Laundry Room Reno!

Reasons for the Redo:

Wall cabinets were mounted so high I could only reach the bottom shelf. The existing shelving was stationary, so it couldn't be adjusted to accommodate even the most typical laundry products. They had been improperly painted, doors stuck, knobs were missing and the style was outdated. 

The utilitarian laundry tub was a cheap ugly duckling, especially since the laundry room is located directly off the family room. I wanted something that was a little more decorative, yet still functional. 

One thing that has always bothered us about the flipper/fixer shows is that they just trash old cabinets, building supplies, working appliances and fixtures. We found new homes for ours through selling and donating to Restore, right down to gallons of paint left behind by the previous owners. That much less in the landfill  and one person's trash is another's treasure.  

 BEFORE: The ugly laundry tub wasn't properly attached to the wall and an outdated energy-hog wall heating unit was slated for removal. 

BEFORE: The ugly laundry tub wasn't properly attached to the wall and an outdated energy-hog wall heating unit was slated for removal. 

 DURING: Corroded and leaking water supply valves were replaced. 

DURING: Corroded and leaking water supply valves were replaced. 

 BEFORE: Broken doors, missing knobs and shelves too high  meant these cabinets were not only out of reach, they were outta here!

BEFORE: Broken doors, missing knobs and shelves too high  meant these cabinets were not only out of reach, they were outta here!

 BEFORE: Cracks required professional repair and the worn out flooring in this high traffic pathway to the garage entrance needed to be replaced. 

BEFORE: Cracks required professional repair and the worn out flooring in this high traffic pathway to the garage entrance needed to be replaced. 

 BEFORE: Laundry products had to be stored in the closet, inconveniently located across the room from the appliances, plus with a single shelf, the ample space wasn't put to good use. 

BEFORE: Laundry products had to be stored in the closet, inconveniently located across the room from the appliances, plus with a single shelf, the ample space wasn't put to good use. 

 AFTER: A cute but functional new laundry tub on a stand welded by Eric, our contractor!  Kingston Brass  vintage style porcelain cross handle faucets and sprayer make small dog baths much simpler. I really like to mix finishes like the shiny chrome faucets and drain pipe with the galvanized tub. It keeps things from looking too "matchy." The worn hardwood was replaced with sturdy vinyl tile from  Carpet Unlimited  in "Aged Hearth." Crisp grey gingham wallpaper replaces the "mustard meets goldenrod" wall color. 

AFTER: A cute but functional new laundry tub on a stand welded by Eric, our contractor! Kingston Brass vintage style porcelain cross handle faucets and sprayer make small dog baths much simpler. I really like to mix finishes like the shiny chrome faucets and drain pipe with the galvanized tub. It keeps things from looking too "matchy." The worn hardwood was replaced with sturdy vinyl tile from Carpet Unlimited in "Aged Hearth." Crisp grey gingham wallpaper replaces the "mustard meets goldenrod" wall color. 

 AFTER: An old ladder I found years ago at  Fort Defiance Antiques  was pressed into service for additional hanging space for all the "drip-dries." The finish is original. The darling shelf was made by Eric the contractor, who added a little bit of a lip so items won't walk off the shelves during the spin cycle.

AFTER: An old ladder I found years ago at Fort Defiance Antiques was pressed into service for additional hanging space for all the "drip-dries." The finish is original. The darling shelf was made by Eric the contractor, who added a little bit of a lip so items won't walk off the shelves during the spin cycle.

 AFTER: In a nod to the house's Dutch Colonial roots, the shelf brackets from  House of Antique Hardware  are a Pennsylvania Dutch reproduction. Clothespins are in the little yellow enamel bucket. The shelf is a fun place to display chicken-y items and antique household toys. 

AFTER: In a nod to the house's Dutch Colonial roots, the shelf brackets from House of Antique Hardware are a Pennsylvania Dutch reproduction. Clothespins are in the little yellow enamel bucket. The shelf is a fun place to display chicken-y items and antique household toys. 

 AFTER: A stock unfinished cabinet with two adjustable shelves holds all my laundry products. I used chalk paint and worked on aging and distressing it with a variety of colors and waxes. If I ever get tired of it, I will simply paint it! Sometimes I'm tempted to embellish the door with some vintage ad or art. 

AFTER: A stock unfinished cabinet with two adjustable shelves holds all my laundry products. I used chalk paint and worked on aging and distressing it with a variety of colors and waxes. If I ever get tired of it, I will simply paint it! Sometimes I'm tempted to embellish the door with some vintage ad or art. 

 AFTER: The single shelf and rod were replaced with updated shelving for storage of large items. The other side still has room for outdoor wear. On all the slider doors in the house I remove the scratched brass handles and painted them flat black. Pennies saved, but they add up! 

AFTER: The single shelf and rod were replaced with updated shelving for storage of large items. The other side still has room for outdoor wear. On all the slider doors in the house I remove the scratched brass handles and painted them flat black. Pennies saved, but they add up! 

 AFTER: An awkward space grabbing traditional door was replaced with this barn style door. It slides completely out of the way when not needed to keep the dog out of the closet where the cat dishes are, or to block the sound of laundry sloshing around in the washer and jeans thunking in the dryer when we are watching TV in the adjoining family room. 

AFTER: An awkward space grabbing traditional door was replaced with this barn style door. It slides completely out of the way when not needed to keep the dog out of the closet where the cat dishes are, or to block the sound of laundry sloshing around in the washer and jeans thunking in the dryer when we are watching TV in the adjoining family room. 

So there is the new, fresher, brighter and more convenient laundry room that mixes old with new and makes laundry chores a little bit more fun!