Today is a big day for me! We have been working with Carpet One for weeks (almost months) on a big dream room makeover and I finally get to share it with you today! This whole thing has been a serious dream come true. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and to get an opportunity like this is the real deal. If you haven’t guessed from the top photo, our dream room makeover and our big secret project I’ve been talking about is… our laundry room. Today I’m so excited to share all sorts of laundry room inspiration and laundry room ideas.
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Read on for before and after photos.
Since Ezra was born, I have been drowning in laundry. I might get a load in and possibly even dried, but to get it folded and put away is next to impossible. We folded on our bed and often threw everything in a basket before we dozed off for the night because we were exhausted after a long day with two kids (one who doesn’t sleep much).
When this opportunity came up, I knew we needed to make our laundry room work for us and create a beautiful space to help make this chore a little more enjoyable. When we built our house, we upgraded the location of our laundry room from the mudroom to the upstairs which has been really great for our family, especially since adding a baby to our lives.
It’s a large enough space, but it just wasn’t working for us. We had no storage and typically the floors were covered in blankets, dirty clothes and random junk. We often just tossed luggage in there after a trip, dirty clothes on the floor and even hid things in there when guests came over. It was a disaster. When we built the house, we took the builder-grade brown vinyl flooring and teeny tiny light fixture along with a simple and completely useless wire shelf on the wall. The builder hung it too high so we couldn’t have used it even if we wanted to. I considered this room a blank slate. There was nothing spectacular about it, but there was more than enough space to make it really work for us if we tried.
I have to tell you all about the process of making this room our dream laundry room and share the before and after photos.
Are you ready for some “before photos?” Here are a few when the room was at its best a year or so ago when we added curtains and attempted to make the room pretty. It didn’t last long. It still wasn’t functional. And without function, pretty is kind of useless in a laundry room.
Laundry Room Before
And if we’re being real here, let’s show what it looked like on a pretty normal day. Please don’t judge. I gave up on laundry after baby number two arrived along with a lot of other household tasks but I’m back to being fairly good about them again now that we have this family of four thing down.
And here are a few shots right before the makeover started.
The room was fine. It didn’t have organization or function we needed. And it was a little dark and dingy feeling. But we are lucky to have such a large space for a laundry room.
My husband and I have known for a long time that having a space to fold clothes and leave them if we are busy, would help us with laundry. We thought we’d try to start using our dresser or even a table before this opportunity came along. Figuring out a “folding station” was priority number one and also the only thing my husband and I knew for sure we wanted.
Friends! Carpet One is the go-to store for home flooring and improvement projects. In the beginning, I had so many ideas for colors, styles etc… and I was overwhelmed. I don’t do well with making home design decisions with a short timeline. But when I finally went to the store, things changed quickly. I worked with Sue at B&B Carpet One in Ramsey, Minnesota and she made it SO easy on me. We started with a free design consultation to look over flooring and backsplash options. They even had laminate countertop options to look at including the faux marble one we chose.
Sue listened to all of my wishes and the reasons behind each of my design preferences. She pulled samples and really helped me nail it! I gave her the budget I was given for the project and she guaranteed me that we would come in at or under my budget, taking all the stress off of the project in terms of numbers. She really made the difference in the design portion of the room.
Because this project came on quickly, I turned to friends to help figure out what we needed and how to make this dream room makeover truly work for us. I reached out to several of my friends who have an eye for design, are crazy practical, creative, have kids and more. I shared the situation and the timeline. I asked them what they would love in a dream laundry room. Since we haven’t really used our laundry room much other than literally washing and drying, I’ve never thought through ways to make it work for us. I never planned to spend much money to change up the room so I didn’t have good ideas on a Pinterest board like I do for other spaces in our home. Thank you so much to those friends. You know who you are. ;)
Thanks to my friends and some good conversations with my husband, a list of priorities and nice-to-haves quickly emerged. We had less than two months to figure everything out, get the work done, styled, photographed, this blog post written and published. It was go time.
Everything marked with an asterisk (*) made it in our final room. :)
Dream laundry room priorities
- Built-in cabinets with a large countertop*
- A folding station (the countertop) for folding clothes*
- Cabinets with pull-out hampers and a pull-out trash can*
- A long hanging bar so we could get our hanging clothes ready right away and simply bring them to our closets on hangers*
- Storage for our iron and other necessities*
- A stool or chair to sit on when folding*
- A step stool for Bodhi to help*
- Soft enough floors so that Ezra doesn’t get hurt when (not if) he falls*
- A new bright light fixture, preferably a little industrial in style. *
- A basket or tray for pocket junk (My friend Cassie’s recommendation)*
- A tray that is washable to hold our laundry detergents, dryer sheets etc… so they aren’t just sitting on the counter. *
- Individual laundry baskets for each person*
- A small basket of toys for the boys to play with while I do laundry*
We were really happy that we were able to get everything on our priority list.
