Today we’re doing another room tour — the laundry room! Details about the cost breakdown are at the bottom of the post.
In case you’re new around here, my husband and I purchased a 1920’s bungalow 4 years ago. While it probably doesn’t count as a true fixer upper, it definitely needs some updates.
Here is a quick before photo:
Previously, our laundry room served three functions. We used it as a:
- Laundry room
- Diaper changing station
- Toddler art station
Some issues we wanted to address :
- The wall behind the washer and dryer was only a “half wall,” which meant you could see through to the kitchen. It felt awkward and unfinished.
- The cabinet didn’t maximize the space.
- There wasn’t an obvious home for laundry baskets, so my laundry would usually be haphazardly piled on top of the washing machine. The laundry room is a “pass through” room to the bathroom, which means ours guests (including my husband’s music students) have to walk through it to use the adjacent bathroom, so laundry piles aren’t exactly ideal.
First off, we had our contractor rip out the cabinet and build up the half-wall to the ceiling.
Next, he mounted these stock shaker cabinets (we bought them during a sale for 25% off) and added simple bronze knobs for hardware. He also mounted a shelf.
We freshened up the entire room with a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt for the walls and Sherwin Williams Extra White for the trim.
We also updated the floors. Real tile was out of the budget for this project, so we went with a luxury vinyl tile by Mannington (AduraMax 12″ x 24″ in Porceline). I love real tile, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to clean the LVT, and new floors definitely elevate the look of the laundry room.
Now, for styling! I went with simple rope baskets from Amazon. They aren’t large, but they are perfect for the stage of life I’m in. I have an active toddler and a baby, and I do a LOT of frequent, small loads of laundry. These baskets are perfect for keeping small, clean laundry loads sorted and out of sight until I can find a moment to fold them and put them away. Again, the laundry room is a “pass through” room, so these baskets are a game changer for keeping things tidy and presentable.
For easy access to laundry detergent and stain remover, I found a gorgeous glass bottle caddy set from Rail19.
The original product has two pump bottles, but I wanted one spay bottle for stain remover. I contacted them to ask if they would be willing to swap one of the pumps for a spray nozzle, and within minutes, I received an email back saying that they would be more than happy to accommodate my request. Fantastic customer service, and I’m super happy with how it looks!
Our downstairs changing table (a $25 consignment sale find) also got a mini refresh with a quick coat of light gray spray paint. Needless to say, the toddler art station didn’t make the cut and was moved to the dining room!
Now, onto the cost breakdown! It’s actually a little bit tricky to calculate the cost of labor for building up the wall, since we tacked it onto a larger project. However, our contractor charges about $300 per day and it look him a little less than two days to complete the wall, build the shelf, and mount the cabinets, so I would guess it probably cost about $700 in labor and materials.
Calculating the floor installation cost is also tricky for this project. We updated the floors in our kitchen, breakfast nook, and laundry room at the same time. I think the labor cost for the laundry room alone probably would have been about $160, but we had a really bad experience with the installers. Among other things, they really damaged some closet doors, put huge scratches in our new fridge and left some gaps in the installed floor behind the washer and dryer (when they “finished” you could still several inches of the original flooring behind the washer and dryer). We ended up getting a pretty big discount on the whole job to mitigate the property damage, but for the purpose of this breakdown, we’ll consider the labor cost to be about $160 ($3.33 per square foot).
Everything else in the breakdown is really straight forward.
- Wall labor and materials: $700
- Paint: $50
- Cabinets: $230
- Cabinet Hardware: $4
- Paint for changing table: $7
- Glass bottles and Caddy: $40
- Baskets: $60
- LVT tiles and materials: $270
- Floor installation: $160
Overall, we’re really pleased with the results! And we think it’s good value, too. I’m not a real estate expert, but we think the cost of this project can be recouped during resale.