I never thought I'd be this excited about a laundry room before, but I am seriously FREAKING OUT. I am so, so incredibly happy with how our laundry makeover turned out that I couldn't wait to share it with you. It might sound silly, but I truly think that making this room a little prettier will give me the boost I need to keep up (better) with the piles and piles of little girl laundry that we have. This small laundry room makeover didn't cost us much at all - we bought material for a giant pegboard and I purchased a couple pegboard accessories online. The rest of the transformation was due to a lot of elbow grease and a ton of DIY. I give you our vintage inspired red and aqua small laundry room:
Isn't it the cutest little laundry room you ever did see?! It just makes me smile.
Here's a look at how it was before:
It functioned just fine, but it was plain and bare. Plus, I really needed a bit more storage in the room and a better place to fold our clothes.
Now, it's a lot more cheerful and there is a place for everything including a spot for me to fold our clothes.
Let me give you a little tour and tell you what we've done in here! If you prefer to watch a video tour, and to see my 5 tips on making the most of a small laundry room or utility space, you can watch my laundry room tour video right here:
In case you missed it, I shared a sneak peek of our laundry room makeover a little while ago along with how we made a counter top over our washer and dryer from an extra door we had. I'm still really liking how it works in here!
This wall on the left is what I think is the most exciting part of this room. My hubby helped me install this GIGANTIC 6 x 8 foot pegboard onto the wall to store cleaning tools, my iron, my ironing board (the DIY tutorial for the pretty ironing board cover is here), a drying rack, some baskets and buckets for odds & ends, some art, and some hanging laundry hampers.
I will share how we installed the pegboard in a separate post very soon!
I can't say enough good things about these hanging laundry hampers. (I also used one for the kids' bathroom upstairs.) They are so handy, and they save the valuable floor space in the laundry room. You can buy them here from Amazon.
I had originally planned for the pegboard to measure 6 x 6 feet, but since the pegboard comes in 8 foot long sheets, Hubby convinced me to make it 8 feet high. I'm really glad I did, because I'm using the entire pegboard and I don't have to worry about reaching the high spots. I hung art up there, and I also hung my mop, broom and ironing board up high because I can grab them from below. It works great!
I found some vintage artwork online and printed it off at home. I framed the art, and the frames hang from our pegboard with pegboard hooks.
Underneath the artwork is an old drying rack that I had and stained Ebony. The awesome thing is that when I attached it to the pegboard with hooks, it pulls out right from the wall so that I can use it on the wall!
I made a small shelf below by cutting and staining a 1 x 4" piece of pine, and some inexpensive metal buckets hang below. I'm using all of the buckets and baskets to collect loose change and hold laundry supplies.
The cafe curtains are a DIY that I will also share soon. They were so easy to make, and I LOVE the fabric that I found from OnlineFabricStore.net!
I hung up an antique washboard I found at our local antique store, One Man's Treasure, on the wall by the window.
Our washer and dryer have been here for almost two years now, I think, and their cherry red colour was what inspired the entire red + aqua scheme of this room.
These baskets were inexpensive ones from Walmart, and by some fluke they fit in this Ikea shelf perfectly. I LOVE when that happens; it's so satisfying! I have lonely socks in them, as well as little construction supplies like hangers, screws, bolts, etc.
Opposite our pegboard wall and around the washer and dryer are these handy Ikea cupboards that we installed when we built Our DIY House. They're great for storing less-pretty things like laundry detergent, linens, and presents I'm hiding from the kids.
I'm just thrilled with what some DIY and a small budget accomplished in our laundry room! Thanks, Hubby dearest, for showing me you love me by indulging in my massive pegboard fantasy.
Thank YOU for coming along with me on our small DIY laundry room tour today! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you were able to take home some tips and ideas for your own laundry room or utility space that won't cost you too much but will make your home more functional.
Now I'm off to fold some laundry!
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