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How My Powder Room and Laundry Got Divorced

Breaking up is (not) hard to do. Our combo laundry/lavatory was not a match made in heaven. I have seen some that work, but in our case, with challenging space on the first floor, this was not a match to remain. Ours was far from pretty. Plus, I am a whole-hearted convert when it comes to having laundry on the second floor whenever possible. I was determined to squeeze it into the second floor plan without having to blow much up. 

BEFORE: THE COMBO POWDER/LAUNDRY

We were already planning on making changes in the hallway, and adding onto the second floor to make room for 4th bedroom. The old master would become the guest room, and was going to get a bit smaller to accommodate closet space. As I looked at my sketch (for like, three years), I realized we could squeeze the laundry into the hallway without sacrificing closet space for either Bedroom #1 or the new guest room. BAM!

While I would have loved a big fancy laundry room complete with sink, ironing board and a cocktail bar, there are compromises always when it comes to an old home.  We had a lot to accomplish.

The Details

Now the laundry is easily accessible, right near all the bedrooms. And I found this cool rolling hamper that fits perfectly in our master bath linen closet!

Check out the original pine flooring. See the rise in the middle? Yeah, the floors are a bit wonky here. As an old house owner, I will go with the traditional statement: That’s what gives old houses character. We simply leveled as best we could.

We re-purposed the old kitchen cabinets, and picked up a laminate countertop at Ikea. The countertop is set up so that if ever we need to service the units, the top lifts off. Cool, right?

IKEA LAMINATE COUNTERTOP

At some point I’d love a deeper countertop so it covers the top of washer and dryer, and maybe find use for the extra space on the sides. But for now, this works just fine. 

AFTER: THE POWDER ROOM

The new powder room fit nicely between the kitchen and office. I love this paint color because the tones change in such interesting ways depending on the light. Here it looks a little pinkish, but it’s actually gray.

There’s nothing like a little bead board wainscot to make it feel like it was original to the house. Since I’m all about having the same flooring throughout the main floor, the lav floor is wood. I re-purposed an old medicine cabinet from one of the old baths (I love you spray paint). 

Decided to do something a little different with the bath fixtures, and went with oil rubbed bronze. 

For lighting, I found a vintage restored art deco fixture, the works with the brand new “vintage” sconces.

ART NOUVEAU LIGHT FIXTURE

I’m still learning how to “juge” a space, like adding dried plants and flowers.  I harvest my limelight hydrangeas every year.  Lavender too.

Last but not least I dug up these New Yorker cartoon prints I’d been saving for years. A little dark humor in the bathroom never hurt anybody!  

I’m still figuring out the little touches.  You can shop for most of these items below. What do you think?

Source Book

Powder Room Paint Colors:
Walls:  Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray
Trim: Sherwin-Williams Hi-Reflective White
Bead Board: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster

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