My Completely Free Laundry Room Makeover

So I do a lot of laundry. How about you?

Just before Christmas I thought it would be a good idea to take a few minutes and go through my laundry room and get rid of all the crap stuff that didn’t belong in there. It was kind of like an episode of Hoarders.

While purging I found some picture frames in there, that I think I bought about 3 years ago and forgot about. I thought I might as well frame some scrap-book paper and hang them up in the laundry closet (you know since they’ve been hanging out in there for 3 years anyways.)

My new pictures looked so pretty that I decided they would look even prettier if I just painted the walls. Why not right?

And that’s how my 30 minute clean out turned into a full-blown makeover and a free laundry room makeover.

It’s been 2 weeks now and it’s finally done.

free-laundry-room-makeoverAnd the makeover didn’t cost me a penny!

cheap-laundry-room-makeoverEverything I used was stuff I already had. Leftover paint, scrapbook paper, scrap fabric, leftover plywood, vinyl, and containers I had in other areas of my house. I was amazed at what I had lying around in my house (that wasn’t being used.) Free is always good.

how-to-paint-stripe-wallsThe most dramatic difference is the walls of course. I had some leftover black paint from my front door and thought it would be the perfect (small) space to add some stripes to my life. I think I was channeling my inner Kardashian. They would totally have a black and white striped laundry room.

But the stripes ended up being a total pain, but I learned a lot. If you are considering painting stripes head on over and check out my post about everything I did wrong (yes I devoted a whole blog post just to painting these stripes.)

heather-bailey-ironing-boardThe ironing board cover was such an easy makeover. It took about 30 minutes total. And I just pieced together some scrap fabric. See Ironing Board Cover tutorial here.

silhouette-cameo-laundry-roomAlthough it’s just a small laundry closet I still wanted to add some prettiness to it. Why the heck not, right?

Click here for details on how I made this paper butterfly garland. I adore it. And best of all it kind of covers up the ugly wire shelf.

My sister bought me the pretty red wire basket from Target. I plan on hanging it on the wall someday.

laundry-room-organizationI found bins and containers from all around my house. These hanging baskets were sitting in Sam’s closet. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the tags. I also used the Silhouette to make the blue vinyl ‘bubbles’ on the garbage can. Yes even the garbage can didn’t stand a chance in this makeover.

silhouette-cameo-laundry-roomI found this clothes pin image in the Silhouette online store. It was so easy, I didn’t even need to change the size. Just cut it out on some yellow vinyl.

The bucket holds all our lint. I know that’s not a normal thing to collect. But we save our lint to give to our composting worms. It makes great bedding for them and they eventually decompose it. It’s not much but anything that I can prevent from going to the dump the better.

silhouette-cameo-craftI found this laundry sign image on the Silhouette store. I painted a scrap piece of plywood yellow and used vinyl to cut out the lettering. You can read all the details here.

washing-machine-silhouette-cameoI found these laundry symbols online. And cut them out with some vinyl.

For 2013 my goal is to makeover all those small spaces in my house (pantry, garage, front foyer, closets etc) since doing the big rooms is such a chore with 2 small kids. I’ll start with the more manageable spaces first.

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Maybe they will help you with your laundry room makeover.

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69 thoughts on “My Completely Free Laundry Room Makeover

  1. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a top
    notch article… but what can I say… I put things
    off a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  2. Inspiring! Plan to do something similar this weekend in my house in London UK. Although mine is half the width as the machines are stacked I plan to paint and the use a fab wallpaper ( of which I have tons kicking about) to jazz it up. May do either side and back a different paper!

    • That sounds awesome Lesley. I’ve actually never used wall paper before. It makes me a bit nervous lining it all up properly.

  3. Glad to see I’m not the only one with a small laundry room (mine is your exact room) I always see posts of these huge lovely laundry rooms & can only sigh. You’ve made my day with something I can do with it although I have to admit I have cupboards above the washer & dryer but the walls YES!

    • OK now I’m jealous of your laundry room! I’ve been on the hunt for some old upper cabinets (yard sales, thrift stores) to hang on the wall instead of that wire shelf. But I’m so cheap I don’t want to spend much on them. And I totally know what you mean about only seeing huge laundry rooms, I don’t know anyone who has an entire room devoted to laundry. And actually this is a huge step up from our last laundry closet which was on the dirt floor basement of a 120 year old home.

  4. Looks amazing! Free is soooooo great. Anyone can make a space look great on an unlimited budget… To do it without buying anything new takes creativity, ingenuity, and talent! Awesome job!

