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It’s reveal day! 

And we are so excited to share our laundry room makeover with you!

Clearly, a lot of planning and good old fashioned work has gone into to this modern, cottage laundry room.

While there have been challenges, mistakes and deadlines, we are so pleased with the results.

Not only does it look amazing, but it’s so much more functional.

Welcome to week 8 of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge.

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For those returning visitors, thanks for staying with us during this round of the One Room Challenge.

In fact, we hope you’ve been enjoying the weekly progress and are as excited to see this space as we are!

Just as a reminder, you can easily navigate through each week of this Modern Cottage Laundry Room Makeover.

Laundry Room Makeover Ideas

Before Laundry Room Makeover

Before laundry room makeover, white tile floor, white laminate cabinets, white laminate countertop, white laundry appliances, white walls and a fluorescent.

If you remember, this laundry room was cold and sterile.

It featured white laminate cabinets that had clearly seen better days.

Also a stained and damaged white laminate countertop.

Then there’s the tile floor, chipped and more white.

One more item that made the room feel cold and unwelcoming was the florescent light.

It was just plain boring!

So, my vision was to bring in some style, better function and make it feel inviting.

With all this in mind, I still needed to be mindful of the budget.

So, I’d like to share budget saving tips for updating your laundry room.

Certainly, it can still be beautiful without spending an arm and a leg.

How Do You Makeover a Laundry Room on a Budget

Laundry room Makeover reveal, white front loading washer and dryer, white shaker upper cabinets with champagne gold knobs, natural wood fold table top over appliances, open natural wood shelves.

Before you begin a project like this, make a list of the improvements you’d like to make.

Then do your homework and see what that will cost.

Decide how you want to spend your budget and what you will DIY.

We’ve put together 17 ideas that can refresh and update your laundry room.

Paint

The Laundry room reveal. Grey marble floor, bead board and wallpaper mudroom wall, modern glam chandelier, charcoal stained shaker lower cabinets, white shaker upper cabinets, marble and champagne gold pulls and knobs, natural wood open shelving with black iron brackets.

Certainly, there’s a lot that paint can do without much cost to transform a space. 

It’s definitely easy on the budget, and you can still get dramatic results.

One of the first updates we made to my laundry room was to give it a fresh coat of paint in Sherwin Williams Pure White.

That alone really brightened up the space.

If your cabinets are in good condition, maybe a fresh coat of paint will be all you need.

Add a Touch of Wallpaper

Mudroom wall with bead board, blue floral wallpaper and black hooks, purse and coat.

Generally speaking laundry rooms are small, so why not add color and pattern to your laundry room with wallpaper.

In fact, even a portion of a wallpapered wall dramatically affects the feel of my laundry room.

We partnered with Photowall for this project and I love the texture and color this wall mural added to my laundry room.

Add Texture with Wainscotting

Mudroom wall with white bead board and blue floral wallpaper. Black hooks for handing jackets and bags.

Certainly, adding details to a wall with molding or paneling adds texture and interest to any room.

Not only does this beadboard wall add that cottage charm I wanted in my laundry room, but it also creates an opportunity to make it function like a mudroom.

Before this wall was just a blank wall, unusable space.

Now it not only holds our coats, jackets and handbags, but I also created a space to hang my ironing board.

This project was fairly easy and Steph and I were able to install it in an afternoon.

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Makeover Laundry Room Storage

Laundry room Makeover reveal, white front loading washer and dryer, white shaker upper cabinets with champagne gold knobs, natural wood fold table top over appliances, open natural wood shelves. Towel and woven laundry basket on top of fold table.

Definitely one of the most important elements to consider when remodeling a laundry room is storage.

In fact, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t want better storage options in their home.

While I had cabinetry in my laundry room, I wanted it to function better.

So I chose to look for new cabinetry to fill that need.

To help this fit into my budget, I chose flat pack cabinets.

They are well made with plywood boxes, dovetail drawers, solid wood doors and came with soft close hinges and slides.

Installing them yourself will help keep the cost down.

I made a little mistake when ordering my cabinets.

You see, I intended the upper cabinets to go to the ceiling for even more storage.

