Laundry Makeover Gone Glam

You may remember when I helped my friend, Lolly, makeover her powder bathroom (if not see post, Here).


Powder Bathroom on a Budget

Well, we’ve been at it again!  This time re-working her laundry room.

Her laundry room was somewhat functional with an IKEA wall shelf but she felt she needed more storage space…

Before Photo of Laundry

and didn’t like twisting to hang things up on the side wall.  She preferred to have her storage and hanging rod above the washer and dryer and her laundry and dog supplies behind closed doors.

Before Laundry 1

Additionally, it was evident to me that we needed to create a more space efficient and aesthetically pleasing dog feeding system.

Before Laundry

All this while infusing Lolly’s desired style of decorating coined, “rustic glam”.  I’m happy to say we achieved all of the above criteria!!

Here is Lolly’s new and improved laundry room!  What do you think??

Laundry Room Makeover After

Laundry Room

Laundry Room After

Even her sweet K9, Cole, seems pleased with the transformation.:-)

Laundry Room Dog Approved

So what did we (I did the designing work and she and her hubby did the DIY work) do?

First she added board and batten to 3 walls of the room (tutorial to come).

Laundry Makeover Reveal

Before the washer and dryer were pushed against the far side of the wall so next we brought the washer and dryer to the center of the wall.

Lolly really wanted cabinets for storage and had looked at stores and on Craigslist for possible budget friendly options but without success.  When Lolly sent me this picture in a text of some 42 inch tall cabinet doors for $4 at a garage sale I said, YES, get them!

Cabinet Door for Laundry Room

With help from a church missionary who used to work at a cabinet shop, she and her husband made the cabinet boxes for the door fronts (tutorial to come).  They did a great job didn’t they?

Budget Laundry Room

To add a bit of a rustic feel and for some textural interest we added a tongue and groove(y) beadboard backsplash that went all the way up to the ceiling.  The packs were on sale at Menard’s for $7 and we used only used 2 packs.

Laundry Room Bead Board Backsplash

For a pop of color we “whitewashed” the bead board in Behr’s Silent Breeze.  If you haven’t whitewashed before it’s super easy you just mix 1 part paint to 1 part water and brush it on (we only did one coat).

Laundry Room Backsplash

Money Saving Tip:  If you are just doing a small project like this you can buy a sample size of paint for $3.  1 cup of water mixed with 1 cup of paint was all we needed for this job!

Lolly definitely wanted a place to hang clothes and so I chose to separate the cabinets and have a pole going in between the cabinets.  She bought the pole/pipe at home depot and got it cut to size there.  I think the pole and hanging hardware came to around $20.

Laundry Room After

On the wall by the door where the Ikea shelves used to be we hung a 12 inch board with a couple of cute decorative knobs we found at Homegoods.

Knobs for Laundry Room

As for the dog dish solution I suggested making a pretty dog food feeder.  I love this one but it sells for $60.


via Overstock

Lolly’s husband made this one for only $10!  I think it looks great with the clean lines and rustic feel of the room.

Wood Dog Food Tray

I wrote all about where I got the rug, Here.  We ended up cutting the rug in half and each taking a half (I now have the same rug in my laundry room).:-)

Rug for Laundry Room

I wasn’t sure how the rug would cut but we used an exacto knife with a “carpet blade”, turned the rug over, measured and drew a straight line and it cut like buttah (clarification butter not butt, uh).:-)  Seriously it was SO smooth and easy!

Just an FYI if you ever want to cut a rug, Home Depot does sell self-adhesive binding tape for around $6 that you can put on the side of the rug that has been cut.  They only have brown and red in stock at our Home Depot so since our cut edge is hidden safely under the washer and dryer we decided not to bind.

At last we get to talk about the most glamorous part of the laundry makeover, her beautiful ceiling light!

Glamorous Laundry Light Fixture

Before she had a two bulb, frosted “boob” light.  I knew we would need to replace with something that was more light and airy and glamorous and that it needed to be under $65.  Light fixtures can be ridiculously expensive but thankfully we found this one for only $56!

Inexpensive Semi-Flush Mount Light Fixture

via Home Depot

It gives off tons of glorious light (I’m a sucker for a generously lit space)!!  Although I like the finish the light fixture comes in I felt it wasn’t the right finish for Lolly’s laundry room so we spray painted the hardware in silver/chrome before attaching the beads and hanging it.

And there you have it, Friends, a happily ever after laundry room!:-)

Laundry Room Makeover on a Budget!

A huge thanks to Lolly for letting me have some design fun and for letting me share it with you all!  If you liked this makeover feel free to pin or share it too!

Till next time!:-)



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