Laundry Room Makeover

Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover

Let me start by apologizing for being so absent! Sometimes I really get sucked into the projects we are working on and just can’t (or don’t want to) carve out the hours necessary to photograph and write up a post… I want to share but I’m just so darn slow so forgive me ‘kay?

So as the title states we have been working on making over our laundry room. It’s a very nice sized room (12L x 7.5W) with a folding table, cabinets, a sink and natural light, what more can a girl want right? Let me share with you the underwhelming Before shots before you answer that question…

before laundry room makeoverbefore laundry room makeover

First of all AGAIN I’m dealing with white on white on beige, I think the previous owners were deathly afraid of color! Also, checkout the weird light placement below. I think they installed the pull down stairs after the fact and because of that had to move the light as half of the light is over the cabinet… thanks mister stair installer!

before laundry room makeover

So not only did the light placement look weird, but those cabinets just smack you in your face when you walked in and they also made the room feel claustrophobic. So we removed the upper cabinets and I can’t tell you what a difference this made… don’t worry about losing storage space there is a TON of storage in this house so I really didn’t use these cabinets anyway.

before laundry room makeover

After removing the wire shelving (ARGH!) and the folding table we then moved one of the upper cabinets to this area. I added bead board leftovers to the side of the cabinet to jazz it up a little.

before laundry room makeover

We added some V grove wood planks (same as we did here), primed and painted them.

installing v grove wall planksinstalling v grove wall planks

The color we chose is Benjamin Moore Regal Select (Pearl Finish) Barely Teal #2048-70. It’s a very pretty blue, quite honestly I don’t see any teal, but it’s very pretty and coordinates with the wallpaper (oh, did I not mention we are installing wallpaper in here, well we are!?)

installing v grove wall planks

I removed the old countertop and sink from the base cabinets on the other side. The drawer fronts and doors were also removed because I am painting the white cabinets… Just freaking WAIT until you see these cabinets!!!

painting laundry room cabinets

So there is a HUGE reason I am doing all of this work for a laundry room… it’s because every time I walk up the stairs this is the room I look into. It has a window to the backyard that lets in a ton of light into the hall so this door stays open pretty much all of the time. So here is my view now…  and I kid you not I smile every time I walk up the stairs and see this view!

Laundry room makeover update, blue, teal and citron

The cabinets I painted with a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (50/50 Provence & Florence) it coordinates perfectly with the Amy Butler wallpaper and is such a stunning teal color.

teal painted laundry room cabinets, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The knobs I found at Lowes, they’re Allen Roth brand and just perfect I think! The cabinets were waxed with Minwax Paste Wax after a very light sanding.

teal painted laundry room cabinets, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We paid someone to install the wallpaper, I can install wallpaper but I was concerned it would not be perfect and these guys did a perfect job! The new countertop is a faux Carrera marble laminate, which I was very concerned about (the faux part), but really turned out being just right!

Amy Butler wallpaper and v grove planked laundry room walls

The drying racks I picked up on a trip to Ikea and are fabulous!

Ikea drying racks

The countertop we made out of two pieces of 2” thick pine boards that we attached together, sanded, stained and waxed. It is about 6” narrower than the original folding table but it helps the area in front of the washer & dryer feel more open and there is still plenty of room to fold.

Custom wood folding table

This cabinet is installed up high, but I really like having all of the space beneath the cabinet and I can still easily reach the bottom shelf, I would need a stool for the less used items I keep up top.

Painted and upgraded cabinet

We painted the ceiling and the pull down stairs the same white, it doesn’t disappear but it is less noticeable. You can also get a sneak peek at the black photo wall in the hall that we are still working on… We also replaced the sink and faucet with a new stainless steel sink and chrome faucet… the old ones were pretty beat up.

Laundry room makeover update

Obviously we replace the “boob” lights. This one is so cool, it’s made from a vintage can, I picked it up at Shades of Light while is was back in Richmond visiting.

