After my twins, I went from doing two loads of laundry per week to doing two loads per day. My 7 month old twins spit up everything, and my two year old seems to think that her shirt is a napkin. As a way to help make this daily chore a little bit easier and more enjoyable, I thought I’d give my laundry room a much needed laundry room makeover.
Laundry Room (BEFORE)
Laundry Room (AFTER)
Stencil Word Wall
Lost socks wall hanger
Laundry supply wall decor
FLOOR COVERING: I really wanted to update the linoleum floor or find a large rug that covered the entire area. I knew that finding a cute rug to fit the space would be tough, so decided to start with that first before choosing my color scheme. After looking everywhere, I finally found a rug for $30 at Gordmans, which I absolutely love.
PAINT: The cream in the rug already matched the cream on the wall so I decided to only paint an accent color on the back wall to help keep this small space from feeling even smaller. The next time I was at Home Depot I picked out the color swatch Rhino by Behr, which matched my rug perfectly. I immediately took the swatch to Lowes for a color-match so I could get a Sherwin Williams 1 pint sample and paint my entire wall for only $3.50. The quality and coverage of their paint sample isn’t great, but I figured I could just give it an extra coat. Next, I picked up some contact paper and sticker letter sheets from the dollar store. I wanted to create my own stencil since I already had the correct background color. I tried to copy the size and design of the rug onto the contact paper. I traced and cut out as many diamond-like shapes as I could. In order to minimize how much of a pattern I needed, I decided to alternate with painter’s tape lines in between. I used a level to make 5 straight vertical lines. Then I stuck my contact paper and letters on the wall and painted one shape and word at a time by blotting at the wall.
STORAGE CUBES & BASKETS: I found two matching storage cubes at Goodwill, but you can also find them for $58 on Amazon, using my affiliate link. I hung them against the side walls, leaving a small gap between the two cubes. I dug out some extra 1 X 2s I had in my garage from another project, cut them the same length as the cube shelves, painted them white, screwed them into the studs along the side and back wall and then set my storage cubes on top. I used L brackets on the top side to provide extra support. I liked the idea of cubes rather than cupboards because I wanted to still see through to the wall. I didn’t like that my stuff still looked junky so I went looking for baskets that could hide unsightly items without covering the entire area. I found white plastic storage baskets for about $7 at Walmart. I used clothes pins and extra Rhino-color paint swatches to create labels for my baskets.
HANGING RACK: To continue the bare wood look of the clothes pins, I bought a 1 ¼ inch wooden dowel, along with a closet pole socket, to hang a clothes rack between the two cubes so I now have a place in my laundry room to air dry clothes, which beats scattering them on chairs throughout the house. I also bought these hanger clips on Amazon so I can use the rod to hang my cloth diaper covers as well.
TABLE TOP: I bought a smooth-surface plywood board at Home Depot for $35. They cut the board for me for free right there at Home Depot. When I got it home, I still needed to use a jigsaw to cut out a space for the washer and dryer cords. I went back to buy ¼ inch rounds to cover any imperfections since the wall wasn’t a perfect 90 degree angle. I painted the table top a high gloss white to match the cubes. I’m sure I could have set the table right on top of the washer and dryer, but my husband didn’t like that idea so I used a large L bracket in the center and more 1 X 2s along the back and side wall to hold the weight of the board. At last, no more pacifiers, dirt, and socks falling back behind my washer and dryer! I now have a table to sort, fold, an iron clothes, to change diapers, and to set and store things including these cute tin cans I found at Ross on clearance for about $2 each. I’m constantly using washcloths and towels to clean up messes and the lint trash is super convenient to have right there as well.
IRONING BOARD CHANGING PAD: I bought an ironing pad for $6 at Walmart and used an old shower curtain as fabric to sew a cover for it so I can change diapers on it and throw it in the wash when it gets dirty. To do this, I cut out 2 pieces of fabric, put them together, sewed all the way around leaving a small section so I could turn inside out, ironed it flat and sewed a quarter inch all the way around to finish it off. I found the “Renew” picture and stand at the dollar store, which conveniently covers the bulky black dryer plug.
LAUNDRY SORTING BAGS: I moved the washer and dryer against the side walls so make room for a place to store and sort dirty laundry. I found this roll out 3 bag laundry sorter for $10 at Walmart. The dimensions were wrong so I used a jigsaw to cut the plastic tubes to the right size before putting it together. Sure beats running dirty clothes to a hamper upstairs or having them pile together on the floor in front of the washing machine.
GLASS JARS: I threw out my ugly detergent boxes and bought glass canisters for 50% off at Hobby Lobby to store my Oxiclean, Washing Soda, Borax, and Country Save cloth diaper detergent. The sticky chalk labels are from Dollar Tree.
WALL DECOR: I found an iron wall hanging for $2 at Goodwill. It’s cute and functional because I use it to hold items I use everyday, including my Woolite, detergent, softer, stain remover, and fabric sheets. I store my extra detergent and dryer sheets in the storage baskets and use my stash to replenish these items when I run out.
I wanted to make a lost socks wall hanging for the other side wall but didn’t want to put in all the work. I decided to just use a hanger with hanger clips I already had at the house from Walmart. I used sticker letters I already had to write “Lost Socks” on my Rhino-color paint swatch and tied it to the hanger with some yarn. Super cute and so easy.