House to Home: Laundry Room Makeover


..So it begins.

Now that the air conditioning is fixed in the house I can start setting my focus on starting some of the smaller projects around here and there are many. I know I said I would do a video tour but somewhere in the boxes that my husband moved to the basement lies the battery charger to my camera…and my camera is dead.

I want to start with something that I can tackle on my own to prove to my husband that if I take my time I can handle some of the smaller projects around here. I have been known to start projects and not finish them, so this is my redemption project to show him that I can paint within the lines and take an idea from conception to completion without his help. Y’all pray I don’t have to ask for his help!

I am giving myself two months at the most and under $200 to make this transformation. Here are the before photos.

Laundry Room Makeover
Looking into laundry room from kitchen

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover
Excuse my mismatched washer and dryer set. I will get the matching washer eventually *insert sad face*

 

These black doors are killing me
These black doors are killing me

 

Inside of the coat closet
Inside of the coat closet

 

Inside of the pantry
Inside of the pantry

I have seen some photos with black door frames and it looked decent. I will see, but I’m almost certain primer and white paint will be my friend…but you never know.

Laundry Room Makeover

Let’s get into this dirty grout. Ick. I am going to try to scrub it clean myself before calling in someone to do it. Have mercy on my knees.

Yep. I am going to scrape the ceiling.
Yep. I am going to scrape the ceiling.

Have mercy on my arms

Laundry Room Makeover

Looking back out into the kitchen
Looking back out into the kitchen

 

So here are a few of my inspiration photos:

 

Chalkboard wall

AllThingsThrifty.com

wall color

HomeZada.com

Laundrin pins

Indulgy.com

clothes pin wreath

WASH

TipJunkie.com

Wall paper in closet

wsj.com

rug and ironing board pad

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84 Comments

    1. Thanks! I sure hope so. I normally try to rush through things but I’ve read enough DIY blogs to know I need to chill, take my time and really plan out what I am going to do before I start.

  1. Hmm..this makes me slightly inspired to do my laundry room also. It would be a lot easier than the task that you have to complete, such as maybe paint and decor but I’ve never thought to doing anything to the room that I spend the least amount of time in.
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  2. I’m excited for you!!! And I’m inspired! i’ve been in this house for 8 months and I’ve done nothing but unpack!! Can’t wait to see what you do!
    P.S. This has me thinking about my small laundry room. Hmmmmmmm

    1. Ummmm yes. I can’t believe its been 8 months already. Get started, I’ve been waiting to create a beautiful and calming home space. I think it makes a difference.

    1. I am seriously toying with the idea. The ones I’ve seen that worked had a white frame. I am thinking to paint the frame first and see how I feel.

    1. There is so much to do. I’m slightly overwhelmed but I have to just settle on one thing and see it through until completion for starting something else.

  3. Girl I been in my house for….6 years and I we just painted last year I am not the one for decorating but maybe you will inspire me. I actually like the black doors the white doors get dirty with kids and stuff touching them.
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  4. yay im glad y’all are all moved!

    I have some suggestions if you don’t mind them.

    I don’t think anything is wrong with those black doors. It’s the choice of wall color that is all wrong. I think a bright white would make it look great or even some wallpaper that can tie the black in.

    Do what you can with the floor but maybe get a carpet runner the length of that room and that way the floors won’t matter so much.

    Go on and get you some silver spray paint and give your washer a makeover. If it ain’t broke. . . you know the rest. Ride it til the wheels fall off.

    It’s a great room and a very nice size. I know it will be great when you are done.

    P.S Good luck with those ceilings. I saw the popcorn being removed on Property Brother the other night and it was quite a job.
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    1. We are on the same page. I am going to try to put some effort into cleaning the grout but my plan is to throw a big rug down there and call it a day.

      If I didn’t need the space to tie into the kitchen I would probably go with white trim and keep the doors but the colors will be way off. I have to see.

