The reveal and total cost for our low budget laundry room refresh.
Finally. Our little laundry room makeover project is finished! And it's so much brighter and fresher in here that it's making me want to redo several more rooms. Does that ever happen to you? Redo one thing and then you want to redo so much more. I like to call it the domino effect and it happens to me all. the. time. For now, let's focus on the refreshed teeny tiny laundry room.
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Here's how it all started. A group of home bloggers and myself decided to accept a challenge to makeover a room in our home for no more than $100. A big thanks to Erin at Lemon, Lavender, & Laundry for coordinating the whole thing. You can see all of the awesome room makeovers at the bottom of the page. You won't believe the talent and creativity in these projects!
Knowing that $100 doesn't go very far when giving a room a makeover, I decided to stay small and try to use mostly things from my oversize stash. Our tiny laundry room desperately needed a refresh so it got the attention for this project.
Here's what it looked like at the beginning of January.
I was so over the yellow and the wood door. And apparently I did a sloppy job painting around the door the last time. Oops! I had purchased the rug to add a pop of color, which it did, but I was tired of it as well. I knew I wanted to make the room lighter and fresher and that I had most of the supplies I would need to do it.
Here's how it looks now.
*All sources are listed below the idea board at the bottom of the post*
Such a big difference in such a small space. This room is open to our kitchen so it's always in view and now I don't cringe when I see it.
It's a tiny room, so small that you feel like you're in a closet. The lighter colors and softer rug help keep the space light and bright now and make it seem bigger than it really is.
I had just enough brick wallpaper for the end wall. It's an outer wall that has brick on the outside and I wanted the illusion of painted brick. It looks so realistic, doesn't it? It turned out better than I had hoped!
Here's a close up of the wallpaper. The texture is very authentic.
As I was installing the wallpaper I made a how-to video and will be sharing it soon. I've never shared a how-to video before so you'll have to be forgiving, but I'll be showing all the steps for hanging wallpaper. I've been hanging it for years and hopefully will have some tips you find helpful. Stay tuned! I hope to have it posted soon.
The vintage wooden clothes pins are some I've had for years. They were previously on the shelf above the washer and dryer. I didn't put them back up there and now I'm able to see them all the time. Why keep them stashed away? It's much more fun to have them down lower where they can be seen and enjoyed.
New baskets on the top shelf help keep the space tidy. And a new cover for our ironing board gave it a fresh new look.
It hangs up and out of the way with the iron on a wall mounted rack.
I've had the wall mounted drying rack for years and use it almost every time I wash clothes. It's a great space saver and is perfect for small laundry rooms like ours.
The metal laundry bin was also something I already had, but it was being used to store the kitty's bag of dry food. Isn't that where everyone keeps the cat food? Anyway, it got washed and is now where it belongs...in the laundry room. Bleach and dryer sheets are hidden inside of it.
Some grocery store tulips in a vintage mason jar add a pop of color, and the woven tray adds some texture.
I also created some vintage themed printables for the wall behind the washer and dryer. I attached them to a piece of twine with wooden clothespins. They've curled on the edges a bit so I'll probably frame them or print them on card stock. It's an easy fix.
You can download the printables for free. Click the version you're interested in below.
The punch list:
Here's the complete to-do list for the $100 Laundry Room Makeover, in the order it was completed:
- ✓ Remove shelves, baskets, drying rack, and everything except washer and dryer
- ✓ Caulk around door trim
- ✓ Patch nail holes and sand them when dry
- ✓ Paint walls
- ✓ Prime accent wall for wallpaper
- ✓ Install Paintable Brick Wallpaper
- ✓ Paint the wallpaper
- ✓ Prime and paint wood door and surrounding trim
- ✓ Reinstall shelf over the washer and dryer, wall mounted drying rack, ironing board rack
- ✓ Add artwork and baskets
- ✓ Bring laundry supplies back into the space
- ✓ Add rug and accessories
- Celebrate with a glass of wine and a massage
I already had some items on hand, either in this room, in my paint/wallpaper/tool stash, or being used somewhere else in the house.
＄0 Zero dollars spent on these items that I already had:
- Paintable Brick Wallpaper - I had a partial roll and that's all I needed for this small accent wall
- Wall Mounted Drying Rack - already had it in this room
- Paint for trim and walls - leftover from previous projects
- Metal Laundry Powder Bin - previously used to store cat food
- Ironing Board/Iron Rack - already had it in this room
- Woven tray - borrowed from the family room
- Lidded glass jars - already had them in this room
- Wire shelf over the washer and dryer - already had it in this room
- Large Woven Basket - borrowed from the family room
- Blue Mason Jar - already had it, similar ones HERE
- Miscellaneous painting and wallpapering tools, caulk, etc., and ladder used on this project - already had these
＄0 The vintage artwork was something I created from free online graphics and then printed them and hung them with clothespins on a piece of twine. I had these on hand as well.
- vintage themed artwork
＄0 I used a gift card and customer rewards points for these, so again, zero dollars spent here:
＄73.38 Here's where my budget went:
- Small Area Rug $14.99 + tax - HomeGoods (since they're hit or miss, it's also available HERE)
- Ironing Board Cover $19.60 + tax - bought on sale with free shipping
- Primer for wallpaper $8.99 plus tax
- Roller Cover $3.29 plus tax
- Paint for wallpaper $19.99 plus tax
＄ Total money spent : $73.38 including local tax (9.75%)
Not bad for a complete makeover! I guess sometimes it's a good thing to have too much stuff.
CLICK ITEM LISTING FOR SOURCES:
Rug | Wall Mount Drying Rack | Wallpaper | Baskets | Laundry Soap Bin | Ironing Board Cover | Large Woven Basket | Blue Mason Jar
Wall Paint - Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments, eggshell finish
Wallpaper and Door color - Benjamin Moore White Dove, eggshell finish on the wallpaper, satin finish on the door.
What do you think? It looks like a brand new space, doesn't it?
I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge because it made me think outside the box and get really creative. When my husband and I were newlyweds 25 years ago we had a tiny budget so I learned to stretch our dollars on everything, including home decor. Our budget isn't quite as tight these days but I still love projects like this. The next time you're tired of the way a room looks, shop your house, get creative, spend a few dollars and a little time. Before you know it you'll have a fresh space that you love.
Have you done any low budget room makeovers? How did you do it?
Here are some of my other low budget projects that you might enjoy.
A messy junk closet is transformed into a mini office here:
Don't forget to keep scrolling to the bottom of the page to see all the $100 room makeovers!