It was an unorganized laundry room begging for a makeover. User unfriendly for vertically challenged people.
The poor layout made things hard to reach unless you were 6 feet tall (I’m 5’2). There was also a lot of wasted space due to the cramming of everything against the back wall and because this first floor laundry room was right off the kitchen, it was in your face all the time. The disorganized mess was getting on my nerves.
A new layout placed the washer and dryer to the right hand side and made the room more functional for laundry needs while giving a softer feel to the sink area (we have a teenager who has taken complete control of the upstairs washroom….) It feels more spacious and organized.
A counter top made with 3/4″ plywood and cheap wall tiles are perfect for folding laundry and a clothes drying rack made with 1″ dowels can be lowered for easy access.
A beauty of a find, the vintage porcelain sink equipped with its original functional faucets, found its place of honor where the washer and dryer used to be-in full view from the doorway.
Lower shelves fitted with baskets keep paper towels, light bulbs, and supplies close at hand.
Because I have 9′ cielings, I can allow myself that extra room when building cabinets without it looking too cramped. This one is 4′ high and there is still 16″ of clearance to add a collection of blue bottles.
With careful planning, the room came together quite nicely without investing alot of money. Because of my unfinished basement, changing the plumbing was easy (except for the clogged main pipe that needed to be replaced…what can I say…old homes).
Now, not only does the laundry room look appealing, it is organized. I know where everything is. It is accessible to shorties like me and its vintage style fits right in with our century home!