The time has come to finally start putting the laundry / mudroom space back together. This is the smallest space we are working on but the one I am most excited about!
When working with a small space it’s important to really focus on function, especially when the space serves more than one purpose. In the case of our laundry room / mudroom, the space not only is our primary entrance into the house day-to-day, but it’s also where the laundry gets done so having ample storage and floor space was the most important thing to making this tiny space work for us every day.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my inspiration with you and I’ve finally put all my ideas together into the design plan.
The Design Plan
The base of the room will be light and neutral. After debating on tile, we have finally settled on an oversized gray tile that looks like concrete. This is not only a nice tie-in to the kitchen but anchors the room nicely without being too dark.
On the ceiling, we are thinking of doing painted white shiplap with the walls also being painted white. I’m toying around with the idea of doing a darker grey trim color but with everything going on, I’m wondering if it will be too much.
One the far end of the room will be the laundry zone. We have front loading machines which are currently stacked and personally I like this configuration so I decided to keep it in the new space as well.
Stacking the washer and dryer gives me the space to add a sink. I have always wanted a utility sink inside the back door for washing up after working in the yard or garden, washing off the dogs as they come in on a messy day and just to deal with stains and such with laundry, a place to rinse paint brushes, etc.
B and I realized when discussing a sink that our visions were the same. We both pictured a vintage cast iron utility sink so we drove up to Williamsport to a salvage company and found the perfect sink!
For the lighting, I really want to keep it simple. Years ago, at an estate auction, I scored some true, vintage school house lights and because I have two identical ones, I’ll be using one in the laundry / mudroom area and one in the pantry.
We plan to build the utility sink into a table of some kind so that I have some storage under the sink. We will also be hanging some upper cabinets above the sink for storage.
The existing back door will be reframed and moved over to the opposite end of the room as far as possible. This will allow as much room as we can squeeze in in front of the laundry area. We’ll be replacing the existing door which was full glass for a door that only has glass on the top half. This will still allow light to come in but provide a little more privacy than we have now.
Opposite the door, we’ll be building in a storage bench with shelving and coat hooks above. We’ll be maximing as much vertical space for storage as we can here for things like hats and gloves, dog leashes and other accessories and hopefully give us some shoe storage or dog storage under the bench.
To maximize floor space, we’ll be installing a wall mounted hot water radiator that will hook into our existing hot water boiler system. THe wall mounted option is thin so it doesn’t stick out into the room and because it’s wall mounted, it will not take up any floor space.
For colors, we are sticking to the same black, white and grey as we used in the kitchen with one exception. The table for the sink and any other cabinetry / built-ins will be a sage green color to give the room it’s own personality.
I’ll also be on the hunt for a fun rug and some art for the little bit of wall space but overall will be keeping the accessories simple and clean so the space doesn’t look cluttered.
Progress is slow but the plan is in place and I’m super excited to see it all come together.
I’d love your thoughts on the plan so far. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.