This was our before. Pretty boring. Stuck in the 90’s laundry room. The space did not feel right. The wall paper needed to go. The closet needed to change. At least the laundry space isn’t in the basement in some creepy old looking corner.. ours is on the main floor with a side entrance door and I do love that! But, every mama should have a pretty laundry room!
The plan was to make the space more efficient. We started sketching out plans back in January of this year while on holidays in Mexico. We were enjoying poolside drinks, Adam was taking a nap under an umbrella on a lounge chair and mama bear was sketching out ideas. It seems like whenever we are in vacation mode we decided to make big renovation decisions. Oh boy! Ha ha. We both agreed the closet needed to go. It was a waste of space and not very functional for our family laundry needs.
The plan was to gut the entire space. Down to the studs. We installed new drywall and cabinets along the entire back wall. I fell in love with the pull-out cabinet drawers and luckily found them at Ikea. We love that two laundry bins fit into each drawer. They are there but hidden. It’s genius for hiding the piles of never ending toddler laundry!
We knew we wanted a simple subway tile along the back wall too. We found a lovely grey tile at Lowe’s. It was much easier to install then the marble hexagon floor tiles we chose for our main bathroom upstairs.
Our biggest dilemma was the laundry room countertops. Do we splurge or stay under budget? I am a big fan of stone counters but it is not a fan for the wallet… HOWEVER when it comes time to sell a home it’s a nice bonus selling feature that I think homebuyers appreciate. We shopped around for weeks in Calgary and got really lucky! We fell in love with the Quartz selection at Granite Guys YYC. They came to our home to do the template measurement, delivered and installed the quartz for a decent price. Yes it was more expensive then laminate countertops but we did save money on the backsplash tile so I call it a win-win in my books. Here is a picture of our little guy helping use choose the perfect countertops. He loves coming along on our renovation adventures.
We still have a few minor things left to complete in this space but due to killer working schedules at the moment we have had to pause our renovation. (Hubby has been working 6 day work weeks which means there is only so many hours in the day for family + life). But we’re proud of how far we’ve transformed the laundry area so far. We still need to grout the backsplash tiles and complete the shiplap wall on the other wall. Can’t wait to share those details once they are complete on our part two of the reveal! Stay tuned!
What do you think of the transformation so far? I am head over heals for our laundry room space!