Custom vintage can light

It tool me a while to find the right piece to coordinate with the can light but this fixture was perfect… well maybe not “perfect” as I did have to paint the original rust finish with a zinc like finish that worked better with the other light. Still it’s cool right?

Cool laundry room lighting

This is another Ikea piece I already had, it is perfect for hanging paint brushes up to dry and to hold those pods for the washer.

Ikea wall mount rack

I did consider a countertop over the washer & dryer but it would really be for looks and not for function so for now this is the way it is.

Laundry room makeover update

We made another small wood shelf to hold some decorative items, which is all the decorating this laundry room is getting!

Custom shelving in laundry room

So when all was said and done we made a huge change to the room right?

Before and After Laundry Room Makeover

While all of this color might not be your cup of tea, let me tell you this is BY FAR the most vibrant and fun room in the house. And why not? I think the laundry room should be as cheery as possible and I think we achieved that goal.

Let me know what you think! Are you more of a subtle, understated laundry room fan or a punch of color and pattern is fabulous fan?

Thanks as always for stopping by and leaving some comment love!

Until next time!

UPDATE: Our laundry room has been chosen for Apartment Therapy’s Color 2014! Would LOVE it if you would go vote for me!


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  1. I love it! Where did you find that light fixture? (The larger one.).

    I can’t wait until we move so that I can paint bright colors again.


  2. Susan, I can see why you smile every time you walk up and see this room. Everything is perfect! I’m a huge fan of fun colors too and I LOVE the mix of wallpaper, planks, and colorful cabinets. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!


  3. I think my first comment got eaten…sorry if this is a duplicate! Anyway, your laundry room looks AMAZING and I love all of the fun colors in here! The mix of wallpaper, planks, and colorful cabinets looks perfect. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!


  4. Wow, what a beautiful transformation! I am buying a new-to-me house which has a pretty big laundry room (well, compared to what I’ve sometimes had) that needs some serious updating. My favorite part of yours is those painted cabinets!



  5. Absolutely the cutest laundry room I have ever seen! I am so in love, and have my inspiration for my laundry room make over. Thanks for sharing!


  6. I am coming over from the Dedicated House Make It Pretty Monday Party. OH my goodness! What a difference – your laundry room is quite stunning! I love the color. It’s so open and definitely not boring anymore!


  7. Love, love, love this room!!! What a happy place to work in!!! The cabinets are beautiful, love the light fixtures…….taking out the upper cabinets was very brave of you, and worked out perfectly!!!


    1. Thank you so much! There was a lot of “controversy” on Hometalk about me taking a cabinet out, which I didn’t understand, as there is still more than enough laundry room storage! The change just really opened the room up so I was very happy with the decision!


  8. I’m on the road a lot between my Florida home and my Ohio home. This makeover has inspired me to work on my laundry room in Ohio if I can settle down long enough to work on it. My husband used to forbid me to do things like this, said it caused him “more work” but once I painted a wall in our Florida home navy blue and of all things, he liked it! He said I can paint any time I want now, so your inspiration is now my inspiration. Thank you so much.l


  9. Oh my goodness, what a stellar laundry room! I’m especially digging the cabinet color you chose. How lucky were you that you got to reuse those cabinets!! That wallpaper is to DIE for, and removing those cabinets was totally the right decision. No need for clostrophobia!! Off to go pin!! We loved having you at our Outside [the Box] Party. Join us again every Tuesday at 5pm EST.


  10. I am SO jealous of your laundry room! First of all, it’s gorgeous! I was laughing when I saw the nipple lights and I just KNEW those were going. I love the new fixtures! Heck, I love everything about this room. You did an amazing job, as usual. I really wanted a nice, big laundry room, but we just ran out of space and something had to give. :/ Congrats on a job VERY well done!!



