Easy Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover on a Budget

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Are you ready for a laundry room makeover? Updating your space doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be hard.

When we bought our old house almost 17 years ago it was only 1 1/2 years old.  Sadly it was not in the best shape when we bought it.  Over the years we have updated it, fixed things that broke, and all the things you do to your home.  Then there is my entryway laundry room.  This is not a room I spend “quality” time in.  I have mostly ignored it, done a few things here and there to better organize it, etc. I’m going to show you my inexpensive laundry space makeover.

Recently I noticed that the cabinets were turning yellow in between the cracks. It started to annoy me and I decided to give the room a little love - but on a very tight budget.

Here’s the old laundry room. Recently I noticed that the cabinets that hold our laundry supplies were turning yellow in between the cracks.  It started to annoy me and I decided to give the room a little love – but on a very tight budget.

For my paint - I used Dixie Belle Paint in the colors Hurricane & Fluff.

laundry room makeover materials

I painted the edges of the cabinets in the Fluff and the back ledge in the Hurricane. I also painted the yellowing part of my washer and drier in the Hurricane as well.

Laundry Room Makeover Instructions

The first thing I did was paint the edges of the upper cabinets with a fresh coat of paint in the Fluff and the back small shelf in the Hurricane.  Even though my washer and drier had plastic that was turning yellow, I couldn’t just run out and buy new appliances so I painted the yellowing plastic.

Once the paint was dry, I was ready for the cabinets. I had bought some contact paper online. I place the contact paper on all the doors and the sides of the cabinet.

Once the paint was dry, I was ready for the cabinets.  I bought some contact paper online.  I place the contact paper on all the doors and the sides of the cabinet.

When the contact paper was all in place I was ready I put new handles on the cabinets.

When the contact paper was all in place I was ready I put new hardware on the cabinets.

I also used Polycrylic to coat my Dixie Belle Paint on the ledge in the back.

I also used Polycrylic to coat my Dixie Belle Paint on the ledge in the back.

I added a peel and stick back splash to the laundry sink as well.

I added a peel and stick backsplash to the laundry sink as well.

I have baskets above my washer and dryer. I put these up because seems like things were always falling behind the washer and dryer and it added extra storage. I decided to give them a face lift too by spray painting them with Rustoleum spray paint.

I have baskets above my washer and dryer.  I put these up because seems like things were always falling behind the washer and dryer and it added extra storage.  I decided to give them a facelift too by spray painting them with Rustoleum spray paint.

I was done in one day and had a fresh new look for about $40!  Now I need to upgrade my laundry tub and faucet... that'll be next :)

Once the baskets were dry I put them back up in my laundry room. I also didn’t have space for an ironing board so I added a magnetic ironing mat to the top of the dryer.

It didn’t take short weeks, but in one day I had a new laundry room, mud room, and small space with a fresh new look for about $40!  Now I need to upgrade my laundry tub, faucet, and new light fixture, that’ll be next πŸ™‚  I am so thrilled with my small laundry room makeover with a fresh modern look (or a farmhouse laundry room). This complete overhaul to a beautiful room makes me smile every time I go inside and doesn’t feel so much like a utility room. Laundry day has become fun at last (well okay maybe not entirely, but it’s definitely better).

Laundry Room Makeover Video

I worked with Hometalk to film my laundry room makeover!

How do I update my laundry room?

  • Paint your walls or cabinets
  • Add contact paper to cabinets
  • Paint your appliances
  • Add a backsplash
  • Update the decor
  • Add some new hardware

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How do I style my laundry room?

  • Remove your cabinet doors and enjoy open shelves
  • Store your laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and cleaning supplies inside your cabinet doors to hide them
  • Utilize your base cabinet under your utility sink to store eye soars and supplies
  • Keep a small laundry basket handy for dirty laundry, and your larger laundry baskets in your bedrooms.
  • Maximize additional storage by getting creative
  • Add a hanging drying rack with a removable tension rod.
  • Brighten your laundry room with a fresh coat of white paint or change your wall color with a bright color to make it look like a new space
  • Get a stacked washer and dryer to conserve space
  • Add wicker baskets or other baskets on the top shelf to hide laundry supplies
  • Add floating shelves to create more storage
  • Add decor and maybe a wall treatment to give the room a little boost.

These small changes to a small room with little money can make a big impact. Are you ready to change your laundry room look? What are the biggest changes you’d make to your laundry area?

Are you ready for a laundry room makeover?  Updating your space doesn't have to cost a fortune or be hard.

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62 Comments

  1. Wow, amazing transformation. Thanks for the basket idea, just what I need.

  2. This simple project made such a modernized difference. It now looks like someone cares about it. Someday I will finish mine, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for he inspiration.

