Of all the plans and dreams I had on the go for our new place, the laundry room space wasn’t even on my radar!
It’s tucked at the end of a narrow hallway off of the kitchen, and up until the new year, all was right in its world.
When I painted the kitchen on a whim one day, I went ahead and painted this hallway, too. Except, I didn’t try to tackle the area directly behind the washer and dryer.
As you can see, the appliances took up most of the space, and I couldn’t figure out where to move them so I could paint behind! Although a bit hard to tell in pictures, both the washer and dryer were set up on pedestal drawers. The drawers provided a great storage spot for things like cleaning cloths, lightbulbs, and odd things like waterproofing spray. However, since they were on pedestals, I couldn’t reach that shelf up there for anything…
Although they seemed a bit large for the space, I loved them. Until: the washing machine decided it was completely finished washing clothes. I was so sad to see it go…
But, the silver lining to this cloud was that we now had the opportunity to clear some space and paint behind!!:)
As we were thinking through all the details with buying a new washing machine, we made a major decision that completely changed the design of this space.
I decided to get a top loading machine.
So, out went the pedestals, and in came a whole new look!
One of the challenges of this space is that it’s right outside the door to the main floor powder room. It’s a place where guests walk through often, and I didn’t want it to feel like a walk in cleaning closet!;)
So, I relocated all the cleaning supplies to other concealed areas and put up some shelving that extended the whole width of the space. Of course it could be used for practical things like baskets and bins of useful items. But for now, it’s holding mostly pretty things.
The little white curtain is my “farmhouse style” way of concealing the ugly pipes and faucet box in the wall.
I spent some time researching art to put on the wall, and ended up doing some printables. It’s one of my favorite parts of the room.
The big frame in the middle is one I bought on clearance years ago. It was dark brown, so I pulled out my chalk paints and gave it a whole new look. (Tutorial to come.)
I still have a few more plans up my sleeve for this space, but for now, it’s a pleasant place to work.
And, let me tell you, nothing makes you appreciate your washing machine more than not having one for 3 weeks!
Washing machine: LG