Laundry Room Before and After

I love (LOVE!) before and after pictures.  Our laundry room is the only room that is pretty much complete and I feel good about posting an ‘after’ picture. First, the before…
First thing to go was that awful paint color. I painted it a muted green, same as in our living room and guest/kids bath. Next, the cabinets. This isn’t our forever house so everything has to be done as cheaply as possible…Which means no new cabinets. I wanted them to look custom and unique so I painted them white, removed the cabinet door inset thingy and replaced it with…chicken wire! I love how they turned out.
Next, our craigslist washer and dryer happen to be (probably the first ever) front loading. I saw in a DIY magazines once a counter over the washer/dryer used for folding a loved the idea. I wanted to counter to be unique (of course!) and couldn’t decide on what to use. I decided to use an old door laid sideways – and even found a door – but it ended up not working out.  Then I decided to use cedar and gathered up the husband for a Home Depot trip…turns out that was going to be too expensive. What we ended up doing was using scraps from the flooring we installed (more on that later) in our living room and scraps from the trim and baseboards we are installing. Here it is, and once again…I love it!
Since our washer and dryer are ummm….not pretty…I wanted to hide them. I ended up using electrical conduit and installing it under the counter (when I say I, I mean my awesome husband) and then sewing some curtains.
We also replaced the light fixture (and painted the ceiling, because of course those we pink/salmon as well.) We found it on clearance at Home Depot.
The finished product is beautiful AND functional. Here is the before and the after for easy comparison.
Overall, the total cost was roughly $130. Isn’t it crazy what you can do with a little money and a lot of creativity?!?!
Side note: That little wicker basket on the counter is dubbed “The Lonely Socks Club”. Whenever I am folding and a sock doesn’t have a mate (which is like five socks a load) I put it in there. Every week or so I go though it and match up socks. Guess what…I (almost) always find the mates! No more lonely socks for the rag bin!
Second side note: That last picture is a good comparison for our before and after trim. You can see the “before” trim in the laundry room, and the “after” trim on the outside of the bathroom door.



Comments

  1. wow wow wow…Love the flooring countertop (that was weird to type out!) sounds wrong but it turned out so right! nice!

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  2. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!

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    xoxokara

  3. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE chickenwire!

    Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara

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  4. You did a great job! I love the fabric!

    I can't wait to visit your blog again to see what else you have in store.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. Your laundry room is lovely. I love the chicken wire cabinets and the flooring countertop. I also like the curtains. You and your hubby did a great job! Visiting you from Tip Junkie.

  6. Adorable! Great job. I love the colors.

  7. That countertop is stunning! How creative! Your laundry room is just beautiful now…love it! :)

  8. It looks gorgeous! I love everything about it…the chicken wire cabinets, the counter, and your fabric is all beautiful!

  9. Nice transformation! Love how the room looks all bright now. The basket for Mr. Lonely Sock is a smart idea :)

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  10. I love it! I need to do a table top in my laundry room someday.

  11. Your room looks great! I love the countertop and curtains to cover your washer and dryer. So cute.

  12. This was a great makeover. Love your laundry room. Did you cut out the cabinet inserts?

  13. How great, it is a terrific new look for your laundry room, I want to do the same, so maybe I will be a kopy-kat, sooner than you think. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

  14. Really great redo. i love the curtain idea hiding the machines. So pretty!

  15. I have been working on my laundry room for a while and am newly inspired to finish it. Well done! Your room is gorgeous!

  16. I really love this. So clean and bright. It really doesn't even look like the same room. I'm your latest follower! Great Job!

  17. I love that countertop. I would love to have something like that except my washer and dryer are on opposite walls. Oh, and they're not front loading. hehehe I bet you don't mind doing laundry now – well, not as much.

  18. Wonderful! Great work!

  19. This is awesome. I love the counter space and the chicken wire. So creative.

  20. The room is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing with us and linking up!
    XO
    Kristin

  21. This is my first time on your blog and I love it! I had to come and comment on your fabulous laundry room! I wish ours was wide enough to be able to stay and fold laundry because I would totally do this!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. I was doing some blog-hopping and came across your gorgeous laundry room! So glad I did :) I love the changes you made. The countertop is fabulous and I love the fabric. Nice job :)

  23. So beautiful! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  24. I love it! I love the chicken wire and the fabric. Adorable..It always amazed me how the most amazing transformations cost so little.

  25. absolutely gorgeous! I love it and am so inspired. We are fixing up our house and I love the way your laundry room looks. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing:>

  26. This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  27. Looks great! Love the curtain fabric and the shabby chic look in the room!

  28. Very lovely~~ especially the cabinets and the wood counters!!!Nice!
    Beth

  29. Great job! Laundry is my next project and I 'm looking for some ideas around the blog land!Thank you for sharing.
    Great blog I am your newest follower. I would love it if you follow me back!

