Do you dread doing laundry as much as I used to? Is a laundry room update on your to-do list? For me, doing laundry was the most despised task in my house. My laundry room was a disaster, to say the least. I’m thankful I don’t have a before photo when it was crammed full of all the stuff that I didn’t have a dedicated place for.
I was fed up with the mess my laundry room was in! So I decided it was finally time to tackle this project! To be honest, I was ashamed about how my laundry room looked…yes, it was that bad!
I completed this project over a year ago and I can truly say I still love this room AND doing laundry is not a dreaded task anymore!
Mr. Man says he thinks we probably have the nicest laundry room in the neighborhood! Even he doesn’t mind doing laundry now since we updated the laundry room!
Lots of Clutter
To put it into perspective, here’s a brief list of what was crammed in there along the walls and in the corners. Mind you, this room is only about 6′ x 13′ and has a full sized door leading to the attic in it!
- A chest of drawers full of fabric
- A large hand me down pine hutch (also full of fabric)
- Numerous paint cans stacked on a rickety plastic shelf
- The cat litter box along with a giant bag of litter
- Cleaning supplies
- A mop and a broom and multiple dusting gadgets
- The vacuum cleaner
- A carpet cleaner and floor polisher
- PLUS lots of other junk too numerous to mention 😉
- Oh yeah, there was a washer and dryer in there too! LOL
Much to my regret, there’s no window, which made it just plain dreary in there. I couldn’t do anything about the missing window, but there was a lot of other things I could do to brighten up this room!
Let the Laundry Room Update Begin!
What pushed us to start this update? Mr. Man and I decided it was time to replace the old inefficient washer and dryer with new more energy efficient models. Maytag had exactly what we were looking for and we were able to find them on a great sale at one of the home improvement stores in town.
Since we were replacing the washer and dryer we opted to replace the builder grade vinyl flooring in there as well. I knew I wanted flooring that had a nice cushiony feel to it that would be comfortable to stand on while working in there.
After several trips to the flooring store for samples, I chose a beautiful Tarkett Fiberfloor from their Fresh Start Collection. The Pompano Carbon had the earthy slate look I had in mind for the flooring. This vinyl is thick and comfortable under foot! Not to mention it was also very reasonably priced!
Once the new washer and dryer were installed, we had to get a bigger drainpan to fit the new much larger washer. You can see it leaning against the wall in the above photo on the far left.
I couldn’t believe how many different types and sizes there were to choose from! It took some searching, but I finally found one online that had the drain hole where I needed it to be and was large enough to accommodate the new washer.
Removing the Wire Shelving and Making a New Shelf
I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like wire shelving. In my mind, I knew I wanted my new laundry room to have more of a farmhouse look. So I opted to remove the old wire shelving from above the washer and dryer and replace it with a simple wooden one. Prior to repainting the laundry room, I patched the areas where I removed the wall anchors from the old wire shelving.
I purchased a pine board from one of the home improvement stores to make the new shelf. First, I sanded the board smooth then applied several coats of white chalk paint on all sides. Once dried, I applied a coat of clear wax to seal and protect the new shelf. The next day, I buffed it to a soft sheen.
Selecting the Wall Paint
Once we selected the new flooring, I headed down to my local Sherwin Williams store to get color ideas. I knew I wanted something cheerful and sunny so I picked up several yellow toned paint chips for Mr. Man and me to choose from. We decided to go with their Cashmere paint in Morning Sun! We were pleased with how perfect it looked with the flooring sample and the birch wallpaper I was going to use on the accent wall!
It was time to say bye-bye to the flat, off-white paint the builder had put on the walls 20 years ago! After washing the walls and trim I began painting the laundry room. I started by repainting the ceiling after Mr. Man installed the new light fixture I picked up from the home improvement store. What a HUGE difference this new light made! It was so much brighter in there after the tiny single light was replaced.
Painting the walls was next! I applied 2 coats of the SW Morning Sun to all of the walls (even the one I was wallpapering). I did this since the wallpaper is removable. That way all the walls are same.
The Cashmere paint goes on smoothly and covers very well making painting very easy. I was so pleased with how well this color looked on the walls! The room was coming together beautifully and was so much brighter and more cheerful already!
Hanging the Wallpaper
Next came the wallpaper. I had previously purchased this birch wallpaper at Home Goods and was thrilled that I now had a place to use it. If you follow me regularly you know that I love ALL things birch! The birch trees on the wallpaper are a bit iridescent which helps to brighten the room even more! In addition, it makes the room seem larger as it visually lengthens the room as well.
