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Room Makeover: Laundry Room Plans

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This modern rustic laundry room is going to be gorgeous! Love this combination of decor from!

Most of us spend a ton of time in our laundry room. And in my opinion, if you have to spend a great deal of time in a particular space, it should have at least some aesthetic appeal.

Here’s a photo of our laundry room from the MRIS listing when we bought our house:


I know. You’re probably sitting there thinking, “What’s wrong with that? It looks pretty nice to me.”

On one hand, I agree with you. We’re lucky to have a huge space complete with cabinets and a decent amount of counter space already built in, a relatively updated washer and dryer, and a neutral color scheme (aka no pink tile or 1980s-style oak cabinets with shiny brass hardware).

However, this photo is deceiving. The laminate countertops are NOT gray as they appear here. They’re a strange mix of brown, maroon and evergreen. And the cabinets? They’re pretty cheap and are showing signs of wear, especially at the base where they meet the floor.

Here are a few shots of what it looks like today. (No, I didn’t bother to tidy up before snapping this picture, because this represents the state of our laundry room 99% of the time, and I’m a big fan of keeping things real here.) But we all love a good “before” photo, don’t we?


Yes, we keep our small wine fridge in our laundry room, too. There it is tucked away in the back corner on the counter. Doesn’t everyone store their Shiraz next to the Shout?!


But the worst part? The thing that makes my skin crawl is that THE CABINETS DON’T MATCH. Most are white but two are off-white. And it’s ALL I SEE when I trek to the basement to do laundry.

Look closely at the color difference between the lower and the upper cabinet in this photo. I promise that the lighting nor my iPhone camera are playing tricks on your eyes here. The cabinets really DO look that different.


Well, my friends, enough is enough. The other day I discovered a leftover can of yellow Annie Sloan chalk paint lurking on a shelf in my garage, and suddenly the room makeover plans started coming together.

The first order of business is to paint the lower cabinets yellow. I love using chalk paint because in my experience to date, it’s pretty foolproof. Even if you don’t consider yourself a talented painter, it doesn’t matter. Anyone can use chalk paint and have their project turn out looking great by following a few simple steps. I also plan to spray paint our countertops. I spotted this technique for covering laminate countertops on Pinterest a while ago, and because we don’t use our laundry room counters that hard, I’m going to give it a try. Lastly, I want to paint the linoleum floor, but I’ll share more details on that part of the makeover in a separate post.

Here’s the design board I created to guide the project. And naturally most of it features the accessories that will add the perfect finishing touch to our new, cheery laundry room:



Paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow // Light: Scout 3-Light Flush Mount, Wayfair, $118 // Laundry Sign: Laundry Procedures, Lettered & Lined, $18+

Faux flowers: Potted Ranunculus Plant, Target, $11.04 // Clock: Distressed Garrison Wood Clock, Kirklands, $74.99 // Storage Tote: Jute Storage Bin, Amazon, $13.95

Hamper: Natural Seagrass Leona Hamper Basket, World Market, $63.99 // Wall Hooks: Industrial Wall Rack, World Market, $34.99

I’ll be sharing my progress on the blog and on Instagram. Make sure you follow me on IG for a behind-the-scenes look at the makeover! Stay tuned for more…..

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Karen Babin

Monday 24th of August 2020

What brand topcoat you use if you were to use it on your cabinets


Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hi Karen, I did not personally use a top coat for this project. I do know. that Annie Sloan makes a wax that's meant to be applied over top of the chalk paint -- you may want to look into this but again, I don't have personal experience with it so can't make a recommendation one way or another. Good luck!


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

I look forward to seeing how this project turns out. I am equally curious (and intrigued by) about painting the floors and counter tops. Have to admit, was disappointed when I got to the end of this blog that it wasn't completed. haha =)


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Haha...I, too, wish it was already completed, Vicky! Can't wait to share the "after" photos here. I work on all my projects at night after my kids go to bed, which sometimes makes for a slow process. I have never painted floors or countertops, either, but apparently the secret to painting linoleum floors is to use deck paint. And for the countertops, spray paint is fine as long as they're not heavily used for activities like food prep, etc. I explored some other options for the counters -- like putting a concrete overlay on them -- but honestly they all seemed overly messy and others who have tried different techniques say they all smell horribly chemical-y (yep, I just made up a new word), and I'm nervous about going that route in a room that's not well ventilated. Stay tuned...I'll definitely share my learnings as I make progress with this project!

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