Laundry Room Reset: 10 Simple Changes on a Budget

My laundry room is a room I’ve never loved…mainly because it is too narrow and dark, and I don’t particularly enjoy doing laundry!  The design has been neglected because it’s easy to close the door and nobody can see it, and it’s a space that almost no one else goes in but me…certainly not guests…and usually my kids only go in when they are desperate for a specific shirt they think might be tucked away in the dryer.

But because I do actually spend a lot of time doing laundry, and because it’s a relatively small space {think quick and easy to update}, I decided to make some simple, budget-friendly changes that I hope inspire you to RESET a place in your home!

BEFORE PHOTO:

RESET #1: PAINTED THE WALLS & CABINETS. The biggest change I made was to paint the walls and cabinets. {I used “antique white” by Sherwin Williams on both the cabinets and the walls.}  Painting is one of the most dramatic ways to change a room, anybody can do it, and the cost of paint is relatively inexpensive compared to other design updates.  The reason I chose to paint both the walls and the cabinets was because I have a very small laundry room and I knew if I didn’t paint the cabinets it would still feel very cramped due to the darkness of my wood.  If you have a laundry room with a bit more size, you can do a simple wall update and move on.

RESET #2: REMOVED THE WASHER AND DRYER STANDS/PEDESTALS.  These pedestals seemed like a must-have when we bought this washer and dryer set ten years ago, but the reason they didn’t work for me was that they were hard to reach over and get into the cabinets above the washer and dryer.  As a result, it was frustrating to access laundry soap, dryer sheets, etc.!  In order to eliminate that stressor and to create a space that felt bigger, I had Ryan pull those laundry stands off and I sold them on Craigslist!  The result was a little bit of extra cash for the decorating budget plus easy access to the cabinets and a space that feels less crowded.

RESET #3: FRAMED OUT THE SMALL WINDOW.  I wanted some visual interest above the window (to draw the eye upward and again make it feel like the space was bigger) but I did not want to hang a curtain or window treatment.  The resulting conclusion was to have Ryan take some extra wood that we had and frame out the window.  I found something I liked on Pinterest, showed him the picture, and one evening after the kids went to sleep we worked on it together (he did the actual work, I just took pictures and kept him company). It was an easy change, at no cost to us since we already had the lumber, and the craftsmanship is the best.

RESET #4: SWITCHED OUT THE LIGHT FIXTURE.  You can probably tell from the “before” photo that our lighting was very bright!  It was an overhead light that wasn’t very pretty, and it also didn’t create the right lighting ambiance.  So I shopped around my house and decided to pull our closet light out and put it in the laundry room.  I then put the previous laundry light into our closet.  The new light is more evenly spread and looks more interesting!

RESET #5: INSTALLED A NEW FAUCET.  The old faucet had a dated look and I wanted a more rounded modern faucet so I found something inexpensive on Amazon and had Ryan change out the fixture for me.

Here is the photo of the “old” faucet–nothing wrong with it, I just don’t love it!

Here is the newer faucet:

RESET #6: ADDED A LAMP.  I found an industrial looking lamp that was the same metal color as the light fixture and I love it because it creates such a nice ambiance in the evenings.  (Purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.)  It makes this room feel more “homey” and less “task-oriented.” {Side-note–I use clear light bulbs rather than Edison bulbs in order to avoid the yellowish hue that Edison bulbs throw.)

RESET #7: NEW IRONING BOARD COVER.  Ironing is a really, really, really low priority on my “to-do” list.  To be honest, I’d rather wear something wrinkled than to get out the iron and press it out.  I know that sounds horrible, and lazy, but we all have our vices!  Because ironing has never been a thing for me, I have a really old ironing board and a stained up blue ironing cover.  And I’ve never justified buying a new one since I maybe only use it twice a year.  But in an effort to make my laundry room a happier, prettier place to be, I decided to order a new cover from Amazon.  I’m happy with the update, and I’ve even used my ironing board since purchasing it…which means I’ve already met my ironing quota for the year!

OLD COVER:

NEW COVER:

RESET #8: I ADDED A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.  A bottle of Mrs. Meyers peppermint hand soap near the sink, a glass bottle of window cleaner, a stripeside dishtowel from Anthropologie, a pot of basil, and a candle from Target {lavender vanilla, which smells like a spa}. Some of these I already had on hand, a few of these small items were purchased.

Basic Formula = nice hand soap + plant + candle + towel

 

RESET #9: REMOVED CLUTTER.  I only have one item hanging on the wall {a birthday gift from a super thoughtful friend that makes me smile as I fold towels}, the colors in this room are very cool and neutral, I took down hooks, and I’m committed to not letting this be the room where everything extra is thrown or hung.  Less clutter feels like more room to work plus less brain damage.  All of us mommas want less brain damage. Can I get an Amen?

RESET #10: ADDED RUG. For my laundry room, it just helped to break up the dark tile and to lighten up the space. It also feels like it elongated the space, and I love the modern pattern and cozy vibe it adds. {Nate Berkus for Target.}

Thanks for taking a look around! I hope that my ideas have given you some brainstorming for your own “room reset.”

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