This month I’ve taken the leap and finally begun a wardrobe makeover for my stay-at-home-mom self! I haven’t actually bought any clothes yet… I’m still planning out the makeover and making a list so that I can be intentional about my new wardrobe. But in the meantime I’ve been organizing and updating our clothes-related spaces. This week I’m sharing our laundry room update on a budget.
Laundry Room Before
You know how I told you last week that I painted most of the main rooms in the house and left the smaller areas like closets for later? Well, the laundry room was one of those areas. So for months now we’ve had beautiful white walls in most of the house, then I’ll be looking down the hallway and see our little yellow laundry room. This picture is the wrong angle, but it gives you an idea. It was driving me crazy!
There are so many pictures of beautiful laundry rooms with wood counters and tile backsplashes… and they are so much fun to look at! But we needed a quick, inexpensive update without the headache of moving water lines and electrical sockets. Although I do hope to do a full laundry room makeover someday, this is a quick and simple update for our little workhorse of a room.
Here is our laundry room before. It’s a small room, so it’s difficult to get a decent picture of the whole space, but you get the idea. It wasn’t a bad space, but I was hoping to improve it a little.
This room had been frustrating me for several reasons. The yellow walls and poor lighting made the room dim and dingy looking, so it was hard to see stains let alone treat them. The shelf was too high for me to reach easily, so I only stored odd things on the shelf and put the things we actually used (like laundry soap) on the washer. Our ironing board was living in a corner next to our laundry hampers and fell over every time I moved the laundry baskets. None of the problems with the room were major, but they were all adding up to one huge headache every time I went in there to do laundry. So naturally I start to avoid laundry! And you can imagine how that goes…
I was also having a problem with little lint bunnies popping up everywhere when my husband did the laundry. We didn’t have a trash can (or room for a trash can) in the laundry room, so I would throw the lint away in the trash can in the kitchen. And hubs would throw the lint away on the shelf. Which I am too short to reach. Plus our mesh laundry bags didn’t have a home besides the ambiguous “on the dryer somewhere” so they would regularly migrate.
All these little problems were adding up to a very frustrating laundry washing experience for me, so I decided it was time to give this room a little love and attention.
Laundry Room After
My hopes for this room were to brighten it up and to fix a bunch of our frustrations. I tore out the particle board shelf and painted the room the same white as the rest of the house. Then I put up a shelf with wood I had left over from our kitchen shelving project. I put the shelf low enough to reach things easily, but high enough that I can still stack a laundry basket under it on the dryer.
After clearing away the things that didn’t need to be stored in the laundry room (plant sprays, bug sprays, paint supplies, etc.), I put the laundry supplies in their new home on the shelf.
For the ironing board, I installed a hook on the wall behind the laundry room door. I looked all over pinterest for ideas and bought two hooks, but discovered after I’d hung the hooks that it didn’t work for our ironing board. So the lesson here is check your ironing board before you spend an hour browsing pinterest for cute hook ideas!
I also found a cute tin tray that was the perfect size for our mesh laundry bags! While I was at it, I upgraded our old ironing board. (Funny story, the other ironing board was one I pulled out of the dumpster when we first got married and didn’t have money for things like ironing boards. Haha! Please tell me I’m not the only one who dumpster dives…)
I think the best thing I did for this room, though, was to add a lint bucket (the little tin pail). Ever since I added it, I haven’t found random fluffs of lint lying on the dryer, or shelf, or floor from when my husband changes out the laundry. He actually puts the lint in the bucket! Yay! If you want to keep a clean house, make it super easy to keep things clean. 😉
So that’s where the laundry room is for now. It’s not “finished” yet, but it looks ten times better than it did. I like going into the room now, and I don’t cringe when I see it down the hallway anymore! It also functions better for us- I can actually reach the shelf, and we have a place to hang our ironing board.
There are a few more things I would like to do for it. I’d really like to replace the globe light with some recessed lights to brighten things up (once I figure out how to do it). I’m also thinking of adding a second shelf above the first for more storage (I didn’t put two shelves up this time because I only had one shelf left over from our open kitchen shelving project). Someday down the road I would love to replace the linoleum floors with tile and put a pretty tile backsplash in, but that’s another project!
Have you done a laundry room makeover recently? What storage solutions are your favorite? Happy Wednesday!
If you’d like to follow along with my wardrobe makeover project, you can read the other posts here: