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Laundry Room Closet Makeover on the Cheap

Laundry Room Closet Makeover on the Cheap
laundry room closet makeover

Today I am sharing the reveal of my laundry room closet makeover along with a few hacks to elevate any mudroom on a budget.

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis may be thinking…. What the what?! A laundry room makeover?Didn’t you just complete a mudroom remodel last year, you crazy lady?Yes… I most certainly did, and yes…I am crazy; but let me explain.

For those of you out of the loop, let me briefly re-cap.  About  a year ago, my husband and I built this Modern Farmhouse/Boho inspired mudroom room for only about $200 . You can click here to read the tutorial.

boho laundry room
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What I did not disclose in last year’s reveal,  however, was the atrocity concealed behind those closet doors where we kept our washer and dryer……


small laundry room makeover

While I did paint the cabinets dark grey (you can buy the exact paint here), I pretty much neglected this little closet. After all , no one really sees it except for my husband and I. Not to mention,  living in a fixer upper, it was really the least of our worries.

Then a month ago, I get one of the most amazing phone calls ever. It was my awesome dad telling me he wanted to buy a new washer and dryer for me and the family (acknowledging the crazy amount of laundry I do in a house full of filthy boys). While I did refuse the first few times, I eventually accepted this gift with incredible excitement – you know you are an adult when you get really pumped about household appliances.

I knew this was a sign from the heavens….I had to show this little laundry closet some love.

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Not wanting to invest too much dough, we decided to make this transformation as budget-friendly as possible while still injecting some Modern Farmhouse charm. While I am still all about the Boho/Global trend, I love my utilitarian spaces to exude a certain degree of “farmhouse-ness”.

So, I started with the cheapest yet most dramatic way to transform a space…..a fresh coat of paint!

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After a fresh coat of white paint, I knew I wanted to add some texture and utilitarian character to the space. I considered trying my hand at real tile backsplash, but I decided the cost and the time spent learning how to tile might not be the wisest investment at the moment (we have lots of projects going on right now). So, I went with a cheaper, more approachable alternative with peel and stick, vinyl tiles which you can purchase here.   I must say that, as long as you don’t press on them, they are pretty darn convincing.

laundry room DIY makeover

To add more working space, I  had my husband build a folding table over the washer and dryer out of some 1×12 faceboards and 2×2 s, which were used for mounting support. To give the table a more finished look, I stained and poly-ed the lumber. I love how much more functional space the table provides.

modern laundry room

It also makes me super happy that I have a place to display some fresh greenery (straight from the gigantic magnolia tree in our front yard).  You would be amazed at how much more luxurious a space appears with some fresh flowers or branches….even if it is just an effing closet!

modern farmhouse laundry room

To create more garment storage, I put a tension rod between the two cabinets. Paying attention to detail, I decided to forgo the cheap, plastic hangers and invest in some more luxurious, wooden ones.

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And did I mention how happy I am to finally own a washer and dryer manufactured in the 21st century? First world problems, I know.

diy mudroom

Next, we are considering what to do about these boring, bi-fold doors, and you know I will post about it as soon as I implement a solution.

**Update 2-13-19: Curious to see how my peel and stick subway tiles are holding up? Click here to read my honest review. **

boho farmhouse mudroom

Now get out there and design some good vibes! Please be sure to spread the love and Pin…

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My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Julie S

Friday 16th of March 2018

Our laundry closet is a similarly sad area but is located IN our master bathroom and has no doors to even hide it! We are also in a fixer upper with more pressing problem areas but this is definitely inspiration for the future. However, I love my top loader washer and will always have one- even though it means I can't do a tabletop over the appliances.

Designing Vibes

Friday 16th of March 2018

Closets tend to get neglected in this house, but vamping up my laundry closet has made me so much happier when I do my laundry. haha! Good luck with your fixer upper, Julie!

Marty Oravetz

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

It looks totally amazing. I love it.

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thank you so much, Marty!

Ashley Allen

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

I absolutely love it Erica and I am totally with you. I have been leaning toward the utilitarian farmhouse look more and more lately.

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thanks, girl! It seems we are always on the same wavelength. :)