  11. I love your laundry room! Can you tell me what is in the frame, looks like laundry related icons? And where you got it? Also the rolling cart under the cabinet, I love it and was wondering where you got that too?


  12. I love, love, love your new and colorful laundry room. I wouldn’t mind doing laundry at all in that space. Adore the wallpaper! I’m featuring this at Wow this week.


  13. I’m totally a “punch of color” girl! All this neutral, grey, greige business that’s popular now bores me to tears! Your laundry room is perfect. Love the wallpaper, love the paint, love the folding counter, love the lights, love it all!


  14. This is just gorgeous Susan – I’m so in love with the details ( the colorful wall is spectacular )
    And I’ve never seen those drying racks at Ikea – what a great idea!
    I’m pretty sure I’d actually enjoy doing laundry in there!
    Beautiful makeover !


  15. This is my first time visiting your blog, and I am so inspired and impressed! I am thinking about starting my own furniture refinishing business. You encourage me so much.

    I have a thing for laundry rooms…I know kind of odd. My fiancé and I are looking to buy a house, and he doesn’t get why laundry room space is so important to me, versus a laundry closet. We found one cute little cottage, but the laundry space was in the kitchen and I said, “no way!” LOL

    I love the colors in this room. It definitely IS my cup of tea. I’ll be back to visit this post before long, and I am also subscribing to your blog. Wonderful work you do!! 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Briana! I know a big laundry rooms shouldn’t be important, but I do love them so and was overjoyed at the size of this one because our last one was like a closet! I wish you much luck on your new home search and hope you find one to make into your own! Thanks so much for following along in my journey, and good luck with the furniture refinishing too!


  16. This is beyond beautiful! Surely, with such a gorgeous laundry room, now all your laundry is done like all the time, isn´t it? 🙂

    I love the cabinets and the wallpaper, this combination could actually be used elsewhere, it certainly does not scream “laundry room” to me!


  17. What a HAPPY room! Also love your photo wall. I’m curious about your laminate countertop. I didn’t know you could get lam with an ogee edge–something special? Thanks–


  18. Susan, this room is fantastic! I just came over from Julia’s blog and I’m excited to browse through your other posts. I’ll admit, I went straight to Ikea’s website in search of these racks and had no luck. Did you buy them recently and, if so, do you happen to remember the name? Thanks!


  19. Your laundry room is stunning. I love that you removed the upper cabinets. People seem so averse to the removal of upper cabinets but not everyone needs them. I replaced really awkward, barely functional upper cabinets in my kitchen with white open shelving and pained the lower cabinets aqua. People are horrified by the colour and the lack of upper cabinets, so I feel like I’ve found a cabinet soul mate here, lol. Your laundry rooms looks airy and bright, but packs a punch. It’s amazing how these colourful spaces can make you smile, isn’t it? I am immediately uplifted seeing your space so I can only imagine what a joy it is to live with it! Fabulous, fabulous makeover!


    1. Thanks so much Tanya! The removal of the upper cabinets caused a lot of negative comments on Hometalk, which I thought was so weird, but I have more than enough storage in there. I love the fact that the room is so vibrant, unlike the rest of my house which is much more subdued. Why not have some fun with the laundry room right?!


  20. Hi Susan – I have just come over from Hometalk – I have made a comment on there, but just wanted to say again on here – I love everything about your makeover, the colour of the cabinets, the wallpaper, the items you got from Ikea etc etc – you have made a brilliant job and let’s face it colour does make you feel happy – well I think it does anyway 🙂 I also wanted to say I love your hallway in black and the unit and chair you have placed in there and love all the prints/art on your walls – gorgeous 🙂 I’m going to check out the rest of your blogsite now – so, you never know you might get a few more comments from me 🙂


  21. Love it!!! I have a laundry room the same size but is unfinished!!! Something like this would be amazing!!! And how fun since I’m a mom I’m always in there!! Makes sence to make it appealing!! Great job, love the color!!


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