As part of the remodel (see the overview here) we moved around the furnace, water heater, intake vents and ventalation system. It opened up a ton of room for the kitchen. In the end I had the option of a slightly larger kitchen or a laundry closet. Can you guess what I choose? Laundry, duh! What mother of 4 wouldn’t want a washer and dryer more than some counter space??? So this shot is from the kitchen looking against the wall. I would show a picture from even farther away, but I’m not quite ready to reveal the living room or kitchen yet so this is what you get for now! As it is you can see part of the Board and Batten, my new wall colors and the new flooring!!
These doors open completely flat against the walls. See how open it is, great huh? And well lit! It turned out great. As long as I was getting a laundry closet I figured I might as well get a SHELF for my washer and dryer. I’m pretty tall, 5’9″, but bending over for laundry still hurts my back. Even with the pedestals attached to my washer and dryer I wanted them taller. That and I wanted a space for laundry baskets underneath! Of course I couldn’t control the width of the closet so each section is just a few inches too narrow for 2 regular laundry baskets to fit underneath, but I found these large plastic baskets that fit PERFECTLY!
Since all these walls were new they placed the dryer vent on top of the shelf for me so the shelf wouldn’t be compromised. To make it water proof/resistant I first sealed the wooden shelf with flooring primer. Then I attached these self sticking laminate “tiles” and used bathtub edging all along the edges to create a seal. This way if we get a leak it won’t ruin the shelf! That and it looks nicer.
In the front to cover up the 2×4’s from the shelf I used this trim and painted it with the same ultra white semi gloss I used on the rest of the trim and all the doors! I think it turned out nicely. It really finishes it off well!
Since we changed to a full house tankless water heater we saved so much space in our utility closet that my laundry closet has extra space. So what should I do with this large space between the washer and dryer? I tend to have more loads than just 4 so I think I’ll just add some tall baskets for towels. I think I might also add a small, short hanging rack for when I have to hang clothes dry.