The Laundry Room Reveal

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Laundry Room RenovationAlright folks, it’s time for the laundry room reveal.  I have NO IDEA why I am so excited about this room.  I mean, it’s a laundry room.  It’s where fun goes to die.  But I am seriously, head-over-heels in love with this room!  Read on for more details on the DIY renovation of this room and plenty of before and after photos.

First, let me remind you of how this room looked before I got started.  Yuck.  And you can tell we took no pride in the room whatsoever.  I mean, the blinds were crooked.  It would have taken 5 seconds to straighten them, but we never bothered.  We just got in and out of the room as quickly as possible.

BUT NOW?!?! It’s amazing. I told Joe that it might be my favorite room in the house.  Check out this thrifty DIY laundry room renovation for yourself.

Cheap Laundry Room Renovation by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
DIY Concrete Countertop using Ardex Feather Finish by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
Laundry Room Ideas by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
DIY Laundry Room Makeover by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {
Painted Vinyl Floors by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
DIY Concrete Countertop using Ardex Feather Finish by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
DIY Concrete Countertop using Ardex Feather Finish by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body
Let me pause here and tell you that hands-down, my biggest inspiration for this room was the laundry room renovation done by Kelly at View Along the Way.  I fell in love with her laundry room and LOVED the idea of painting the vinyl floor.  Check her AMAZING renovation out here:
This DIY laundry room renovation is the perfect example of going shopping in your own house.  We all have things that are left over from other projects or are no longer being used.  Take a look through your own house and find things that work together.  The jumping off point for this laundry room makeover was the curtains that I already owned but were no longer being used.  From there, I “shopped” for paint and other items that would work with them.

So, what all did I do in the laundry room?

Painted the cabinets- I used an antique white paint that was leftover from some other project.  I also had some primer on hand already.  Cost- $0
Painted the walls- I used the leftover paint from the girls’ room.  Cost- $0
Painted the floors- We bought two quarts of porch paint (grey and off-white), which was plenty.  Cost- $30.  A detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to paint your vinyl floors can be found here.  I think the painted floor provides the most dramatic change in this room and it was EASY and CHEAP!  {PS- The popularity of this project is astounding!  It was featured on the awesome Thrifty Decor Chick and Centsational Girl and has been pinned over 10,000 times so far!}
DIY Concrete Countertop- I covered the ugly laminate countertop with Ardex Feather Finish, which I also had left over from another project.  More details regarding this project will be the subject of an upcoming post.  Short forecast–this product is amazing and it is a totally doable DIY job!  Thank you to Kara Paslay for inspiring me to do this project.  You can see Kara’s tutorial on how to do it here.  If you can’t find Ardex Feather Finish where you are locally, you can buy it on Amazon: Ardex- Feather Finish *affiliate link*  It allowed me to create a cheap and easy DIY concrete countertop–YAY!!!!  Cost- $0
Added decorative details- I hung the FLUFF AND FOLD paper mache letters (total cost of letters + spray paint = $35) and added the small rug from Pier One to the floor in front of the sink.  I purchased it with a gift card (out of pocket cost $0, “actual” cost $19).  I also used an old, shabby shadow box and $6 worth of clothes pins to make the decorative art that is hanging by the door.
Hung curtains- I already had the curtains that were previously used in another room.  Can you believe those beauties were being stored in a chest?!  I love them.- Cost- $0
Creatively placed a mirror to hide all the ugly plumbing connections (see below)-  I already owned the mirror, which was given to me as a gift, and it was being stored in another room.  I was glad to finally be able to use it.  Cost- $0

I would say that the renovation took me a total of 12 hours, and I did all the work by myself, with the exception of putting new hinges on the doors and rehanging them (which my husband did one day while I was at work).  So, we are talking maybe a total of 13 man hours.  NOT BAD!  I do still have some finishing touches to attend to.  For example, the huge BLANK wall opposite the washer/dryer and sink has nothing hanging on it, which must be fixed. {Update- I have added some art to that wall.  Check it out HERE}.  Let’s take one last look at the dramatic laundry room transformation!
Thrifty laundry room renovation with painted vinyl floors by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}
DIY Laundry Room Renovation with Painted Floors by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

What do you think?  What is your favorite part?  The painted vinyl floors, the DIY concrete counter top, or something else?

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  1. says

    WOW! Amazing transformation! I would have never thought about painting the floors! The concrete counter tops and white cabinets give the room a clean, crisp, industrial touch. Love!

  2. says

    Amazing! And doesn’t that make doing the laundry so much more fun?! Love the low cost, and 12 hours is good. I need to do something for my poor laundry room :)

    Saw your link at Our Home Away from Home, thanks for sharing with us.


    • says

      Thank you, Mary! Yes, it DOES make doing the laundry more fun and we have plenty of laundry with twin toddlers :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will come back soon!

  3. says

    Hands down you did an amazing job. The room is now light and airy. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party? Hope to see you there!


    • says

      Thank you, Tania! I am thrilled with what an impact the paper mache letters make. I used to keep the door to our laundry room shut all the time so I didn’t have to look at it, but now I make sure the door is always open (which is hard because my almost 3-year-old twin girls LOVE to close doors right now). I hope you’ll stop back by sometime!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Ashley. It certainly makes doing laundry less of a chore (though if I could wave a magic wand to get the laundry done, I totally would). Thanks for checking it out–I hope you will come back. I will be revealing our playroom makeover this weekend.

