The laundry room/mudroom/pantry is done and it is even better than I anticipated!
We now have the folding shelf I have been wanting! The hubby built a knee wall and we just balanced a piece of plywood between that and a support on the far wall. We painted the plywood with chalkboard paint to give it a nice, matte black finish. We debated using a peg system on the underside to keep it in place but make sure it was easily removable but once we had it in place we realized it didn't move easily so just left it as is. If we decide it is moving too much at any point we may put the pegs in place. I also didn't want all the space on the counter to get taken up with detergent, etc. so we got some black brackets and a marble threshold and made a little shelf.
For the sink area the hubs built a support for an Ikea Domsjo and we fronted it with a decorative cutout. We went this route because we wanted to be able to house the litter box under it and behind a skirt. We will see how the cat handles the skirt, we may end up making two panels that we can leave open most of the time. We used some large scale, granite tiles as the counter top around the sink because I thought that would be more durable with the sink there. I found them at Home Depot one day when I was there for work and was fascinated by them. I had thought about using them as the counter tops throughout the room but when I showed them to the hubby he was nervous about cutting them. That was fine because the plywood did end up being cheaper. But by the time we went back to get the tiles they were on clearance and weren't a bad price. We got a commercial style, sprayer faucet because I thought that might be the most useful in the laundry.
Years ago we bought a wall cabinet at Habitat Restore that we thought about using in the bathroom remodel at our old house. It turned out to be too wide so we have been saving it since. It completely worked here though with a shelf above and a rod off the side. I air dry most of my clothes so that was non-negotiable.
On the other side of the room we replaced the pantry closet with some drawer cabinets and shelves above. I like keeping most of the stuff we use regularly in clear or glass jars so open shelves weren't really a big deal but we kept the drawers for less attractive but still necessary stuff like snack foods and bread.
We also added another base cabinet as a place to put our recycling and any random things we need to keep in here. Again all the counter tops on this side are chalkboard painted plywood. We had the bench in there before and liked it as a place to drop things like bags and the cat likes to sleep there too. At some point I want to have a box cushion sewn for it but the budget for that wasn't here right now.
We will probably hang some art at some point and maybe add a lamp but for now we are so happy with how great the space looks! I thoroughly anticipate it will function as well as it looks too!
I can't wait to see how everyone else's projects turned out! I'm sure everyone is as happy as we are to be done with their space!