Okay, don't judge me too harshly by these "before" pictures. I thought about cleaning out the laundry room before we started this project, and then taking the "before" pictures, but that would almost be like lying.
My laundry room really did look like this. The top of the washer & dryer was always a catch-all for anything junk. If it didn't have a place, it ended up on the top of the washer & dryer. I tried to keep it clean, but it just seemed impossible. I also didn't have a place for my laundry baskets.
My laundry/mudroom comes in from the garage, and it is literally about the size of a closet. You can see the width of it is just a bit wider than the width of a washer & dryer, and that's about it.
Eww eww ewwwww! I'm getting anxiety just looking at these pictures. I can't believe we lived like that for so long!
Look at all of that wasted space up near the ceiling.
The room used to actually be a little laundry room and a closet. It really was so cramped that we just decided to get rid of the wall to make the room bigger. That was like 11 years ago. The room was never finished after that, as you can see.
So I got my inspiration from Pinterest. To see my inspiration board where I got the ideas, click here. I knew exactly what I wanted! I explained it all to Kevin, and he immediately got to work. We started this project on October 29.
Kevin wanted to get it done quickly, so instead of dealing with mudding and taping the damaged sheetrock, and waiting for mud to dry, etc., he bought this panel board instead and covered all of the scratches/holes, etc.
He built this pedestal for the washer and dryer. He installed the tray that keeps water contained in case there is a leak. He re-routed the drain as well.
Kevin painted on November 7.
I am literally IN LOVE with my laundry room now! I even enjoy doing laundry a little bit more. :) The washer & dryer raised on the pedestals keeps kids from touching the buttons, keeps me from having to bend down so far to get the clothes in & out, and gives me a place for my laundry baskets! Brillliant!!
I also went through all of my household cleaners and kept getting rid of them until I could get them all into the cabinet above the washer & dryer. My goal was to not have ANY bottles of cleaner in sight. I wanted it to look finished and clean, not cluttered like it was for so many years.
This has to be one of my favorite parts about the room. Each of the kids has their own clipboard hanging above their hook to keep homework! It's been SO fabulous. I was always losing and misplacing homework!
And these baskets above the hooks/clipboards hold things like my toolbox, old Walmart sacks to be recycled, among other things that never had a place to go until now.
And this is my other favorite part about the room. Each of the kids has their own basket to put their shoes in! No more tripping over 1,000 pair of shoes every time we walk in the door. I love that they are out of sight. :)