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Laundry Room Renovation Step by Step How To

I have had so many questions about the laundry room makeover and exactly how we got the look. 
And so today- it is all about breaking it down how we took this laundry closet from basic to charming for under $500.



The best part- we didn't even spend all of that budget. 
Basically we came with a design plan abd of course I loved vintage inspired. French doors and a butcher block counter were on the list. And they could have easily eaten the entire budget.

Here is what we used:

2 Ready to Finish cupboards - Lowe's (around $95 each)
Finished open shelf unit- Lowe's ($20)
Gold clothes rod/ hardware- Lowe's (20)
Subway tile- Lowe's 
Grout/mortar/etc. Lowe's 
Butcher block 
French Doors

Most everything was right off the shelf at Lowe's. The butcher block and french doors took a bit of searching to find - but check places like the ReStore or Craigslist for second hand pieces that will save you a chunk of change.


We started by removing the old shelves that were on the wall- which then left us with a bit of an uneven surface in areas- and not matched up knotty pine. The plan was to tile the back wall and then simply paint the side walls- but with the missing pieces of wood, etc we had to go to plan b and tile more area than originally anticipated.



But before we tiled- we hung the ready to finish cupboards up- one on each side.
We used long wood screws and a brace at the back to hold them up-
 and then moved to the center section. 


The center proved to be a little hard to install due to the thin back it had which did not allow us to use that to secure it. Instead- we secured it from inside of the cupboards
and with a simple trim to hold it up.



After the cupboards were installed, leveled and ready to be finished- it was tiling time.
Cullan did most of the tiling himself- and he used my dad's trick of using nails to keep the tile sheets from sliding. Anytime you have a tile that is supposed to line up and be level and you have a long distance to run it- there is a chance one will slip and go unnoticed until the whole wall is done. And then... that tile line running south is set and it is not a pretty thing.


A tip is to use the sheets of tile.
The sheets go up in 12"x12" sections rather than one subway tile at a time.
It makes the job quick and easy since they have a mesh backing that helps adhere the tile
and it is always nice to see progress with just a few steps since they go up so quickly.

 Level, hold, tack and move along to the next.



In my original design plan wish list- french doors to close off the laundry closet- and a butcher block top. Either of those could have easily eaten up the entire $500 budget.
 But by shopping used, the Restore and craigslist- we were able to notch those off inexpensively. They did require a bit of sanding and paint to clean up- but the savings was worth it.

We also added lighting to the top of the closet- as well as an extra shelf
all along the top of the cupboards- which is basically just one of the original wide shelf boards.
It is a perfect spot for tucking extra toilet paper, tools and anything else we need often.

A fresh coat of paint on the rest of the room- Simply White from Benjamin Moore
and 3 coats of paint on the cupboards and it was a wrap.


This was a super easy, super inexpensive update that made a huge difference.
If you have any other questions that I didn't answer, let me know and I will try to answer for you.




8 comments

  1. This is lovely. I especially like the subway tile. But I have a question. Where are your washer hookups? Is the washer set away from the wall so they can be behind it? Can you get to them without having to move anything?

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    1. They are just below the counter area on the back wall. There is a bit of space behind the washer but the wood countertop can pull towards front a bit to be able to reach them as well.

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  2. Love this, what a fabulous transformation.

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  3. I voted again! Huge fan of white, white subway tiles and butcher block. Nice job and love the price point!

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  4. Love it! When I renovate ours I will keep yours in mind! Did you tile the side walls too?

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  5. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une buanderie fantastique... J'ai dans mes toilettes le même carrelage métro...
    Gros bisous 🌺

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  6. It's all gorgeous! Just wondering why the doors to the appliances aren't placed more conveniently? I'm pretty sure they are adjustable.

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    1. You are so right... there was some reason why we didn't switch the door originally... not sure what it was. I will have to check into it again. :)

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