    • says

      Thank you! I could not believe how easy it was to paint the floors AND how dramatically it changed the room! I am going to check out your blog now. I hope you’ll pop back over here some time. I am going to reveal my playroom renovation this weekend!

  4. says

    wow!! what an incredible transformation into a bright fresh happy space – bring on the laundry!! well done! so glad to have found you via cozy little house!

    ♥ Northern Cottage {}

  5. says

    It’s official! You have convinced me that my next project is going to be my laundry room. I spend so much time there with all the laundry I do for family that it really should be a happy place to be. Those curtains really are amazing. Can’t believe you had those hidden away. Painting the cabinets white also gives it such a clean look. I may have to start there.

    • says

      Thank you, Christina! You won’t regret it. This is definitely one of my favorite rooms we have ever renovated (in any of our three homes). It just makes doing laundry less miserable. I did prime the cabinets first and then did two coats of paint. It went pretty quickly. Good luck! I hope you’ll post about it on your blog when you are done. PS- I love the concept of your blog!

  6. says

    This room is both gorgeous and cheap – the perfect combo! I love how it turned out – especially the concrete counter and fluff and fold letters. It looks amazing and I also love that you used stuff you already had. Look forward to seeing your future projects!

    • says

      Thank you, Carrie! I appreciate it. PS- I really enjoyed your post about 6 blogs worth reading. Some of them I had not heard of and am excited to check them out!

  7. says

    “It’s where fun goes to die.” Bahahaha! I need to store that line away for the future. Fantastic makeover for such a low cost. Our laundry room has linoleum floors also and they gots to go! Thanks for sharing…visiting from Home Sweet Home.

  8. says

    I have been SEARCHING for something to do on my floor that looks JUST like yours (did)! PLEASE! Can’t WAIT for the tutorial on this one and hope I don’t miss it!!!!!

    Thanks for leading the way! :)

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by, Jan! I PROMISE you can do this–painting your floor is SO easy and quick. I would love for you to follow my blog so that you don’t miss the post. I should have it up some time in the next two weeks. Stay tuned!

  9. says

    I love the FLOOR! I have been searching for something to do with mine – that look just like yours (did)!! Can’t WAIT for the tutorial! Yes, PLEASE! :) (And I sure hope I don’t miss it!!)

    Thanks for leading the way!

    • says

      Thank you, Melinda! It really is easy. You can call Ardex (the manufacturer) and they can give you information about stores in your area that sell the Feather Finish product. Good luck!

  10. says

    I’m in awe of your laundry room!! AMAZING!!! I shopped my house too for my laundry room..I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on a room no one sees but me. Anyway, I found you from Life on Lakeshore Drive and will follow you through Pinterest and Facebook to see your awesome projects!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Selene! I am excited to have found your blog and look forward to following you on Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin. I finally added my blog to Bloglovin and would love for you to follow me there.

    • says

      Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet compliments :) This is the first house I have owned with a dedicated laundry room and I have to admit that I love it. I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Tammy! I just linked up again this week. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you featuring my laundry room. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

  11. says

    It’s gorgeous, Tasha! Awesome job, fantastic budget! Love every detail! Did you see the peek of letters I shared on Instagram last week? I’m doing something similar in my laundry room makeover! Great minds DIY alike! :)

    • says

      Thank you, Roeshel! The budget was definitely a highlight of this room. It’s rare that I complete a room reno with only $71 :) I am not on Instagram, but I am going to try to figure out a way to check out your sneak peek now!

    • says

      Found the sneak peek of the gorgeous green letters! I cannot WAIT to see what you do with them. I am still drooling over your gorgeous family room makeover. I love following your blog!

  12. says

    This is fabulous! Your room is long and narrow like ours and we also have a concrete counter top. Our laundry room has been a work in progress for five years, but we’re so stinking close to having it done! I just need a curtain on my small window and I love the papier mache letters over the sink. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      Hi Lorene! Oh my goodness, I would love that! I have send you an email. Thanks so much! And please pass along my greetings and gratitude to Cassity and Justin as well!

  13. says

    I am curious about painting the cabinets. Did you have to prep them at all (i.e, sand) or did you just paint them with primer, then a base coat?

    • says

      Hi Donna! Other than cleaning the cabinets a bit, I did not prep the cabinets at all. If I had been painting kitchen cabinets, I would have done more thorough cleaning and light sanding first {since kitchen cabinets can accumulate grime even in the cleanest of kitchens}, but for the laundry room, I did not think it was necessary. So, I did some light cleaning and then primed and painted them. I hope that answers your question :) I am happy to answer any other questions you may have!

  14. says

    We just can’t enough of laundry room remodels. Thank you for the inspiration. It is so fun to see the evolution of laundry rooms. We have seen bathrooms and kitchens re-imagined, and now it so wonderful to see laundry rooms released from utilitarian gruel. Enjoy.

  15. says

    Wow, girl! I feel so late to the game only happing upon this incredible makeover now, but you ROCKED it! There are so many elements I’m in love with – – but the “FLUFF and FOLD” draws me in especially. Perhaps because I absolutely loathe folding laundry and a sign like that actually makes it sound appealing to me. If I had a laundry room like that, folding laundry in it would be a dream – – that’s for certain. Well done, Tasha. And it’s such a solid entry in the CWTS competition. Best of luck!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Lauren! My laundry room was my debut to the blogging world back in October so you probably missed it because I had ZERO followers back then :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment. Your nautical room makeover is a SOLID entry as well. I can totally see you being selected as a contestant with all of your great projects. Good luck!!!


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