Laundry Room Refresh

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This DIY project was our first as new homeowners, and looking ahead, it will most likely be the easiest that we tackle.

Since our laundry room is more like a laundry closet, this wasn’t an extensive renovation. We needed to maximize the small space, though, for functionality and storage.

Our washer and dryer were scheduled to be delivered two weekends after we moved in, and it was important to me to have this room redone before the appliances arrived. I knew once those bad boys went in, we would probably never get around to painting the walls around them.

So, my wonderful husband spent his Memorial Day holiday tackling the honey-do list I left for him.

First, he removed the old, metal closet shelf.

{I loathe these things and plan to remove ALL of them from every closet.}

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Then, he patched the enormous holes the shelf left behind.

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Next, he placed tape along where we wanted to install a chair rail.

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Then it was time to start painting!

Below the chair rail is Sherwin-Williams Extra White and above the chair rail is Sherwin-Williams Light French Gray (we used the same shade in our bedroom).

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Finally, we installed the chair rail that we had cut to size at Lowe’s.

Laundry Room Makeover

I then added a coat of bright white semi-gloss paint to the wall divider to give it a finished look.

The only thing missing from our reno project was a cabinet to go above the washer and dryer.

I really did not want to re-hang the white wire shelf that was there originally, but I also did not want to spend a car payment’s worth of money on a solution.

I spent several weeks stalking different Habitat for Humanity ReStores for wall cabinets in good condition at a good price. I wasn’t having any luck, though, and I was ready to complete this project since we had been working on it for much longer than planned.

I ended up finding this wall cabinet on sale at Lowe’s and figured it fit my budget and design well enough to go ahead and buy it.

Laundry Room Refresh

I still wanted open shelves above the washer and dryer, though.

So, one last trip to Lowe’s was needed to gather materials for our DIY farmhouse shelves. We were able to complete our project with a custom-cut piece of lumber, wood stain, and wall brackets.


I scored this industrial light fixture on Amazon for $18. It could not be more perfect for the farmhouse industrial vibe I was aiming for.


Finally, I finished off the room with decorative touches to make it homey. Laundry rooms can be pretty, too, y’all.

Laundry Room Refresh

It took a little longer than I expected — three months longer, to be exact — but I am thrilled at how beautiful and functional this space is now.

Want to see more home renovation projects and take a peek at how we’re fixing up our Carolina ranch? Follow me on Instagram to get the up-to-date scoop on how our home is coming along. 

Dammit, Hali



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