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Laundry Room Reveal

May has been a busy month, to say the least, but finally, I get to reveal our small laundry room makeover and the gorgeous wood countertop over the front loaders. The final design is even more beautiful than I expected it to be. We had to make many changes along the way; it was overwhelming!

All in all, I am thrilled with how our laundry room turned out. I can’t wait to reveal to you all the details and before & after pictures of our small laundry room makeover.

small laundry room makeover - reveal wood countertop front loaders

Our laundry room is tiny. It is not in a closet, but I wouldn’t consider it a ‘room’ either. It’s more like a passage from the family room to the garage. A little alley with so much traffic it makes it part mudroom too. It is so small that taking good pictures was a challenge.

But before I move onto the great laundry room reveal, let’s take a trip down memory lane.


Small Laundry Room Before the Makeover

When we moved in this house, we lived with this white and boring laundry room for 8 years.

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Our laundry room when we moved in.

When the washing machine broke, we purchased Samsung front loaders in Azure. White over white is boring, so my head started spinning with design ideas. It was then when I published this post with my design board and plans.

Laundry Room, 2016-2021

My plans and dreams for our small laundry room makeover were to install a wood countertop over the front loaders so I could have a place to work, fold and organize my laundry.

But life happens.

That dream of mine of a dark stained wood countertop faded away, and the top of the front loader machines itself became my working surface for the past 5 years.

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Here’s a wide angle view.

small laundry room makeover- before

The top surface of the machines got beat up from all the possible things we placed on top of them. Scratches and even bleach stains made their way into the laundry room and then it wasn’t so pretty anymore.

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For years I kept the laundry room cabinets organized in a very functional and inexpensive way. But, there’s something true about being organized, and that is that you must love the room to keep it neat; otherwise, you unconsciously start letting go.

And that’s exactly what happened to me with this laundry room.

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Laundry Room Reveal

But, with this small laundry room makeover we brought style, color, and function -especially function!- and here’s the big reveal! I decluttered the cabinets and I even sacrificed one of them for style. And I don’t need it or miss it at all!

small laundry room makeover - reveal wood countertop front loaders

The first thing you will notice – if you are nit-picky like I am- is that the shelf is part white, part butcher block. And I was determined to paint it all white to match, but my friends and family suggested not to bother, that it was perfect just as is.

There is a couple of reasons why it’s mismatched. It was a part conscious decision, part mistake. I will get to that! But now let me show you all the details.

The Laundry Room Cabinets

First, we started with the cabinets. To place a wood countertop over the front loaders and a shelf to cover all the connections on the wall, we needed to raise the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. This meant we had to remove them completely and re-install them.

I suggested we should lose one cabinet and leave that space for a hanging rod. We use it to store clothes hangers – not to hang clothes to dry. I love it!

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My favorite new feature is the shelf with a hanging rod.

When we removed the cabinets, we realized that they were poorly made and so old, they wouldn’t resist another drilling on the wall. Not to mention that because I wanted 3 cabinets, and not 4, one of the double cabinets had to be cut in half.

It was kind of silly to even think about it. So after all the moving and drilling (and even cutting the cabinet in half), we realized that it was better to just go purchase new cabinets.

I purchased unfinished oak cabinets at my local Lowes and painted them in Sherwin Williams Denim to match my front loaders washer and dryer. Lastly, I installed these oil-rubbed bronze knobs to match the new faucet in the old sink.

Here’s a detailed post about the process of painting those unfinished wood cabinets.

The Backsplash Wall

Initially, I planned on installing wallpaper on the back wall, but while perusing Pinterest, I fell in love with this peel and stick tile. I only wanted an accent wall, so we figured it would be perfect behind the shelf and the sink.

We used more tiles than I expected and calculated for because we made rookie mistakes cutting a couple. Because you can only place them one way, you can not use remnants to fill in gaps.

Installing the tiles was fairly easy. However, it wasn’t until we were ready to install them that we read they do not recommend installing them on freshly painted walls. Boo!

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I had just painted the entire room the day before in Sherwin Williams Pure White. But at that point, we had to keep working. I have one particular stubborn tile peeling away. I will let you know what my fix is.

