Okay, well, it’s almost the reveal. This is how it looks after all of the big stuff is done. I am waiting for the new schoolhouse-style light fixture and I still need to paint the trim on all of the doors, but those are just small finishing details and I don’t want to wait another week to show you the finished space!
Someone on Instagram asked why I was spending so much time and energy on a room no one sees. Well, I see it! That’s why I like my bedroom closet organized and the drawers in my studio tidy. I’m the only one who sees those spaces, but it matters to me that they are organized and look nice. Aside from that, more people do see this room, since it’s right off our kitchen and it’s the entrance from the garage. People are coming and going through this room all the time…
And now it doesn’t feel like a neglected eyesore you need to quickly pass through. Instead, it’s a welcoming little room that feels more like an extension of the kitchen. Here is how it looked before…
Believe it or not, this entire transformation cost less than $500 and that was spent on bead board, trim, four corbels, quality paints, and primers. The only accessory I bought specifically for the room was the wire shelf over the sink, which was $17 from Hobby Lobby. I already owned everything else.
Since this was a pretty involved project, I’m going to share all of the details of the products and tools I used as well as tips for tackling a makeover like this in separate post, so this one isn’t a novella. I’ll also share a post on all of the organization and how I use much of the stuff that looks like it’s just pretty filler. I really did think through everything carefully to make it functional and pretty.
Obviously, removing the cabinet doors made a huge difference and it was a decision I made partway through the project. I did keep the doors in case I ever grow tired of looking at all of my stuff! I will say that it forced me to be more thoughtful about what is stored here. There were several things I threw in these cabinets when we moved in and many of them could be (and were) relocated to a more sensible home. It also gave me an opportunity to pull out some of the things I was storing behind closed doors that were really too pretty to be behind closed doors – stacks of mismatched ironstone serving pieces and small plates I use under houseplant pots, cutting boards and wooden bowls, cloches, tea towels, extra dish brushes, etc.
The open shelving is definitely busier, but I don’t mind it in a space like this. If it ever does bother me, though, I can just put the doors back on.
The other side of the room is a bit quieter visually, so that balances out the room.
A few people suggested removing the pedestals, so I can use the top of the washer & dryer as a folding table. My pedestals are staying, though, because the one under the washer is a mini-washer that I use quite a bit for things that are delicate or need to be hand-washed. I also like the height of the front-loaders on the pedestals. I know they are monster-sized, but they are great machines.
I’ll show inside the closet when I share about the organization of the space. On the other side of the closet, I parked an antique shopping cart and hung a few things on the wall.
Can you believe we’ve never had a place to hang keys? We’ve never had a garage or a laundry room off the garage, so we’ve never really had a good spot for a small key hook rail. It’s just a little thing, but it makes me happy that keys have a proper home and don’t end up strewn on the counter or the kitchen table.
On the “hallway” wall between the garage door and the kitchen door, I hung my antique “tourists” sign and made a hook rail out of a piece of the oak buffet from my dining room and some hooks from Hobby Lobby.
And then we are back where we started! That’s the full 360 of this small space.
I am so pleased with how all of the hard work turned out. I was washing my brushes in there yesterday and I caught myself looking around, smiling. Yes, it’s just a laundry room and a glorified hallway, but it’s still a room in our house, no matter how small. And it deserves a little DIY love and attention, too.
As I mentioned, we’ll swap out the light fixture and I will finish painting the door trim. As far as other things…I’m still thinking about the floor. I was set against painting it, but then I decided I would (I even bought the primer for it), but then I thought it doesn’t look too bad with all of the other changes that were made. So…the debate carries on. The other thing I’m considering is doing something to the ceiling. Wouldn’t a painted tin ceiling look amazing? Along with some crown molding?
It’s fun to think about the finishing details, but for now…I need a break from working on the laundry room!