Dream laundry room nice-to-haves
- Built-in ironing board. We opted to just use a small countertop ironing board because we don’t iron enough. It fits neatly in one of our new cabinets.
- Built-in drying rack. This would’ve been great and we may still add it down the line where our faux drawer fronts are but due to timing, this one had to go.
- Built-in spot for laundry baskets to sit-coming soon!
- Music. Just using our iPhones.
- Pretty art*
- Amazing tile backsplash* We chose a gorgeous marble mosaic from Carpet One. It is stunning in person. I was originally thinking subway tile, but when Sue pulled out her marble options, I was in love.
- Fresh paint* The green color we picked is so pretty, soft, light, bright. It’s Fleeting Green by Sherwin Williams.
- A simple window treatment that would let all of the natural sunlight in and let us enjoy our amazing second floor view of the sunset in the evening.* While this isn’t in the photos because of a cloudy day (we needed all the light we could get for these images), I made a really simple no sew faux roman shade for the room for under $12 and it looks great! I’ll get a photo of it soon.
- A glass door *
- Laundry door decal for added character *
- A plant or flowers to give the room some life *
- Pretty hardware*
- A second countertop above the washer and dryer. This was definitely not something I thought would make it in the budget, but we were able to pull it off and it adds a LOT of storage and folding space for us plus it really makes the room look complete.*
Are you ready for the big reveal? OK, it’s probably not so big for you, but I’m thrilled to share our gorgeous dream laundry room with you today!
This makeover has truly changed our lives. Laundry is now manageable and I enjoy spending time folding in our bright serene space. The counter space is definitely the thing that has made the largest impact for us, but the built-in hampers and trash, the hanging bar and the beauty of the room are all huge as well.
All of the photos above (but not the before/after image) are by Melissa Oholendt Photography. And here are a few shots I took with my wide angle lens just to give you a sense for the layout of the room.
This room is definitely my dream laundry room and Sue’s design expertise was a big part of it. She showed me this flooring early on and explained that it would hide lint but would still be bright. It is something I never would’ve thought of myself, but we absolutely love it. These are actually vinyl tiles with grout, a very affordable flooring option that looks like ceramic tile, but is warmer, softer and less expensive.
Each Carpet One store is locally owned by people who live and invest in our communities. And it shows. I love that every person at B&B Carpet One was so proud of where they worked and made me feel confident in our project. This particular store works with new construction so had an incredible variety of products which meant we got exactly what we wanted.
After the initial design consultation, they sent out the experts in installation for a free in-home measurement. This was huge for us because I had questions about how to time the installation of the cabinets, countertops, paint and even the company who was going to hook up our gas dryer after it was all done. The expert from Carpet One knew everything and he clarified it all for me, making the process very smooth.
And while I love really easy DIY projects in the home and I enjoy running the show on home projects, there are just some things I don’t want to do myself. Installing flooring and an entire wall of backsplash are two things I am not an expert at. I would never take the risk of installing something like that myself.
Carpet One took care of everything. I call that a DDIY! Don’t Do It Yourself. Using Carpet One’s expertise and my design sense, we created the perfect room for our family. And the install was painless thanks to Carpet One’s professional installation service for both the flooring and our stunning marble backlash wall. We are in love with our room. Carpet One handled what they are experts at. I handled design and all of the pretty details, things I’m an expert at. Check out Carpet One’s DDIY YouTube videos. So good!
Now, I go in the room constantly. Pinch me friends! Is this real? It’s our favorite room in the entire house. Who would’ve guessed a laundry room could be my favorite room? Ready for some resources?
Shopping resources (coming soon)
Flooring and marble backsplash
Laundry room door
Carpet One has what they call “The Beautiful Guarantee.” It just means that if you are not 100% satisfied with your new floor, they will replace it for free. Obviously, in my case, that will not happen. I’m SO in love with it. But I think it’s nice because it means you can enjoy the process without worrying too much about things not being just as you envision.
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If you love our laundry room as much as we do, be sure to Pin it. :)
Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.