The Project House – Laundry Room preview

August 21st, 2012

Okay so it’s been a few months since I’ve updated on The Project House… I’m totally blaming it on the baby! Also for awhile we were thinking about moving and so we halted all projects, but then we decided to stay and so then we totally ramped up on projects. I have a handful of reveals and progress shots to post about still, but today I’m too excited about our current project to post about something that’s already done!

Last week we decided to go ahead with the laundry room re-do. Normally we’d have waited a bit longer because it was a very work-able room, BUT with baby #2 coming, we knew if we waited it might never happen. So we decided to go full speed ahead and just rip everything out.

Here is the before shot of the laundry room:

70’s style? Absolutely. Liveable? Definitely. Awesome? Not so much.ย  And since the plumbing is so darn old, the washer and dryer sat out so far into the room, so it was a bit cramped. We had the plumbing recessed into the wall and the dryer vent will be coming out of the side of the dryer and not the back – these two things will save us a good 5″ of space in the room. In addition to that, we had a sink plumbed in. I didn’t think it was going to be possible, but I’m super excited to have a “utility” sink for all of Mr. Project’s project clean-up and even to throw the kiddos in when they are covered with dirt. The sink is going to be pretty big – 22x17x14, so it should definitely stand up to hosing our little guy down if he comes in the house all muddy (which happens more than you’d think for a 17 month old).

Anyway we started planning the space. Here is my preliminary drawing:

Lockers on the left for a “mud room” feel, sink, shelves, tiny drawers, and on the far-right some built-in wire pull-out hamper drawers (no more cheap plastic laundry baskets hanging around!)

After much debate (mostly with myself) I decided to nix the lockers. As much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of lockers, what we really NEED is storage space. So I gave up lockers that I would just like to look at for cabinets that I’ll actually use. I hate being practical, but sometimes you just have to choose function over form.

So here’s the plan that we finally decided on:

Some major differences are two doors on the upper cabinets (they are now wider than the original), a wider sink, a roll-out hamper cart/folding cart/whatever I want cart (this is to access the dryer plug and dryer vent). And then of course the big cabinets on the left. The skinny one will be for brooms and an ironing board (it will actually open on the right side – not sure how the knobs got to the left), and the wide one will be for all sorts of storage (yay!). So although I have to bid farewell to my lockers, this will be a much better use of the space. Oh and one other difference is that the cabinets will have a little bead detail instead of just a flat shaker style – just to make them a little bit more exciting :). Something similar to this:

Okay so now for the fun part… We started Wednesday on the demo, and plumbing/electrical updates. That was all done by Saturday, and then the tile work started today. For the flooring we decided to do a marble herringbone. I really wanted to splurge and buy some gorgeous 4×12 marble tiles for the floor, but there is just no way that’s in the budget for a laundry room. But I was able to find some really nice white marble from Home Depot (online only), for a more budget-friendly price (though probably way more than we should have spent on a laundry room floor. The tile came on Monday and was just breathtakingly beautiful. But still I couldn’t imagine how gorgeous it would be on the floor in a herringbone pattern. Our tile guy started this morning and I just snapped this photo a few minutes ago:

Here’s a slightly closer photo – these were both taking on my phone, so the quality is just okay.

The floor is absolutely breathtaking and looks like a million bucks already. I can’t wait to see the whole room done! I do think I’m going to be sad to cover half of it with cabinets though.

Right now we are planning on painting the cabinets a turquoise color… something like this:

via House of Turquoise

or this:

via BHG

But I’m a basket case because its incredibly hard for me to decorate with non-neutrals. So I’m biting my nails about the paint color… I just picked up some tester paint – these colors:

Benjamin Moore – Peacock Blue (which I’m scared is too bright – but the room is kind of dark)

Benjamin Moore Fort Pierce Greenย  (which I’m scared is too dull – it might make the room look even more dark)

So you’d think I’d just pick something in between, but I really can’t find anything in between, everything is either too bright or too dull. Oh and then there is the too light or too dark issue… This is why I’ll never been an interior designer – way too much pressure!Maybe I’ll just mix my tester cans together and use that! But seriously I am going to paint up some boards tonight and hope that one of these is the winner.

Of course lets not forget that I’m painting cabinets TURQUOISE which is really really scary! What if they look crazy and when we go to sell our house all the buyers are like “OMG why would ANYONE paint cabinets turquoise?!” Which is kind of the look I get when I tell people that I’m painting my cabinets turquoise… I need a valium or something.ย  If all else fails maybe I’ll just paint them medium gray an be done with it! But if I can get the courage to go through with the turquoise, I am so a shoe-in for the House of Turquoise blog! So it will all be worth it!! Wish me luck folks!


11 responses to “The Project House – Laundry Room preview”

  1. Mary says:

    I agree with you, something in between would be better. I also LOVE turquoise cabinets,but would worry that it would read as crazy on resale. I might chicken out and go grayi, too..


  2. libbywilko says:

    I love the plans…. I totally agree with sometimes having to take the more practical route ie I also loved the idea of those lockers but when you need storage, you need storage.

    The tiles are soooooo beautiful and I think the Peacock Blue looks stunning. If you are going to make a statement Make the statement ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Therese says:

    What about having cabinets on the top half and leafing the mudroom/locker feel by having a fold up bench where you can store boots, etc and have a row or two of coat hooks? above. I have a mudroom and it is so key in keeping the clutter of a 7 person household in some sort of order. If mine were twice as big, it would still be very heavily used space!

  4. alicia king says:

    i kinda like the old hexagon floor! really! it will look way good when you guys are done, you make a great team! i love the color hummingbird blue by martha stewart…from home depot. it may be a mix in between those two colors? check it out!

  5. Gem says:

    Loving the plans and work on the floor so far!!

    In both of your inspiration pics they have a bluey colour and neutral on the cupboards too. You could have the peacock blue on lower cupboards and a lighter colour on higher ones just to add a bit of lightness in a less bright and colourful way. That way you’d still get the impact of the bright colour and hopefully not make the room feel dark. Your new floor is light too so that will help.
    Also if you did want to sell it would mean either you or the buyers would have less to re-paint if they didn’t like the blue!

  6. Julee says:

    I love painted cabinets and I love color! Look at Bejnamin Moore HC 142 – Stratton Blue. It looks like what is in the first photo you posted. I painted my bedside tables and my bedroom ceiling with this color and it makes me happy every single day. (I agree, the two colors you posted would end up looking exactly like you think they will.) 142

    =)Julee (from 2Peas)

  7. Jen Allyson says:

    Seriously…. that Stratton blue is PERFECT. For some reason our BM store only carries certain sets of the colors – not all the colors. So I never saw this one in my searches. UNFORTUNATELY, I already bought the paint ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ I didn’t go with either of my choices though, I found a color at our local paint store (kelly moore) that matched some pillows that I have in my family room that are similar to stratton blue, but of course not quite so perfect. Like all my other paint choices, I just have to pick and then not think about it anymore because it’s enough to make someone go crazy. Thanks for the input though… if only you had posted a few days earlier!! LOL

  8. Brooke says:

    Love your plans. Just out of curiosity, what are the dimensions of your laundry room?

  9. Jen Allyson says:

    The room is 5×15 give or take.

  10. Jenny says:

    Sink is to die for. Where did you get it. Now thinking my laundry room is just too plain.

  11. Kim says:

    The canisters. Fabric softener sheets for the dryer, Shout Color Catchers (both out of the box of course), clothespins. Love everything you’ve done!

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