When we went to install them, I was shocked that they weren’t tall enough.

But when a project gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Right?

So we made these cubbies that are built exactly the same way as the built in wall shelves.

Just tipped on their side and framed out with molding.

It all turned out good!

Not only did I get my extra storage, but it also looks pretty with the natural grass baskets.

You’ll find useful storage ideas for your laundry room in last weeks post. 

Incorporate Mudroom Storage

In this laundry room makeover an Ikea shoe cabinet is mounted to the wall next to the charcoal stained drawers and a quartz countertop.

If you don’t have a mudroom in your home, why not add one to your laundry room?

Not only did we incorporate lots of hanging storage along the long wall, but we also added shoe storage with Ikea’s Trones shoe storage containers.

They fit perfectly between the door wall and the cabinets.

Mudroom wall with bead board, blue floral wallpaper and black hooks, purse and coat.

Update Knobs and Pulls

Laundry room makeover, shoe of lower dark shaker cabinets with marble and gold hardware. Gray and white marble floor tile.

Certainly, one of the easiest updates you can make to your laundry room is to change the hardware.

Close up and details of marble and champagne gold pulls on dark finished drawers.

Beautiful hardware like this Carrione marble pull is like a piece of jewelry for your cabinets.

They are absolutely gorgeous!

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Square gold hardware is mounted on the charcoal stained lower cabinet door.

The Candler knob in gold champagne definitely adds a touch of class to my laundry room.

A special thanks to Amerock for partnering with us on this project.

Add a Broom or Utility Closet

Black door to broom closet in laundry room. Window with a white and grey striped balloon shade.

In the previous layout, this space was filled with cabinets and a small countertop.

I knew that the space could be better utilized if we installed a broom closet.

Now I have 2 additional shelves for other cleaning supplies.

Plus I have a home for my vacuum cleaner as well as brooms, mops etc.

Update Laundry Room Lighting

Modern glam chandelier in laundry room, with a black shade, gold, metal fixture with vintage crystals.

Updating your light fixture can really make a dramatic change in your laundry room.

It’s easy to do and can be easy on your budget too.

For instance, I found this chandelier at the thrift store for $10.

And with a little paint and some vintage crystals it looks brand new.

You can find all the details for this light fixture makeover here.

Create a Folding Station

Laundry room Makeover reveal, white front loading washer and dryer, white shaker upper cabinets with champagne gold knobs, natural wood fold table top over appliances, open natural wood shelves.

If you can add anything to your laundry room, I’d highly recommend a folding station.

This is the first time I’ve had this luxury and I LOVE it. 

This simple laundry room fold table was made from a thrifted table, so it’s definitely easy on the budget.

Freshen Up the Floor

Mudroom wall with white bead board and blue floral wallpaper. Black hooks for handing jackets and bags.

There are lots of ways to update a laundry room floor.

For example, you can paint, stencil, vinyl tiles and tile.

I chose to install new tile.

And doing it ourselves saved money.

The tile itself was fairly inexpensive, around $200 for the entire room.

However, if we were to hire out the labor it would have been between $1500-$2000.

So, if you’d like to learn how to install tile yourself, then see our practical tips.

Add a Sink

Laundry room Makeover reveal, white front loading washer and dryer, white shaker upper cabinets with champagne gold knobs, natural wood fold table top over appliances, open natural wood shelves.

Certainly having a sink in your laundry room is handy.

While my laundry room was already plumbed for a sink, so it was a no brainer to install a new sink.

If you can find the space, I’d highly recommend adding one to your laundry room. 

It certainly makes your laundry room more functional.

Add a Backsplash

Laundry room makeover, tumbled marble backsplash, stainless steel sink with a black faucet. Open natural wood shelving over sink area with black iron brackets.

Your laundry room can instantly feel refreshed with a new backsplash.

I fell in love this this tumbled marble tile.

In particular, I felt it had the cottage vibe I wanted in my laundry room.

If a tile backsplash is not in your budget, consider an alternative like the vinyl decal tiles we installed in my mother-in-laws kitchen.

They are super easy to install.

In fact, the entire project can be done in an hour or two.

