Hi! Thanks for joining me in Week 8 of the One Room Challenge with Better Homes and Gardens! This is the final reveal of my laundry room makeover!!! You can see Week 1 here with the horrifying Before pictures (trust me, you’ll want to see it!) and my design plan. Week 2 was finding inspiration, clearing out the space, and finding an unwanted surprise. In Week 3, I started laying the peel and stick tile. In Week 4, I showed how to lay peel and stick tile. In Week 5-6, you can see some fabulous wall treatments for under $1!!! In Week 7, you can see some of the details. Read on to see how I did this laundry room makeover for $325!!! (Hint-it involves a lot of coupons, and a lot of spray paint!)
Let’s start at the very beginning. Ugh-I cringe every time I see this! The laundry room is not very big, and it somehow became the junk room, leaving us with less than 12 inches to move in. Embarrassingly, we’ve been in our house for about 17 years, and have never done anything to this room-except cram more junk in!
My first step was to go through every bin, nook, and cranny and clean it all out. In doing so, I found drywall damage and ripped up baseboard from an old leak that we had never completely repaired. There was so much junk in there that I had completely forgotten! We bought new baseboards and hired a handy man to repair the drywall and install the new baseboards. We also had him install new baseboards in the kids’ bathroom. The charge for this was $125, and I did not include it in my cost for the laundry room makeover because it was basic maintenance that needed to be done.
My next step was to give it a fresh coat of paint. I used Sherwin Williams White Heron because I already had some that I could use as a sample. I really wanted a bright white, but was trying to avoid painting the ceiling, which is a yellowish white. White Heron had the perfect touch of cream to it, but was still much brighter than the dingy pearl color that was in there.
Have you ever read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Well, that’s kind of what happened. Once the room was painted a brighter white, it made the flooring look extra dingy. We had planned on putting in new flooring someday, but we didn’t have the budget to do it now. I scrambled to find an affordable option, and found these Floor Pops peel and stick tile at Joann. Because Joann lets you use coupons on the tile, I was able to buy the tiles for $10-$12 a box! The complete directions on how to lay peel and stick tile can be found here.
Some kind of wall treatment was definitely needed to give this space some pizazz, and when I saw my friend Chauntel’s wall treatment that she did with a 98 cent roll of electrical tape, I knew this was it!!! You can see my full directions, as well as some fabulous other wall treatments for under $1 here!
The Fun Part
Finally, it was time to accessorize!!! In keeping with this Spring’s One Room Challenge theme of using what we already have (and since I try to do that anyway) I re-used, tweaked, and spray painted so many things that I already had. This number 5 sign is a vintage gas price sign that I thrifted a few years ago.
This metal sign from Kirklands was the springboard for my design, and I bought it last year. The wire baskets were originally chrome, I’ve had them for years, and I spray painted them Rusteoleum flat black. Four cans of flat black spray paint were used in total for this room.
We took this shelf and brackets out of my son’s room years ago, and I had them stashed away. Never get rid of shelves and brackets!!! They can always be painted for a new look! The brackets were originally chrome, but a few coats of my favorite black spray paint, and they look brand new! I have had this laundry rack for a few years as well, it started out white, but black spray paint to the rescue again! The white bucket was from the Target Dollar spot (my favorite place to shop) a couple of years ago, and the plant was on clearance for $3 at Joann. The black clothespin is from Hobby Lobby.
My sweet hubby installed this shelf ON FATHER’S DAY none the less, so that the plugs and outlets could be hidden. Plus, it gives more storage space, and space to accessorize! The two little ferns were on clearance for $3 each, and the little sign was also $3. It took me almost the whole 8 weeks to come up with a cheap solution for a dryer sheets container, and I ended up using one of those cardboard photo storage boxes from craft stores that we already had. Just a few coats of spray paint, and a label from Talented Kitchen did the trick, plus it has a magnetic closure!
We really needed more storage, so I ordered this cart from Amazon and my plan was to roll it next to the dryer where it wouldn’t be seen. But it’s so cute, I think I have to leave it out! My daughter had put the little metal tote that the succulents are in in the pile to give away, and I snatched immediately out! It is so cute styled with succulents, but will also be practical for organizing real life things like stain spray. The two jars are from Amazon as well, and of course had to get sprayed flat black! Pretty much nothing escaped the spray paint!
The large space under the Laundry Room sign looked a little bare, but thankfully I found this wall bin at Hobby Lobby.
Paint and supplies-$99.38 I used several coupons from Ace Hardware for the spray paint and other supplies, and a 30% coupon at Sherwin Williams for the paint.
Flooring-$62.71 I used a 40% or 50% off coupon at Joann for each box of tile. 5 boxes of tile were used.
Accessories-$162.91 Most of the accessories were on clearance, or bought with a coupon. The items from Amazon were actually free because I had a credit, but I included them in the cost.
Total cost for this laundry room makeover-$325
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I hope you enjoyed the details of this laundry room makeover for just $325! If you have any questions about sources or the DIY’s involved, comment below! Be sure to check out the other entries to the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge with Better Homes and Gardens here!