Hey hey! I’m so excited about my next project. And I hope you’ll be excited too because I need your help! I’m updating the look and function of a worn-out laundry room that belongs to a family of 6.
6 people means it sees a lot of use! So my goal is to create a fun, elegant space that is a workhorse. It also needs lots of storage.
Let’s see if my plan makes sense. If you have any neat storage or laundry room ideas you’ve seen that I don’t mention, please share in the comments below!!
For the wall opposite the washer and dryer, I’m planning to build a laundry sorter that looks like a dresser. This will also give the momma of the household a great surface to fold clothes.
You can see this room also serves as a pantry overflow for their big box store purchases.
So I’d like to be able to conceal them in some way on this wall without interfering with the breaker box that’s halfway up the side wall on the left.
We have one of these laying around the office.
(image source: Walmart.com)
So I’m thinking of hanging it on the wall above the dresser for that overflow pantry storage.
For the washer and dryer side of the room, we also have some cabinets leftover from my kitchen remodel that I’ll be hanging above the machines. A hanging bar will be incorporated into the right side so the clothes can hang to the right of the machines and not interfere with the laundry process. I’d like to add a nice stained wood ledge that will sit right on top of the washer and dryer (without blocking the controls). It’ll just be a cute place to keep the dryer sheets and a great place to bring some decor into the room.
Since the appliances are in working condition, there’s no need to replace them. But I am going to update them with some appliance paint. Wonder if I can talk the homeowner into turquoise?! She already said no to candy apple red… 🙁
Then we’ll replace the sorting cart with a storage cart to keep the detergent, bleach, and some stain-fighting products on. I have a fun idea to make a more decorative container for the detergent too!
My last big challenge is backpack storage for 4 heavy backpacks and their accompanying lunch boxes. According to some quick research, a backpack can weight up to 30 pounds! That calls for some serious hooks!
Other quick fixes we’ll be doing include a fresh paint color for the walls and trim, lowering the outlets so they’re not so in-your-face, and changing out the old fluorescent light fixture for a prettier, homier option. Ahhh it feels better already!
I’ll be completing the laundry room projects over several posts while also sprinkling in some other projects around my house. I’ve gotta stay busy or I’d get bored! Ha! So please keep checking back for the progress and my updates.
If you have any ideas or storage solutions, send them my way in the comments below! I’m still in the planning stages and would love your feedback!
Thanks for Checking In! ~ Chelsea