Our Laundry Room Makeover

This is a picture of the "Before" laundry room. I took this picture when we were house hunting and seriously considering buying this house. Can you believe that someone selling a house would leave their dirty laundry all over the place. This house was a "hot mess"!!

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You can't see it in this picture, but there is a free-standing utility sink on the right side (next to the washer. It's one of those simple plastic-deep-4-leg sinks and those are typical melamine cabinets w/ trim.

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AFTER: We moved the melamine cabinets to the garage (yes, we recycle when possible!). We bought those unfinished cabinets from Home Depot and stacked smaller cabinets on top to create a higher look for those tall ceilings. The cabinets measure 44" tall (not including trim). I distressed the cabinets and painted them black (see below for formula). We ordered a formica countertop from Home Depot (custom order with sink cut-out). This took several weeks and cost about $150 (my mind is sketchy on the actual cost). So plan accordingly for time. Of course, the old sink was donated to Habitat and we added a self rimming utility sink (~$85 from Home Depot). The faucet has one of those pull-out sprayer handles (~$30). We tiled the backsplash with white subway tiles, also from Home Depot and added cabinet hardware. The rug is from Ikea (thanks Mom!). The dog/cat print's are from artist Burns. They look exactly like our animals!! Washer & Dryer are Whirlpool Duet. They can be stacked or side by side. We did everything ourselves but the electrical. Of course, no project is ever simple. When we stacked the washer & dryer, we had to move the electrical plugs and I wanted to add a plug under the cabinets. Due to the dryer plug being a higher wattage, we paid someone. The electrician did several other things for us that day so I don't know the exact cost. If I had to guess, I'd say between $150-$200. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems!!



Ta-Da...
Laundry BeforeAfter

XOXO-


47 comments:

Ashley said...

Love it! I would actually LIKE doing laundry in there!

Gretchen said...

looks fantastic! You guys rock!!

liz jenkins said...

I love how you stacked the smaller cabinet on top of the upper row to create not only a look that is very current but extra storage space - I always hate to see wasted space.
Subway tile looks great as well.
We have stackable washer & dryer as well and love it.
Really nice job!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

amazing!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Swoonilicious!!!!!!!!!!

I'm loving that sink. And what a steal!!

Glenda said...

(clicked over from ASPTL's DIY Day) Beautiful makeover!! Dark cabinets are not usually my thing, but those are absolutely gorgeous :). Great sink, too!

Hattie said...

Love the subway tile! It really looks like a whole new room.

Jamie said...

Such a great room! I really love the cabinetry. We just finished a laundry remodel and we stacked our machines also. I love them like that!

Stephanie said...

Wow! What a transformation. Good for you for the DIY. Love the black cabinets.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful!! Love those dark cabinets. :) Definitely an improvement! I can't believe they left their house like that. Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

Absolutely love it! I am jealous. My laundry is in my unfinished basement. Thanks for sharing.

Olive Rue said...

Oh that's so nice. Love the black cabinets. I'm sure you don't mind doing laundry now. Love the extra counter space too.

Maman Tattoo said...

oh... I'd love this much counter space to fold cloths

Lovely choice of colors!

Joy said...

Awesome transformation!

Heidi said...

Yay! You did such a nice job! I wish I had a laundry room to beautify like yours, rather than the tiny CLOSET that I do, but hey, I could still paint it, right? ;)

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Congratulations on a job well-done...it's beautiful!

Jill said...

LOVE IT! That rug! So cute!

The Bargainista said...

WOW!!! What an amazing change, you should be so proud!! I love it!! :)

Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning! One of the BEST laundry room makeovers I've ever seen.

jskell911 said...

That is amazing! I could seriously enjoy doing the laundry in there

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

What a great transformation! Thank you for sharing. Looks like you have not only created a beautiful space, but one that makes much better, more functional use of the space you have!

Kitty Scraps said...

Your cabinets turned out so great! Amazing transformation, such a pretty space now *smiles*

Mommy of M's said...

Wow, it looks great! If my laundry room was that nice I might not mind doing the laundry!

Richella said...

Good for you! I recently re-did my laundry room, but you out-did me by far. I just left all the builder's stuff in place and worked around it to spiff things up a bit--you really made some awesome changes. Good for you! I do love the black cupboards; they look great. And the art is wonderful!

Happy sudsing!

Michelle said...

Great job...love those black cabinets!

Have a wonderful day!
~Michelle :)

queenbee said...

Looks great! Oh, how I wish to have a laundry room. In our current house its simply a laundry closet. I should probably try to decorate it some, perhaps it would make laundry more "fun"

Delightful Dwelling said...

Awesome, I love how it came out.

Kristi said...

Wow! You did a fantastic job.

Alisa said...

I'm lovin' the cabinet colors and the subway tile. Great job!

Martha said...

Wow! You did a fantastic job! It looks great!

P.S.
I just noticed you used my font "Pea So Lovely" on your titles! Cool! :) I was like, hey I know that font! How did you do it to have them in your titles?

Katherine Marie! said...

Wowsers! I'm moving in... I can even sleep in your laundry room! Do you actually smile now when you do washing???

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Glad ya cleaned up the "hot mess". :)

I made my own expensive looking typography basket~come see.

Tricia Anne said...

Wow! That looks very nice. :o)

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Are you SURE that's the same space?!? It looks a-freakin'-mazing! Great job!

The Hopkins Home said...

Wow - the new look is fantastic! Great job!

Becky said...

It is just beautiful. I could sleep in there. You did such a great job. And cabinets in the garage??? I'm drooling.

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Looks great! I love the itty bitty top cabs!

knittingknirvana said...

Wow!!! All of those cabinets are a dream come true for me!! :) You have a FABULOUS laundry room!

Kris said...

Just emailed myself a link to this post. Our machines our 12 years old--surely they're on their last leg???? I want stackers and more cabs too!!

pk @ room remix said...

This is an amazing makeover! I'm going to mention it in my Sunday Inspiration post.

Dawn said...

Much better now! The cabinets are very pretty!

Jake said...

Very nice makeover. Good job!

The cost for formica countertop is a bit higher than expected--assuming it's postforming formica on a 3/4" particle board--usually it costs $8.00 per square feet. And counting your tiles--still assuming it's 12"x12" :)--you must have got 2'x5' (10 square feet total) countertop. That's $80 bucks, and throw in another $20-$30 for the sink cut out (don't try to cut this yourself--using a jigsaw--the way these guys cut is much better.)

Anyway, I believe you've done a great job. For me, the important factor here is the counter space. It's very handy :)

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

tsc said...

Wow, impressive!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild dotcom said...

that looks sooo much tidy-er... a real inspiration for us. thank you.

tomorrow there will be a 'before' picture of a laundry room I'm working on....
and hopefully later in the week, i'll have the 'after' picture posted....

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

WOW. Love it!! And that molding? eesh, that is pure luxury and for a laundry room? Awesome!!

rachel @ perfectly imperfect said...

nice job! what a great place to do laundry... and store stuff! that's more storage than my whole house combine! enjoy it... : )
happy monday,
rachel

**** April **** said...

FANTASTIC!! Ok, gotta ask, on your prints... LOVE THOSE! You totally didn't pay $400 per print did you? I looked on his site because that's JUST the pop of color I want for a room in my house but I totally can't do it -- I know it's ART but I can't pay that much for something hanging on my wall! Did you buy a print or an original canvas?? HELP! I want one too!!!