Let’s be honest. In many ways Pinterest is the devil. Tempting us with desserts that call for a dozen candy bars, a can of chocolate frosting and a jar of peanut butter with names like Better Than Sex Cake or Sin Brownies or whatever. Fear not! I pinned a 3 Days to Six-Pack Abs article right after those so it’s all good. 😉 Before Pinterest, who ever thought their laundry room needed to be a one stop shop for… everything? “Oh, you don’t have a dog shower, craft area and a gift wrapping station in YOURS?!?”
I want know who is gifting things so frequently that they need a wrapping station (because I want to be their friend) I am also admitting that I am completely guilty of coveting these over-the-top laundry rooms. Maybe if I had a wrapping station and a doggy-shower I would gift presents more frequently and have the best smelling dog on the block. Here’s a few of the more elaborate Pinterest “laundry rooms” I have come across. They’re like an iPhone. The last thing I actually do on my phone is use the telephone.
Using the crazy internet for inspiration we set out to practical-ize (I made that word up) the renovation of our small laundry room. Before: Old, dirty laminate flooring, a few abandoned mouse nests, florescent lighting (gross), plastic-covered wire shelving, and a few laminate cupboards that could barely store anything. And then we started putting it back together! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Hearts of Palm. Mike installed the in wall dryer vent and the hot/cold water lines. We decided on a stackable washer dryer set so we could make the best use of our space. Plus it was time for a new set! We sold the old ones to a few college students for a couple hundred bucks. We had some really nice glass-front cabinets left over from our kitchen renovation and we saved them just for this project. To the left of the washer/dryer Mike made little cubbies for detergent, etc. As you walk into our house from the garage the laundry room is immediately to your left, a half-bath to your right and the kitchen straight ahead. The little hallway area winds up being a catch-all for our shoes, coats, gloves, etc. We thought about putting in a utility sink, but as far as family-funcionality goes, a locker area would be most helpful. Plus the little bench make a great folding area. To further customize the look Mike took the extra time to add crown molding to the top of the cabinets and make a full-surround for the washer-dryer. Man, he’s good! The floors are a simple white-wash Pergo- “Driftwood Pine” from Lowes. If you want to try something trendy and fun this is a nice place to do it! It’s a small space that doesn’t date an entire house in just 5 years. You gotta live a little.
LOVE! This cheerful space makes doing my least favorite domestic activity a little more tolerable.