Before & After-Laundry & Mudroom

When I was a kid, our laundry room wasn't a "room", per se, but a corner of the unfinished basement where a utility sink and washer/ dryer resided. It was always clean, but dimly-lit, raw, and certainly not likely to have wowed my mom as she dutifully trekked down there to deal with our daily messes.

From what I remember, all of my friends' houses had the same laundry setup--a small, dark corner of an unfinished basement, or some variation thereof. Oh, you poor, neglected, unsexy 70s/80s laundries. 

Times have certainly changed and we've seen a marked shift towards incorporating laundry rooms into the main areas of our homes vs whatever scrap of subterranean space is left over once all other rooms have been accounted for. This makes so much sense, given how much time we spend in there.

Our new laundry is actually a laundry/ mudroom combo, converted from a main floor bedroom. It will serve as our new back entrance and is a big improvement over the sad-looking side-by-side that existed in the old basement.

Our priorities in planning this room: nice-looking but budget-friendly cabinetry; large work/ folding surface; a small sink; storage--both open and closed; a place to sit; a litter box nook (hmm, now that's sexy!)

At 12'x10', the old bedroom was a great blank canvas. We chose an all-glass fir entry door and added a small window along the northeast wall for extra light. You can never, ever have too much light!

At 12'x10', the old bedroom was a great blank canvas. We chose an all-glass fir entry door and added a small window along the northeast wall for extra light. You can never, ever have too much light!

The floors are a 20"x20" semi-polished porcelain with a look similar to polished concrete. We opted for in-floor heat, which feels amaaazing underfoot. Quartz countertops span 10' and are extra deep so that the washer/dryer don't stick out awkwardly. Cabinetry is also a few inches deeper and taller than standard.

The floors are a 20"x20" semi-polished porcelain with a look similar to polished concrete. We opted for in-floor heat, which feels amaaazing underfoot. Quartz countertops span 10' and are extra deep so that the washer/dryer don't stick out awkwardly. Cabinetry is also a few inches deeper and taller than standard.

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We wanted a cute, simple nook as a drop-zone for coats and place to put on shoes. The baskets store hats, scarves and other small things.

We wanted a cute, simple nook as a drop-zone for coats and place to put on shoes. The baskets store hats, scarves and other small things.

I'm a sucker for anything houndstoothy.

I'm a sucker for anything houndstoothy.

A few details...

  • Cabinetry: James Weedmark
  • Flooring installation: Versa Tile
  • Nook construction: Darwin Kolodziejak
  • Countertops: Flo Form
  • Birdie mirror and porcelain cabinet knobs: Fan Tan Gallery