The laundry room is finally done, well… let’s say functional and fairly decent looking. The two key ingredients were a fresh coat of paint and some storage. The transformation still amazes us, especially for the relatively small effort required.
We left off with the dog door, which has worked out great. Especially since Sketch recently got a new brother. We were surprised that they even used the door with all of our tools and junk stacked directly in the way.
This probably bothered us more than them, but it was time to get this old sink cabinet out and some permanent storage in. The first order of business, was to get everything out of the room, and slide the washer and dryer into the middle so we could access the wall behind it for patching and painting.
The wall behind the washer was fairly beaten up and needed some serious patching. So before we started painting, we took care of all the holes with some wall patches and spackle.
We chose a nice fresh light blue for this room, making sure to get it in a semi-gloss finish because it is easier to clean and handles moisture well. To make the room look a little nicer we decided to paint the exposed pipes too.
Once the painting was done and dry, we moved on to our fancy new storage. We wanted shelves on both sides of the washer and dryer, and also over the dog door. There was no way for us to hit studs every time but this was no big deal. We decided to go with a wire wall mounted shelf with support brackets that eliminated the need for studs.
The only difference is that without the studs we needed toggle bolts to secure the brackets to the wall. These shelves are also great for the Laundry / Utility room because they are tough, stain, and moisture proof. They are also easy to pop off and move up or down on the support bracket, which makes for a very flexible storage space. The shelf installation was slightly more involved than just measuring and screwing, but with a bit of practice, we were whipping these babies on to the wall in minutes.
We are extremely happy with how this turned out. The shelves frame the washer and dryer nicely, making them seem less obtrusive in the middle of the room It almost looks like it was planned that way. See the final product below and let us know what you think.
You will notice on the outer edges of the top shelves there are some hooks holding various items like a broom and a mop. These are IKEA Bygel S-hooks that we had leftover from the wall storage setup we had in our apartment, and they work great for hanging all sorts of things to save space.
The shelves are in and the wall painting is done. We still need to do the trim and move the dryer line to a better place back behind the toilet near the floor, but this room is 100% better than when we started. We have a ton of storage and plenty of space to do laundry. And now we finally have easy access to our second toilet.