This was my first attempt at wallpapering so I was thankful the instructions that came with it were easy to follow. I watched several videos online about installing wallpaper so I wouldn’t screw anything up. This was a huge help and well worth the tiny bit of extra time!
When I was done hanging the wallpaper, I was quite pleased with myself as this has always been something I’ve wanted to try. I love learning new things when I am working on a project!
Having the New Flooring Installed and Finishing the Painting
I was so excited when the day came for the new flooring to be installed! Out with the old and in with the new! To say I was pleased with the new flooring is an understatement! This vinyl feels fantastic underfoot. Plus it looks so much like real slate and even has a slight texture giving it amazing depth! Very well done Tarkett Flooring! I ADORE THIS NEW FLOOR!
The installer also put in the new larger drainpan for the washing machine. Then he moved back in the new washer and the dryer for us. When the installation was complete, I caulked and painted all the trim in the laundry room. I also gave both of the doors a fresh coat of paint to match the trim. Now it was time for the finishing touches!
Installing the New Shelf
Once the painting was done and the washer and dryer were in place it was time to install the new shelf! With a level, I marked the place on the wall where I wanted the new shelf to be located. I purchased the 3 black wrought iron shelf brackets from Ikea. I then marked out where the wall anchors would need to be placed.
Since I wasn’t sure what might be hidden behind the drywall, I carefully hand drilled the anchor holes for the shelf brackets. Once the new anchor holes were in the wall I slipped a small screwdriver into the hole making sure it didn’t run into anything. Since a bathroom backs up to this wall I tried to be extra careful as I didn’t want to hit a water pipe with an electric drill!
Each step of the way, while attaching this shelf, I kept checking it with a level to make sure it was straight. I do believe my Daddy would be very proud of me for doing this as he was exceptionally precise and had taught me how to use a level for projects like this!
Adding the Hutch
The pine hutch was originally my sister Donni’s. When she downsized several years ago she offered it to me. I knew that someday I would do something with it. So while the pine hutch was out of the laundry room, I took the opportunity to repaint it and add new hardware and larger wooden bun feet.
Chalk paint to the rescue! I decided to paint it with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Sage. It has an ultra-matte finish that is fantastic! Inside the top of the hutch, I painted it with white chalk paint to match the new shelf. This brightened up the interior significantly.
For an updated farmhouse look, I decided not to put back on the glass doors so I could have open shelving on the top. I used some lovely glass knobs from Home Goods to replace the wooden ones that were on there. I applied the same clear wax to the hutch buffing it to a soft sheen as well.
Putting It All Together
Now for the fun stuff…putting it all together and adding the little extras! I took all of my smaller craft pieces and placed them in Ball jars for storage and arranged them on the open shelving in the hutch. This has been so helpful in finding what I need for projects. No more digging through drawers or boxes now!
I shopped my house for other things to decorate with in there. I had also started a collection of stuff to hang on the walls as I shopped the sales at Hobby Lobby. Two of my favorite finds in this room are the vintage clothes pins and an old washboard! I used white chalk paint to update the other two wall shelves I hung in there. These look so fresh displaying my vintage odds and ends!
The small chair and the corner table were useful additions to add in the laundry room. On the back of the entry door, I place small hooks to hang the broom, the mop and the other cleaning gadgets from. The small Ikea metal shelf beside the washer holds the laundry supplies as well as cleaning rags in an easy to get to location.
I adore the grapevine piece I added above the attic door as it adds another earthy element to the laundry room. The cheerful artwork and lovely little birds make for an inviting feel. Plus the galvanized container behind the dryer is the perfect place to keep the dryer sheets and extra hangers. Instead of a wastebasket, I hung a small galvanized bucket above the dryer to toss the lint in. It’s super easy to empty and looks adorable!
Thoughts or Questions?
I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to update your laundry room as well! Laundry doesn’t have to be a despised chore anymore if your laundry room is pleasant to use!
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! I would love to hear about any updates you have done in your laundry room and what you like best about your update! Thanks for following along!
So what’s next on the blog?
Remembering Daddy. With Father’s Day right around the corner, I think it’s only fitting to share some beloved stories about my Dad and how he shaped who I am today. It will be 17 years this July since he passed away, but he is in my thoughts daily! I hope you will join me then.