Laundry Room Renovation: Almost There!

View of the LaundryOver a year ago (3/13/12), I began my laundry room renovation project. As you can see from the first post, the room was in dire need of work! I’m excited to say that this project is well underway, and though it’s not quite complete, we are almost at the end. (I’ve made some after/before pictures and attached them to the end of this post.)

Different OrganizationWhat have I done so far? The two biggest changes implemented are 1)Painting the room pinkish/coral and, 2)Reorganizing my stuff. We moved the original utility shelves to a more suitable space, bought chrome wire shelves from the Home Depot, and got rid of unneeded junk. I also got a cute (cheap) red rug from ikea, covered the previously white shelf with red wrapping paper & clear contact paper, and moved a puzzle of Tamara de Lempicka’s 1925 painting, “Self portrait in the Green Bugatti,” in from another room to cover the electrical panel.

Mini DrawersOne of my favorite new tools is this set of mini drawers that my neighbor gave us when she was reorganizing one of her spaces. I now have different drawers for beads, paints, printmaking supplies, floral supplies, embroidery thread, felt, etc. Even my buttons are sorted by color and pretty in their own drawer!

Rainbow Button Drawer

What’s left to do?

  1. Replace the ugly light fixture with the chandelier from my bathroom. In the first image on this page, you can see the light I’ve renovated to be the new light over my tub. (It’s sitting on the cabinet.)
    Lights

    Current Light (left), Future Light (right)

  2. I’m working on a solution for air-drying clothes.
  3. Looking for a cart to go between the dryer and the cabinet.
  4. Considering a unified enclosure for the washer and dryer.
  5. and, Maybe some more wall art, scavenged from other areas of the house.

After (Left) & Before (Right) 1

After (Left) & Before (Right) 1


After (Left) & Before (Right) 2

After (Left) & Before (Right) 2


After (Left) & Before (Right) 3

After (Left) & Before (Right) 3

Laundry Room Renovation: Before

If we ever have a tornado, our laundry room might be the best place to go. It’s right in the middle of the house, there are no windows, and there are actually two roofs over it. However, it’s also the room most likely to look like it was hit by a tornado. It’s one of the *two* rooms that haven’t been redone since we moved in. Now the time has come to put some work into this room.

I probably shouldn’t show these pictures because the laundry room is bad. Really bad. And I can’t blame anyone else; I’m the only one who uses this room! However, a proper room renovation requires before pictures, so here goes.

The Washer & Dryer Wall

The Washer & Dryer Wall


Bookshelves & Craft Supplies

Bookshelves & Craft Supplies


The Wall Behind the Door

The Wall Behind the Door

The Wall with the Door

The Wall with the Door

As you can see, I’ve got decent space, but major layout issues. And clutter issues. This renovation is going to involve a lot of things; can you say de-stashing? We’re going to paint, change the lighting, and maybe even construct some furniture-type things! My next laundry room post will focus on designing the new layout (plan & elevation views) and inspiration shots. Stay tuned.

Laundry News

I know it has been quite some time since I have updated this website. It’s funny how time just sneaks up on you. I just got DSL at my apartment, and will be updating much more regularly in the future.

Below you can view pictures of my new washer & dryer. They’re so quiet, new, & gorgeous. No more car trips to the condo just to wash & dry clothes! The extra bonus is that my cats are fascinated by the spinning clothes.

New Washer Dryer