The floor and walls have been painted, shelves have been hung, lighting installed….and I finally get to show you all the LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER!!! My husband thinks I’m crazy getting so excited about a laundry room, but y’all know how much time we spend down there, right? And when it was turned from an old dungeoun to a beautiful, happy space, this little Southern woman almost did cartwheels right there in the basement!
I’ll go ahead and warn you – this will be a picture-heavy post. Are you ready??? Let’s get to it!
So shiny and new, bright and happy!!!
Y’all were my decorators throughout this process, and you made some amazing choices, so thank you for being awesome!! Let’s take a peek at how far this little space has come:
When I first introduced you to my laundry room, it was in a pretty sad state. The walls were an ugly terra cotta orange color inside the laundry closet, and a dark chocolate brown in the hallway. We had ripped linoleum partially hidden by carpet squares, white wire shelving, and canned lighting that wasn’t even complete. Just bare bulbs inside a hole in the ceiling…
My washer and dryer lived a long life, and when they were on their last leg and in need of replacement, that’s when I decided to makeover the laundry room at the same time! You know, since we have to move out the old washer and dryer…everybody does that, right?
So much better than ugly linoleum! HOORAY!
Then it was time to say bye-bye to those horrendous orange walls. A layer of primer and two coats of paint later, and…
…sha-ZAM! Instant happy! It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do!
We used an 8-foot 2×10 for the shelves. The longer shelf is 5-feet long and the shorter shelf on the right is 3-feet. I painted on a coat of dark stain, then used a paper towel to wipe the excess stain off each board before it dried so you could see the wood grain. We opted for black metal supports.
I mentioned in my tutorial post for the flooring that I decided not to stencil the entire floor – a pinched nerve in my back helped make that decision, plus the rest of the floor will be hidden by the washer and dryer.
You may notice, too, that we moved the dryer vent to the far right corner, between the shelves, rather than right down the center in front of the old sheving unit. Whoever decided that was a good idea needs to be slapped…of course, it’s most likely the same people who chose those horrible colors. Let’s move on…
Here is a closer view of the shelves. See the wood grain through the stain? So pretty!
After all the work was done, we just had to put it all back together and decorate! If you follow me on Instagram, I gave you a sneak peek showing off my little trash can the other day. I just used my Silhouette to cut the quote from vinyl and applied it directly to the side of the trash can. “I’m just a little on the trashy side.” I giggled 😉
Oh, you see those mason jar pendant lights? Yea, I’ve got a tutorial coming for you next week! And there’s a fun little tutorial for some art you might spy on the wall over there on the right.
And since everybody loves before & after’s, let’s do that!
To quote Mike Myers in my favorite movie, “I’m smitten. I’m in deep smit.” (10 brownie points to anybody who knows that movie!)
I actually don’t mind doing laundry now! I no longer feel like I’m going to the pit of despair!
Thank you again, dear reader, for your design choices for my laundry room makeover. You truly did a fabulous job, and I hope you love seeing it all come together as much as I do. Thank you to Royal Design Studios for providing the Kaleidescope Stars stencil to add that perfect pop of fun to my floor. And the biggest thank-you of all is reserved for my sweet hubby who put up with me through the whole process, and helped every step of the way, even when he didn’t quite “get it”.
“You don’t want to question the genius, Vaughn.” (10 more points…)
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