*There’s a poll at the end of the post. We need your help deciding on a part of this remodel!*
Good lord, why do I even bother?
It’s common knowledge around these parts that I spend a grand total of zero hours each week reading other blogs and (at most), zero hours on Pinterest.
Look, I just like to do my little own thing here at The Navage Patch in my little own way, and I don’t need any outside influence.
I build my little crafts, I snap a few pictures, and I write.
(The writing is my favorite part, in case you hadn’t noticed.)
It doesn’t really matter what I’m building/making/crafting – it could be a table or a room or a Barbie dollhouse.
What matters is this: can I photograph it and make it look good, and can I write about it and make you laugh?
If I can answer “yes” to those two questions, then I don’t give a fiddler’s fart about what I’m making, nor do I particularly care where it ranks on the home decor popularity scale.
To say that I’m up on the trends, hip to the scene, on point, on fleek or in any other way clued-in to what’s chic, fashionable, or popular would be a grievous abuse of both the truth and the English language.
To sum up: I live in a cave of my own design and choosing, and I quite like it that way, thank you very much!
So why on earth do I do it?
Why do I poke my big ugly cabeza out of my cool and comfortable cave on rare occasion to root around the world of farmhouse fashionistas like a truffle pig in some Northern Italian forest?
It always ends the same way, and that way is never “well.”
Case in point: a few years ago I regaled you with the tale of our laundry room makeover plan. This was the laundry room in The Navage Patch v1.0, mind you, not our current sudsatorium.
Until that fateful post, I thought a fine and proper laundry room consisted of precisely two things: a washing machine and a dryer. I suppose the room earned bonus points if it had a shelf or a cabinet or something similar to hold a container of detergent.
But then my babes wanted to renovate, and that meant searching out what others were doing in their laundry rooms.
They’re the ones I’m most interested in avoiding!
The fashionable whimsy of others is directly correlated to feelings of immense inferiority in Yours Truly, and I don’t like to feel inferior!
There I was thinking we had a right and proper laundry room when Handan fired a few links my way. I clicked on them and understood that I was a filthy barbarian for only having a washer and dryer in my laundry room.
Apparently the others had laundry rooms larger than most apartments and more well-appointed than a penthouse suite at the Ritz-Carlton.
Well, that was it. My innocence was shattered, and my definition of “laundry room” was forever altered.
I suppose the upside is that we built a handsome laundry room, and my babes absolutely loved it.
So here we are, two and a half years later, in a new house and about to embark on a new laundry room remodel.
But it’s all good, right?
I mean, I already stuck my head out of my cave a couple of years ago and filled it with pictures of all the latest and greatest advancements in the field of Luxurious Laundering, so I know all there is to know about laundry couture, right?
Well….just out of some sort of mis-guided curiosity, I had a peek at Pinterest to see what was up in the world of washing.
Things have changed.
At least, they seem to have changed based on the 5 minutes of terror I witnessed on Pinterest.
Because, you see, madam, it seems that one washer and one dryer are no longer sufficient for many of the others.
Now, it seems, that in order to really shine among the stars of social media and Pinterest, you need to have two washers and two dryers!
I kid you not. Everywhere I looked, I saw double! I checked my martini. Did I have one too many?
Nope, all good.
Double washers and dryers is a thing!
This is why I don’t venture outside my bubble, madam. It either annoys me or makes me feel inadequate.
But fear not!
The Navage Patch v2.0 Laundry Room Remodel is going to be nothing like the others.
It’s going to be simple.
It’s going to be functional.
And it’s going to be as inexpensive as we can make it.
So, let’s break it down.
First, here’s what we were dealing with when we moved in.
It’s actually a pretty big room, as far as laundry rooms go…in my opinion, that is. Compared to some of the Laundry Palaces I saw online, it barely rates above a postage stamp.
Anyway, we can work with it.
