Laundry Room

Do you hear that?  No, I’m not crazy, the choir of angels is singing because we have one room in the basement without anything on the to do list.  As in, finished.  100% done.  Complete.  Granted it’s one of the smallest rooms, but it does boast nearly as much custom cabinetry as our kitchen, so it wasn’t as simple as throwing down flooring, slapping up trim, and tossing paint at the walls.  While the appliances have been functional nearly the entire duration of the remodel, the room as a whole has caught up.

To really feel accomplished, let’s take a look back four years ago to the beginning.   New-House-Laundry-Room-April-13-2012

I’m sorry for the orange overload seared into your brain, but that’s what we lived with until demo started.  Across the room sat the side by side washer and dryer with a utility sink oddly stuffed behind the door.  Oh yeah, and we had glue covered floors so I tucked a rug in the room to make it feel a little less gross under foot.
Laundry-Room-Washer-and-Dryer

With a few minor tweaks like scooting the door frame over, adding a pocket door, and different cabinets, we’ve got a fully functional laundry room.

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Bright white cabinets help lighten up the windowless space, while stainless counters provide a durable work surface with a touch of shine.

Laundry-Room-From-Door

A tall cabinet in the corner holds a vacuum and ironing board, with bulky cleaning products above.

We decided to stack the washer and dryer, leaving space for our upright freezer on one side and a sink with a bit of countertop on the other.

Laundry-Room-Sink-Side-from-Door

After precariously balancing things on the edge of the old utility sink, I knew I wanted a little more space to set soaking clothes, soaps, and paint brushes.  Two shelves store the most used laundry and cleaning items, keeping it in reach.

Laundry-Room-Sink-and-Shelves

In place of the plastic wash bin, we used a single bowl stainless steel kitchen sink and pull down faucet for easy spraying or rinse action.  Don’t worry about the standard looking outlet, it’s actually connected to a GFCI in the bathroom, on the other side of the wall.

Laundry-Room-Sink

Since we buy in bulk, I decant laundry staples into containers for easy handling.  Big boxes tuck in the cabinet below for a quick refill.

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Just for fun, and because I wash nearly everything on a cold cycle, I added a sarcastic laundry chart to the room.  If you really want to know what all those crazy symbols mean, here’s a real chart option.

Laundry-Room-Chart-Detail

Back to the other side, custom drying rack drawers tuck neatly away behind slim fronts.  A six-foot long counter space makes folding and sorting a breeze, and the drying racks come in handy as extra surface space to drape hanging shirts and pants on.

Laundry-Room-Drawers-Drying-Rack

On the counter, I added a Great Lakes cut out from Crafterall, along with a wooden sculpture to have something pretty to break up the gray and white.  A little cup holds chang, ear plugs, rocks, and other items I find in pockets.

Laundry-Room-Counters-and-Cabinets

This is the first time in my life having such a functional, fully finished, and if I do say so myself, beautiful and clean laundry room.  I know most people see it as strictly utilitarian, but choosing durable, hard-working elements doesn’t automatically equate to ugly.

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28 thoughts on “Laundry Room

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. My laundry and mud room are combined and small. And I have 4 kids and we have a hobby farm. It is always a mess. This makes me want to think about the space. I don’t even know where to begin.

    1. Hello Kelli!

      Thank you! It’s nice to have a space that has room for all the functions I need out of it. I hope you can figure out a way to make yours more functional. I’d be happy to look at pictures to see if I can offer any ideas. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  2. WOW Amanda! I am so impressed with your fully finished laundry room! I certainly would look forward to washing our clothes if I could do it in such style. Enjoy!

  3. It is gorgeous and I am so jealous! Love the steel countertops. Do you like the stacked washer and dryer? I can’t make up my mind about whether or not to try that in our laundry room…

    1. Hi Lauralou!

      The stainless counters are so great for this space and function. As for the stacked washer and dryer, yes, I really like the set up. I don’t think one or the other is easier, but I don’t have any complaints about this set up versus a side by side. I hope that helps in your decision, but if possible, I’d suggest getting the stacker kit and testing it before adding anything around the laundry room to really concerned.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  4. What a beautiful laundry room! Lots of space to spread out all that dirty laundry, ha! Would you tell us what color you used on the walls?

    1. Thanks, Peggy! It’s great to have room to sort, fold and store everything we need. The wall color is a 50% tint of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl with four drops of red to warm it up a bit.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  5. Beautiful! May I ask where the sink and sink cabinet is from? They are probably custom but looking for something similar.

    1. Hi Amanda!

      We custom built the sink cabinet, but found the sink on Ebay for a great price by searching single bowl stainless sink. From there we narrowed it down to sinks with a single faucet hole and as simple of lines as possible. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      1. And the stainless countertop? Was that an Ebay find also? Love the Laundry room, and I know you are jumping for joy to have the room “officially” finished! 😀

    1. Hi Kristin!

      It’s stupid how excited I get about the pull out drying racks. So glad I insisted on those because they’re so handy, but tuck away without taking up wall space. Getting the freezer in the clean laundry room is so much nicer than the dingy utility room, too.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  6. How did you build those drying racks? They have me drooling! We have a very small laundry room, but at least it’s a dedicated laundry room. It’s just wide enough for the W&D to sit side by side, but I’ve been strongly considering stacking them and putting a small counter to the side. Pull out drying racks would be amazing!

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