“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”Napolean Hill
My husband and I recently teamed up to transform our second floor laundry room. After countless nights of insomnia and surfing Pinterest into the early morning hours – it was finally time to bring our farmhouse vision to life. Together we were able to maximize our limited space by creating features that would offer more storage. Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to create the same look for yourself!
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
There are many things to consider before designing a laundry room that works for you. It is important to decide what you hope to gain from your design and what features would best benefit your needs. Prior to starting our redesign we knew there were several features that were an absolute MUST! Given our limited space we knew we wanted to add functional storage, floating shelves, and a benchtop for folding laundry. We wanted to upgrade our current washer and dryer to a larger model and invest in stackable front loaders. We wanted to add a touch of color to the walls and finish the room off with a clean, farmhouse look.
LET’S GET STARTED
Step one – out with the old and in with the new! The first step in bringing our vision to life was to remove everything we no longer planned to use with the exception of the flooring and the utility sink. We decided to add color to our white walls by using Sherwin-William’s Mindful Gray. The next step in our process was to upgrade our lighting. We chose Hampton Bay Boswell Quarter Brushed Nickel Flush Mount to help brighten up the room. With the lighting in place, it was time to install our new stackable washer and dryer. I must admit, I was skeptical about the idea at first but the amount of space it opened up in the room was a total win! Pics and links are shown below!
LG Electronics Stackable Front Load Dryer – $1499.00
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHELVES
Let’s be honest – the shelves in this room are to die for! I wish I could take credit for them but I cannot. My husband is the mastermind and creator of them and he did a fantastic job! Both shelves are custom made from Eastern Red Cedar. The shelves were made from two rough-cut slabs that were individually sanded to our desired look and feel with a live edge. A clear shellac was added to protect the shelves from any moisture. The shelves were hung using black iron brackets with a dry rack installed below the top shelf. If the shelves are something you’re interested in purchasing, feel free to contact me for more information!
In addition to the fantastic shelves, we were able to add a benchtop for folding laundry. We chose two of Hampton Bay Unfinished Wall kitchen Cabinets in Beech color and added the added the Hampton Bay White Laminate Countertop in Drama Marble. Both of these options come in several different dimensions, making it easy to find a size that works for you. More pics and links below!
Crates & Pallet 12in Black Steel Shelf Bracket – $14.78 each
THE PERFECT TOUCH OF FARMHOUSE
To finalize the look I was able to add some affordable farmhouse decor – most of which I found online! Pics and links are below!