So, here is a semi-before pic of where we started. The laundry room is upstairs off of the guest suite and, other than a beautiful tile floor, had nothing in it when we moved in. We have been keeping our laundry stuff on the floor and on top of the washer and dryer for five years!
As y’all know, I was dying for a laundry sink and that was my number one priority in this mini-makeover. The size of the room locked us in to having the washer, dryer and new sink all on this one wall. To make that happen, we had to stack the (oversized) washer and dryer using a $25 kit from Best Buy. Honey did this a few months ago so that I would have time to live with it for a while before finalizing the decision with the laundry sink install. If you’re wondering, I’m 5’2” and have no problem reaching the top dials on the dryer or getting my clothes in and out.
And, without further ado, here is the after of our little space…
Do you see all those tubes coming out of the wall on the left side of the sink? Well, of course you do! How could you miss them?!? THAT is the aforementioned “wrench” in my fabulous plans. Apparently, the plumber said this was the only way to install the sink and Honey didn’t argue. That may be true, but boy does it look like a hot mess. When I came to terms with this being the final state of things, I dug the fabric for the skirt out of my stash and bought the cheapest shelves I could find at Home Depot. So, the space is totally functional and definitely looks better, but it’s not exactly what I had envisioned. The good news is that nobody other than yours truly and Mother see it. LOL. Oh, and the grand news is that this laundry sink is the best amenity in my house. Goodbye baseball pants soaking in my bathroom sink!!
As for the rest of the space, I sprung for a new cover for my ironing board at Target, used baskets from the old playroom shelves for my laundry supplies, and picked up the two glass jars for detergent and softener at Target. I hung two pieces of art in the space that were hiding in the storage room…our family tree and a lovely picture of my grandfather as a child.
In order to cover up the box where the water shut off valves are, I hung a simple frame and printed out a favorite quote that has also graced Mother’s laundry room since I was a child. “If all of our troubles were hung on a line, you would take yours and I would take mine.” Mother also made the sink skirt for me out of fabric that was mistakenly shipped to me in the same pattern as my powder room wallpaper five years ago.
I love that there is still room in here for my expandable drying rack (I line dry almost all of my clothes, swim suits and baseball uniforms) and to set up the ironing board (when I get around to that about once every month.)
Oh, and speaking of ironing, I keep my to-be-ironed pile in this flexi-tub under the sink.
Now, you can’t see it in these pictures, but I also replaced the light with this vintage schoolhouse option from Home Depot. It looks SO much better than that old thing and puts out way more light. (bottom left)
Paint – Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth
Utility Sink – this sink from Home Depot
Faucet – this faucet from Amazon
Drying rack / Ironing board wall holder – Bed Bath and Beyond (old)
Flexi-tub – Target
Shelves – Home Depot
Ironing board cover – Target
Baskets – Pottery Barn Kids (old)
Dispensers – Target
I must say that it feels really good to knock something off the to-do list that’s been a hanger-on for five years.
PS. A little public service announcement… While I’m on the tedious subject of laundry room, Daddy-O installed our washer with FloodSafe Auto Shut-off Connectors back when we moved in five years ago. I think these are a MUST for everyone… especially when your washer is upstairs. Growing up, our washing machine hose burst and flooded our entire ranch house – ruining all of the floors and much of the furniture. They are inexpensive and can be picked up at Home Depot. Go get ’em y’all!!!
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