Have you been dreaming of a laundry room makeover of your own? Updating our laundry room has been high on my priority list for a long time, and I am beyond ecstatic to finally share the reveal of our own laundry room remodel.
My wish list included a folding counter, built in laundry hamper cabinet, sink, and open shelving. Since this was a renovation and not a new build, the hardest part of the planning process was figuring out how to fit in everything I wanted within the designated space we had.
I had A LOT of fun with making the design selections. I started off with a design board, but ultimately made a lot of decisions and changes along the way. Here’s a sneak peek followed by the Before photos and then the After photos. Be sure to hover over each image you love and save to Pinterest!
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Here are some photos of Before and After the demolition. As you can see, I couldn’t even get a great Before photo because the hallway wall blocks the sight line. By removing the wall, we were able to gain double the width of space creating an open concept. We also changed the layout to take better advantage of the space we had, so the existing bathroom and laundry room were swapped.
The decision to swap the existing bathroom and laundry room was a no-brainer from a design standpoint but it did carry a high cost. We had to swap all of the plumbing and most of the electrical. It sounds a lot simpler than it is I guess! About half of the project completion time was prep work, once the drywall started to go up everything moved really quickly.
The next step was to cover the subfloor with backer board to install the floor tile onto, and after that installing the cabinetry and washer dryer units. The countertop company was able to measure and template their layout once the cabinetry was complete. We had to wait about a week until our quartz slab was installed.
All construction was completed in just four weeks. I procrastinated ordering our 120-inch custom wood shelf, which was by made our local furniture maker Guy Furniture Guy. Since the shelf is all one piece, it tore up the wall a little bit while it was being installed. Thankfully I hadn’t even decided on which wallpaper I wanted to use so it wasn’t in the way. I really wanted to see (almost) everything together before making that decision.
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The initial design plan did not have the cabinetry spanning wall to wall. After everything was torn out, we were able to get the exact measurements and we realized the available space would not only include a 30″ sink base cabinet but also an additional 12″ & 18″ cabinet.
I started to analyze how I do laundry step-by-step so that I could allocate a place for everything. I realized I needed additional storage and desired built in laundry baskets for sorting. There were a few laundry rooms on Pinterest I drew inspiration from which I shared on this post if you missed it.
Extending the cabinetry all the way across added additional costs to the project, but it was one of those add-ons you can’t just add-in later (due to the countertop).
Adding a laundry room sink was a must-have for our family. My husband uses it as a utility sink for projects around the house and I use it for hand-washables and bathing our dogs. The initial plan included a farmhouse sink but because of the costs and space constraints, we decided on a deep under mount sink.
Let’s talk cabinet hardware. I was struggling HARD with whether to use knobs or pulls at all and if so which metal to use. I wanted the hardware to essentially blend in and I felt like if I chose anything fully metal it was going to draw your eyes to it. Ultimately I picked these gorgeous brass and glass knobs that add a warm, feminine element.
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Adding a built in cabinet with laundry baskets for sorting was one of the best decisions I made. Let me walk you through my laundry progress step-by-step. I bring the baskets from my bedroom and sort out the darks and whites. My first load of darks goes in and I put the remainder of clothes into one of these built in baskets then walk the original laundry basket back to my bedroom. The rule is we do not leave baskets or anything really out in the open.
I bring the baskets from my bedroom and sort out the darks and whites. My first load of darks goes in and I put the remainder of clothes into one of these built in baskets then walk the original laundry basket back to my bedroom. The rule is we do not leave baskets or anything really out in the open. I continue to run loads until everything has been washed and dried. As things dry, I am throwing everything up onto the countertop to be folded.
Once I’m finished folding, I stack everything back into the built-in baskets and I put all of my clothes away. I bring the basket back immediately and place it back into the built-in cabinet. It’s a little system that goes a long way keeping everything clean and organized… so far so good!
Speaking of my folding counter, I LOVE having one. Before this renovation, I was folding my laundry in my closet with no workable surface and my husband was folding his laundry on our couch then leaving it there for awhile. Having this spot tucked out of the way is amazing.
Our countertop is “Cashmere Carrera” white quartz. Originally I was considering a light wood countertop, but ultimately I knew white quartz would make the room feel brighter and more spacious. White quartz was a lot more expensive than wood, but its beauty is definitely worth it.
Since the washer and dryer are 38″ high and standard countertops are 36″ high, we stepped down the countertop with a waterfall counter edge. I love how it turned out.
I chose this tall gooseneck faucet to make cleaning easier, and I also like the commercial look it brings. This type of faucet can range in price significantly, but the price on this one was very reasonable.
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How about this darling wallpaper? It adds such a fun element to an otherwise neutral design. I love choosing timeless basics and dressing it up with something I can change easily one day. Since the wallpaper doubles as a backsplash, I made sure to confirm that it is wipeable wallpaper.
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You won’t want to miss our white modern bathroom makeover (Hint: shiplap, hexagon tile, trough sink and a wall-mounted faucet) and I’ve also added a Shop section with all of my favorite home decor finds that I know you will love!
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Electrolux Front-Load Washer & Dryer – Goedeker’s
Kraus Undermount Sink – Houzz
Custom Wood Shelving – Guy Furniture Guy
Cabinetry – KraftMaid Dove White in Full Height
White Quartz Countertop – Q Cashmere Carrera
Floor Tile – 12″ x 24″ Cornerstone Slate Black
Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Highly Reflective White