    • Thanks so much Brittany, that’s such a nice complement coming from you. Can’t wait to do our next Habitat Day. It was my first time volunteering with them, and I’m hooked. Hopefully next time we’ll have better weather.

  5. I plan to give my livingroom a little face lift this year! Bought new picture frames, have paint colors in mind….and fingers are crossed for a new couch!

  6. I am working on my kitchen, just little free or cheap makeovers. So far I rearranged the items on top of my cabinets and I painted a dresser in a pretty red and I am using it to store table linens, napkins, paper plates and tablecloths. Looks pretty with new paint.

  7. I’d like to makeover my whole house (we just moved in mid-November), but first thing I am going to tackle is my master bedroom -upholstered headboard, floating nightstands, & curtains! (I might sneak in a roman shade for our foyer -we need to get some privacy going in this place!)

  8. I love this! We are restoring an old farmhouse, so literally EVERY room in the house is getting redone. There isn’t a dedicated laundry room yet, but when the remodel is done the space will be very similar. Thank you for the great ideas on organizing it! Super cute :)

  9. This is super cute! I really love all the crafty things you added (especially the vinyl). I’m inspired to take my circut out of the box and try to learn how to use it. :)

    • Oh yeah Krista you have to use it! You’ll love it. I have a Silhouette, but I know you can do vinyl with the Cricut too. And I get my vinyl for pretty cheap from Pick Your Plum, it’s a daily sales site but every 2 weeks or so vinyl seems to go up for sale. I normally pick up 3 large sheets for $4. Which is nice since I normally mess up a couple of sheets.

  10. So cute! I’d love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  11. Great job! “A place for everything, and everything in its place” :) I need to clean my laundry room; now I’m thinking maybe I need to do a little bit more…

  12. We are going to makeover our kitchen. New counter tops, backsplash, paint, window cornices, etc! Can’t wait!

  13. See, now I can’t even walk into my laundry room. Mine is SO ugly & creepy…I don’t even like going in there. I wish mine was pretty like this! I really need to just bite the bullet & paint & get some rugs. It’s lie 1/2 unfinished & just has cement floors. My goal is to make it pretty by spring time! I’ll be coming back to this post for inspiration :)

    Thank you so much for linking up to The Pinspiration Project :)

    • Melissa I totally know what you mean. Our last house was 120 years old. And our laundry room was in the dark, unfinished, dirt floor basement. It was so bad. When we sold that house I cleaned it up added some shelves with some cute baskets, put down an area rug and hung a couple of pictures (yes on the stone walls) and it made it feel a thousand times less dirty. I wish I had done it when we moved in, not just for showing our house. I didn’t even get to enjoy it.

  14. I love it! My laundry area is just like your before. I was going to repaint the kids bathroom, but now I’m thinking of my laundry. Great job. The stripes were totally worth what you went through!

  15. LOVE THIS!!! I am busy reorganising my house and my laundry is on my list for next week and I have about the same size space as this!! Doesn’t it feel so much better once its done!!!!

    (Hopping over from Hump Day)

  16. I recently renovated my bathroom . I did mine for free too! Your laundry room looks so awesome!! I love free makeovers!!

  17. This is the most fun I’ve ever seen a laundry room have. Maybe laundry wouldn’t be such a chore in a room like that! Great Pinspiration btw.

  18. I’ve done the kitchen last year, i’ve done the bathroom the year before that, so i’m guessing laundry room!(:

    • Eddy thanks so much for entering my giveaway, I’m so happy you stopped by! Good luck with the laundry room. If you’ve done your kitchen the laundry room will be a breeze compared to that!

  19. You’ve got such a fun and vibrant laundry room. It rocks! I found it next to my link up at Full Circle Creations. :)

  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the b/w stripes! I might need to do this in my laundry room! Just finished stripes in my bathroom, but I can never get enough stripes or b/w!

  21. Danielle, what a fantastic makeover! I love that you did it for free and love the graphic black and white stripes in the closet. Everything you post has such fun colors, patterns and is just happy! PS: the new ironing board color looks fabulous in the made over laundry room!

  22. Danielle,
    Wow, great makeover. How about this, I send you some plane tickets and you can come on out with the boys and help me tackle our laundry room redo. The boys can play/destroy my house but at least we could complete one room as opposed to having four rooms in progress. Good news is I now have a sink in the laundry room. I celebrate small steps over here. Love seeing all your stuff.

  23. awesome Job Again! I Need To Get Myself In Gear And Do some Projects In My House. Thanks For The Inspiration!

  24. Glad you mentioned my basket…you really should hang it though. It would make the whole makeover!lol

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