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I’ve been working away on updating the Laundry Room and I can’t wait to show you guys the progress.
In case you are wondering how I stayed under $115 – I itemized everything below including sources for items so don’t miss it!
Our laundry room. Or I should my laundry room because I’m the only one who really ever goes in there. LOL! It’s blah. It has this horrible green tinted beige wall paint everywhere that was done by the previous owners. EVERYWHERE including the ceilings. (Why???)
There is one small section of wall that is white. That is where we had some repairs done for our renovation. They had to take that wall down and put it back and just put a white primer over it. I have to say – just that small amount of white paint really brightens it up in there!
Since we’ve moved in, we’ve made a few changes in our laundry room. We put a door up to the laundry room so you don’t have to look at or hear the laundry. (yay – if you can’t see it, it’s not really there.) We also stacked the washer and dryer with this simple stacking kit I bought on Amazon. Folks – do NOT try to stack these bad boys yourself. They are extremely heavy. My dad and my husband did it together. You have to put your washer on the bottom because it’s the heavier appliance after if fills with water.
Stacking our washer dryer made a HUGE difference because it gave us so much more room. Instead of having the washer and dryer sideways, now we could push it back against the wall and face it forwards. Much easier on me and my back.
We also added this black cabinet. We really had slim pickings with cabinets because we had to find something to fit the exact dimensions of that skinny space there and we didn’t have the budget to build something custom.
This cabinet works pretty well. It got a little beat up during the renovation and is now sitting a bit lop sided – plus our house is old and has crooked floors and walls so that doesn’t help either. It’s going to have to stay there and I have to make do with it. I’ll think of something to spruce it up a bit!
This cabinet used to have a door on the top part but I removed it because it was a pain to constantly open and close when doing laundry. I like the open shelving better but it really needs to be prettied up in there.
Another challenge to this laundry room is that we also use part of it for storage. It holds a mattress that we pull out for guests. (We tried an air mattress and it doesn’t quite work for the grandparents.) Plus, who wants to sleep on an air mattress for weeks?
So, we bought this super comfy, memory foam mattress that doesn’t need a box spring. It’s great, but we don’t have a dedicated guest bedroom (yet), so we pull it out when we need it and put it back when we don’t. This might sound like a weird solution but it just works for us for now. I put a shelving unit in front of it and called it good!
But obviously – it’s not good. Not good at all.
There are some other things about this laundry room that I don’t care for – like the floors and the lighting. But – this is a BUDGET makeover so I’m going to have to make do with what I have. I don’t have a number set yet – but I’m thinking I want to try and redo this laundry room for somewhere between $100-$200. MAX. That includes everything so I’m going to try and work with what I have and DIY a lot of it.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t do much to change to the floor.
But I did reuse my old Flor Tiles sitting in storage to cover them up. I just cut the tiles down to size to cover most of the floor.
Since I was trying to stick to a budget – I decided to use leftover white paint from our renovation. Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.
It made a HUGE difference. I tell you – the power of paint. Amazing!
I also knew I wanted to add some character by installing some peel and stick wallpaper. This project was relatively inexpensive, super quick to complete and I really LOVE the results!
Did I mention that half of our laundry room is storage!? Clearly – it needed some cleaning up. So I found new homes for a lot of the items, like that old door that we are saving ….for …. ?? A rainy day, I guess?
These changes, coupled with a few DIY projects (more on that below), have really made quite the difference in our Laundry Room!
Part of our budget makeover includes covering the ugly, old slate tile flooring we have in there currently. It’s very dark. And the space is already dark because there are no windows and it’s in our basement. (that’s why these photographs are so darn hard to get!)
So it was just bringing me down every time I walked in the laundry room. However like I mentioned before, this is a Budget Makeover. I can’t just be replacing all kinds of flooring if you know what I mean. So are you wondering how to cover an ugly floor too? Maybe you’re a renter and you don’t think you have many options. Well – you do.
Options For Covering An Ugly Floor
Here are some of the options I considered regarding covering our ugly slate tile floor :
- Paint the Tile – this would be a job. It’s messy. And I don’t really like the tile to begin with. And I feel painting it would just draw more attention to it. So this one wouldn’t work for me.
- Peel and Stick Floor Tiles – a good option but unfortunately not for us! Our tile floor is made up of really uneven bumpy slate tiles. Peel and Stick Tiles are best used on smooth surfaces, like linoleum, glass, and ceramic. Bummer!
