancy here. We just scooped up a copper pipe and some hangers to attach it to the cabinets. $15 for a 10′ clothes hanging rod.
The majority of our time for this renovation was spent tiling because we had more than a couple of issues during the tiling process.
Laying it wasn’t too bad. It was what came after that wasn’t great. Let’s just say, when you’re grouting, make sure to get ALL the excess grout off the tile before calling it a night. It’ll save you lots of headaches and days of extra labor.
Even though it was a nightmare to install, it still ended up looking beautiful in the end. Far from perfect, but still beautiful.
Once we nailed down the big projects, it was time to figure out all the finishing touches, you know, all the little details that really make a space feel complete.
The #1 decision was the light fixture. We wanted something clean and modern. We knew there was going to be a lot of details in the space, so we wanted to make sure the light didn’t feel like it was adding to the noise.
Next up was choosing the hardware for the cabinets and drawers. For the cabinets, we chose a simple mushroom knob since we were going for clean and classic.
DIYs + Decor
Our biggest money-saving tip for any project is to DIY. Here’s what we tackled for the laundry room (links to tutorials coming soon!):
- Fold-down drying rack
- Laundry folding table with pull-out drying drawers
- Upper cabinets
- Shelf above washer/dryer
For our decor and final touches, we got a lot of it at AllModern. They always have a great selection to choose from, regardless of what you’re looking for. Style + affordable prices = one happy Zoe.
Now that we have our laundry back, first priority is washing our ultra-soft sheets and taking a well-deserved nap! (yup, AllModern has quality linens at a great price too. Told you you can get almost anything for your home).
There you have it folks. The laundry room is officially done and the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge is in the books. What’d you think of the space now?
And I know you love a good before and after as much as I do…today’s your lucky day! Check out the reveals of all the other One Room Challenge participants.