Small Laundry Room Makeover
A laundry room needs to be functional (like these hard-working laundry rooms), but it’s not usually the first room on the list for a face-lift or makeover. Then why do we all dream of a beautiful, cheery laundry room — without doing anything about it? I can’t really answer that (because I’m guilty of complaining without taking action!), but I love what our guest today did in just two days (between when her old washer and dryer died and the new ones were delivered!) to make her small laundry room a happier, more functional space:
What makes the difference between a boring laundry room and a laundry room that makes you smile? Most often, it’s the small details like
a fresh coat of paint in a color you love
new curtains (or a painted floor!)
personalized laundry bags
a splurge on something you love, like subway tile
a great bit of storage
or a fun new light fixture.
For our guest, the difference between boring-before and beautiful-after was two days, some paint, and — wait for it — a new, whiter lightbulb! Here’s Melinda to share her simple but wonderful small laundry room makeover:
Small Laundry Room Makeover
by Melinda of Love Melinda
I’m so excited to be here on Remodelaholic sharing my laundry room makeover! I’m Melinda. My family and I moved into a 100-year-old church a couple of years ago and my blog, Love Melinda, features DIY stories from my mission to turn this beautiful old church into the home of my dreams.
I started this DIY journey many years ago with few skills. I have remodeled several homes along the way and have learned so much. My favorite things about DIY are the challenge, the skills I learn, and of course the beautiful results when the project is done!
Some of my favorite projects so far are my Master Bathroom Painted Vanity, a Painted Entryway Armoire, and my solution for bathroom storage with baskets.
Our laundry room featured a clunky old washing machine that the 100-year-old church may have been built around. Ok, it wasn’t that old but it certainly looked like it. The rest of the laundry room wasn’t much better. In fact, this space would be best described as a laundry closet because we barely had room for a bottle of detergent. It was on our list of spaces to improve but it was way down the list. Then one day, with a final flurry of sputters and wheezes, the ancient washing machine died. We couldn’t ignore it anymore. I thought since we would be replacing the machines that we might as well rearrange and spruce things up. I ordered the new machines and had a whole two days before delivery to makeover the space.
Plans for the space included a stacked washer and dryer, more accessible shelves, and a functional space for hanging laundry. My first step was to remove the shelf above the washer so I could fit the stackable machines. It took a crow bar and a little elbow grease but popped off pretty easily.
I taped everything off, filled in the nail holes and gave the walls a coat of Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore. It’s a color I’ve used in a bathroom before and loved it. The ceiling got a coat of Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
I decided to do a little accent painting by taping off a border around the room about halfway up the wall.
I used a plastic cup, dipped it in white paint and painted random circles in the taped off section.
After the circles were dry I pulled off the painter’s tape and was pleased with the results!
Then it was time to move on to the shelves. I saved the shelf and the support boards that I removed from above the old washing machine and cut it into small shelves that would fit to the right of the pillar in the center of the closet. I needed two support boards for each shelf. I cut my short support boards at 5.5 inches and the long boards at 10 inches. I cut the three shelves at 6 x 10 inches so that the front of the shelf would hang over the support board just a little but still be even with the wall.
All of the shelf pieces got a coat of white paint and they were ready to go up on the wall. For installation I nailed up the two support boards (one short and one long) for each shelf. The long support was flush with the wall on the left and the short support rests against the long board. I decided on 18 inches as the magic number between my shelves. That gave me enough room for tall detergent bottles! After the support boards were in I nailed in the shelf into the supports. These small shelves were the same design as the existing shelves so they matched and were very easy to install.
I left the existing shelf that was above the original dryer. I taped off the newly painted walls and painted that white to match my new small shelves (the wall color is so different in this picture because it was before I installed the new LED bulb).
Thankfully the paint was all dry when the new washer and dryer were delivered! They stacked the machines for me and had them up and running in no time. Being without a washer and dryer for even a few days is too long, oh how the laundry piles up! We did not move any outlets with this project so we did need to purchase a 10 foot long dryer cord so it would reach the outlet where the old dryer was located. The dryer venting duct was long enough to reach the new dryer but was a bit of an eye sore. Instead of covering them up with anything permanent I just placed our hamper in front of them.
