The Utility Room Renovation – Finished

It’s done ! Finally enough cash and time have allowed my very clever husband to finish the utility room.  You can see how it all began HERE and followed up HERE .  I am so thrilled with the end result and reckon we could give any DIY Makeover programme a run for their money. The utility room started life as an outside toilet and coal shed.  When we bought the house they were enclosed with  just a small conservatory tagged onto the back of the house.  We lived for ten years with a cold, damp space for our second toilet, a boiler that broke down all the time and nowhere except for our radiators to dry damp clothes.


The handmade (by hubby – post to follow) Barn door slides open to reveal a great space for the washing machine, hanging space for socks, pants,smalls etc and storage of laundry basket and washing powders.  This used to be the entrance to the first outside shed and housed our old boiler.

We decided to take up the old wooden flooring and lay these beautiful slate grey tiles from Homebase.  Running the tiles through into the utility room makes for a much more stylish and seamless look.  These were budget tiles (you can see details in the previous posts) but they are really good quality and are a dream to keep clean with dirty feet coming in and out of the garden all the time.

The view through the door !  I LOVE IT ! My hubby did an amazing job. New toilet ! We now have 3 toilets.  That should be enough with four men in the house.  The shelving is from IKEA and the black and white photo art I made myself.  See the post on how easy it was HERE

It was really important to me to make the most of the small space.  A priority was to have somewhere to hang washing to dry when the weather was bad.  With my almost finished new kitchen dining room I did not want to go back to having wet clothes draped all over radiators around the house.  We found this fantastic modular system again at IKEA that you can build as many or as few shelves, baskets rails etc that you want.  Its perfect for what I wanted to do.    Because its a small space I wanted to make good use of as much of the wall space as possible, so put the broom and dustpan and brush on the wall.  The bag from The White Company holds old towels and rags for cleaning the floor and shoes .

Another thing that irritates me is chargers and plugs in EVERY socket around my home so insisted we had what we now call a  “charging station” ha!  Plug sockets and a shelf but it did the job.   It didn’t take long to train them all to put their phones and tablets on charge in the Utility room.

Loads of storage baskets for balls and smelly shoes.

The new boiler is boxed in and has its own magnetic catch door for easy access.

That’s it !

 All finished and an absolute dream of a space now.  



  1. Julie Bennett
    June 13, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    A-ma-zing… But then I expect nothing more from your gorgeous house!

  2. Trish Burgess
    June 13, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Fabulous! Love the barn door and, well, everything else too! No wonder you love it 🙂

    • karen jones
      June 13, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      I tell you I was totally amazed to come home from work and see Nigel had made that barn door Trish. He is a total star. Just showed him a picture from Pinterest ! I'll have a post about the making of the door soon xx

  3. karen jones
    June 13, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Thank you Julie. I am thrilled to bits with it xx

  4. Domestic Goddesque
    June 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Just beautiful. How ingenious! I love it all. Can you do mine?

    • karen jones
      June 13, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      Absolutely Sweetie ! Great rates xx

  5. Jen Walshaw
    June 13, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    It looks amazing. You should rent him out!

    • karen jones
      June 13, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      I keep telling him Jen we should set up as a business but its hard work and with the twins and all ! We learned that from the shop sadly x

  6. Midlife Singlemum
    June 13, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    It's beautiful.

  7. karen jones
    June 14, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Thank you Sweetie. I am really pleased with the end result. Took us ten years to get there ! xx

  8. Pandy Grenville-Evans
    June 14, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    the white shelving on the white wall is really clever – it all disappears.

    • karen jones
      June 14, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you Pandy I love that effect too x

  9. karen jones
    August 12, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    I am a lucky girl Lindy. My husband is an amazing DIYer xx

  10. june olsen
    October 8, 2015 / 11:34 am

    Love this…I am just about to tackle our cupboard under the stairs to create a mini utility room…pinnind for inspiration!!

    • karen jones
      October 8, 2015 / 2:43 pm

      Let me know when you have finished it June, would love to see the end result .

  11. helen
    October 16, 2015 / 9:46 am

    I missed this update – it looks amazing – you have a very clever husband, you are so lucky!

    • karen jones
      October 25, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you Helen. I am really so lucky. He can turn his hand to just about anything and he enjoys doing it which is a bonus x

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