Today I want to share a small space that made a mighty transformation in my Mom’s home. It’s a modern laundry room with a small mudroom.
This space is her primary way of entering and leaving her home. It leads from the main hallway to the garage.
This room didn’t really look bad but it had the builder-grade paint that was a cream color and it didn’t vibe with the look she was going for. She had the rest of the house painted, this was the only room left to be redone.
The white furniture is actually new. She had just bought it and put it together before I took my “before” photos. She used to have an old shelving unit where the cabinet was and you could see all the laundry and dog stuff. It wasn’t very sightly.
Modern Laundry Room
My Mom has a modern style going through her home. She really loves beadboard and wanted to use it as an accent wall in her laundry room but wanted it to be a darker color to feel more modern.
The Modern Laundry Room Before
First I want to apologize for the photos. There are no windows in this space so the pictures can have a lot of shadows in them. Plus I had to have the overhead light on and that doesn’t always make for the best quality photos.
This room is also very small so I had to stand in corners to take photos. And the door to the garage and the door to the house both open into this room so I couldn’t even open a door and stand back because it blocked the view of the pictures. I did my best!
This photo shows best the before color on the walls and how creamy it was. It was almost a yellow color in this room with no natural light.
That is my Mom’s dog Sasha, isn’t she a cutie!
Here is the new bench she got that has doors where she can hide her shoes. The bench she had before didn’t have that so you could see multiple pairs of shoes on the floor.
This is where she gets her jacket and shoes on to take Sasha for a walk in the evenings.
The metal shelf with hooks serves a good purpose e but all that stuff out in the open isn’t the pretties. That bag on the right my Mom made years ago and it holds plastic grocery bags, perfect for taking on dog walks to pick up you know what.
This is the cabinet that replaced the shelves. This is so much better. Now you don’t have to look at the dog food and laundry detergents.
The bag above the cabinet is actually a diaper bag that she uses for her dog, LOL. It’s actually quite genius because it has lots of pockets for whatever you need.
Modern Laundry Room After
Here are the after photos! The first thing I did was give three of the walls a couple of coats of white paint. These walls soaked up so much paint! I guess new drywall does that.
I made Mom get rid of all the papers and stacks of mail. They didn’t belong in the laundry room and there is no way a 70 something year old person should bet getting up on that super tall shelf to get a stack of papers.
Here is her new shelf that looks great with the white cabinet and bench. And the beadboard turned out amazing! I love the color she chose, Sherwin Williams Serious Gray. It’s the same color I used on my Modern Coastal Powder Room and it is definitely one of my favorites!
You might think that using a dark color in a small space with no natural light would make the room dark and feel like a cave but it really doesn’t.
It doesn’t have that effect because the rest of the room is white and the furniture (and appliances) are white. The dark beadboard wall is a great accent wall and gives the room a ton of character.
If you are interested in how I installed this beadboard wall then you should check out my post on how I put some in my entryway.
I am not really sure why she has a bunny on the shelf, it is not Easter. I guess she just likes it! That’s what decorating is all about. Go with what makes you happy.
I hope you enjoy and are inspired to make your laundry room a special place.
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- DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall
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