Laundry Room Design Ideas: One Room Challenge Week 1

One Room Challenge Laundry Room Design Ideas

Happy Spring friends.  Things are warming up in Ohio and I couldn’t be any happier about it.  Another thing that has me excited is the One Room Challenge.  I recently told my husband that I’m going to focus on finishing one room at a time since we have so many small projects going on all around the house.  Then, last week I came across the One Room Challenge and this is just the motivation that I needed to stick to my plan.  I decided to focus on my laundry room since it’s small. I will have six weeks total to redo it.  It’s going to be tough given all of the work travel that I have in April but it’s doable.  Today is the official start of the challenge so for week one I’m sharing my laundry room design ideas.

My current laundry room isn’t horrible but it could use a refresh.  The pictures below are what it looks like today.  It’s VERY small, the floor tile is cracked, there isn’t much storage and the utility sink is covered in paint and stains.  To top it off, the slope of the ceiling seriously limits what I can do in here.

Original laundry room. One room challenge

Original Laundry Room - One Room Challenge

Laundry Room Design Ideas

I can’t change the size of my laundry room but I can brighten it up and make it more inviting.  I’ve never shared my design plans ahead of time before.  I think this is because I’m a bargain shopper so I tend to vary from my original plans to lower the cost of my projects.  This is my warning to take my design ideas with a grain of salt.  There is a high likelihood that some of it will change at least a little bit.

Already purchased items:

There are a few items that are set in stone for this project. These are items that I either already have on hand or purchased this week.

Wall color

I bought a gallon of Behr Weathered White Paint from Home Depot today so there is no turning back now.  With the awkward slope of the ceiling I’m excited to have less contrast between the walls and the ceiling.  I think it’ll make the room seem larger and definitely brighten it up.

Utility Sink

I ordered a Drop in utility sink today.  I don’t love the look of the freestanding utility sinks like the one that I already have.  My plan is to either build a cabinet for the drop in sink or modify a cabinet that I purchase.  I haven’t quite settled on the design or color of the cabinet but I’ll be sure to share free plans when I get to that step.  What I do know is that I need more closed storage in my laundry room and base cabinet will solve my problem.


Before I even thought about buying floor tile I took inventory of my previous project leftovers that I store in my basement.  Did I mention that my laundry room is tiny?  Well, the one benefit of having a tiny room is that you don’t need much flooring.  I had plenty of tile left over from my master bathroom remodel so this should save me quite a bit.

Wall Shelves

I’m going to keep the wood wall shelves that you see in my original picture.  I built these a few years ago and they work well.  With the slope of the ceiling above my sink there isn’t enough room for a closed cabinet so open shelves are a good alternative.

Items that need more thought:

I have a bunch of other ideas that I haven’t quite finalized.  Things like wall decor/art, and storage options.  Here is what I’m thinking right now…

Basket storage

If I push my washer and dryer up against the left and right walls I have a little over 13″ in between them.  I’m thinking about building a wood tower with sections that I can store baskets in.  I’ll need to find the right baskets to design this around. I’ll share free woodworking plans if I go this route.

Ironing board holder

Right now my ironing board rests against the wall but I’d like to get it off the floor.  I plan on designing an ironing board and iron holder that I can hang from the wall in between the utility sink and the washer.  While I don’t have the design pinned down, I know for certain that I’ll be doing this so I’ll share the plans when I’m finished.

You can visit the One Room Challenge blog to see room transformations from several bloggers.  They have featured and guest participants.  I can’t wait to see how everyone’s plans turn out.


One Room Challenge Guest Participant

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’m super excited about my laundry room design ideas.  We’ll see how closely I stick to it when the project is fully finished ;).  I’ll be posting my progress each Thursday for the next five weeks with the final reveal posted on Thursday May 9th.

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      1. Oh Thank you!!! Your blog is awesome!!!! My question is, you know when you make those mood boards, do you ask permission to use those products pictures….how does that work? I am a fairly new blogger and confused about these mood boards, I am currently working on a room and could put a mood board together with Amazon’s products what I have used in the room..but I am scared and could not find the answer. I will appreciate your insights on that… BTW it’s very nice meeting you vis blogging. I found you via home talk….any advice you have for a months old blogger, would love to hear!!! Stay blessed and stay connected and I hope my rambling make sense!!!

        1. Thanks so much! It’s very nice meeting you as well. For the mood boards you’ll just want to be sure to reference your sources. I like to number mine and credit the sources at the bottom of the mood board. I don’t think that it’s necessary to ask permission to use photos for commercially available items.

          1. Thank you, the reason I asked, I once made the mood board and a lot people told me that it’s not legal…lol. I would also like to get your constructive feedback for my blog but only if get a moment to look at it out of your precious time. Your blog is very inspiring. Your are so creative and have so much to offer to other people!!!! Thanks once again. I am hoping that I will be able to participate in ORC for the coming August or The next Mar

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