DIY Small Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover – Reveal
Yeah! Finally, guys, your wait is over and here you are going to see a huge difference in a small laundry room makeover on a limited budget. As you have already seen, all the do-it-yourself steps have been performed to provide you resources in the previous posts. Now is the time to show you the whole room and I am not gonna lie to you, it looks fabulous!
Yes, absolutely fabulous! Just like “magazine worthy”, or Pinterest worthy! So, are you ready to see the whole process and budget breakdown? I know you are, as some of you have been asking me on Facebook. Let’s dive deep into this makeover.
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Here Was The Plan For The Small Laundry Room Makeover
- Remove the top single cabinet
- Paint the cabinets under the sink
- Install the silver hardware
- Add feet under the cabinets to give it a pretty look
- Add storage under the cabinets to organize laundry detergents (such as surf), baking soda, and soap
- Apply wallpaper on the front wall
- Put shelving on either side of the window
- Put a long shelf above the laundry machines for flower pots
- Add baskets for storage
- Add molding on the ceiling
- Change the light to a small chandelier
- Add wainscoting on 2/3 of the walls
- Add a mirror on one of the walls to give the room a bigger and brighter look
- Try to change the tiles behind the sink
- Fix as many as builder’s errors and unevenness within your budget
- Put a nice area rug on the floor
- Get rid of ugly spots in the sink by using plumbing gel and “magic eraser”
- Make a wish, and budget to get a new laundry set
It’s always good to put a plan together for any room you are going to remodel or redecorate. We did a small DIY remodeling for this small laundry room makeover. We would have never accomplished it without putting a plan together. Hence, always put a plan on paper for anything you plan to accomplish. Now, let me show you how I accomplished this simple plan I put together.
These steps will give you a clear idea of how to complete your plan of remodeling or redecorating. Stick with me, and you will be a pro within no time!
1- Removal Of The Cabinet To Make It Look Spacious
The first thing we did was to remove the ugly cabinet. Keep this designing rule in mind – that symmetry is very important when it comes to design concepts. So, as soon as we removed that stand-alone cabinet. This small laundry room was already starting to look nice and was on its way of getting a great makeover.
The laundry room doesn’t have to be a huge space but let’s face it, we all like pretty stuff. You are going to be surprised to see the after-makeover pictures for this small laundry room.
2- Painting The Cabinet Under The Sink To Brighten Up Space
The second thing in the plan was to paint and brighten up the room. Here is another tip for you – not only for a small laundry room makeover. Perhaps, paint the most inexpensive way to brighten up any small room or space. A fresh paint of a white coat on the ceiling made a huge difference. I then painted the cabinet under the sink, and oh boy, it just changed the vibes in the room!
After I painted the cabinet, my husband installed the hardware and it really made a huge difference. Not only did we add hardware, but also added feet. You are not going to believe what I used to make my feet for the vanity. Check out my previous post for that. Use your cabinet to put all your laundry detergent, etc.. Nicely tuck them away out of sight.
3- Adding Crown Molding & Replacing The Ceiling Light
Adding crown molding was the tricky part. It’s very technical when it comes to putting the corners together. My husband did a really great job. He put all the measurements on paper before he cut anything else. It does add a lot of charm in the room! We are planning to do that in our living room and a few other rooms.
I will do a step by step tutorial on it for you later. Paint the ceiling before you add the crown molding. Otherwise, it’s a bit harder to paint if your color is going to be different than the crown molding. Our laundry room is not huge so the ceiling was pretty small as well. The total installation time was 2 hours or less.
Next Comes Chandelier
After the molding, we installed the chandelier. Well, I mean my husband installed it. I was just holding the ladder. Well, it still helps. I am glad I didn’t forget to take pictures of the light fixture to show you. It’s all “builder’s grade cheap stuff”. Honestly, it was depressing to come to this tiny room to do laundry. Please be safe when installing light fixtures, and ensure the power has been cut.
4- Adding Wall Paper To Enhance The Look Of A Small Laundry Room
I have to admit it. Peel and stick wallpaper was a difficult task for me. But on the other hand, it adds so much to the room. It actually made the room look bigger than it’s actual size. I have done a whole tutorial for you on how to put up wallpaper.
5- Adding Wainscotting On The 2/3 Of The Walls, And Also Painting Them
If you want your room look absolutely charming and would like to add extra character to it, then go for wainscotting. It really adds character to any basic architecture! Most builder’s homes lack all these characters in them, as they don’t really care for any special detail than they need to sell their homes. I love those charming homes full of character. In fact, I know I am not alone.
