We’ve reached the grand finale of the One Room Challenge, otherwise known as the big reveal, otherwise known as the best part! As a quick review, I chose to zhush our laundry room-this is what it looked like six short weeks ago (this was the week 2, week 3 week 4 and week 5 progress) and today I’m so excited to show off the finished project-all beautifully photographed by Nicole Cohen.
A few final tips on laundry rooms in general. One of the reasons it was so costly to re tile the floor, was the built up area surrounding the washer and dryer. Even though I don’t love the aesthetics of this, I do appreciate the practicality of it. Years ago we had a big leak with a washing machine at our old house. We quickly understood the value of having this type of built up lip to stop the water flow. Also, what you can’t see in this photo is a little water sensor alarm on the floor near the washer- can’t recommend this gadget enough. So, if you’re thinking about re-doing or designing a laundry room my advice is to get the water sensors and build up something around the machine with tile as well. Those floor pans the dealers recommend don’t always get the job done.
Also, going back to past issues with washers and dryers. We had a machine that was constantly breaking and needing repairs. This former washer (and dryer) had the counter built in above. But, since we also had that shallow tile wall built in to stop leaks, moving the washer out from under the built in was a big challenge. So, even though I love the look of a counter space above the appliances, I do appreciate how much easier it is to move the machines around in the event of an unforeseen issue. Had we gone ahead with a counter on top, I think I might’ve added a hinge to allow the whole thing to lift up. Just another thing to consider if your designing a laundry room.
And, finally, the washer is closed here, but only because it looks better for the photos. The reality is that we leave that door open whenever the machine is not in use because that’s the only way to make sure we never have a smelly mildew issue again. Live and learn- no one ever told me that and wish someone had!
So that’s it! HUGE thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for including me and giving me the much needed motivation for getting this room done. If it weren’t for this six week challenge, I’d still be looking at beige builder grade counters with a mismatched washer and dryer.
See below for the links to all the other big reveals!
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