I was almost finished writing my post about the painted shiplap in the laundry and mudroom when I realized I’ve never actually shared my plans for the laundry room. So let’s back up and dive into that before forging ahead with the makeover.
As a reminder, here is the floorplan for the laundry room …
About two years ago (when we were starting to design and build cabinets) Adam sketched out the plan for the laundry room. I can’t find the paper anymore, but thankfully I posted it on Instagram.
Obviously this was before we knew son #4 was going to be son #4, since Adam named that last laundry slot “John Wayne”.
I’m so excited for this space to turn into something functional and beautiful. I spend a lot more time in this room than I would like (don’t we all) and for the last year and a half it’s looked like this …
It’s not exactly the prettiest place to hang out….plus (let’s just be honest), it’s rarely as clean as it is in these pictures.
Here is my vision for the space –
I want it to flow with the rest of the house, so it has a farmhouse vibe and is full of greens, blues, earthy neutrals and texture.
Farmhouse Laundry Room Source List –
- Paint colors – SW Alabaster shiplap, SW Oakmoss for the cabinets
- Floor – Thin brick from Home Depot (color is Castle Gate), whiteish grout
- Curtains – P Kaufmann Paint Palette Mist (DIY)
- Counter (over the washer and dryer) – most likely will be walnut butcher block
- Pipe Shelf – will DIY (like this), here is a similar one for purchase
- Laundry baskets (took forever to find these, normal size ones were too big for the cabinet)
The laundry room presents some challenges, mostly because it is also the “guest area” of the house. You have to walk into the laundry room to get to the guest bathroom, which means that I cannot leave mountains of laundry in there. The problem is that I have mountains of laundry happening at all times, and even though I try and do a load a day it still gets crazy. The solution – the laundry basket tower.
We just got ours up and running a couple of days ago, and I sincerely hope it functions as well in real life as it has in my dreams for so many years. The idea is that there is a laundry basket for each person, and as I pull clothes out of the dryer I’ll just put them in the correct basket (I don’t even plan on folding, I’m just going to chuck them in there. Good enough.) Then instead of running around the house putting away six peoples clothes each day, I can spend more time sipping margaritas while my boys learn that throwing clean clothes in the dirty laundry hamper has consequences.
The bathroom in this area is also a little unique, there is a toilet and shower in the bathroom but no sink. It seemed silly to squeeze two sinks into such a small space, so the laundry room sink and bathroom sink are one and the same. I like to think of it like a public restroom…leave the stall, go wash your hands at the sink. I think it will work just fine.
The countertop is white concrete, we poured it at the same time as our kitchen countertops. The difference is that this one turned out terrible. It’s bumpy and uneven and needs to go. I really want to rip it out, but I think we will try and coat it with something first and see if we can save it (maybe epoxy, or a thin layer of concrete? If anyone has any suggestions please leave them in the comments, I’m all ears.)
And then there is the floor, which I just ordered last week and it hasn’t come in yet. I went with a color called Castle Gate, which is the sample (three bricks) on the far right.
It’s redder than I would have liked, so I’m hoping it has a lot more color variation than the sample lets on. We will see. I do plan on doing light grout to brighten it up, and I also plan on sealing the crud out of it so that it stays that way. This whole thing is really just one big (permanent) experiment.