DIY Laundry Room Makeover
We are busy putting the finishing touches on our 5 month long DIY Laundry Room Makeover, and I thought it would be fun to share the results with you! My husband has put a ton of blood (literally), sweat, and tears into this project, working on it whenever he has had the spare time. I have mostly helped pick out finishes, made online purchases and encouraged him to keep going. (ha), and he did “allow” me to help with the priming and some of the painting. ;-)
Our laundry room “before” was a tiny pass through space between our garage and the back part of our foyer. It was a frustratingly small and un-functional room that we knew we wanted to change when we bought the house 4 years ago. I have photographic proof of the awfulness:
See? And that was with a 15 year old Maytag washer and dryer, which is small compared to today’s standards!
After a couple of years of playing around with ideas, we were able to make use of closet space to create a much larger, super functional space. I could not be happier! Our goal with any project is always to save money where we can, but we try our best to balance quality with cost savings. We are all about longevity, so sometimes we are willing to spend a little bit more to get what we want. That being said, we were able to cut expenses on this project by doing most of the work ourselves, shopping our local buy/sell/trade boards on Facebook (scored the wall drying rack for bargain), and using coupons when we could. We also reused the cabinetry, painting it ourselves to save money.
Now that the project is 95% complete, I am ready to share an “after” picture with you:
I found it really difficult to take good pictures of this space from my hallway for some reason…so here is a second picture that give you a better look at the floor:
That picture also shows that we still have some trim work to finish up. ;-)
If something in our new DIY Laundry Room Makeover project images catches your eye, I have put together a shopping list for you. As time goes on, some of these products will likely be unavailable, but you should be able to find similar items.
Note that we purchased a boost fan and secondary lint trap due to the fact that our dryer vent is on the long side. If you have a short dryer vent, these items are not necessary! (If your dryer vent needs cleaned, we used this Gardus RLE202 LintEater 10-Piece Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System to clean our super clogged dryer vent and it worked great!)
- Ceiling Light: Hampton Bay Edgemoor 2-Light Oil Rubbed Bronze Semi-Flush Mount (Home Depot) – $90
- In Wall Ironing Board: Iron-A-Way (Wayfair) – spray painted cream to match cabinets
- Ironing Board Door Handle: Oil Rubbed Bronze (Home Depot)
- Washer & Dryer: Samsung High Efficiency Washer and Dryer (Home Depot)
- Washer Pan: Durapan 30 in. x 32 in. Washer Pan Model #202064414 (Home Depot)
- Washer Hoses: 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. x 5 ft. Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses (2-Pack) Model # 100038496 (Home Depot)
- Secondary Lint Trap: Fantech Lint Trap for Dryer Booster – DBLT4W (White)
- Dryer Booster: Fantech DBF 4XL Dryer Booster Kit w/FG 4XL Fan
- Drying Rack: Ballard Designs Beadboard Drying Rack, size large (hung on the wall to the right of the dryer – not seen in pictures)
- Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Cashmere Paint in Sea Salt
- Cabinet Paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
- Cabinet Pulls: Lowes (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
- Floor Tile: Style Selections Classico Travertine Taupe Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile (Common: 12-in x 24-in; Actual: 11.81-in x 23.62-in) (Lowes)
- Rug: After purchasing and returning several, I am now eyeing this one: Let’s Gel NewLife Designer Comfort Mat, 20-Inch by 48-Inch, Truffle
- Trash Can: Target
- Misc. Accessories: Zulily
Now that this project is mostly done, I am really enjoying the new space. Too bad the same can’t be said for folding laundry!
Stay tuned for more projects…next on our list is mud room and new master bedroom closet construction…
Be sure to check out my Laundry and Mud Rooms Pinterest Board for more inspiration!