How Our Utility Room Makeover Is Going

I confessed to my utility room of doom a while back. We’ve been slowly but surely working on our utility room makeover. It’s not finished yet but it’s useable. After over a week with no washing machine, I can’t tell you how happy I am with our utility room makeover.Utility room makeover with white appliances

The Bosch washing machine was very kindly given to us by a friend of a friend when they moved to a new build with its own washing machine. The room still needs some shelves and storage added. But when you look at how truly awful it was before, I think you’ll agree it’s a big improvement.

Ugh, just looking at that awful floor is making me feel sick! Ryan had to take our old washing machine to the dump as it was beyond fixing. We used the remaining paint from the rest of the downstairs to paint the whole room. It’s Crown’s Sail White, which is an off white with a touch of grey.

It was all going well… until the old paint started peeling off!

Peeling paint exposing plaster in the utility room

This was the point where I wished I’d never started!

So what we thought was going to be a quick job (the room is tiny) turned into a bit of a mission. I decided to peel off as much of the paint as came off easily, and then paint it all and cross my fingers.

The whole family helped with our Utility room makeover

Ava and Thea really enjoyed helping peel the paint off. Ryan, not so much. He was despairing of the fact that we were even decorating it, as “Noone ever goes in there anyway.” (You can imagine my reaction to that!)

Ryan had to saw out the worktop above the washing, so that we could move the appliances around to a more sensible orientation.

Ryan working on the utility room makeover Now I can open the washing machine, and get the washing out without contorting around the door. Fortunately the paint stayed on the wall this time.

Was white the best choice for a utility room floor?

After we’d painted, my brother very kindly came round to fit the new vinyl flooring. Technically we should have screeded the floor, but we thought we’d just chance our luck and lay it straight onto the floor. Luckily it paid off. I chose some white flooring from Flooring Superstore and it cost £65 including the adhesive and delivery. In retrospect, I think white was  bit of a foolish colour to choose, as it shows up every speck of dirt. I was just so desperate to make the gloomy room as bright as possible, I didn’t really think it through!

White freezer in place in utility room with white flooringSince  taking this picture we used white bathroom sealant around the gap between the flooring and the skirting boards.

Next, we need to put up some IKEA ALGOT drying racks and hooks. We don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, as I am the only one who goes in there, but I do spend quite a lot of time in there!

So what do you think of our progress so far? I can’t believe how different it looks, and how much more user friendly already.


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  1. Flyingsolo
    9th October 2016 / 7:31 am

    It looks so much better. I love a good utility, I’m adding more cupboards in mine tomorrow and it’s so sad how excited I am about this! Well done, the White floor is fine, it feels nice and clean and looks bright for a small space #HomeEtc

    • 10th October 2016 / 10:05 am

      He he I’m glad it’s not just me who gets ridiculously excited about this stuff! Hope yours goes well xx

  2. 28th September 2016 / 2:22 pm

    It looks a whole lot better already!! I agree, white shows the dirt but it’s also brilliant at brightening up darker rooms. We have a similar size utility room and it ends up being a bit of a dumping ground. I gave it a bit of a makeover earlier this year and added a lot more storage and it works way better now. Good luck with the rest!

    • 11th October 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel, we have had multiple trips to IKEA so I’m just about there now, hurrah! xx

    • 27th September 2016 / 9:36 am

      Thanks lovely, I have been to IKEA three times to get the shelves, and keep getting the wrong ones, ha ha! Nearly finished now xx

  3. 23rd September 2016 / 6:48 pm

    YES!!!! Yes to white floors — gorgeous — I love the fact that it shows the dirt. Who wants a floor to hide the dirt? I want to know when my floor is dirty, thank you very much!!! And I also love that you’re experiencing the same kind of issues as me…. we had an absolute nightmare with our recent makeover!! Plaster falling off, rotten skirting boards… but it’s SO worth it when it’s done isn’t it? Love this Becky!!! xx Caro #HomeEtc
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    • 23rd September 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Ha ha that is so true about wanting to know when the floor is dirty, brilliant. Not sure I could handle it in the dining room though with the girls dropping food every single meal! xx

  4. why not
    21st September 2016 / 12:48 am

    It’s looking lovely and bright

    • 23rd September 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks, it’s such an improvement, I’m so pleased with it so far! xx

  5. 20th September 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Ooh lovely! It’s looking lovely and bright, wouldn’t stay that white in my house for long though!! My walls always take a battering! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 20th September 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you! As I’m the only one who goes in there really, I’m hoping it will stay like this! xx

  6. 20th September 2016 / 9:01 am

    It looks great. I’m all for the white floor. I wish I had a utility room. It’s one of the musts on my list when we do get around to buying a house.


    • 20th September 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much for popping by Cathryn and I would highly recommend getting a utility room if you can – it’s so amazing not to have the washing machine in the kitchen! xx

  7. 18th September 2016 / 8:40 am

    It looks loads better already – I wish I had a utility room! I think you are brave with the white floor though? 😉 x

    • 20th September 2016 / 8:17 pm

      He he Laura, I think it may have been an error, eeek! xx

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