There is very little natural light around the laundry closet so I installed a bright LED light in the recessed light. The baskets were something I already had in the house and I added a little jar for loose change that always comes my way. Here’s the before and after pictures again (because everyone loves befores and afters!)
The hanging bar is much more functional now. You can actually walk into this laundry closet!
- Painting- 4 hours (why do small spaces take so much time to paint?!)
- Shelves- 1.5 hours
- Wall paint $37
- Ceiling paint-free (leftover)
- Shelves- free (salvaged from existing shelf)
- Baskets- already owned
- Washer and dryer $1500
- 10 ft dryer cord $30
- Total: $1567 ($67 without a new washer and dryer!)
- Wall paint-Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments
- Ceiling/shelf/circles paint- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer from Lowe’s
- 10 ft dryer cord from Amazon (no local stores carried them)
- I researched stackable washers and dryers before we hit go on this project. I learned that some are quieter than others and that you should always use a stacking kit for safety.
- Although these were very simple shelves I had not tackled shelves before. A good quick and easy shelf project to start with!
- I realized that even with small spaces an easy makeover can make a big impact. My quality of life when it comes to laundry went way up!
Thank you for allowing me to share my project here on Remodelaholic and I hope you find some of my ideas helpful in your future projects! Love, Melinda
Great work, Melinda! Who knew that a new lightbulb and some paint could make such a difference?
Visit Love Melinda for more of Melinda’s adventures of living in a converted church (so cool!) and creative tutorials like these door storage pockets and her reclaimed window headboard.
And PS: Does Melinda’s circle painted wall remind any of you looong-time readers of anything? Like, say, a certain 1-hour wall stencil I did way back in the day? 🙂
I love all the ideas and Melinda’s makeover is great! You’ve got me brainstorming, Cass… 🙂
I like brainstorming! Show us pics when you do what you’re thinking of 🙂
Looks great! I’m working on my laundry room right now too. so thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks Keitha, good luck with your laundry room!
Thanks for featuring my laundry room! 🙂
Thanks for being our guest, Melinda!
Our laundry room is in our unfinished basement. I can’t wait until we have the money to finish it up!
I have a thing for laundry rooms and kitchens. haha. I can’t get over the extra space!
Love the bubbles. And in 2-days! Great job.
It was amazing how much space I gained by stacking machines. I smile every time I “walk into” my new laundry room. 🙂 Funny I never intended for the circles to be bubbles but it totally makes sense in a laundry room!
I have a very similar washer/dryer area in my house and would love to have a stacled washer and dryer, a few questions. Your washer and dryer do not look like a traditional stack set. Are they just regular front load set? were they capable of being stacked without a kit? How much is the stacking kit?
That makeover is genius! I love it!
Love everything about this! Sharing on fb today! Thanks!!!
I love this room – the paint color is perfect for a laundry room and I love the stackable units. I recently did a laundry room makeover and I agree with Melinda, it has made my life so much easier! There’s definitely something to be said for getting organized.
Here’s a link to my laundry room (I added a gift wrap station and a pegboard for extra storage).
I have a similar situation for my washer and dryer, a closet I hate it! Is the washer/dryer set you purchased a set made to be stackable or just because it’s a front load it’s capable of being stackable? And how much does a stacking kit run?
Not all front loading machines are stackable. My stacking kit came with my machines. It’s just a few metal brackets so I don’t think it would cost much.
Good luck with your laundry closet!
I’m just curious, with the stackable washer/dryer combo, is your laundry room on the main floor of the house? Ours is on the second floor and I’m wondering if they’d be too heavy.
Our laundry room is on the lower level (basically the basement of our converted church). So I’m not sure if these stackable machines would be too heavy. Sorry I couldn’t give you more information!
How do you reach the controls on the top