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Creating a Vintage Inspired Laundry Room: One Room Challenge Week 1

Creating a vintage inspired laundry room Before and Mood board – how we are taking our dated 80s laundry room and flipping into a Farmhouse beauty!

I may have just bitten off more than I can chew. I’ve never participated in a One Room Challenge before, but have drooled, envied, studied, and stalked those who have. There is so much happening in my home and life right now, and I reluctantly tiptoed into our office to present this idea to Trent.

Okay, I may have sashayed, nuzzled up and sweet-talked him into flip our Vintage Inspired Laundry Room Makeover in record time.  Am I crazy to take on a complete room remodel right before the holidays? Maybe.  So what is this One Room Challenge?

A One Room Challenge is a huge, bi-annual event hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Oodles of bloggers take part in making over an entire room in only FIVE short weeks. 20 Blogland Rockstars are officially doing the challenge and they share their updates every Wednesday. Then, each Thursday, everyone else shares their progress by linking up as guests.

Before Photos

So let’s dive right in. Here are the before shots of our Laundry Room.

**WARNING** scary content ahead!

ORC: Vintage Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Before and Mood board

Yowza! Do we time warp back to 30 years ago?

Here’s what I have to work with.  Our laundry room connects to our kitchen. The 1/2 bath attached to this room isn’t included in this challenge.  I plan on keeping some of my sanity during this project.

ORC: Vintage Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Before and Mood board

This pic of the room came from before we moved in over 2 years ago.  Even though blurry, I included this pic so you can fully appreciate the flooring. The walls are the original, builder’s grade cream from 30 years ago. The trim and door is a peachy, oil paint, which means I’ll have to cover it with more oil paint. The cabinets are a dingy dark brown and that utility cabinet/breaker box door never seem to latch.

ORC: Vintage Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Before and Mood board

Our humongo water heater is in the room, blocking the 1/2 bath door from fully opening.  A big issue is that there is no drain pan for the water heater – meaning if there was a leak, it would get all over my hardwood floors!  This takes top priority!

Creating a Vintage Inspired Laundry Room

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ORC: Vintage Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Before and Mood board

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The Laundry Room is connected to our Farmhouse Kitchen, so I decided to use a similar color scheme to allow the rooms to flow together. We have beadboard as our backsplash, and I want to incorporate that somehow into the room. Since my home has a lot of vintage elements, I hope to create that rustic, farmhouse-y feel to the laundry room.

The Plan

  • Move the Water Heater.
  • Paint the existing cabinets, walls, trim and door.
  • Replace the floors.
  • Add to existing upper cabinets to increase storage.
  • Create a built-in mudroom cabinet and bench.
  • Repurpose an old sink base into a folding table.
  • Find a way to hide the breaker box and hang a DIY drying rack.
  • Replace the lighting with a Pallet Light Box to match the kitchen.
  • Add Vintage elements to tie it all together.

I am so excited to see how this room changes over the next few weeks. Enough talking – there’s work to be done! I’m rolling up my sleeves and am off to get the ball rolling! I’ll be back next week with (hopefully) major updates!

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