Laundry Remodel for $232
A wash-and-fold space goes from blank slate to seriously stylish with the help of some inexpensive materials
Before: While the laundry room (shown with the previous owners’ washer and dryer) was in fine shape, the green cabinets didn’t suit the new owner’s taste, and the room was a sterile white.
Stark white walls sure can give a homeowner the blues. When Sara Davis decided she didn’t want to log one more minute in the lifeless laundry room of her 1997 Pendleton, IN, home, she knew it was finally time to give it a face-lift. First she overhauled the cabinets, removing a few doors to put supplies within easy reach, then painting the cabinets inside and out.
She covered the wall behind them using 4½ yards of fabric and liquid starch to adhere it, a trick she picked up from Pinterest and had already tested in another room. Because the starch dries clear and allows the fabric to peel off easily without leaving any residue, it served as a perfect no-regrets way to introduce color and texture—for a fraction of the cost of wallpaper.
Her final addition was a large pegboard, which neatly corrals her drying rack, ironing board, and three laundry bags, plus a few bins to hold odds and ends. The new storage system helps keep piles of laundry off the floor and off other surfaces. Sara, who blogs at sincerelysarad.com, can’t believe how much design bang she got for her buck. “The new look and flow has made doing laundry a little less cumbersome,” she says. “It’s just a happier space.”
After: A fabric-covered accent wall warms up the space. Existing cabinets have a whole new look, thanks to a fresh paint scheme. Pegboard provides customizable storage for other necessities
The Project Tally:
With existing appliances installed, painted the cabinets white on the outside and blue on the inside using a one-step chalky-finish paint and sealer—no primer needed; added free hardware from a friend $97
Created a focal point by adhering discounted fabric to one wall using two half-gallon bottles of liquid starch $43
Hung a 5-by-8-foot sheet of pegboard on a frame of furring strips and gave the assembly a coat of leftover white paint $17
Improved storage with wire bins and baskets, jars for detergents, and canvas bags for sorting laundry (applied vinyl decal lettering at home); added already-on-hand plants and artwork for color $75
Spray-painted the ironing board and some other items with spare paint for a cohesive look $0