Shortly after moving into our 1960s home we found out we were pregnant with the twins. We already knew that there were many renovation projects that needed to happen. But with 3 kiddos in the home, laundry room ideas was top of the list for me. We decided to move the laundry up from the basement and into the formal dining room off of the kitchen. We put doors on both sides of the dining room to close it off and it was perfect! … for the time being.
Eventually we knew that the kitchen would make it’s way the top of the demo list but that meant the laundry room would have to move first. Once again we were left to consider where to put the laundry facilities. (So here’s another tip about home renovations and remodeling- sometimes you have to be patient and work it out in stages)
Wash Room Times 2 – Bathroom + Laundry Room Perfect for Kids
Since the kids weren’t really using their bathtub anymore, we decided why not move the laundry up one more flight of stairs. We would turn the kids bathroom into a duel bathroom and laundry room space. And we could not be any happier with how it turned out! There are lots of kids bathroom design ideas out there, but not often do you see the addition of the laundry. I am here to say, the practicality of having the laundry in the bathroom is awesome. It really is one room doing double duty! (I honestly did not think of this pun until after re-reading this post like the third time! LOL! 😉 )
Not only can the kids take off their clothes at shower time and just drop them in the sorted laundry hamper (they are getting better at this believe it or not). But no more schlepping baskets up and down the stairs- just walk them down the hall!
Make Use of Good Bones in Bathroom Design Remodel
This job was really a remodel and not full renovation- much of the bones were still good. There was already a stand alone shower, we just replaced the 1980s shower surround. Where the tub was, the washer and dryer fit in perfectly! (and made a great transition for the laundry plumbing hookups too). This also gave us some opportunity to place laundry room cabinets above the appliance for more storage. You know I gotta store the detergent stockpile somewhere?!
The toilet and sink/vanity area also pretty much stayed the same. We did replace the old oak sink and vanity. But we got some inspiration from the vanity base that had been there. I knew that no one would be sitting at a vanity space but didn’t really want to put in two sink bowls (They have a hard time keeping one clean! But it’s getting better thanks to this cleaning miracle worker.). So we kept the under vanity area open, because that rolling hamper really does fit like a glove!
Know When to DIY and When to Call the Pros
Like most of the home improvement projects in our home we DIY what we can– the demo, the painting, even the electrical (thankfully hubs is very handy). And we repurpose what we can, no new appliances (in fact I think that dryer might be close to 17 years old and it still works like a charm) and that medicine cabinet looks brand new with a fresh coat of paint.
But we leave the rest to the pros– like installing the glass shower doors, plumbing the laundry machine and even titling the floor. We totally could have done the tilling, but time is money too! (and I love the faux wood tile we picked- very affordable too)
So what do you think of our Wash Room Xs 2?
You can also find out how to make the DIY Silhouette portraits here. I thought that was the perfect decorative touch for this sibling shared bathroom.
Great content and renovation that everyone can follow through and inspire from it. Looks professionally done.
Karen S says
What a great remodel! I originally came across your website for the silhouettes but I love how you changed up the whole room. I have 2 questions:
1) What brand and name of yellow paint did you use on the walls? I love yellow and would love to paint our no-window bathroom this color.
2) What color blue did you use behind the silhouettes?
Again, your bathroom looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Mary Hoover says
Thanks Karen! Sorry it took so long to reply, I had to look up the paint color. It’s Valspar (Lowe’s) Field of Daises. And as for the blue behind the silhouettes. I am not really sure. It’s a teal scrapbook paper. Thanks again for stopping by!
Karen S. says
Thank you so much for the info!
Susan Prochazka says
I wish I had your bathroom when my kids were young. Most wash ( clothes and bedding) must be returned to the second floor when washed. Now that I am getting older having a laundry room on the top floor is even more important than ever. I almost fell recently struggling to carry a too big wash load up the stairs. I hope home designers consider your design. Great renovation.
Mary Hoover says
Susan, I agree it really does make most practical sense. (And I hope you are ok! Whoever said housework isn’t dangerous! 😉 )
Wonderful renovation idea; great execution! I fully identify with your comments that patience and willingness to proceed in stages is often crucial to successful remodeling. I also agree that it’s great to do the things that you’re capable of (and willing to spend the time on!), but also that it’s important to know when to call in the pros.
One caveat about moving laundry facilities to upper floors: You need to know that your floor will support the extra weight of your washer, especially a front-loader. These machines are considerably heavier than top loading washers, up to 100 lbs. Since you removed a bathtub, likely your floor support is adequate, but that may not be the case for everyone.
Mary Hoover says
And great point on the washer weight. Yes we double checked, and others should too! 😉
Garry | ToolVee says
Cool Mary, really great job. I liked your remodeling outcomes very much.
Kate Evans says
Hello Mary, I love this post. I am here to say, the practicality of having the laundry in the bathroom is awesome. It is one room doing double duty. You have shared such a nice thought with us. Thanks and keep sharing.
Mary Hoover says
Thanks Kate! We do love the outcome!