Do you have a laundry room that is cluttered or doesn’t function well? I have good news for you!!! You can makeover a laundry room simply, and on a budget!
This was my sweet client’s laundry room. It’s a pretty typical laundry room in size and is the entrance to their home from the garage. She wanted the first thing that she and her family sees when they enter the home to be clean, pretty, and clutter free. The laundry room needed to function better, and not be a place that was a clutter magnet. Most importantly, the makeover had to be budget friendly! We made some simple changes and added a few things to make it more functional. Here’s how to makeover a laundry room on a budget!
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The first step to any room makeover is to de-clutter! Be vigilant! Get rid of anything that you don’t use anymore. Discard any broken or non-functional things. Remove anything that does not belong in a laundry room.
In my client’s laundry room, she was storing Christmas decorations and serving pieces above the cabinets. Definitely not laundry room items, so she relocated them to the garage. The family was no longer using the refrigerator, so they contacted a junk removal company to remove it.
Clean the room really well! Scrub down the walls, the baseboards, and floor, and even behind the washer and dryer.
3) Identify Needs of the Room
The next step is to identify the needs of the room. What was working, what wasn’t? Do you need more storage? A place for shoes? More shelving, or cabinetry? My client’s requests were:
- Place for their shoes
- Place for the trashcan
- Hook rack for tote bags
- Rack for hanging or drying clothes
- Folding table
- Lamp for ambient lighting
- Cute sign
- New keyrack
- Use her existing screen in a creative way
4) Find Inspiration
Then, search Pinterest, Instagram, the internet, or magazines for inspiration. The combination of green cabinetry, warm wood tones, and black accents in these images inspired us. You can see my laundry room inspiration Pinterest board here! I would love if you would follow me on Pinterest!
Next, paint if needed. A fresh coat of paint is just about the easiest and cost effective way to give the room a fresh, clean look! You can often get a paint color from your inspiration source. The homeowner did not want a white room because it is so heavily used, and white does not go with the rest of her home. The paint color also needed to coordinate with the existing warm brown tile. We chose Cotton Gray by Behr. It is a very light neutral gray, however it does have some purple undertones. In certain times of day it reads purple, and if I were to do this over again, I would not have chosen that color because of the undertone. Here’s a great guide for neutral paint colors! The cabinets were painted Duke Gray by Magnolia Home to look like the inspiration pictures.
6) Solve the Room’s Needs
Finally, you have already identified the needs of the room. Now it’s time to solve them! Are there any organization items that you can buy ready made? Are there simple solutions that you can DIY yourself? What needs to stay in the room, what is the measurement of each item? You may want to sketch a layout of the room to scale to see how any new and existing items will fit. Start first by shopping your home for items that you can use for organizing or accessorizing!
How did we makeover this laundry room on a budget?
For this project, I knew that there was only 64″ of width between the washer and the doorway wall that I had to work with. A folding table, trashcan, shoe rack, hook rack and hanging rack all had to go in this space! I had to be creative and very intentional to get the most use of the space.
We mounted a closet rod with these brackets that I spray painted black between the cabinets and the wall. My husband installed these cute hooks from Amazon into a piece of leftover trim that I painted with the cabinet paint to create the hook rack. The table was also from Amazon, and I am absolutely in love with it! It is a warm, burled wood, that is so on-trend right now, with black metal accents! *We purposely left off the cross bar that would go along the bottom because the shoe rack needed to fit under the table. I spray-painted the shoe rack black.
This little lamp was actually in my giveaway pile, and I thought it would be so cute in this laundry room makeover. The trash can is not pictured, but it fits right next to the folding table.
We added twine and clothespins to my client’s vintage screen. She uses it to hang her kids’ mail, who are in college, so that they see it when they come home. It is such a cute, homey touch!
This adorable laundry room sign was hung on the opposite wall. The wood tone of the frame and the black background matches the rest of the decor perfectly!
How did we do???
Let’s revisit the needs of this room:
Place for their shoes-check!
Place for the trashcan-check!
Hook rack for tote bags-check!
Rack for hanging or drying clothes-check!
Lamp for ambient lighting-check!
Use her existing screen in a creative way-check!
New key rack-check!
Let’s go over the budget to see how much this makeover cost!
Paint for the walls-$48
Paint for the cabinets-free (it was leftover from my bathroom cabinets)
Clothes rack-$29 for the rod and brackets
Hook rack-wood was leftover from another project, hooks were $13.99 for 9 hooks!
Cabinet hardware-$16.79 for 5 pulls! These are HUGE, by the way!
Counter height table-$136
For a grand total of $349.69!!! A whole new laundry room for under $350!!!! (Can you tell I’m excited that even with the crazy prices of things, a budget room makeover is still possible!!!)
Check out my own laundry room that I made over a few years ago! I even laid new flooring, and still came in under $350!!!
What is your favorite part of this laundry room makeover? Tell me in the comments below!!!