Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Laundry Room Reveal

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Laundry Room Reveal

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The big day is finally here! Today I am going to show you my laundry room makeover! Woot! Woot! My basement is split in two parts. You come down the stairs and through the door to the left is a nice, finished family room. You go to the right, and nice or finished would not describe how the laundry area used to look. It really was a catch all for seasonal decor, yard sale and thrift boxes, outgrown clothes and toys. It was just a hot mess. Here. Let me show you what it used to look like.


Now you can see why laundry always took so long. Who wants to spend time in that!? My husband wanted to turn it into something a little more usable and decided to kill two birds with one stone. We decided to turn it into a functional laundry room that could also be used as a craft area as well. After 2 1/2 very long months, it's finally done.

laundry room makeover

laundry room renovation

Pardon the funky shapes of the images. I used the panoramic mode on my phone to give you a more full picture of the finished results.

So, here's what we did. After ripping out the ugly wood wall in the back, we stacked the washer and dryer for more useable space. We had to completely frame in the entire room, which took A LOT of wood! Added insulation, then the drywall went up. Ceilings went up and lighting went in. Next we laid ceramic floor tile, followed by cabinet installation.

laundry room makeover

What took a lot of time was the cabinet and door painting! Even though we used our Wagner Paint Sprayer it still took several days to get all the cabinets and doors painted. You can't see from this photo, but under cabinet lighting was also installed. We ended up going with a bronze finish for cabinet and door hardware.

laundry room remodel
I still need to lay down a strip to separate the carpet from the grout, so I'm not fully done, I suppose :)
We found some white and black glass back splash tiles on clearance at Lowe's ($6 for a 12x12 sheet!) so instead of going with just one wall, we put them on two. We went cheap with the counter tops and used a dark colored laminate. It was a color battle, split evenly between the family. Green or purple? Since I'm the one who will be looking at it the most, I won with the purple. I wanted it to have a little touch of girly to it, and green just doesn't say girly to me.


To keep floor space free, we installed a StowAway In-Wall Ironing Board, which is pretty nifty, because there's extra shelving inside to keep more laundry essentials! A metal clothes hanging rod was a much better fit than the rigged up clothes line we had before. To hide the ugly water heater and softener, we added a lightweight folding door.

laundry room makeover

Behind door #3, we still have an ugly 10 x 10 foot space to stack holiday totes and such, but at least it's hidden from view :) I'll be moving my desk against the blank wall, hanging up some photos, putting down a few rugs, and then calling it a day.

When it's just the 2 of us doing all the work, it was a long drawn out process, and I am taking a break from the home improvement scene for a bit. Jason didn't get the memo and has already jumped into his next project. Rebuilding the deck. Good luck with that, buddy. You'll get no help from the wife there!

So, what do you think of my laundry room makeover? Wanna come over and wash a load or two?


38 comments:

  1. OMG it is so gorgeous! It's prettier than my whole house :) Love the floors, the countertops and the lilac colour! The only thing that I'm not sure about are the strangely positioned backsplash tiles, they're tricky to the eye :)
    Are we having a party?

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  2. Thank you Dezzy :) From the angles I was standing, the tiles didn't photo well, and do look a bit off in the pictures. But in person they actually look pretty fabulous.

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  3. Theresa!!! I am so excited for you! This is the most gorgeous laundry/craft room I have seen. You guys have some serious talents! You definitely deserve a break. Cheers.

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    1. PS I think I need you at my house!!!! After your break of course.

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  4. Theresa - welcome to the world of, "OMG - I did that and I'm so happy!"
    This is a beautiful, more functional space. I know you love this. The improvements will cut your work time in half, maybe more. You won't be doing the 'search for this and that' routine! I'm so tickled for you! Colors are amazing. I know you'll enjoy this for eons!

    Best get 'before' photos of the deck though!!!

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  5. I'm amazed at the results - and although it was a long time to do it, it seems fast for how great a result. I'm thinking you could probably enter this into a contest for makeovers and win!! A fun place to do laundry and crafting!

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  6. And the value of your house just went up! Nice job, Theresa...no better than nice, it's fantabulous/terrific/wonderful, and I love it! Toally worth all the sweat and tears. :)

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    1. 'toally' hahaha not what I meant, but it works. :) t-o-t-a-l-l-y

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  7. Damn, that turned out waaaaaaay better than before. Awesome job. All the time put into it was well worth it as it came out amazing.

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  8. This room is beautiful!! I love the colors you picked and the back-splash is beautiful!! I feel like I could spend all day there!

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  9. This is gorgeous!! Better than my sorry-looking bedroom.

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  10. Oh my!! This is GORGEOUS! LOVE the colour and it puts my laundry room to complete shame LOL. Beautiful job!!! I bet you won't mind doing laundry in there now ;)

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  11. DAMN!

    That came out AWESOME. It was totally worth it looking back, right?

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  12. What a gorgeous space!!! I would totally want to do laundry AND craft in there!

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  13. WOW, WOW...WOWWWWW I am so jealous and happy for you!! Kudos to all the hard work it took.

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  14. OH MY GOSH!!! Theresa, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! I would be in that room as much as possible LOL You're gonna get SO much laundry done LOL

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  15. Holy Cow! This is amazing. I am in love with this and so happy for you. I bet you are in love with it!

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  16. Wow! That is absolutely stunning and pretty much my dream laundry (or any) room! How amazing!

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  17. That is a crazy improvement from the original. In my old house, my laundry room looked just like your 'before' picture.

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  18. Absolutely beautiful. Nothing like a great redesigned piece of space.

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  19. Oh my goodness it looks wonderful! I love it!

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  20. Wow that is amazing! Looks beautiful! I envy you, I wish I had a laundry room, I only have a closet and with 5 kids it is crazy!

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  21. This looks amazing. I love the color and the cabinets. I will have to think about doing my laundry room.

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  22. Wow, that's certainly an overhaul! I love the color you chose for the room.

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  23. I am totally jealous of the SPACE you have. My laundry room is a passageway from the garage and is so tight.

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  24. WOW! That is so amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Amber n

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  25. Wow! I want to come do your laundry now! And I hate doing laundry. It looks great in there. great job

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  26. Wow, that's quite the transformation! It looks amazing. A room like that would definitely make me more inclined to do laundry.

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  27. Wow! Looks incredible! You must be loving it.

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  28. This is absolutely gorgeous. You did an amazing job. I wish my laundry room like this

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  29. WOAH it is amazing!!!! I'd be so happy if i got a laundry room like that! It's really amazing what you achieved there with hubby so a big pat on the back for both of you!


    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  30. Wow! It looks awesome. I would love to have that area to take care of my clothing needs. You did a great job.

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  31. Oh wow, that laundry room is beautiful and I am so jealous. My laundry room is in the basement and it's ugly.

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  32. hi Theresa! Great re-do, re-model, re-furbish!. ILOVEIT!!! I really love the purple paint. WOW!!!

    Thanks for your consoling words regarding my up step fall thingy. I'm too old to fall down. lol

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  33. The room looks so gorgeous! You have really done an amazing job. I love the color as well. I would really love to to try this makeup for my laundry room as well.

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  34. Such a wonderful laundry room - totally lovely and I love the lavander colors around!

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  35. This is absolutely gorgeous. I want a laundry room like this.

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