Last Updated on March 3, 2022
Our colorful and modern laundry room makeover is done and we are in love! Check out how we transformed this space easily and affordably.
Hello!!!! If you follow me on Instagram you know that for the past couple of weeks we have been working on our modern laundry room makeover in our current house. Fun fact, my first ever blog post was about the laundry room makeover in our last house, lol! Do you remember our first laundry room makeover for only $71 in our old house? And then we gave it a better makeover about 7 years later (right before we sold it last year). So in case it isn't obvious, I love a good laundry room makeover. I believe we should love EVERY room in our homes, even laundry rooms, pantries, etc.
But this is by far my favorite laundry room makeover we've done. It's colorful, it's modern and it was EASY and AFFORDABLE!
2022 UPDATE: We have since made a few changes to the laundry room, mostly because the tile stickers on the floor didn't hold up quite like we expected. We installed a new floating tile floor which is far more durable. Though I miss the BEAUTIFUL tile stickers that I loved so much, the new laundry room floor is a much better permanent solution. I still think using tile stickers to update outdated tile is a fantastic idea when you order the correct size tile stickers (I explain what size tile stickers to order in this post). We used tile stickers in Attley's bathroom makeover AND in Avery's bathroom makeover and they are holding up beautifully!
It's a large room (12 feet x 7 feet), but the storage situation was a mess. The only storage is the cabinet below the sink (and we all know how frustratingly cramped those are) and the cabinets above the washer and dryer. Here's the thing… I'm 5'9″ which is pretty tall for a woman and it's HARD for me to reach anything above the lower shelves in those cabinets. Not only are they high (these are 10-foot ceilings for reference), but because the washer and dryer stick out so far it makes you have to reach EVEN farther. Long story short… the upper cabinets are nearly useless for us.
Here's a reminder of what the laundry room looked like before we got started.
Let's take a look at how it looks now…
We removed Riggins' crate and added an entire closet to the blank wall using the IKEA Boaxel system (the new version of the Algot closet system that we used so much in our old house). The ceilings are 10 feet tall, so it is A TON OF STORAGE (see the rendering below the photo). And all of the storage and drying rack PLUS the floor-to-ceiling curtains we hid them behind only cost $620 (including delivery fees)! You can learn more about the closet installation and what we store in the closet in the short video below :)
We also removed the upper cabinets and replaced them with lower (and therefore usable) open shelving (we use the easiest DIY wall shelves method we used for the shelves in our family room). They are not only more functional, but pretty! We found gorgeous walnut for the shelves at a local business (GPS Hardwoods in Kernersville, NC). We used these simple brackets to hold them in place. Now our laundry detergent, Oxiclean, dryer balls, etc. are so easy to reach. And of course I added some fun art and plants :)
This space looks TOTALLY different. We updated the light fixture. We added this removable wallpaper to bring in color and a fun pattern.
And can we talk about the awesome vinyl tile stickers from Mirth Studio?! They allowed us to totally update our outdated tile floors without any short of demo or hard work. And they were far more affordable than entirely new flooring! You can watch my 2-minute video about just how easy this process is below.
2022 UPDATE: We have since made a few changes to the laundry room, mostly because the tile stickers on the floor didn't hold up quite like we expected. We installed a new floating tile floor which is far more durable. Though I miss the BEAUTIFUL tile stickers that I loved so much, the new laundry room floor is a much better permanent solution. There are lots of other affordable and budget-friendly flooring ideas that would work well in laundry rooms!
If you read the post about our design plans for the laundry room, you may remember that I had chosen these Pink velvet curtains to hide the closet system. Well, they didn't come in the 120″ length that we needed and I didn't feel like sewing, so we wound up going with these simple creamy white curtains.
I also painted the sink cabinet AND the countertops (we followed the exact same process that we used to paint our kitchen countertops to look like marble–you can see that tutorial post here). And we swapped out the hardware and faucet. This area looks DRASTICALLY different as a result of these super affordable fixes. And of course I added some art! Yes, even laundry rooms need art! If you are wondering about the laundry basket art print above the sink, I created that myself and love it so much that I added it to my shop–you can order one HERE.
I think that covers all of the changes we made, so now let's just enjoy more photos of the finished space and all the fun laundry room art you can spot in it :) You can find the full source list at the end of this post.
What do you think?! We are so happy with how everything turned out.
Modern Laundry Room Source List
- Wall Color: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams
- Trim Color: Divine White by Sherwin-Williams
- Cabinet Color: Midnight Blue by Fusion Mineral Paint
- Vinyl Tile Stickers
- Laundry Basket Rainbow Art
- Ceiling curtain rail (we used 2 tracks)
- Curtain rail sliders/hooks
All other sources are pictured below. Just click on any image for full product details!
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