Just a few simple, inexpensive changes can completely transform a dingy laundry room into a bright, and functional, space. Let me show you my own budget laundry room makeover.
If you’ve been following this blog at all recently, you probably already know that we moved into a new (to us) home about a year and a half ago. We absolutely love our new house, but there is a fair amount of work and updating to be done.
While we don’t have the budget for big projects right now, what we have had over the past year (thanks, COVID) is more time. So, we have been chipping away at our long list of smaller, more budget friendly projects, which has been great. We have (unexpectedly) gotten so much done this year!
One of those budget friendly projects was a laundry room refresh.
Our laundry room is a decent size, but not huge. Here is the before:
The broom holder on the wall next to the window, as well as the rack/shelf on the lefthand wall were already in place when we moved in.
The laundry room was functional, but cluttered, and the space just generally felt tight. A few very easy, inexpensive changes have transformed this room.
Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover
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Here’s what we did:
1. Cleared the Clutter
The first thing we did was relocate the broom holder to a nearby closet. It’s still functional and easy to access, but it is now blessedly out of sight.
We also removed the rack/shelf from the wall opposite the washing machine. The only part of that piece that was truly functional for us were the hooks that I used for my kids school bags. The rest of it just took up unnecessary space.
After filling some nail holes, we repainted the walls. The light brown wasn’t hideous, but this pale green really brightens the room. Lighter colors can also make a space appear larger, which is definitely a good thing in a smaller space like this.
I was wanting to to put a bunch of greenery in here, both real and faux, so green seemed like a natural color choice.
3. Replaced the Light Fixture
I am a big fan of replacing old light fixtures. I think it is an easy change that can often make a big impact.
I am guessing that the light fixture that was in our laundry room when we moved in was likely original to the house – 1987. Again, it wasn’t horrible, but definitely a bit outdated.
I am loving this more industrial, yet classic flush mount fixture. It’s perfect for this space.
4. Added Plants Shelves to the Window
I knew that I wanted to put a window plant shelf in this room. It’s something that I have wanted to do this for awhile, and this window gets a nice amount of afternoon sunlight.
You can see how I built the shelves here. We built the first one about 9 months ago, and added the second one 5 months ago. So far, I think I have only killed one plant, which is practically a miracle for this black thumb. 😆
5. Added Hardware to Cabinets
Another simple, yet impactful, change is adding hardware to cabinets. It makes the cabinets look more finished, and it will keep your cabinets cleaner and in better condition.
6. Finish Decorating
At that point, all I had left was to finish decorating. I made these box shelves a couple of years ago, and I really love them. They were hanging in a bathroom in our previous home, but I hadn’t found a good spot for them in our new house.
I also added the hooks, so we could continue to hang school bags in here. Unfortunately, we haven’t had need for a school bag in nearly a year now… Someday, we will use these hooks for school bags. Someday.
7. Replaced Laundry Hamper
The last thing we did was get a new, space saver laundry hamper. Our house is kind of spread out, and the laundry room is just off of the kitchen. So, I often toss dirty clothes/towels/rags in the laundry room, as opposed to taking them all the way to a bedroom hamper. I had been using a hamper that used to be in my daughter’s room, but it always seemed to be in the way. This narrow hamper has opened up a little extra space in front of the washer and dryer, and made a clearer path through the laundry room, which has been great.
And there you have it. A laundry room transformation for minimal expense. Creating a space you love doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes, a few simple changes can make all the difference!
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