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Low Budget Laundry Room Makeover Week 2

See the progress of our laundry room makeover

It’s been uber cold here and that’s always a great time to stay inside and do indoor projects. It burns calories and keeps me warm. Win, win for me! I’ve made lots of progress in our tiny laundry room low budget makeover. In case you missed last week’s post, I’m participating with a couple dozen home bloggers in a $100 Room Makeover Challenge, organized by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry, and am giving our little laundry room a facelift.

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You can see the before photo of the room and the original plan in last week’s post here WEEK 1.

I tweaked the plan slightly because the I didn’t like the rug I ordered. The design was cut off in a weird way and made it look unfinished so I’m sending it back. I found another one that I like even better for this space. Here’s the updated plan.


Plus, I’ve created some fun vintage looking artwork for the walls and you can see a preview of it on the updated plan. I’ll share more info with you about that soon so stay tuned!

Here’s how the progress has gone up to this point:

In this photo you can see how I’ve started to cut in with the wall color. I removed everything except the washer and dryer. It’s no fun at all trying to work around them, but it’s easier than disconnecting everything and moving them out into the kitchen. I’m working on it alone and don’t want to move them. 

More progress here, with the walls painted and the back/accent wall getting primed for wallpaper. 

Buh-bye yellow, hello freshness. 

I finished hanging the wallpaper and made a how-to video while I was at it. It needs to be edited but I’ll share it as soon as it’s finished. So if you’re thinking of wallpapering an accent wall but are intimidated by the whole process, you’re in luck! 

Here’s the to-do list for the project:

  • ✓ Remove shelves, baskets, drying rack, and everything except washer and dryer
  • ✓ Patch nail holes and sand them when dry
  • ✓ Prime accent wall for wallpaper
  • ✓ Install Paintable Brick Wallpaper
  • If necessary, paint the wallpaper (I might leave it unpainted if I like the way it looks)
  • Prime and paint wood door and surrounding trim
  • Reinstall shelf over the washer and dryer, wall mounted drying rack, ironing board rack
  • Add artwork and baskets
  • Bring laundry supplies back into the space
  • Add rug and accessories
  • Celebrate with a glass of wine and a massage

How’d you like that last bullet point? I think it’s my favorite one and definitely think I’m going to deserve a massage when it’s all over with.

Next Wednesday you can see another update a closer look at the vintage-inspired artwork I created online.

Be sure to scroll down and see the updates of all the $100 Room Makeover Challenge at the bottom of the post. Everyone’s projects look so great!

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  1. Wow, you made a ton of progress in one week! I love that wallpaper too! It's the perfect touch! Can't wait to see it all pulled together!

  2. What a difference of fresh coat of paint makes! When you mentioned wallpaper I had to do a double take! It really looks fantastic! Looking forward to see it all come together 🙂

    1. Yes, fresh paint always makes such a huge impact and it's so affordable! And I'm loving the wallpaper too! Looking forward to being done! ~ Angie

  3. Wow, it does look ever so clean and bright already. Love the wallpaper! You may have to find a small chair to enjoy a glass of wine in this beautiful room.

    1. I agree, it's looking nice and fresh, and I'm loving the wallpaper too. Haha, yes, maybe I can drink wine while I wash clothes!

  4. Great job! It is looking so good already – I am looking forward to seeing how that brick wall turns out.

  5. Wow, you must be burning many calories. You have gotten a lot of work accomplished. Can't wait for the finished project


  6. Wow this is looking awesome. Even just the new paint job made a huge difference, but the wallpaper is going to be an awesome accent!!

    1. Thanks, Brittany! Yes, the paint made a big difference and I'm loving the way the wallpaper looks!

  7. Wine is in order for sure and the not-painted wall paper is looking pretty darn cool, as is. Overall the room looks so much brighter. Looking forward to your next phase!

    1. Yes, wine is definitely in order and I'm happy with the way the wallpaper is looking. Thanks, Amy!

  8. I love the wallpaper accent and couldn't agree more with the challenges of working around washer/dryers. There's just no easy way to do it. But it'll be worth it in the end! And I'll be joining you for your last bullet point!

  9. Wow! The wallpaper is great – perfect in the space. Can't believe you got all that work done in one week! Can't wait to see it all complete!

  10. That brick wallpaper is awesome! Does it look as real in person as it does in pictures? Have you decided if you will paint it? I think I like it as is.

    1. Thanks! It does look very realistic. I did paint it but only because it made it a bit more durable on the "mortar" lines. It dried all white anyway, so painting it didn't change the look of it.

  11. Beautiful wallpaper. I really want to add one in our bedroom, but my husband does not like the idea. I have no idea why i married him! I think i prefer the wallpaper as it is, no painting!

    1. Thanks! It dried white all over and I ended up painting it to give it a bit more durability.

    1. Thank you! The rug gives just enough texture and color and I'm loving the way the wallpaper looks!

  12. I love that brick wallpaper! And I don't blame you for not wanting to remove the washer and dryer. I wouldn't have either. Things are looking fabulous… totally love the idea of the massage and wine at the end of it all 🙂

    1. Thanks! Yeah, it was easier to scoot them around and work around them in the room than it would have been to move them out and back in again. Wine and a massage are calling my name already!

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