I haven’t ever made over a laundry room before! Isn’t that crazy? Our laundry room is in our un-finished basement, that will never be finished (flood zone). So I thought offering a laundry room makeover to a friend would be a fun way to share something new with you! Personally I LOVE a good laundry room, I am always saving photos of laundry room inspiration and laundry room ideas for my dream laundry room (one day!). So I was ready to take on this space. With any makeover I always start with an inspiration piece, in this space it was the removable wallpaper. This laundry room makeover was fun because it was basically a blank slate. Our friends were open to anything (how I like my friends to be…hahaha!) I will share the before of the laundry room, the design board and the after with you! Here we go…
Laundry Room Before-
First of all this is an amazing laundry room!!! It has great windows and it is right off of the kitchen. Goals. Brandy and her husband Joe are friends that I met at my local Crossfit. Brandy is a faithful blog reader and saw that I had mentioned wanting to makeover a laundry room. She was like “I have a really good “BEFORE” photo for you!” I had been to their home about 3 years ago, right after they had twin babies (bless her!!) and brought them dinner and they gave me a home tour. But I had forgotten about this laundry room. I had her send me pictures and I immediately thought of painting the floor, easy fix! And using THIS Tempaper Designs new Scallop Wallpaper. It is removable and super easy to install (I know because it is the wallpaper company I have used the most!!). And they offered to sponsor this makeover!
Laundry Room Design Plan-
I ALWAYS do a design board before I purchase anything and it really helps me pull the room together. You can see their laundry room before on my design board. I think that helps to visualize what you need in the new space. I was considering doing all open shelves but in the end decided to do a combo of both. Closed cabinets, to hide all the not-so-pretty things and then open shelves above the utility sink for some decor and useful items too.
Laundry Room After-
Can you even handle it?? Brandy text her mom a photo and her mom told her to not put the washer and dryer back in her “new guest room”! I just LOVE how it all came together. Both Brandy and her husband Joe love it (I mention that, because some of you are so sweet to always ask). Joe actually moved to the United States from Lebanon to attend college. Both of Joe’s parents passed away when he was about 11 years old. They are such kind people. I am thankful we were able to do this for them. My parents are such a gift in my life so I hope this mini makeover was a gift to them. NOT even the same thing, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude that God gave us this opportunity to offer this and serve someone else.
I wasn’t going to do the removable wallpaper all over, but the room was smaller than it looked in the photos she had sent me. So I decided to go for it! It took me about 3 1/2 hours to install the peel and stick wallpaper. One of the easiest papers I have installed to date. It matched up really well too. BTW I am NOT a perfectionist. If you are a perfectionist you probably should hire a professional to install your wallpaper, or plan on double the time it took me. Also I have installed a lot of wallpaper in my day.
You can find the exact wallpaper HERE it is a “new arrival” from Tempaper called Mosaic Scallops (comes in another color too). I ended up using about three rolls of wallpaper for this 7×7 space. For such a big impact it is so worth it! Bonus when you do wallpaper you save the cost of buying a lot of art!
If you are not aware what “removable wallpaper” is, it is wallpaper that is basically like a sticker, but it comes off clean! If you get tired of it in a couple years, it peels right off (no damage to your walls). With removable wallpaper it is super easy to install because you don’t need to use any wallpaper paste. You can use Tempapers easy wallpaper calculator HERE.
We did change the light fixture too! Before they had a really basic “boob light” as they are often called. THIS light fixture was more of a splurge but it makes such a big impact!!! I also spray painted a lot of things that we already had to save money!
So thrilled to find cabinets for so affordable from Ikea. They are called EKET and they were $80 each. They can easily reach them and have a lot of space for storage! We added knobs I found at IKEA too and spray painted them to match (spray paint is all the same- Rust-Oleum Vintage Gold).
Utility Sink and Shelves
Brandy and Joe had this utility sink already (which is awesome to have in a laundry room!!). We gave it a mini makeover just with spray paint. I got the idea from a someone in our Nesting with Grace FB group (Laura Horton!). We spray painted the bottom with Blak Rust-Oleum Spray Paint. Then we spray painted the rod and the faucet in the same gold (Rust-Oleum Vintage Gold). Easy update!
The open shelves are just from IKEA! Super affordable. I brought some accessories from my home and some new plants for their shelves. Also decorating with everyday items, like the dryer balls and detergent always look best (in my opinion! Less staged).
Painted Laminate Floors-
We painted the laminate floors in a porch paint. This was a really quick project too. The hardest part was the drying time. First we cleaned the floor really well. Then primed it with Zinsser Primer (comes in gallon size at Home Depot). It only takes about an hour to dry. Then we used Behr Premium Deck Over– color Slate. We rolled the paint on with a roller and did the edges with a brush. We ended up doing two coats of the slate so the color was even. It has a bumpy texture, not what I was expecting, but it will hold up really well. Keep in mind with dark floor like this, you see everything. But she swept it and mopped it and she said it cleans up really great. (I read Kris- Driven By Decor tips on painting her bathroom tile HERE, her paint was more of a smooth finish. You can also read Charlottes tips on painting vinyl HERE).
Tip- don’t do what Kevin did. Hahaha. Work your way out of the room. Silly guy. But so thankful for Kevin! He did so much in this makeover and all with a big-old smile!
Hope you enjoyed this mini makeover and it gave you some laundry room ideas!!