All of us want our homes full of charm and have real character. But, more often when we make purchasing decisions it’s not solely based on charm but rather on a school distance, location, size, and the biggy is the budget. Our house is overall beautiful, but as I said, builders don’t pay attention to everything in pretty and aesthetic manners. So, we decided to boost our small laundry room by adding the wainscoting.
6- Adding Shelving For Extra Storage & Better Functionality
7- Adding Baskets For Some More Storage
Baskets are a pretty way to add storage anywhere in the house. Our guest bathroom downstairs has no storage, so I do need to store some extra toilet paper and cleaning supplies in the laundry room for the bathroom. One of the basket houses all our toilet paper and the other one I placed all the random nicks and knacks. Baskets don’t just look pretty but are also very functional and one of the best inexpensive storage solutions for any room in the house.
8- Accessories Your Small Laundry Room
Who doesn’t love to accessorize? I am not exceptional either. When it comes to accessory shopping, I mostly go for budget decor. There are a lot of great stores are out there to shop, such as Ross, Home Goods, or even Amazon. Having an Amazon Prime membership really helps you to save because of the free shipping and two-day delivery.
Clever Tip For You
Some times you can score nice antiquish decor while garage sailing or thrifting. Don’t be embarrassed by it at all. If you are anything like me, you love to change your decor quick so it’s not a bad idea to shop within your budget. Sometimes I just swap things form different rooms. An example is the blue vase below. I brought it from the living room. Man, blue is my new favorite!
I love anything brass. These two swans look like I purchased a pair, right? Nope, 1 was found one while garage sailing, and the other one I happened to find in a thrift store. They are nicely holding my pathos (the only plant, I seem to keep alive). I used a really great brass cleaning product to clean them from Amazon. I will put the link below under the resources area.
I am totally in love with these flower and garden pots from Dollar Tree. The grass plant is from a thrift store for a couple of dollars. The pair of jars holding baking soda, and laundry detergent are also from a thrift store for only $2. I added a touch of yellow by putting this Dollar Tree pineapple in between those two. Don’t you just love it?
That little bowl holding clothespin next to the little clock is a garage sale find that was 50 cents. My mother likes birds on everything (“Put A Bird On It”), and I purchased for her room a few years ago. My mother bought the silver pot about 13 years ago.
9- Put A Nice Area Rug On The Floor
The rug is in fact, made out of two bath mats, and matches with our color scheme of blue and gray with some pop of colors. I had purchased these bath rugs from Kohls on sale but decided to use them in the laundry room. They are really fuzzy. The small laundry hamper is a thrift store find.
Budget Break Down For A Small Laundry Room Makeover
You can make any room beautiful without breaking the bank. The best thing to do is when you put your plan together, and I always say this, work with your budget. Don’t just copy things on Pinterest and break the bank. Work with what you have. We wanted to change our washer and dryer so bad, and in the ideal world, I would have done it.
My mother wanted to give me a set as a present, and it was $3000. It’s a lot of money guys. I figured that both the current washer and dryer work just fine, so what’s the fuss about. We focused more on the functional side of the room and added some cosmetics to make it look pretty as well.
Here is where we spent the money:
- $140 – Wall Paper 4 rolls
- $55 Wood for shelving
- $50 – Wainscoting
- Ceiling paint already on hand
- Chandelier (present for, my mother)
- $3.50 – Cabinet Paint
- Sandpaper, paint brushes and rollers, painter’s tape already had on hand
- $21 Cabinet Hardware (we purchased from Lowes)
- $16 – Baskets (on sale)
- $20 – Rugs (on sale)
- $10 – Farmhouse style sign (on sale from Home Goods)
- $2 Accessories (on the flower and garden pot and a yellow pineapple) rest was all that I already had on hand.
Total – $317.50 (Most f my items were on sale)
I really love how it turned out! Although this room is just pass-through from the garage into the house, I admire walking through it.
What Was Not Being Done In the Plan List & Why
We have not added the Mirror as I preferred to show more of the wallpaper.
Kept the same Washer and dryer and I talked above how I wanted to stay on a small budget.
Time Spent On This Makeover
6 weeks was the total time I spent on this project. If you work full time and have children, then don’t rush yourself. Just work slowly. The reason it took me a bit longer was that I was showing you all the steps for this makeover. I did the tutorial on Paint, Wainscoting, and wallpaper. Now you have all the resources ready for you.
With some love, you can give your small laundry room a great makeover and turn it into a place where fluffing and folding is fun…The room makes me smile every time I pass by. A little effort went a really long way!
Here Is The Resource List For You, To Make Your Laundry Room Pretty! Click On The Image To See Each Product!
Now tell me, have you ever re-done a laundry room either small or big? What do you think, is there anything better than having a completely finished room? (To me, there is none.)