Search for Remnants

Because I use the sink in my laundry room to clean out my paint brushes and clean up from projects, I wanted a durable countertop.

Having quartz in my kitchen, I knew that would be the ideal surface.

However, when I priced out my tiny area it was nearly $1300!

Certainly, way out of my budget.

So, I began searching for remnants through the online classifieds.

And I found several options that would work.

Would you believe I only paid $375?

Which included the fabrication, sink and installation.

I’m not sure how the guy made any money.

But I’ll tell you, I am happy with it!

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Add a Rug or Runner

The Laundry room reveal. Grey marble floor, bead board and wallpaper mudroom wall, modern glam chandelier, charcoal stained shaker lower cabinets, white shaker upper cabinets, marble and champagne gold pulls and knobs, natural wood open shelving with black iron brackets.

Clearly, adding a rug or runner is an easy and affordable update anyone can make to their laundry room.

I chose this natural sisal rug, in keeping with my modern cottage style for my laundry room makeover.

Makeover Your Laundry Room with Open Shelving

Open natural wood shelves with black iron brackets, accessorized with stacked blue towels, pink orchid, black and gold framed vintage oil paintings, glass bottes, wooden box and gold watering can. White shaker cabinets with baskets in upper opening on tiled wall. Stainless steel sink with black faucet.

Adding open shelves in your laundry room not only adds more storage, but it provides an opportunity for making it pretty.

These shelves were easy to install with iron brackets and basic lumber from the hardware store.

Update Laundry Room with Plants and Art

Open natural wood shelves with black iron brackets, accessorized with stacked blue towels, pink orchid, black and gold framed vintage oil paintings, glass bottes, wooden box and gold watering can. White shaker cabinets with baskets in upper opening on tiled wall. Stainless steel sink with black faucet.

As I started to plan out my decor for my laundry room makeover, I came across a couple of blue pots that I had.

My laundry room gets morning sunlight, so why not add a couple of plants?

And if your laundry room is in a dark basement, add artificial plants.

Certainly, you can find realistic artificial plants nowadays.

Would you believe that beautiful pink orchid is artificial?

Plants definitely warm up any room and make it feel inviting.

Another element I knew I wanted to add to my laundry room was some floral art.

As a matter of fact, I’ve been collecting oil paintings from vintage markets and thrift stores.

I found 2 in my stash that were perfect for my modern cottage laundry room makeover.

Beautiful Storage and Organization

Laundry room makeover, marble tiled wall with natural wood whelves and black iron brackets, accessorized with stacked blue towels, pink orchid, vintage glass containers filled with detergent and fabric softner and a wood black and white box.

Place your detergents, fabric softener etc., in pretty containers.

Not only is it beautiful on your shelves, but it also makes it so handy to use.

I filled an old decanter with detergent.

And and old vase with liquid fabric softener, then added a cork.

The wood box is filled with dryer sheets.

Laundry room Makeover reveal, white front loading washer and dryer, white shaker upper cabinets with champagne gold knobs, natural wood fold table top over appliances, open natural wood shelves.

Old canisters are great for storing powdered detergent or laundry cleaning boosters.

And the little aqua bucket is for lint.

Pretty storage for everything!

Laundry Room Makeover Resources

This completes the Fall 2021 Once Room Challenge.

Thanks so much for following along!

We’re truly grateful for your support and kind words of encouragement along the way!

It’s almost hard to believe what this space looked like just 8 weeks ago.

Perhaps more than that, it’s hard to believe that we tackled this entire project ourselves without hiring out any work!

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Certainly, we hope you’ve found 1 or 2 ideas you can use in your home to makeover your laundry room.

I know Steph is anxious now to give her laundry room a mini makeover and freshen up her room.

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What would you like to change in your laundry room?

What ideas resonated with you?

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Carrie

    Your laundry room turned out so beautiful! I love the touches of wood and all the storage!

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Oh, thank you Carrie. I’m loving every bit of it. I’ve never had such a functional and pretty laundry room. It definitely make laundry day much more enjoyable. Although I do find myself walking past the doorway, just to have a peek to see if it’s real. 😉 Have a Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

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