March 30, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover!

I can't believe the American Crafter FINAL round is HERE! It has been so much fun,  but I'm excited that next week I'll get to focus on relaxing, hanging out with my sweet daughter...and, not having a deadline! In case you missed the announcement, my Porch Makeover (with reclaimed wood tabletop!) won the last round! Thanks for voting!

For the final round, I decided to tackle my U-G-L-Y laundry room. And, do it for under $50. Tall order!

When we moved into our house, we didn't do a thing to our laundry room other than turn a small alcove into a broom closet and hide it all behind a brown curtain (that came with the house and once hung in the dining room- dreary!).That room has been in serious need of a face-lift since!

A laundry room is the perfect place to experiment with things you might be nervous to do in other rooms. In this case, I've painted the cabinetry turquoise and painted an entire door with chalkboard paint! Throw in a fresh, lighter wall color and pops of orange and I've walked away with a fun place to do laundry!

I'm guessing the cabinetry is original to the house, which was built in 1966. Yes, they're old cabinets. And, yes, they look like old cabinets. I knew I wouldn't be able to change them out and stick to my $50 budget. So, they got a paint job! Of course, I wanted to paint them a fun color. Turquoise! And, afterward, I sanded and glazed them to celebrate their age (no point in pretending they're young and fresh!). I also replaced the knobs with dollar bin knobs that spell out WASH. 

I love the way the cabinets turned out, but my favorite part of the room is the gallery wall! I bought the W a long time ago, thinking it was an M. It found a home on my mantel for awhile...until my hubby noticed and asked why I had an upside W on the mantel.

Ha! Oops.

I've saved that W because I knew one day I'd use it. And, I finally have!

Gallery wall details:
W- see above
A- The black picture frames got painted with my turquoise paint. For the A, I placed fabric behind the glass and added an A cut from woodgrain contact paper.
S- Michael's find- $2
H- Anthropologie knock-off! I'll give the tutorial at another time!

The Cleaning Day art is an antique embroidered hand towel that I've had for years. It seems fitting for the laundry room, don't you think?

The last piece is all about function! I needed a place to hang various items as they came out of the washer or dryer and this plastic hanger holder works perfectly for that. But, it's not all that attractive. Solution? I took a frame from my stash, sprayed it orange and framed my hanger holder. And, that's how form meets function!

One of my "must-have" elements for this makeover, was a message center! I knew I needed a calendar that I could write on and a place to pin various invitations that came in the mail. Plus, a chalkboard would be nice. So, I decided just to chalkboard paint the entire door! When my little one gets older, she'll have a blast coloring on the door as I fold laundry.

I placed the calendar behind glass so I can use a dry-erase marker on it. I'll give a tutorial for the fabric-framed cork board soon!

The brown curtains got a facelift with orange ruffles and an antique apron I've had for years! It was aqua and orange, so I knew it had to end up in the laundry room!

And, that just about covers it! How'd I do on my budget? Here's the breakdown!

*ALL paint: from my own stash- free
*new knobs- $4
*window treatment (more details later!)- $8
*antropologie knock-off "H"- $1.50
*orange fabric- $15
*metal "S" from Michaels- $2
*hanger holder from home depot- $4
*cork board- $3.50
*various supplies (paint rollers, sandpaper, storage inside cabinets/closet)- $13

(***all supplies not mentioned came from my own supplies!)
Total: $51

**Updated to say that American Crafter is over and I am this season's winner!! What a fun competition!

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  1. it looks beautiful! i love the colors and love the painted cabinets!

  2. Great, great job!!! You're doing awesome on Am Crafter! I'll pulling for ya!


    1. I can't remember ....can we go and vote for you?

  3. Great job Emily! I really love the letters for WASH on the wall

  4. Oh my gosh! I do love it! I really like the gallery wall especially! I'm off to vote for you now!

  5. It looks great, you will enjoy your laundry days now. $51 WOW! I love the cupboard knobs a lovely touch. I will pop over and register my vote. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. AMAZING!!! You know you're my fav. Going to vote right now!!!

  7. I love this room!! I love the wash art and the cute message center - what a fun room!! I bet it will make laundry seem less tedious!! :)

  8. Your laundry room is awesome! Seriously, I'm in love!
    Warm wishes, Brittany

  9. Love the colour combo. I used the same in my kids' bathroom. Bright and cheery and uplifting in the morning (or when you are forced to do laundry!) Well done!!

  10. And to add to Lyndsey's comment, not only will it be less tedious, but extra trips may be made haha.

  11. wooHOO! Going out with a ba-BANG! I love it. The colors. The touches of vintage. The gallery wall. The chalkboard door. Even those little plates above the window! Good job!! I voted for you : )

  12. Such a great makeover!
    So, my laundry room was on the list of possible glad I'm not up against yours :) Good luck!

