Laundry Room Before and After

A year ago, we started the addition to the second floor of our home. And we figured that while we were at it, lets remodel the laundry room too! (Aren’t those famous last words during a home project… “while we’re at it….”?)
Let’s take a look at the before shots. Clearly these before photo’s were not staged. We were about to begin construction and I was emotionally DONE with the laundry room. So the not so pretty room was REALLY not pretty when these images were shot. The pictures below show which walls were moved during construction.

There wasn’t a single counter top. The only usable space was the top of the washer and dryer.
The wall below didn’t move. This is the future site of our mudroom bench. Do you see that little hanger with 4 hooks? That was the only place we had to hang clothes to dry. Sometimes when there was a lot to hang up, the items in the back sometimes wouldn’t dry completely. They would then have to be re-washed because of their musty smell. Very frustrating.

Cue construction outside (and cue chaotic family life indoors! Think 7 days with no washer or dryer. Not the end of the world, but almost the end of clean clothing!)
The first step was digging up part of our front porch.
Now it’s starting to look like something! Hard to believe that this small area will make such a huge difference in our laundry room!
Below you can see where they bumped the wall out 24″ into the garage. And where they bumped the window wall out 4 feet toward the front of the house. (Can you see that ugly linoleum flooring? It has a touch of pink in it. No thank you!)
And now for some after pictures. Drum roll please……..
The sink moved to the new wall that was bumped out into the garage.
And the washer and dryer were pushed into the 4 foot bump out, giving us so much more room.
All of that extra space allowed us to put a row of cabinets and a mudroom bench along this wall, where the sink used to be.
Here are a few of my favorite things about our new laundry room. The mudroom bench top was used from a 200 year old piece of wood. I asked the builder to put something rustic in there since kids would be sitting on it, standing on it, throwing bags on it…. I didn’t want to have to worry about scratches. This piece of wood was perfect!
And the cabinet to the left of the mudroom bench fits our ironing board and vacuum cleaner….two things that always seemed to be in the way before the remodel.
Our new drying rack, purchased from Ballard Designs. It is so unbelievably handy (and it closes too when not in use). We have both this and a clothing rod above the sink to hang up clothes. No more musty smelling clothes!!
And with this great counter space, no more folding clothes on the family room floor!
What do you think? Do you love the finished product as much as I do!?
Thanks for reading!!
Jen
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  1. Jen! I'm now a follower of your blog. Love it. And LOVE your laundry room. Trying not to be envious ๐Ÿ™‚ We have the same drying rack from Ballard Design and it makes me so happy every time I use it. Best. Invention. Ever.

    Looking forward to more fun posts!

    Katy Krippaehne

  2. Looks fabulous, Jen! You have a great eye for these things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    I do love it. That bump out gave you some nice added space. Thanks for sharing at wow.

  4. Debbie-refreshrestyle says:

    Jen, I love it! Amazing space now!
    Debbie

  5. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    Gasp! I asked a contractor if this was possible in my house and he said no. Could be due to specific structural issues in our home, but I'd LOVE to grab some extra space in the garage to make our laundry room functional! Now it is simply a passage to the garage…great job, so relate to folding laundry on the family room floor, love the mudroom and closet to store cleaning stuff. Perfection. Enjoy! Janell

  6. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says:

    Love your new laundry room it's just gorgeous!
    Wish I had a sink in our's ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO
    Kristin

  7. Interior decorator st. catharines says:

    This work is very nice!!! Your blog provided us with important information to work with. Great home decorating creates a beautiful home that is a reflection of your lifestyle. . I learned many things from your post

  8. Amy @ Homestead Revival says:

    WOW!! Amazing what a few inches and a couple of feet make! This makeover was well worth it, I'm sure!

  9. Layn @ reignalayn.blogspot.com says:

    Beautiful!! Totally having laundry room sink envy ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks great!

  10. Junky Vagabond says:

    The laundry room of my dreams! Love the rustic wood touch and I'd kill for that folding table. Good job ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Jill

  11. Great laundry room! You have fabulous finishes, it looks wonderful.

  12. I am so jealous -in a good way! Wow, you almost convince me that laundry is fun ๐Ÿ™‚ My laundry room, which is more like a cubby, shares it’s space with our furnace. I would like to move the furnace to our basement-like crawl space, but that would mean hiring someone! Great job.

  13. Jen, I just found your blog and am really enjoying it. We are in the middle of a laundry room remodel. I am putting a counter top over the washer and dryer. Could you tell me how you installed the counter? Is it removable for servicing the washer and dryer? Thanks!

    • Hi Suzy!! The countertop people made a small ‘ledge’ around the edge of the wall for the counter to sit on. Then they made a short support wall between the washer and dryer. I had them cut a removable part at the back of the counter where you can access the water shut off. It’s about 8×10 cut out. And in the middle of the cutout is a hole where you can place a finger or thumb to remove the piece of countertop. That way, we can access all of the necessary plumbing, should an issue arise. I hope that helps! Have fun with your remodel!!!

      Jen

  14. I love this! We are trying to rearrange our w/d from stacked to side by side and then add a countertop. How do you access your water valves? Is your countertop removable to access the valves and cleaning out the vent pipe?

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