Once upon a time we renovated our kitchen. And it went from this, to this…
But what you may not know is that the renovation dominoed (is that a word?!) through the home in a big way. See that laundry sink through the doorway of the before image?
This is what that area outside the kitchen looked like:
And the pantry? It was actually farther down that narrow hall, in one of those closets.
Hint, this part of the hallway is still under renovation and will be awesome beyond all reason.
Or at least pretty freaking cool.
But I digress. What we decided to do was to turn that odd laundry area into a combination pantry and laundry closet. Unfortunately, there’s just no better place for the laundry in this house, so there it stays. I tell myself that I don’t need an entire room for laundry anyway, but probably I would actually like it if I did.
This plan necessitated doing something I pretty well never do – I took out a window. Guys, I’m the biggest natural light freak you will ever meet. It has to be pretty well pitch black for me to turn on a light. It’s a thing.
But after a number of years in this home the reality is that there is simply no better space. So out it all came…
We framed in a new header to hold the bypass sliding door hardware and create a separate space.
I won’t bore you with any more construction photos. The next step was to add this fabulous-beyond-all-reason wallpaper by Anthropologie. Oh, my heart. I love it.
The shelves are cut from melamine and supported with these inexpensive brackets from Amazon. Side note: Oh my gosh, have you noticed how expensive brackets can be?! Let’s be real, people. I mean, I splurged on the wallpaper.
I dressed up the shelves a little with some simple natural wood trim. The natural wood helps channel that Scandinavian vibe, don’t you think?
The cabinet was a late addition to the plan. I needed to hide the laundry plumbing, which runs over to that side of the wall. (It’s on both sides, so there was no avoiding the problem.)
I built the cabinet out of reclaimed doug fir, the same material I used to construct this facade around our apron sink in the kitchen.
My intention was that the two pieces would tie the areas together.
The granite top on the cabinet is a scrap end from someone else’s remodel, which I picked up for $50 and cut with a diamond blade on our circular saw. The local stone place wanted to charge me $300. #whyidiy
The flooring continues from the kitchen and throughout the main level of our home. It’s a laminate flooring by Select Surfaces that was super easy to install and does a great job putting up with the abuse that kids, a dog, and two remodeling adults put it under constantly.
The baker’s table is a piece I was lucky enough to find locally. I love the character of a truly antique piece and its ability to ground a space.
The doors are DIY and feature classic craftsman lines meant to echo the simplicity of the shaker cabinets in the kitchen. I constructed these large bypass doors and spayed them with my Wagner FLEXiO 4000 for a beautiful, smooth finish. The handles are inset and minimal. They are also on Amazon and are really quite inexpensive.
That’s it! All that’s left is another quick look at how it all came together.
One more time, just for fun…
Personally, I love how it all came together. I realize not everyone may love the idea of laundry and a pantry sharing space, but it’s very European, you know? Not to mention awfully convenient. Wash the clothes, snack on junk in the pantry. Something like that.
Bam, one less area of the house to renovate. Onward.