  13. Emily,

    All the little touches are so you (from everything I've seen since I started reading your blog) and go together to make a fabulous space. I think the wash wall is awesome! Love letter art and it looks great using such a quirky combination to spell something. I bet you'll enjoy using this space much more after such a cheap and cheerful makeover :)

    Claire @

  14. You did amazing work again, Emily! I cannot believe you only spent $51!

  15. I love it!! I love the colors and the gallery wall! It really is amazing! I'd much rather do laundry there, than at my house ;-)

  16. So creative! I love everything about your new space!

  17. Turned out PERFECT!!! Off to vote! XO, Aimee

  18. What a lovely transformation! Love the foldable hanger! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

  19. Love the color on the walls! And those knobs are so cute!

  20. Totally rooting for you! We're just ploughing through our laundry area now, it's grim. Of to vote C: would love if you came and shared at my party today.

  21. I love the colors! The room looks so cheery now -- hopefully that makes it easier to be in there doing laundry! ;)

  22. Wow, you did an amazing job! You have totally inspired me to go for it and re-do my laundry room. It is so small, but it could be such a sweeter place to get the cleaning done! ;-) Good luck!!

  23. I love your new laundry room! The "WASH" wall is so cute... I'm in love with that vintage embroidery and the colors in it are perfect! I think what would really finish it off would be a fun little rug in front of the washer and dryer!


  24. Love the WASH on the wall! The colors are fab!!

  25. Wow!! That looks amazing! I want your laundry room:D

  26. Looks great, Emily! I voted for you on Nap Time Crafters! Hope you win!

  27. Well....that turned out so great! Was at Marcus' P.'s baby shower today and they have been voting for you. Woohoo! Time to win!

  28. i'm redo-ing my laundry area .. not a room like yours more like a closet haha - but i bought a similar color paint! perfect. i love how your space turned out & the WASH on the wall is fabulous!

  29. Love it! I painted my laundry room a smurfish color blue & accented with bright colors. I it is one of my favorite areas of my house!

  30. What a nice job you did with your laundry room! Mine needs some desperate help-- it is turning into the place that all things without a proper place tend to go in our's not pretty! I hope I can find motivation to work towards something like what you've created. Thanks!
    from Holly at (your newest follower!)

  31. I missed the voting but I LOVE your laundry room redo! (I also love that it is about the same size as mine). Super practical but still a lot of fun.

  32. Emily, your laundry room looks fantastic! I love the light blue paint color with the pops of orange. I think if I had your laundry room I would enjoy laundry a lot more :)

  33. You have amazing style and talent! Want to link up to another party??? I hope so- I found you at 5 Days 5 Ways. Tonight I am hosting "Cowgirl Up" and it is a linked linky, share your post once and it appears on 4 awesome blogs. Hope you'll come party with us!!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  34. Your laundry room is so cute! I linked up my basement laundry room too. Check it out at

  35. Congrats on your win!!! I'm SUPER excited for you! XO, Aimee

  36. Wow That looks awesome. I hope it is ok if I pin this amazing room. This the first time I have come across your blog, I rely like it, I'm now following. I would be so happy if you had the time to stop by a and viisit me @
    I have a Link Party every Sunday if you would like to come share anything.

  37. I love those turquoise cupboards now. They turned out fabulous and I cannot believe that you got the new knobs for so cheap. They really sweet. I can hardly believe this is the same room. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

  38. Great job, this looks awesome!! I love the aqua!! I love the frames and letters you used for wash. Also, the ruffles and apron added to the brown curtains look so good! I love this remodel. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Wow! Love it! The laundry room tends to get forgotten. I see paint in my future :)

  40. That is SO cute! I bet doing laundry is a lot more fun now! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @!

  41. Love that gallery wall! The W-A-S-H is great and I really love the hanger holder thingie with the frame around it!

  42. I can't decide whether to feature this or you dining room. Both are so cool!

    A good dilemma to have! But one will definitely be on Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL! ; )

  43. I didn't mean to say "dining room" by the way (pregnant brain said, "There's a table in the should say dining room."

    PORCH (and that's the one I'm going with, I think. I love all the yellow!).

  44. This is not only a beautiful makeover, but you did it on a great budget and made it look really high end! I wish my laundry room looked half as good.

  45. My house was built in 1960 and we just painted the cabinets a lighter white (they were cream before). It's amazing what paint will do. I love what you did with the letters and your embroidery art. I think the W A S H knobs are a cute idea too. My dad wanted to polish my old knobs and they are pretty but I'll admit one day I want new knobs. Thanks for sharing! Katharine

  46. This is fantastic!! love the colors!

  47. I am in love with this! I have a tiny laundry room and am looking for space saving tips- great job. I love the design and the hanger holder is a good find :)

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