Life is sweet when you’re a talented designer, writer and entrepreneur… but you still have to do laundry. And sometimes your laundry room would be so much more pleasant and organized if you could give it a little makeover.
This is a true story, and maybe you can sympathize.
Carrie Waller is our designer/writer/entrepreneur with the laundry room situation. But she’s the creative mind behind Dream Green DIY, so she’s bound to have some terrific small laundry room ideas. Not to spoil the ending of the story, her laundry space makeover turns out great!
Carrie agreed to show us how she upgraded her laundry closet– with some fresh paint, new storage solutions, and even some DIY art. These are simple, budget-friendly ideas that you can apply to your own true-life laundry room makeover.
Although our townhouse will forever hold a special place in my heart since it was our first home together, it regrettably came brimming with builder grade fixtures and finishes. Of course, there’s nothing particularly wrong with that, but for an eclectic, antique-loving homeowner such as myself, it left quite a bit to be desired.
So we’ve been working our way through the house, one room at a time, changing out lighting, hardware and faucets to reflect our retro-meets-modern, collected style. One of the final rooms left on the to-do list was our laundry room, and with the help of The Home Depot we finally were able to cross that item off—with a flourish!
A Fresh Coat of Paint and New Cabinets
Before, the space felt more than a little drab. Flat finish beige walls, bare linoleum flooring and not the prettiest sort of wire shelving (and that’s putting it lightly). Over the years, I made the most of our budget and time by DIY-ing a linen curtain to hide the organization, and I added matching storage boxes to the exposed wire shelves, but it never felt particularly “us.” So the very first thing I did was remove the old shelving and break out my paint and paint brush. I chose an almost-white color called “Pensive Sky” by Behr that has just a hint of my favorite shade of minty blue. It’s amazing the difference you can achieve just by changing the wall color.
Next, I added two white wall cabinets in lieu of the previously exposed white wire shelving. By spreading them out, each hung in their respective corners, I was left with a bit of space in between. Here, I added a DIY felt banner that cheerfully reads “Scrub a Dub Dub.” The quippy saying adds personality to the utilitarian space and gives the pint-sized room a dose of bold color.
A New Dryer
The biggest splurge for this space was a brand new Whirlpool Electric Dryer.
There comes a time in (practically) every homeowner’s life when you just have to suck it up and know when it’s time to make a big replacement purchase. Our time came a bit sooner than we would have liked, but the home delivery service from the Home Depot made the process nearly painless. They were in and out in what felt like a matter of minutes and had our old unit whisked away in a jiffy, too.
Laundry Room Storage and Organization
Now onto the storage situation. As I’ve mentioned more than once, we had been living with a set of old wire shelves, which almost immediately bit the dust in this DIY reno. But we had a lot of stuff to cram back into the small space! So in came a wooden shelving unit that had been sitting in our basement for years. The solid surface unit felt far more permanent and, with a couple of coats of Behr “Ultra White” paint (thanks to my tattoo-armed hubby), we were really feeling fancy.
Next, I wanted to give our cleaning supply collection and recycling system a complete overhaul. I was done with stacking paper and plastic on top of our washing machine and also with the pile of cleaners rattling around beneath our kitchen sink. So I took a cue from Pinterest and hung a shoe organizer on the back of the laundry room door to corral our window and oven cleaners, and then attached two old file boxes to the wall labeled for recycling.
So far the new systems have helped enormously with making sure that this multi-functioning room flows smoothly and stays tidy.
The Finishing Touches
With the storage situation fixed up, it was time for all of the finishing touches—my favorite part! I at least partially covered the vinyl floor with a brand new indoor/outdoor beige and aqua area rug, installed a fresh new modern Hampton Bay semi flush mount ceiling light (learn how to install your own ceiling light here on The Home Depot Blog!) and hung some artwork that had been bouncing around in the back of our closet for years.
All told, the project came in at just over $700, which certainly isn’t nothing, but is perfectly on point with this frugal household since that included the cost of our brand new dryer.
Done-it-ourselves multi-functional storage, a brand new reliable appliance and a large dose of style? I’d say this project exceeded expectations and has certainly succeeded in making a once-mundane chore truly a joy to muscle through each week!
Carrie Waller is a freelance writer, designer and blogger living in Lynchburg, Virginia with her husband, John, and pets Rocky, Luna, Ginny and Tonks. She writes about DIY, design and life on her blog Dream Green DIY.
Take a look at more laundry room ideas here on The Home Depot Blog. Follow our Small Spaces, Big Impact board on Pinterest, too, for more small laundry room ideas. And browse The Home Depot’s online Laundry Storage and Organization Department.