My laundry was in pretty bad shape. We first rented this home for 4 years before deciding to purchase it about 7 years ago. As it is with most laundries in rental properties, we only had the bare basics; an inset sink with small cupboard underneath and a washing machine. We bought a large freestanding laundry cupboard which took up a huge chunk of space, and a practical laundry basket without any personality whatsoever.
Luckily, when you live in your home for a while, you know what your needs are and how you want your workspaces to flow. I knew that I needed a place to store pool towels, shelving for easily accessible pegs and washing powder, as well as an area for hanging damp clothes or clothes that had just been ironed. A new benchtop would also come in handy when folding is required and a space to store endless cleaning products is always a big plus. I needed cupboards/shelving for sliding in tubs with individual family members’ folded clothing, because in my perfect dream world, each person would be putting away their folded clothing into their own cupboards (haha, it’s my dream world and I’m sticking to it!)
The list goes on… Not only did I want this space to be functional, but also easy on the eye. It usually takes me about 4 days to convince myself that doing the laundry will benefit myself and my family. If it looks pretty, it might only take 2 days, who knows. In my house, the laundry room can become a stressful space, so I decided on the colour combination of grey and yellow for a calming atmosphere. I painted my walls grey and added a splash of yellow in my ironing board cover, which is mounted against the wall.
I didn’t want to splash out on a stone benchtop, as our kitchen renovation is coming up soon and I would rather splurge there. To tie in with our new kitchen, I decided on white shaker style doors in a satin polyurethane finish.
For a bit of playfulness, I put in a pretty mosaic splashback and a succulent in a colourful canvas bag to make the laundry experience a tad more joyful.
My hooks are from Bunnings (for an earth shattering $7,00!) and my yellow welcoming greeting from Target.
Voila, there you have it! I would still like to put in black and white retro vinyl flooring to complete the look, but that can wait until the kitchen is finished. It’s made a huge difference in my life. I have a place for everything and doing the laundry is less of a chore than it used to be.
I would love to hear about how you’ve improved your laundry experience, so drop us a line with a few photos.
Cheerio ’til next time!