Before and After: This Floral Laundry Room Makes Chores Feel… Luxurious??

updated Nov 26, 2019
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Credit: Andrea Keaveney

Laundry tends to evoke strong feelings (and typically not the positive kind). Andrea Keaveney knows that well. After she and her husband purchased their Illinois home, she told her husband that she wouldn’t move in until the washer and dryer had been moved from the basement to the mudroom. “I refused to go up three flights for the laundry,” she says.


Credit: Andrea Keaveney

However, the mudroom needed some work. Sure, it was large and brought in light, but it was also pretty dreary and dated. Oh, and it had a “body-sized freezer” and a salon chair and sink. Because what mudroom doesn’t come with those items, right?

“The initial renovations took a few weeks, clearing it out, laying the floor, cutting a hole in the brick to get the dryer vent installed,” Andrea says. But after that, well… life happened. “The room sat unfinished while I had two kids and finished more of the house,” Andrea says.

A few years later, she was finally able to finish what she’d started. “I had drawn out my plans and stared at them for four years until one day I walked in and started prepping for paint,” Andrea says. Over about four weeks, she put the room together using “all of the things I had been collecting over the years.”

All together, the makeover cost about $3,000. We’re partial to the butcher block countertop and fabulous floral wallpaper, which pops against the dark tile floors.

For Andrea, one of the biggest changes was the storage. “I had everything thrown on the ground with no rhyme or reason, and now everything has a place,” she says. “I can find things now! Also, the dog never had a room, and this is now where his water, food, and bed are all located.”

Andrea’s big lesson for everyone else out there? “The first step to getting your room done is doing it,” she says.