Farmhouse Laundry Renovation: Reveal

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6 Months

This project has been a long time coming and took us a total of 6 months from start to finish. My husband and I did all the work ourselves without hiring out a single bit of it. It's a lot of work living in an 1800's farmhouse but we're passionate about restoring it and this was a room we've wanted to renovate from the very beginning.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

BEFORE. What used to be the farmhouses front porch and front entryway was "transformed" by the previous owner into a laundry room. They completely botched it by adding some cheap paneling, a few pieces of drywall, and a plywood ceiling. They also board up the entryway into our bedroom which we soon uncovered adding a second entryway to this room and making laundry that much easier!

This was the listing photo and doesn't even touch on how bad this room truly was.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

We started by demoing the entire room. Removing the paneling, ceiling and any drywall that was existing. We ran into many roadblocks along the way including bad plumbing, terrible structuring, and many issues in our original design. The first purchase we made was a demolition hammer to make the demo quicker and more efficient. The only thing salvaged in this room was the wood floors and the original doorway.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

Once this room was completely demoed, we started by adding some extra insulation in areas that were missing it, hanging drywall board and mudding and taping. This was the longest part of the renovation as nothing in our farmhouse is level or square.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

I wanted to keep the peaked ceiling and instead of drywalling, we opted to use carsiding, better known as shiplap. This was the easiest part of the renovation. I held the shiplap in place while my husband nailed it using a finish nailer.

I also found that awesome beam on facebook marketplace for $15! Once the shiplap was installed, we hung the beam using large bolts and washers. We drilled a hole through the center of the beam to wire my schoolhouse light through.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

Next up was saving these original wood floors! Many people told me they weren't salvageable and although they do slope, we opted to save them. We rented an edge and drum sander and got to work. Within six hours we had them sanded completely down and sealed using just tung oil!

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

I painted the walls using Sherwin Williams Anew Gray and we were able to set to work cutting and hanging trim. We went with 10" pine boards to match the rest of the original trim throughout the house.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

I had some existing cabinets throughout the house that we were able to salvage as well by ordering custom made shaker doors to fit. This helped cut down on our budget dramatically by not having to purchase all new cabinets! They were made from a paint grade maple with mdf inserts. I painted them using Country Chic Paint in "Hollow Hill" which is a deep green. I knew I wanted a pop of color in here but wasn't ready to commit to a bold wall color.

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

Once painted, we screwed the cabinets into place and moved our washer and dryer underneath them. We achieve the look of built-ins at a fraction of the cost!

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

The doorway you see pictured above was the original doorway that was boarded up. After removing the paneling we realized the original doorway was completely intact making it super easy to add a vintage door cut to fit by my fabulous husband!

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

I absolutely love my new laundry room and with some hard work and sweat we were able to pull this off spending $1,304. Our budget was $1500 and I am grateful for once we were able to come in under budget!

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal
farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

To complete this renovation, Steele Canvas sent me this amazing reproduction vintage laundry basket! The perfect touch to our vintage inspired laundry room!

Check out my blog to see a complete breakdown of our budget and the complete wood floor tutorial here!

farmhouse laundry renovation reveal

Suggested materials:

  • Drywall
  • Shiplap (Carsiding)
  • Barn Beam
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Hayden Scharrer

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  • Lu Odger
    on Oct 28, 2018

    Where is the wash tub to rinse anything by hand, or wash your hands

    • Hayden Scharrer
      on Oct 28, 2018

      We removed it. We never ever used it the three years we lived here. We use our kitchen sink for everything so it was a total waste of space. I preferred storage cabinets instead.

  • Maryjo Moore
    on Nov 5, 2018

    Beautiful- the dark green looks great, and the floors are so pretty. Do you know what kind of wood they are? (Fir?)

  • Kathy Chojnacki
    on Nov 24, 2018

    Wouldn’t it be better if your washer and dryer were right next to each other with your storage on the side? Especially since the dryer door opens on the wrong side? I really like the green color and little white shelves.

    • Dena English Clark
      on Dec 2, 2018

      You can easily change the direction that the dryer door opens. Just a couple of screws and plastic caps.

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  • Veronica Atha
    on Dec 7, 2018

    Gorgeous! Great job!

  • Lovesunique
    on Dec 9, 2018

    I like how it came together. The beam and the school house light are great and the color of the cabinets looks good; just enough color. Floors and trim and your wood folding table complete the total look you were going for. I would miss the laundry tub very much. Coming in from outside (although it looks like your room does not connect to outside) muddy things get washed off, dog dishes, sometimes the dog! Glad you came in under budget...that's always a good thing!

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