Welcome to the latest installment of our laundry room reno! We made some great progress this week that has me quite excited for the end result. Everything (so far) is coming together as I had envisioned.

On Tuesday we left off with the storage room looking like this:



The original plan was to have a wall of Ikea Pax wardrobes but after purchasing them, I realized that I accidentally bought the 23" deep model rather than the 14" deep, leaving just 27" of walking space since the room is only 50" wide. Oops. Not only that, but the ceiling has to be a few inches taller than the wardrobe height so it can slide in after assembly and ours was an inch too short. So scratch that plan.

After some Pinterest-ing I came up with an even better solution of open wood shelving which I think will look much nicer and help the room feel more open (more on that soon).

Instead of drywall (which requires several steps and more $) we decided to create a focal wall behind the future shelves with beadboard. Normally I would not recommend nailing headboard directly onto 2x4's without any drywall or hard surface behind it for support, but since it's not exactly a functional wall it doesn't need to be reinforced.

All it took was two sheets of 4x8's, cut to size and nailed up.



Done in an hour... easy peasy.



Don't judge my crooked jigsaw cuts... it will be hidden with trim!

After patching & sanding the nail holes, it was time for paint. To save money I grabbed the can we used on the plank and panel walls in our bedroom and the studio, Valspar's Ocean Storm (in eggshell):


I think the contrast will be a nice break from all the white walls and allow the shelves and storage items to pop.



Once that was out of the way, it was on to painting all of the drywall. My vision for this room is airy, clean and refreshing (just like fresh laundry), so I naturally chose white for the wall color. We used Valspar Signature color matched to Kelly Moore's Swiss Coffee which is a nice neutral white.

Goodbye off-white drywall!


PS—our photographer neighbor stopped by last night with his camera and took some wide angle shots for us, so all of the non-iPhone photos in this post are from him!

Here's a never before captured angle from the back of the storage room:


And one of the entire cabinet wall:



We skipped the paint here since we plan to tile over it. But oh, look at the difference. A breath of fresh air.


Brad also hooked up two of our lamps on the washer/dryer wall.




I picked up four in-store at Lowe's in the outdoor lighting section. $30/ea—total bargain!



We have them on dimmers for a little laundry room "mood lighting".




And painting the walls did help the ceiling look more gray, so that's good.








First thing tomorrow we're headed to Lowe's to buy materials to tile the floor. We've never tiled a floor or installed cement board so we're total rookies and a little nervous about it (we also plan to buy our own tile saw since there will be future projects). Any tips would be much appreciated! 

Last but not least... I mentioned some big changes to this blog earlier and can now officially announce that this blog will be moving to jennasuedesign.com next Tuesday, February 2nd!

The new design is in place, the final adjustments have been made and the site is finally ready to launch. I am so excited about the new design... here's a first exclusive look:



And there will be a giveaway involved! I'll have a new post up Monday with a quick laundry room update, and then a final post on Tuesday linking to the new blog once it is live. Exciting stuff next week all around!

Wish us luck in our tiling adventure (and make sure to catch our progress on Instagram!)

 
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