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A Beautiful and Cheap DIY Laundry Room Makeover


Turn your plain laundry space into a beautiful room with these DIY laundry room makeover ideas that you can do on a weekend.

If you had four short weeks or maybe just a weekend, leftover paint and wallpaper, what room would you refresh?

DIY Laundry Room Makeover on a Budget

Welcome to the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge hosted by Casa Watkins Living, where eight bloggers are updating a room in a month. It is the reveal day and I can’t wait to show you how I gave a small-sad laundry room an elegant French-inspired refresh using things I already had.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Here was our laundry room at the beginning of the year.

Laundry Room Makeover on a budget before picture with woman holding laundry basket.
Laundry Room Before

Not bad. Just nothing special about it even though I had painted the original cabinets and hardware and hung art when we first moved in but was ready for a fresh start. I decided to spend as little money as possible and only use leftover materials I had from other room makeovers to refresh the space.

A Diy Laundry Room Makeover on a budget with french blue cabinets and wallpaper with white walls and top loading washer and dryer.  A DIY shelf cleverly hides hoses and connections while a DIY cabinet fits snugly between the washer and dryer.
DIY Laundry Room Makeover on a Budget

Easy DIY Laundry Room Makeover Ideas

Here is what I accomplished for the challenge. And honestly, I only worked on it for two days out of the month we had. You can do something similar on a weekend easily!

After these projects were finished, something astonishing happened. Two days ago, my husband offered to make a wood cover for the wire shelving that fits between the washer and dryer.

Y’all, he hasn’t lifted a finger to help me with a room makeover for almost eight years! And I haven’t asked. It’s an agreement we had because he was always busy as an active duty marine and often on deployments. But now he has extra time. I think I could get used to it!

A beautiful DIY Laundry Room Makeover on a budget wide view of blue and white wallpaper, blue built in cabinets and shelf, and white top load washer and dryer.  French Style decorating compliments the makeover.
Easy DIYs for a Laundry Room Makeover

Our laundry room looks so much bigger and brighter now! The leftover Milton and King wallpaper I used made such a difference and the installation was a breeze with the two small sections.

A gorgeous laundry room refresh wtih leftover materials using tone on tone decorating with a french blue and white color scheme.  Beautiful wallpaper and built ins around white top load washer and dryer with a dark blue and white rug.
Laundry Room Refresh

I mixed a sample color of blue with the same white on the walls to get a custom cabinet color as I mentioned last week. I had leftover pulls for the cabinets and storage cart.

A close up picture of a beautiful french blue laundry room cabinet and shelf with gold pulls, and blue and white wallpaper backsplash.  The shelf is decorated with a plant, art, and crystal accessories.
French Blue Cabinets

One of my friends on Instagram opened a beautiful print shop and sent me a few of my favorite digital files. I printed them at Walgreens and they look so gorgeous in this space! All three art pieces are from Jefferson Home Print Shop. I love the European vibe they had along with the custom paint color and wallpaper.

Easy DIY art for an elegant laundry room with  a floral print in a gold frame on a white wall.
Jefferson Home Print Shop

I added a couple of special pieces like a vintage Asian basket and Waterford crystal from a dear friend and a gold box that was my grandmother’s. Adding special pieces like these makes doing laundry even more pleasant!

A clever storage ideas featuring an Asian round basket holding dryer sheets sitting on a white dryer in front of a light blue shelf and wallpaper.
Vintage Wood Basket
An ornate small decorative box sitting on a light blue shelf in front of a light blue and white wallpaper.
A gold ornate box that was my grandmother’s!
Partical view of laundry room cabinets, wallpaper, shelf, and white top load washer with blue and white color scheme and French inspired decor.  Freshly painted white walls in the laundry room.
Doesn’t this feel French?

I’m still waiting for a rug to arrive that I was able to purchase with a gift card. So our foyer rug from Mohawk Home is in the space right now. It looks pretty good there!

View of laundry room corner with double white doors and a blue accent wall around washer and dryer with blue cabinets and blue and white wallpaper.  A bold blue and taupe rug on wood floors.
DIY Laundry Room Refresh with Things I Had

The room turned out perfect! It feels fancy and is much more fun to do laundry now.

A beautiful French inspired laundry room makeover featuring light blue cabinets and an easy DIY shelf behind the washer and dryer and DIY narrow shelf/trolley between the washer and dryer for a clever built in look.  Blue and white wallpaper backsplash and global decor completes the space.
Custom Blue Painted Cabinets and Shelf

Common Questions about Cheap Laundry Room Makeovers:

  • How do I renovate my laundry on a budget? Keep costs down by making small changes like new hardware, lighting, paint, and rug. Update ugly cabinets with paint or remove them and install shelves.
  • How much does it cost to remodel a small laundry room? A small laundry room renovation can cost between hundreds to thousands of dollars. Keep the costs down by optimizing what you have and shopping for used/discounted cabinets and counters at your local habitat store. Do the work yourself and save $$$$.
  • How can I cover my laundry room? Hang a curtain rod and curtains to hide an open laundry space or use a room divider.
  • How can I maximize my small laundry room? Use the vertical space by adding shelves, a rod to hang clothes, or a hanging dry clothing rack. Utilize any open space between cabinets and the machines with shelves and caddies. Place baskets on open shelves and front load machines for additional hidden storage.
  • How do you update a small laundry room? 1. Paint the laundry room. 2. Install a utulity sink if space allows. 3. Install a clothes hanger rod vertically or from the ceiling to save room. 4. Add open shelves above washer and dryer and/or below small cabinets to add more storage and hide hoses and cords. 5. Install wall cabinets on an open wall above the washer and dryer. 6. Replace the cabinet hardware on existing cabinets and give them a fresh coat of paint in a new color! 7. Add/store drying racks between washer/dryer and wall. 8. Repuprose decorating items from around the house to add fresh wall art and practical decor like baskets and decorative boxes to hold laundry supplies.
  • Can you put wallpaper in a laundry room? Avoid wallpaper materials like silk, grass cloth, or velvet as they can be damaged in changing tempertaure and humdity. Use non-woven traditional or peel and stick wallpaper without worry.
Full view of washer and dry wall with custom French blue cabinets, shelf, and built in for the space between the washer and dryer.
French Blue and White Laundry Room Reveal

I hope these tips and simple DIYs for making over a laundry room on a budget inspired and helped you! Feel free to leave me any questions in the comments below.

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!

Make sure to check out the rest of the reveals below!! I’ll join you. 🙂

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New Year, New Room Refresh

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  1. Your laundry room is so fancy I think I’d feel bad bringing dirty laundry into it! Lol! I love the soft periwinkle mixed with the gold. I’ll have to check out your friend’s shop. Those prints are gorgeous!

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