I have a tiny laundry room. It’s slightly bigger than a closet … but it’s tiny. It’s also amazing in it’s shape. Seriously though, it’s almost non-functional to some degree because of the shape. It just had a boring shelf that was WAY too high for my five foot three inch self. I could barely reach to get my detergent when it was on the very edge. I really wanted to re-do it, but that takes time, and money, and planning. It just wasn’t happening.
Then mid-December (of course right? Right during the holiday’s), the washer started to smell like it was burning. It’d happened before, I called a great repair guy. He told me hopefully it’ll last a couple more years, but it may not. If it started to smell again, I needed a new one. Sigh. So here we are, a week before Christmas, and apparently I was getting a new washer/dryer. Which was great, but not really either. My husband and I found ones that we liked (but mostly what I liked), and we got them. They were being shipped to us, so we had a couple weeks.
Insert me deciding we were redoing the laundry room ASAP! YAY! First things first, we knocked out the too high shelf. By we, I mean my amazing husband. After the shelf was knocked down we put a 2×4 board up using a level, and screwed that into some studs. My husband then fixed up the area where the shelf had come, and painted it all white to match the walls.
We were able to find two cabinets on a local classified website, that were the height we wanted. I took some time to sand it down, and then painted it a light blue. We decided to to paint the cupboards the color I wanted to incorporate into the room instead of painting the walls. It saved us a lot of money since we had enough paint to do the cupboards, but would have had to buy more for the walls. We screwed these into some studs as well, and having the 2×4 under the cupboards helped in holding it all up when it was being screwed in, and keeping them level.
Next we just needed to wait for our new washer and dryer to come. I knew once they arrived I’d be able to finish up the details. The first detail I KNEW I wanted was to print off some vinyl decals that were laundry signs.
I made these before we got the new appliances. Once they were in place, I decided it’d be so fun to have the “Machine Wash” and “Tumble Dry” above the washer and dryer. I love how they turned out.
Tumble Dry decal sign.
The other decals that I made were put up on the wall as a boarder on a couple small walls. I hope to make more at some point, but I LOVE how it looks. Plus if I ever need help understanding how to wash my clothes, I’ve got some my own key in the laundry room.
I had a plain clock that may not even work … but I decided I could still use it. I use paint to make little sunflowers on it, and then added a mason jar and some sunflowers that I used for my daughters Frozen Fever birthday party.
I love how it all turned out. It makes it so much nicer to do laundry when I love the room that I’m in. It’s nice to be able to take the time to make a space nicer so that I can truly enjoy it better. The best part is that we were able to do it on a small budget (besides the new washer and dryer, lol). We spent around $150 for the cupboards, other wood, screws, pegs for shelves, and vinyl.
What room would you redecorate in your house if you could?