Room Makeover- Laundry Room

Room Makeover- Laundry Room
Laundry Room Before
Laundry Room Before

When we moved into the house, we had no clue what we were going to do with one of the rooms. It was too small for us to use as a bedroom, and somewhat oddly shaped due to the house being broken up into three apartments prior to our moving in (more on that in a later post). Matt and I ended up using this space as a walk-in-closet and storage for over a year and it mostly collected stuff– before we decided what to do with this room.

When we first moved in, Matt thought that this would be a great laundry room. Our washer and dryer were down in the basement, and steep basement stairs made it scary to carry hampers and loads of laundry up and down. However, I wasn’t entirely convinced– it’s a big space for a washer, dryer, and other laundry accessories. This past December, with the help of Matt’s parents, we made the choice and turned this closet/storage space into a gorgeous laundry room and changing space for our son. All in all, the transformation took us less than a week. And what a wild and busy week it was!

First, Matt and his dad switched out the ceiling fan for one with a light so that we could see. Previously there was just a ceiling fan, making it difficult to see in there without a lamp. What a difference having a nice, bright light in there made (especially for the next steps).

A plumber and electrician came to run plumbing and install a dryer plug, neither of which were there previously.

With the new light in the space, it soon became noticeable that this room was in desperate need of a coat of paint. So we spent a day and a half spackling, sanding, priming, and painting the room. Luckily it’s not a big space, so it really didn’t take us long. We kept the trim white and painted the walls a warm, cream color. While the paint is a neutral color, it’s nice to have something other than stark white on the wall.

Then it was time to hook everything up and get the washer and dryer where we wanted them. When we went to hook up the new appliances, we realized that we had the wrong plug type installed for the dryer. Matt had to run down to the hardware store and get a new receptacle so that we could change out the plug. He switched it out with no problems and Voila, it worked!

We can now do laundry on the first floor and not have to run up and down the basement stairs. This project wasn’t without it’s bumps and quirks (that’s what happens when you live in a house that is over 170 years old), but it came together so well and I am so grateful to be able to do laundry up here.

I didn’t realize how much this was really needed until they were installed and we used them. Having a changing area for our son right next to the washer and dryer was one of the best ideas we’ve had in a long time! We added a dresser/shelves for storage and a hamper and clothes rack and this part of the project is complete.

Thank you again to Matt’s parents for helping us turn this space into our laundry room! It’s come in so handy the last couple of weeks!

What’s next?

  • Adding shelves above the washer and dryer
  • Shelves on the short wall for storage and needed laundry accessories and items

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