We are slowly updating our 1940’s house, and I am happy to share our laundry room renovation. This room moved to the top of our list of priority spaces unexpectedly. At first, I just thought it was dated and ugly. However, just months into doing laundry for my family of five, I realized it was not functional. Here is the before:
I also realized that we needed much larger washer and dryer units, and that my aching back needed them lifted off the ground. I am a fan of front loaders for this reason, and I missed the commercial sized units we put in our first house. For reference:
The countertop was too small for folding, there was nowhere to stash dirty or clean laundry, and the upper cabinets were useless as they were shallow and out of reach. After we took it down to the studs, I put in a much smaller sink so maximize countertop space, and created open shelving above the countertop for most-reached-for items like detergent and bleach. It felt right to put another open shelf above the washer and dryer for stashing big laundry baskets that I could pull down for clean laundry. They had to be able to bear heavy loads, so we designed a wood frame with a waterfall quartz top above it for durability and longevity. Without further ado, here are the afters:
Faucet: Kraus. Countertops: Calacatta quartz. Sink: Elkay. Backsplash tile: here. Floor tile: here. Cabinet pulls: Rejuvenation. Laundry baskets: on sale here. Detergent and bleach bottles: Bottle + Home. Light fixture: Global Views. Paint color: Benjamin Moore Smoke. Washer and Dryer: LG. Painting and cabinetry: Palette Pro.