If you're lucky enough to have a laundry room, it's probably not the most exciting place in the house. In fact, it might be the place you least like to spend time. However, I could argue that it should be a space that feels as much as home as the living room or master bedroom. In fact, if your laundry room feels like a small sanctuary, it might make spending so much time in it feel like a treat. As it turns out, this small farmhouse renovation by Chip and Joanna Gaines on the Magnolia blog does just that.
The Gaines Farmhouse
The Gaines farmhouse is a lovely 1,700-square foot Victorian home, sitting on 40 acres in Crawford, Texas, a suburb of Waco. Fixer Upper fans have fallen in love with this lovely farmhouse, but most people's favorite room is the living room or kitchen. However, the laundry room is not to be overlooked!
It's interesting to see how the Gaines' incorporated this underrated room into their airy farmhouse design. First shown to the public in 2016, the laundry room of their family home didn't make too many waves when Joanna first published the photos, but we are having some serious laundering envy just looking at the farmhouse sink alone. Let's check it out this gorgeous farmhouse laundry room.
The farmhouse was shown in Country Living, and every room from the entryway to the craft room has the tasteful decor that Joanna Gaines brings to everything she does. From the brick fireplace to the welcoming coffee bar, the Gaineses living space is an inspiration to homeowners everywhere. There are even lovely themes for the kids rooms, so that Crew, Drake and Duke have a space and Emmie Kay and Ella Rose can enjoy their princess-esque room.
The farmhouse style is evident in the designs, and would you expect anything less from the creators of the Magnolia Network? The white brick wall mimics subway tile with its smaller planks, and the countertops resemble butcher block in what looks like stained concrete, perhaps?
When we first moved into the farmhouse, we used a closet underneath the stairs as our laundry room. This worked fine for a long time, but eventually we outgrew the space and built a small addition off of our dining room to keep our laundry and, of course, my favorite plants.
This laundry room reveal also features design tips and fun facts about the items in the space. While there was no before photo in this laundry room makeover because it was an add-on, you can still tell that every single home decor piece means something to Joanna. The table, in particular the gorgeous table legs, even means something in this old house.
The thoughtful flow of their modern farmhouse is enough to make anyone want to plan some home improvements. The light shades of gray are soothing in contrast to the streaking natural light through the windows, providing that pure farmhouse charm.
Of course no modern farmhouse laundry room and mudroom is complete without the washing machine and dryer! The laundry sign wall art, which reads BMC Wash & Fold, has special meaning to Joanna and Chip Gaines, and you can read more about that sweet story here. The creative use hanging baskets instead of open shelves is something straight out of HGTV's Fixer Upper.
The farmhouse decor means you can even store homemade laundry detergent in mason jars, or even dryer sheets. The white brick and shiplap wall decor continue around the room and into the hallway where you'll find a giant chalkboard.
True to the farmhouse look, the chalkboard blends seamlessly into the wall and adds a sentimental and personal touch. One useful tip we've learned from Joanna's home improvement projects is that everything should be practical and useful, not just sweet to look at.
Did this laundry room remodel inspire any new ideas for your own laundry room? Let us know in the comments!
This post was originally published on July 13, 2018.