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. 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:
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:
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. 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!