Laundry Room Update

First up, thank you so much for your great tips on yesterday’s post! I’ve saved them all, and will put them to good use. But mostly, thank you for your genuine excitement! I know the opportunities offered to bloggers can be ridiculous, and sometimes even I want to punch myself in the face, but I’m so, so grateful for this travel experience, and can’t wait to share all the details, tips, and adventures with you…and hopefully you’ll be able to put them to good use for yourself!

Moving on to the home front, my rockstar contractor stopped by last week to chat all things Laundry Room, and after excessive hemming-and-hawing, and loads of ridiculous questions, we settled on our built-in Mudroom design.

You may recall it’s going in this little nook of the Laundry Room. Doesn’t this spot just scream ‘Make me a mudroom!!!’??

I knew from the moment we moved in that would become our Mudroom, but I wanted to live in the house awhile, and see where things naturally landed, before moving forward with the makeover. I’m so glad I waited, because several ideas have shifted in the year we’ve lived here.

I ended up pulling ideas from each of these inspiration images, and they’ll find their way into our finished Mudroom.

ONE //  Notched drawers for ventilation…this will help for muddy shoes and damp sports equipment. We’ll have one shallow drawer for shoes, and a deeper one for balls, shin guards, etc.

TWO // Individual lockers to create a zone for each kid, and hooks on both the backs and sides.


THREE // Bench for a place to sit, or prop your foot up. We’ll go with a stained wood because it’s more durable, and to add warmth to the room.

FOUR // All-white paint with black hooks and knobs for a streamlined, uncluttered look. We considered shiplap on the back walls, but figure there’s enough stripe going on with the floor.


FIVE // Add outlets to a shallow shelf, or the lockers, for charging devices. We currently have an impromptu charging station in the pantry, but that’s not a convenient spot to remember before dashing out the door. This way everything we need to leave for the day (bags, jackets, phones) will all be in one spot.

SIX // Striped totes or woven baskets for more storage on the open shelves. We’re also adding a pull-out trash and dog food bin.

We’re going to make a few changes to the other side of the Laundry Room, as well. First, we’ll remove the short cabinet over the sink, and move the remaining cabinets flush to the ceiling. That will create more symmetrical zones, an aligned edge for the eye, and make room for the taller washer lid.


While I love the larger sink and faucet, the formica countertop has seen better days, so we’ll replace it with sealed butcher block to coordinate with the wood bench on the opposite of the room. 

Similar Faucet | Similar Sink

I wish we could build a counter around the washer and dryer too, but can’t because ours is a top-loader. But we’ll cover the back wall with white subway tile…there’s just too much water spray to not have a backsplash behind the sink.



The bottom cabinet will be painted black for more balance.

And finally, I’ll install a system behind the door to hold all the cleaning and laundry supplies, like brooms, mops and ironing board.

As for more light, I think we’ll ad a few can lights to the ceiling, and an industrial pendant over the sink. I loved the idea of under-cabinet lights, but once they’re moved up, the bottom will no longer be hidden. There are a few other design choices, like knobs and hardware, and the final paint color and fabric for the shade, that I’ve yet to settle on, but that will come as the room develops, I hope think.

Whew, I think that just about covers it! Have I missed anything? He’s set to get started next month, so let me know if you have other tips I should incorporate!

{Catch-Up on the Laundry Room}

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Your overall plan is great. Just wondering if you included a space to hang delicates or a few shirts? If you skip it, you will miss it.

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  2. Your floor just gets me every single time I see it :).

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  3. I was thinking the same as the above anonymous comment……Have you thought of somewhere to hang those few things that need to hang dry. There are some great hidden ideas out there which I'm sure you have seen as well. It's going to be so convenient having that nook in there for all of the kids stuff! Love the idea with the charging stations in there too. Looking forward to seeing it finished 🙂

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  4. That floor is just awesome, and I like your plan to both pretty up the space and make it more functional. Can't wait to see the finished result!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  5. MelissaG wrote:

    To Die For!!! Ok, can I make a suggestion. This is coming from a mom of 5 kids who play A LOT of sports. I made a really nice place in the garage for all the sports equipment. It was awesome. However, never got used. Everything is in their sports bag…and there is a bag for each sport. They keep cleats, shin guards, balls, etc in the bags….which is actually better, so when it's time to leave they aren't hunting it down. So, you may want to reconsider the sports area! I bought 6 racks of coat hooks…6 each…and hung them end to end in my garage. I labeled each "Ellie softball" "Jacob tennis" etc and each bag goes on the appropriate hooks. Works great. Ok…just my thoughts!!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
    • Sandy wrote:

      I couldn't agree more. We'd all like to think our kids will use our organizational systems and no matter how well you think you train them, they just won't conform! My guys are now in their 20's so I speak from experience.
      I'm just gonna say it . . . I'm tired of seeing that Ikea fixture everywhere. It just looks like a giant dust collector to me. I see something utilitarian in that space. Otherwise, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

      Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  6. Christina wrote:

    This is going to be great! I agree with the first two people about space to hand clothes to dry. Other than that I think you covered it all!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  7. The individual outlets in the lockers are brilliant. BRILLIANT I tell you!!! I cannot stand our current charging area which is basically just a pile of phones, iPads and tangled cords sitting out in the open on our kitchen counter. Yuck. I'm really digging your plans in here. It is going to be an awesome space!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  8. You may want to consider doors to your cubbies.. Heard people have regretted it after having to look at the clutter of coats, bags, ect.

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  9. I am designing our own "mudroom" in our basement entry area right now. My husband is building it (yeah!). My last piece of the puzzle is how wide to make each cubby! Right now I have them about 20" wide which is pretty much what yours are going to be. Just want to be sure that a backpack and a sports bag can fit in there. I'm also leaving open the option for doors if things get too smelly down the road 🙂 I'm crushing on those shoe drawers but I'm afraid they won't work for us because we have snow boots. BUT, I'm wondering if I could just do one pull out drawer at the bottom… Hmmm. I think my husband may strangle me!!!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  10. The stained wood for a laundry/mudroom is brilliant; it really add warmth to the modern black/white. Now, if I could just figure out what to do with my outdoor laundry space! Pinterest doesn't have much of anythning, so I'm thinking I'm the only idiot in the world with that setup!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  11. VB_BG wrote:

    not sure if you've done this before, but i really like how you've laid out this post… first, describe what you want to do, then a shot of what it looks like now, and finally, the inspiration. it helps me visualize where you're going without having to scroll back up or click to another post (for "before" pics) to see what you're talking about. also, i can't wait to see the final reveal!!!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  12. WELL, HOT DANG! I can't wait to see this space!!!!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  13. Melissa wrote:

    Same thought as other commenters about a drying rack. A friend has one that folds up and hides above her laundry sink. If you're removing the cabinets above the sink, that could be great for you. (Though might mess with the pendant above the sink.) She loves it. A quick google images search has so many good ideas!

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  14. Some serious love for this little space of yours….can't wait to see the finished product!

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

    Posted 5.17.16 Reply
  15. Another exciting adventure for you and Mr. SP! Which ship will you be sailing on? This is my dream itinerary so I'm excited to travel virtually with you! You do such an amazing job capturing the beauty and feel of all the varied places you've traveled. Bon Voyage!

    Posted 5.18.16 Reply
  16. WINNTINN wrote:

    Here is an idea that I have never seen anywhere before. I used it in my laundry room and have been very happy with the result. My utility sink has a cover. It iss all part of the countertop. When not in use it is down and it looks like a solid countertop, however because the cover is hinged it lifts up for dog baths etc….. If you would like a photo just contact me!

    Posted 5.18.16 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    I see you currently hang clothes on the side where the mudroom will go. I happen to fold and hang our clothes in the laundry room and then put them away. Do you plan on a spot for hanging clothing?

    Posted 5.20.16 Reply
  18. Kathy V. wrote:

    Actually, it might be possible to build a counter top across your washer and dryer. See if your contractor could build a counter that's split over the washer and mounted using hinges on the back or side. (Think counter in a diner that lifts for the waitress to go in and out.) This would let you lift the counter to access the washer, and close it for more counter space. The kind of counter top you're using (granite could be too heavy, for example), clearances, even your height should be considered, but it might be an option. Talk to that rockstar contractor–he seems like a pretty creative guy! I'm with you, a continuous counter would be nice.

    Posted 5.21.16 Reply