One of the best features of this laundry room is the chute. There’s no better feeling than tossing the old-n-smellies down the chute and waiting for the fwop when they hit the ground!
But the first thing my babes pointed out is that the door placement makes it so we could never put anything against the wall where it opens.
So, task number one is to move that door. We’re going to remove the door and frame, drywall it, and then cut a new hole and install a new door facing out of the room. For some added storage, we’ll raise the “floor” up about 3 feet which will make the gathering of stinky laundry easier (no bending), and it will give us some added storage below (always needed in this house).
We already have a new washer and dryer – those were the first two things we bought after moving in.
But as you can see, there is absolutely no place to put anything in this room.
So that is going to require some cabinets. Now, in the old house, I made all the cabinets from scratch, because the sizes and shapes we needed for that tiny room were entirely custom, and it would have cost a small fortune to have them built by a professional.
But here, we have the luxury of buying pre-made cabinets. Now, because this is a laundry room that is entirely sequestered from the rest of the house (unlike in Connecticut, where it was right at the garage entrance), we don’t need anything fancy.
In fact, we have chosen the absolute cheapest model available from Hampton Bay at Home Depot. They won’t be winning any design or construction-quality awards, but honestly all they need to do is hang there and hold stuff. Not a tall order!
And let’s always keep in mind that this room is, first-and-foremost, a rehabilitation center for dirty underwear.
Never forget that, madam. Always remember that when thinking about your own laundry room remodel and looking at all those fancy Taj Mahal laundry rooms.
In the end, they’ll all be processing dirty underwear.
One thing any laundry room should have (and this is especially true for DIYers) is a sink. Sure you could do laundry-related stuff in that sink, but really, we all know that its primary function will be to clean paint brushes and paint buckets!
We’ll have San (our incredible cabinet guy) install and plumb a sink about where that stepladder is in the photo below. It will be against the wall where the laundry chute door currently swings.
(Yes, I’ve already gotten a jump on this project by painting the walls with Sherwin-Williams Bohemian Lace.)
Next to that will be another base cabinet and then the washer and dryer.
Up top, we have room for 4 upper cabinets – two 24 inch and two 36 inch cabinets.
For a countertop, we have decided to again go with a butcher block from Home Depot. We used two of them for Baris’s floating desks, and I used another for our dog feeding station/beverage cooler/seasonal display area. The one below is acacia, and it is ridiculously cheap for its quality. Bonus: acacia is one of the most water-resistant species of wood due to it’s high oil content, so it’s the perfect choice for a laundry room and sink area!
Against the left wall in the picture below, I will build some shelves. What kind of shelves, you ask?
Remember, we’re trying to go as cheap as possible here, and I still have all the pipe from those old shelves linked above. All I need is some new wood.
But this time, they’ll be a little different.
This time, they’ll be even better!
Now, once we have those cabinets, sink and countertop installed, we will need some sort of backsplash. We haven’t decided yet, but we’re mulling over wallpaper, thin vinyl tiles or even faux brick. More on that in a future post.
There’s very little natural light in this room, so one of the first things Handan thought of was to install a window in the far wall.
But that would be expensive. And even worse, it would look directly onto our neighbor’s house. We ditched that plan, and instead, I’ll install a new fixture with a bright and cool-temperature bulb.
And that leaves us with the floor. It’s currently a cheap linoleum floor, but Handan and I have no problem with the color. In fact, we kinda like it. The best time for a new floor was when we first moved in, but that didn’t happen, so now any new flooring installation would have to contend with the washer and dryer. There’s no way we want anything fancy in here. At most, we’d be getting peel-and-stick vinyl tiles.
The only downside to those is that there are so few color choices!
So here’s where you come in.
We’d like to know what you think.
Should we keep the floor as-is, or should we lay down some new vinyl?
Here’s a closeup of our current floor:
And here’s the design we’re considering for peel-and-stick vinyl:
Please choose one of the two options below and be a part of our decision process!