The laundry room at my 20 year old builder grade home was a huge let-down, especially compared to my last laundry room, which I designed and LOVED.
So, even though my “new” laundry room was smaller and lacking in amenities, I was determined to make the best of it and turn it into a quaint space with improved storage.
My first task was to get rid of the fluorescent light fixture, the tacky closet shelving, and paint the room. Even though the paint was a livable light tan color, it needed a fresh coat of paint. I figured the time to paint the room was while I was redecorating!
Like other rooms in my house, I used Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige for the walls.
I chose a funky flush mount light with faux crystals from Lowe’s to replace the original builder fixture. Small rooms that don’t get much traffic, such as powder rooms, laundry rooms, and closets, are the place to add something quirky or bold, such as lighting, paint, or wallpaper.
After removing the wire shelving and painting, I decided to add some curtain rods to the wall. At my last house, I had a beautiful wooden rod with an arched wooden valance that I used constantly to hang clothes out of the dryer. Rather than folding and unfolding just to hang on a hanger, I hung items out of the dryer that were going into the closet anyway! I also used it to hang items that needed to air dry.
I hung two inexpensive curtain rods from Lowe’s on the blank wall and use them for sweaters, delicates, blouses – anything that I can’t put in the dryer. We use the rods all the time and they are super convenient!
I added a new rug and curtain to make the room feel warmer and more comfortable. The curtain was in the clearance section at Home Goods – it was $9!
The biggest change was adding two black overhead cabinets. I went back and forth about whether to use white or black cabinets and am happy with the black. It makes the small space more dramatic and I love how they turned out.
The cabinets came from Ikea and I have to say, they were a pain in the neck. The illustrations in the instructions would have made Mother Theresa take a drink. I thought I would save money (they were still expensive – about $800) but the hassle of assembling them and the final fit and finish makes them a disappointment. I priced cabinets at Lowe’s. They were more expensive but, in hindsight, should have used them instead.
I made some other small but handy changes including the addition of a paper towel holder over the utility tub, which has been helpful many times. I decided to keep the existing utility tub even though it is ugly. The faucet began leaking shortly after I moved in, so it was replaced as well. It has a sprayer, which makes it convenient. The washer also died, so it was replaced. I kept the dryer because it works really well, even though it’s ugly and they don’t match.
Overall, for under $1,000, I am happy with the finished product and we actually enjoy using the space. I hope it inspires you to create a pretty laundry room and gives you a few ideas!
BonVoyage! – Kristin