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Wallpapered Laundry Room

Today, I’m sharing a small (but mighty) room in our house – the laundry room.  In hindsight, I should have installed a wine fridge in here because I basically live in here :)  Between the lake and the pool this summer, there is always a mountain of towels to wash, and in fact, I realize looking back at these photos, my washing machine has a full load of towels in it that I didn’t mean to catch on camera…I’m just trying to give you an authentic laundry vibe…

This room also doubles as my command center. Clutter drives me nuts, especially on my kitchen countertops. So, I need somewhere to go with all the millions of papers that come home from school plus mail etc.  More on that later.

First, let’s talk design in here. I knew I wanted counters that went over my washer and dryer in this house because I love having a folding/sorting surface in the laundry room.  Also, it really cuts down on rogue socks behind the dryer.  We went with this simple soapstone looking laminate counter in here due to me being as the Mr. states it, “a zillion dollars over budget” everywhere else.  The guys did a great job of making all the built-ins.

We went with the same white walls in here that are in most of our house, so I went with a soft grey color on the cabinets and the shelves.

Wallpaper laundry room grey cabinets

I had originally planned on adding a tile backsplash later down the road, until by happy accident I had extra wallpaper leftover from our little powder room (it’s just down the hall from here, and I haven’t shared it on the blog yet).  I had the extra installed just on this back wall which actually most people think is tile from far away.  It adds just enough texture and fun in this room.

The flooring in here is the same slate flooring from BuildDirect that we used in our entryway just in a large brick pattern.  I love the blue/grey color and it continues down throughout our mudroom (I will blog more on this room soon too).

 

We put a pocket door in here so that I can close it off easily and hide the mess.

Another must have in this room was a sink with a pull down sprayer faucet – a.k.a. our dog Charlie’s bathtub.  If there is a dead fish, or any sort of nasty something washed up on the beach, you can guarantee Charlie is going to roll in it, so he pretty much gets a dunk in the tub almost daily.

Ok back to the clutter.  I have finally developed a method that works for us.  My kids take any papers out of their folders and stick them on that basket on the counter.  I also stick any mail in there too.  Basically, any paper of any kind gets jammed in this basket appropriately labeled “Miscellaneous Stuff.”

Then I go through it every day or two and either file it away in these hanging baskets on the wall or recycle it.  I put separate striped folders in it to keep it looking neat, but also to have different file options.  I have one for receipts, tax stuff etc.  It keeps everything all in one spot, off my counters and my sanity in tact.

Oh, and I also have a pretty nice lake view out this little window, which makes laundry not so bad.  I’m telling you that wine fridge is not such a far fetched idea ;)

SOURCE LIST – (contains affiliate links)

Wallpaper – Serena and Lily

Cabinet color – Light French Grey by Sherwin Williams

Wall color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams

Mudroom wall color – Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore

Faucet – Signature Hardware

Flooring – BuildDirect Janeiro Slate Tile in Montauk Blue

Baskets – Target from a few years ago

Wire Organizer – HomeGoods, but here is a similar one

Light – Wayfair see all our light choices here

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    1. It’s nothing special just a regular laundry sink from a local plumbing supply store, I don’t know the brand or anything sorry!

  1. Hi Kelly! I gain so much inspiration from your home! :) Could I bother you and ask what sheen you did for the SW extra white on the walls and is the SW Light French Grey on the cabinets lightened at all?
    Thanks! :)

    1. The sheen on the board and batten walls is Satin but the rest of the paint is a matte finish. The the french grey was not lightened at all but we have a ton of natural light in our house so things tend to look lighter in our home. Thanks!

  2. Were those shelves custom? I love the thick white look, but I don’t want standard floating shelves if they won’t be deep enough to hold anything.

  3. My wife came across your blog yesterday and I’m pretty much in awe of your place. We did a complete tear down of our cottage and are currently rebuilding (first floor exterior walls went up two days ago) along the shores of Lake Ontario near the 1000 islands. I’ve already ordered a sample of the flooring because we love it. You brought up a good point about the showers since you are on well water as the same is true of us. Question is: how thick are your baseboards throughout the house?

  4. beautiful! can’t stop looking at it. I know you said you can’t remember the manufacturer of the cabinet knobs, what store did you get them from?

  5. I looove your beautiful home! We in the beginning stages of building our next home and I wonder if if you might share your floor plan. Especially interested in your main floor, but would love to see all! Thanks so much!!!

  6. nice laundry room the wallpaper is a little to busy for me Thank you for sharing and God bless

  7. Gorgeous! Two questions:

    1) Where did you put the washer hookup (hot and cold switches). Ours are currently over the washer but unsightly and I’d like to hide :)

    2) Did you have to bump out the dryer to accommodate the hose? It is bulky and seems like it would make it harder to reach the shelves or cabinets over the counter. I was thinking of stacking my washer/dryer for this reason. To hide all the mess!

    Thanks!! Love your house :)

    1. Hi Bonnie, i think the hook ups are down below behind the washer and dryer. They actually recessed an area behind the dryer to accommodate the hose. Not sure how hard that would be to do in a remodel, good luck!

      1. Thanks so much! I am hoping not too much work. It’s only sheetrock right….. ;) Easy for me to say..

  8. Love your laundry room and all the finishes. I created a true laundry room when we did a remodel in the late 90’s and it was one of the best decisions. Time for a refresh and your’s is inspirational. Do your barn lights fixtures provide enough light?
    During your build you did a post on all your light fixtures (of course I can’t find it now) . Was Wayfair your source?

    Also, hope your parents and their home survived Irma.

    I vote Yes on the wine cooler

    1. Hi Renee I find the barn lights provide enough light for me but I’m also not in here that often when it’s totally dark out. Having the window in here helps too. I actually linked that lighting post at the end of this post if you scroll down. And my parents are fine thanks for asking, they had to evacuate but they just lost some trees no major damage!

    1. I forgot to ask, do you have the name of the laminate? I’m redoing our laundry room and would love this look.

  9. I enjoy looking at the choices you have made throughout your new home. So refreshingly beautiful.
    I hope your parents’ home in Florida survived the storm. Only power lost at my daughter’s home in Tampa. But, so much lost elsewhere in Florida.

    1. It did thanks so much Cherie for asking! They just had a big tree down no other damage, so thankful. Praying for everyone who is dealing with the aftermath of the storm!

  10. It’s gorgeous! I’m a no-clutter lover, too. The one thing you didn’t source is the thing I need in my life…the little wire basket that is holding keys. Would you mind sharing?

  11. So pretty! Do you have the source for the knobs? I think they would be perfect for the built ins in having built for my home.

  12. The best thing is the pocket door..,.when the room has five different piles of stuff that you can’t possibly get to for two days due to appointments and commitments just close the door..perfect.

  13. Fabulous!! I too am just starting to remodel an older house right down to the studs and I would love it if my mudroom/laundry room looks even a close second to yours!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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