The Top Shelf and Hanging Rod

While looking for a closet rod to install from wall to cabinet, I stumbled upon this shelf bracket at my local Lowes.

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I could’ve just installed a simple closet rod, but this shelf -made out of leftover butcher block- makes all the difference in this nook!

The Wood Countertop Over the Front Loaders

The catalyst of this laundry room makeover was the idea of installing a wood countertop over the front loaders so we could have a nice workspace to fold clothing and more.

My husband and I own a stairs and rails business, which means woodwork comes naturally to us. So, making and installing the countertop and shelf was somewhat easy. The difficult part was deciding how to hide the connections on the wall.

  • We ordered online a 10 ft unfinished butcher block and picked it up at our local Lowe’s. You must order the countertop online because it is not in stock at local stores. It arrived at the store exactly 10 days after purchase.
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Here’s where we made a mistake. My husband was hoping we would make the shelf out of butcher block, but I only ordered one countertop when I placed the order online. He said we needed one more to make the shelf/box to cover the connections.

In my mind, I always imagined the shelf to be as simple as it is: a white wood riser with a pine shelf. But my husband is even more detail-oriented than I am. He thought that all made out of butcher block would look even nicer. On the other hand, I wasn’t willing to spend another $330 for a butcher block to use only a couple of strips.

The Box and Shelf

We didn’t order the second butcher block but instead, we cut the riser of the box out of 2×12 primed pine (cut to 8.5 inches high) and the shelf we made out of 1×8 pine.

When we cut the primed 2×12, we made a mistake in the length of the second piece (the one behind the sink). So, we used the leftover butcher block to cut it again.

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The plan was to paint it pure white to match the rest of the primed pine, but I left it as is. I see now how beautiful it would’ve been if we made it all out of butcher block. But my frugal instinct kicked in, so I get to admire this little piece of butcher block behind the sink now.

Watch this Instagram reel, and see how I maintain the butcher block shiny and nourished!!

The Old Sink Makeover

At this point, the small makeover for our laundry room was escalating. So, we decided to keep the old sink and only change the faucet.

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The sink looked unsalvageable, but I got it all clean and as white as new with a little elbow grease. There is only one stubborn speckle of gold paint on it!

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  • It’s amazing how some deep cleaning and changing the faucet and sink basket make the sink look brand new.

The Opposite Wall

Last but not least, we added some color and function to the opposite wall.

As I mentioned, this ‘room’ is a passage. There’s a door on the right and a door on the left. Basically, if you have both doors open, you can only see one strip of the opposite wall.

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However, the door on the left leads to the garage, so it is always closed. But we open and close it several times a day!

Because this is the primary door we use to come in and out of the house, I wanted to install a set of wall-mounted dual coat hooks for us to pick up or drop things on our way in or out of the house.

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To add interest to the wall, we installed board and batten and painted it the same color as the cabinets. I will link to that project HERE.

The hooks are multifunctional. I can hang clothes right out of the dryer before bringing them upstairs, my son hangs his cap and sunglasses, and I love this Wash & Dry dirty mask pouch I made with my Cricut Joy.

Functional Shelf and Decor

The shelf above the wood countertop is a box over the connections and hoses of the front loaders. It is only attached with liquid nails. So, in case we need to disconnect and pull out a machine, the removal is easy.

On the shelf I keep three galvanized tubs I purchased at Michaels a while ago (similar here). I had them over the laundry room cabinets all this time, without serving any purpose. Now they found their purpose!

The medium tray holds dryer sheets and dryer balls, and my favorite candle Snuggly Sweater

The small tub holds my favorite flour sack towels and a faux lavender plant (similar here).

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The large galvanized tub is my stain-fighting station. In it, I keep vinegar, baking soda, borax, and Epsom salts, along with more towels and a scrubby brush.

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You can take a look at this project here.

List of Resources

For your convenience, here is a list of all the resources mentioned in this post.

Woodwork

Paint and Tile

Sink Faucet and Other Hardware

Decor


I hope you enjoyed my small laundry room makeover and final reveal. I will post a few more details about how we installed the wood countertop over the front loaders, how I painted the unfinished cabinets, and how we made the board and batten wall.

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