We recently caught up with our friends Richard and Tiffany Qualls and asked them to share with us their beautiful DIY farmhouse style laundry room remodel. You will not believe the transformation of this small laundry room to include a coffee bar, mud room, and pantry! I asked all the questions our readers want to know and they shared their experience of DIY as a family.
What was your inspiration for the remodel of your laundry room?
Honestly, we love our 1967 home; however, the storage has always been lacking. I have never had sufficient pantry space and desired to have more room.
Tell us what this room was like before?
The room before was a simple laundry room that measured about 80 square feet, and included a hot water tank closet and a small food storage closet. It was sufficient, but lacking in space, style, and character. On the north side of the laundry room was Richard’s work space in the garage that measured another 80 square feet.
In order to create the end result, we had to remove the wall between the existing laundry room and Richard’s work space. We added a new wall in between the new space and our garage. We also relocated the door going from the garage into this new space.
How long did it take to complete the project?
We began the project on April 17, 2020 due to extra time because of COVID-19. Richard, his mom, and I would work on it each each day when he got off work and we completed it around June 30, 2020.
What was the biggest challenge/obstacle you faced through the process?
We have been through a lot of remodels and obstacles in our short 15 years of marriage. However, this seemingly small addition took us for a loop when Richard had to jack hammer up the existing plumbing. This was much more of a challenge than he had anticipated and made us wonder what we had gotten ourselves into.
Who was involved in the remodel?
Richard, my hero, was 90% of everything that happened. However, his mom, Vernell, was a huge help throughout the entire process. She is very knowledgeable about construction. Also, a locally-owned business, One Stop Flooring, laid our beautiful tile!
What is your favorite part of the project?
I absolutely love the old door that we refinished and frosted for our pantry door. I found this for sale in Cache, Oklahoma from a nice lady on Facebook Market Place. Interestingly enough, when we picked it up, we were told that the glass had been replaced with a car windshield! Lol!
What materials did you use and where did you purchase them?
Our paint colors were simply copied from the main part of our home. It is a paint called called Cafe Au Lait. Our flooring was a beautiful tile we had placed in our entry way about two years ago. The black and white tile was used in the center to simulate a rug pattern. I found the lighting on Amazon. The counter for the butler’s pantry/coffee bar was purchased from Adobe Wall in Amarillo and was simply a beautiful scrap that we were able to find. The countertop over the washer and dryer was made by Richard out of oak and stained to our liking. They turned out beautiful! The decorative items were things that I already had around the home with exception of the “Qualls Laundry” sign which Vintage Whimsy of Pampa created for me.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Honestly, Richard and I really have fun creating these different spaces in our home. It can be stressful, but also fulfilling knowing that we have worked together to bring an idea to life!
Congratulations, Richard and Tiffany on a beautiful remodel!
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