The Pugmire’s laundry room is done and today we’re here to share a bunch of photos with you! For those of you just catching up, we were approached by Wayfair last month about sponsoring our laundry room renovation. Although our own laundry room is on our list this year (and ironically got semi-started throughout this project), Chris had back surgery 3 weeks ago and I couldn’t accept the assignment–no matter how tempting–because I really needed to focus on getting him through his recovery period without him lifting anything. While our own laundry room was out, I asked if I would be able to find a worthy laundry space in need of a makeover and forward the goods to someone else. They were just excited about the idea as I was, but no one was more excited than the Pugmires, our grateful recipients. Before I even finished asking them how they would feel about a laundry room makeover, they were ecstatic and agreed to a whirlwind takeover.
Although I designed the space and guided some choices, they did 100% of the work. I would check in with them over the phone daily and would pop in at least once a week to check on progress and lend a hand when I could, but Preston and Corine were rockstars. We took them out to dinner this weekend to celebrate and show our gratitude for all of their hard work. Although Wayfair donated about $650 of goods and we got our other longtime sponsor, Ace Hardware to kick in another $250 for construction supplies, it took a lot of old fashioned elbow grease to turn this before:
into what it looks like now:
Even after the walls were up and the flooring was laid, there were a lot of great DIY projects that helped add function and storage to the space. Preston made this beautiful wood counter for folding clothes out of some spare wood in our garage.
The drying/hanging rod was built and installed at the same time as the industrial pipe shelves were. It’s one of my favorite elements of the room.
They had an old door for the closet (you can see it leaning up against the wall in the first photo) but it was at least three different visible colors. We cleaned it up and Corine gave it a few coats of Clark+Kensington’s Tomcat in semi-gloss. The black on black hardware is so sophisticated.
The ceilings down here aren’t very tall, maybe around 7 1/2 feet. There used to be a single bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling, and besides it being totally blinding, it didn’t illuminate the room fully. I searched for a true flush mount fixture that would provide ample lighting without hitting any heads and this fixture was the winner.
It has three bulbs inside so it provides great light and also really hugs the ceiling so there’s no worry about hitting anyone’s head. Also, it’s one of the more attractive flush mounts I’ve seen. Win! We also picked out a sconce for over by the washer and dryer. I think every room should have at least two light sources and this little guy provides a nice ambient light for the work space.
You’ve seen the shelves Preston built here, but loaded up, they look even better. There’s a couple change jars in the top left corner, the basket holds dryer sheets and clothes pins, a wire bin of towels for blotting or tossing in the dryer to help speed up the process, Q-tips and a first aid kit, a faux succulent for looks (insert heart eyes emoji) and two 6qt canisters for detergent. (Note: I’ve included direct links to all the products at the end of the post).
Below the DIYed tabletop, there’s a laundry sorter on wheels–which is pretty much what my dreams are made of right now. A bright red stool adds some color and provides a place to sit if you’re in for a long folding session.
It’s simple and fantastic, isn’t it?! I wanted to publicly thank the Pugmires for all of their hard work over the last few weeks–it looks amazing and you deserve every ounce of your new gorgeous space! Also, thank you to our readers for being just as excited about this project as if it were in our own home. And lastly, thank you to Wayfair and Ace Hardware for allowing us to forward this makeover and for providing the means necessary to provide these wonderful people with a new laundry room! We are so grateful to have these sponsors supporting our ideas.
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Simply White color matched to Clark+Kensington | Door color: Clark+Kensington Tomcat | Flooring: Lumber Liquidators | 6′ Round Jute Rug: Wayfair | Sheepskin: Wayfair | Red Stool (out of stock): Wayfair similar here) | Laundry Sorter: Wayfair | Wood Tabletop: DIY | Wire Wastebasket: Wayfair | Industrial Pipe Shelving: DIY | 6 QT glass canisters: Wayfair | Faux succulent: Wayfair | First aid kit: Wayfair | Qtip porcupine: Wayfair | Change jars: vintage | Shelf basket: Wayfair | Nickel scoop basket: Wayfair | Wall sconce: Wayfair | DIY hanging Instagrams printed using Social Print Studio | Overhead light: Wayfair