If you know me at all, you know how much I love all things farmhouse! So I’ve been on a mission to add some farmhouse style to every nook and cranny of my home and our teeny tiny laundry room was no exception. Today I’m not going to be showing you the entire makeover because it’s not quite finished. However, I will be showing you our plan for our farmhouse laundry room makeover and how to we are going to get it all completed on a super tight budget of just $200!
If truth be told, I was planning to write a post today about how I stay organized with my cleaning. But I felt very hypocritical writing a post about cleaning while looking around my house and seeing such a complete mess. You see, we’ve been in remodeling mode in our house for about 2 weeks now and our house shows it terribly. So instead, I decided to share a little more of a fun post all about our laundry room makeover!
We moved into this house about 3 1/2 years ago and ever since I’ve absolutely hated my laundry room! It’s long and narrow and houses the washer, dryer, water heater, and furnace. It also serves as our main storage area for everything from cleaning supplies to craft supplies to household items like lightbulbs, batteries, and paint. This 50 square foot room really has to pack a lot of storage punch!
So here is what we were starting with:
Yep…pretty sad huh?! We knew we had a lot of things to do, but we wanted to stay on a pretty tight budget of just $200. I think the most important thing you can do before jumping into any house project is to set a budget, price everything out, and then aim to stay below that budget because chances are you will go over. Something always comes up in the midst of home remodeling!
So before we even got started with the laundry room remodel, we created a plan of attack with our goals in place and a pretty strict budget.
Here were our goals for the farmhouse laundry room makeover:
- Paint the walls
- Refinish part of the shelving
- Add more concealed storage with a cabinet
- Find nicer baskets and bins for hidden storage.
- Replace the early 90’s light fixture
- Paint the Door and Replace the Hardware
So let’s get into the good stuff! How do we plan to transform this space on such a small budget?!
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Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Plan
After moving into our home, we came to the conclusion that most of the rooms in our home hadn’t been painted since the house was built in 1991. Needless to say, the walls in our laundry room are in pretty terrible shape. So painting is definitely on our agenda. I actually have about 3/4 of a can of Behr paint in the color Curio leftover from a previous project so this part will be completely free! I also will use Behr paint in the color Alabaster to paint the trim.
Concealed Storage: $87
Our plan is to add a 30″ wall cabinet above the washing machine to hide all of the unsightly items like the detergents and stain treatments as well as a place to house my laminator and Cricut machine. I use both on a semi-regular basis so they certainly weren’t going anywhere, but we live in a small house. As much as I’d love to have a dedicated craft space, I just don’t. So all of my craft supplies live in the laundry room.
We found an unfinished wall cabinet at Home Depot for $87. We’ve already purchased this item in the store, but here is a very similar one on their website. We also plan to purchase two knobs for $2.98 each.
Updating the Shelving: $5
We have a lot of shelving already in the laundry room. The bad part is that it’s not finished at all. While I could go out and buy some beautiful shelving, that’s not in the budget. So instead we plan to use what we have on hand including some Rust-oleum stain and spray paint to update the wooden shelves and wall brackets. (Psst…curious to see how this turned out? Head over and follow me on Instagram and Facebook where I’m sharing a lot of laundry room updates as we work our way through this project!)
The only thing we purchased for the shelving project was a new box of screws for $5.
Baskets & Bins: $49.21
I’m planning to add a lot of concealed storage in the form of baskets in this space. I have several on hand that I’ve had for some time and used in other parts of my home. I won’t be adding those into my total since I already own them. I do plan to purchase two more of these baskets from Ikea, three of these baskets from Walmart, and a couple more of the white storage bins from Dollar Tree to finish off my storage.
Updating the Door: $28.26
We are in the process of painting out all of the doors in our home. They have been builder-grade unfinished wood since we moved in and I’ve pretty much hated them since then. While beautiful paneled doors would be amazing, they just aren’t a priority right now. And I definitely know the power of paint so that’s the way we are going. We are planning to splurge on new handles and hinges for the doors. We purchased these handles from Home Depot.
Light Fixture: $31.96
We definitely plan to replace the ugly circa 1991 ceiling light with a more modern farmhouse light. I’m planning to use this light from Home Depot for just $24.99 along with one of the vintage lightbulbs for $6.97.
I will probably just pull a few items from around my house like this boxwood plant from Ikea and a few metal/tin accents. I’m also planning to make a wooden or canvas sign for the one bit of wall space I have in there. I will most likely make one similar to the one I shared in this tutorial. I think it’s this part of the process that will really turn our farmhouse laundry room into a beautiful and finished space. I’ll be sure to really update on the decor part of the laundry room in my reveal next week so stay tuned!
- Wall Cabinet $87
- Knobs $5.96
- Screws $5.00
- Ikea Baskets $15.98
- Walmart Baskets $22.41
- 2 White Totes from Dollar Tree $2.00
- Door Handle $20.27
- Door Hinges $7.99
- Ceiling Light $24.99
- Light Bulb $6.97
I don’t think I could have squeaked under budget any tighter, do you?! I’m so looking forward to finishing our farmhouse laundry room because it’s been on my to-do list for 3 1/2 years. Make sure to check back next week where I will be sharing the completed project and find out if we were able to stay under budget! 🙂