Okay gang, we’ve got big progress in the Laundry/Mudroom this week, and I’m starting to believe we’re actually going to finish it this
year go-round! And I’ve honestly not been this excited about a room makeover in ages!! I like a pretty room as much as the next person, but there’s just something about all the functionality that’s being added to this space that has my heart racing. Plus, Laundry Rooms aren’t typically a favorite spot to hang out in, simply because of the chore associated with it, but if ever there’s a way to take the sting out of 10 weekly loads of laundry, this baby is it!
First up, we needed to add some sort of backsplash behind the sink, so we decided to just fill the entire wall with it. I mean really, is there anything more clean (not to mention budget-friendly!!) than good ol’ white subway tile? I love to have fun with color and pattern, but sometimes you need to just stick with the classics. After all, they’re classic for a reason. #amIright?!
Oh yeah, we also removed that sweeeeet formica edging that extended up the wall about 6-inches…that way we got a clean line of tile all the way to the countertop. The counter has seen better days, and I toyed with the idea of replacing it, but since this utility sink area takes such a beating, we decided to save the dollars and leave it.
We got the amazing new washer and dryer set last year (we’re still 100% impressed with it, by the way), but unfortunately I couldn’t open the washer lid all the way without it hitting the cabinets. Not awesome. Plus, the weird space above the cabinets just made the wall look choppy…so we just bumped that baby up to the ceiling! #problemsolved
In an attempt to give the appliances a more built-in look, we added a shelf at the back…but I did a poor job of communicating exactly what I wanted to my rockstar contractor, so we started with this dinky thing…
Turns out, that was a minor hiccup (easy for me to say since I wasn’t the one re-doing it!), and now we have this wider, thicker shelf, that not only makes the washer and dryer look more built-in, but it covers all the appliance hook-ups for a cleaner aesthetic. Oh yeah, and gives me an additional spot to store things since that cabinet is a liiiiiitle out of reach now.
We still need to paint the cabinets and put the doors back on, but you can already see how much sleeker this side of the room looks.
On the Mudroom side, we added basic trim to the back wall, and the drawers were installed.
My plan is to create a family command center of sorts in here, too (see our old one here), so we positioned outlets in the narrow shelf for a charging station.
I hit up the huge assortment of baskets at World Market, and brought five different ones home to test drive. If I were to do this again, I’d choose my baskets first, and then have the unit built to accommodate them. #oops
Oh yeah, and see the paint samples? I’m toying with the idea of painting the ceiling a fun color.
I also need to choose hardware so my contractor can attach the drawer fronts (I’m leaning towards these), along with the hooks. My goal is to have the Mudroom ready to show you next week, so send me all your positive mojo!
PS…I’m always happy to share my contractor info, just shoot me an email if you’re in the Dallas area!