Budget-Friendly Makeover For A Small Laundry Room

March 31, 2020

My budget-friendly laundry room makeover is finally complete! A few months ago I shared my laundry room inspiration and I can’t wait to show you how I brought that vision to life. When we moved into our new home, the laundry room was dated and dingy.

Eventually, I would like to complete a larger renovation on my laundry room, but in the meantime, I wanted to create a space that felt welcoming and didn’t break the bank. I say this all the time, but paint is SO transformative! I painted the walls, the cabinets, and even the floors.

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Small Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Before

Before the makeover, the laundry room had a very retro vibe. The cabinets were dark with 70’s style handles. The baby blue walls and countertops matched the flower drapes. The laminate flooring was old and always looked dirty. The plan was to complete a cheap makeover with a big design impact!

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I wanted the space to feel less…blue. I chose Polar Bear by Behr for the walls and Back to Nature for the cabinets. This was a great opportunity for me to try out Behr’s paint delivery service called Behr Express and it was a great experience!

*For more paint color inspiration, check out the colors of the year for 2020 and 2021.

I easily ordered the paint and supplies online and it was shipped to my front door within a few days. This type of service like Behr Express is even more valuable when the country is practicing social distancing!

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Laundry Room Cabinets

The cabinets were in good condition so I updated them with a fresh coat of paint. I removed the original hardware and replaced them with a simple wooden knob. I filled the holes where the old hardware once was and moved it to the lower corner where it is more common on upper cabinets.

Here are the original cabinets with the dated hardware.

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And here are the cabinets with the new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. I love how the color and paneling on the doors give a subtle cottage vibe.

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Waterfall Shelf

I had Chris build this shelf over the washer and dryer to hide all of the tubes behind the machines. It looks great and gives us a place to hold items like our loose money bowl and photos of the family. I used leftover black paint to match the rest of the space.

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Change Bowl

Countertop

For the countertop, I used black contact paper to modernize the workspace. This project took me a few hours one afternoon and it made such a difference! With crisp, white walls and a clean black countertop, the laundry room was really started to transform.

Here is the countertop before I attached the contact paper.

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And here is the countertop with the new black contact paper.

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Laundry Room Floors

The floors were my favorite transformation. I used Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating to create this black and white checkered pattern. I can’t get over how great it turned out!

Here are the linoleum floors before the makeover:

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And the floors after being painted:

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It is important to create spaces that give me energy. Even though I wasn’t able to create my dream laundry room with all of the bells and whistles, this budget-friendly makeover makes me smile every time I do laundry.

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Sources & Budget Breakdown

If you include the floor paint, I went slightly over my budget of $300 with a total of $385. If I don’t factor in the floor paint at cost, I actually come in UNDER budget at $235! I’ll take it! 🙂

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3 Comments

  • Reply Before and After: A $300 Redo Pulls This Dull Laundry Room Out of the ’70s – PushUP24 July 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm

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  • Reply Elizabeth August 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing!!

    • Reply lindseymahoney August 18, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Than you so much!

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