I've been dreaming up this laundry room makeover for months now and we finally got around to it! We didn't want to spend a lot of money on this makeover so I knew we would have to get creative on ways to get the look I wanted for less. Not only was I wanting to brighten up this room and make it feel larger, I also needed it to function better for our family. Here is a quick look at the before pictures of our laundry room.
The first step to this makeover had to be PAINT! I'm always amazed at how a gallon of paint can transform a space. We brightened up the room by using Magnolia Paint in Shiplap, it's such a pretty white you guys. I was really impressed with how well it covered too, we were able to cover our dark tan walls with 2 coats. If you are in KC you can find this paint at Restoration Emporium or Ace Hardware. Make it a weekend and go down to the West Bottoms to do some shopping and pick up some paint to try it out! :)
For the cabinets we chose my favorite mushroom/griege color Coastal Villa, it's a Valspar color but we have it mixed at Benjamin Moore in their Advance paint in satin sheen. I'll be doing a full blog post on the process of painting cabinets with this product next week so stay tuned. :)
The door paint was actually a product that I got to try out from a company called DecoArt it's called Americana Decor Curb Appeal. This product is now going to be a "go to" for me! It goes on so smooth and covers like a dream, 2 coats and I had a brand new door. I love how it pops against the white walls. This paint is so user friendly, I highly recommend it.
As an interior decorator I have to add all the little details, it really is what pulls a room together. But these items can add up quickly and really hurt the budget. So I tried to reuse as many items as I could from around my house. I also made this cute laundry room sign and then threw it into this inexpensive IKEA frame. The little copper basket I scored in the Target Dollar spot!
My sweet friend Melissa has a Boutique called Very Violet in Lee's Summit, MO and I knew she would have some cute items that would fit perfectly in this space. I found these antique seltzer bottles, wall clock and canvas bag there. Her shop is so great, I always leave feeling all sorts of inspired! (I will link items for you below and similar items that you can order if you're not local to KC.) :)
The shelf and countertop is where we really saved some money. We made the shelf ourselves by getting a piece of white wood at Home Depot and painting it white, then adding these inexpensive metal brackets that I spray painted black. Added some hooks and voila, you got yourself a functional shelf area to hang all your bags, and keys. We already had this bench from IKEA, so we decided to make it work in the space.
We really struggled with what type of countertop we wanted in here. The measurements weren't standard, so pre made countertops weren't really an option. And I wasn't about to spend $500+ on quartz or granite for my laundry room! So my hubby had a great idea to use a Solid Core Door and simply cut it down to the size we needed, GENIUS!!!! And guess what it was only $67, ummm YES PLEASE! I stained it dark walnut to add some contrast in the light space. My hubby built a brace around the walls with 2x4's (into the studs) and the door/countertop rest on top of it. We did use a few L brackets to secure it.
I'm loving our new laundry room, being able to fold the laundry on our new countertop has been so nice. I'd love to hear what you guys think of the before and after? And of course, I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Hope you have a great week! :)