Sometimes the simple changes can be the ones that have the biggest impact. It’s true that you can achieve a makeover on even a very small budget but this one cost nothing at all, and whilst I know that not everyone has a Utility Room, the changes that I made would work in any kitchen too.
Our Utility Room is a small narrow room just off the kitchen. It has sliding door because it wouldn’t be deep enough for a door to open into it. It is clearly dated, though the cupboards are in a good condition, and is used primarily for the laundry- both washing machine and tumble dryer are tucked in there- and storage. In short it has become a dumping ground. It houses vases and glasses, spare cans and kitchen rolls, laundry hampers, food hampers and a melee of dog-related articles. I just slide the door across and try to ignore it all.
One of the cupboard doors never quite shut- it was a corner one and the fact that it swung open at head height for no good reason and without warning meant I came close to sporting a shiner more than once. And when a carefully applied screwdriver didn’t seem to make a difference I took all the cupboard doors from the top set of units.
Then I took everything out. I cleaned, I sorted, I arranged. And I got a cost free Utility Room Makeover that will give has made the room more functional and will keep it going until I get my dream kitchen makeover.
Because it’s not a room that visitors see, it doesn’t matter that the cans are on display. And certainly if I did the same to the kitchen cabinets, I’d put all my lovely crockery where everyone could see them and enjoy. But the plastic cups, ramekins and back up bottles of ketchup are all within easy reach and I don’t have to worry about opening cupboard doors in a small space. I’ve thinned out the number of vases I had, and tucked tea towels away in pretty baskets.