    1. Thank you Leanna, I used to just go in and out of there as fast as possible. Now I actually stay in there and fold clothes in there rather than hurrying away πŸ™‚

  3. Bobbi Convery says:

    I really like it, and the backsplash really added a nice touch.

  4. It looks great. I wish I had a laundry room. Thanks for sharing at Creative Monday, hope to see you again soon.

    1. Thank you – and yes, you and me both on the hold up πŸ™‚

    2. I am sure it will do just fine. My Mother covered all her countertops in a granite looking contact paper in the 70s. Looked like granite, held up to a feisty woman that cleaned, plus 5 of us kids. Lasted until the family home sold in 2016, when it was remodeled. Never had a problem with it coming up from edges or seams.

      1. Thank you so much for sharing. We have had it up for a while now and I still love it and it’s still going strong. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing your story with me.

  5. What a fun transformation! Laundry rooms need a little love too, right? Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  6. I love the peel and stick backsplash! Thank you for sharing at Designing You!

    1. Thank you Trudy – I love walking in there and seeing the fresh new look πŸ™‚

  7. I love your laundry room makeover! You’re one of my features today at Sew It Cook It Craft It!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you. Thank you for the feature and thank you for hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share our ideas. Hugs!

  8. I would like to know where you got the baskets from, or specific name of them. The whole project looks immaculate. I live the basket idea.

  9. A nice looking and frugal makeover. Thanks for the wire basket behind the washer and dryer idea. I’m going to see if it will work in my space. Visiting from Love Your Creativity.

    1. Thank you Allyson and those baskets have been terrific!

  10. Chas, very nice. And your baskets behind the washer and dryer idea is pure genius! This reminded me that I really miss my laundry tub in my garage laundry room. A reconfiguring several years ago meant there was no room for it.

    1. Thank you Jean, and yes I love those baskets for a lot of reasons πŸ™‚ I feel your pain with the laundry tub. We didn’t have one in our first house and it was on the list of must for this house.

  11. Your laundry room looks so cute! How creative of you. I love creating a fresh look without a lot of expense.

    #senisal

    1. Thank you so much Cindy, and thanks for stopping by.

  12. I love the new look! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like it too. Thanks for the Pin πŸ™‚

  13. You’ve given me some great ideas for my rented home. Contact paper! thanks so much, Glenys from #SeniSal

    1. Thank you and I’m thrilled that this idea might help you too πŸ™‚

  14. Very cute ideas! I want to invite you to A GATHERING OF FRIENDS LINK PARTY 12 at graceforagypsy.com/a-gathering-of-friends-link-party-12/

    1. Thank you Sylvia, and thanks for the invite πŸ™‚

  15. What a funky change up! It all looks so refreshing! I would love a laundry room, would add so much space to the house and actually make laundry less of a chore! Sim #TrafficJam x

    1. Thank you so much Sim, I totally know what you mean – our first house didn’t have one either.

  16. That looks so good! I liked the tip about painting your appliances, too.

    1. Thank you and I’m thrilled you liked the tip too πŸ™‚

  17. Love what you did here. I used the same contact paper for the backs of cabinets. I love it too. It turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing with #omhgww.

    1. Thank you Clearissa, isn’t contact paper great. Easy and inexpensive updates and make a huge impact and difference.

  18. Great makeover on a budget! Your cabinets look brand new.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    1. Thank you so much Kippi – I don’t dread going in there any more πŸ™‚

  19. It looks really good, Chas!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!
    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thank you, I’m thrilled you like it Michelle πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Antionette, and I’m really enjoying being in there.

  20. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Sorry I am late! I have been running behind this making memories! Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I’ve totally been having that kind of week too!!!

  21. Absolutely LOVE how this turned out Chas, isn’t it amazing how just a little bit of elbow grease and some inexpensive products used creatively can elevate a space so much!? Love doing this blog hop with you!

    1. Thank you so much Tarah! I was a little worried of how the hybrid contact wall paper would last, but 2 1/2 years and going strong. πŸ™‚ Love doing this blog hop with you too!

    1. Thank you so very much Barbara, I’m so glad you like it. I’m enjoying it and love going in there now.

    1. Thank you so much, I’m so pleased you like it.

  22. Chas, this looks fantastic! I have only one room in my entire house that I hate, and its the laundry room. You’ve provided me with some inspiration and perhaps there is hope for it in the future after all. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Kim, I’m thrilled you like it and it has inspired you.

  23. Julie Briones says:

    What a great, budget-friendly makeover, Chas! Love the contact paper and the backsplash, too! I’m happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this coming Tuesday! Pinned!

  24. My laundry room is on my list, so you are inspiring me! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Kristin, and I can’t wait to see what you do.

  25. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    Thank you so much for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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