Restore Laundry Room Makeover

Okay, hold on now, I hope you don't fall out of your chair because I am finally showing you the finished laundry room!  I can't believe that it's been close to a year since I started my laundry room makeover.  Thanks to some fantastic ReStore bargains, I was able to do it for just under $300.00!

In all honesty, it has been done for awhile, but this room is only 36 square feet with no windows or natural light.  (Which is why I chose to paint it a dark saturated color).  It's a challenge to photograph and I really wanted to capture how beautiful the paint color is.  It's the first thing people comment on when they see the room.  I don't think I exactly captured it, but I did my best and had to let go of my perfectionism, otherwise, you would never see this room.  Anyway, why don't I just show it to you?

Here's a little reminder of how our laundry room looked before the makeover.  It was in such a sad state, that I had dubbed it, "The Arm Pit."  And if you are dying to see more of the before, you can read this post.  Essentially, the room had nothing in it except for the ironing board and the washer and dryer.  All of the laundry detergent and cleaning supplies sat on top of them in disorganized chaos.  
It all started with some laundry room inspiration that I wrote about here.  Then, I showed you the laundry room mood board that I put together in this post.
The cabinets were a ReStore bargain at just $11.25!  They were a golden oak and I painted them with Behr's Polar Bear in semi-gloss that I already had.  It's the same color that I use on all of the trim in our house.  I kept our old washer and dryer, but the Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue paint color really made them pop, and you'd never know that they're 13 years old now.  (Except for the fact that the handle is broken on the washing machine and we have to turn it on with needle nose pliers). 

I replaced the hardware on the cabinets with these polished nickel ones from Home Depot.
The ironing board holder was a DIY project that I wrote about here.  It's an old cabinet door that I got at ReStore for $1, painted white and added some hooks onto it.  
The ironing board cover is from Pottery Barn, I fell in love with the pattern and the colors in it.  The ironing board is the focal point of the room.  I made certain to  hang it so that it's the first thing you see when you walk in.  It was also the inspiration for the color choices in the room.  It functions as artwork more than anything else, since it will only be used a couple times of year.  ;)
The rug was a HomeGoods find.  The muted yellow tones match perfectly with the ironing board cover and I love the contrasting chevron pattern with the floral of the ironing board cover.
To add some warmth and texture to the room, I upgraded our plastic white laundry baskets with these woven natural ones that I found at HomeGoods. 
One sits on top of the washing machine, to hide all of this ugliness.
The other one fits perfectly on top of the laundry sorter.  The photograph hanging above it had been sitting in my closet for a very long, long, time.  I got it years ago at an auction to benefit the non-profit that I worked for at the time and never really found a place for it until now.  
Despite the fact that I painted this room a dark color and there are no windows, it's not dark at all because of the bright white cabinets and the chandelier.  The chandelier was also a ReStore find, and I wrote about its transformation here.
I did replace the flooring and also patched some drywall tape that was hanging down from the ceiling.  I still need to do some organizing in the cabinets, but I am thrilled with how this room turned out!  It is so bright and cheerful now, and I no longer dread walking into it like I used to before the makeover.  It was definitely worth all of the time and effort I put into it.  
Here's a breakdown of the budget for you.

$11.25 - Cabinets - ReStore                                            
$15.00 - Cabinet Hardware - Home Depot
$20.00 - Glass Canisters                      
$27.00 - Ironing Board Cover - Pottery Barn                   
$  8.00 - Ironing Board Holder - DIY - $1 door, $6 hooks, $1 paint)                            
$50.00 - Laundry Sorter -                             
$15.00 - Rug - HomeGoods 
$40.00 - Baskets - HomeGoods                                           
$60.00 - Flooring - Lowes                                               
$10.50 - Chandelier - ReStore- ($7.50 chandelier, $3.00 spray paint)
$40.00 - Wall Paint - Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue     
$296.75 - Total

Thanks so much for following along and for your infinite patience with how painstakingly slow it takes me to finish projects.  If I had my way, I would spend all of my time doing projects around my house, getting rooms finished quickly and blogging about it.  It's just that these silly little things like my day job and other responsibilities tend to slow all that down.  I do want you to know though how grateful I am for you hanging in there with me.  You're the best!

Thanks for dropping by and reading today!


  1. So worth the wait!! This room is AMAZING. I love the wall color and it doesn't feel dark and gloomy at all. Your ironing board cover is the perfect inspiration! You found some real gems at Restore and it all just came together beautifully!

  2. That looks great! The cabinets are a steal! I can't believe that you got those for under $12. They fit perfectly in your laundry room and the white just totally pops against the creamy blue. You should be so proud! I'd camp out in there if I were you! :-)

  3. Hi Julia! Thanks for your kind words. I so lucked out with the ReStore cabinets! I've considered putting a mattress on top of the washer and dryer and moving in there, since it's one of the few completed rooms in the house. ;)

  4. I looks so lovely! I'm always scared about painting rooms darker colors and you have proven, don't be scared. The ironing board is amazing.

    1. Hi Amy! We're loving the darker color and it really makes the white in the room pop. So glad you stopped by!

  5. It came out so great! I love the color.


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