Laundry Room Updates and A Lutron Giveaway

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The winners are:  #64-Renee; #93-Maryellen; #224-Staci  Congrats, ladies, you’ve been emailed!

When I last shared my laundry room with you, I had just added a Lutron Occupancy Sensor switch which I totally love, by the way!  Now, when I open the door and walk in that room, the lights automatically turn on and when I walk out, they automatically go out 1 minute later.

So, after getting the backyard all cleaned up with the Bagster, it’s time to move on to the next little project on the list:  adding a new wall in the laundry room.  This long bowling ally laundry room of mine has lots of space and I’m so happy to have it, but to really utilize it well, I needed to add a wall for storage, since most things in storage are not meant to be seen all the time. That’s where we want to hide things, right?  Plus, the toilet that I added in that space sits in the corner, so it only seemed right to add a door and a wall to that end of the room.  That way all those things that I don’t want to look at all the time will be hidden from sight.  Perfect solution, that wall!

floor boards added

First things first, we got 2 by 4’s to start adding wood to the floor, walls and ceilings for nailing up studs which are needed for framing up a wall. Dad used special screws in the concrete to get them set in place.  He’s so good at knowing how to do this stuff.

2 x 4

All the 2 x 4’s are in place and ready to go. We decided to bring the wall out 1 foot from the right wall and frame the door there.  The door will open into the storage closet right in front of the toilet and I’ll be painting this interior door the same green as the door that’s already in here.

overhead 2 x 4

Framing up the ceiling for studs.

studs in place

Adding the 2 x 4 studs in place so we can then start the drywall process.

wiring in place

Studs are all in place and ready for drywall now.  I did have my electrician come in and add a light switch and separate overhead light in this room, so that I would get plenty of light in there. I just did a bare bulb light socket overhead since this room is just storage.  Nothin’ fancy!  A new wall outlet was added too, since you can’t have too many of those.

light in storage room

There’s the bare bulb overhead light.  Since the ceiling in here isn’t finished and I painted it black, I didn’t worry about doing anything fancy, just functional.

cutting drywall

Now, we’re ready to start adding drywall, so piece by piece my dad measured and cut, adding it inside and then outside the studs.

cutting drywall 2

He used a utility knife to cut out some notches and for the wall outlets.


We had several cutouts to  make around the pipes and all.

first drywall in place

And you can see the first piece nailed in place and ready for the next piece.

cutting holes in drywall

We got busy cutting, fitting and nailing each piece into place, one by one.  I was helping with the nailing too and didn’t get a lot of in progress pics, but it went pretty fast and about 2 hours later, we were finished with putting it up.

drywall up and finished

And now it looks like this!  It’s fun to see a wall go up, ready for taping, mudding and sanding next.  Then the door frame and door will slide into place and we’ll finish off this wall with baseboard trim and lots of paint, like the rest of the room.  It’s going to be so great to have this storage area away from the main room with all that stuff hidden away.  It will end up being a 5×9’ space and I’ll have room to add some utility shelves for all my Christmas stuff.  Nice!

Striped laundry room

That’s the latest update on the laundry room space.  I can hardly believe how far this room has come since we started renovating this house last year.  When I look back at the before pics, it blows my mind!  It’s gone from SUPER UGLY to really functional and half-way pretty now.  Getting this room completely organized and cleaned up is going to thrill me and it’s getting there now.  Organizing and cleaning up this room and my garage is on my short-list of projects to do soon.  I want this laundry room to be very functional, but also very pretty too.  Even though it’s sort of industrial looking, there’s no reason why it can’t be pretty too and one end is already there. The other side of the room will soon be catching up, can’t wait!

Part of my update was adding the Lutron Occupancy Sensor in here and it’s been a great addition. I love walking in and having the lights FLIP on just like that.  CLICK!  ON!  With movement in the room, they stay on as long as you’re in there working, then when I leave, they click off again in one minute.  I’d highly recommend these sensors and can think of a few more spaces to put them.  Got kids?  Get yourself one of these.  Here’s a chart showing how much energy they save and I can imagine they would if you have kids around leaving those lights on all the time.