  30. The counter and skirt are just beautiful!

  31. Love how your laundry room turned out. What a great idea with the flooring for the countertop. Stopping over from Serenity Now Link Party. Hope you will stop by and say Hi over at my blog. Have a great day.

  32. Well done, looks terrific. big Hugs!

  33. I “crazy” love how your laundry room turned out…Mine is in much need of a make-over as well!!!

    New follower from Sassy Sites blog hop..I would love for you to follow back…

    Thanks for sharing!!

  34. Your blog is very beautiful! I'm following him. I like domestics imperfection!!!

  35. Ooooh I LOVE the cabinets!! OMG what a fantastic idea! I would just love to highlight this on my blog next week, Please stop by and share this at my VIP party today… http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-24.html

  36. What an amazing transformation! Love the chicken wire mesh on those cabinets. Very chic

  37. Love that chicken wire and the countertop!

  38. Some really cute ideas – love the bird wire on the cupboards – takes me back to my grandma's house – so glad that look is back – I am working on some shabby chic at the moment – should be up on my blog hopefully Monday. Keep up the good work.

    Jenny

  39. You are very creative. The electrical conduit as a rod is genius. I am a fan of the chicken wire, scrap wood counter and your new trim style too. A little goes a long way in home transformation when you think outside the box. Great job.

  40. Wow! It looks fantastic!

  41. I featured this excellent post here, on facebook, and pinned on Pinterest. Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  42. This laundry room looks amazing!!! I can't wait to make over my laundry room. I'm a new follower! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kristen
    http://mycoveredbridge.blogspot.com/

  43. Amazing! I am so impressed by all your hard work! It definitely paid off!

    I would love to have you share this project at my first link party–

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  44. Beautiful job! Love the chicken wire and curtain fabric. Great idea for the little counter over the W/D!

  45. Wow, very nice! My favorite part is the chicken wire. Visiting from Serenity Now.

  46. Awesome! I'm going to share this with my friend who just got frontloaders to go in her kitchen.

  47. Wow, you have achieved wonderful results on such a small budget. This is one of my next rooms to tackle- I am inspired.

  48. Wow, wish my laundry room could look this good. Great idea “hiding” ugly washer and dryer under counter. I think I'm gonna use this idea in mine. Thanks for posting!

  49. Great job on this revamp! I love the idea of using the flooring as the countertop. Be sure to hop on over to my blog on Monday and link up ! :)

  50. I am INSANE about before and after pictures!!! Can't wait to have some of my own. You did a great job of this. Thank you for sharing :) I'm following your blog now :) – Amy

  51. Wow, what a difference! That is beautiful and bright. I really love it. What a great job! Thanks for posting it.

    I am a new follower.

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  52. I love the chickenwire cabinet doors and the countertop over the washer and dryer. Beautiful!

  53. Thank you so much for linking up with us.

    We have featured you at Nothing But Country this week.

    Thanks for your wonderful Creative Creation!!!

    Kindest,
    Mary Beth

  54. Looks awesome! I love the creativity with the countertop and I think it looks better than the cedar would have! And the fabric is great – well done!

  55. This looks absolutely amazing! I'm featuring it on today's link party. And I'm pretty sure that the fabric that you used on the skirt is the exact same fabric that I've been wanting to purchase (for months now) for the draperies in my bedroom.

  56. Came over from Shabby Nest, what a great makeover – looks a million times better than before.

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  57. Hi! I saw your post when it was featured from the blog party “Sunday Showcase”. I bought the material to do a “skirt” in my laundry room over a year ago…it's still on the roll. You have inspired me to get going! I am following you now.

  58. What a great transformation! Love it!

  59. Quite simply… I ♥ your chicken mesh fronted cabinets =)

  60. I really like the counter top. So rich and warm. Good ideas!

  61. Love the chicken wire cabinets! What a brilliant idea!

  62. This is so beautiful! I LOVE the counter and hiding the appliances behind curtains to soften the space. I think you've added another project to my to-do list! :)

  63. Love the counter…awesome idea using the scraps from flooring!

  64. Hi,
    I just started to follow your blog. I love your laundry room makeover. I was wondering if you would mind sharing where you got your fabric for the curtains covering your washer and dryer. I love it! I have been looking for fabric to make curtains for my living room and that fabric would be perfect. Thanks.

  65. Hi Cindy! I found the fabric at Joann's in the home decor fabric section. I want to say it's by Better Homes and Gardens, but don't quote me on that. I hope you see my response here, your e-mail isn't enabled on your account so I couldn't e-mail you directly. Thanks for becoming a follower!

  66. Wow, I love the chicken wire cabinets, but mostly I love the countertop. It's brilliant!

  67. Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  68. That looks amazing! I am super jealous. I do laundry in my cruddy basement.
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  69. Love this! We have a front loader, but the buttons are at the top and not on the front of the machine, so I don’t think this would work in our house until we had a new washer. Great ideas!

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