A little while back, I revisited our kitchen renovation and shared with you what worked and didn't work for us, five years after the renovations. I thought it would be fun to review the renovation on another room in our house, the laundry room:
We considered different options for the countertop and ultimately went with stainless steel. Building the substrate and doing the installation ourselves made them affordable, otherwise we would have went with laminate. The countertops are really easy to clean and are a fantastic surface for folding. I also like the reflectiveness of the stainless steel; it makes the room feel brighter. However, the counters are showing some minor scratches - this is not the material for you if you like pristine countertops! The countertops also show fingerprints but since this room doesn't get used every day, it's not too difficult to wipe them down every once in a while.
One thing we did do is drop the height of the sink cabinet. We could have kept it flush with the countertop over the machines, but as you can see above, I'm vertically challenged and even folding on top of the countertops can be a little awkward. Keeping the sink at standard height was the right thing to do, especially considering that Chloe uses this sink as well to clean up after craft projects.
Sink, faucet and backsplash
I'm extremely happy that we went with an extra deep sink (the Ikea numerar which unfortunately they don't sell anymore). It's handy for filling pails and cleaning paint brushes and keeps the splashing contained. We did however, make one error and failed to measure the distance of our faucet handle from the backsplash!
As a result, we can't push the handle all the way back to get 'full' heat. I might consider switching out the faucet for one with turning cross handles but I really really really love this faucet. It's the Delta Single Handle Grail Faucet and has a pull down head which is great for cleaning the deep sink.
The backsplash is another feature I'm really happy with. The glass tiles add colour and bring interest to the mostly white space. They're also easy to keep clean (unlike the marble backsplash in our kitchen!).