      Nawl on the washer situation! It is truly on it’s last leg just trying to pay off some stuff before we get it.

      Can you come and help me scrape the popcorn off the ceilings?!

  5. I’m partial to the black doors as well. I think the paint on the wall and blank walls to tie in the black color is the issue. The HomeZada inspiration pic is really nice. With two little ones I’d be afraid to have that much white though. LOL. Function is key for laundry rooms and organization and storage which you have with all the cabinets is a bonus. Good luck, can’t wait to see the transformation.
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    1. I am really trying to figure out how to make the doors work but because it has to tie into the kitchen I am a little lost. I have to search out some more inspiration photos to see if I can find something that works. I still think I would paint the trim around the door white. We shall see!

  6. I think that two months is more than enough time to whip that laundry room into shape. No need to injure knees scrubbing that grout. You can get one of those grout pens and just paint it back white or cream. Love the clothes pin wreath. It looks pretty easy to make. Can’t wait to see the transformation once it’s complete.
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  7. I can’t wait to see the transformation! We just bought a new house (our first), and I know it will take us a while to really turn the house into a home…design-wise. I never even thought to make the laundry room nice. Maybe that would actually inspire me to do laundry on a regular basis. LOL. I love your inspiration photos…especially those safety pins. Cute! Like other folks, I was thinking that the black doors are nice. You don’t see those in a lot of homes. Have you been checking out Houzz? They might have some ideas aout what to do about the black doors and trim. Now, about scrubbing that grout and scraping the ceiling…you go, girl!
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    1. I stay on Houzz. Stay. I just have a hard time taking things from inspiration to real life because I am so literal. Like I will be trying to find the exact piece instead of something that is similar and available. I am going to do better.

      Congratulations on the new home, it will indeed take time. I keep telling myself because I want this house completely done in a matter of months. I keep telling myself this is our forever house. I have time!

  8. That’s some laundry room! I need a laundry room that size. And speaking of a new set.. girl. I’m just trying to convince myself that the set that I have is good enough even though I really want a new front load set. Maybe for Black Friday. IDK.

    I’m sure if you pace yourself, you’ll be able to get things done. Patience is key, And I’m sure with the kids in school, you’ll have more time to get things done. I can’t wait to see how everything comes out. Good luck!
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    1. I didn’t get the front load set I ended up getting the dryer that matches a washing machine that top loads but has the capacity of a front loader and it doesn’t have an agitator so you can fit a comforter in there. It was cheaper and the man said it had the same capabilities. A no brainer!

  9. I had to laugh about the starting/not finishing projects–I’ve been known to do the same, but mine are usually huge garden projects. We just have too much creativity and not enough time, right?! We went through a major renovation a year ago, and it’s really time consuming–but it’s such a happy day when it’s done. Your laundry room is going to look great. We spend so much time in the laundry room that it should look good, but it’s usually the most neglected room decor-wise in the house. I love the wreathe you showed, and I think I need to steal that idea for our laundry room–too cute. Good luck with your project!
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    1. I am theeeee absolute worse at starting and not finishing but not this time..I think!

      I am in love with your blog. I am wanting to start a garden and thought I would have to wait until the spring but I found some great information on your blog and I’m pretty sure I am going to start doing something in a few weeks. You definitely have a new reader!!

  10. of course you can do it! πŸ™‚ I think it’s great to announce to the world when you decide to tackle a project – you’ll be more motivated to actually finish it. and you’re husband is gonna be damn proud of you. πŸ˜‰ I’m quite curious about the end result (I like your inspiration photos). BTW, love the peek into your kitchen. <3

    1. EXACTLY. If I say I am going to do it on the blog and then people start inquiring about the progress that will be the kick in the bootay that I need!

  11. Ugh, those popcorn ceilings. I feel for you!! And I must admit, I kinda like the black doors, but I understand white might open up the space a bit. Please post progress pics along the way. My laundry room is in desperate need of some love.

