Friday, June 11, 2010

Décor on a Dime: Laundry Room Makeover

Decor on a Dime button I have been itching to do another DIY project and I finally got a chance this past week! 
I had been looking for a new washing machine and came across a great deal at Lowe’s on Memorial Day.  (Sometimes, waiting for a major holiday can save you a lot of money on a big item purchase.  My washer was 28% off regular price, if I had bought it the week before I would have only gotten 10% off!)  Perfect, as I was wanting to paint and redecorate the laundry room and figured this was the perfect time!
Here is a picture of my laundry room before.  It is a nice size room and I LOVE that it is on the second floor of our house (next to all of the bedrooms).  But it was a little dull and boring (ok, a lot boring!)
My plans were to add beadboard, lighten it up a bit with some light yellow paint, and add black accents.  I got some of the beadboard wallpaper at Home Depot on clearance for $7 a roll and decided this would be a great chance to try it out.  I also got some used chair rail for FREE!  101_3593
The wallpaper was super easy to work with!  You can see in the bottom picture where I needed to trim up the bottom.  Once it was dry, this was really easy to trim and then paint.  The upper yellow wall took 2 good coats – I ran out of paint and had to go buy a second quart.  Once the wallpaper dried, I painted it, the chair rail, and baseboards.
Then my washer was delivered and set up, I installed the shelves again, put back all the laundry room soaps and such, and DECORATED!  :) 

Here is the finished product! 

I love it!  It is so cheery and sunny!  (By the way, I love the little shelf/hanging bar on the right.  We installed that when we first moved in and it is so convenient to hang clothes up on to dry.)
The black basket is a FREE yardsale find, the candle sconce was a yardsale find from years ago (it used to hang in our bedroom), I already had the ivy and candle, so the “LAUNDRY” saying was the only accessory I bought for the room.  It was 50% off at Hobby Lobby and cost $7.49.
101_3630  This picture better shows the yellow color.  Love it!  So now if I could just get the laundry to wash and fold itself this would be the PERFECT room! :)
Total cost for this makeover:
Paint (used 1 1/2 quarts) - $7.96 each = $15.92
Beadboard wallpaper - $7.00 for one roll and used one cut from a second roll (will save the rest of that roll for a bathroom project coming up soon!) = $7.00
“Laundry” wall saying = $7.49    
Chair rail = FREE!
All other accessories – I already had, just re-purposed from other rooms.
Total cost - $30.49! 
Not bad for a totally different look and a room I love!  Maybe I will actually look forward to doing laundry now! :)
Once again…..
Ahhhhh…… so much better!  It is a simple thing that makes me smile! :)

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  1. It looks wonderful! Might give me the inspiration to do something to mine!

  2. Looks great Christina! Way to go!!!=) My laundry room is very boring too, we have added more shelves, but never painted it. Maybe one of these days...

  3. Yummy! Love the cheery yellow and white combo!

  4. Hello! I stumbled across your blog and was amazed to discover that you have redone your laundry room in the exact colors I was thinking for mine. It looks great and I think I will stick with the yellow and black accents as yours looks so nice. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love it! You did a great job and at a great price.

  6. Love your laundry room. So lite and bright.

  7. Very cute! I am visiting from the Before&After party. :-) I think I will go check out the rest of your blog now!

  8. So nice to work in that room, I have a laundry closet that definetly needs some TLC and a can of light blue paint just waiting to be used!

  9. I love this! The yellow is fantastic! I wish we had a laundry ROOM ours is in the basement =(

  10. Loving that beadboard wallpaper! Nice and fresh looking:)


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