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Today I am sharing a $325 laundry room closet makeover and how DIY laundry shelves saved the day! If you are short on time and don’t want to break the bank, see our small changes and clever organization ideas that will help you transform dull cluttered shelves into an organized masterpiece.
Our laundry closet is part of our first floor half bathroom so space is limited. We decided to switch to side by side washer and dryer units and build a laundry table with two additional wood shelves above – utilizing the space above the washer and dryer.
Laundry Appliances: 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 cheap 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 wooden shelves and folding laundry 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
Here is the closet laundry room before we remodeled the closet.
How Can I Make My Old Laundry Room Look Good?
1.Remove or replace laundry closet doors
For our small laundry room on a budget, we removed the bifold laundry closet doors in an effort to create a more open laundry room look.
If you are partial to laundry doors, try bifold barn doors that slide on a track like these.
Small Laundry Room Door Idea
A sliding barn door for a laundry closet, especially if the closet is 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.
2. Remove old shelving and fill and patch holes
As you can see below, we removed our old wire shelving and brackets, filled the holes and primed the walls.
Here is another shot of the laundry room before.
If you decide to remove your laundry room closet doors, you will need to remove the hardware, patch the holes and paint the trim.
3. Paint the walls – laundry room colors
We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Sea Salt color which is a light green color (sometimes looks more gray depending on natural light.)
I almost picked the color Dewy, which is another green paint color but decided to go with sea salt.
I am partial to a light laundry room paint color to ensure the space feels larger and brighter. See my latest review of sea salt and blue green paint colors for more paint color ideas.
I searched google and pinterest for laundry room closet ideas that were either small or in a closet and I found many ideas with stackable washer and dryers but not many with side by side appliances.
Tip: 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 laundry 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.
4. Install Laundry Room Closet Shelving
My dad and I built wooden shelves for the laundry closet in an afternoon from plywood and pine.
You can see that full tutorial by clicking through to this post, how to make wooden laundry shelving.
These DIY wooden shelves can be used in any closet so be sure to check it out!
Laundry room shelves above a washer and dryer are a game changer when it comes to not only organization but creating a laundry space that is pretty!
5. DIY Laundry Room Table
Having a laundry table 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. You can see how we made our laundry table by clicking through this post, DIY wooden shelves.
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 like this wire shelving and install it yourself.
We opted for a plywood countertop but a butcher block countertop would also be nice.
Laundry Room Decor
I found so many laundry room decor ideas my head was spinning! I ultimately decided to use baskets and bins to keep the laundry room shelves organized.
- I purchased a few hyacinth (these in natural) baskets
- these wire baskets from the Container Store for storage
- This set of 3 wicker baskets as well will work for smaller items
- A glass jar like this one works great for clothes pins
- Collapsable laundry baskets are also perfect to store on the side of the washer
- white lazy susan to to keep bottles organized
- Wall mounted grocery bag holder
Like I said earlier, removing the laundry closet doors, gave us more room inside for the new washer and dryer.
The laundry 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 white lazy susan 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!
Our laundry room countertop / folding table totally changed how I do laundry making me more productive and organized.
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 Makeover
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.
Laundry closet ideas
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.
Laundry Room Signs
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.
I found the cute laundry room signs for the wall in Home Goods.
This vintage inspired laundry sign was only $5 at Home Goods on clearance.
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 to fold clothes.
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 for the laundry shelves and laundry room folding table, baskets, storage boxes and other laundry accessories.
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.