Our laundry room at our #pearlgoesmodern Airbnb is FINISHED! When we started this project last month, Bryan & I had low-ish expectations for what we could do with an old, creepy basement that was dark and had low ceilings. Let’s just say we surprised ourselves…
This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane. We started with this…
Made progress here…
And ended up with… THIS!
We knew we were working with an imperfect, unfinished basement space… so instead of trying to make it something it wasn’t, we embraced it. A few of our favorite details here are the newly skimmed walls (we explained our method here), the slat door fronts we built, and the copper rail + clothing rack we added. All of these details were basic, inexpensive building materials from Lowe’s that we customized.
Copper. It’s such a pretty metal that we haven’t used in awhile, except for plumbing. We had some extra and decided to make it into a little rail for our shelf. It’ll help keep things from falling off, and it looks pretty!
We also used copper to build a hanging rack, which we attached to the floor joist above. Bryan doubled up the bottom to keep it in place (it’s not attached to the floor, just the ceiling).
We built our folding table out of pine and cut pieces of plywood to size for the doors. We finished them off by cutting lots (and lots and lots) of slats and installing them evenly spaced on the door fronts.
We wanted to conceal the gaps between the doors to make it look like one continuous surface, so we kept our slat spacing as we crossed over from door to door.
Here’s a photo of the two doors butted up against each other…
Can you spot the seam? 🙂
We have TONS of open space on the bottom to store large containers, extra paper towels/toilet paper for guests, etc. We used the entire length of the butcher block (8′) to allow for a looong run of folding space.
Usually we wouldn’t be into the raw plywood edge, but love the way it looks in this space.
So, so excited to have these new machines installed!! Ever since we published our first post, we’ve been getting comments from readers saying that they have the same machines and LOVE them. I’m not surprised — the reviews are fantastic on both the washer and dryer!
Most importantly, though, these machines are solid and can handle large loads of laundry. The washer has a 5 cubic ft capacity and can handle an entire set of king bedding in one load – woo! The dryer has 7.3 cubic ft. capacity.
Another fun feature is SmartThinQ technology, which allows both of them to be controlled via wifi remotely. We’re super happy with them.
Another piece we added is LG’s Styler, which is really like a big, programmable steamer cabinet. In addition to being able to remove wrinkles, it’s certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America for reducing bacteria and fungi by at least 99%. Steaming can also reduce odors from food and smoke.
An unexpected feature? The pants creaser, which keeps pants creases looking crisp.
I love that all of this is programmable and does the work for you, unlike other steamers. It also has SmartThinQ technology and can be controlled via WiFi like the washer & dryer.
We knew we wanted a utility sink down here and ordered a 40″ one by Mustee. We didn’t love the way the white plastic + grey metal legs looked, so we spray painted them black.
This sink is amazing, by the way — SUPER deep, and will surely come in handy when soaking & scrubbing bedding. It would be so good for washing a dog, too! The pull-down faucet came with the sink, so we saved on our budget there, and spray painted it black to match the legs.
lighting & DECOR
We opted for an indoor/outdoor rug down here because it is an unfinished basement after all. We were excited to find this vintage rug at Lowe’s! It adds a fun pop of color to our space, and we won’t have to worry about maintenance.
We found pretty brass & gold Safeviah sconces for additional lighting down here (they were under $65 each!)
That’s all for now! We’ll leave you with one more before/after recap:
SO excited to have one more room down. One step closer to the finish line and welcoming our first guests! Currently we’re aiming to have this whole home finished by the end of October… fingers crossed.