The Wildwood Home Laundry Room Before Tour
Every woman’s dream… an epically large laundry room!
Today I’ll take you on a little home tour of our laundry room before and what it looks like now. We’ll also talk about what a dream laundry room should look like!
From laundry rooms in the basement with scary spiders…
To a closet in a bedroom with Jay’s dress shirts hanging above…
To a smallish room off the kitchen that demanded piles of laundry be in the middle of the kitchen floor…
This is by far the best laundry room / mudroom we’ve ever had! Or it will be…
Unfortunately it’s not the prettiest laundry room we’ve ever had. But the functionality overrides the aesthetics in this case.
Here are a few more before pictures before we started renovating and decorating this space…
Necessary Features for Every Laundry Room
Here are the things I love about our new laundry room as is:
A Utility Sink
Never underestimate the power of a utility sink!
When we renovated our home two houses ago, we made sure to put in a beautiful laundry room. And one of the number one requirements was finding space for a utility sink.
It’s great for soaking really dirty clothes and cleaning paint brushes and washing dogs!
So many things it can be used for!
I was super excited to see that we already had one. It was big and deep. And in a convenient location.
If you need a utility sink and have space for it, Amazon has some pretty basic and relatively cheap ones. Check them out here.
Just make sure you get one with a sprayer! That makes all the difference!
While tile is not my favorite flooring material, it is practical and utilitarian.
Think untrained puppies peeing and pooping everywhere! Ugh!
We also have a pool outside, which will hopefully be up and running next year.
I’m imagining all the wet bodies and towels that will congregate on the laundry room floor.
Thank goodness for tile!
A Half Bath
A half bathroom in a mudroom / laundry room is brilliant.
Again… wet bodies traipsing to and from the pool. Random guests or workers who need to use the toilet…
It’s a very practical place to put a half bath. And thankfully ours is also just off the kitchen area.
Plenty of Storage
Not only do we have huge cabinets and an under-the-stair’s closet, but there’s tons of wall space as well for shelving.
You can see the IKEA shelving we used here in this video home tour showing what the laundry room looks like before and now.
I can’t find the exact shelving we have on IKEA, but that may be because we bought them in Singapore.
However, IKEA has tons of other units that are similar. So check them out if you’re in need of some storage shelves!
Renovation Home Improvement Plans for the Laundry Room
Even though there are many great things about this room, there are a few things I plan to change over time:
Obviously I need a pretty laundry room.
I spend a lot of time in this space!
Shouldn’t it be pretty and peaceful and maybe fun?
The answer is YES!
So… I definitely want to remove the wallpaper border from around the top.
Jay has already painted most of the room our standard white: Westhighland White from Sherwin-Williams. (Which is way darker on the website than in person!)
But it occurred to me that it would be super fun to paint the wood trim and doors a really fun, bright color. Like hot pink!
(I can just see Jay rolling his eyes now!)
At some point I want to change the cabinets out too. Something traditional that matches the kitchen reno, but maybe in a fun color to match the trim and doors.
If there is any space in the house that needs serious organization, it’s the laundry room!
Next to the kitchen, this is the area that has the most “stuff”… and pretty random stuff. So organization is high on the priority list!
I already bought these items to help me on laundry days:
And yes, I use all three of these items every single laundry day! It helps us all stay more organized.
This was just step one in the process.
At some point when we renovate the whole room, cabinets included, I’d like to rearrange things.
It would be nice to have a permanently installed pole to dry hang-up clothes on.
And perhaps a wall-mounted drying rack for the other clothes? Although they’re never quite big enough. So I might have to stick with my folding one.
I’d also love to have a surface to fold clothes on.
But that might be pushing it! Ha!
One can dream…
Dream Laundry Rooms
And speaking of dreams… here are some laundry room ideas I love…
Actually, it’d just be a lot easier if you checked out The Mountain View Cottage’s Laundry Obsession Pinterest board. She’s got all the good ones there!
Well I hope you enjoyed this little before + now home tour around our Wildwood laundry room!
I can’t wait to show you what it looks like again… because I’m hoping next time it will be all renovated and pretty and super functional!
A real-life dream laundry room!
What would you do to your laundry room to make it your dream space?
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