Six weeks ago I decided to do something new and joined the One Room Challenge (ORC) as a guest participant. I had been talking about renovating my laundry room for months and this challenge was just the motivation that I needed to get it done. Today I’m so excited to be sharing my ORC laundry room reveal! It turned out exactly as I had hoped. I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. Maybe I’ll actually enjoy doing laundry. Haha, who am I kidding? There is no way I’ll ever enjoy laundry!
Let me walk you through this huge transformation for such a tiny space. This is what I started with. It was dark, dingy and really lacked storage.
You can read about all of my progress in detail in my previous 5 week posts (linked at the bottom of this post). Here are just a few of the highlights during my renovation.
I needed to brighten up the room badly so I went with Behr weathered white for the wall color. It’s very neutral and bright which is exactly what I wanted because the room is small and doesn’t have any windows.
I tore up the old nasty tile and replaced it with beautiful clean white tiles. The tile that I used was Carrara Gris by The Tile Shop.
I partnered with The Tile Shop for this project and had access to their amazing selection of tile. The wall tile that I chose is SOOO pretty. It really makes the room. You can read more about the wall tile here. It is the Victoria Gray Archer pattern and I’m in love with it. I also added gray chair rail and skirting to complete the look.
I love woodworking so there was no way that I was going to tackle a room renovation without building some pieces for the room. As usual, I went a bit overboard on this project and I won’t lie, I was stressing out for most of the 6 weeks. I built a cabinet for the utility sink, new wall shelves, a rolling storage cart, an ironing board and iron holder, a frame around the pluming and finally, a frame for a picture that I bought. That may be the longest sentence that I’ve ever typed but you get the point…I built a bunch of stuff!
You can read all about my design plans for the utility sink cabinet and rolling storage cart in last week’s post. This was the last progress photo that I shared with all of you. I seriously can’t believe how nice both of these pieces turned out! Keep scrolling for the reveal.
After: ORC Laundry Room Reveal!
Drum roll……………………… And here it is! My ORC laundry room reveal! This room went from drab and dreary to bright and cheery. I love it so much!
The tile completely makes the room but I also love how the utility sink brings provides some contrast.
I originally planned to reuse my old shelves but I later decided that they were too big and bulky. I’ve used the GRANHULT IKEA brackets in other rooms in my house so when I found out they just came out with a larger size I was sold. I had originally thought that I could plane down a 2×12 board to fit but that wasn’t quite wide enough so I ended up having to use two 2×8 boards. first, I ripped them down to match half the width and then used my biscuit joiner to attach them. After that, I ran them through the planer to match the thickness of the brackets.
I bought this cute laundry room sign from Kirklands. It was unframed when I bought it and I thought it looked unfinished so I just made a frame of my own.
My ironing board was resting against the wall before so to get it off the floor I designed and built this ironing board and iron holder. It looks great with everything in the room because I used the same stain as the other pieces to pull it all together.
My last build was this rolling storage cart for in between my washer and dryer. It’s actually an IKEA shelf that cost $9.99 that I hacked.
If you want to have a similar look for your laundry room, here are details/links on where I bought everything. This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Thanks for the support!
- Floor tile – Cararra Gris, The Tile Shop
- Wall tile – Archer with white marble tile The Tile Shop
- Marble skirting and chair rail – The Tile Shop
- Wall paint – Behr Weathered White Paint
- drop in utility sink – Cashel
- Ceiling light – Home Depot
- Hooks for ironing board holder – Home Depot
- Ironing board cover – Meijer
- Baskets – At Home
- Hand towel – Better Homes & Gardens
- Hand towel holder – IKEA
- Laundry Sign – Kirklands (I added the frame)
- Faucet – Delta
- Wall Shelves – IKEA brackets
- Rolling cart – IKEA shelf that cost $9.99
- Wood stain – Varathane Briarsmoke
I’ll be sharing tutorials for all of the woodworking projects at some point so check back if you want to build any of my pieces.
Six weeks certainly went by fast! If you’re interested in looking back at my progress posts here are the links.
- One Room Challenge Week 1 – Laundry Room Design Ideas
- One Room Challenge Week 2 – How to Remove Floor Tile
- One Room Challenge Week 3 – Laundry Room Floor
- One Room Challenge Week 4 – Mosaic Wall Tile
- One Room Challenge Week 5 – Woodworking
You can also visit the One Room Challenge blog to see room transformations from several bloggers. They have featured and guest participants. The featured designers posted their reveals yesterday and the guest participants will be posting over the next few days.
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Now that my laundry room is finished you can find me on my couch catching up on six weeks of TV shows 😉 What are your thoughts on this ORC laundry room reveal?