- Vinyl Plank Snap Together Flooring – another cool option but not very cost effective when you are trying to stick to a budget. Home Depot and other hardwood stores sell this kind of flooring. You basically just click the pieces together and it lays on top of your existing floor. These types of floors may need to be cut down for the installation to work. So it can turn into quite a job!
- Throw down a rug – Easiest option, most cost effective and a good temporary solution! There’s no mess, no painting, no installation.
Which option do you think I chose?
And lucky for me – I saved these black and cream Flor Carpet Tiles from our last home! So it’s a win win and a savings too.
Unfortunately, the floor tiles were too big. I could only get two squares to fit side by side in the space, which just looked awkward and didn’t cover up enough of that ugly floor.Report this ad
So – guess what I did?
I never considered doing this before, but it was much easier than I thought it would be. And now I have a beautiful, soft rug that covers up most of the blah floor. And it’s black and ivory – which fits into my design theme perfectly.
Installing Carpet Tiles
Some carpet tiles come with self adhesive in the back. Others, like these Flor Tiles, come with stickers that you have to put on to hold them together.
You can lay them out in any pattern and direction you want, then just stick on the dots to hold them together. Some of them may have to be cut down like I did. But it’s a great wall-to-wall custom carpet option.
If you are a renter – this would be another option for covering up a floor that you can’t stand but can’t really change in your rental.
Another fantastic plus with using carpet tiles is that when one carpet tile gets dirty – you can simply replace that one tile without replacing the entire rug or carpet.
Carpet tiles can be pricey, but everyone from Amazon to Home Depot to specialty companies like Flor sell them. So there are a lot of options/colors/patterns out there for you choose. And I love that they are recyclable!
A Kid Friendly Option For Covering Up Ugly Floors
If you have little ones and you are looking for an easy, inexpensive, soft, durable, more waterproof, non toxic option for covering up a floor (I realize that was a mouthful of adjectives) – try one of these interlocking playmats!
Amazon sells a bunch of them and another company, Little Nomad, (which was featured on Shark Tank) , also sells them in so many trendy designs and patterns. You don’t have to worry about your kids falling because these are padded.
These foam playmats simply interlock together to form a solid piece, and although I haven’t tried it personally, you can probably cut down the foam to fit the space you need.
Our Laundry Room Now
So here it is!
So much brighter in there now!
And also – surprise! I took down half of that clunky black storage chest and it made the space feel so much bigger. Plus now I have a little folding table. Woot!
This peel and stick wallpaper was a good find on Amazon and not that expensive to cover this whole wall. I used a total of three rolls and it was so easy to install.
It took me one hour from start to finish. The addition of wallpaper really helped clean up the whole place – and definitely add that character that I was looking for.
Not to mention – I didn’t have to paint one whole wall – so it saved me a lot of time.
I love how the peg rail acts as decor but is also functional. I can use it to hang clothes that need to be dried or ironed (eventually).
It also holds wreaths that are currently off the rotation. I love the nice pop of green it adds!
I ended up moving around some accessories in my home. So I didn’t need to buy anything new aside from the wallpaper. I found these old IKEA jars that I now use to hold dryer balls and clothespins.
I took a rattan laundry basket from our bedroom and permanently moved it here as well. It holds dish towels and hand towels and anything else that needs to be washed and it also kind of hides those ugly water hookups on the wall that I can’t get rid of.
I am a true believer in using what you have first before going out and buying new items. You’ll be surprised how just moving around a few items in your home can really change the look – and also fulfill that constant need for change and variety.
So – what did all this cost me?
Not that much since I was able to reuse a lot of what I had already. The most expensive item? The wallpaper! But it was totally worth it in my opinion.
Here’s the breakdown …
Projects Left to Do
So now that the Laundry Room is brighter, more functional, more organized and just better all around, I’m tempted to call it day on this project.
But there are still a few things I want to add:
- Baseboards! These will make a huge difference, are fairly inexpensive and will hide that bottom part where the wallpaper ran out.
- A wood top to my new “folding” table. I could just leave it as is, but I think a wood counter will tie into the wall shelf I made and help warm up the space even more.
- Brass knob for the storage cabinet. I definitely need a pop of something there.
Thanks for reading today and have a great week. I’m telling you, it doesn’t take much to change the look of a room.
If you have a minute, tell me what you think in the comments!