Do you have a space in your home that you don’t decorate even though its ugly, because nobody sees it? That was my laundry room. I wanted to give it a farmhouse laundry room makeover but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money updating it. I had so many other projects to do, so it just stayed there taunting me with its ugly old wall paper and 1980’s cabinets.
I figured without a big budget I couldn’t do that much anyway. There was no way I was sinking a bunch of money into this room. We’ve all seen those massive, expensive laundry rooms on pinterest. I don’t care how gorgeous your farmhouse laundry room is, unless you can afford to have full-time laundry staff it will never make you love doing laundry! That beautiful room will not wash, dry or fold anything for you. So stick to your budget and put your renovation money somewhere else! Like in a hot tub or pool or beach house 😉
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For my budget farmhouse laundry room makeover I planned to just paint the walls, trim and cabinets. But, as the project progressed I realized there was really a lot more I could do to the room without spending a ton of money. Each little thing we did was simple and cheap but all together they had a big impact.
Laundry Room Before
Like many 80’s homes, my laundry room is what you see when you enter from my garage. Then there’s a hallway connecting that area to my kitchen.
It had builder grade cabinets, dreadful wallpaper and brown wood trim.
The paint was a blah beige that probably was from 1986 and the door to the garage was a boring flat metal door with some rust on the bottom.
Here’s what we did to update the laundry room
Extended the Cabinets
We were just about to start the painting project when I asked Mike if he could add trim to the top of the cabinets. He did and it only took a few minutes. You can learn how to extend your cabinets to the ceiling here.
Changed to Invisible Door Hinges
I also wanted invisible door hinges. Since the doors were a little thinner we had to buy concealed mortise hinges online but once we got them, it didn’t take Mike long to install them. You can learn how to install invisible hinges here.
Painted Walls and Trim
Once the cabinets were prepped, we had to get rid of the wallpaper and prep the walls.
Since I had gray paint left from my family room I used that. Its my very favorite gray, called Sherwin Williams SW Light French Gray #0055. We painted the trim white which really brightened the space. We also painted the garage door white but…I changed my mind, you’ll see that in a minute.
Painted the Cabinets
For the cabinets I chose a color from the Benjamin Moore Paint Collection called Kendall Charcoal, but I had it mixed at Lowe’s. We just used a matte paint on these cabinets. I really hate shiny paint and I find that a matte finish is far better on most things, including these cabinets. For tips on painting and color matching, check out this post.
Added Trim and Painted the Door
I initially painted the door to the garage white, but boy was that BORING! So I had to change it. I used the same paint color as the cabinets, and I still didn’t love it. So Mike quickly added trim to the door and now I just love it! Learn how to add trim to a flat door here.
Built and Hung a Rustic Shelf
I found some decor and we were on the home stretch but I still felt like the room needed something, so Mike built this DIY Restoration Hardware Wall Shelf. The shelf like this from restoration hardware cost over $100! We spent less than $20. You can make your own with our instructions.
I didn’t think this small space had much potential, but I was so wrong. Just doing a few projects in there has made a massive difference.
Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal
We accomplished a lot more in this space than I expected. It really makes the hall and laundry room feel like an extension of our home instead of just an ugly area on the way to the garage. The cabinets are the most dramatic part of the makeover. They are so lovely!
The shelf is a fun addition and really made the room feel more rustic. It would be great for storage, but I think ours will just have decor on it. The terracotta pots were $1.99 at Lowe’s and the black and white pot is from Homegoods.
You can also find adorable terracotta pots with succulents in them, here.
We can’t update the flooring right now so I got a couple of fun area rugs. This one is from Pier 1,the magnolia line, and I got it on clearance!
The other rug and wall hangings in the hallway are from homegoods.
My black and white vintage inspired sign was custom-made by a friend, you can find her business on instagram here, and is the perfect touch for the room!
I love how this room and hallway turned out. It’s so much fun to come home to this adorable farmhouse laundry room instead of the ugly dated space there was before. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your own laundry room. But no matter how gorgeous it is …I still hate laundry!!!!!
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