It’s finally here… The Laundry Room Reveal! I wasn’t sure that calling it The Horse Laundry Room had a great ring to it but I settled on the Preppy Blue Laundry Room ;) When we moved into this house, the Laundry Room was downstairs in between the kitchen and garage, great place right? But big problem… this foodie family of five bought a house without a pantry haha! So when we put an offer on the house that was a big question mark. But I had faith that we could move the laundry area somewhere else and install a pantry where the laundry room was.
Here is the previous laundry room downstairs when we moved in. Some points of interest might be the overhead box light, the paint color itself and the fact that the door opens right in to where the washing machine is supposed to go. Im standing in the kitchen for this picture so this felt like an obvious pantry (more pics on that later!)
The next question was where to move the laundry room. Part of the (list of) reasons we moved was a lack of storage and this house has a ton! We have so many closets and each closet is so much bigger than the one we moved from. There was a huge 11′ x 10′ storage area off of the playroom upstairs and although my no storage soul LOVED it… we really have tons of closet space now! I just hoped this could be the spot. Meet the giant closet…
We had our contractor out and guess what!?… this could be the place! I started working on the design for our kitchen before this room (although we did start the laundry room first so the pantry would be in place) and I narrowed it down to green or cornflower blue for the kitchen. I decided the kitchen needed to be green but I couldn’t stop thinking about the blue. Blue makes sense in a laundry room right? Blue > water > washing > clean. Done.
I knew I wanted blue cabinets, gold hardware and white countertops. A buffalo check floor seemed perfect since I have always wanted one somewhere; so… all that was left was the wallpaper. I searched for something that would go with the floor and the blue and then I found THE wallpaper that made the whole room. We had already bought the paint and it somehow it magically was a perfect match… a true design miracle. Got it narrowed it down to these 4 blue colors (all Sherwin Williams) and settled on Regale Blue.
Then it was time to start… we have remodeled two kitchens, a pantry and now, this room and we always do the demo ourselves. 1. it saves a few thousand dollars (which means more wallpaper for me haha) and 2. it’s actually super fun haha! This time the kids got to help… a family affair. We removed the shelves, baseboards and carpet. The very next day the plumber came to add a water and gas line. Then was the electrician who added 4 canned lights vs the little single bulb in the middle of the room. He also added several plugs where the countertop was going and the correct type of plugs for the washer and dryer. Lastly the sheetrock crew came and patched everything up.
Next, the carpenters did their thing! They made a ton of progress everyday and honestly it went faster than I thought it would! Our contractor goes piece by piece and section by section and asks what kind of spacing we want which is amazing! Start to finish the crew took 6 weeks to do the entire laundry room!
For the flooring, I knew I wanted the buffalo check/plaid look and I couldn’t find actual tile that had a graphic pattern for that so we created one. I quickly realized that in order to create a pattern you must have the exact same tiles from the exact same brand. I was finding white, grey and black easily but they were different thicknesses, different finishes (some more matte, some more shiny) and different sizes. So, I walked in to a local flooring store that was brand new at the time and explained what I was trying to do… they opened a design book and flipped right to a page where they have white, grey and black tiles all in the same brand, size, texture and thickness!!
When you make your own buffalo check pattern its essentially a row of black and grey then a row of white and grey. So, you need to find your total area then your ratio will be 50% grey, 25% white and 25% black. The flooring crew laid it all out and then we went with a grey grout. I LOVE the way it turned out!
For the countertops… I knew I wanted to use this quartz.. this one was a runner up option for the kitchen in our last house and I just love it! The countertops are kind of hard to photograph but they are so sparkly and pretty!
After they were done it was time for the best part… the wallpaper! I can’t believe how much the blues matched and how much to tied the room together! This is probably my current favorite room in the house! If you have to do laundry daily you might as well feel happy about it right!? Horses to the rescue. I have to say one of my favorite parts is the multi basket shelf situation… I saw an inso pic on Pinterest and that was my one must have in here! The whole system runs so smoothly and is much improved from my old way (a volcano of laundry about to erupt on “the chair”).
I will link all the sources below an as usual email or DM me for any questions!
- Paint Color – Regale Blue Sherwin Williams
- Tile – Casablanca by Roca Tile (Ordered through iTile TX) in 8″ solid
- Countertops – Silestone Quartz in Stellar Snow
- Wallpaper – Katie Kime Horse & Tassel
- Hardware (Knobs)- Amazon
- Hardware (Pulls) – Amazon
- Big Steele Laundry Basket – The Container Store
- Small Stackable Laundry Baskets – The Container Store
- Doorknob – Amazon