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Before & After: A Modern Laundry Room Makeover for an Ohioan’s Childhood Home

by Lauren Chorpening Day

When Dan Bertolini was given the opportunity to move back to his hometown of Youngstown, OH and coach baseball at the local Division 1 college, he and his wife Bre jumped at the opportunity. Not only was it an opportunity for Dan to take a dream job, it also allowed Bre, Dan and their daughter Eloise to move into Dan’s childhood home with his father, Emil. “While our home is still technically owned by my father-in-law, he opened his doors to us when he found out we were moving back here. He was all by himself and although it’s a challenge at times, it’s been a really great thing for all of us,” Bre says.

Bre Bertolini, stay-at-home mother, DIY blogger and freelance graphic designer has been able to help Emil with things around the house, including the laundry. The first room they decided to tackle together was the laundry room. Emil owns a tile laying business and Bre has a great eye for home design and creating efficiency within spaces. “With a baby and three adults, there’s a lot of laundry. My goal for the laundry room was to make it unique, modern and functional. We don’t have much of an entryway so adding the mud room side of the room was perfect. We keep most of our coats and shoes there and the room is right off the garage where we all enter the house, so the location is perfect,” Bre says. “There’s also lots of storage, so while the room is pretty, I still have everything I need to wash and clean clothes. Plus the tall cabinets act as some extra pantry space, too. I definitely wanted it to be child-friendly as well for our daughter, and hopefully more children. I feel like sometimes modern doesn’t always scream ‘child safety’ but I think I did a good job of creating a balance.”

The renovation took six weeks to complete. The Bertolinis did it themselves from the design through the execution and finishing touches. Bre designed and DIYed the wooden bench and wall treatment on the far side of the laundry room. “This was our first renovation project, and all three of us worked really hard on it. Things went surprisingly well and we didn’t really run into any issues along the way. Having a solid design plan ahead of time definitely helped,” Bre shares. The laundry room is beautiful and functional. Moving into Dan’s childhood home was already ideal for this family, but with the help and support of Emil, they are turning it into a dream home. –Lauren 

Photography by Bre Bertolini

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The laundry room before needed more storage and a system.
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Bre's design used spare tall cabinets that were the wrong size for one of Emil's jobs. The extra storage space along with a bench and hooks created a mudroom area along the wall that leads from the garage.
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"The geometric wood feature wall was made using plywood and 1x2s. I constructed this whole piece during one of my daughter's nap times," Bre shares.
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"Every laundry room needs somewhere to hang clothes and this simple DIY was created using a dowel and curtain rod hardware," Bre says.
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The types of amenities in the previous laundry room are all present in the renovated space but with much more storage and surface area.
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"I always joke that this sink is nicer than the one in our kitchen, and it's true! It's so nice having a large utility sink - we even thawed our turkey in here on Thanksgiving," Bre jokes.
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"The most challenging part of this makeover was making the decisions! It was the first room I completely designed from top to bottom and I kept second guessing everything I did. You don't realize how many details there are to think about and you have to make sure you think about the big picture and how everything will work together," Bre shares.
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A display shelf for the non essential but beautiful objects adds vertical interest to this side of the laundry room. It balances the height of the tall cabinets on the other wall. "The wood shelf is just a piece of wood bought from the hardware store and the brackets were spray painted to match the rest of the hardware," Bre says.
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"The counter top is an old door slab that we picked up at a warehouse for $20 and refinished," Bre shares. "The concrete pendant light ties in great with the concrete tile floors. It's modern and simple and took all three of us to install because it's so heavy!"
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Bre designed labels for laundry spray and soap to fit them more seamlessly into the design.

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Comments

    • so you made the wooden back to the bench?! I absolutely love it! I am in the process of designing our mudroom redo and I would love it if I could have you make that for purchase for me.

  • In love with that floor, any idea what I should be looking for if I’d like to recreate it in my own home?

  • the before and after picture is lovely – it just makes something in my shoulders just untense a bit

  • I love all this inspiration ! It will definitely help me with my house !
    I would like to know : what do you think of wall stickers to decorate a room ? (something like stickersforhome.com for example)

  • Excellent makeover – it is just lovely! I’m curious – I read that you painted the shelf brackets, did you find them at your local hardware store?

  • I hate doing laundry but I would happily do loads of loads in here!!! It’s so lovely :) x

  • Obviously this is a gorgeous and well executed room, but anyone who has actually air dries any laundry knows a 3′ rod against the wall isn’t enough space to dry clothes! This bathroom would look great with an old fashioned pulley air drying rack, in case anyone looking at this post is into the vibe, but needs a more functional drying set-up.

  • Wow! This space was truly transformed. I love the mix of lights and darks in this space it makes the room feel larger but still keeps it interesting. My favorite features has to be the bench, what a great place to take on and off your shoes or pester mom while she does the laundry.

  • Love, love this!! So beautiful. Perfect blue and that sink? Gorgeous! I’d love to know where to source the brass handle hardware on the cabinets if you have details, thanks! (I’m in Canada, fingers crossed we can buy ’em or ship ’em here!)

  • So beautiful! I love the cabinetry- I have a similar sink and have been looking for a sink base to accommodate it- can you share where you purchased yours?

    • Hi! We actually had it custom built which is usually the best idea with a farmhouse sink, but if you’re skilled you could definitely adjust a regular vanity base to work!

    • Thank you! We bought them from a local tile shop but they are
      12 x24 Porcelain Tile from Sintesi – Atelier Series in the color Fumo :)

  • Absolutely gorgeous!! Great way to transform a utilitarian space…beautiful and functional.

  • A great, great makeover that uses a lot of thoughtful little details (the labels!) Those stately, deep-blue cabinets and warm wood-and-metal finishes work together really well. The concrete pendant poses a function/form dilemma for me, though, because it would swallow most of the light, right?

  • Awesome sauce! Well done with inexpensive materials and beautiful colors, this is so inspiring for creatives on a limited budget.

  • This renovation was beautiful. I am a huge fan of your style and would love it if Designsponge would show all the before and after renovations you end up doing in this home.

  • This is the BEST laundry/mudroom I have EVER seen! Beautiful job, LOOOOOOVE your style. The Persian rug on the floor is stunning, though I am not usually in love with that kind of stuff. What color are the cabinets? Can you PLEASE share the rest of your home with us somehow? I would love to see it all… Please share!

  • Any chance you are selling these labels? We are redoing our laundry nook and I’d love to have these labels.