Raise your hand if you remember the bathroom renovation.


You missed it?

That’s why we are friends because I almost forgot about it too. ūüôā

Let’s go all Julie Andrews and start at the beginning.

We had two bathrooms downstairs.  There was a giant powder bath.  You can see that here.  There was also a super small master bath that longed for a shower and a tub.  You can see that before here.

We moved the wall and made the powder bath into a smaller bath and the master bath much bigger with tiles and organization and a tub and a shower.


It was a lot. ¬†And then? ¬†Just when you thought we¬†were done. ¬†Just when you thought we¬†couldn’t get any more renovated.

We added a little laundry room renovation.

Here’s the before.

I love the before. ¬†Seriously. ¬†It’s my favorite before¬†in the history of befores.

But it had one fatal flaw.

See that half wall next to the dryer? ¬†It’s kind of hard to tell it’s there, but there’s a space behind that wall with a curtain hanging down from it and every time I posted this laundry room people always asked me what was behind the curtain and I never really mentioned it.

It was a shower.

Not a cute shower–a shower that had lived a good life and partied too hard in 1972. ¬†It needed to be replaced and after we renovated the bathrooms and moved everything around we didn’t really need a shower in our laundry room anymore.

So now?

The laundry room looks like this.

New flooring.

New rug.

New attitude.

And wait for it….wait for it….wait for it….

….new sink.

I’ve always wanted a sink in this room.

1. It’s practical.

2. It was super affordable.

3. It’s the perfect place to soak dirty things like clay-covered white ball uniforms.

4. I saw one in a Hallmark movie once where the lady was running a bed and breakfast and she would make fresh cinnamon rolls every morning and wear an apron with stripes and cut fresh flowers from her yard and fill the sink with them.

This is me recreating the movie without the bed and breakfast or the cinnamon rolls.

I’m working on the apron.

Here’s a close-up of the sink and the faucet.

I just got the sink from a restaurant supply company.

Great resource if you are on a budget because you already spent all your money on the bathrooms.

The faucet came from a local plumbing supply place and it was really inexpensive, too.

I love it. ¬†Truly. ¬†It’s beautiful and affordable and industrial and super useful.

I just cut these hydrangeas this morning and I’m filling the house with them after they say hello to the sink and all I can say is good thing.

Good thing the shower left the building.

Good thing the new sink came to stay.

And good thing the laundry room is ready now…

….just in case I start making cinnamon rolls and open a bed and breakfast. ūüôā

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  1. Image for gina gina

    I never noticed that the shower wasn't already a window! And as for the sink, it looks like it was there all along because it is perfect !

  2. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    My first reaction....ahhhhh! LLLOOVVEEE the sink!!!! I have wanted one of those for years. Perfect for everything related to a laundry room and/or mudroom and of course for flowers!!!!!!

  3. Image for june june

    Love the sink...I would be list without mine. I do have sink envy such a great size! Gee I was hoping you were sharing a connamon roll recipe‚̧ԳŹ

  4. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I love this cute post. (All Julie Andrews... adorable). Great tip on where to get the sink too! I never thought of going to a restaurant supply store. Now I just need to sabotage my current old sink so I can update it. Your flowers are stunning!

  5. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Oh, how I want a laundry sink. My former-back-porch-turned-laundry-room-and-dog-crate-room doesn't have one speck of space for one. I know, it's right next to the kitchen, and there are two sinks in there. But STILL! Yours is truly beautiful - all shiny and clean! And the hydrangeas! Perfect. Your laundry room is a rockstar. Just like you. :)

  6. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Ha! I remember thinking that behind that cute eyelet curtain lurked a shower but I was so enthralled with everything else in the room, I never even realized you hadn't mentioned it! Now this sink is spectacular (especially filled with fresh cut hydrangeas) and so practical. Not to mention, purchased at a bargain! Well, you can't beat that with a stick! Speaking of hydrangeas, I remember as a little girl going with my mom to visit her friend. We came around the corner of her house and suddenly, there I was, face to face with the most gorgeous flowers and they were as big and tall as me. And I thought to myself, 'I want those flowers in my yard when I grow up.' And then we moved to Texas. Hydrangeas don't particularly like Texas. Well, I'm back in Colorado now so hydrangeas are definitely in my future. Two last things: (1) I can help you with an easy-peasy, sew-in-one-afternoon apron pattern :-), and (2) I thought for sure you were going to share a delectable cinnamon roll recipe :-(

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    Wow, what a beautiful space to do laundry in! And here in Michigan we are still waiting for our hydrangeas to blossom. Peonies are blooming now ? I have been on a super low carb (keto) diet for 12 weeks and those cinnamon rolls sound soooo good!!

