Our bed and laundry rooms are slowly making their way, with our bedroom at the point where everything is cozy and functions well. I’m still anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pretty sconce for a lonely corner (this one!), and we’re (read: I’m) debating on a few more framed photos or artwork. The laundry room, on the other hand, still has a ways to go, but we’ve made huge strides in the last couple of weeks! Here’s another little progress report, long overdue.
First, we got a new washer and dryer! We. Are. In. Love. We chose this washer and this dryer by LG, both picked up during an appliance sale. They play a cute melody when initially turned on (to which we sing, I-am-a-washing-machine! to the tune), they’re pretty, and most importantly, our clothes are, well, clean and dry. We sold our old set on Craigslist, making back almost enough money to cover one of the new machines.
Second – and the main reason for this update – we finally have cabinets picked out! You might remember when we first shared our laundry room plans, but the ultimate goal for our cabinetry is to hide soaps and stain sticks, towels, bed linens and odds and ends (like cat stuff, old yearbooks and photo albums). As much as we love the look of open shelving, we have come to terms with the fact that we all can’t be open shelving people. We need a hiding spot for the kitty litter, you know?
After initially thinking we’d go with IKEA cabinetry, we eventually had to nix the idea due to a lack of range in cabinetry height. Our goal has always been to take the cabinets all the way to the ceiling, but the math wasn’t checking out in their standard 20-inch, 30-inch or 40-inch options. A few months ago, however, I stumbled across TheRTAStore.com, which specializes in ready-to-assemble cabinetry with all the bells whistles you could hope for – soft close hinges, a wide selection of sizes and finishes and, the best part, one-on-one customer service! Scott and I devoured this review from House Updated, and after checking out their selection online, we were relieved to see that we would be able to create, essentially, a floor-to-ceiling wall of cabinetry. Super organized laundry room, here we come!
To this point, TheRTAStore.com has been awesome to work with, and they’ve since come on board to partner with us on our laundry room renovation! We’ll be sharing our experience with their ready-to-assemble cabinetry from the user side of things, which’ll hopefully provide you with more options when it comes to renovating your own laundry room – or kitchen or bath. (Stay tuned for the results, because we’ll also be spreading the love to you, too!) To start, we chose a variety of sample doors. Below, from left to right: Dakota White, Aspen White Shaker, Newport White, Brilliant White Shaker and Grey Shaker.
You can see right away that we were leaning towards the shaker style (just like our kitchen), but seeing the doors in person helped us to eliminate a few styles right off the bat. Our two favorites were the most simple in design, Aspen White Shaker (left) and Brilliant White Shaker (right):
I’ll fast forward and quickly say that we landed on the Aspen White Shaker, due to the size options available; that said, the styles offer a variety of sizes and options across the board. Here’s a specific example: While considering the Brilliant White, we found that it wasn’t available in a 24″ deep x 30″ wide cabinet for above our washer and dryer (this will make more sense in a minute). In our case, the Aspen White Shaker did offer a deep cabinet, and because we liked both styles similarly, it was what made our decision.
Okay, so on to the plans! The cabinets will go wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling in our laundry room. Eventually, our washer and dryer will be stacked to allow for lower cabinet space.
The lower cabinet space is very, very important for a very, very important girl. We’ll be installing a kitty door into the cabinet so that Libby will have a private space to eat and potty in peace. Let’s just say that the pups don’t always make this easy on her, so we wanted to keep things behind closed doors!
Let’s talk about how everything will shake out! I signed up for a ‘free kitchen design‘, which basically put me in touch with one of their in house designers to work with one-on-one. After filling out the form, I was emailed by Chrissy the same day(!), and I sent her dimensions of the room, my ideas, and a quick sketch I made in Photoshop to give her an idea of where we were headed. Below are the plans from point A to point B, and the thought process along the way:
ONE. I told Chrissy that we were toying with the idea of dark lowers and white uppers, but how would that look with a white side panel along the washer/dryer? As it turns out, we weren’t fans. Wanting our wallpaper to be the star of the show, Scott and I both agreed that the tuxedo look was too busy for this small room.
TWO. For the second round, I asked if she could bring the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. You’ll notice a slim drawer below the upper cabinets. The idea for that was a DIY drying rack, like this!
THREE. We liked the direction we were headed, but we asked her to eliminate the decorative crown in favor for something more streamlined. Also, could you even out the trim along both sides of the washer /dryer so that the side panel isn’t so thick? Regarding the side panel, this turned out to be our only pain point. Because our ceilings are 9′ tall in this room – and because side panels are typically only 8′ tall – you can see that we broke up the panel with the countertop. Once all of our pieces arrive, we will have to see how this plays out!
FOUR. In our final rendition, we did decide to take out the drying rack ‘drawer,’ and in its place, we added a taller upper cabinet. This makes all of the upper cabinets 24″ high, which we felt looked more pleasing (less cluttered!) overall. In the meantime, I ordered one of these retractable clotheslines!
Although our laundry room is a cute little thing, we did make the bold decision to have all 24″ deep uppers. Our lower sink cabinet will be pulled flush with the appliances (roughly 32″ deep), which will still give us the allowance we need to keep our heads bump-free. The extra deep uppers – typically reserved for above-the-fridge – will give us extra storage for larger blankets and linens, but it shouldn’t look out of place since you’ll never, ever see them from the side!
With everything finalized, Chrissy added all of the items to our cart for checkout (including an extra filler piece and touch up paint), and she sent along detailed dimensional drawings so that we knew how to trim all of our filler pieces once everything arrives. We haven’t yet received a shipping confirmation (it could take up to 2 weeks), but we can’t wait to cross this massive to-do off the list!
Has anyone else opted for extra-deep cabinets in unique situations? In our minds, it will work out, but we’re also crossing all our fingers and toes.
A huge thank you to TheRTAStore.com for sponsoring our laundry room, and all the same to you for supporting the brands that support us. xo