one room challenge - laundry room design plans!

Hello! I'm so glad you're joining me for the One Room Challenge! This is my first time participating, and it could not have come at a better time. Over the last year Charlie and I have been renovating our 1970's ranch style house, and after we got our laundry room functional, we abandoned it as we went to work on more visible parts of our house. This week I'm sharing the "before" photos as well as sketches to show you what the "after" will look like.

These are the "before" pictures even AFTER I color corrected in Photoshop. The light that was in here cast an awful red glow on everything. It has since been changed so that it doesn't cast the red light, but I have a really fun fixture in mind for this space that I'll be sharing next week!

During our first round of renovations we opened up the wall and took the storage nook out of our garage to make the laundry room larger and to correct a venting issue (see this post for more detail).

Sadly, this is the way it has looked for exactly one full year. I'm not even going to sugar coat it and try to make it look more put together, because the truth is this is how it always looks. We put a new shelf above the washer and dryer, installed a new door and hardware, and painted the walls Devine Horizon.

We also replaced all of the plumbing and electrical, capped the gas line, and put up temporary cabinetry. I plan to put in a 90" high cabinet to hold our all of our vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies - something I'm very excited about since we have very limited closet space in this house!

This door houses our water heater which we eventually want to move to the garage. We would then convert this to a coat closet since it is right next to our garage entry, but that is another project for another day!

We have our flooring purchased and plan to buy our cabinetry this weekend. Once all this happens the fun part starts! I've put together a few sketches to show you what it will look like once it's complete, and I'll share the planned finishes with you next week! 

This will be the view as you're walking through the door. 

This is what it will look like once you're in the laundry room.

This is a view through the wall that shows the entire layout. 

Here is a summary of what we plan to do:

  • Install new flooring
  • Install baseboards
  • Possibly install crown molding
  • Install new cabinetry
  • Paint interior door and water heater closet door
  • Replace water heater closet door hardware
  • Place proper venting on water heater closet door
  • Install cabinetry hardware
  • Install marble countertop
  • Install backsplash
  • New light fixture
  • Finish painting walls and ceiling
  • Install solar tube lighting for natural light

We're really hoping to finish in six weeks, but I just found out the backsplash tile I'm eyeing has a 4-6 week delivery time, so we've got to hit the ground running! Make sure to stop by next Thursday when I'll be sharing our week one progress and all of our selected finishes! 

Check out the other One Room Challenge linking participants in this post.