It’s here!! The moment you’ve been waiting for (or maybe just the moment I’VE been waiting for?)… the laundry room is totally finished, just in time for the One Room Challenge reveal. I couldn’t be happier with how this small space turned out. Click through for the complete reveal, all the details, and every single source!
In case you missed any of the previous weeks or progress leading up to this point, don’t worry! Catch up here: Week 1 (before images and the design plan) // Week 2 (demo, subfloor, plumbing, electrical, designing the dog crate) // Week 3 (drywall, floor tile, rug selection) // Week 4 (cabinetry, backsplash tile, countertop, custom upholstery) // Week 5 (hardware, millwork, paint, details)
Here’s a little refresher to remind you what the space looked like BEFORE we started demo five weeks ago…
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Quite the difference, right?! I’ll start by saying, I wasn’t completely convinced that jumping from our kitchen to the laundry room for the sake of the One Room Challenge was a smart idea. For starters, that’s a lot to take on- not to mention, it would sort of give away the aesthetic of the kitchen (stay tuned for that reveal coming next month!) … after all, many of the materials carry over from one space to the next. However, I’m really happy I decided to dive in because now we have one less space to worry about. It’s going to make finishing the kitchen and dining room a lot easier…. but enough rambling- let’s dive right into the tour, shall we?! The boys are welcoming you into the laundry room from the backyard entry.
Yes, yes… they’re pretty adorable (obviously I’m biased). In all seriousness, the design of this room was very heavily focused on the dogs. Living in a small home, we needed a space that was designated for the ugly items that come along with fur babies… dog food, bowls, leashes, a built-in dog crate, etc.
Pretty much everything in this room ended up being custom because of the dogs, as well as the functionality this space desperately needed to have… the cabinetry, the dog crate, the rug, the upholstery, the hardware, etc.
If you remember wayyyy back to the beginning of the challenge, I decided to paint portraits of the dogs for this space- as opposed to taking the wallpaper route. I have to say, I’m really glad I did! Not only are they something we’ll cherish forever, but they make the laundry room (which is typically a room associated with dirt) feel sophisticated and hip. I love the gallery light we installed above them, which adds even more emphasis to the vignette.
The pedestal dog feeder DIY is coming to the blog tomorrow, so definitely check back for that! I also painted and personalized some ugly dog food storage bins that ended up looking pretty beautiful. I saved a highlight of the process on my Insta story, if you’re interested.
I love that the bins are air tight, BPA-free, include a scoop, and fit into the cabinetry perfectly. They’ve made my morning routine a little faster and will also make it easier on future dog / house sitters.
While you’re focused on the floor, I’m SO happy we decided to add a rug to this room. The patterned floor tile also spans throughout the kitchen and dining room- so there is a lot of visual interest. Don’t get me wrong, I love it… but adding a cozy neutral texture to the floor in the laundry room helped to break up all that pattern. It’s also super functional for muddy paws and dirty feet that walk in from the backyard. This rug is outdoor rated and can be cleaned with a water hose. It doesn’t get easier.
I added hooks to the wall behind the door for additional hanging space. They’ll come in handy for dog leashes, Emmett’s hats, or jackets during the cooler months.
The wall mirror was a lucky vintage find that I painted the same color as the trim. I love that it adds a fun little detail and balances the row of hooks. That’s a designer hack to remember! Check out this post for more of my favorite round wall mirrors.
Obviously, aside from serving functional purposes for the pets, this space is first and foremost a laundry room. Over the past few weeks during the process posts, I’ve had a LOT of questions about the laundry units and how the work flow is set up.
This room is deceiving because of the wacky angles. The ceiling slopes downward and the room is kind of tough to visualize from photos alone. It definitely made the millwork super challenging for Emmett to install, but I think that’s also what is throwing people off. Seeing the crown moulding lower on the wall makes the stacked units look super tall. I thought it would be helpful if I photographed myself doing some laundry and hanging out in the space for scale.
I consider myself to be an average sized human and I’m able to reach and see the controls on the top dryer just fine. This pair of units was specifically designed to be stacked and I find them really easy to use. I don’t need a step stool, but if you’re on the shorter side and like this setup- that’s a great option. Given we live in a small house, under 1200 square feet, we have to take advantage of every single inch… and stacked units allowed us to make the most of this space. The countertop and built-in dog crate were well worth it.
Speaking of the countertop, I wanted to take a minute to point out that insanely gorgeous soapstone. It’s basically my dream countertop material. I’m going to devote an entire post to it after the kitchen reveal next month (including a Q&A with the experts), so stay tuned for that! It’ll also reappear in the DIY dog feeders tomorrow…. because the pups also wanted a luxurious soapstone surface. Only the best for my fur babies, haha!
I also have to touch on the gorgeous cabinetry hardware. Pepe & Carols made custom sized pulls for me to fit the dog crate and tall side cabinet. The scale feels perfect- even amongst the odd angles in the squatty room.
If you’re wondering about all of the sources, I’ll link everything below! If I missed anything, odds are- it’s probably vintage, but feel free to shoot me a comment below and I’ll try to find a link for you.
01: cabinetry paint color: custom sherwin-williams mix between big chill & first star // 02: custom cabinetry designed by me, from maple leaf cabinets (salt lake city) // 03: gallery light // 04: custom area rug (color: fuji silver) // 05: alberene soapstone countertop // 06: polished nickel cabinetry hardware // 07: wall hooks // 08: patterned floor tile // 09: door paint color: sherwin-williams tricorn black // 10: marble mosaic backsplash tile // 11: exterior door hardware set // 12: pf candle co terra lavender candle // 13: outdoor sconce // 14: flush mount light fixture // 15: wall paint color: sherwin-williams alabaster // *millwork: mix of metrie (baseboard & quarter round) and custom (crown moulding)
Lastly, I had a handful of requests to see the crawlspace access door close-up. Check it out below. We relocated it to the center of the room so that it would be covered by the rug. Emmett added recessed handles and it’s actually slightly larger (now to code) than it used to be. Even without the rug, the patterned floor tile disguises it nicely.
Interested in touring the rest of my home? Click here! If you’re curious about my other One Room Challenge space (the bathroom), click here! I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section. I’m always happy to answer any questions! It feels good to wrap up another One Room Challenge. In my experience, they always seems impossible, but are worth it in the end. Maybe I’m just crazy?
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*I’d like to send a GIANT thank you to my sponsors for making this One Room Challenge possible! I absolutely adore every single thing I selected for the space: Sherwin-Williams (paint), Nostalgic Warehouse (hardware), Sisal Rugs Direct (rug), Pepe & Carols (hardware), Polycor (soapstone), House of Troy (gallery light), Metrie (millwork), PF Candle Co (candle). As always, all thoughts are my own.