  8. Image for Mare Mare

    Love the new laundry! Btw...if u want simple but almost like you kneaded the bread dough cinnamon rolls...try Rhodes frozen dough cinnamon rolls...so simple. Just place in the baking pan right before you go to bed, leave covered on your counter overnight and when you awake in the morning they are ready to bake. Your family or guests will think you are quite amazing!

  9. Image for Shirley Shirley

    Love your sink - especially with the hydrangeas in. It will be great for bathing grandkids in in years to come!! ? I bought a bag of cinnamon rolls last night at a knock down price last night before the shop closed. It would have been rude not to... I wasn't sure if they would freeze so I ate them all!!!

  10. Image for Mildred Mildred

    What kind of floor did you go with in laundry room? Love the industrial, restaurant sink! And... the Hydrangeas(my favorite flower).

  11. Image for Kris Kris

    I know .... I'll come make cinnamon rolls at your house if you come to my house to work your renovation magic. Deal? ;) This is a pretty decent 1-hour cinnamon roll recipe. I still like my "main" recipe better, but this is much less time-consuming! https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/12/one-hour-homemade-cinnamon-rolls-with-cream-cheese-frosting.html

  12. Image for Pam Tanner Pam Tanner

    Can I just say, you are adorable! The way you express yourself is the way I would if I had the gift you have. Thanks for making me smile. :0)

  13. Image for Mary W Ferguson Mary W Ferguson

    Your laundry room is terrific. I would love like that, but unfortunately mine is in the garage and looks like Home Alone's scary basement. LOL Everything looks so good. Enjoy the rest of the week. Mary

  14. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Love the sink! I love how you renovate on a budget. It proves that thinking outside the box can be awesome! Thanks for that encouragement!

  15. Image for Jeanie Jeanie

    Why did you decide to remove the beautiful wood floors? Were they not as beautiful as they appeared in photos? The laundry was beautiful before. I can't believe you were able to make it better, but that sink rocks! Beauty and function!

  16. Image for Gee Gee

    Oooohhhhh!!!! Luv the brighter flooring. We just did thensame, no, not remove a shower ?. We did new flooring. And what a difference it made . A brighter cream and grey tile luv that sink! .

  17. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Oh! It looks soooo good! I too, have always wanted sink in the laundry room except in my Hallmark movie it had a pleated ticking stripe skirt on it because it was extra fancy. Who would have ever thought when we had big bangs, big earrings, and (in my case) frosted pink lipstick all those years ago...we would get so excited over a laundry room sink? So envious. I think I need to go pour some sweet tea and stand in my laundry room to devise a plan. :) N

  18. Image for Bonnie W. Bonnie W.

    Love your logic for revamping your spaces! Those gorgeous hues of hydrangea colors look gorgeous against that shiny stainless steel sink! I looked high and low for a laundry sink big enough to be able to bathe our dogs but all that were available were those awful fiberglass sinks. Thanks for opening up some options from your awesome area. Everytime I see this lovely laundry workspace for a family, I envision a door at the end of the room to go outside with a bushel full of wet clothes to hang on the clothesline! ;)

  19. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Karianne, your new room is lovely and I really like your sink!! The hydrangeas are pretty too!! I love your home!!

  20. Image for Sharon Warren Sharon Warren

    Oh that sink! I have a sink but it's not that swoon worthy. It is a hard worker though. I've used it to bathe the puppy when I could still lift her (now 80 pounds of white Lab love) Bathed all my grand boys in it until their legs got too long to fold up in it. Soaked many a pair of grass stained baseball pants in it. Wrung out many a wet mop in it. Filled it with ice for beverage service at parties. My laundry basket fits in it while waiting for the dryer to finish. Yes, you will love that sink even without hydrangeas in it. Go with the Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls for sure. I keep a bag in the freezer ready to make for those long legged grandboys who still love to have sleepovers, and wake up to cinnamon rolls.

