The last time I shared about the laundry room, it was with before pictures and the plan. Well, my husband has been working away and I thought I’d share the progress and some pictures of the goodies that have arrived!
garage laundry room progress
Here’s my intention with this room- I want to show that having a laundry room, even though it’s in a garage, can still be beautiful. I want a pretty place to wash my clothes. And I want to show what’s possible
To me, beauty matters. If you surround yourself with things that make you smile, it can make a task or a moment better.
My whole garage is a mess, but I’m hoping that by upgrading this one corner, the rest will be easier to imagine how to make more pretty.
before and now- front view
Here’s the before picture- just a basic laundry corner in a garage. Ready to see the progress we’ve made?
Essentially we made one tiny room for the laundry. Let’s talk details-
- Pony wall- next to the washer, we now have a small wall to visually separate the garage and where the laundry is done. This tells the eye where to stop and is a designated boundary. Laundry goes here, the rest of the garage is there.
- Raised floor- the floor is in progress. The front will be a base board. The bottom will get vinyl flooring. Why did we raise it though? So that loading the washer and dryer will be easier. We have new front loaders so that’ll make more sense soon.
- Sheetrock- The walls are exterior concrete walls. So all the electrical and pipes were exposed. I wanted that hidden behind sheetrock. Hiding those will mean that the focus can be on the tile and wallpaper.
- Ceiling- The ceiling is framed in so there will be a light just in this area. Lighting will be another way I’ll communicate that this is a separate section of the room. Again, all the ceiling lights were exposed. Soon this will be a shiplap ceiling so wiring can be hidden.
If you’re noticing that there’s extra space by the washer and dryer, we’re planning on making custom drawers for laundry soap and the drying rack.
before and now- side view
I’m actually really mad about myself for this terrible picture. I should have taken one looking into the bathroom. But you can see how the washer and dryer were in front of the doorway.
I found this picture from when I was working on the powder room. That little door was so cramped from the appliances, but also had space on the left to be scotched over.
Here’s what it looks like now-
The door is a pocket door, so we moved the frame as far over to the left as possible. Now there’s a straight shot into the bathroom! This is such a big upgrade in person! It should have always been this way. You walk right into the bathroom and see the vanity. There’s more room to get in and out and it looks better.
rest of the garage
Well, will all this construction, I’m sure you can guess that the rest of the garage is a mess. We’re hoping after we finish up this project, we can clean out the garage floor and then add in a ping pong table for our Air BNB guests. And us!
And for a shot of reality- the rest of the messy garage. I need to sell some things…
Above is the original mood board I made for the space. I’m still going along with this exact design direction. Let me go into it in detail since some of the items are here now (!!!)
The top of the wall will be the pink palm tree wallpaper while the tile will be the lower section of the wall where things could get wet from laundry.
I selected the wallpaper partly because it is tropical. I’m embracing all things coastal for my home since it’s in Florida and I haven’t tried it much, being a girl from Utah. Though, to be honest, if palm trees make you happy, anyone anywhere can use them in a design.
The other reasons why I choose the wallpaper are because the color scheme. Personally, I like the soft pink, especially mixed with the mint colored leaves. I also thought it looked sophisticated and not too sweet while having a bit of a chinoiserie feel (my favorite!).
I call my design style “girly glam” and the wallpaper is definitely the big dose of femininity I crave adding to each room.
The tile, on the other hand, is classic, practical, hard and cold. And I love it! I selected the subway tile and the cornice piece, but was worried they were too serious. To add just a hint of pink, the pencil tile will great things up and relate to the wallpaper.
I like how the strong and steady tile is a juxtaposition to the wallpaper that is sweet and soft. This mix of hard and soft makes a more balanced room.
The tile recently arrived and will be going up this week! It is stunning in person. And the best surprise is how perfectly the pink tile matches the wallpaper. Meant to be!
Along with a little hard and a little soft, I like to add in a little old. For this room, it’ll be dollhouse chairs. I know that seems random in a laundry room, but that’s ok! I’ll combine it with some laundry items that are both beautiful and functional and I think it’ll flow nicely.
Above, you can see the two dollhouse chairs I already have. I bought one and one was from my sister. When I saw them together, I decided that all the chairs should be brass!
I thought that would make all the chairs feel part of the same story, thought they’ll all be unique. I just ordered the above from eBay and can’t wait for it!
I’ll probably display 5 dollhouse chairs. Why? 5 is an odd number and groupings look more pleasing to the eye when 3, 5, 7 and so on are put together.
These chairs have been fun to search for! I think this will be adorable.
There will be a pagoda shaped brass light and coordinating brass sconce. They’re going to look pretty.
And we will, of course, add art too and crown molding. And a cornice for the window. There’s lots of interesting DIY and projects so watch out! This will be fun!
Any questions on the process or plans?
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