When you live in 834 square feet, the idea of having an actual laundry room is nothing but a dream. We small space dwellers have to carve out specialized utility space where we can find it, and I just happened to find space in my hallway. So now, after a creative hallway makeover, I basically have a small laundry room. It’s out in the open, it’s the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, and it’s disguised as a hallway.
Can you tell it’s a “laundry room”?
The washer and dryer are in the closet behind the curtain on the right side, and then the cabinets with a small countertop are on the left. The countertop is great for folding laundry as I take it out of the dryer.
Now let me show you how this space started out. This is a picture that was taken after the carpet was removed when I was about to paint the concrete floors way back when.
On the left was just a standard coat closet with bifold doors. And then the washer/dryer closet on the right also had bifold doors that would NEVER stay closed. The ceiling in the hallway was very low to accommodate air ducts, but I took the chance on ripping part of the ceiling down to see if ALL of that cave-like dropped down ceiling was necessary. As it turns out, the air ducts were just in the back area close to the bedroom door, so we opened up the front area. Now it has much less of a cave feeling to it.
Not only did I rip out the ceiling, but I also widened the opening to the closet on the left to make it wide open and ready for cabinets.
Here’s a look at the side-by-side before and after…
The curtains covering the closet with the washer and dryer were made out of very inexpensive drapery lining, and then I painted the stripes with leftover latex paint.
The door covering the a/c unit started out as a dingy, disgusting and plain hollow core door with an equally disgusting metal vent beneath it. I dressed up the door with some trim and chalkboard paint, and created a custom air vent out of wood yardsticks and lumber. Then I hung my magazine wreath on the door for some added texture and color (’cause I can’t have too much color!!).
Here’s a view of the before and after of this side of the hallway…
On the other side of the hallway is where the standard coat closet with the bifold doors used to be, and now that space is filled with useful cabinets and a small countertop area.
I used simple stock cabinets from Home Depot, and made the countertop out of plywood. The opening in the large cabinet door is for my cats’ litter box.
And here’s a before and after view of this side of the hallway…
The painted argyle walls are probably my favorite thing about this hallway makeover. (It’s paint, not wallpaper!)
And here’s a view of the cabinet side of the hallway from the other direction. I’m standing in front of the bedroom door to take this picture.
Yay! It’s finally done! It’s my laundry room / utility room disguised as a condo hallway.
Now that that’s finished, I can move on to my bathroom makeover!
If you’re looking for any of the projects that went into this hallway makeover, you can find them here: