DIY: A Pristine Laundry Room Remodel
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Our friend Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson is a DIY demon. His most recent triumph? The transformation of a dingy utility room into a dazzling white laundry space, finished just in time for the arrival of the Dahl and his wife's first child. Create a similar look with the following elements (and a little elbow grease): Above: Dahl explains how they tackled the painting: "We decided to do the whole room in white. For the walls and the ceiling, we went with the new Valspar + Asthma/Allergy Friendly Paint available at Lowe's. It's the most kid-friendly paint we've seen. It's Zero-VOC, low odor, and dries to an antimicrobial finish. It is also mold and mildew resistant. Now that we have a little one, I don't think we would use any other paint. For the floors, we used Valspar's Floor and Porch Enamel Paint , which is also low VOC and low odor." Above: The couple kept the original deep sink, scrubbed it clean, and now use it to bathe their son. As for storage, "We made a quick trip to Ikea, grabbed their Expedit Bookcase unit ($89.99) in white, and laid it down on its side. We already have this bookcase in brown and use it in our son's nursery; for an Ikea product, its very solid." Above: Their son's towel hangs from an antler hook on the wall. Above: Dahl replaced the original washer/dryer with a more energy-efficient one, opting for the Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer . Here's a useful detail many of us may have ignored: "I needed to switch the door on the dryer unit to swing in the same direction as the washer door I found some basic directions online, and it took me about 20 minutes and a few simple tools to switch the door." "We have no other art or decoration in the laundry room, so a little taxidermy adds a bit of quirkiness to the space," Dahl says. "We also made our own chalkboard using Valspar Chalkboard Paint and a picture frame from Target. We needed a simple message board that we could attach to the side of the dryer, and this worked perfectly" To see images of the project before the overhaul, visit Charles & Hudson .