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