I love a good before and after renovation, but when it’s in my own home, I really love it.
I actually enjoy doing laundry but I always dreaded going down into our basement laundry room to do it. You will see why.
Here is what it looked like before (on a bad day, when detergent had just spilled and storage was piled up).
But I do love my attempt from a few years ago to redo this area. I stapled up some curtains and then gave up.
But this time, I decided to put in the work and do it right. They key is to just do it in small chunks so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.
We started by moving everything over in sections and cleaned and painted everything. Paint is what made the biggest impact. That’s where most of the expense was, but it really wasn’t too bad. You’ll want to talk to the paint specialist where you buy your paint because there are specific paints to use for concrete walls as well as flooring.
Then once one section was done, we just moved things back over and tackled the next section.
Then it was time to cover up any unsightly areas. I wanted to cover up all the cords and pipes behind the washer and dryer.
Since the pipes went into the machine midway, I needed curtains that stopped before the piping. I just shortened a fabric shower curtain by pulling the bottom of the curtain up and pinning it in the back. This way there was no sewing.
Then there was this unfinished area between the wall and the ceiling. I could have painted plywood and installed it for a professional look, but this really needed to be super easy.
So, I just hung curtains to cover the area up. Like the other curtains, I just pulled the bottoms up and pinned them in the back to avoid sewing. It’s not perfect because there were some cords and ductwork in the way, but it was good enough for me.
Then I was ready for the fun part…decorating.
I primed and painted this rusty, old star a metallic silver.
I also painted this frame, which I’ve used for a Love Note Board and a Love Wall. I’d say I’ve gotten my $3.99 out of it!
Then I just hung the star and added some letter cutouts behind the frame to spell, Eat, Play, Clean.
Then, I painted the paper inside of these dollar store frames with chalkboard paint and wrote, Lights, Darks, and Towels on them.
Then I glued ribbon to the back of the frames and hung them on baskets.
I bought a decorative rug and added a vase of dried sticks and that was about it .
Now I don’t have to wear a hazmat suit whenever I want to go into our basement to do laundry. In fact, now I sometimes grab a drink and a book and head down to “do laundry” for a few hours. 🙂
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this looks great. I stumbled upon your blog when i was looking for a table fort design and I’ve ended up pinning a whole bunch of projects i want to do! now just have to decide where to start!
aww that’s great! Thanks!! Have fun!!
Wow! What a transformation! It looks amazing, I love the color scheme you chose. My basement is awful right now, it definitely needs a make over. This post is really encouraging me to revamp it! I actually don’t mind doing laundry either!
It really wasn’t too bad and it was soooo worth it! Thanks, Adele!
That looks great! I like seeing simple makeovers like this, it’s doable!
Yes, very doable!
What a fantastic and REALISTIC diy makeover. I’m pinning this for a future project 😉 ~Joanne
Thanks. Yes, I don’t do carpentry or anything complex, ever 🙂 This was really easy and made such a difference! Thanks for stopping by.
Wow – way to go! What a great change – you must just LOVE doing laundry now right? He he he! Seriously – some great ideas and a fun post to read!
Thanks and yes I actually do like going down there now! 🙂
Looks so good!
Thank you!! 🙂
Holy crap, that’s incredible!
Great job! It looks nice enough to sit there and read while doing the laundry! 🙂
That’s a stunning turn-around and I love the fact that you did it easily and inexpensively–so many make-overs are so unrealistic!
I know what you mean. I love that this was mainly just cleaning and painting. Thanks!
Awesome! Nice job!! I can see the wheels in Joolie’s head spinning…………….:)
I know 🙂
It looks great! Now that’s a room I want to do laundry in! I like your idea of going there to read. If I did that, I probably wouldn’t hear my kids over the sounds of the washer and dryer. Hmmm…
..and going down to do laundry sounds more productive than going down to read and kick back 🙂
Jill, I love this update! Really good job and looks so nice and clean. If you were able to do it, maybe I can attempt this in my scary laundry room.
do it! And send pictures 🙂
What an amazing transformation! 🙂
Wow. Looks just terrific. You did a beautiful job on this!
From: Maggie May’s Reply-To: Maggie May’s Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014 12:38 PM To: Michelle Drake Subject: [New post] Before and After-Laundry Room
WordPress.com maggiemaysgifts posted: “I love a good before and after renovation, but when it’s in my own home, I really love it. I actually enjoy doing laundry but I always dreaded going down into our basement laundry room to do it. You will see why. Here is what it looked like before (“
So cute! I would go down there just to take some time to breathe and to stare. 🙂 Ahhhhh…
I agree with Mr. May, ……very impressive!! What an improvement…now you need a rocking chair to really enjoy your new room !!
A rocking chair would be perfect!
WOW! LOOKS GREAT!
Very impressive improvement. Like a room addition.
It feels like a room addition! Now onto the next room!
Nice!!! Looks so cheery and inviting! I like doing laundry too, by the way. 😀
I know, there is something therapeutic about it 🙂