Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful. That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic?
I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room.
It really was this bad all by itself.
With a pretty useless corner.
And minimal storage.
Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make.
It was not a nice place to be.
Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space. A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside.
Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference. Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets. I decided that for our family the best idea was to tear it out and open things up a little.
We also had a small second pantry in the kitchen that backed into the laundry room. The pantry was in this spot.
Another four precious square feet we could add if we eliminated the pantry. And if we were ripping out the pantry and opening up the wall we could add a POCKET DOOR! More about pocket doors later, for now let’s just say I think they are the cat’s meow.
Here’s one last look at the before.
Here’s the new and improved.
A little less frightening, don’t you think?
I usually stick to neutrals when it comes to paint, but this place needed some color. “Yam” by Sherwin Williams was the perfect warm orange to wake up this hard working little space.
Gone is the door that was always in the way. It had to be at least partially closed or the dryer wouldn’t open.
Replaced by a pocket door that is out of sight and out of the way until it is needed.
And the dead corner.
Opened up beautifully.
Giving us more storage and a bench for putting on shoes.
No more ugly wire shelves. No more shower curtain rod.
New cabinets hide the once exposed laundry room necessities and a really clever foldable clothes hanger looks better and takes up less space than the shower curtain rod.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much better this space feels and functions! Eight square feet made a huge difference.
Removing the pantry gave us room for a longer countertop and extra deep shelves below that are large enough to hold laundry baskets and deep enough to hide extra paper towels, trash bags, and the like.
We used Ikea butcher block for the counter top and shelf. Baskets from Target hold hangers, extra cleaning products and paperwork. This area is now a great drop zone and charging station.
Even the laundry detergent got a makeover.
The final missing piece was something to cover the washer and dryer hookups in the space between the countertop and shelf. I found the perfect thing at an antique shop.
Ok, honestly, as far as happy places go, I would pick this over my laundry room any day.
But it is a much happier place now!
How you can make your laundry room a happier place? Fresh paint? A few pictures on the walls? Decanted laundry detergent? Why not wash, dry, fold AND smile?
The beautiful “after” photos in this post are by the very talented James Martin and Elizabeth Kim of Monogram Arts Photo. Thank you James and Elizabeth for the amazing pictures!
Special thanks to R.H. Schmitt Contracting for turning my vision into a reality!