Laundry Room Makeover (Part 4 the Final Reveal)

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Hey guys!  Have you subscribed to my free weekly newsletter yet?  If not, CLICK HERE.  Welcome to the “Laundry Room Makeover (Part 4 the Final Reveal)” which is honestly one of the longest posts I have ever written 😯 , so hold on tight.  What I’m going to do is review the entire process quickly, and then BOOM, the final reveal will be all yours.  Geesh, I sure hope you like it.

I dug so deep for these before photos that I almost didn’t make it out of there alive.  Lets get right to it, shall we…

This is what our laundry room looked like right after we moved in about 8.5 years ago.  I think the only changes I had made was to the knobs on the cabinets.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Then, I lost my mind and decided to have the wallpaper removed, and re-done with the ugliest wallpaper I could find.  Honestly, I think I was just searching for my style, you know?  It looks cozy, but very dated, dark, & busy.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Here’s more of THAT after we transformed our bi-fold door closet into a laundry folding nook.  You can read all about that here (I’m still very happy we did this): “Laundry Folding Nook“.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

So, here we are now in 2017.  We dove right in by removing that terrible wallpaper do-it-yourself style.  We wrote a full step-by-step tutorial on stripping wallpaper the easy way in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 1:

How to Strip Wallpaper

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This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Then, we got serious about what we wanted to do on that big wall after the wallpaper was gone.  We decided on something similar to shiplap called tongue-and-groove wood siding.  We also include a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a tongue-and-groove wood siding wall in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 2:

DIY Wood Tongue-and-Groove Siding

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This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Next, came the fun part for me.  Choosing the rug.  Oh, I did good guys.  Real good.  You can find all of the details about this gorgeous vintage turquoise rug in our Laundry Room Makeover Part 3:

Vintage Turquoise Rug

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Okay, are you ready?

This is what our laundry room looks like NOW.  Keep your sunglasses handy.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

So, before I go any further, I have to confess that photographing this room is very difficult because of shooting directly into the window.  You may recall I have the same issue in our living room.  So, I apologize for the over exposed windows.  The good news is the rest of the shot is very clear and hopefully I will inspire you with some of these cute colorful ideas.

The main ingredient in this makeover has always been color.  We created a bright, clean, white back drop with dark brown moldings that allowed me to get creative with the accent colors.  Keep in mind, I switch things up often around here, so what you see here now, will probably be different in another year.  Don’t forget sources and similar products are listed below in my source list.

Now, what do you think about those colorful laundry bins?  I really like how they almost look tin, and they just happen to fit perfectly into our little folding nook shelves.  I will use these bins to sort laundry before I do it.  I like to keep my blacks, whites, & delicates sorted in the colorful bins, and then the big wicker hamper is for everything else.  When they get full I do a load.  I usually do 1 load of laundry a day which seems easier than all in one day (that would take forever).  It takes minutes a day to stay on top of it this way.  There is also more information on this cute folding nook up in the link above.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Notice anything missing from the window?  Yes indeed, we opted not to have window treatments!  I’ve mentioned before how I am not a fan of curtains, and I just wasn’t in the mood for a shade or a blind (they get too dusty).  We have a lot of landscaping outside that covers the window pretty well, so it really doesn’t require any privacy.  Besides I don’t recall being naked in my laundry room  😯

Hey, isn’t it kind of cool how the vintage “LAUNDRY” sign looks like it is almost an extension of the window?  It fit perfectly up there (my source is listed below if you want that exact sign).

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Then the two little spiffy bow tied guys (or gals) look like they are looking through a window, don’t they?  I couldn’t resist them because they add a certain element of humor, and charm to the space.  Here’s a little secret…I actually altered the dog’s tie by adding a little green to it with a permanent marker  :mrgreen:

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Next up, the green chairs.  We need a chair there to put on our shoes, so I spray painted one of my favorite antique chairs bright green.  I absolutely LOVE IT.  The little sister chair next to it has a story, but I’ll be posting that information soon.  Paint colors are listed below.

Note: In all the rooms I design, I enjoy having something “alive”.  The plants have that covered.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Okay, so what the heck did I do with the light fixture?  Well, I painted it of course.  I didn’t want to buy a new light fixture when this one was in beautiful condition, and I kind of like it.  I just needed to tone it down a little.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

I found the easiest way to spray the chandelier was to hang it from a tree and spray it from there.  This way you can get to all of the sides at once.  Our swans totally ignored the entire process.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Oh wait, I can’t forget to show you my favorite ironing board!  Check this baby out (source listed below).  It’s very convenient because I just fold it down when needed from the inside of my laundry room pantry and my plug for the ironing board is over by the sink.  Way better than messing with a big ironing board.

 Lastly, I hung this cute little light box in the folding nook for fun.  It actually lights up and makes a cute night light!  You can switch the letters to make different words, and there is also an electric plug if needed.

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

Some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  Read full disclosure policy here.

