Airing My Dirty Laundry--Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

Woodshop Diaries
by Woodshop Diaries
I've always wanted a nice laundry room. My past homes have only had small laundry closets. When we moved into our current house, it had a good sized laundry room and I was excited to finally have a real laundry ROOM. This is what our old laundry room looked like. It had utility cabinets that were nice, but took up ALOT of space. It was dark and cramped and I just needed something bright and happy.
Some of you may remember my sliding barn doors from a few months ago. This is what was hidden behind them. Now that the entrance to the room was pretty, I wanted the inside to be pretty too!
Below is my favorite picture of the new room, but it was still missing the trim when I took it, and it was missing a door knob on one of the cabinets, and I had a dirty coat laying on the dryer. This is real life, people. HAHA.
I built the cabinets, countertop, shelves, drying rack, bench, and water heater cover. I replaced the closet door with a cute curtain, we painted the walls, replaced the back door and redid the trim. Although we got rid of the cabinets, we were still able to store and hide all the stuff we had in it in the cabinets I built and the existing closet.

And since I sold the old cabinets for $300, I was able to pay for the entire redo with that money (except the new back door, which we were going to replace anyway) and still have some leftover!
I decorated with some of my grandma's old mason jars, and her old washboard and tea towel.
I used my rubber work boots to do double duty as decoration. This new bench is great for coming in and taking off boots.
The new cabinets and countertop are so convenient and make the room feel so much more open than before. And with all the shelves, I have room to display some of my favorite things!
We store our brooms, mops, cleaning supplies, and vacuums in the closet and the curtain takes up less space and makes it easier to access than the old door.
I built a wood frame and stapled drop cloth material onto it to hide the water heater. It is easy to move out of the way if we ever need to access it. I also used the big laundry sign to cover the electrical panel. We just move it out of the way when we need to get to it.
We replaced the dark recessed light straight out of the 80s and hung a pretty white chandelier and a wooden medallion that I made myself from scraps. It was a pain to hang, but I really love this new chandelier and the medallion is beautiful.
It is so much brighter in here now and I can honestly say that I don’t dread folding laundry in here nearly as much as I used to. It’s actually kind of fun to hang out in here and have a cup of coffee.
Or you know….TOTALLY STAGE drinking a cup of coffee in here to get a good picture. Folks, you are looking at THE world’s greatest do it yourselfer (wannabe). No autographs, please.

So besides the fact that I was really hoping to stay neutral in here, but it ended up looking like someone sprayed a rainbow all over it, I’m pretty pleased with the totally 100% DIYed, and practically free laundry room redo. What do you guys think?

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  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 28, 2017
    Is your water heater electric?

  • Linda Munday Linda Munday on Sep 22, 2017
    Where did u get the lettering on the wall?

  • Kay Kay on Aug 27, 2022

    Love your finished room! 👍️

    Can you tell me the overall dimensions of the room?

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