Week 1: One Room Challenge

Posted April 01, 2015 by Christina

 Hello!  I am excited to participate in my first One Room Challenge with 19 other wonderful bloggers for the next 6 weeks.  If you are new here I am hoping you will want to stay! 

When Linda from Calling it Home extended the invitation to me I was in the process of planning a small renovation here at home for our laundry room, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to share the progress of that project with you.  This is a room that is definitely unorganized and too small for it's true purpose.  I will say however that it is better than the laundry situation in our last house which was out in the garage.

When I start a project for myself it definitely becomes a work in progress, we make decisions on site and often it evolves into something as we go along, which is very different than how I work with clients. I had posted about my inspiration for the space on the blog several weeks ago but since that time it has changed quite a bit.  In the beginning I just wanted to update the space- the hard surfaces and the colors and add some more usable storage space.  I cannot wait to show you where we have decided to go with all of this.. for now lets start with the current space and a little bit of inspiration, you can follow along here and on instagram over the next 6 weeks.

This is our starting place...

The laundry room is one of two remaining spaces in the house that still had this tile flooring left in it.  This originally covered the entire bottom level, so I definitely was replacing the tile.  The walls were just plain white and had the original cabinets and sink from when the house was built.  After finally buying a matching washer and dryer set at the end of last year we decided that it was time to get this room to function and look a little bit better.

My plan was to put a counter top above the washer and dryer to use for folding clothes and to hide all of the water controls, drain and outlets.

The other item on my list was to replace the cabinets with open shelves.


I was not able to find a specific laundry room that inspired me so I had a few pictures of the overall color scheme and feeling I wanted the space to convey.

This floor makes my heart skip a beat so I needed to find a space to do something similar and the laundry room is the perfect small space to experiment.  The biggest challenge was finding a matte black slate tile that fit what I wanted.


For the counter top I wanted to use a marble slab and I was still undecided on the sink and cabinet below.

After starting to plan the project and finding the slab that I wanted I found some 1 x 2" herring bone marble mosaic tile that I had to have.  I decided to use it behind the open shelves for a little detailing.

There was a lot of discussion about replacing the cabinets with open shelving- my husbands favorite question is "what will you do with all the crap that's in there?"  I always put the really practical stuff on the back burner... because I had to have these brackets

So that's where we are starting... Stop by next week and see how we are doing.  Also, take a minute to stop by and see what everyone else is up to.



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Love your tile selections! This will be such a beautiful space when you’re through. I would look forward to doing laundry in it!

Wed Apr 8 04:01:08 2015

K Blake

Looking forward to seeing this beautiful workspace unfold

Fri Apr 3 10:01:31 2015


So excited to see how this turns out. I found myself in a similar situation with wanting to use slate as a backsplash: I asked my tile installer to cut the squares into the size of bricks & it worked! It is FABULOUS & very little of the material was wasted. Maybe that’s an option for you w/the floor?

Fri Apr 3 07:46:45 2015

Jen @ Restore + Style

Wow, I think that is going to look great. I have that same floor design pinned to a pinterest board somewhere. I love the mat black with the herringbone pattern. It’s very industrial, masculine and sophisticated all at the same time.


Thu Apr 2 14:50:58 2015

Paige Minear

Your blog is new to me and I love that you are doing your laundry room. I am as well and it needs some serious love! See you next week! xo

Thu Apr 2 07:48:35 2015

Holly Phillips

Cannot wait to see what you do. I am sure it will be fabulous as always! I do love a pretty laundry room.

Thu Apr 2 06:02:39 2015

sherry hart

My laundry room looks like the ghetto so I can relate. Maybe your makeover will propel me to move forward with my own makeover!

Thu Apr 2 04:14:26 2015

Beth of designPOST interiors

That chalkboard dresser was my inspiration for a recent dresser makeover in my own house so I am on board with anything that draws from that! It’s a great look and all of your images have me really excited!

Wed Apr 1 18:07:44 2015

stephanie kraus

your plan looks great! A place where I think I would really enjoy doing laundry. cant wait to see more.

Wed Apr 1 11:11:17 2015


Speaking my language with this girl!! Can’t wait to follow this over the next 6 weeks….AH-mazing!!

Wed Apr 1 09:56:48 2015


crossville tile has a black tile with subtle veining like this. http://crossvilleinc.com/products/yin-yang/day-beach/

Wed Apr 1 09:32:45 2015


This will be an obsidian laundry heaven! Can’t wait to see it all!

Wed Apr 1 08:54:43 2015

Pam @ Simple Details

Christina, so excited to see you participating in the ORC!! A laundry room makeover is on my list this year so I can’t wait, love your fabulous style – I’ve always been a lurker! :)

Wed Apr 1 08:30:43 2015

Carrie @ CosyCarolina

I love a laundry room transformation and I can tell this one is going to be AMAZING!!

Wed Apr 1 08:14:51 2015

Melissa @ A Prudent Life

I’m a total sucker for a laundry room makeover! Your inspiration pieces are all amazing so I can’t wait to see everything come together.

Wed Apr 1 07:30:20 2015


i love it when designers tackle small, highly functional spaces in their own homes! i also have a tiny laundry room that needs some major attention, and i am going to follow along with your progress intently.

Wed Apr 1 07:10:07 2015

Linda @ Calling it Home

I love your direction, Christina. I am having my plumber place those hoses low enough to be able to have a counter across my washer/dryer, too. This will be great inspiration for me. Can’t wait.

Wed Apr 1 06:58:30 2015

Julia Ryan

It’s amazing how a nice laundry room can change your whole outlook on chores!

Wed Apr 1 05:43:15 2015


I’m loving the industrial feel your giving to such a workhorse of a room, but the tile designs are going to make it beautiful. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!


Wed Apr 1 05:32:49 2015

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