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.

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