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Today I am sharing a $325 laundry room makeover on a budget and wow, it’s amazing what you can do in a small laundry room closet if you get creative! We decided to switch to side by side washer and dryer units and build a laundry folding table and two additional shelves above – utilizing the space above the washer and dryer. We did buy a new washer and dryer as our stackable units both stopped working within a week of each. I factored out the cost of the appliances when I say this is a “budget” makeover.
Minus the cost of the new appliances, this makeover is affordable and completely doable by anyone and the idea of adding your own DIY floating shelves and folding table is fairly inexpensive. For the cost of wood and a little DIY know how, you can “get this look” in a weekend (well maybe 2 weekends). See how we made our wooden laundry shelves by clicking through this post, “diy floating laundry shelves tutorial.”
Laundry Room Makeover Before & After
Here is the laundry room before,
How do I redesign my laundry room?
We removed the laundry closet doors in an effort to create a more open laundry room look. A sliding barn door in a bathroom is also a great way to save space and create a designer trendy look. Click through these posts, sliding barn door installation without removing door trim tutorial, our double sliding barn door tutorial or our bathroom sliding barn door option for more ideas.
Here is another shot of the laundry room before.
Here is the room during the floating laundry shelves and folding table installation. I wanted a budget friendly laundry closet and the DIY floating shelves accomplished that. The closet looked so much better with new paint and the bifold closet doors removed.
If you decide to remove your laundry room closet doors, you will need to remove the hardware, patch the holes and paint the trim.
I searched google and pinterest for ideas to update a laundry room that was either small or in a closet and I found many ideas with stackable washer and dryers.
If you are trying to make your laundry room look bigger, a stackable may be a better alternative, especially if you want some room to walk around but for me, I really wanted a folding table so the side by side washer and dryer was the perfect solution.
If you have a stackable washer and dryer, click through this post, “our basement laundry room makeover” for more creative ideas.
I think the after is much better don’t you?
Mission accomplished! It’s amazing what adding diy laundry shelving (don’t miss this floating shelves tutorial) and utilizing the space above the washer and dryer will accomplish.
DIY laundry Room Makeover
This is a true DIY laundry room makeover as adding shelving and painting is a fairly simple process. If you are not able to make your own wooden shelves, you can purchase inexpensive shelving and install it yourself.
By placing the washer and dryer side by side, this allowed us to create a folding station as well as two large floating shelves above for storage. I removed all the old wire shelving and hardware, filled the holes with putty, sanded and repainted the space.
The walls were very old, rough and some spots were marked and scratched from the previous washer and dryer so I did add a coat of white primer first.
The green color on the wall is called “Dewy” and the white trim is “Extra White” by Sherwin Williams .
Budget Laundry Room Decorating Ideas
I did purchase a few hyacinth (these in natural) baskets and these wire baskets from the Container Store for storage. This set of 3 wicker baskets as well will work for smaller items. I cannot even begin to tell you how much better it is doing laundry because everything is clean and organized.
A glass jar like this one works great for clothes pins.
I decided to remove the bifold doors permanently permanently and open up the laundry room (closet) to the existing bathroom.
This gave us more room inside for the new washer and dryer. The doors, when opened, “took up 5 inches inside the closet which we needed in order to put the washer and dryer side-by-side. So guess what, we just got rid of the doors.
The top plastic decorative bins hold batteries and lightbulbs as well as a few other random items that we don’t use often.
The plastic bins are also from the Container Store.
The white lazy susan (affiliate link) is one of my favorite finds. It holds the detergent and dryer sheets along with a few other spot cleaners. I love that it spins!
If you are looking for storage for paper towels, these hyacinth baskets hold six roles perfectly. I couldn’t believe it when I found these, it’s like they were made for paper towel storage.
Small Laundry Room Ideas On A Budget
I found the cute laundry signs for the wall in Home Goods.
Not a bad looking laundry closet right? You too can create a budget laundry closet with DIY floating shelves and create a functional and pretty laundry room.
Our laundry closet would have more room if we decided to go with a stackable washer and dryer but I wanted a folding table so we opted for the side by side washer and dryer. The laundry shelves were very inexpensive to make and with a little sanding and paint, boring old wood can shape up quite nicely!
The wire basket is hung with picture hook nails. Just tap the tiny nail into the wall and leave a little bit of the nail protruding from the wall. The sign below sums up my view on laundry 100%.
Pink duct tape from a previous project was the solution to cover the existing electrical box.
This is probably the greatest invention on the planet. A grocery bag holder (see it here). I have always wanted one of these but never got around to buying one.
This little framed dog saying is near and dear to my heart. My grandmother (my mom’s mom) had this in her bathroom when I was a kid and before she died, she gave it to me. Now it lives in our bathroom/laundry room.
Having a laundry folding station directly in the laundry closet has helped me tremendously. I despise laundry and I will admit it, I am awful at keeping up with it. However, the clothes are now getting folded and not dumped in a pile on the couch.
By removing the bifold doors, the entire bathroom/laundry room looks much bigger. I repainted the bathroom in the Dewy color and will share the entire space soon. I still have a little trim work to paint near the door.
Shop this laundry room (click images below)
We were sad when our old washer and dryer stopped working. There is never a good time to invest in a new washer and dryer but it was the perfect opportunity to renovate the space and create a functional and stylish laundry room.
It’s not the biggest laundry room that’s for sure but every square inch is now utilized and organized. The total budget for this makeover, minus the new washer and dryer, was under $325. That includes all the wood, baskets, storage boxes and other laundry accessories. We are so happy with our Budget Laundry closet with DIY floating shelves!
About The Author
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.