    Liz
    PINKx3.com

  12. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    I hate that you apologized for the mismatched washer and dryer. There are so many people who would love to have ANY type of washer and dryer. πŸ™‚
    I’m excited for your redo and I think you can do this. There isn’t anything major that you have to do, just take your time and do it right the first time.
    One of our fellow bloggers just wrote a post about grout.
    http://theroadtodomestication.com/2013/09/12/grout-cleaner-extraordinaire/comment-page-1/#comment-2426

  13. Good luck! That’s quite a project. I am also guilty of starting and not finishing projects. I think we should start some kind of support group where we all go and finish each other’s projects! My hubby would explode if I took 2 months to finish a project. At the most, I get a week!

  14. I love that white laundry room . . . so clean and fresh looking. Ours isn’t bad, but it isn’t good. One thing I need is a place to fold clothes. I find myself dumping them into a laundry basket unfolded and there they stay (and get all wrinkled!). Good luck getting your project done!

    1. My budget is small. Not to mention $100 of it was a gift card from our realtor. I still haven’t hit the budget but I’m sure I will. Just hopefully not that much over. Are you serious about the bleach? I didn’t think to try that but trust me I am going to. That grout is disgusting. Crossing my fingers. Thank you so much for the tip.

    1. Thank you! It is fun. I have been waiting a very long time for this moment. I have to realize that it will still take a tremendous amount of time until I can get it where I want it but it will come.

    1. I spent my entire Friday evening in there working. Talking about Friday night party! I will definitely share the progress. Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Yes! Get out of my head. I finally decided to go with a light brown on the wall and I am painting the cabinets white. They are all primed and ready for paint.

    1. Now if only I weren’t so indecisive. I think I have finally narrowed down the paint colors! Choosing paint colors is a life altering decision. Maybe I should’ve given you a call!

  15. How fun! I love your inspiration pictures. I totally understand about removing the popcorn from the ceiling. We had our home built and tried to get the builders to put in smooth ceilings. However, that option was not available, so my husband spent the first two years in our home scraping the ceilings. Bless his heart! It was a lot of work, but it looks so nice without the cottage cheese look. πŸ˜‰
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    1. I’ve given up on scraping the ceiling. I think eventually I will have someone professional come in and do it but for right now my husband works alot and if I start then it might be a minute before he can come and rescue me and it will be looking a hot, half done mess!

  16. Wow Mimi! This is a cool project, and you’ve got some really good inspiration photos. Have you seen the clothes pin light over at Young House Love? It’s a DIY project for the laundry room. One of your inspiration photos reminded me of it. What did you decide on the black trim? I can’t wait to see your finished project!
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    1. I looooove Young House Love. I haven’t seen that but I am headed to put it in the search box. I did decide to keep two of the doors black and just paint the trim white! I think it is going to look nice, if only I can get it finished!

  17. I just did my laundry room. Well, it’s too small to actually do anything with, but I put a tension rod up to store spray bottles and hangars. And to give me a place to hang clothes as they come out of the dryer. I also cleared the top of the washer and dryer of all the extra stuff. Still, that was enough to make a huge difference. Looking forward to the final result!
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  18. I really like your black doors and cabinets, if I had the space I would do that in my laundry room. Our laundry room is located in our main floor bath, having so much black paint would make the space feel dark and confined. A silvery-gray wall color would like nice with your dryer set. Have fun, can’t wait to see what you decide on!
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  19. Yet another person here, jealous of your laundry room. It’s a lot nicer than mine! I just try to spend as little time in it as possible. πŸ™‚

    I think repainting the doors will make the biggest difference. Do that first!
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  20. Well, looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you!! I wish I was brave enough to give a tour of my laundry room! aaaah…maybe I’ll follow your footsteps and give it a go this month. In fact I think I will, why not? I may actually like doing laundry, especially if it looks like that beautiful white laundry! Gorgeous! Thanks for this! And good luck!

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