See the before and after transformation of our rustic laundry room, after two renovations, and gain a little inspiration for your own space.
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When we first moved into the house, the laundry room was downstairs in the basement. I know it’s #firstworldproblems but hauling the laundry up and down the stairs became such a pain that bringing the washer and dryer upstairs quickly moved to the top of the must-do list.
This also coincided with the guest bathroom renovation and reconfiguration of the bedrooms. We were simultaneously planning out how to add a garage and knew we wanted a mudroom to walk into when you were coming in from the garage.
Yes, it was a lot of moving pieces and just like the living room, everything seemed to tie together; meaning, an update to one space would then have a domino effect on everything else.
The first version of the laundry room was completed in June of 2017 and even before we finished, I knew it was only a matter of time before we updated it again.
Where we are today: our rustic laundry room
In 2021, the laundry room got another makeover.
The biggest frustration piece for Brett was the washer/dryer overlapping the window.
After much brainstorming, we realized that the guest bedroom (on the other side of the wall) had plenty of room to spare so we could push the washer and dryer back so they wouldn’t cover the window.
We also wanted the washer and dryer hookups to be covered so we added a riser for them to sit on and some additional functionality with a counter for storage/folding. Thank goodness we’re both tall 😉
We also knew we wanted to add some built-in storage for coats and shoes to drop when you walked in from the garage. Because the laundry tup was directly in front of the door, the only available space we had was across from the washer-dryer. But, the door opened to the right so that didn’t make sense – we’d have to open the door and then walk around to the other side to drop everything. This led to the decision of also moving the laundry tub so we could then have built-ins directly in front of the garage door entrance.
To bring in a little more rustic style while also hiding the water pipes, Brett built a wood paneled accent wall. One point for multi-purpose decor.
It was a fairly quick update that has brought a lot of peace into our home, so I’d say it’s a win 🙂
So, what’s left to do to finish the laundry room
Again, nothing major or pressing since the space is working just fine. However, we have a few items on the wish-list that would add to the overall functionality of the room.
- Fill in the window hole in the closet
- Touch up wall paint
- Paint the closet walls
- Install the baseboards
- Build a built-in storage area across from the garage entrance
- Update the shoe storage in the closet
See? Nothing too pressing. But also, that seems to be the trend for us lately 😛
All our best,
Shop the laundry room
Laundry room paint colors
Walls: Dutch Boy, Drifted Wood
Baseboards: Sherwin Williams, Alabaster
Window and door trim: Varathane, Espresso