When you think about places in your house that need some decorating TLC in order to make you feel comfortable, you don’t always think about your laundry room. And yet that was the first room in the Big Brick House that we overhauled after we moved in.
Okay, let me not overstate the importance. We started with the laundry room because when we first bought the house, we were just excited that there was a laundry room – but it didn’t have any appliances in it yet. Still, there was a laundry room with enough room for side by side washer and dryer units. The laundry machine in the Aloha House was stacked in the corner of the downstairs powder room.
So we went to Home Depot, picked out the washer and dryer we wanted, arranged delivery, and started working like mad people trying to get the laundry room overhauled before they arrived.
Why did it need overhauling, you ask? Because this is what it looked like before.
Yeah. So, aside from the luxury of having a room set aside just to do your clothes, it wasn’t anything to write home about. However, after just having bought a house and bought a washer and dryer on top of that, I didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money fixing it up.
So Scott and I brainstormed, and ended up doing the overhaul of the laundry room with some new tile, some MDF board and batten, and a whole lot of paint.
So we gathered our materials and got to work, sanding down the cabinets to get ready for paint and roughing up the flooring and laying down underlayment to prepare for tile. Here’s the work in progress shots with materials we used:
Just so you know, it took a lot of coats of cabinet paint to cover our cabinets.
We did board and batten the same way we did our main guest room along the sides of the wall. I love white board and batten because it keeps a room painted in color from looking either too bright or too dark and it helps actually make the room look bigger. If we’d painted the laundry room all gray, it would have looked much darker and more cramped.
Once we were done, all that was left was to add a few decorative touches – an extending drying rack we found on Wayfair, an ironing board and iron hanger, a vintage photo print that Scott has had forever and makes me laugh every time I see it, and a few bright galvanized pots with faux boxwoods we found on sale at Target.
Let me give you one more brilliant piece of advice for laundry rooms and other potentially dark and tight spaces – the best way to totally brighten up the room, other than painting everything brighter colors and using a glossier paint, is to install true daylight LED lights.
Think about that difference and how much brighter the room looks when you look at the before and after photos below!
We love the change, and we also love that we were able to create a very large change in the room for a relatively small amount of money. The hardest part was knowing that we wanted to take the Big Brick House in a different style direction than the Aloha House, and we felt like we were defaulting to our usual whites and grays. However, I think it’s all going to work out fine.
The only things I would have done differently if we had more money to work with is that I might have splurged a little on the larger Samsung front-door washer and dryer set, tucked them under a butcher block folding table, and raised the cabinets from where they are to about 6-8 inches higher to make room for a folding area. With what we have currently, we just pull the laundry into a laundry basket and go fold it in our room.
What do you guys think of this overhaul? What would you have done differently?