~experiencing fulfillment in seeing transformation happen in both the natural, your home, and the spiritual, your inner self~ How creating beauty in your home can stimulate inner spiritual growth!
One of the wish list items when looking for our new home was a large laundry room! Compared to our last laundry area, which was a walk through to our garage, this laundry room is quite spacious!
Although spacious, it was definitely lacking in character. I lived with it for a while until I decided what changes needed to be made to make the space updated and efficient!
Here it is, drum roll please….
To appreciate the renovation, it’s only fair that I show you the Before picture of this room, so here it is, blah, blah, blah…boring!
See what I mean- I admit, I cleared the shelves of cleaning products and took some pictures off of the walls, but all in all it was quite a boring room! 🙂
After coming up with a design plan, we took the wire shelves down from the walls and removed the workshop sink and started from scratch!
We decided on a color for the walls- I made a few suggestions and to my surprise, my husband pushed for the more neutral choice! Gray it is! 🙂
Although most of the changes took place on the busy washer and dryer wall, we wanted to add character to the opposite wall. We did that by adding wainscoting to the lower section and and a white mirror with hooks on the above wall!
We bought and painted unfinished cabinets in a deeper shade of the same color as the walls!
We decided to use a granite look laminate counter top- We found one that ties the gray cabinets and walls in with the tan ceramic tiles on the floor!
We added the stainless steel sink and faucet, and stainless steel tile back splash for a nice little work area…it’ll be perfect to wash the dog, since he weighs a whopping 7 pounds! 🙂
We added a rod between cabinets to hang clothes to dry and get ready for ironing!
We also built a shelf behind the washer and dryer to fill in the space and keep lint from falling behind there. It also works as a nice place to add jars to keep organized!
Well, there you have it- our newly renovated laundry room!
There were a few steps to completing this project-
We decided on a budget and design plan, paint colors, stainless finishes on the back splash, sink and faucet and cabinet knobs and pulls. We painted walls, painted cabinets, placed pulls, put up cabinets, cut out laminate and added sink and faucet, cut, painted and attached rod to cabinets, made shelf and attached to wall with brackets, and attached wainscoting and trim to the other wall!
Although it seems like a lengthy list of things to do, we took it one step at a time and in a matter of a few weekends we were finished!
Ps- I named this post …”Laundry Room Renovation- labor of love” for a reason. As I was thinking about this project and what the theme would be, I thought of how happy this room makes me. I mean happier than it should! 😉 I’d been sick for the 5 weeks after Christmas and my husband decided it was time for a project to inspire me. He took out the graph paper and sat down with me and started planning. It was exactly what I needed. He lovingly went along with all of my suggestions and worked so hard to complete this project with me. Or should I say I completed it with him, as he did the brunt of the work! He knew what to do to speak my love language at a time when I truly needed it! I’m so grateful for This Labor of Love and especially for my husband!
What is your love language and how are you incredibly blessed?
I recommend the book, The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman- Here’s a short description of what the book is all about…
“Marriages may be made in heaven, but they must be nurtured here on earth. In this new paperback edition of Dr. Gary Chapman’s bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, he explains how people communicate love in different ways, and shares the wonderful things that happen when men and women learn to speak each other’s language.”