Turquoise Rug 

Colorful Laundry Bins

Wicker Hamper (similar to mine)

Door Ironing Board

“Trash” Metal Garbage Can

Spring Grass Green Spray Paint (for chair)

Vintage Hunter Green Spray Paint (for chair)

“Laundry” Sign

Mini Light Box

“Spiffy” Green Sign (these are actually dark green in person)

Artificial Wheat Grass Plant

Ice Cube Plant-Home Depot

White Chandelier (similar to mine)

Dog & Fox Wall Art- Pier 1 in clearance section

Sunflower Fly Swatter

Glass Knobs

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

This DIY Laundry Room Makeover is filled with cute ideas for an affordable transformation from dated to light bright and beautiful!

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47 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Just one great job you guys did, a lot of effort and ideas for sure, we love it here in NY, Mom and Dad

  2. Marty Oravetz says:

    How fun is this. I love it all, such a great laundry room.

  3. Diane says:

    Love the new look, beautiful colors! Nice and bright!
    Wouldn’t even mind doing laundry in this space😃😃😃

  4. Catherine Cooper says:

    It looks wonderful! Very much a room that’s inviting and clean looking. Congrats on a job well done!

    • Julie says:

      You haven’t seen my dirty laundry in there ha ha!! I was piling it up in the hall while I worked in there, lol. Damn laundry never ends 😂

  5. Cheryl says:

    Laundry room looks fantastic…love it! Permanent markers are a decorator’s best friend…come in a gazillion colors. I often use them to ‘alter’ things to match my decor

    • Julie says:

      Hi Cheryl! At first I thought I made a mistake using the markers, but then it worked. My teens approved so I knew I did good lol

  6. April Thomas says:

    Looks awesome – love it 😍

  7. Julie says:

    Another BEEEUTIFUL project! Looks like doing laundry will be more fun going forward! 🙂

  8. Shelley says:

    Absolutely perfect! It puts a smile on my face just to look at your laundry room, and it would never be a chore to go in there. Every detail is wonderful. I think when you have a white room with lots of colors you’re usually have either a rug or a fabric that pulls all the colors together, but your two smiling dog prints do that– they add the final touch.
    Maybe my fav laundry room of all time!

    • Julie says:

      Wow! What a sweet comment to wake up to today. The funny thing is Shelley, I’m a cat girl, but the dog was so damn cute when I saw it I grabbed it lol. Have a great day ♥️

  9. Nancy Lopez says:

    Beautiful job! Do you have an ironing board? if so where do you hide it?

    • Julie says:

      That is a great question and I will possibly add this to the post! We have one that hangs on the pantry door inside in there. It folds down when I need it. I will share this soon!

  10. Nancie says:

    So cute! Now your gonna have “loads” of fun in your new laundry!

  11. Linda of No. Cal. says:

    Looks bright and cheery… luv luv the ship-lap and the rug !!

  12. Ginger Evans says:

    I like how bright it is, and love the whimsy with the pictures on the wall. Nice space well done!

  13. penny grieco says:

    fabulous as always! it looks so much more spacious now…great job julie!

  14. Ivory says:

    Look amazing! Not surprised at all of this fanstatic result.

  15. ColleenB. says:

    I was wondering about a fold-down ironing board.
    Room is Absolutely Gorgeous; beautiful, stunning along with it being bright and cheerful.
    All your hard work paid off. Great job.

  16. Tonia Porter says:

    Wow what a room!!! Love your fb page. Im getting great ideas to use as we are getting ready to build on our farm.
    What will you do when you run out of rooms to decorate?? I know… come to my house!!! 😂

  17. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Love it..especially the rug and the dog pics..ok the wall is Fantastic!!! If we have to do laundry might as well be in a beautiful room…unluke mine..ugh😕

  18. Kyle says:

    Love the use of color. Wonderful! Miss the kitty!

  19. Bliss says:

    It looks fun and happy now, just how I feel about doing laundry.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Bliss! The dog and the fox on the wall cheer me up daily. I just wish they would stop messing around and fold some laundry! 😂

  20. Pat M. says:

    Love what you’ve done with your laundry room. Such a bright and cheerful place to do dirty work. 🙂 The only thing I would change is that I would hang a plant in the window rather than have it on a chair in front where it can get in the way – but keep the green chair for putting on/off shoes. Would look less cluttered at window and the green plant and green chair with the dark woodwork around it would be stunning.

  21. Melanie says:

    Why did you exchange your front-load appliances for a top load washer and conventional dryer. Just curious because we are having to buy frontloaders in order to be able to stack them in our laundry room remodel.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Melanie, I was tired of bending down to unload the washer. I detest these too, though. They are Samsung snd they beep too much snd the washer is giving us problems with level and spinning. Good luck with your stackables! I did that with ours in the rental we had prior to this house and actually liked it.

  22. bj says:

    what a fabulous room to do laundry in…a beautiful,colorful job…I’ve always loved your little Janitor sign and was pleased to see it still in the room…:)

  23. BJ-C says:

    Spectacular transformation!!! So bright and cheery. Must make you happy every time you pass this room. Did you get new cabinets or paint the existing? If so, brush or sprayed? I live in your community and would like to have my kitchen cabinets sprayed. I just down know how to begin to find someone good. Thanks.

    • Julie says:

      Hi BJ,

      We did them my ourselves and I used a brush & small roller. I wish I could recommend someone for you. How about going to Sherwin Williams paint store and asking them for reputable companies? My husband use to be a prof. painter and he recommends doing that. Good luck and I hope you stop by again soon! I am working on our next project now 😉

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