This post was created in partnership with Home Depot
The timing couldn’t have been better when Home Depot reached out to see if we wanted to work with them on a laundry room overhaul. Our laundry room, which is in our garage, had never been given any love at all. Our washer and dryer were hand-me-downs from two different places, so they were different sizes, which was very annoying. With the tiny washer it took forever to do laundry, and the whole experience made an already boring task all the more unpleasant.
Since we were working with a small space, we knew we wanted to stack the washer and dryer. We went to Home Depot and walked around to see how big the machines were in person and get a feel for them before deciding on the High-Efficiency Stackable Diamond Gray Front Loading Washing Machine with Steam and the 8.3 cu. ft. 120 Volt Diamond Gray Stackable Gas Vented Dryer with Steam by GE. We went with these models because they were energy efficient, stackable, had great reviews, and we loved the look of the slate gray. That was really the first choice that we made for the space and designed the rest around the washer and dryer. Once we ordered the new appliances they arrived super quickly, so all we had to do was re-work the space around the appliances to elevate the whole area.
One thing (of many!) that we didn’t like about how how we had the laundry area before was that it was taking over the whole space. We knew that as we were converting the garage into an extension of our living space, that we wanted to enclose the laundry area into a little room/closet. So we did just that. Our contractors helped us build out a closet and we bought simple bi-fold closet doors to close in the laundry area. One little design hack: we stained the bi-fold doors using a water-based stain. It took a few days of staining and sanding to get them the right finish, but I’m so happy with the end result. I think they look really high-end and remind of some kind of resort situation. (Stay tuned for another post on the kitchenette area that you’re getting a peek of here!)
Open the bi-fold doors and boom! Our stacked laundry space is all ready to go.
I knew we wanted to wallpaper the inside of the closet from day one. We chose a yet-to-be-released wallpaper design from my new wallpaper line (coming in a couple months!). The pattern is called Tigris, and we knew it would look hot with the slate grey of the new washer/dryer combo. It totally gave us the effect we were looking for. It makes the room feel wild and jungalicious, but also really chic. I love wallpaper in a laundry room because it’s one of those details that instantly lends personality to a room, and in a little space with large appliances a little personality can go a long way.
I had long-since lusted after the Bannon Sink by Kohler. It’s got that nostalgic vibe and I love how practical it is along with being really, really pretty. It came with a black belly, but I was excited to learn that we could paint it whatever color we wanted provided we use paint that was specifically designed for metal. Two coats of Tandoori by Behr and our sink was totally transformed and added a serious color pop that I was looking for.
Now that the space is complete, it’s funny how I actually want to keep the bi-fold doors open because the space just makes me really happy! Is it possible that I’ll actually look forward to doing laundry now?? That’s probably a stretch, but I sure do love how pretty and functional the new laundry situation is!!
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Photography by J. Blakeney