Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Reveal

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.

Budget-friendly laundry room reveal

Laundry Room Transformation

Laundry Room Before

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

Original laundry room

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! 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!

DIY laundry room transformation


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.

Original laundry room design

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.

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.

DIY floating shelf in laundry room
Floating shelf


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.

Laundry room before the makeover

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

Laundry room renovation


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 is how the linoleum looked before I painted them:

Original laundry room

And the floors after being painted:

Modern laundry room renovation
Painted laminate flooring using Rustoleum rock solid

Budget Breakdown

Functional and modern makeover

OK so here is my budget breakdown for the full laundry room transformation.

Everything else in the room I already owned. 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! 🙂

I love creating spaces in my home that give me energy whenever I am in them. 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. Tell me your thoughts on my laundry room makeover below!

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Budget-friendly laundry room makeover with easy DIY projects to modernize a space

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      Than you so much!

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