Laurey W. Glenn / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Louvered doors in the kitchen might as well be painted with a big red arrow and a sign reading: Ugly washer and dryer covered with mounds of laundry inside! Visitors, beware of falling underwear!
Or is that just my house?
There's something about the laundry closet that attracts embarrassing mess. That's why I love what Brad and Shannon Smith did in their Marietta, Georgia, home. They turned their utility closet into a built-in piece of furniture that looks good and works hard. Local cabinetmaker Mike Welborn sketched a drawing based on the couple's wants and the measurements of the existing space.
The end result does a masterful job of hiding large appliances. Upper cabinets hold detergent and supplies. On the bottom, bifold doors access the machines. Molding between the units and on the bottom of the cabinet is separate and can be easily removed in case the machines need repair.