Elsie’s Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry room time! If you’ve been following on IG stories, you’ve seen that we’ve been working on some updates in here for the past few months. I am so excited to share the final outcome with you today!

This post is sponsored by GE Appliances. I love these appliances and used them in our bnb laundry room as well (same brand, not the same models). I’ll share more about them below!

But first … a walk down memory lane! You can see the before photos of our laundry room here.

Maybe not the most dramatic before/after of all time, but if you really look the upgrades are all very thought out and practical. Ever since we moved in, I have wanted to move the sink, and I finally did it. It was no small feat (I’ll share more below), but it was 100% worth it.

I also just love how bright, fresh and CLEAN this room feels now. Since becoming a mom, I do a LOT more laundry (I always thought people were exaggerating in the past … they were not!) and I love doing it in our new fresh space.

Moving the sink required some pretty major plumbing work and they actually had to rip out part of the ceiling in Jeremy’s studio. But I love that now the sink looks out into our backyard! I feel like this was how it was always meant to be!

I am a fan of the white on white on white. There are a few splashes of color, but not too much. When I was designing it, I thought about allllll the options and ultimately I just felt like the laundry room should be a clean/fresh space, so that is what I went for!

My favorite thing about the new washer and dryer is that they are HUGE. When they first arrived, they were bigger than our previous pair and I was a little intimidated. But then I realized that Nova can’t reach the buttons (YESSSSSSS!) and it’s much easier on my back when swapping loads—like much easier.

I am definitely a fan!

So about the sink! I shared above about the plumbing. I also decided to go with a quartz counter (we previously had marble), which I had shared was not a good choice because it got scratched up so quickly. I would definitely not ever put marble in a laundry room again (I am not sure I would use it at all for counters, to be honest). I know so many people love their marble countertops, maybe my family is just too rough or too messy, but they are not for us. I am already LOVING the quartz so much more—it’s just so low maintenance! I went with pure white this time.

I decided to use the same faucet as my kitchen, actually, in champagne bronze. This was 100% for practical reasons. I use this sink for all kinds of things, but a lot of it is DIY, or soaking clothes to get stains out and the pull down faucet is just SO much more functional.

I love this faucet!

I know you can’t really see out this window, but that’s our backyard. 🙂

Sooooo … about the shiplap.

Another big change. So the stick on tile that we previously added to this room was good at first, but in just two years one of the sections of tile randomly turned yellow. I’m not saying that all stick on tile would do this—I honestly still don’t understand why just one section changed color (it was right in the middle too) and the rest of it stayed white. It’s always a bummer when you spend time and money on something and it doesn’t hold up! But when I had the chance to refresh this room to what I really wanted it to be, I jumped on it!

What’s crazy is that the shiplap costs only 1/3 of what the stick on tile cost! And it was easier to install. CRAZY.

I am very happy with the choice!

The photos don’t show this as well (small spaces are VERY difficult to photograph and this angle is squeezed in the corner), but between the machines and the wall there are two shelves that hold two of these large wicker basketsI use wool laundry balls and essential oils instead of dryer sheets with every load of laundry. I love them! My go-to combination is Fir Needle and Lavender.

Here’s a super simple DIY for a linen spray. Mix 10 drops each of these essential oils: Fir Needle, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass, and top off with distilled water. I use this all the time (it’s basically a room freshener as well and you can use it on your sheets, too).

Found a little vintage rug and it makes me smile every day. It’s the little things, you know? I try to add one of two vintage pieces to every room—even the laundry room!Thank you so much for reading! These are my absolute favorite posts to write! Let me know if you have any questions! xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer.Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Love this laundry room! I am currently looking for a good tutorial on how to build a simple laundry counter…I’d also love to know the paint color of the door in your laundry room. Looking forward to giving the room spray a try as well! Any recs on where to find a similar bottle?

    Love your podcast! Thanks for all you do!

  • Looks great! Inspirational for me for when we finally move to our new home and start updating. However, I was under the impression that the heat from a dryer rendered essential oils useless. I never had luck w/ my dryer balls leaving any sort of scent on my laundry when I tried essential oils (lavender or peppermint were what I used). If this works for you, do you just dry on a lower setting?

  • I know you have probably answered this 1000x but what paint color of white do you use? For walls and trim?

  • can you share the source for the hanging planters? also, if those are faux plants, the source for those, too! thanks.

  • You could just become a professional Laundry Room Makeover specialist!! I feel like your laundry rooms are so amazing and functional, AND STUNNING! Haha.

    Eva | www.shessobright.com

  • Love this !!
    Would you mind sharing the brand of your shirt ? it’s really beautifull


  • I love how it turned out! That penny tile on the floor looks amazing!


  • I love this! It’s so fresh and cheerful! I feel like laundry would be much less unpleasant in this space. I might have missed it but where are the wall hooks from? They’re so cute!

  • I live the colour scheme of this new room! It has since a nice and uplifting feel to it. I will definitely be storing it for inspo for future projects B x


  • Please be careful and keep your little one away from essential oils. They can be poisonous for children.

  • So beautiful!! i love these posts too. what shiplap did you use?tnx.xoxo.alex

  • Love it! So fresh and bright! I used those stick on tiles in my laundry/powder room and while they haven’t yellowed, I wouldn’t use them again or recommend them. Mine are just in a tiny area behind a very small sink so it’s not a big deal and one day I’ll get around to replacing them with the real deal. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I always love posts about your gorgeous home!

  • Did you notice the yellowed patch getting the most sun? My mom’s tiles did this in her kitchen because they were more exposed to sun. Also, you might need to watch your sink when winter comes! We had an unfortunate experience of frozen pipes last year.

    • I didn’t. It seemed really random to me, like maybe there was a flaw with just that block of tile.

  • The room looks super fresh! Perfect for getting the laundry done indeed! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • I never thought I’d say this about a laundry room, but it’s so cute! I love how cohesive it is. #laundryroomgoals. I really like the addition of the hanging plants and baskets too. Nice touch 🙂

    ~Laurali Star

  • I LOVE your laundry room. Ours is in the basement in a dark dingy gross room and I’m hopeful one day it’ll feel bright and lovely like yours!

  • Love this update!! It feels so fresh — just like a laundry room should. 🙂

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