It's HERE! It's finally the big reveal of our laundry/mudroom space that we've been renovating for several weeks. In case you missed the first post, check out all the "before" pictures of our space and see the inspiration behind the design HERE.
This renovation has been part of the One Room Challenge, where, in addition to sharing the before and after posts here on Lowe's, we've also been sharing weekly updates on our personal blog, Amidst the Chaos. If you'd like to read about the various renovation elements and how they came together, make sure to click HERE to read the last five weeks' worth of updates.
It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our brand new laundry/mudroom!
As you may remember from the very first post, renovating a laundry room has been a lifelong dream of mine. I always wanted a laundry room on the main floor of our home that was both beautiful and functional. When we bought our new-to-us home this past summer that finally had a laundry space on the main floor, I knew that this would be the first room I’d want to makeover.
This project required a lot more involvement than we originally planned for. While we always knew that we were going to do some demolition by taking out the closet and incorporating a built-in one, we never anticipated taking the entire space down to the studs.
But as with most renovations, plans often change mid-project because of new inspiration that strikes or running into new and unexpected problems that require solutions.
In our case, we kept being inspired to push the limits of this space further and further. You see, the room is only 88 square feet and is locked in on almost all sides, by the exterior wall of the home, the garage door wall, the powder room wall and living room wall with a passage way to the hallway. So, we were quite limited in expanding the footprint of the actual space. But as we started with the demolition, Chris (my husband and chief construction officer for the project) noticed two specific spots where we could tear walls and bulkheads down to expand the space ever so much, which would hopefully in the end, make for a bigger footprint. And that’s exactly what happened.
There was a bulkhead above the washing machines that we took down. We did find two small pipers in there, but Chris was able to drywall a much smaller piece around them, leaving the rest of that wall open for a shelf and hanging space to dry clothes. It also added a lot of height to the space as it now brings your eye all the way UP! So while we didn’t raise the ceiling, removing the bulkhead to utilize that foot of space gives it the appearance that we wanted to achieve.
The second area that we ended up tearing down was the three-foot wall that was jutting into the space from the adjoining powder room. When we were in the powder room, we would often comment that it was MASSIVE. It had a huge vanity with two doors and two banks of drawers. We figured that if we tore down the wall joining the two spaces, we could push the wall closer into the powder room, making it more of a standard size space and then giving us those extra feet in the laundry room, which we so desperately needed.
Chris did have to move some duct work that he found inside the wall, but after speaking with the representatives at Lowe’s, he was confident that he knew how to do it and just went for it! He successfully moved the vent over by two feet and built it right into the new wall!
What was once unused wall space is now a beautiful and functional table for folding clothes, with underneath storage for the laundry room.
So let’s get into a couple of the amazing products that we used from Lowe’s, some of them pre-fabricated and others that we bought to customize for our space. We already told you about our tile choices from the first post: we used the Della Torre Cementia Black and White Ceramic Tile for the flooring and the Polished Marble Mosaic Subway Wall Tile for the backsplash. We couldn’t be happier with those two choices…they are stunning both in person and in the pictures and really set the tone for the entire space!
We used four pre-fabricated cabinets from the Arcadia Cabinet Collection at Lowe’s: the Arcadia 30-in Sink Base Cabinet and then three of the Arcadia Upper Wall Cabinets: one 30-inch, one 36-inch, and one 18-inch. You’re probably wondering where three of those cabinets are as you only see one cabinet on the wall, right?! Well, the two other upper cabinets we used as the base cabinets for the built in folding area. The reason we went with this was because the floor space wasn’t big enough to accommodate the larger, deeper base cabinets. Chris built a toe kick under the cabinets to raise them up and it gives them a bit of a custom look, which we love!
Another item that we used in three different places in the space was the Live Edge Slab from Lowe’s. We absolutely LOVE this product as it’s made for the DIY’er to customize! It’s perfect for countertops, tables, mantles, or headboards. It’s already notched out for you to be able to screw the slabs together. It’s easy to cut down to the size that you need and then sand out for a smooth finish. We love the live edge sides, which we sanded down a bit to make smoother to the touch. We used Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain in the colour Provincial and then topped it off with a Polyurethane coating to seal it in.
When it came to hardware, I wasn’t 100% sure what we would find at Lowe’s and let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I was with their gorgeous selections! We ended up selecting the Richelieu Contemporary Polished Bronze Cabinet Pull in champagne bronze. These pulls are absolutely stunning and so high-end looking, with a very heavy duty feel and very trendy in style!
For the door hardware, we went with the Weiser Welcome Home Contemporary Square Smartkey Venetian Bronze Deadbolt in black. We loved the sleek look of the square door mount along with the straight handle. We also bought the Weiser Downtown Smartkey Iron Black Square Deadbolt, which you can customize so that ONE key can open ALL of the locks! Tell me that isn’t the coolest thing ever?! I actually didn’t know this technology existed until I spoke with a Lowe’s customer service associate who showed me how easy it is to re-key the Weiser locks to fit one single key! Mind blown!
Well there you have it - our completed laundry/mudroom space! It was a much bigger project than we had anticipated but we could not be more pleased with the results! At Lowe’s Canada, you can find thousands of products covering every area of home improvement, so we’re so happy we were able to find a lot of the products for our laundry and mudroom.
Thank you for following us along this renovation! We hope you’ve enjoyed it and are inspired to create a beautiful and functional laundry room in your home!
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By Christine Martin
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