Thursday, March 8, 2018

time for some laundry room love

Hi friends, its been a while but I have some fun design news to share...our laundry room is getting some serious love out of pure is a little mood board to show you the style I am going for...simple...clean and a touch of modern farm house to blend with our whole house.

My goals:

to create a highly functional space

to create a visually appealing space

to max out storage

to create ample counter space 

to make room for a wine cooler 

to create hidden garbage storage 

to create hidden bottle recycling

to achieve this all on a very tight budget 

 It has been a difficult time to blog...recently my laptop crashed...I lost every bit I had saved and sadly I did not have anything backed up...stupid me, I know...
But anyway, it has meant it has been difficult to get back after switching to a MAC...its a real learning experience and I feel a bit lost.

 I quite miss having a nice finished laundry this one in our last home.
 It all started out pretty bland with no storage, just potential, we added the upper cabinet from our kitchen.

 A couple of weekends ago I moved our washer and dryer position so that we could access the machines properly, for over a year the doors opened on the same side which made doing laundry a complete pain...I honestly didn't think I could swap their position myself in such a tight spot but I did it and switched to the door on the dryer so that it opened to the right and the washer to the was pretty exciting...but it became clear we needed to stack these machines if at all possible to allow for more cabinet space...that was easy enough. I picked up a LG stacking kit from Lowes for $68 we had less than an inch to spare but it worked...we were stacked, and yes even I can reach...I'm just over 5' tall and reaching the dryer knobs is not a problem.
 The only problem was that the pug for the dryer was installed as close to the floor as possible, we needed to raise it up by an inch...that was simple enough of an adjustment and we were off and running.

                                                 Attached a new flex hose and that was it.
We have one oddly placed wall light and very low head room, its about 6'5" in there...I can't move the light because of the plumbing in the wall so I have to just live with it where it is, so I opted for this light that can be adjusted is from Amazon and it has two lights, two lights are better than 1.

I have decided to use this gorgeous tile it's .99 cents a tile, this laundry room doesn't have much going for it so I wanted to make sure the style factor is high...and I am hoping it will be so pretty I will insist the door will stay open...I found a gift card for Lowes so the tile and faucet and a few misc things ended up being what a great surprise for my budget which is what allowed me to move ahead suddenly. 

I found this simple clean Delta faucet for only $74 at Lowes on clearance, it is my dreams I would love a brass faucet for this room but I don't have the budget for dream choices... but down the line I can always upgrade...right?

I removed the laundry tub...I don't like laundry tubs I find them bulky, too deep and a waste of space, they don't allow for storage besides pushing things underneath...we can do better than that, in our last laundry room I built a simple sink cabinet with a simple diy door.
Back to this sink...what I really wanted was the ikea apron front single bowl sink but it seems to be impossible to find it gone? well I wanted a white sink that is for sure, I came across this ikea sink, second hand for $20 with a faucet....I'm tossing the faucet but a sink for $ win...

here is that post 

In our last laundry room I also built a diy pine counter...and this is the plan for our current laundry room, it will be a lighter stain but I am excited to do this again, I love to work with wood and nothing is as budget friendly as a diy pine counter.

here is that post 

a. urban grace b. unknown c. studio mcgee d. unkown

 I wanted to have some fun with color on the cabinets, I had it narrowed down to these four options....why not be bold...although white is lovely too....
photo Studio McGee

This beautiful green was the winner, I have been embracing touches of green for a while now and one of my favourite designers Erika Powell of Urban Grace uses so much delicious green and I have always wanted to try adding green to a fixed piece in my home, and this will be the perfect spot...

I have selected Basil by Sherwin Williams...I'm really excited to get this complete.

                                                      I'll keep you posted with the progress.

Current break down of costs:
$68 stacking kit
$45 light
$20 sink
free cabinets I relocated
free faucet $74
free tile $81
$60 misc dryer hose

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