One Room Challenge: Week Six

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.

In a perfect world, I’d have replaced the floors with a clean white penny tile, and maybe even spelled out “wash me” or something cute like that! I also would’ve had a counter top over the washer dryer and ideally cabinets that reached the ceiling…can you tell I spent too much time on Pinterest looking for inspiration and briefly lost my way? 
Once I stopped looking for inspiration and got down to the task at hand, my love for this large upstairs laundry room with tons of storage returned. The drab beige counters have been replaced with clean white Ceasarstone, the outdated faucet was replaced with this functional sprayer faucet and a clean and classic subway tile backsplash was added.
Stealing the show of course is the fabulous Cole and Sons Fornessti Nuvole Cloud wallpaper! I was a little concerned about all the deep angles in this narrow space but decided to channel my inner Lisa Rinna and just “own it, baby!” Bravo Real Housewives jokes aside, I’m really digging our laundry room now. It’s so clean and inviting. 
 A big part of this project was just getting organized. Once I decided to fix up this space I knew I had to buckle down and stop using the laundry room as a catch all for miscellaneous odds and ends. Now, in addition to cleaning products and linens, the laundry room cabinets hold all our extra light bulbs and the drawers have everything needed for wrapping gifts. 
I moved some things around and then purchased these baskets to use on the open shelves (right after it was determined that having a carpenter come in and build cabinet doors was cost prohibitive) The baskets not only look pretty,  they completely hide the various sponges and cleaning rags inside.
De-cluttering the laundry room and leaving the counters open and clean for folding laundry, wrapping gifts and even flower arranging is not only practical but gives the room a nice calm vibe. Which is ironic since the wallpaper is a cloud storm…

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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35 Comments

  1. The perfect wallpaper choice! I want to come sit in your laundry room for a little while ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Emily wrote:

    The lines of your walls were definitely your friend (sometimes they are not). They make the powerful wallpaper even more powerful! And, again, I am so happy to know about the whole "leave the door open" thing. This has changed my life! Seriously, thank you for even mentioning it!

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  3. Shelly wrote:

    You really made this functional and utilitarian space beautiful. Love all the details and your wall paper choice. Stunning.

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  4. Beautiful room! The wallpaper is perfect for that space. Nice job!
    Shelley

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  5. So amazing. What a dream

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  6. so unique

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  7. So in love with that wallpaper! Love this space!!! xx

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  8. Plain and simple…I WANT your laundry room. That paper gets me every time and feels so perfect in here. Every detail feels so thought out and it looks like a room that is as functional as it is pretty. Beautiful, beautiful job!!!!

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  9. That wallpaper is everything! What a beautiful space!!! You did awesome!!!

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  10. That wallpaper is STUNNING and agree it does steal the show! I love how fresh and bright this room feels! I have to admit I wish I had all this space in my laundry room. Bravo on yet another ORC room in the books! You're always one of my favorite designers to follow!

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  11. This is amazing, I love the contrast between the crisp, clean white counters and the stormy skies. What a great wall paper choice! Really great.

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  12. I love it!! WOW!! That wallpaper is so stunning, it makes the space. I'm sure now doing laundry will be twice more fun. Gorgeous! Congratulations!!

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  13. Laundry is one of my least favorite chores, but I don't think I would want to leave that room if it were mine. So gorgeous!

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  14. So so so serene, perfect ambiance for doing laundry, loooove it!

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  15. Oh my goodness, this is the only laundry room that I would enjoy doing laundry in!! What a stunning space!

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  16. Like everyone else, I too love the wallpaper in this space. I love when every room of the house reflects the aesthetic of the owners. I'm revealing my room tomorrow and I can't wait. I would love for you to see what I did with our fourth bedroom turned media room.

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  17. Katy Byrne wrote:

    I could not be more in love with the paper. Nailed it per usual, Sue! Great job!

    http://www.designsbykaty.com

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  18. Vel Criste wrote:

    The chic-est and coolest Laundry room EVER!

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  19. This laundry room would make people everywhere actually enjoy the endless task of washing clothes. I might even accidentally make things dirty just to have to wash them again. This space is gorgeous… love the wallpaper..LOVE. Great work!!

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  20. fabulous! LOVE the wallpaper. You pulled off another amazing ORC.

    xo
    cristin

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  21. Perfection! I love this!! And you know, I like the flooring how it is because it bring an earthiness element which ties in with the paper. Such an absolutely beautiful space. Magazine worthy!

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  22. alewis44 wrote:

    I LOVE your new washroom! So beautiful and organized! What brand is the washer and dryer, I am looking for ones with the controls on the front and it is so hard to find them. Please let me know. Thanks Annette Lewis – alewis44@aol.com

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    • Thanks! The washer and dryer is Electrolux.

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  23. Jennifer wrote:

    Well, I love everything you do, and this room is no exception! It's phenomenal, especially that showstopper of a wallpaper. Amazing job!

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  24. I couldn't love that Fornasetti paper more! Such a calm, clean, inviting space. Beautifully done!

    Xx Sarah | The Curated House

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  25. Sue, it came out spectacularly!!!!! That wallpaper!!! And, sadly, I wish I had known what you shared here on the practical side. I haven't had any issues, but would have made some different decisions for sure.

    Just an amazing, job!!! Best part…now, you'll enjoy doing the laundry!
    xx E

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  26. Jana Bek wrote:

    Gorgeous Sue! It's soo cozy, that wallpaper makes me want to curl up while the washer is running!

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  27. Awesome!!!! xo K

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  28. Probably the most perfect choice of wallpaper for a space, ever! Love how it plays into the lines of the room..definitely the star of the show. Bravo!!

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  29. Janet wrote:

    Love this room. Esp. the built in floor pan. Unless this is on a second floor, I would have added a floor drain.

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  30. I might like doing laundry a bit if I had this room! The wallpaper is amazing and eye-catching!

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  31. Bree wrote:

    Everything is perfect!! And that wallpaper is๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  32. Definitely a space I would want to spend time in! In fact the light is so beautiful and the wallpaper so inspiring I would be tempted to move a comfy chair in there to read and check mail. I am glad you left the original floor though because the warm gold tones balance out all the cool ones and add depth to the room that I think would have been missing had you gone all black and white. I suspect had you changed the floor it would have looked really sharp but been less inviting.

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  33. Like all the others I would love to relax and do laundry in that room too. That wallpaper is the perfect choice and totally zen-like!

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  34. The cloud wallpaper is so stunning in this space – it feels airy and relaxing! You really combined form and function in this transformation and the result is beautiful. Fantastic job!

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