In this post I’m revealing my stylish functional laundry room done on a budget and tips on what I saved on that you can use in your laundry space!
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With all of the renovations that we have done in our home over the years, I am most excited about our new laundry room! It’s hard to believe that this room was originally an awful looking outside photography studio addition from a previous owner. I wish that I had some photos of it back in the day to share, but that was prior to the iPhone era or DSLR cameras for that matter. You can see more of it in the before photos in THIS POST, where the wall was broken into to access the plumbing.
That revealed a generic and sterile wall with mini white tiles painted over (by someone else) in a flat mint green. YUCK! There was no air-conditioning and I worked in that room for several years myself as an artist’s studio and man…it was hot and gross in there! But I digress. Fast forward to the time that we made that room part of the house itself in a large addition and it became a dedicated laundry room. It’s never been that stylish functional laundry room that I was hoping for and not perfect. But it is pretty close to perfect now! Side note * This room was difficult to photograph since there are no windows and I had to turn on the lights.
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This room has to serve as a multi-purpose room with storage and a half bath as well. There is no window with mechanical on the wall outside, but it has a view being right off the pool from the doorway of the room.
We worked with what we have (as we often do) and planned on ways to save money where we could. As with any addition or renovation there are bumps along the way, and it’s not like you see on Fixer Upper or HGTV!
In planning (more on THIS POST) we knew that we could keep the cabinetry that we added about 15 years ago and simply give it a fresh coat of paint. We did remove a bank of cabinets that were around the previous washer/dryer and the only one that I feel badly about losing was the broom closet. Brooms and mops are now temporarily related to the garage until we find a better solution! As mentioned this room is multipurpose and we kept the toilet and pedestal sink.
My husband is a general contractor and has never seen a laundry room set up this way, but we really needed this set up with limited room to expand. We also kept the tile flooring that is in a large part of our home and in great condition. We re-designed an existing cabinet to hold a hidden laundry basket that pulls out on wheels.
The existing high end stainless steel laundry sink was something that we decided to keep as well. We kept the bin pulls on the drawers and I spray painted them gold, as well as the toilet tissue holder and the hanging rack over the laundry sink. Spray painting several of the items saved us some money and it honestly was easier than replacing them!
So…what DID we replace to get this stylish functional laundry room look?
Some of the basics and you might be as surprised as I was to learn that Birch Lane carries items for home renovation as well as decor! The new washer and dryer needed to be full sized and I designed a tile wall behind the space as an accent wall. This is truly the star of our new stylish functional laundry room, and the tile is just as beautiful in person as it is in the photos!
Blue is such a calming accent color and with the coastal location of our home it goes so well. I’ve seen my share of rooms with similar tile, but it’s almost always in black and white and generally on the floor. I wanted something different and not trendy…so this is what I chose to do. We may add a couple of floating shelves at some point, but I’m living with it for awhile first to see if they are necessary. Obviously I don’t rush into decorating decisions if it took me so long to redo the room!
For a modern feeling I went with brushed gold hardware and lighting. I just LOVE how it instantly updates this space! Having worked with my friends at Delta Faucet several times I knew that I love the quality of their faucets and chose the Trinsic Faucet in Champagne Bronze for the laundry sink. The pedestal sink was updated with the Delta Faucet Cassidy in Champagne Bronze and it’s a faucet that is our go-to in both of our homes and our business too.
Our countertops came from my friends at Hanstone Quartz and I honestly cannot say enough about the quality of their quartz products! You can learn more about it here in my KITCHEN REVEAL post. It’s the Hanstone pattern MONTAUK that we’ve used in the rest of our home and part of their BOUTIQUE COLLECTION. The Montauk is subtle yet luxurious in a soft pearl with marble veining running through. I just LOVE it! Function along with being stylish is how I roll in decorating any room.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a self imposed rule of adding something vintage to each room. Timeworn pieces add that special and unique feeling to a room and will distinguish it from the pack! In this room I kept the vintage mirror over the sink, that is actually a gesso photo frame that I picked up years ago at a flea market and painted white. I had the mirror cut to fit and you could easily do this with any frame too. The towel bar is also vintage and has a glass rod to hold the towels with old green paint on the finials.
I couldn’t be more pleased with my newly remodeled laundry room and I hope that you love it as much as I do! Will I enjoy doing laundry in here? I actually don’t look at laundry as a chore and with these updates I think it just may be fun! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the products or the process.