This is the story of my life. We are a family of four and yet, I wash three loads of laundry two times a week. That is six loads per week! Or broken down, it is 1.5 loads per person per week. Is this a lot for a family of four? Maybe I’m too clean? Regardless, with all the time I spend in the laundry room, I wanted it to be attractive.

Our My laundry room looked like this right before we bought the house:

If you look up “blah” in the dictionary, you’ll see that picture.

So, I set to work and painted dark blue on the bottom 2/3 of the room and the same color with some white mixed in to the top 1/3 of the room. I also painted the windows and trim a glossy white. It is amazing how much easier it is to dust a newly painted surface (a definite must in a lint-filled laundry room.)

Next, I bought several sections of peg racks and painted them the same color as the trim. I screwed them into studs, or

if there wasn’t a stud to screw into I used Toggler anchors:

Then I set forth to cloak the biggest eye-sore in the room, the utility sink. All I did was cut a curtain down to size and used double-stick velcro. Then I hot glued some roped cording to the top. Abra-ca-dabra, it was sufficiently hidden.

Next I cut a piece of 1″ x 6″ pine to the length of my two windows. I rounded the corners with my jig saw and then used a router to give the edge a decorative finish.

After painting the shelf to match the windows, I mounted it to the wall with metal shelf brackets.

This gave me a sunny spot to rest my plants…

…and laundry supplies (Oxy clean powder, liquid laundry detergent and water spritzer for ironing wrinkles).

I also hung some drop cloth curtains that I painted stripes on (tutorial to come);

added a few letters above the windows;

and now I have a laundry room that I want to spend time in!

This makeover was very low budget. I had the paint leftover from our master bathroom. And the sink cover was one panel on clearance at Target for $3. The letters were $1.50 each and the drop cloths were $5 each. The curtain rod was stolen from another room in our house. And the shelf was from my wood pile. So, all-in-all, I spent about $25.

Some day I’d love to install cabinets with doors on them to hide all the supplies. But, until that day, I’m happy with the transformation.

So, am I the only one doing loads and loads and loads of laundry?

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  1. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    What a beautiful laundry room! If mine looked like this, I might actually WANT to do laundry. Teehee!

    Way to go, girl!

  2. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    I love the change in there. I still have to finish painting mine. Trim and all. I need to do that this weekend! And yes, Laundry is never ending. I have a load that need to get in the dryer right now!

  3. Melinda KE
    Melinda KE says:

    Your laundry room turned out amazing and I'm shocked that it cost so little! I would say anyone doing that much laundry in a week deserves to have a pretty laundry room!

  4. Bonnie@Creative Decorating
    Bonnie@Creative Decorating says:

    Your laundry room turned out just amazing! All that natural light coming in awesome!! Love the blue color, too!

    I am having a giveaway that ends today if you would like to enter!!

  5. Paige (Final Clothes-Out)
    Paige (Final Clothes-Out) says:

    It looks great! And they are all inexpensive fixes, so I like it even more.

    We're a family of two and we each do two loads a week. Our W/D are tiny, though, so maybe it would be the same 1.5 loads if we had normal machines. 🙂

  6. Tys
    Tys says:

    Back in Sept I was seeing all these laundry room makeovers and I was in LOVE… however, I have yet to do it. I even made myself an ideation board and had a plan in place. Lots of hope to get it done in the new year! Yours will be my kick in the pants & reminder to get mine done! It looks great, we're a family of four and I do a TON of laundry as well!!

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Beautiful makeover! I look forward to your curtain tutorial. How in the world did you get your floorcloths to look so white? Love it.


  8. Charlotta Ward
    Charlotta Ward says:

    I am with you on the loads.. I too feel as if I am working a never ending washing basket, but the upside is that now that it's Summer we will mostly lounge around in bikinis and tunics, so the washing will reduce immensely!

    I love what you have done to your laundry. The colours and style is great. Well done you clever girl!

    x Charlotta

  9. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    It all looks fantastic!! I especially love the letters above the window. Nothing like a window to look out when you're doing laundry. I have 4 kids, so there are 6 of us, and I do about 12 loads a week, so I don't think you do too many 🙂


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