Laundry Room Refresh – 10 Years of Before and Afters

I’ve refreshed my laundry room a number of times in the last 10 years. Come see the many changes that have been made to this space and all the before and after views throughout the process.

I love my laundry room.

It doesn’t really feel like a laundry room. It’s a pretty spacious space compared to the rest of our 1,600 square foot house.

From what we’ve been told, an addition was built in the back of the house in the eighties. This was one of the rooms that were created, and it was given quite a bit of square footage for being a laundry room.

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Our laundry room is one of the most used rooms in our home and I’ve rarely shared it on my blog or Instagram account.

  • This room accesses the powder room, our bedroom and bathroom, and the kitchen.
  • The dog door to the dog run is here.
  • The vintage sink is large enough to bathe the dogs.
  • Oh…and then there’s washing and drying the clothes.

Refershing the laundry Room in Phases

We have been working on our laundry room in phases these last 10 years.

The First Phase

  • Painted the walls a sage green
  • Replaced doors and window trim, and then painted white
  • Created a built-in storage area but changed to a closet a year or so later
  • Ceiling trim was added

The Second Phase

  • The black and white linoleum floors were replaced with tile and radient heat was installed underneath
  • Windows were all replaced

The Third Phase

  • The sage green walls were painted over with the color white

The Latest Phase

  • The white trim and doors were painted over with a “griege” color

The Many Laundry Room Views Throughout the Years

I’ll show you the different angles and spaces in the laundry room and how it has changed throughout the years.


This is what the laundry room looked like looking towards the kitchen area when we first moved in almost 10 years ago.


We started out by painting over the yellow walls with sage green. The doors and trim were replaced and painted white.

We also added walls to the open space going into the kitchen to make a new hallway and walk-in closet in the bedroom behind the wall on the right.

After living with the green walls for several years we decided it was just too dark so I painted the walls white.


We lived with the white walls and trim for over a year before I decided the laundry room needed a pop by painting the trim and doors a gray-beige paint color or “greige”.


As much as I disliked this open space when we first moved in, it became one of my favorite and most important spaces in the laundry room.


The first thing we did was add a built-in cabinet to give us an area where we could store cleaning supplies and laundry detergents.

Then we realized that it wasn’t enough storage space. Not even close!

The good news is that we were able to recycle the built-in and place it on the other side of the wall in our bathroom.

Now we have enough room in the laundry room for the vacuum, broom, dog food, and more.

This is the view after painting the walls white.

As much as I liked how much brighter it felt in here, it was too stark. almost sterile.

So I finally took the time to paint the trim color.

I like gray, but I know that browns are trending these days so I went with a color in the middle of the two. Who knew that there was a color named greige?


I’m really happy with the contrast here in the laundry room again.


Here we are on day one. You can’t get much more basic and humdrum than this, can you?

The laundry room sink was too weird. It was just this box with some storage space at the bottom.

The cool thing about the tile is that we broke it up when we removed it from the wall and added it to the cement path we created in the dog run.


Here you can see the sage green paint.

And here we brightened it up with the color white.

The vintage wooden cabinet is another find from the Bremerton Flea Market and offers space for all of my flower vases.

The original laundry room sink was replaced with a vintage sink I found on Craigslist.


Does this antique cabinet look familiar?

It’s now built-in to our bedroom wall. You can read all about the history of this 102-year-old piece HERE.


We were really lucky to find this vintage laundry sorter at the local Habitat for Humanity right before we moved in. This piece not only gives us extra storage space for our dirty clothes (and maybe some extra paper towels and other supplies) but much-needed counter space you always need in a laundry room.

I did decide to paint the laundry room sorter black soon after we moved in. Now I’m thinking of painting it a pretty green shade.


We added ceiling molding, new windows, and trim to the laundry room.

This is the view when all the walls and trim were painted white.


And now the trim and doors in the laundry room are painted. The lighting is really poor in this room so some of the trim looks like it’s a different color but it’s not…I swear!


This is the door that leads to the dog run now. The powder room is in the back right corner.


We added a dog door so the pups could all go out on their own.

A transom window was also added to the powder room door.

If I had my way, we would have put in transom windows throughout the house. Unfortunately, the trim we used around the doors was too big, so there wasn’t enough room between the top of the trim and the crown molding in other rooms. This ceiling molding is more narrow in the laundry room, so it worked.


You can see that all the trim, doors, and transom windows were all painted over.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the changes that we have made in refreshing our laundry room over the last 10 years.

I always love to look at the before and after pictures to see all the progress we have made. Sometimes you forget all the things that have been done when they’re happening in phases.

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Until next time,


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  1. Not sure how I missed this but wowza and great job!!! I love what you’ve done. Wish you could come do our laundry room. It’s small, cramped and cluttered. Not a pleasant place to be. Thanks for sharing it with us! and you should totally put this on Farmhouse Friday!

  2. Ah Kim, I absolutely love this. Laundry rooms are so vital and so often used, but some of the most frequently overlooked spaces in a house. This is a beautiful change and the addition of the cool green/gray reminds me of the 200-300 yr old homes in the Colonial Williamsburg area where I lived for a bit. There’s something so lovely and classic about it. May I ask what brand/color you used for the green/gray and white paints? We’re about to start in on our laundry room (yikes!) and I just cannot figure out which white to go with. How are there so many versions of white out there!? I would love to know which white you used (and did you go for a gloss of some sort?), it’s exactly what I think I’m looking for. Thank you for a lovely read on a rainy PNW morning!

  3. Hi Kim! The painted trim looks SO good! It gives the space such great definition! You say it is a dark room, but it looks happy and bright to me!

  4. Kim.. I sooo love your home..quite warmandwelcoming….and that laundry room is ‘to die for’…I know you enjoy it…as do I…

    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne. I appreciate the compliment. I do really like how it turned out and it’s such a great DOG room as well as a laundry room.

    1. Thanks so much, Renae. I have to tell you, I would have never thought to put a black and white floor in if one wasn’t already here. But I really do love it. And it has radiant heat underneath which I LOVE! Thanks for visiting my friend.

  5. Kim i love the trim in the laundry room! It looks so good. It takes forever to paint trim doesn’t it? It looks SO pretty and I love that floor too!

    1. It does take forever Stacy. I think we were painting at the same time during the last couple of weeks. I am happy with how it turned out.

  6. This is such a great space and so functional. You certainly are fortunate that it’s such a big room. Love all the touches you’ve added with molding and antique pieces over the years. aaaahhh a chair in a laundry room. Just love that amazing checkerboard floor!

    1. Thank you, Debra. I only wish I could fit a chair in my bedroom. But this will have to do. I would have never thought of putting a black and white floor in my house but glad that there was one there when we moved in to give me the inspiration. Have a great week.

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