This is the day we’ve all been waiting for! It’s “Reveal Day” for my first $100 room makeover blog hop. I might have cheated a little bit because my “room” is actually a closet. But that’s the room that needed work so I spent this month updating my laundry closet! Are you prepared for the mess you’re about to see? Here it is BEFORE the makeover:
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Laundry Closet Makeover on Less Than $100
Yep, my laundry closet was in desperate need of help. I was very tempted to clean it up before I took a picture to share with you. But I wanted to be honest. That’s what it’s looked like for a while now. And it was actually worse for a while during my busy fall work season.
My inspiration came from several laundry rooms with brick walls that I saw on Fixer Upper and other websites. Unfortunately, we have no exposed brick walls in our home so I came up with a way to fake it.
But first I painted the shelf, two side walls, and the back wall above the shelf. I just used paint leftover from other projects. $0 so far.
Here’s where it starts to get interesting. This is NOT regular wallpaper. It’s peel and stick wall decor! That means if I hang it up crooked, I can peel it off and fix it! It was amazingly easy to work with. I just measured, cut, started peeling off the paper at the top, stuck it on, and smoothed it down. I used that bright green plastic tool laying on the dryer.
Ta da! I now have an exposed brick wall in my laundry closet! Tip: Since no one will ever see behind my washing machine and dryer, I didn’t take the brick all the way down to the floor. The only tricky part was around the faucets.
Here’s a close up of the faucet area. I feel like I did a pretty good job. There is a tiny, tiny little crack where it didn’t meet. I pointed it out for you with the arrow.
The shelf was made with a 1″ x 6″ from our local hardware store. I stained it with stain from another project but the brackets are new.
Here’s the finished “room”. It’s VERY hard to get a good photo of my laundry area because it’s in an upstairs hall. I couldn’t stand directly in front of it and get a photo of the whole room.
Here are the other projects I shared from this makeover:
- How to Cover Storage Boxes with Drop Cloth
- Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Homemade Dryer Balls
- Homemade Dryer Sheets
- My First Experience with Appliance Paint
I already had the laundry decor pieces, too. It’s fun “shopping” your own house! This washboard is a reminder for me to be thankful for my washer and dryer!
UPDATE: I did a Facebook Live not too long after posting this… take a look:
Supplies Used in my Laundry Closet
I’ve linked to Amazon where possible and often their price is lower than what I paid locally!
- white paint – FREE, leftover from a DIY project
- light green wall paint – FREE, leftover from painting bedroom walls
- paint roller kit – $5.00
- paint brushes – already owned
- brick peel-and-stick wall decor – $35
- smoothing tool – $5
- 1″ x 6″ board – $8
- stain – FREE, leftover
- shelf brackets – $16
- appliance spray paint – $6
- appliance touch up paint – $5
- basket – FREE, a hand-me-up from Jordann
- drop cloth to cover boxes (6 oz, lightweight) – $16
- spray adhesive – FREE, leftover
- gold spray paint – FREE, leftover
I could have done it a lot cheaper if I just painted the whole room. But I LOVE the character the brick gives this little space. We share at these blog parties. Featured on: Dishing It & Digging It
Other Laundry Closet Ideas
- Mount a drying rack to the wall or ceiling above the washer and dryer.
- Add shelves above the washer and dryer.
- Line the shelves with baskets for hidden storage. I prefer boxes with lids to protect my stuff from dust.
- Replace the doors with a curtain for more room.
- Paint the walls white and/or add a mirror to give the illusion of more space.
- If you have a small space between the washer and dryer, build a little shelf.
- Add a small fake plant.
- Add some hooks to the walls.
- Use an ironing pad on top of the dryer instead of an ironing board.
Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear your ideas for a small laundry closet, too. Leave a comment and let me know. Originally published on March 31, 2017.
‘Til the next project,