…about the laundry room.

{Click here to catch up on the reveal of our new home!

Kitchen

Eat-in Kitchen

Bathrooms

Master Bedroom

L’s Bedroom

The Exterior

The Lower Level

The Guest Bedroom}

up next in our home reveal is the laundry room, which is – by far – the space that is the most untouched and the space that i CANNOT WAIT to tackle.

a few “before” images to set the scene:

Laundry-Room

while the rest of our basement had been finished by the previous owners, the laundry room is a stark, blank space with very little drywall and a concrete floor. the washer and dryer conveyed with the home, and we like them a lot so far! i’m not crazy about the hanging cabinet to the right of the dryer – that will probably go when we eventually redo this space.

Laundry-Room

this side of the room (pictured above, to the right of the dryer) has a nice open space that is just begging to be a large closet – i’m dreaming of a wall-to-wall closet that conceals the furnace and offers some storage capabilities for holiday decor, out-of-season clothes, and the like. oh, and the entry door into the laundry room is to the right of the furnace.

Laundry-Room

this is the view of the room from the open corner of the room, next to the furnace. we LOVE the big window in this space – that’s rare for a basement, and especially rare in a laundry room! you can also see the water heater and the water softener in the picture above. more appliances to conceal = quite the job for me, who wants to make this room look “finished.” i’m thinking of using a bi-fold door screen painted in a fun color, a la Young House Love, to conceal these appliances, since the door opens with (literally) centimeters of clearance next to the water heater. little clearance = no room for building a closet or a wall to conceal the water heater.

Laundry-Room

here’s another look at the appliances in the space. as you can see, the previous owners left a carpet remnant on the floor so that my toesies don’t freeze while i’m doing laundry. while that’s nice for now, this space will definitely need a large rug…eventually.

of course, we have a bevy of plans for this space that i’m anxious to get started on:

– add drywall where needed

– add a folding screen door (painted in a fun color? to hide appliances (furnace, water heater, etc.)

– create a closet that’s the length of the far wall (build in the furnace); add storage shelving, doors, etc.

– paint the walls (BM’s White Dove is my favorite neutral white right now – i want the space to look crisp and clean)

– stencil a focal wall in bright colors (use this stencil: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155456926/)

– prime, paint (White Dove) and hang wooden open shelving: 12” shelves (with fun/large brackets spray-painted gold!) above washer & dryer to hold laundry soaps, baskets, etc.

– hang art

– paint the floor (use Valspar Oil Porch & Floor Paint, a la Young House Love (what color? navy is my favorite idea at the moment…)

– place washer in a water-safe metal tray

– “build in” washer and dryer (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155518660/), add folding shelf made of MDF (or DIY a faux bois counter, like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155935252/)

and with that, we’ve nearly wrapped up the tour of our new home! still to come: the living room upstairs and the garage!

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