1.21.2010

$8 Laundry Room Makeover (In Progress)

When we first moved into our new house, I was ecstatic to have a "non-scary" laundry room.  We had lived in two really old houses with scary, dingy basement laundry rooms, and to move into a brand new house with a relatively big, bright laundry room was so exciting!

But it quickly became a catch-all room, with the litter box, pet food, shoe shelves and who-knows-what-else all cluttering the place up.  Not to mention that it was painted the same orangey color as the rest of the house and that the ugly hot water heater took up a corner of the room.  My temporary solution to hide the water heater and to (hopefully) keep the dog out of the litter box (gross, I know) was to curtain off the back half of the room.  The only curtains I could spare were these $1 yard sale panels in bright blue.  I found out that the bright blue just made the walls look brighter orange.  And that setup completely blocked the window.  
And the mess surrounding our washer and dryer was still perfectly visible from the hallway, as was the messy shoe rack right inside the door.  Time for a mini-makeover!
We painted the walls the same light blue color as the nursery that was left over from our first house (free!).  I rearranged and hung a curtain rod along the side of the wall so it hides the washer & dryer, hot water heater and litter box.
We decided to move my craft stuff into this room, so we used some scrap pieces of plywood to cut shelves and then hung them with inexpensive L brackets. 
The people my parents bought their house from left yet another treasure behind in the basement -  a great metal work top.  We added some scrap wood for legs and then used a skirt to hide them (and the storage underneath). 
And -- are you ready for this? -- by using what we had lying, repurposing, and thrifting, we have spent a grand total of  $8 on this makeover so far!   We still have a couple projects left to do (like painting a design on the curtains sheets, changing the light fixture, etc.) but already the room feels a lot bigger and brighter.  Definitely not bad for $5, though, right?

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P.S. I also have a few mini-projects that went into this room that I will be highlighting later, like a DIY $5 school house light fixture!

7 comments:

the thrifty ba said... Best Blogger Tips

if you come over and make my room look half as cute as this-i will bake and cook all kinds of yummy things for you!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... Best Blogger Tips

$8...that's crazy!!! Crazy awesome. :) I am jealous of all your neat storage space!

Shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is an amazing makeover. You did a great job and $8 is awesome!!!

Sabrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Great use of space and money! Wish I had a window in my laundry room.

Embellished Bayou said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous transformation! It's like you have doubled the space!

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

amazing. Very inspiring. I must tackle my laundry room now!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE it!!!!!!!! My laundry room is next on my to do list!

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