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.
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!
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.
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!
Since 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.