I bet you didn't think the first semi-finished room I'd show you from the new house would be the laundry room, did you? Well, surprisingly enough (even a bit shocking to me), it's the room with the most progress.
Here's how the room looked before....actually, it had casings and baseboards and we had already ripped those off.
Lovely pink walls and awesome brown cabinets, right?
The first thing to do was to paint the walls.
The colour is Benjamin Moore Trout Gray. I actually had a full can of paint left over from when we finished our basement in our current house, so it didn't cost us anything.
The next thing was to rid this room of those brown cabinets.
A bit of a change, right?
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow. No sanding or priming, I just brushed 2 coats of paint on the frame and the doors. Once everything was nice and dry I then used a wet sanding block (super fine) to heavily distress.
A dry sanding block works too, but I find a wet block just makes everything go faster. Warning though, I wouldn't go with the wet version unless you want heavy distressing as the paint comes off fast.
I'll admit that the pink countertop looks pretty junky right now, but we have a few plans that we are tossing around for both this cabinet and our kitchen counters (which are also this awesome shade of pink). (And please ignore all of the paint dust on the floor...cleaning gets left to the end!!)
I still have to wax the cabinets and add the handles back on (I'm reusing the original straight out of the 70s handles as I think they add some character), but it's amazing what some simple paint has done to this room.
The house didn't come with a washer and dryer and since ours sold with our house we needed to buy a new set. We ended up going with the Maytag Maxima XL series in granite, which is a really dark gray, and I think it will look great with the walls and cabinets. They are sitting in the garage right now but will hopefully be hooked up in the next couple of days.
Here's the view from the other side of the room out to the hallway.
I hate that green on the walls....like really, really hate it. I can't wait to paint over it all. The tiles on the floor are staying for now until we decide what we are going to do with this back hallway. The plan is to rip out the closets and make some benches, etc, but it's all going to have to wait until we move in as we are running out of time.
The other side of this room is a blank wall, and I am hoping once the washer and dryer are in that there will still be room for some shelves, the ironing board and a drying rack. I'll also hang some art on the walls, replace the light fixture, replace the fan cover on the ceiling and possibly replace the faucet. The room will also get new white casings and baseboards to match the rest of the house and the door will be painted to match the trim.
So, since this is my first time having an actual laundry room, if you have one in your house, what's your favourite part? Is there something you wish you had added/removed? Keep in mind that I actually loathe doing laundry (I am hoping the new appliances might inspire me for at least a few months...!).