  21. Image for Lois Stimax Lois Stimax

    What a great use of the plumbing hookup. Everyone needs a laundry tub! Enjoy, even with out the cinnamon rolls!

  22. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    That is just fabulous! Love the sink and faucet. How wonderful. And if you ever open a B&B and make cinnamon rolls (well, maybe if they're good, lol), I'll be there! ;) Cecilia

  23. Image for Rebecca Neustel Rebecca Neustel

    Where, oh where, did you actually get that sink? Did you go to a local restaurant supply place or get it online? I now have washtub envy!

  24. Image for PJ PJ

    If you open a bed and breakfast, I will be your first guest! My husband, who does after dinner cleanup here, loves a huge sink. I never thought to check a restaurant supply house! Thank you for sharing this idea.

  25. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I worked in a tearoom cooking, baking and serving. The place has a kitchen sink in one corner similar to yours but with a ridged drainboard attached. I use to think to myself "how can I get this under my coat when I leave today"! It was so easy to take care of.

  26. Image for Donnie Donnie

    Love it. I too have always wanted a sink in my laundry room. So practical. Not only soaking clothes and arranging flowers, but how about popping those sweet puppies in for a quick bath!

  27. Image for Maureen Maureen

    When I was growing up every house had a laundry room sink aka 'the laundry tub' next to the washing machine. Dryers weren't so common then. Now we have such a sink in our cellar for the nasty kind of wash jobs. The laundry duo is up by the upstairs bathroom. I too am wondering if the 'marble' is stone or vinyl. Much harder on the feet than wood but to each her own!

  28. Image for Marian@CMShawStudios Marian@CMShawStudios

    I cannot even express to you how jealous I am over that sink!!!! I am a painter with no paint sink. But the restaurant supply store is a brilliant idea. I will be using that in the event I ever am in a place to install a giant stainless sink somewhere in my basement. In the meantime, I will just think of you, merrily washing flowers and paint rollers in your sink. Have a happy day, friend, The Other Marian

  29. Image for Rebecca Turner Rebecca Turner

    I notice details like that too, in movies...in fact, half the fun for me is studying the background. Your laundry room looks great, KariAnne! I don't have a laundry room; I have a laundry closet. But a sink is mere steps away in the hall bath. What I wish for is a folding table. My laundry ends up on the guest bed. But I don't like looking at it so that's incentive to get it done quickly. I loved your post, as usual. They always make me smile!

  30. Image for Barbara Barbara

    I never noticed the curtain before in your pictures. But, I love the sink. My washer and dryer are in my basement. Wish I had a laundry room to fix up. But yours looks beautiful!!!! I also love the flooring. What kind is it and was it an easy DIY project? Blessings on making cinnamon rolls now that everyone is salivating for your recipe. :)

  31. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    My oh my!! My laundry room (dream) included a sink... a simple $45 dollar fiberglass laundry room sink because I'm practical like that. BUT... it's so not me... so NOT extraordinary. KA I love you! Low cost... practical... and stunning! We are kindred spirits! AND oh my! the most perfect hydrangeas ever. Extraordinary. Just like YOU!! xo

  32. Image for Peg Peg

    It's just beautiful, if a laundry room could be beautiful!! Did you pull off yet another peel and stick floor? It's amazing!!

  33. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Your laundry room is always "swoon worthy" and this makes it even more so.....especially with the hydrangeas!! :)

  34. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Soooo many comments on this post, and I don't have time this week to read all of them (my daughter's dance studio is having their annual recital, and I'm the studio's admin... busy, busy, busy!) So... did anyone ask??? Is it just me, or does the sink seem a bit, shall we say, stature challenged? Okay, okay... it looks short... is it short, because... it looks short to me. However, my daughter is 5-foot-nothin if she stands up straight, so I LOOOOVE petite things. The laundry room is lovely, KariAnne! You even repainted your cupboard/drawers. So pretty!

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