Laundry Room Makeover for UNDER $50! (and 2 Hours)

See how I turned my problematic laundry room into a beautifully organized room for UNDER $50 and 2 hours!
I don't know about you but my laundry room was seriously always the pits! It was full of overflow junk all of the time. Before guests would come over I would throw stuff in there because I could close the door and it was out of the way. Well...I finally had enough of the clutter! I was over my laundry room being a problematic area, it was time for a makeover!!
My goal was to utilize as much space as possible! Our ceilings in the laundry room are 9' high so I really wanted to take advantage of the overhead space. When I would lay awake at night troubled by my laundry room dilemma (ha) I kept thinking of adding one really tall cabinet with shelving on the side of it...So that's just what I did!
I found my cabinet on Craigslist for $30! It's solid wood and is 42" tall. I added crown molding to give it some more dimension. These pieces I had in our scrap pile in the garage. However, if you were to buy them it would be under $10! I was inspired by a kitchen renovation post from The Lettered Cottage a few years ago and always kept it in the back of my brain. They show you exactly how to add taller trim to cabinets.
Building The Shelves:
To build the shelves I used 2" white pine boards and had them cut to the lengths that I needed at Lowe's Home Improvement. The total cost of these were under $4
I then used Laminate Shelf Boards for my actual shelves. Again, I had Lowe's cut this for me so it was super easy to install once I got home! The cost of this board was $12.98. I decided to only use one board because that made 2 shelves - I figured I could come back and add more later if I decided that I needed more shelves...but honestly, the 2 shelves is working out perfect! (especially since I have tall decorations).
Yeeeears ago my hubby bought this portable Husky air compressor and let me just tell you, it is the bomb! It is so reliable, so handy, so easy to maneuver, and so easy to use! So easy to use that I use it all of the time!! - I'm sure that when my husband bought this 3 houses ago he didn't picture me using it ;-p But seriously, it is one of my post favorite power tools!
Step 1:
-Hang wall cabinet - use wood screws and make sure that you drill into wall studs otherwise your cabinet will fall
Step 2:
-Measure where you would like your support boards to go and mark on wall
Step 3:
-Using air nailer gun nail your boards to the wall (be careful that there are no pipes or wires where you are nailing them)
Step 4:
-Place laminate shelf boards on top of support boards
Step 5:
-Paint and make pretty!
Finishing Touches:
I used a small angular paint brush to cut in (paint around the edges, wall, etc). It worked great!!
Finally, caulk where necessary...I actually still need to do this, blah! It's so easy to do, but just isn't the most fun...the most fun part is decorating and throwing away junk that you didn't need in the first place! ;-)
I REALLY love the way my laundry room makeover turned out!!
I can't believe the difference a few bucks and 2 hours can make!!
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  • Barbara
    on Feb 7, 2017

    Great idea! Would better if you replaced the wire shelf with amother laminate one! It would match better!

  • Lilach Loughead
    on Aug 28, 2017

    Finally, I see the shelves I want to do in a gap I got above my little office desk at home..... I just hope I can show it to someone that can help me do that, and I just wonder did they use nails or screws to get that to the wall? Since I got three walls (one is the side of the chimney) that I will use at the back and side of the shelve
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