Once we removed the old sink and had the pretty new one installed, we saw how scary and dismal the surrounding area was:
So we removed the crackly old plaster, painted the wall behind where the sink, washer, and dryer go, and painted the floor:
Paul carefully painting around the new sink.
We chose a light green for the floor. The Behr paint company calls it "Terrace View". I like to think of it as Pistachio.
Another view, with the new sink.
We have to paint the floor in front of where the laundry is, fix the ceiling, and place wallboard back behind where we took out the scary plaster. But we are on our way to a more beautiful laundry area. Stayed tuned for further developments!