Utility Reveal

Utility Reveal

If you checked out our DIY list we posted a while back you might have noticed that there were quite a few items on there to finally finish off our utility room. I can now announce (drum roll please) that the utility related items on that list are now complete, which means I finally get to share our Utility Reveal.

I seem to have a habit of tackling projects without taking any before photos. I did manage to capture two photos during the process but basically our utility room is quite small, with a row of appliances and a very ugly boiler. Before our redo it was a fairly neutral colour, with yellowed wood, some “interesting” floral tiles and a fake beige granite worktop. Not really our thing (or anyone’s I should think)!

As much as we wanted to redo the room we didn’t want to spend a fortune. Every time we visited B&Q this year we checked the discount worktop section for something similar to the worktop in our kitchen. Our persistent paid off when we got a 2.4 metre length of worktop for £25. We’d had the white tiles for a long time (to be used in the downstairs bathroom at some point in the not so distance future) and decided to use the olive paint we’d already purchased for the kitchen.

To begin with we ripped everything out which was a lot of fun but created a lot of mess with tile fragments everywhere!Utility Reveal

Simon then replaced the worktop and tiled across the uneven wall in a brick like pattern.

Utility Reveal

We painted the walls olive green and lived with it like this for a while. However when we decided to respray our kitchen we used the door from the utility as a test. So then we had a lovely painted room, new tiles, worktop and a shiny white door… with a ugly, ugly boiler.

Which is where our ingenuity (modest) came into play… we fashioned a artificial cupboard with a new door and brought a wine rack to disguise the slight different in the colour of the two doors. The wine rack was originally a pine wood, which we gave a couple of coats of paint to match the rest of the room. And tada, boiler hidden! Well, pretty much, we had to leave some elements exposed to meet safety guidelines etc.

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The other side of the room was a blank canvas just crying out for attention! We added a drying rack from Ikea and a handmade hook to hang the ironing board. The space now works really well for us, providing functional storage space, but in a much more attractive way!

Utility Reveal

Utility Reveal

For a finishing touch we painted some cardboard letters with glossy spray paint. I think it adds a real zing to the room, and also provides guidance as to what the mysterious washing machine and tumble dryer are for!

Utility Reveal

What do you think? How have you made the most of a small space?


  1. October 14, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    The room turned out fabulous! I’m really digging that Iron Board Cover, where did you get it?

    We too had some not so pretty utilities to cover up and hid them strategically with a cupboard!

    • Sammi
      October 14, 2013 / 6:39 pm

      It’s from ikea actually, was quite reasonably priced as well. Glad you like the room 🙂

  2. Carly
    January 19, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Where did you get the wine rack?

    • Sammi
      January 26, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Hi Carly

      This came from our local B&Q store when we added additional cupboards into the utility – we painted it to match the rest of the room.

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