Without further ado, the full reveal of our first big house project: the Pantry + Laundry Room makeover reveal!
A world of difference! First, let me take you back to the Before picture:
After a thorough cleaning, there was still a lot to be desired. I started with paint, and decided to go bold. I wanted to have a little fun in this small but often-seen utility space since I’m aiming for a more cohesive neutral look for the rest of the home. I landed on Ralph Lauren Paint in Pottery Green as the perfect shade. It feels fresh, natural, and had that soft vintage feel that we wanted to keep with the age of the home.
I painted just the backs of each shelf, as well as the entire wall behind the washer/dryer. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the color in the small space, I left the upper wall white.
In the next photo, in addition to the accent wall you’ll notice that we removed one shelf next to the dryer, filled the holes, and painted that wall back to white.
With the addition of an Ikea Bygel hanging rail, that tall white area will now serve as the perfect stopping-point for clothes on the way to being ironed.
We’ve had a few of these Ikea rails since our first apartment, and in each of 3 moves they’ve served a different purpose. First, kitchen utensil hooks. Later, hanging belts and scarves in my closet. And now, a laundry room clothes rail! Did you know you can grab one on Amazon? I just discovered when looking up the Ikea name for you…Ikea on Amazon seems like a dangerously amazing combination to me!
Finally, you might have already spied the last step of this initial overhaul: the floors! We installed gorgeous Carrara Marble floors in the pantry + laundry room, and it was worth every penny…
Just kidding. I’m excited about DIY, but I’m not insane! To get the look, with a much more affordable price tag, I decided to go with peel-and-stick tile in white Carrara Marble, similar to this brand. I just installed right on top of the clean, original floor tiles, cutting around corners with household scissors. It’s about as easy and inexpensive as it gets for flooring, can be replaced if needed, and made a world of difference. One day I’ll use real Carrara Marble in project…but this isn’t a bad solution for my first-ever flooring project!
After the paint dried it was time to start re-stocking the pantry shelves.
So much storage! And we haven’t even finished the project by installing a cabinet above the washer and dryer.
Speaking of which, let’s remember what’s left on the to-do list:
And celebrate everything that has been done so far for our Pantry + Laundry Room Makeover!
Let me know what you think in the comments, mes amis!