I’ve got THREE more Lutron Occupancy Sensors to give away, so if you’d like to win one of these for yourself, please leave me a comment saying which room you’d put this in.  I think you’ll enjoy it too! 

If you don’t win and would like to purchase,  here’s a coupon code for you!

25% off Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor dimmers and switches on PLUS one free Claro single-gang wallplate ($4.90 suggested list price) with each qualifying item.


Promo Code



Code expiration date

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2013


Note: This is a sponsored post by Lutron. I was compensated to try this product out and share it with all of you, my readers.  All opinions and how it was installed are all my own words.  I happen to think this is a really cool product!

- Rhoda


  1. Love your laundry room! I am going to veer from most responses about where I would put the Lutron sensor. I would put it in my long hallway from the bedroom wing. The floor is old reclaimed pine, with lots of dark spots in it. I always fear that I might step on a “palmetto bug” when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the kitchen! I know this is awful, but I live around oak trees and moss! Thanks for the chance.

  2. Love the laundry room/storage. It is looking so good. I would put one of these in the downstairs hallway. Usually I have an armload of things to take upstairs and am fumbling around for the light switch. This would be great!

  3. Linda miller says:

    Just thinking about a location got me counting how many I would purchase……a lot! But I would start with my closet first.
    Your laundry room looks great and that storage area is wonderful.

  4. I can’t think of a room where I wouldn’t want a sensor but I could really use it in my foyer, it’s dark and I’m always fumbling around for the right light switch there.

  5. Love your utility room! Thanks for the giveaway–I’m constantly forgetting to turn off my closet light. That’s the 1st room I’d choose…

  6. I would put on in my walk in closet- I am notorious for leaving the light on in there all day long!

  7. Jennifer E. says:

    I’d put one in every room of the house….my kids are completely unable to locate light switches!

  8. I would put mine in the hallway and my kids bathroom. Love the rug in your laundry room!

  9. I would put one in the stairwell that goes down to our basement garage. The freezer is in the basement, too, so I’m always going up and down the stairs with my hands full and trying to juggle things while feeling for the light switch. This is a great solution!

  10. I would like to put it in our walk in closet and office. Thanks for hosting he giveaway!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  11. Thank you for giveaway :) If I were you and I had three spare lutrons I’d be greedy in a way and would give it to a friend of mine or relative. But I am not you, so I just tell my idea. I’d install them in my kitchen and piano room. Oh, as for the third I’d leave it for my sister’s room (that would be cool anyway)…I love the way you speak about super ugly -> very functional. How much do you think the lutron will work?

  12. I would probably install one in the garage as I use mine a lot for storing various items. Also, one in the laundry as you sometimes have your hands full walking in there and an “auto” light would be fabulous!
    Thanks for the giveaway and I’ve really enjoyed how everything in your home is coming together.

  13. I would also add it to my laundry/storage room! Perfect room considering we are always coming and going from there with hands full of laundry, holiday decor or storage bins.

  14. I think the kids need these in their rooms, for sure!

  15. My laundry room and half bath need those sensors!

  16. My craft closet…that’s all I’m going to say! :)

    Thanks for offering this giveaway in addition to all the ideas/inspiration you share!

  17. Janice Careins says:

    My first place to install this is our bedroom. We have came home twice to the lights being left on. I keep forgetting to turn off the light. Guess it comes with turning 65.

  18. The master bathroom in our house. We’ll get ready in the room, and sometimes we’ll be in such a hurry we’ll forget to turn off the light.

  19. I would use this in the laundry room also. :)

  20. Andrea Watts says:

    In my laundry room

  21. Probably in my laundry room. (Mine is not as pretty was your laundry room, however)!

  22. staci torgerson says:

    I’d love to have those, one for my master bedroom as well as dining room. Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. Stephanie O says:

    Loving your laundry room. Love the floor! I would like to put the light in the entry way, carrying groceries and not have to turn a switch while juggling three kids.

  24. I’d put the light in our master closet. Somehow that light ends up staying on much more than it needs to!

  25. I would put it in the upstairs hallway.

  26. Currently painting my floor in laundry room with stripes too! I’d love this light option in my kids bathroom. Let’s just I always end up turning it off hours later- what an energy waste!

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